Friday, April 30, 2021

A Dark Day In American History: Today Is The Anniversary Of The Fall Of South Vietnam

Today is the anniversary of the fall of South Vietnam in 1975 to the North Vietnamese Communists.

It was a dark day in America as well, as after losing 58,000 Americans in our support of the South Vietnamese government, the Democratic-led Congress cut off funds and military aid and allowed the Communists to march in and take over.

The North Vietnamese defeated the South Vietnamese militarily and did not defeat American troops in combat. All American combat troops had left the country in 1973.

As I noted here on this past National Vietnam Veterans' Day, back in 1970 and 1971, I was an 18 and 19-year-old sailor stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk as the aircraft carrier launched combat aircraft against North Vietnam from “Yankee Station” in the Gulf of Tonkin during the final years of the Vietnam War. 

I recall that nearly every pilot, intelligence officer and seasoned military man I spoke to aboard the carrier was disgusted with the conduct of the war. 

They thought we should win it. 

If only, I was told, we were allowed to unleash the full power of the aircraft carrier, the North Vietnamese would quickly surrender. 

I agreed then and now, after all these years in which I’ve interviewed many soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines and CIA officers who fought in the war, I still agree. 

We could have – we should have - won the Vietnam War. 

Militarily, we did win, as we never lost a battle over company strength during our entire time there, and when the North Vietnamese defeated the South Vietnamese in 1975, there were no American combat troops in the country. 

We lost the war only in the sense that America lacked a political will to go all out and defeat the communists.

(I fear we will see a repeat of this travesty in Afghanistan as Biden pulls all American troops out. We have a small number of troops in Afghanistan with few casualties in the past couple of years. I believe we should keep troops in Afghanistan to keep the Taliban honest, just as we keep troops in South Korea and Germany.)

You can read my Washington Times review of The Vietnam War via the below link:

… “The Vietnam War: An Intimate History” is an impressive-looking book, with a vast array of photos that accompanies a look back at the long and complicated war. Unfortunately, the companion book suffers from the same bias we saw in the television series.

… Many veterans believed in the war, many volunteered to serve in Vietnam, and many Vietnam veterans are proud of their service. Many Americans, then and now, believe we should have gone all out to win the war. Certainly, the many South Vietnamese murdered and imprisoned by the Communists after the fall of the South, and the many Vietnamese “boat people” who endured hardships and sacrifices to escape the Communists, wish we had stayed the course.

 You can also read my Washington Times on another view of the Vietnam War via the below link:

Paul Davis On Crime: Another View Of The Vietnam War 

Peruto Means Business: Part Two Of My Philadelphia Weekly 'Crime Beat' Column On Chuck Peruto's Run For Philly DA

Philadelphia Weekly published part two of my Crime Beat column on Chuck Peruto, who is running for Philadelphia DA.

You can read the column below (click on page to enlarge) or via the below link:

Peruto means business - Philadelphia Weekly

You can read part one of my Crime Beat column on Chuck Peruto via the below link:

Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Little Humor: Wife's Birthday Present

A friend of mine told me that in the weeks before his wife’s birthday, he picked up several jewelry catalogs that his wife left lying around the house. 

He got the hint. 

So, for her birthday, he bought her a magazine rack. 

He asked me if he could stay at my house for a while. 

Note: The above photo is of Shemp Howard of the Three Stooges.    

Chinese National Pleads Guilty To Illegal Exports To Northwestern Polytechnical University

WASHINGTON – A Chinese national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with illegally procuring and causing the illegal export of $100,000 worth of U.S. origin goods to Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU), a Chinese military university that is heavily involved in military research and works closely with the People’s Liberation Army on the advancement of its military capabilities. 

According to court documents, Shuren Qin, 44, a Chinese national residing in Wellesley, Mass., gained admittance into the United States through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program in 2014 and established LinkOcean Technologies, LTD., which he used to import goods and technology with underwater and marine applications into the PRC from the United States, Canada and Europe. Today, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully export items from the United States to NWPU without first obtaining the required export licenses; one count of visa fraud; two counts of making false statements to law enforcement agents regarding his customers and the types of parts he caused to be exported from the United States to the People’s Republic of China (PRC); four counts of money laundering; and two counts of smuggling hydrophones from the U.S. to the PRC. 

