Were you shocked by how FBI Director Wray would treat the gymnast's community the right way, and the AsAm community the diametric opposite way?
Click here to witness on video Director Wray's humble apologies, sincere promises, and resolutely action firing the wrongful FBI agent. In contrast, Director Wray dealt with the repeated gross misconducts of his agent against persons of Chinese origin with utter silence and complete neglect.
Remember the well-reported cases involving Sherry Chen (2012), Prof.Xiaoxing Xi (2015) and Prof. Anming Hu (2020)? These cornerstone citizens of Chinese origin have been arrested, handcuffed before their family members, prosecuted, dragged through the torture of legal grinds, although they were completely innocent.
They lost their jobs and bore huge legal fees. Their family members
suffered alongside the victims. In addition, a chilling effect, whether created intentionally or not, engulfed our community. Is the community of 5 million persons of Chinese origin equally, perhaps even more worthy of, a similar apology, promise and resolute action firing the wrongful agent(s)?
Do we silently accept such unequal treatment? Or do we resolutely live up to our generational responsibility to speak up and insist on EQUAL treatment?
Broadcast our plight to the nation,
& if still ignored, to the World?
80-20's Board has considered buying a full-page ad, shown below, to greatly publicize our plight to the nation.
If the words in the ad are too small for you to read, click here and scroll down a little to read my letter to A.G. Garland publicized in our last e-newsletter.
Such an ad is expensive. A full-page ad in the Section A of NYT or WSJ together with another full-page ad in Politico (in order to ensure reaching the Congress) will cost about $150,000. A centerfold ad in the Sec. A of Washington Post costs $170,000.
Asking You To Decide
Since 80-20 EF is using YOUR money, we ask YOU to decide! Pease reply to us with a YES or NO in the subject line, within 2 days.YES means "to buy the ad." The larger the number of participants, the more we know that you are with 80-20.80-20 loved your support.
We'll publicize the survey result and ABIDE BY YOUR DECISION. Feel free to forward this e-newsletter to all compatriots & seek their view.
Important Introduction:This is a strong letter*, though diplomatically
worded. It respectfully asks A.G. Garland to 1) apologize to our community for the repeated wrong doings of FBI agents against persons of Chinese heritage. 2) fire the wrongful agent(s) , and 3) promise us that this kind of wrongful acts will not happen again. If ignored, 80-20 shall take resolute action.
Read this letter very carefully with your best thinking-cap on, especially its 3rd-to-last and 2nd-to-last paragraphs. You need
(A) to be aware that BIG ACTION(S) may occur this month, since the 2-
month period that we respectfully provided the A.G. to reply has passed,
(B) to witness a video in which FBI Director Wray 1) humbly apologized to the
gymnast community, 2) fired the FBI agent who wronged the gymnasts,
and 3) promised to "never let it happen again", and
(C) to ask yourselves if we deserve the same apology, the same firing of the
wrongful agent(s), and the same promise that "it'll never happen again"?
If we are not accorded the same judicious treatment, We ARE BEING
TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS.
(D) to pay attention to diplomatic language like "at this time" to appreciate
how much the leaders of 80-20 have stuck their necks out to fight for our
shared rights and honor.
Finally, please search your soul if you want to demonstrate your support for 80-20 in this upcoming BIG STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL JUSTICE. Think about how your offspring will be treated, if you don't fight with 80-02 till victory!
*DOJ acknowledged the receipt of this letter on Nov. 9, 2021. 80-20 didn't release the contents of this letter until now, because we wanted to give quiet-and-reasoned-discourse a trial.
My name is S. B. Woo, former Lieutenant Governor of DE (1985-89) and currently the president of 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation.
I write to ask you to protect the human rights of persons of Chinese descent in the U.S., which have been repeatedly and grossly violated by FBI agents in well-reported cases involving Sherry Chen (2012), Prof. Xiaoxing Xi (2015) and Prof. Anming Hu (2020).
The case of U.S. v. Anming Hu, no. 3:20-CR-00021, was particularly illustrative. The following are the exactquotes about the gross misconduct of FBI agent Kujtim Sadiku, reported by a 6/10/21 Knox News article. Hu was accused by DOJ of being a spy for China.
"FBI Agent Kujtim Sadiku admitted last week in an ongoing trial in Knoxville that federal agents:
Falsely accused former UTK associate professor Dr. Anming Hu of being a Chinese spy
Falsely implicated him as an operative for the Chinese military in meetings with Hu’s bosses
Used false information to put Hu on the federal no-fly list
Spurred U.S. customs agents to seize Hu’s computer and phone and spread word throughout the international research community that HU was poison
Used false information to justify putting a team of agents to spy on Hu and his son, a freshman at UTK, for nearly two years.
Used false information to press Hu to become a spy for the U.S. government.”
In spite of the gross misconduct of your agents, which is publicly reported, and a deadlocked jury in the first trial, DOJ insisted on having Prof. Hu tried again.
However, the U.S. District Court judge, citing lack of evidence, acquitted Hu on all 3 charges. The above was an extremely rare judgment because the judge was required to view the evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecution. The Chinese-American community was relieved by the judgment but remains deeply concerned and worried.
We asked, why wasn't agent Kujtim Sadiku fired? Seeing no action from you, a speculation rose that DOJ may be intentionally stimulating the wrongful arrests and prosecutions against persons of Chinese descent. The purpose is to create a chilling effect on every person of Chinese origin residing in the U.S.. Is the FBI emulating the tactics of totalitarian governments? Is the DOJ induced chilling effect on our small and vulnerable minority community a violation of our human rights?
