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FBI Suspects Chinese Consulate in San Francisco is Harboring Scientist Charged with Visa Fraud

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI suspects the Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a Chinese scientist accused of visa fraud.

Tang Juan and the three other researchers have been charged with visa fraud for allegedly lying about their ties to the Chinese Military to receive applications to work in the U.S.

Three of the researchers have been arrested, while the FBI believes Tang has been hiding for weeks in the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.

In an interview with the FBI, Tang insisted she did not serve in the military, despite evidence to the contrary.

The Justice Department suspects the researchers are trying to steal research from American universities.

“This is another part of the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to take advantage of our open society and exploit academic institutions,” John Demers, the Justice Department’s top national security official, said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

ICE Rescinds Controversial Policy to Suspend Student Visas over Online Classes

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A controversial ICE policy that would have stripped international students of their visas if their college exclusively offered online classes amid the coronavirus pandemic has been rescinded.

The reversal was announced Tuesday by a U.S. District judge who was hearing a lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT, The Boston Herald reports.

“I have been informed by the parties that they have come to a resolution,” U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs said during a Tuesday hearing.

“The government has agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 policy directive,” she said.

The means international students may stay in the U.S. to take classes online.

On Monday, 18 states filed suit against the Trump administration in an attempt to rescind the new policy, alleging several violations of federal law and calling the new rule “cruel, abrupt and unlawful.”

Many universities have yet to decide whether they’re offering in-person courses this fall as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise nationwide. The Trump administration has been pressuring colleges to offer in-person classes, despite concerns about the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than 135,000 people in the U.S.

FBI Warns Universities to Protect Research from Espionage

Genetic research at the laboratoryBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Universities are the hub of innovative research, and the FBI warns, a target for foreign spies.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the FBI has notified universities to be on the look out espionage.

“Some of the greatest threats to academia in the Houston area are the insider threat, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage,” said Maryjo Thomas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston Division

Thomas delivered the warning to more than 100 academic and technology leaders at the FBI’s Houston headquarters.

“It is an initiative whose time has certainly come,” said Mauro Ferrari, president and CEO of the Houston Methodist Research Institute. “Many people in the world would like to have free access to things developed in the United States.”

Philadelphia Universities Warned of ‘Unspecified’ Threat of Violence Today

Via University of Pennsylvania website.

Via University of Pennsylvania website.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned of an “unspecified” threat of violence at universities in Philadelphia.

The USA Today reports warned students and faculty of threats made against “an unspecified university near Philadelphia.”

The FBI and ATF are monitoring the threats and issued the warnings.

Alerts were sent to students and faculty at the University of Philadelphia, Temple University and Drexel University.

The schools plan to operate normally but students were warned on university websites to be vigilant.

“Although the FBI has assured us there is no specific threat to a particular college or university, we are taking this very seriously and are taking extra precautions to protect the Drexel community,” a statement read on Drexel University’s website.

FBI Concerned About Spying on U.S. Campuses

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. campuses aren’t just for educating our youth.

Bloomberg news reports that the FBI is concerned about countries using universities to gather intelligence.

“We have intelligence and cases indicating that U.S. universities are indeed a target of foreign intelligence services,” Frank Figliuzzi, the FBI’s assistant director for counterintelligence told Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reports that authorities are seeing growing signs of spying on U.S. campuses.

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Chicago Fed Prosecutors Trying to Determine if ex-Gov Blago Used Influence in College Admissions

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich in happier days

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich in happier days

Some how you figured there might to be more suspicious activity involving ex-Gov. Blagojevich that went beyond his thick indictment. You also figure U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald plans to bury the ex-gov one way or another.

By KAREN ANN CULLOTTA
New York Times
CHICAGO – Federal prosecutors are trying to determine if former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his allies used political muscle to influence student admissions at three state universities.

United States Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald issued subpoenas this week seeking admissions office records from the University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. The request was related to Mr. Blagojevich and three of his co-defendants on criminal corruption charges, William Cellini, Christopher Kelly and Alonzo Monk.

The investigation also seeks records related to Antoin Rezko, a Chicago businessman and political operative, who last June was convicted of fraud and bribery.

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