The 2022 winter Olympic games will be held in Beijing, China, and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) says he’s worried that Chinese authorities will harvest the DNA of U.S. athletes who participate so they can create “biologically-enhanced soldiers.”
Cotton expressed his fears in a letter to President Joe Biden, insisting that he’s also worried about how the Chinese government controls all information in their nation:
“First, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) operates the world’s most invasive domestic surveillance system. Chinese authorities closely monitor internet traffic within the country and block and censor online information that the Party views as adverse to its grip on power.”
The Arkansas Republican also noted that China uses facial recognition software (which is also used in the United States) and that American athletes will probably have their hotel rooms bugged.
And then things got downright weird, as Cotton turned to DNA collection he alleges will be done by the Chinese authorities:
“Second, the CCP also considers DNA collection a vital intelligence-gathering objective. As the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center recently noted, ‘The PRC views bulk personal data, including health-care and genomic data, as a strategic commodity to be collected and used for its economic and national-security priorities.’ The CCP has reportedly conducted tests to develop biologically-enhanced soldiers and intended to use DNA data to catapult Chinese biotechnology companies to global market dominance.”
In addition to his letter, Cotton also voiced his concerns on the Senate floor Monday, urging the United States to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics unless “the safety, security and privacy of our athletes” is guaranteed.
If the safety, security, and privacy of our athletes cannot be guaranteed, the United States must adopt a total and complete boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. pic.twitter.com/G6mmTLutmQ
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 15, 2021
Clearly, Sen. Cotton has his tinfoil hat on far too snugly and it’s blocking the flow of blood to his brain. His “fears” sound like little more than an attempt to bolster his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. And it’s safe to say no one would ever want to steal his DNA if only because he’s got an extra helping of the gene responsible for stupidity.
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