Huntington Beach Businessman Nailed For Exporting Thermal Imaging Cameras To China

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A 52-year-old Huntington Beach businessman got sentenced this week for exporting seven thermal imaging cameras to China in violation of U.S. national security controls.

Jason Jian Liang, a 1985 immigrant from China and president of Sanwave International Corp., admitted that he did not seek export licenses for the expensive cameras, but argued that his punishment should be restricted house arrest or probation.

Liang's reasoning? He's a God-fearing church member, had no prior criminal record and the technology in L-3's Thermal Eye 300-D cameras can't threaten national security because communist Chinese military officials already have similar equipment.

But Assistant United States Attorney Douglas F. McCormick argued that Liang's exportation clearly violated federal law and, while the transfer of the long wavelength infrared cameras may not threaten national security, it raises "national security concerns."

(McCormick also noted that Liang, who has a bank account in China, is keenly aware of the tensions between the U.S. and China.)

Technology experts like Christopher R. Costanzo in Washington, D.C. believe the camera could bring "potential military" advancements for China, according to McCormick, who sought a 46-month prison sentence for Liang.

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U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ignored the defense request for probation and sided with McCormick.

Liang, who has a daughter attending UCLA and a son at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, must surrender to federal prison officials by noon on May 21.

Ironically, his father was a nationalist persecuted by the Communists, according to a federal document reviewed by the Weekly.

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ANationOfTattooedNaziLovers
ANationOfTattooedNaziLovers

Every now & then an apparent victim of judicial abuse like Mr Jason Jian Liang  falls thru the cracks.

MOST times however, it takes a self-righteous SOB like McCormick to actively STOMP 'EM THRU when they refuse to go easy.

NationOfTattooedHaberdasherDAs
NationOfTattooedHaberdasherDAs

The way that U.S. prosecutors DRESS & TAILOR legal charges in order to make them fit almost ANY definition of what THEY wish to perceive to be an illegal activity, I'm surprised they haven't thought of installing courtrooms inside THE MEN'S WEARHOUSE!

ANationOfTattooedProsecutors
ANationOfTattooedProsecutors

"Assistant United States Attorney Douglas F. McCormick argued that Liang's exportation clearly violated federal law and, while the transfer of the long wavelength infrared cameras may not threaten national security, it raises "national security concerns.""

Allow me to translate McCormick's 'argument' into plain English if I may:

"It doesn't matter that they already possess the technology, what matters is that we have a non-sensical Law that must be upheld! Laws do NOT need to be rooted in reality! Also, while you didn't threaten National Security, you certainly raise concerns about other concerns we have which we find very concerning"

Someone get a bucket, I'm gonna THROW UP.

mitch young
mitch young

Classic ethnic networking. Blood is thicker than water.

All parts
All parts

 http://www.nightvisioncn.com/s...the thermal camera core that liang export is obsoleted 1990's tech, so called ferroelectric bst type or Pyroelectric type of focal plane array camera core,  it is not like FLIR microbolometer focal plane array type camera.which wide like sold in china.  Pyroelectric is not even in CCL and has ECCN. It is 4 times size of  microbolometer camera can not be used for military application. See above link of what Chinese hunting game sniper scope, is 4 generations ahead of BST.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Clinton Sold the Chinese secrets and he didn't go to jail... WTF?

mitch young
mitch young

"Liang, who has a daughter attending UCLA and a son at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, must surrender to federal prison officials by noon on May 21."

Oh man, you know who is the star in that family.

909Jeff
909Jeff

The Son... Dont forget the Chinese hate girls.   

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