“Qin took advantage of the open marketplace in the United States to purchase sensitive technologies for a Chinese military university,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department's National Security Division. “In addition, he lied on his visa application and to U.S. customs officers. When individuals illegally pursue personal profit at the expense of U.S. national security, DOJ will disrupt such conduct and punish those involved.” 

"The People’s Republic of China has an insatiable appetite for our country’s most sensitive products and technologies – particularly those with military applications,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell for the District of Massachusetts. “By exporting key anti-submarine warfare products to a Chinese military university, Mr. Qin created a threat to our national security and broke the law. That warrants federal prosecution, without a doubt.”

NWPU has been involved in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles and missile proliferation projects. Since 2001, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has designated NWPU on its Entity List for national security reasons. Qin communicated with and received purchase orders from NWPU to obtain items used for anti-submarine warfare. Between approximately July 2015 and December 2016, Qin caused at least 60 hydrophones (devices used to detect and monitor sound underwater) to be exported from the United States to NWPU without obtaining the required export licenses from the DOC. Qin and his company, LinkOcean, did so by concealing from the U.S. manufacturer of the hydrophones that NWPU was the true end-user and by causing false end-user information to be filed with the U.S. government. In addition, on four occasions in connection with the export of hydrophones to NWPU, Qin engaged in money laundering by transferring or causing the transfer of more than $100,000 from Chinese bank accounts to bank accounts located in the United States with the intent to promote and facilitate his unlawful export scheme. 

Additionally, in July 2016, Qin engaged in visa fraud in connection with his application to remove conditions on his U.S. Permanent Resident Status (Form I-829) by falsely certifying that he had not committed any crime for which he was not arrested since becoming a conditional permanent resident when, in fact, he had caused the illegal export of hydrophones in 2015. In addition, Qin made false statements to federal agents on two occasions regarding LinkOcean’s customers and its export activities. Specifically, during a November 2017 interview with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers, Qin falsely stated that he only exported instruments that attach to a buoy. However, Qin had exported and caused the export of remotely operated side scan sonar systems, unmanned underwater vehicles, unmanned surface vehicles, robotic boats and hydrophones. The items that Qin concealed from CBP during this interview have military applications and several of these items were delivered to military end-users in China. On or about July 21, 2018, Qin lied to investigators when he stated that he did not have any customers on the DOC’s Entity List when he had at least two such customers – NWPU and the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). NUDT has been designated on DOC’s Entity List and is involved modernizing the PRC’s armed forces. 

Prior to entering his guilty plea, Qin moved to suppress evidence seized from his laptop and iPhone during a border search and statements he made to CBP officers during a secondary in November 2017. Judge Casper found that the “Chinese Navy” was one of Qin’s customer’s according to LinkOcean’s website and when the border search occurred, agents testified that they were “concerned that Qin was involved [in] working on behalf of the Chinese Navy to procure items from the United States, export them to China so that they could be used or incorporated in systems the Chinese Navy or research institutes were developing to be used in electronic warfare, anti-submarine warfare.” 

By the end of the summer of 2017, investigators had learned that Qin was interested in procuring both AUVs and sonobuoys, which raised concerns for the agents as they learned that Ultra Electronics was at that same time developing “an AUV that worked in conjunction with [a] sonobuoy … strictly for military use by the U.S. Navy.” Qin also lied when questioned during the secondary inspection at the border regarding the types of parts he exported, concealing his “interest in procuring side scan sonar systems, AUVs, and sonobuoys.”       

The charge of conspiring to violate U.S. export laws provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million. The charges of visa fraud and smuggling both provide for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of making false statements provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.  The charge or money laundering provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $500,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney B. Stephanie Siegmann, Chief of Mendell’s National Security Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Casey, also of National Security Unit, are prosecuting the case. Valuable assistance was provided by the Justice Department's National Security Division.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A Little Humor: Babylon Bee: 12 Ways To Help Your Wife Around The House Without Putting In Too Much Effort

I Love the Babylon Bee's satire pieces:

We here at The Babylon Bee are marriage experts. Being considerate and helping your wife around the house is key to a healthy marriage-- and it doesn't even have to be hard work! We drew from decades of combined marriage experience to compile a list of easy ways to help your wife out.

1. Rinse a dish and leave it near the sink: Your lady will swoon when she sees how considerate you are! For bonus points, place the dish in the sink so she can easily put it in the dishwasher later.

2. Place excess trash in an organized pile near the trash can until she takes it out:  Little things to make her life easier go such a long way!

