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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.
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80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc.
939 Beach Dr. N.E., Apt. 910
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
November 4, 2021
The Honorable Merrick Garland
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Garland:
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 exact quotes 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 & promise to 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.
S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 22 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)
80-20 gratefully acknowledge all donors, including
$2,300 from C.C. and Yin-An Tsai, Houston TX;
and $1,000 each from
Kalina Wong, Fremont, CA, Harold H. Lee. Mission Viejo, CA, Chen Chen &
Tuohui Zhong, Greensboro, NC, Dean Lee, Lake Forest, CA, and a "VA donor."