March 7, 2013, - 2:47 pm
If what Shane Todd’s parents say is true, then Todd was an American patriot whose life was taken because he didn’t want to help China steal from and spy on America and jeopardize U.S. national security. The details certainly sound like something you’d read in a riveting spy novel or see in a suspenseful thriller movie, although you rarely see anything coming out of Hollywood that’s negative about the Chi-Comms these days because, after all, China–like the Arab Muslim Mid-East–is now a major market for Hollywood whores to pimp their films.
Shane Todd worried that his employers in Singapore were using him to help China get its hands on sensitive technologies that could harm U.S. national security. He said so to many folks, and was elated to have found another job back home, said his mother, Mary Todd. But two days after his final day of work in June and a going-away party with colleagues, his girlfriend found him dead, hanging from his bathroom door.
“We believe he was murdered,” said Todd’s father, Rick, an airline pilot who once flew for the U.S. military. The Todd family has been pressing the U.S. government to look into what they say is a case of espionage and faked suicide to cover up their son’s discovery that he may have been used to help China spy on his country. The circumstances of the death make no sense, they say, and the Singapore authorities have not been cooperative enough. . . .
Shane Todd was a wrestling standout and adept in his science classes. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, where he had many friends, his family said. He received his doctorate at the University of California-Santa Barbara. In 2010, he chose a job in Singapore because he was looking for adventure, he told his parents.
He went to work at the Institute of Microelectronics, a Singaporean government research institution, to work on cutting-edge technology involving powerful semiconductors. But an investigation by the Financial Times magazine found the technology has other applications desired by China, applications that can be used to disrupt enemy radar and communications.
Documents on a hard drive his parents found in his Singapore apartment included a draft agreement for IME to share what Todd was working on with Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, says Colin Humphreys, a pioneer in the emerging field of gallium nitride semiconductors. . . .
Todd traveled for IME to the United States to be trained on equipment used to produce a powerful new class of semiconductors that outperform silicon and can be used to greatly boost the transmissions of cellphone towers, military radars and radar jamming devices. . . . The New Jersey-based company, Veeco, also gave Todd recipes for creating gallium nitride wafers to certain specifications, and planned to ship equipment to IME so it could produce gallium nitride wafers in Singapore . . . Todd was involved in cutting-edge research on using GaN wafers that were 8 inches in diameter and can be loaded with electronic devices. They are of the type used in the most advanced commercial and military land-based and airborne transmission equipment. . . .
After returning to Singapore from his training with Veeco in early 2012, a new development caused him to become extremely anxious, she said. . . . “He told us he was meeting with a Chinese company that spoke in English to him and Madarin (Chinese) to the group,” Mary Todd said. “He said ‘I think I’m being asked to do things that compromise U.S. security and I’m very uncomfortable.’” . . . “He said he’d been threatened.” . . .
On his last day of work, Shane Todd went out with friends to celebrate. It was June 22. Two days later, Mary Todd got a phone call that shattered her life. Shane’s girlfriend called, hysterical, to say she found Shane dead. Police said it appeared Shane had killed himself. . . .
The scene of his death didn’t match the description police provided. Todd’s body bore marks that an independent medical examiner later said looked as if he’d been in a fight and died by a garroting, or strangling. And evidence on a computer hard drive found in his apartment shows the work he was doing may indeed have been an illegal transfer of military-grade technology to a Chinese company that is known to have ties to China’s military and intelligence services, the family said.
Shane Todd allegedly hung himself, but the crime scene didn’t match the crime reports at all.
Edward Adelstein, chief pathologist at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mich., and deputy medical examiner for Michigan’s Boone and Callaway counties, disagreed with the preliminary official report that Shane Todd’s death was a suicide. Adelstein noted thin marks on Shane Todd’s throat, bruises on his forehead, neck and hands, and the normal weight of his lungs. Shane Todd died quickly and not without a struggle, Adelstein said.
Bruising on Todd’s hands, neck and forehead were signs of a struggle, he said.”
Read the rest. And ask yourself why we have ZERO restrictions on anyone who is trained in such technologies in the U.S. and then works for companies doing business with China.
Perhaps if we did, Dr. Shane Todd would be alive today.
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