3. Avoid the toilet seat debate by peeing in the sink: Lifehack!

4. Never shower so she'll have fewer towels to fold: Also, if you never wear socks, you'll never get in trouble for not throwing them in the hamper.

5. Helpfully gather all the dirty clothes and passive-aggressively place them in front of the washer: Whatever you do, DON'T actually put them in the washer. You'll probably do it wrong. 

6. Leave her helpful instructions on sticky notes around the house so she'll know how to do things properly: You can add little hearts and "XOXOXO" for extra romance. 

7. Say helpful phrases like "My mom didn't do it that way" when she's cleaning: Wives love to learn new things from their mothers-in-law. What a great way to pass down helpful knowledge! 

8. Send her pictures of the messes around the house while she's away so she can mentally prepare for the tasks ahead of her: This selfless act will help her stay mentally organized. It's the least you can do. 

9. Start the lawnmower for her: Use your big man strength to start the mower so she has more energy to mow the lawn. If you really want to drive her crazy, roll up your sleeves so she sees your big arms while you crank the engine.

10. Pick up your feet while playing Xbox so she can vacuum under them: Invest in your marriage and do it without being asked!

11. Place all the sandwich ingredients together on the counter to cut down on her lunch-making time: For extra helpfulness, leave another sticky note to help her make it correctly. 

12. Have many children so they can help around the house: And if you're a Mormon, you can also take a second wife to help your first wife with the chores!

There you have it! Now go and invest in your marriage! 

You can read other humor pieces via the below link:

The Babylon Bee | Your Trusted Source for Christian News Satire. 

Social Security Inspector General: New Tactics for Government Imposters

Tracy Lynge, the Social Security Administration Communications Director for the Office of the Inspector General offers the below crime prevention piece:

Last month, we partnered with our Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the annual National “Slam the Scam” to help you learn how to identify and avoid government imposter scams. These scams are widespread across the United States and often involve Social Security number-related issues. Scammers’ tactics continue to evolve. 

You can read the rest of the piece and watch a video via the below link:

SSA Inspector General: New Tactics for Government ImpostersSocial Security Matters 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

South Philadelphia Drug Trafficking Ringleader Sentenced To Nearly 20 Years in Prison

 The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania released the below information: 

PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Basil Bey, 31, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison, and six years of supervised release by United States District Judge Gerald A. McHugh for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine, and distributing heroin and crack cocaine, including near a playground.

Bey’s sentence comes after a jury returned guilty verdicts in December 2017 against Bey and three of his co-conspirators, all from Philadelphia, who have already been sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy: Reginald White, 34, was sentenced to 17.5 years, Tyrik Upchurch, 33, was sentenced to 18 years and seven months; and Amin Wadley, 29, was sentenced to 15.5 years. Six other defendants, also all from Philadelphia, previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced by Judge McHugh for their roles in the conspiracy: Sidney Cornish, 31; Dassan Cornish, 29; Jerome Lyles, 36; Rhasul Lucas, 32; Jihad Thorne, 24; and Quaadir Crawford, 32.

As presented at trial, from at least April 2015 through December 2016, Bey was the leader of a narcotics trafficking organization that sold heroin (including fentanyl-laced heroin) and crack cocaine nearly 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to buyers in South Philadelphia. The group, which included White, Upchurch, Wadley, Sidney and Dassan Cornish, Lyles, Lucas, Thorne, and Crawford as members, sold and delivered narcotics in shifts in order to serve customers day and night. Bey, Upchurch, and Wadley also maintained residences around Philadelphia in order to store and package the narcotics for distribution. Due to the dedicated efforts of law enforcement in this case, approximately thirty-five controlled purchases of heroin and/or crack were made from this drug group—all captured on video. Law enforcement also lawfully obtained a wiretap that captured some of the group’s cell phone activity.

“Drug trafficking is an insidious activity that destroys and demoralizes neighborhoods,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “Basil Bey was an expert at it, a career criminal committed to living a life of crime, and now he will pay the price by spending decades in prison. This is the just punishment that awaits drug dealers facing federal charges.”

“The FBI is committed to keeping communities safe from predators like Basil Bey and the members of his drug trafficking organization,” said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Bey’s actions and that of his co-conspirators are particularly heinous given that they trafficked in dangerous narcotics made even more lethal as they were laced with fentanyl. Today’s sentence sends the message to drug organizations and gang members that if you traffick in illegal drugs, we, along with our law enforcement partners, will hunt you down and bring you to justice.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Philadelphia Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Bologna and Kevin Jayne. 

