- While millions of Americans await the fate of 24 American
military men and women being held as hostages by the Red Chinese, many
people inside the Pentagon and intelligence agencies are nervously contemplating
the catastrophic loss of America's top-secret spy plane to the communists.
- The man in the middle of negotiations for the release
of the 24 hostages is Joseph Prueher - the US Ambassador to China. Appearing
on ABC's 'Good Morning America' program, Ambassador Joseph Prueher was
asked if the Chinese had already boarded the EP-3 spy plane. Ambassador
Prueher replied, "We have every reason to think the Chinese have been
all over the airplane."
- Mr. Prueher should know. He's been helping the Chinese
climb all over US defense secrets for years.
- During his tour of duty in the Pacific, Admiral Prueher
gave PLA officers tours of American military bases, pushed for Navy Seals
to train China's elite forces, looked the other way while COSCO tried to
takeover a closed naval base in California, permitted a Chinese-controlled
front group to seize the Panama Canal, downplayed the size and power of
the PLA, hosted a dinner in Beijing for Loral and Hughes executives while
they were under investigation, tried to implement a flawed 'war plan' to
defend Taiwan that would give the battlefield edge to China, pressured
Taiwan's defense chief to enter talks with the PLA, blocked defense intelligence
agents from spying on Chinese war games, and removed Chinese cities from
the list of targets for American nuclear missiles.
- The retired four-star Navy admiral was the chief cheerleader
for Bill Clinton's policy of 'engaging China' by giving the communists
guided tours of America's military bases. He considers the PLA officers
to be "lao pengyou," or old friends. Prior to his appointment
as US ambassador, Prueher was commander of all US forces in the Pacific
(CINCPAC). Admiral Prueher was famous for his numerous trips to Beijing
to visit his PLA buddies and for his hospitality in showing America's military
secrets to the communists.
- During his tour of duty as commander of Pacific Forces,
questions were raised about his chummy relationship with the PLA and communist
big shots in Beijing.' Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz quoted an
unnamed defense official in 1999 as saying, "The commander of US forces
in the Pacific should be the military leader who is the most skeptical
of the Chinese, not the most friendly."
- How friendly was Ambassador Prueher with the communist
rulers in Beijing?
- The pro-China admiral escorted Chinese PLA officials
on a tour of an American nuclear attack submarine in Hawaii. Thanks to
Admiral Prueher, the PLA also got inside the Top Gun training school in
California for American pilots. No doubt that the aggressive flying skills
of Chinese pilots against American aircraft in recent months comes, in
part, from the expertise they gleaned from their tour of our Top Gun facility.
- Top Gun wasn't the only military facility that was opened
to the Red Chinese military leaders. When Clinton and Gore were financing
their 1996 campaign with PLA money, Admiral Prueher was meeting with Lt.
Gen. Xiong Guangkai in September 1996. Known as the 'Butcher of Beijing,'
Gen. Xiong was the top officer in the People's Liberation Army during the
bloody 1989 crackdown on Chinese freedom protesters. The general is also
in charge of China's military intelligence operations that are spying on
the USA. It was General Xiong who delivered the veiled threat to nuke
California by saying, "Americans care more about Los Angeles than
Taiwan." With Admiral Prueher's help, Gen. Xiong visited American
military bases numerous times before the China-loving Clintonistas left
- Just three weeks after the treasonous Bill Clinton won
reelection, Gen. Chi Haotian - China's top PLA officer who killed American
troops during the Korean War - led a delegation of 20 senior PLA officials
on a two-week tour of American defense facilities, including the Pentagon.
A Pentagon statement at the time explained that the defense agency hoped
that the tour would "increase senior Chinese military leaders' understanding
of US national security policies, armed forces, and more broadly, American
society." The last American official who met with Gen. Chi was Admiral
Prueher. The meeting with the Chinese PLA delegation took place in Hawaii
on December 16-18, 1996. During a 1997 trip, Admiral Prueher feted Gen.
Chi to a whirlwind two-week tour of American bases, fighter planes, warships,
and armored forces. A year later, Prueher was present in Beijing with former
Secretary of Defense William Cohen and Gen. Chi at the signing of the Military
Maritime Consultative Agreement. The pact provided for regular meetings
between American and Chinese military leaders so that "our naval and
air forces have more contact," said Secretary Cohen.
- In December 1998, Admiral Prueher supervised the first
joint military exercise involving the PLA Navy and the US Navy and Coast
Guard. He sent the attack submarine USS Columbia and aircraft carrier
USS Carl Vinson to Hong Kong for the event. The Xinhau News Agency quoted
Prueher in December 1998 as saying the exercises were meant to "continue
expanding our contacts to bring younger, more junior American and Chinese
officers together." The admiral praised the PLA's role in the "smooth
transition" between the two navies.
