It has been alleged by some that President Joe Biden’s administration is corruptly working to the benefit of the communist regime in China, and such allegations were recently bolstered by federal indictments against two current and former agents of the Department of Homeland Security.
The two indicted individuals with ties to the federal government are alleged to have abused their access to confidential databases to provide information to agents working on behalf of the Chinese regime to target and intimidate Chinese dissidents living in America, the Conservative Brief reported.
Craig Miller, a DHS agent of 15 years, and Derrick Taylor, a former DHS agent turned private investigator, have both been charged with obstruction of justice while Taylor also faces an additional charge of making false statements to federal investigators.
Working to aid Chinese government harassment, intimidation of dissidents
VOA News reported that a federal grand jury had issued the indictments against Miller and Taylor in conjunction with indictments against three other individuals who are alleged to have perpetrated a scheme on behalf of the communist Chinese regime to spy on and harass Chinese activists in America who have spoken out against the communist regime.
Miller and Taylor, who were both arrested in June, are alleged to have accessed confidential government databases to obtain information about the dissidents living in America that was then turned over to the team working for the Chinese government for the purpose of harassing and silencing the dissenters.
The outlet noted that Taylor had first been enlisted by the Chinese government’s team and was tasked to “obtain confidential personal information about multiple Chinese activists, including their passport information, passport photos, flight records, and immigration records.”
Taylor then turned to Miller — as well as another unnamed and unindicted DHS agent — to scour federal databases in search of that information that could then be passed back along to the other co-conspirators to be used against the dissidents.
Being held accountable
A Justice Department news release on Thursday provided further details of the broader scheme to harass and intimidate Chinese dissidents living in America and the role that Miller and Taylor played in the conspiracy. If convicted, Miller faces 20 years in prison while Taylor would face up to 25 years.
That included the revelation that both Miller and Taylor had initially lied to FBI investigators about their roles, that Miller had deleted his text messages with Taylor in the middle of an FBI interview, and that Taylor had instructed one of his co-conspirators to withhold critical information sought by a subpoena from the government.
“As alleged, this case involves a multifaceted campaign to silence, harass, discredit and spy on U.S. residents for exercising their freedom of speech — aided by a current federal law enforcement officer and a private investigator who provided confidential information about U.S. residents from a restricted law enforcement database, and when confronted about their improper conduct, lied and destroyed evidence,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen said, “We will defend the rights of people in the United States to engage in free speech and political expression, including views the PRC government wants to silence,” and added, “As charged, these individuals aided agents of a foreign government in seeking to suppress dissenting voices who have taken refuge here. The defendants include two sworn law enforcement officers who chose to forsake their oaths and violate the law. This indictment is the next step in holding all of these defendants responsible for their crimes.”