nothing to see here … move along

I smell a commie rat.
From The Washington Times

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has listed two Chinese government-related telecommunications companies as approved suppliers for companies taking part in the Obama administration’s multibillion-dollar program to expand broadband Internet service around the country.

Huawei Technologies and ZTE, both state-owned Chinese firms, were included in a USDA list of safe and approved telecommunications equipment providers for the broadband expansion program. Both companies were the target of a letter from six members of Congress that was sent to President Obama on Monday warning that there are significant risks to U.S. computer network security from security gaps in the broadband initiative. China is viewed as one of the most aggressive nation-states engaged in international hacking. Last year, Google pulled its operations out of mainland China after a sophisticated cyber-attack against it and other U.S. companies.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last month that USDA is providing loans to develop broadband networks in rural parts of the country. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $7.2 billion for investment in broadband development for both USDA and the Commerce Department. USDA currently is in charge of several billion dollars of those funds to be used to develop broadband networks.

“We are concerned that these initiatives provide an opportunity for the introduction of potentially harmful technology to U.S. broadband infrastructure,” the lawmakers stated. “We are particularly concerned that these companies, such as Huawei and ZTE, could benefit from this federal investment in broadband technology and receive taxpayer funds in exchange for equipment or services that could undermine U.S. networks. These companies received extensive support from the Chinese government, which increases the risk that the companies will feel obligated to follow its instructions.”

Few questions, here, boss:
• WTF is the Federal Gov’t doing investing in broadband service?
• WTF is USDA doing managing a gov’t broadband program?
• What idiot* decided to let the ChiComs play in broadband service?
• What idiot* national-security advisor allowed this?
Does Stuxnet mean nothing to these jackasses? Cyberwar? Beuller? Anybody?

* “Idiot” assumes incompetence. I lean more towards a more sinister interpretation, traitor.


  1. Posted April 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm |

    It is a good thing, when they finally take us over they will have all their equipment in place.

  2. TomR, armed in Texas
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm |

    Was Chinese the second language obama wanted us to learn?

  3. JAK
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |

    Gee, how could anything go wrong here. It’s not like we have US companies that understand communications and could use more jobs in the US. Broadband and ethanol are both Obama initiatives, so it makes sense to have USDA administer them both. After all, broadband certainly doesn’t fit into either the FCC or NIST charter.

  4. Posted April 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm |

    Well … that is disturbing.

  5. Claire: dirty, dirty wingnut
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm |

    Precedent: Rural Electrification Administration, Executive Order 7037, May 11, 1935, FDR, in 1939 reorganized as a division of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

    Gotta use the powah of the gubbmint to help them poor damned rubes and rednecks into the futchah, donchanoo….

  6. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm |

    I vote Sinister, for not only this instance but for nearly everything that has happened. Thousands of moles and fifth columnists have come out from cover and are united behind this Manchurian narcissist to destroy America.
    “I’m the won we’ve been waiting for.” “Wounds my heart with a monotonous languor.”

  7. Spin
    Posted April 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm |

    What was the second language, after English, that everyone spoke in “Firefly”?

    Science fiction or science pre-history.

  8. Posted April 8, 2011 at 7:41 am |

    Well, Obama wanted a kill switch for the Internet, why just not let the Chins kill the whole country. So much simpler that way. Maybe they’ll let him have that Chinese presidency he wants too.

  9. mech
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm |

    This is the second act (or is it the third?).

    A few years back a lot of counterfeit big name routers, etc. were discovered installed and in the pipeline. They were found to have firmware installed that had sinister possibilities purposes.

    Many were installed in military and other government networks.

    I never heard if they were all removed from our infrastructure.

    Anybody else have more info on this?