CPU235 - EXPORT OF SUPER COMPUTERS FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS


CPU235

Attorney General Reno says she has not seen any evidence of China trying to influence the Clinton administration to export military technology. The problem is she is not looking...

In November 1993, on the eve of the first Sino/American summit since the Tienneman square massacre, NSA Director Adm. McConnell approved approved China's long standing request to buy a super high technology computer, supposedly for exclusively non military use. Since then the PRC has taken possession of at least 46 super computers.


  "Our recent agreement to a relaxation of export controls on
  telecommunications and supercomputers should enable U.S.
  industry to expand markets for these goods and retain its
  competitive edge in these critical technologies for the
  future."
  
  - 11/15/93 NSA Director Adm. McConnell to Commerce Secretary
    Ron Brown.  FOIA by SOFTWAR

Please note this letter was addressed to RON BROWN of the Commerce Department. It is clear that the Justice Department has skipped over the Commerce Department in their investigations. Ironically, NSA Director McConnell would endorse exporting US super computers the day before Bill Clinton would meet the President of China to announce... The export of super computers to China. Gee, what a co-incidence.

Furthermore, China was not the only one to benefit from these new super computers for sale. The export of a super computer directly to the Russian nuclear agency MINATOM (Ministry of Atomics) was also clearly spelled out in a recent GAO report:


  "MINATOM told one of the companies that sold them a computer
  without a license that the computer would be used for modeling
  of earth water pollution caused by radioactive substances.
  However, MINATOM officials have stated that the computers will
  be used to maintain the Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles and
  the Minister of Atomic Energy indicated that the computer
  would be used to confirm the reliability of Russia's nuclear
  arsenal and ensure its proper working order under the terms of
  the CTBT."

  - (Testimony, 04/15/97,  GAO/T-NSIAD-97-128).

In response, SOFTWAR issued a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) to determine the documented facts and sources that authorized the export of these systems to develop nuclear weapons. Was the Clinton administration aware that super computers were being sold to develop nuclear weapons? Did the Clinton administration have any legislation, plans, documents, notes or meetings on EXPORT CONTROL ON SALES OF HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTERS FOR USE IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS LABORATORIES? The answer comes from the Department of Energy:


  "A search was conducted of the files in the Office of Arms
  Control and Nonproliferation and responsive documents
  originated with the Department of Commerce (DOC) were
  located."

  - Sept. 30, 1997 reply to SOFTWAR FOIA by the Energy
    Department, Michael V. McClary, Executive Officer, Office of
    Arms Control and Nonproliferation.

Once again, the COMMERCE Department. The documents are hidden in the closed world of Ron Brown, John Huang, Ginger Lew and Ira Sockowitz. The DNC, CIA and NSA filled Commerce Department that seems to have been a bit careless with US secrets lately. The details of the intentional export of super computers to hostile nations for nuclear weapons research are now being withheld by the Commerce Department.

Will Janet Reno care to look? Does she care that she may be in the crosshairs of a nuclear weapon developed with the help of her boss? She can see the many documents about the export of advanced technology to China already denied to the US public on "national security" and "lawyer client privilege" grounds. She could view the inter-agency memos that the rest of us cannot. One only need wonder why STONEWALL Reno does not look. Could it be because her name might be on some of those memos?


SOFTWAR



May 21, 1997

Public Information Officer
Energy Dept.
FOIA/PA Division HR - 78
1000 Independence Ave. S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20585

Dear Sir/Madam:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC 552, and to the regulations of the Department of Energy, CDR (citation to departmental regulations, obtainable from committee print index), I hereby request access to:

Date Range:
From 1/1/93 to Present

Policy:
Legislation, proposed legislation, plans, documents, notes or meetings on Export Controls on Sales of High Performance Computers for use in Nuclear Weapons Laboratories.

Please provide government solutions in reference to super-computer export policy, efforts to nationalize using covert actions, transfer of nuclear weapons computer research to foreign nations or other means to control the export of the super-computer software/hardware for use in Nuclear Weapons Laboratories.

Please specify date, time, and persons involved in any discovery.

example:
(Testimony, 04/15/97, GAO/T-NSIAD-97-128). "MINATOM told one of the companies that sold them a computer without a license that the computer would be used for modeling of earth water pollution caused by radioactive substances. However, MINATOM officials have stated that the computers will be used to maintain the Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles and the Minister of Atomic Energy indicated that the computer would be used to confirm the reliability of Russia's nuclear arsenal and ensure its proper working order under the terms of the CTBT."

If there is a charge for locating and copying the requested material, please notify me in advance of the estimated amount.

Please reply by June 21, 1997. If the request is denied, please specify the section of the Freedom of Information Act which is being relied on as a legal basis for the denial.

Thank you.

Charles R. Smith


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