There are also intemperate talks of raising our human rights grievances with the outside world, since our grievance filed within, i.e. with you (my letter to you on June 24, 2021, together with letters sent by Senators Chris Coons, Tom Carper and Tammy Duckworth around the same time) and FBI Director Wray (my letter to him on 10/02/21) don't get answered. Some impatient people even suggest that we organize to make a big appeal to the United Nations in NYC. Others advocate that we advertise our plight worldwide, in Hong Kong, Taiwan and other places.
We are well aware of Director Wray's apology & promiseto the gymnast community at the Senate Hearing on Sept. 15, 2021, for the FBI's failure to timely prevent the sexual abuse of gymnasts:
“…. I am deeply and profoundly sorry .... I'm sorry ....
I am sorry ....I am especially sorry ... that never should
have happened & we are doing everything in our power
that it never happens again .... the kinds of fundamental
error should never have happened, period! .... Never.
happens again. "
“… the Supervisory Special Agent in Indianapolis ... that
individual no longer works for the FBI in any capacity
…people who engage in that kind of gross misconduct
have no place in the FBI …"
Are the 5 million Chinese Americans just as worthy of a similar apology and promise by you and Director Wray? Shouldn't agent Kujtim Sadiku be fired?
We, the Chinese American community, decidedly reject the idea of going outside at this time. We much prefer to hear from INSIDE! May we get a similarly clear statement from you and Director Wray so that such devastating tragedies, like those having befallen Sherry Chen (2012), Prof. Xiaoxing Xi (2015) and Prof. Anming Hu (2020), should never happen again and that agent Kujtim Sadiku has been fired?
We'd like to hear from you in 2 months so that our planned national appeal for our human rights, as persons of Chinese descent, can be cancelled. If 3 months have passed and you still deem that our requests to you should not be honored, would you schedule a meeting with us to explain your rationale?
We feel strongly that while America proclaims to the world the importance of human rights, the human rights of persons of Chinese descent in the U.S. are frequently and severely trampled upon. We seek prompt and certain relief.
S. B. Woo
President, 80-20 National Asian American Educational Foundation, Inc.
80-20's Reasoned & Unique Position On "China Initiative"
Q1: What is "China Initiative"?
A: Click here to read DOJ's official definition of China Initiative. It has 10
Q2: 80-20 has NOT joined the call to terminate "China Initiative", why?
A: 80-20 does NOT object to the rationale behind the existence of "China Initiative". Such a project is, unfortunately, an unavoidable consequence of a bad U.S.-China relationship. To illustrate this trend, 2 months ago CIA established a "China Mission Centre." Our National Security Council has a Senior Director for China in Jon Czin who was 1 of Biden's 6 staff in his virtual meeting with Pres. Xi of China. To ask DOJ to terminate China Initiative is politically unrealistic.
Even if one were to succeed in "terminating" it, such a project will exist underground. Our community will suffer more, because a covert program has NO transparency & accountability!
However, DOJ has grossly violated the human rightsof the 5 million persons of Chinese descent in the U.S. in its EXECUTION of "China Initiative", as is documented in Q4. We must strenuously fight against such violation.
Q3: Isn't there a racial profiling issue in the "China Initiative"?
A: NO. If DOJ were investigating illegal transfer of technology to France, and
it focuses on Chinese, that is racial profiling. For DOJ to pay more attention to the Chinese community in its execution of "China Initiative," it is only common sense.
Q4: Are there evidence of DOJ violating our human rights?
A: Yes. First, I'll provide anecdotal evidence, and then statistical evidence.
(1) Anecdotal Evidence
The FBI has long engaged in the non-physical but extremely punishing torture of INNOCENT individuals of Chinese descent. FBI agents had lied, cheated & made incredibly stupid mistakes to incriminate our innocent individuals through the legal grinds of arrest, indictment, and court trials.
Examples are the well-publicized cases of Sherry Chen (2012), Prof. Xiaoxing
Xi (2015) and Prof. Anming Hu (2020). The terror & plight brought to these INNOCENT individuals and their families have created a terrifying Chilling Effect on our community.
donors. However, more than 50% of the 995 donors to Prof. Anming Hu's family to
help them buy food chose anonymity! Why? Likely, the donors feared that the U.S.
government might not approve of their donations. How sad for our government!
While advocating "human rights" worldwide, it scared its own people to such an
Q5: DOJ worried about "non-traditional collectors" for China, is that why it is creating the Chilling Effect to scare the hack out of the Chinese community?
A: Yes, that is our guess. FBI director Wray has a preference for using totalitarian methodology. He advocated repeatedly in his Senate testimonies that we need to use"whole-of-society response" to catch Chinese spies - a not-so- subtle hint that there are Chinese spies everywhere in the U.S.
Could Director Wray be correct?NO! FBI's own record has clearly disproved the above myth. After a 3-year effort under China Initiative, DOJ
has gotten less than 10 convictionson individuals of Chinese descent. Hence the ratio of bad folks in our community is NOT 1 in 10 or 100 or 1,000. It is 1 in 500,000 in a community of 5 million.
DOJ needs to drastically revise its "China Initiative" playbook in order to stop the gross misconducts against the Chinese community in the EXECUTION of its China Initiative.