'Losing Proposition': High-Profile Shootings Of Black Men Involve Resisting Arrest

Washington Times. 

Michael Brown, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and Daunte Wright were all Black men killed by police, but they had something else in common: All sought to avoid being taken into custody by fleeing, fighting or refusing to heed officers’ instructions.


The “systemic racism” narrative touted by Black Lives Matter and the Biden administration to explain police use of force against Black victims is drawing pushback as resisting arrest emerges as a factor in many if not most high-profile cases.


“While there have certainly been exceptions to this rule, often involving officers who were rapidly punished, it is not a misread that a huge percentage of prominent BLM cases — Jacob Blake, Hakim Littleton, Rayshard Brooks, Michael Brown — involve people fighting the police or at least actively resisting arrest,” said Wilfred Reilly, an associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University.


You can read the rest of the piece via the below link: 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Andrew McCarthy: What the Media Didn’t Tell You About The Chauvin Case

Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, offers his take on the Derek Chauvin trial at National Review.  

...Not a shred of evidence was introduced at the trial that Derek Chauvin is a racist. None. There was nothing in the weeks of testimony that even hinted at such a thing. The prosecutors who aggressively urged the jury to convict Chauvin of murder never intimated that racism played any role in the crimes. They convincingly argued that he was a bad cop, not a racist cop.

... Had the police searched the car, which they would have had probable cause to do, they would have found at least one more counterfeit bill and illegal narcotics (which were found later). Floyd had methamphetamine and fentanyl in his system (enough of the latter, potentially, to be fatal to a person who had not built up a tolerance to it by years of opiate abuse). Police also later found pills containing these two controlled substances with Floyd’s saliva on them.

… It was thus rational for the jury to find that Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd, though it started out as a lawful use of force, (a) evolved into a criminal assault, and (b) demonstrated “depraved indifference” as the judge defined that term in his instructions on the law. These were the findings the jury had to make to find Chauvin guilty on the two murder counts (second- and third-degree murder). Furthermore, in drawing those conclusions, the jury necessarily found that Chauvin was culpably negligent, which is the finding that supports a second-degree manslaughter conviction.

…Nevertheless, the case does not stand as a totem of systemic racism. To the contrary, the evidence proves that Chauvin was individually culpable. Far from being emblematic of an inherently racist law-enforcement agency, Chauvin’s actions grossly violated the standards of a police department that is committed to even-handed enforcement of the law and, from the top down, to diversity and amicable relations with the community.

… And yet these are the facts: George Floyd was arrested not based on a police assumption but in response to a credible citizen complaint that he committed a crime, coupled with obvious evidence that he was high on drugs while operating a car. The police never choked him. And there is no evidence that racism motivated the police to mistreat him.  

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:  

Man Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Provide Material Support To Foreign Terrorist Organizations

The U.S. Justice Department released the below information:

WASHINGTON – A New York man pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the al-Nusrah Front, both designated by the U.S. Department of State as foreign terrorist organizations.

According to court documents, Elvis Redzepagic, 30, of Commack, New York, began communicating in early 2015 with an individual he believed to be both the commander of a battalion in Syria and a member of ISIS or the al-Nusrah Front, and made attempts to join that individual’s battalion to engage in violent jihad. In July 2015, Redzepagic traveled to Turkey and made multiple unsuccessful attempts to cross the border into Syria. Unable to enter Syria from Turkey, Redzepagic traveled to Jordan in August 2016, but was stopped and deported by Jordanian authorities. 

“Redzepagic has admitted to travelling overseas to try to join and provide material support to ISIS and the al-Nusrah Front, two foreign terrorist organizations that were engaged in fighting in Syria,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division.  “The threat from these terrorist organizations has not ended, and we will continue to work to stem the flow of fighters and bring to justice those who provide material support to these groups.”

“Redzepagic, a Long Island resident, admitted that he attempted to travel to Syria on several occasions to wage jihad on behalf of ISIS and other organizations dedicated to violence and mass destruction,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Mark Lesko for the Eastern District of New York. “This Office is committed to preventing the spread of terrorism by stopping individuals like the defendant in their tracks and prosecuting them before they are able to harm the United States and its allies.” Acting U.S. Attorney Lesko praised the outstanding efforts of the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consists of investigators and analysts from the FBI, the NYPD, and over 50 other federal, state, and local agencies. 