- One of Admiral Prueher's more controversial projects
was a plan for American Special Forces to train PLA elite troops. Pentagon
spokesman Kenneth Bacon confirmed the existence of the plan in July 1998.
US Special Operations chief General Peter Schoomaker - who commands the
Green Berets and Navy SEALS - conducts training missions in over 100 countries.
The general said he supported the idea of training China's special forces.
The general was quoted in the South China Morning Post as saying that
he was in discussions with Admiral Prueher about the details of the plan.
Bacon said the goal was "getting our militaries to work together
- Prueher also supported a Clinton administration directive
last year that sharply reduced US spying on PLA military activities. Washington
Times reporter Bill Gertz reported in October 2000 that the no-spying rule
was supported by US Ambassador Joseph Prueher. According to the report,
US intelligence agencies wanted to spy on big PLA military maneuvers aimed
at Taiwan. When Defense Intelligence Agency agents went to the South China
region to spy on the war games, the Clinton administration - with Prueher's
full support - blocked the American spies.
- Besides escorting PLA officers through US defense facilities,
another top Clinton assignment for the ever-eager Admiral Prueher was to
convince the US Congress that the PLA isn't a military threat to the United
States of America. He testified that the PLA wouldn't be a threat for
at least 15 years. When Loral and Hughes Aerospace transferred sensitive
missile and rocket guidance technology to Red China, Admiral Prueher downplayed
the impact as "marginal." He said the technology transfers "only
incrementally" increased Red China's ballistic missile capabilities.
"I don't think what we have done with Chinahas created a big problem
for us," he was quoted as saying in Aerospace Daily in October 1998.
- On March 16, 2000, Ambassador Prueher hosted a dinner
meeting at his Beijing residence that included executives from Loral, Hughes,
and Lockheed Martin. Also invited was the Chinese government minister
in charge of the Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The communist-controlled
company was linked by congressional investigators to illegal contributions
to the 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign. Bill Gertz reported in the Washington
Times that the meeting was arranged to discuss the suspended US export
license for Loral's ChinaSat 8. The satellite is part of a series of Chinese
military communications satellites for a new command, control, communications
and intelligence system that will link PLA forces together during a war.
Despite the ongoing investigations at the time of the dinner, Ambassador
Prueher justified the dinner as promoting trade.
- Sen. Bob Smith, (Rep. NH) said at the time, "It
certainly sounds inappropriate to me to be wining and dining two contractors
under federal investigation for providing military secrets to an enemy
- Another sore spot for Sen. Smith was Admiral Prueher's
involvement in pushing Taiwan into negotiations with the Red Chinese.
The New Hampshire conservative senator raised serious questions in 1999
about Prueher's attempts to pressure Taiwan Defense Minister Tang Fei into
meeting with the communist PLA. The meeting at Pacific Command headquarters
in Honolulu violated US policy by coercing the Taiwanese general into negotiating
- "He allegedly has violated the six assurances that
defined Taiwan policy under Presidents Reagan and Bushmaking unauthorized
efforts last fall to persuade the Taiwanese military to start talks with
the PLA," Senator Smith wrote in an editorial on October 28, 1999.
The senator had reason to believe that details were in a classified cable.
"Admiral Prueher allegedly ordered deletion of the section of the
classified US plan for the defense of Taiwan dealing with strategic matters,
which has upset STRATCOM (Strategic Command) and riled the Air Force, causing
them to object to Adm. Prueher's actions."
- According to Sen. Smith, Prueher also strongly objected
to American arms sales to Taiwan - especially submarines and advanced medium
range air to air missiles.
- Another pro-China action by Admiral Prueher was his flawed
'war plan' to defend Taiwan. Prueher made changes in planning for Taiwan's
defense immediately after he became commander of the Pacific armed forces.
Sen. Smith said military officers within the Pacific Command provided
him information indicating that Admiral Prueher made changes in American
defense strategy that was favorable to the PLA in a war.
- Prueher's 'war plan' lost in two mock battles with China.
The US Air Forces strenuously objected to Prueher's plan because it would
result in Taiwan's defeat by Red China.
- The Taiwan defense plan wasn't the only military document
that Prueher attempted to alter. As commander of US Pacific Forces, Prueher
rejected the nuclear targeting recommendations of specialists within the
Pacific Command. According to Pentagon insiders at the time, Admiral Prueher
removed China cities and military bases from the list of targets for US
nuclear missiles. With Admiral Prueher's appeasement of Red China, the
question must be asked: Was the loss of the EP-3 plane the result of a
mid-air collision with a Chinese fighter jet - or another deliberate technology
transfer to the "Butchers in Beijing?"
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