In more innocent times, Vancouver, British Columbia, was a natural landing point for family wealth from Hong Kong and China as they transited their funds to buy homes, real estate, and other things. Some of this was done lawfully, some, maybe not as much.
Growing up in Seattle, I had plenty of Asian friends that would casually, and innocently mention these family transactions. It meant little to me at the time, back then life was simpler. A sweet and innocent time.
More recently though, the flavor and nature of these financial movements has taken a much darker, strategic, and sinister nature. I’ve been in Vancouver multiple times in the past few years, and it has been very hard for me to not run into imperious Han inner-circle elite in their expensive cars tending to their nice homes. They stand out and are noticeable, so must I because of the way they immediately take notice in me.
We dialogue about what each of us are doing in Vancouver. Are they buying these homes as the vanguard of an invasion or as an insurance policy and landing point if the CCP collapses? The answer is clear—yes.
The Big Circle Boys and the BC Casinos
Sam Cooper and other Canadian reporters have done heroic work documenting the hard turn of the legacy money flow into Vancouver from Hong Kong and China. The Big Circle Boys, a long-standing, organized crime element from Hong Kong has been transformed into a violent, militant, and essentially para-military extension of the CCP.
Recently, the “victimless” crime nature of these cash movements has changed as violent gun battles and murders have occurred. It’s no longer simply about families sneaking money into the country to buy a second home.
It’s about Fentanyl—which the CCP is using as “Agent Orange” to de-populate the United States and Canada en masse. It’s about guns, it’s about drugs, it’s about real estate, it’s about laundering large cash transactions, it’s about influence operations.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have even cited terrorist links. The RCMP “Sidewinder” report from 1997 sounded a klaxon of danger on this topic. Not officially released, the Sidewinder Report is the equivalent of the more contemporary Snowden leak of classified information in U.S. circles.
Elmer Yuen, a former resident of Hong Kong and now a leading advocate of defeating the CCP confirms the transformation of the Big Circle organization into an extension of CCP power and influence.
If you want to launder large of amounts of cash wired into a country, there is almost no better way than a casino, and the Big Circle Boys seem to have a controlling interest of the entire Casino environment in British Columbia. Simply put, casinos are hubs of corruption.
Curious Geographic Coincidences
Coincidently, and there are no coincidences in this business, a group called nondescriptly, “Adbusters” is based in Vancouver. It’s also the same group that was, and perhaps still is planning the “Siege of Washington D.C.” to disrupt the American election.
The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) also has a large footprint in Vancouver, a group that has been tied directly to the CCP and the CPA has been tied to Black Lives Matters. CCP related media and personalities like Chen Weihua have referenced a relationship and interest in BLM and Antifa. Trevor Loudon has magnificently laid out the architecture of the complex web of activities and first pointed out Adbusters and their possible relationship to U.S. domestic unrest.
Seattle and Portland are just two to four hours down the road from Vancouver. Another interesting coincidence is that the Washington Gaming Casino system straddles I-5 on this route and provides other opportunities for corruption and laundering. The geographic co-location of large amounts of cash, groups acting as CCP proxies, and convenient laundering opportunities is a red flag that merits national level attention of U.S. Intelligence and Law Enforcement.
Riot Kitchen in Seattle has been a proxy of a proxy as the Seattle based logistical support element of inter-state violence. A Presidential issuance on Sept. 2, 2020 followed shortly by a Department of Justice memo identified Seattle and Portland as hubs of violent activity and established the theme of the failure of mayors and governors to provide “Equal Protection” to the citizenry—an incredibly important legal foundation of our Constitution.
So what’s the point with all these coincidences? In my career I’ve found a truth—don’t ever assume that the intelligence and law enforcement resources of the United States are looking in the right direction, at the right time, for the right evidence, on the right issue. Obvious coincidences are often not being looked at. I’ve seen incredible volumes of collection data discarded because they weren’t on the priorities list to be reviewed.
Whether talking about al-Qaeda extremists or Chinese influence operations, the fuel of the black arts is the same: cash.
An al-Qaeda operative is quoted by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States as saying, “There are two things a brother must always have for jihad, the self and money.”
In the old days, the United States Intelligence Community and State Department under the legendary Dulles Brothers brought this to a high art form. I would argue, we were a force for good in the bare knuckle, constant alleyway brawl with the Soviet Union in the earlier days of the Cold War.
The Soviets wanted to play tough and we showed them we could also, and often outmaneuvered them through a better argument, some gloves off work ourselves, and yes, sometimes cash. As time went on, the Vietnam experience soured and distracted us, and then with the Senator Frank Church hearings, this high art form for good was lost.
A more positive and uplifting representation of the return of this high art form of intelligence and law enforcement strategy for good was the magnificent work in shutting down CCP interference in the Taiwanese elections in January 2020. After a quick strategy huddle a law was quickly framed, passed, and enforced “The Anti-Infiltration Law” and Taiwan moved with alacrity to shut down CCP money on the street.
Han Kuo, the CCP-funded opponent, went from hero to zero and now has been thrown out of office. Bravo to President Tsai—she and her staff executed flawlessly a blocking and tackling model on how to protect democracy from CCP election meddling.
Pivoting US Government Capabilities
The answer is simple to mobilize U.S. Federal resources; secretaries of the departments and heads of agencies must re-order the priorities lists. It’s time for Secretary Pompeo to demarche Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton and time for the Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to pivot, focus, and intensify the resources to ascertain the meaning of these coincidences.
Attorney General Barr re-prioritized the focus of the Department of Justice in July—China is now job one. It takes a little while to turn the ship of the United States government, but things are now happening, and the U.S. government is strategically disassembling the CCP activities in the United States.
Canada and the U.S. Government should exercise their historic relationships and friendships to more diligently address the curious, high-cash operations, enabled by CCP associated groups in Vancouver, BC.
Col. (Ret.) John Mills is a national security professional with service in five eras: Cold War, Peace Dividend, War on Terror, World in Chaos, and now—Great Power Competition. He is the former director of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and international affairs at the Department of Defense. @ColonelRETJOHN
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