In Facebook messages from October 2015, Redzepagic explained that “jihad” is when “you fight for the sake of God” and “die for the sake of Allah.”  Redzepagic stated that he traveled to Turkey to “perform Jihad and join Jabhat Al-Nusra.” He predicted, “there will come a time where people will only know to say Allahu Akbar.”  In subsequent interviews with law enforcement, Redzepagic admitted that at the time he attempted to enter Syria, he was prepared to strap a bomb to himself.  

Redzepagic pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI’s New York Field Office is investigating the case.

Trial Attorney Stephanie Sweeten of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Saritha Komatireddy and Artie McConnell are prosecuting the case.

Why I And Millions Of Other Viewers Don't Watch The Oscars: Oscars 2021 Celebs Rip Derek Chauvin, Police Brutality

Melissa Roberto at has a piece on tonight's Oscar ceremony, which, not surprisingly, offered an abundance of rich, largely ignorant, entitled, condescending, guilt-ridden liberal entertainers lecturing real people on criminal and social justice.  

No wonder the Oscar's TV audience has dropped progressively (pun intended) in huge numbers over the past years.

You can read the piece via the below link:


Saturday, April 24, 2021

A Little Humor: Another Car Stop

A police officer pulled over a woman who ran a red light. 

He asked her for her license and registration. 

“Your license says you’re supposed to wearing glasses,” the cop said. 

“That’s all right,” the woman replied. “I have contacts.” 

“Lady,” the cop said. “I don’t care who you know, you’re supposed to wearing glasses.” 

Note: The above photo is of Steve Guttenberg from the Police Academy movies.

You can also read another car stop joke via the below link:  

Paul Davis On Crime: A Little Humor: Car Stop 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Three Men Indicted For Setting Off Explosives Inside Target, Wawas During October 2020 Civil Unrest In Philadelphia Area

 The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of PA released the below link:

PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Cushmir McBride, 21, of Yeadon, PA, Kamar Thompson, 34, of Philadelphia, PA, and Nasser McFall, 22, of Claymont, DE, were charged by Indictment for their alleged involvement in four separate incidents in Fall 2020: the robberies of a Target and a Wawa, and attempts to rob two different Wawas, all with multiple explosive devices. 

McFall is also charged with setting off an explosive device at a bank in Philadelphia later that year. McBride and McFall were previously arrested and charged by Complaint, and Thompson is in federal custody facing charges in a separate case involving the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Each defendant is expected to be arraigned on these new charges next week.

On October 26, 2020, a Philadelphia Police Officer-involved shooting occurred in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia that resulted in the death of Walter Wallace, Jr. Peaceful protests began that evening and continued into the following days, accompanied by a period of civil unrest with widespread incidents of looting and violence in various neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

The Indictment announced today alleges that on October 28, 2020, defendants McBride, Thompson and McFall conspired to break into a Target in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and set off an explosive device in order to steal money from an ATM inside. The defendants are also alleged to have broken into a Wawa the following day, October 29, on Richmond Street in Philadelphia, where they once again set off explosive devices in order to steal money from the ATM. The Indictment further alleges that the defendants set off explosive devices in two other Wawas, one in Philadelphia and one in Claymont, DE, in two separate attempts to rob these stores in the same manner. Finally, McFall is alleged to have set off an explosive device inside an ATM at a Wells Fargo bank in Philadelphia on December 2, 2020.

Each defendant is charged with conspiracy to maliciously damage property used in interstate commerce by means of an explosive, and aiding and abetting, as well as four separate counts alleging maliciously damaging property used in interstate commerce by means of an explosive.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice will always support the constitutionally protected right to peaceful protest and freedom of speech,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “However, there is no right to rob, loot or destroy property while endangering lives, as the defendants are accused of doing here. If you engage in violence and commit a federal crime during periods of civil unrest hoping the turbulence will afford you some cover, rest assured that it will not. As this Indictment shows, we will find you, charge you, and you will faces the consequences of your actions in federal court.”

“The Philadelphia Arson and Explosives Task Force maintains a wealth of expertise in these types of investigations,” said Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “These arrests and indictment would not have been possible without the continued professionalism of our partners in the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office. ATF is committed to vigorously working with all of our law enforcement partners and to utilize our expertise in explosives investigations to identify and arrest individuals that commit these types of crimes.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 80 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Ph.D. Chemist Convicted Of Conspiracy To Steal Trade Secrets, Economic Espionage, Theft Of Trade Secrets And Wire Fraud

The U.S. Justice Department released the below information: 

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Greeneville, Tennessee, convicted a U.S. citizen today of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, economic espionage and wire fraud. 

