If you did not realize the threat, an army of mercenaries in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere is ready to attack the United States as long as the check clears.
They already have access to the highest reaches of our government, military, operators of critical infrastructure, and the media -- and they will leverage that access on behalf of their foreign clients.
China exploits the system with legal warfare, also known as lawfare…
The Third Warfare
The CCP is keenly aware that it is not yet able to destroy the West at a kinetic level of warfare. In a head-to-head confrontation with the U.S. and its allies, China would be outmatched — literally outgunned, militarily. However, there are devastating ways to wage asymmetrical warfare to undermine and weaken the U.S. while simultaneously bolstering the CCP’s military objectives and capacity to wage war in multiple theaters.
The CCP has learned to use the robust U.S. legal system to weaken America’s standing as the world’s leading superpower. Tactics collectively known as “lawfare” exploit both the strengths and weaknesses of American law and litigation to tie up, obstruct, undermine, and divide the U.S. internally and on the global stage.
Lawfare is a major component of fifth-generation warfare, which uses information and data to exploit and redefine cognitive biases, manipulate worldviews, and destroy opponents from within.
It is critical that U.S. lawmakers, policymakers, and military leadership understand China’s three warfares strategy and meet their threat head-on. A merely defensive posture plays into the CCP’s intent to immobilize U.S. companies, governmental agencies, and military powers through endless litigation and the manipulation of public opinion.
Ultimately, lawfare is a means of achieving military objectives — while constraining the West’s ability to employ its martial advantages — making it a serious threat to U.S. national security. <Source>
Want to stop a significant economic development, hire some activists, gin up an AstroTurf effort to grab media attention, hire lawyers and file a suit demanding costly environmental impact studies or excessive cost curtailments?
FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) is a joke...
Not all attorneys disclose their affiliations, especially when hired by an intermediary “homegrown” third party.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA requires certain agents of foreign principals who are engaged in political activities or other activities specified under the statute to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts, and disbursements in support of those activities. <Source>
And if caught, they negotiate their way out of “technical” violations...
Prominent Global Law Firm Agrees to Register as an Agent of a Foreign Principal
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, resolving its liability for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.
According to the Agreement, Skadden acted as an agent of the Government of Ukraine within the meaning of FARA, 22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq., by contributing to a public relations campaign directed at select members of the U.S. news media in 2012. Moreover, in 2012 and 2013, Skadden received multiple inquiries from the Department’s FARA Registration Unit about its role in that campaign. A partner then at Skadden made false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit, which led it to conclude in 2013 that the firm was not obligated to register under FARA. The facts, when uncovered, showed that Skadden was indeed required to register in 2012, and, under the Agreement, it will do so retroactively.
“Law firms should handle inquiries from the federal government the same way they would counsel their clients to: with appropriate due diligence to ensure the honesty of their response,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Skadden’s failure to do so, and reliance on only the representations of the lead partner on the matter, hid from the public that its report was part of a Ukrainian foreign influence campaign. FARA protects the integrity of the American political system by enabling Americans to consider the identity of the speaker as they evaluate the substance of the speech.” Assistant Attorney General Demers added, “The Department appreciates Skadden’s more recent extensive cooperation in the investigation of this matter, which facilitated its resolution.”
In addition to agreeing to register under FARA, Skadden has agreed to pay the U.S. Treasury more than $4.6 million, which it received in fees and expenses for its work with Ukraine, and will ensure that it has formal, robust procedures for responding to inquiries concerning its conduct from any federal government entity and ensuring FARA compliance as to its engagements on behalf of foreign clients.
The Agreement acknowledges that Skadden has already taken substantial steps to comply with its terms, and so long as the firm continues to comply with it, the Department will not undertake any action against the firm relating to any of the conduct described in the Agreement and its Appendix.
Jason B.A handled the investigation and negotiation of the Agreement. McCullough, a Trial Attorney in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, which includes the FARA Registration Unit, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterintelligence Division. <Source> Download Skadden Settlement Agreement here.
And for those pushing for Hunter Biden to be held criminally responsible for his acts while acting as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of China, Ukraine, Russia, and others, don’t hold your breath…
Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty for Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Chinese Foreign National
Elliott Broidy, 63, of Beverly Hills, California, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
“In exchange for millions of dollars, Elliott Broidy and his co-conspirators agreed to secretly do the bidding of a foreign government and a foreign national by lobbying senior U.S. government officials regarding a pending Department of Justice investigation and the extradition of a foreign national,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Although his repeated efforts to influence the administration were unsuccessful, Mr. Broidy never disclosed that he was actually acting on behalf of foreign actors.
This case demonstrates how foreign governments and principals seek to advance their agendas in the United States by hiding behind politically influential proxies. Such conduct poses a serious threat to our national security and undermines the integrity of our democracy. Mr. Broidy’s failure to disclose that he was acting on behalf of foreign principals deceived the American people and prevented government officials from properly evaluating the true source of and motivation for his lobbying efforts.” <Source>
[OCS: Broidy, who served as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2008 and pled guilty to conspiracy to serve as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, forfeited $6.6 million. And was pardoned by President Trump on January 19, 2021.]
A sampling of significant law firms currently registered as foreign agents….
- Baker & Hostetler LLP
- Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
- Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
- Covington & Burling LLP
- Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Latham & Watkins LLP
- Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
- Sidley Austin LLP
- Squire Patton Boggs, LLP
Along with numerous former politicians on both sides of the aisle and public relations consultants. Look through the list yourself here.
Our enemies, both foreign and domestic, are treating the U.S. Constitution and our legal system as a weapon, a suicide pact that allows economic terrorists to operate with near impunity.
So who is watching out for America? Biden’s Department of Justice? The Federal Bureau of Investigation?
It appears that our government, including our Congressional oversight committees and premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, are either blind or corrupt. From what we have seen with the Clintons, Obamas, and Bidens, I am betting on corruption. From China, Ukraine, and Russia.
We are so screwed.
H/T Reader Tom, who sent me an article that pissed me off.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS