By Patricial Kingswell 1:31 am PST

Attorney General William P. Barr says China poses the biggest threat to the U.S. 2020 presidential election–even more so than Russia.

“In my opinion, it’s China. And not just to the election process, but I think across the board there is simply no comparison. China is a very serious threat to the United States geopolitically, economically, militarily and a threat to the integrity of our institutions given their ability to influence things.” he said in an interview with Fox News on March 8.

U.S. companies as well as other international enterprises have been complaining for many years about theft of their top secret technologies by Chinese spies. The Justice Department says it is working on counterintelligence, counterespionage, and the protection of trade secrets and intellectual property.

“The Chinese are involved in a full-court blitzkrieg of stealing American technology, trying to influence our political system, trying to steal secrets in our research universities and so forth, and we are focused on it. We have something called the China Initiative. We brought a lot of indictments; but it’s something that we also have to expose by letting the business community understand exactly the nature of the threat,” said Barr, who’s encouraging businesses to focus on what’s beneficial long-term, rather than short-term gain.

As time goes on with society in lockdown, Americans are getting increasingly concerned about the implications it’s having on the life of America. Without the right to perform religious group activities or even to gather together to mourn loved ones that have been lost to the Wuhan virus, individual rights are in a sensitive place.

“Religious liberty is the first liberty; it is the foundation of our republic and a free society depends upon a fibrous religious life among the people,” says Barr, who is concerned with the government balancing their measures with the civil liberties of the American people.

More and more retail stores are being boarded up, as crime–especially theft–is on the rise and small businesses, some which have been built up over the generations, are under threat, perhaps never to be able to stand up again.