Noshir Gowadia was in the Western press lately, because back in August 2010, a Hawaii court convicted him of selling military secrets to China. BBC carried a report with the by-line: “A US engineer who sold military secrets to China has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.” We can expect the media to predictably draw a connection with the J-20 stealth fighter. The buzz now, rather in August 2010, of course is to milk the J-20 news.
I am not really writing about Gowadia though. Regardless of the case, any national working with foreign countries on weapons technology is essentially playing with fire. Impossible for us average citizens to weigh in on something like this. Instead, I have a simple thought I would like to share.
Last year we also read about Russian spies in America stealing secrets. This makes me think, wow, the U.S. have a lot of military secrets to be stolen. Do we know if the U.S. is working on a cruise missile that could perform face recognition and target from outer space? That would be a secret, wouldn’t it? Even the dumbest of us have probably heard about “top secret” and other levels of clearances in movies.
This leads me to think how the Western media cover stories about the Chinese military. They will often outright say “secretive” Chinese military or insinuate that, as if “secretive” is a last name or something. For the dumbest of us, lets get a grip. Military around the globe are secretive. They share what they want the public to know.
Why does the Western media prefix China’s with “secretive” and not their own? Mindless propaganda, isn’t it? And apparently it must work, otherwise they’d stop that nonsense.