By Naven Jones, freelance investigative journalist

The US Army has mandated that all the computers they will use in the future must contain the Trusted Platform Module, a chip that many think will make for tighter security in Microsoft's Vista operating system scheduled for release in 2007. There is something sinister that has slipped right past the US armed services and intelligence community: Trusted Computing is a "black op" of Chinese intelligence. This could be the biggest spying operation in the history of the world. Documents I have obtained from a source who insists anonymity to protect his or her life make this terribly clear. The sale of IBM's PC Manufacturing including ThinkPad notebooks to Lenovo was part of this conspiracy, as was Microsoft's Palladium.

For those who may be unfamiliar, the Trusted Computing Platform was supposed to make theft of sensitive data and illicit copying of "intellectual property" impossible by tying it absolutely to legitimate users. Taking a hard drive out of a TCP compliant computer to attempt to read the data would not even work, as without the correct chip on the computer's motherboard, the data would be indecipherable nonsense. This worried many that a hard drive crash or other hardware failure would cause priceless data to be lost forever, or require music and video files purchased online to be purchased again. It is much worse than that. If the Trusted Computing Platform is not stopped in its tracks at once, Chinese intelligence will know everything that is going on in the US military and intelligence communities, and Chinese hackers will have a field day with private citizens' data, including personal identifying information. After all, Chinese hackers helped their spies develop this from the beginning.