Over the past few years, many consistent reports claim that Chinese companies linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have collected DNA from millions of people in China and abroad. Now, a renowned U.S. cybersecurity expert claims that these companies can create digital replicas of Americans, which poses a considerable security risk to the United States.
John Mills, former director of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and international affairs at the Department of Defense dropped the bombshell, alerting the scientific community and those in charge of national security.
“They have the capacity to create these complex models of each of us. They’re making digital twins of us,” Mills explained to NTD News.
The project Mills refers to exists and is being run by the Chinese firm BGI Group, formerly known as Beijing Genomics Institute, also known for being a major COVID-19 test manufacturer.
In 2017, the firm aroused controversy when it announced its enormous success in moving from gene editing and genetic reformation to gene synthesis and mass production of numerous large viruses, bacteria, and yeast.
According to Mills, this implies they can carry out all sorts of nefarious actions without restraint. He further warned that, among other things, they could use our data to modify a virus and specifically target certain ethnicities and avoid others such as their own.
From his experience as a U.S. Pentagon official, Mills emphasized the danger of Chinese civil-military fusion companies, which he described as “extensions of state security, state intelligence” of the Chinese communist regime.
The CCP enlists the help of private companies to engage in genetic data collection, which can be combined with the best military supercomputing capabilities to discover, among other things, genetic weaknesses in a population.
Many of these companies, which claim to be private, have a strong presence in the West. When users provide data to these companies, their information is sent to Chinese intelligence. Such is the case of TikTok and so many other applications of Chinese origin that are being denounced precisely because of how they handle their customers’ data.
Security experts claim that these applications are often used to spread communist propaganda in the West and use personal data for geopolitical and military purposes.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter addressed to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in September 2021, saying:
“The CIA should warn about the risks associated with TikTok and other foreign applications developed in authoritarian surveillance states, without normalizing them … the CIA should focus on the most pressing challenges of our time, including threats from the CCP and cyber terrorists.”
Returning to the DNA issue, Mills advised the world in general and Americans, in particular, to refrain from DNA testing unless strictly necessary and also stressed the importance of protecting personal medical records.
“Be aware that anything you do digitally … is being vacuumed up,” he warned after assuring that DNA evidence is valuable information for biological warfare.
Background on DNA theft
As early as 2020, an Australian entity reported that the Chinese regime was forcibly and systematically extracting DNA samples from its citizens in violation of domestic and international human rights law.
The samples make up the world’s largest DNA database in the service of the security forces, according to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report. The CCP records the DNA sequences of millions of people, including children, without informing about the fate or specific targets of the samples.
This type of procedure had already been applied to the inhabitants of Tibet and Uyghurs of Xinjiang, both persecuted for their religious beliefs. Still, as of 2017, the Ministry of Public Security extended the extractions to the rest of China.
Frequently citizens who refuse to provide DNA samples are threatened by authorities with losing their pensions or getting into trouble with the regime and police in the future, local sources said.
The CCP is known worldwide for persistent human rights violations, which have generated strong rejection from the international community. The most disastrous violations involve the forced harvesting of organs sold for transplants to patients worldwide. For this reason, the issue of DNA extraction is particularly controversial in China.
According to investigations, the victims of organ harvesting, among them practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Dafa, are not even given anesthesia. At the same time, they are killed in this horrific procedure, as the specialized media Minghui has been reporting for decades.
In many cases, the extent to which scientific development can be achieved with DNA samples proves that reality can surpass fiction. For example, it is already known that using these samples could easily create biological weapons that affect certain ethnic groups and not others, using the same mechanism as the controversial herbicides. But some reports indicate that the CCP may also use DNA to improve people’s physical or mental characteristics.
In October 2020, it was reported that the Chinese communist regime genetically modified its military to make them more powerful, degrading any barrier to scientific ethics.
The mysterious “Havana Syndrome” is another rare ailment that diplomats who have previously traveled to Russia, China, and Cuba. Some cases of Havana Syndrome were reported near the White House. As a result, the CIA, the State Department, and the Pentagon decided to investigate the subject. Still, the findings seem almost null, besides some studies that indicate that it could be caused by a kind of directed radiofrequency energy produced by a biological weapon created from human DNA.