Scientists rely heavily on research grants to complete their extensive studies. The processes of discovering new cures, vaccines, and other formulations created for either the benefit or destruction of humankind, depending upon their mission, requires cold hard cash. Lots of it.
The National Institute for Health, or the NIH, has strict guidelines concerning the distribution of funds, and the sources coughing up the loot. Particularly, reporting the sources of these donations is of the utmost importance,
These funds come from a variety of sources to include private investors, institutions, pharmaceutical giants, and governments. Tracking the individual sources is done for one purpose in mind, and one purpose only.
Common sense and experience tell us that not every contributor to the world of science has the proper motive in mind. There’s a dark side to the research they’re paying for, and the money is all too often exchanged under the table, behind the back of the NIH. For good reasons, the funds aren’t reported.
In somewhat of a sting type operation, the NIH discovered 54 scientists who they determined guilty of receiving illicit funds from non-reported sources. It should come as no surprise to anyone how a whopping 93% of these funds came from none other than, China.
These findings have set the biomedical community ablaze. Criminal charges against the devious scientists have been filed, including charges against Charles Lieber, chairperson of Harvard’s department of chemistry and chemical biology.
NIC director Francis Collins said, “It’s not what we had hoped, and it’s not a fun task.” He went on to describe the recent discovery as “sobering.” All 54 scientists have been fired from their positions.
Almost three-quarters of the fired scientists already had active legal grants from the NIH, and half of them had more than one active grant. The total collective amount of these grants equals $164 million.
Many of the investigations are pointing to an Asian man in his mid-50s as one of the main contributors, which is curious in itself, but no name has been released as of yet since the investigation is ongoing.
Roughly 70% of the scientists are guilty of not turning receipts for the money over to the NIH, while 54% of them failed to report their involvement in a foreign talent program. Only 9% of them had ties to an actual recognized foreign company, while just 4% of them held unreported patents.
This serves as an indication of the charged scientists conducting business with unknown entities for unknown reasons. But here is the real shock factor surrounding these crimes. To add to the dilemma, 82% of the scientists under investigation, are Asian.
The NIH has been diligently searching, as part of federal efforts, to identify the types of illegal behavior that could prove harmful to America’s national security and economic well-being. A current bill introduced in Congress would limit the number of Chinese, or other non-American citizens, allowed to conduct their research in the United States.
The pending bill would also limit the amount of access to highly sensitive and classified research programs to any foreign scientist. Our federal government must consider the possibility of infiltration by foreign entities for all of the wrong reasons. Spys come in all shapes, colors, and professions.
Because of their findings, the NIH is in the process of broadening their investigation, and thus far they are eyeing an additional 399 scientists they say are “of possible concern.” With the FBI’s assistance, they have already honed in on 30% of them who they have little to no doubt are guilty.
Some of our institutions have taken it upon themselves to identify and rat-out any of their on-staff scientists they have strong suspicions about, and their results have uncovered another 44 prime suspects.
This is only the beginning. The NIH, the FBI, and our federal government will stop at nothing until all of these foreign planted infiltrators have met their due fates.
Invading a country does not always require long-range missiles and hand grenades. It can be done quietly under the shadows of darkness.
Scientists have access to chemical reagents used in biological warfare. Most certainly these illegal unreported funds are being used for the development of such heiness chemical concoctions which could one day be used against us.
Our government’s duty to keep citizens safe is ongoing. Much of what they do is not publicized for apparent reasons. But isn’t it nice to know how our president and crew consistently work behind the scenes so America can sleep better at night? The answer would be a resounding yes.