Following a twelve-day trial, Dr. Xiaorong You, aka Shannon You, 59, of Lansing, Michigan, was convicted of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic espionage, and wire fraud. You was originally indicted in February 2019 for trade secret offenses and wire fraud, and was charged in a superseding indictment with  economic espionage and conspiracy to commit economic espionage in August 2020. 

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, You stole valuable trade secrets related to formulations for bisphenol-A-free (BPA-free) coatings for the inside of beverage cans. You was granted access to the trade secrets while working at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, and Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. The stolen trade secrets belonged to major chemical and coating companies including Akzo-Nobel, BASF, Dow Chemical, PPG, Toyochem, Sherwin Williams, and Eastman Chemical Company, and cost nearly $120,000,000 to develop. 

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, You stole the trade secrets to set up a new BPA-free coating company in China. You and her Chinese corporate partner, Weihai Jinhong Group, received millions of dollars in Chinese government grants to support the new company (including a Thousand Talents Plan award). Documents related to You’s Thousand Talents Program application were admitted at trial; those documents, and other evidence presented at trial, showed the defendant’s intent to benefit not only Weihai Jinhong Group, but also the governments of China, the Chinese province of Shandong, and the Chinese city of Weihai, as well as her intent to benefit the Chinese Communist Party. 

Until recently, BPA was used to coat the inside of cans and other food and beverage containers to help minimize flavor loss and prevent the container from corroding or reacting with the food or beverage contained therein. However, due to BPA’s potential health risks, companies began searching for BPA-free alternatives. As witnesses from the chemical and coating companies testified at trial, developing these BPA-free alternatives was a very expensive and time-consuming process. 

From December 2012 through Aug. 31, 2017, You was employed as Principal Engineer for Global Research at Coca-Cola, which had agreements with numerous companies to conduct research and development, testing, analysis and review of various BPA-free technologies. 

Because of You’s extensive education and experience with BPA and BPA-free coating technologies, she was one of a limited number of Coca-Cola employees with access to BPA-free trade secrets belonging to Akzo-Nobel, BASF, Dow Chemical, PPG, Toyochem, and Sherwin Williams. From approximately September 2017 through June 2018, You was employed as a packaging application development manager for Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she was one of a limited number of employees with access to trade secrets belonging to Eastman. 

You is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. 

Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the National Security Division; Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Acting U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III for the Eastern District of Tennessee made the announcement. 

The FBI’s Knoxville Field Office and Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) investigated the case. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney T.J. Harker of the Eastern District of Tennessee; Senior Counsel Matt Walczewski of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section; and Trial Attorney Nic Hunter of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section and are prosecuting the case. April Denard and Bryan Brandenburg of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee provided technical assistance at trial.

'Never Stupid To Ask Questions’: Rare Raymond Chandler Essay Gives Writing, Office Tips

 The Los Angeles Times offers a piece on a recently found essay written by one of my favorite writers, Raymond Chandler. 

Philip Marlowe, that most self-reliant of fictional detectives, had no boss and no one to boss around. Not so his creator, Raymond Chandler, who needed some help. 

“Advice to a Secretary,” a rarely seen essay published this week in the spring issue of the literary quarterly Strand Magazine, is a wry set of instructions Chandler issued to his assistant in the 1950s, Juanita Messick. For Chandler, who had little family beyond his wife and few close friends, work was personal. His tone with Messick varied from indulgent employer to hapless spouse. 

“Assert your personal rights at all times,” wrote Chandler, whose thrillers depicting the seamier side of Los Angeles in the mid-20th century are classics of the genre. “You are a human being. You will not always feel well. You will be tired and want to lie down. Say so. Do it. You will get nervous; you will want to go out for a while. Say so, and do it. If you get to work late, don’t apologize. Just give a simple explanation of why, even if it is a silly explanation. You may have had a flat tire. You may have overslept. You may have been drunk. We are both just people.” 

