(PresidentialHill.com)- Authoritarian regimes are hiring private detectives to scour the grounds of the United States searching for dissidents, according to Newsmax. The regimes hiring these agents are China and Iran, who are surveilling the dissidents to repatriate them regardless of whether they are living lawfully within the United States.
Most of these private investigators are reportedly unwittingly dragged into the regimes’ game, duped because they have a body of intelligence designed to create smoke and mirrors. One Dallas-based investigator and an officer of the World Association of Detectives told The New York Times that “sometimes it’s hard to vet those clients correctly,” referring to “intelligence professional[s]” ability to conceal their ulterior motives.
Roman Rozhavsky, an FBI counterintelligence official in New York, has reportedly been working to alert professional groups dealing with private investigations on potential red flags of such operations. He said that he hopes to draw more attention to the issue to inform them about what is going on.
While most investigators comply with authorities after being made aware of the situation they had gotten themselves into, a few have been charged.
This tactic of surveillance and repatriation within the U.S. comes as other regimes throughout the world are attempting to use suppression to control political dissidents. Some examples include Russian President Vladimir Putin poisoning his opponents, Saudi Arabia killing prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Turkey going after its enemies in nations across the globe.
China has also begun to crack down on its citizens which the U.S. condemns.
President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly sat down in Bali, Indonesia November 14. The meeting covered competition between the two nations, transnational challenges like climate change, and the danger of nuclear weapons, according to a readout published on the White House website.
President Biden allegedly informed Jingping of the U.S.’s stance against the regime’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong. Biden also stated that the U.S. “one China policy” has not changed but disavowed the escalating aggression of the regime toward Taiwan.