On That Harvard Traitor To Democracy…


In a Boston Court, a Superstar of Science Falls to Earth
A jury found Harvard chemist Charles Lieber, chair of two departments, guilty of lying to the federal government about his participation in China’s Thousand Talents recruitment program. It took less than three hours to find him guilty of this and three other counts [1].

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Dr Lieber says: This is embarrassing. Every scientist wants to win a Nobel Prize.” Well, not true. Only true in a society where all people doing science would do it, not because of science, but because of greed. Being driven by greed is not happening in a scientifically healthy society. Many scientists do not work in science because they want glory, but because they want to advance knowledge, or the honor of the human spirit. Relatively few are driven by Nobel greed, which is neither noble nor the best steed one needs to ride to figure out the unknown. Nobel greed is a form of corruption, and one corruption leads to the next, with bills stuffed in brown paper bags. 

It is crucial to maintain technological superiority over China in scientific sectors with potential military applications. In the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries, democracies partially lost their scientific and technological lead over racist, fascist Prussianized Germany, and that brought among Prussian German leaders a military hubris which help them launch two world wars. The exact same psychological mechanism could happen with present day China, which, in its official constitution, is a “dictatorship“.   

Technological science is more than just science. Much of it is military activity in disguise. And dictatorships are enemies of democracy… On a planet which is shrinking by the day, as our technology expands. Top scientists carrying brown paper bags full of cash given by the dictators commit high treason against democracy.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] The  not so famous Chinese university in Wuhan had money to spend — “that’s one of the things China uses to try to seduce people,” Dr. Lieber said in the interrogation… We want to know what the other seductions are…

But money wasn’t the reason, he said. By training young Chinese scientists in the use of technology he had pioneered, Lieber hoped to burnish his credentials with the committee that decides the ultimate scientific honor.

This is embarrassing,” he said. “Every scientist wants to win a Nobel Prize.

A federal jury found Dr. Lieber guilty of two counts of making false statements to the U.S. government about whether he participated in Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed by the Chinese government to attract foreign-educated scientists to China. They also found him guilty of failing to declare income earned in China and failing to report a Chinese bank account.

Dr. Lieber’s was specifically asked about his participation in the Chinese program, and denied it. His own lawyer presented Dr. Lieber  as a victim: “the world’s greatest nanoscientist is facing multiple felonies.”

Since 2008, Lieber’s laboratory at Harvard received research grants totaling $18 million from the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.

A three-year contract emailed to Dr. Lieber in 2012, and displayed to the jury by prosecutors, identified Lieber as a “One Thousand Talent High Level Foreign Expert,” entitling him to $50,000 a month, plus about $150,000 in living expenses and more than $1.5 million for a laboratory, which they called the WUT-Harvard Joint Nano Key Laboratory.

A portion of Lieber’s salary was deposited in Lieber’s secret Chinese bank account and the remainder — an amount he estimated as between $50,000 and $100,000 (who is counting?) — was paid in $100 bills, which he carried home in his luggage.

They would give me a package, a brown thing with some Chinese characters on it, I would throw it in my bag,” he said. After returning home, he said, “I didn’t declare it, and that’s illegal.”

In January of 2021, Gang Chen, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was arrested on suspicion of hiding affiliations with Chinese government institutions thus allowing him to secure $19 million in U.S. federal grants.

Conversing with the F.B.I. agents on the day of his arrest, Dr. Lieber reflected on international funding in research, saying that relationships with foreign partners were never as straightforward as they seemed at first. “Early on, if someone said, ‘We’ll give you this title and we’ll pay your travel to and from,’ you don’t think anything about it,” he explained, but partners “always want something from you.

A lot of countries, money is what they have in excess,” he said. He added, “that’s one of the things China uses to seduce people.”

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5 Responses to “On That Harvard Traitor To Democracy…”

  1. ianmillerblog Says:

    Most scientists don’t even think about it because they know they have to be nominated first, which generally requires having worked with a laureate, being friendly with one, or finally at least being known by one. Most know fine well it hardly matters what they do.

    Of course in addition, most of them these days require big equipment, and to get access you fill the requirements of para 1. Finally, if you are in a topic like chemistry, forget it because the prizes have been taken over by biochemistry/genetics.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Yes. Also some nations are over represented in the prize committee(s), especially the USA, of course…
      Anyway, it’s limit grotesque… A few years ago, I argued with a prizeable gentleman about the corruption prizes caused… He begged to differ… Sounded somewhat self-serving to me.
      Guess what?
      Although tenured, he was kicked out of academia. An undergraduate under his supervision he bedded had second thoughts, and ratted on him (I don’t know all the details…)

      Here at UC Berkeley, there have been ultra major scandals… This astronomer claimed to have discovered all the planets early on (not even true, but they believed it here). He slept with dozens of students while stoking up the fires for his unavoidable Nobel… Well, he was kicked out. Now another guy, Searle, a famous philosopher, I had a personal clash with. He kicked me out of sites for “fantastic thinking” (he meant in the sense of crazy)… Well that oen too got denounced: many girls, many years… They didn’t throw him out: he still got 200K+ a year as emeritus at Berkeley… Disgusting… While they detest apostles of the truth such as yours truly…. 😉

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      SCIENCE
      In An Unprecedented Move, Astronomer Geoff Marcy Has Been Kicked Out Of The Prestigious National Academy Of Sciences
      The famous astronomer resigned from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2015 after a sexual harassment investigation made public by BuzzFeed News.
      Last updated on May 27, 2021, at 12:45 p.m. ET
      Stuart C. Wilson
      Geoff Marcy in 2015
      Astronomer Geoff Marcy has become the first scientist to be expelled from the National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific organization in the US, six years after his history of sexually harassing students was first made public.
      The move follows a yearslong fight to change the 158-year-old academy’s bylaws, which maintain membership for life. In 2019, under NAS president Marcia McNutt, the group voted to allow membership to be rescinded if a scientist breached its code of conduct, which bans “discrimination, harassment, and bullying” as well as scientific misconduct like plagiarism and data manipulation. The 2,452 members of the academy are on average 72 years old, and 79% are men.

      https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/azeenghorayshi/geoff-marcy-national-academy-sciences-expelled

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  2. Gmax Says:

    Greed seems all over academia. I guess when they charge $70,000 for attending ZOOM, there are no limits

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