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

Rare Raymond Chandler essay gives writing, office tips - Los Angeles Times (

You can also read my Crime Beat column on Raymond Chandler via the below link:  

Paul Davis On Crime: My Crime Beat Column: Raymond Chandler's Influence on Crime Novels and Films 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

'I'm Going To Kick Krasner's Ass': My Philadelphia Weekly 'Crime Beat' Column On Chuck Peruto's Run For Philadelphia District Attorney

Philadelphia Weekly published part one of my two-part series of Crime Beat columns on Chuck Peruto's run for Philadelphia District Attorney against Larry Krasner.

You can read the column via the pages below (click to enlarge) or the below link:

‘I’m going to kick Krasner’s ass’ - Philadelphia Weekly

Ralph Cipriano: Detective: D.A. Tampered With Wallace Probe To Set Up Cops

 Ralph Cipriano at offers a piece on a former Philadelphia detective who is suing Philly DA Larry Krasner. 

In an ongoing whistleblower's lawsuit in U.S. District Court, a former Philadelphia police detective charges that the D.A.'s office tampered with an investigation into the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., by trying to force another detective to falsify an affidavit of probable cause. 

According to an amended complaint filed April 8th by Detective Derrick "Jake" Jacobs, Assistant District Attorney Vincent Corrigan wanted Detective Daphne Smith to rewrite the affidavit to eliminate Wallace's aggressive actions toward police on the day they shot him 14 times.

On Oct. 26, 2020, a next-door neighbor and Wallace's sister called 911, frantically seeking help because the knife-wielding Wallace was attacking his mother and father.  

When the cops got there, Wallace came at two officers with the knife. Within the next minute, despite being told ten times by the cops, who were in retreat, to drop the knife, Wallace kept pursuing the cops out in the street and kept brandishing the knife. So the cops opened fire and killed him. 

When Detective Smith refused to rewrite the affidavit, Jacobs wrote, ADA Corrigan went to Detective Smith's superior, Lt. Jason Hendershot, and the result was that Hendershot "altered and falsified" the affidavit to remove any of Wallace's aggressive actions, thereby removing any legal justification for the cops to open fire. 

In his federal lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages, Jacobs, acting as his own attorney, has charged District Attorney Larry Krasner and Assistant D.A. Tracy Tripp with conspiring to maliciously prosecute him because he similarly refused to change his testimony about his investigation into another racially-charged officer-involved shooting. 

Last October, U.S. Judge Harvey Bartle III granted the city's request to dismiss Jacobs' lawsuit for allegedly not properly following the federal rules for civil procedure. But Jacobs filed an appeal that prevailed last Dec. 1st with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and his lawsuit was reinstated. 

What does the D.A.'s office have to say in response to these allegations? As they have for the past 20 months, Larry "Stonewall" Krasner and Jane 'The Mute" Roh did not respond to a request for comment. 

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

Detective: D.A. Tampered With Wallace Probe To Set Up Cops | Big Trial | Philadelphia Trial Blog 

A Little Humor: Car Stop

 A police officer pulled over a car with a broken tail light. 

The cop asked the driver to roll down his window. 

He told the driver that his tail light was broken. 

“You should get that tail light fixed,” the cop said to the driver.     

“Hey, don’t give me orders,” the irate driver said. “I’m a taxpayer. I pay your salary. 

“That makes me your boss.” 

“OK,” the cop replied. “How about a raise, boss?” 

“I’ll get the tail light fixed,” the driver said.      

 Note: The photo above is of actor and comedian Larvell Jones from the Police Academy films.

"You have the right to sing the blues. You have the right to cable TV..." 

You can watch a trailer for Police Academy 2 via the below link:

  Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Trailer (1985) - Bing video

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

'I'm Going To Kick Krasner's Ass': My Philadelphia Weekly 'Crime Beat' Column On Chuck Peruto's Run Against Philly DA Larry Krasner

Philadelphia Weekly posted the online version of my Crime Beat column on Charles "Chuck" Peruto, who is running against Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner.

The column will run in print tomorrow. 

You can read the column via the below link:

 ‘I’m going to kick Krasner’s ass’ - Philadelphia Weekly 

Ernest Hemingway And James Jones: Writers And Warriors

Like many TV viewers, I watched Ken Burns and Lyn Novick’s fine PBS three-part documentary series on the late, great writer Ernest Hemingway. Another viewer was Kaylee Jones, the daughter of another late, great writer, James Jones. 

As a longtime Hemingway aficionado, I’ve reviewed Mr. Hemingway’s short stories and several books about him at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Washington Times. 

