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The authority is granted provided the Russian officials obey U.S. laws, do not interfere in U.S. internal affairs and do “not to engage in any professional or commercial activity for personal profit,” the legislation states.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Wednesday sent out the annual Thanksgiving holiday message to all defense and military personnel, honoring American troops around the world.
“This time of year calls on Americans to reflect on and give thanks for the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy,” Mr. Gates said. “Of course, we can only do so because of those who put their lives on the line every day: the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who bear repeated deployments, hardships, and danger - without fail and without complaint.
Mr. Gates praised the many dedicated personnel who “made the ultimate sacrifice.”
“Our nation will always honor their memory,” he said. “For the loved ones of the fallen, I offer my deepest sympathies and prayers for your loss. And, in the wake of the shootings at Fort Hood, know that I am committed to ensuring that our home bases are safe and secure.”
For service members’ families, Mr. Gates said, “know that the American people are indebted to you for the sacrifices of your husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters.”
After nearly three years at the Pentagon, Mr. Gates said that “nothing has impressed me as much as the determination, resilience and good humor of those who defend our nation.”
“This holiday season, along with ‘Happy Thanksgiving,’ ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ and ‘Merry Christmas,’ I would add two words on behalf of millions of your countrymen: ‘Thank you.’ ”
Chinese space espionage
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s annual report for 2009 highlights China’s aggressive espionage and intelligence-collection activities, including two cases in which China illegally obtained U.S. space technology.
Disclosure of the Chinese space spying comes as President Obama, in a joint statement with Chinese President Hu Jintao, recently called for greater cooperation in space.
The China commission report states that “China is the most aggressive country conducting espionage against the United States, focusing on obtaining U.S. information and technologies beneficial to China’s military modernization and economic development.”
A Chinese Embassy spokesman could not be reached for comment, but embassy spokesman Wang Baodong earlier dismissed the report’s spying charges as “baseless.”
The commission report reveals two cases of industrial espionage by China that boosted Beijing’s space program.
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Bill Gertz is geopolitics editor and a national security and investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
Mr. Gertz also writes a weekly column ...
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