Hemingway was a great novelist and short story writer, but as his many biographies and the PBS series pointed out, he had serious character flaws, most probably enhanced by depression, alcoholism and several serious head injuries. 

Hemingway was generally a decent man, father, husband and friend, but he also had a vile competitive nature and was at times a mean drunk, as well as a braggart, a bore and a bully. 

Although as a young writer, Hemingway had been helped and supported by several older, more established writers, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, he was later unkind to talented writers younger than himself, such as James Jones. 

Hemingway disliked James Jones, it seems to me, not only because he was a fine new writer, but because he was a genuine WWII combat veteran. 

My late father, Edward M. Davis, another genuine WWII combat veteran – he was an Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogman who fought the Japanese in the Pacific – scoffed when he saw me reading Ernest Hemingway when I was a teenager. 

He was not impressed with Hemingway being an ambulance driver in WWI, even though, as I pointed out to my father, he was rejected by the army due to poor eyesight, and as a Red Cross volunteer, he had been seriously wounded on the front lines in Italy. 

I also noted that Ernest Hemingway had been a war correspondent in the Spanish Civil War and WWII. My father still thought he was a phony, even if he was a good writer. 

For Hemingway, I believe, being a world-famous writer was not enough. He also wanted to be respected as a true combat soldier. He thought he was an expert on the military and war, and he was to a point. 

In 1942, Hemingway edited and wrote the introduction to Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time, an anthology of war stories from biblical time to WWII. 

“The Germans are not successful because they are supermen. They are simply practical professionals in war who have abandoned all the old theories . . . and who have developed the best practical use of weapons and tactics… It is at that point that we can take over if no dead hand of last-war thinking lies on the high command," Hemingway wrote in the introduction. 

As the documentary series points out, he went beyond his role as a correspondent in WWII and engaged in active combat against the Nazis alongside the American soldiers that he was supposed to be covering as a writer. He nearly lost his accreditation as a correspondent due to charges he participated in combat, but he won his case. 

But as Terry Mort’s Hemingway at War: Ernest Hemingway’s Adventures as a WWII Correspondent points out, Hemingway did in fact pick up weapons and fight. 

And according to Mort's book, both Colonel David Bruce of the OSS and Colonel Buck Lanham, the commander of the 4th Division’s 22nd Infantry Regiment, spoke of Hemingway’s combat skill and bravery under fire. 

(I reviewed Mort’s book at the Washington Times in 2017 and you can read the review here Paul Davis On Crime: My Washington Times Review Of ‘Hemingway at War: Ernest Hemingway’s Adventures as a World War II Correspondent’ 

Despite his WWII combat experiences, I was much disappointed in Hemingway’s failed WWII novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. If only he had written a war novel like his fine short story about WWII, Black Ass at the Crossroads. 

I suspect Hemingway was jealous of James Jones for his combat experience as well as his success with the outstanding novel, From Here to Eternity, And as the documentary points out, he lashed out at James Jones in a letter to the publisher. 

Mr. Jones’ daughter, who wrote a fine novel herself, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, saw the nasty letter being read in the TV documentary and wrote about it at the Daily Beast.                 

She wrote that Hemingway’s publisher, Charles Scribner, sent Hemingway the galleys of From Here to Eternity, and asked for an endorsement. Rather than an endorsement, Hemingway shot back a letter that attacked James Jones’ first novel and the writer personally, calling him a phony and a coward.

Considering that Jones was a soldier who saw combat and was wounded on Guadalcanal, the inspiration for James Jones’ other great novel, The Thin Red Line, the insult was preposterous.    

Kaylee Jones wrote that her late father was far more generous than Hemingway. He told his then-teenage daughter that he felt sorry for Hemingway, explaining that the great writer was not well. Jones believed that Hemingway felt his work was finished and that he would never recover from the severe depression that he suffered from. 

Hemingway didn’t. He shot himself in 1961 when he was 62. 

Yet Hemingway’s work, like the work of the other writer and warrior, James Jones, has endured. 

Hemingway’s posthumous work, such as 1964’s A Moveable Feast and 1970’s Islands in the Stream, are well regarded today.   

You can read a previous post on Hemingway via the below link: 

Paul Davis On Crime: The Man. The Myth. The Writer Revealed: A Panel Discussion About The Upcoming PBS Hemingway Documentary By Ken Burns And Lynn Novick

Note: Below is a photo of Hemingway in WWII and a photo of Jones in WWII, as well as a photo of Jones and his daughter when she was young: