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   This following letter was sent to FBI Director Wray, certified and return receipt requested.  It urges Wray to back off from his "Whole-of Society Approach",  WOSA,  because he is using a totalitarian methodology in peacetime to solve an American challenge.  Director Wray got NIH and many universities to act in ways which may violate the civil rights of Chinese Americans.  So to stand up for our civil rights, we need to  push back at the source of our problems - Director Wray.  Do your share!
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                                                                  June 21, 2019
The Honorable Christopher A. Wray
Director, FBI
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20535
Dear Director Wray:
      Greetings.  I studied your record as a public servant on websites  recently, and pleasantly realized that you are a person of integrity and noble intentions.  Hence, I hope this letter will reach you.  Let's reason together. 

    Your advocacy to apply a  "whole-of-society approach (WOSA)" to stop spying by students and scholars of Chinese origin was necessitated by and ironically inspired 
by the success of the spying operation from China.  To wit, your  Senate Statement on 2/15/18. "....  view  the China threat as not just a whole-of-government threat but a whole-of-society threat on their end, and I think it's going to take a whole-of-society response by us."    Please ponder for a minute.  Will using the Chinese  totalitarian  
methodology to deal with an American challenge be appropriate and/or effective?

      There are only 2 precedents of WOSA in peacetime in modern human history. Both occurred in totalitarian China under Chairman Mao.  They were "The Great Leap Forward" from 1958 to 1962, and  the "Cultural revolution" from 1966 to 1976.  Both brought disasters for China.  There is no equivalent WOSA in peacetime in the U.S..  The closest approximation was the "Red Scare" in the 
cold war.  While there were legitimate concerns over communist infiltration, that period was remembered in our history as the  McCarthy Era, which included the  surveillance  of Dr. King and other civil rights leaders,  thousands  of people 
unfairly losing their jobs, and "blacklists" in Hollywood.  Do you wish to be remembered for starting a similar period in the 21st Century?
      Retrospectively, the cause of these disasters in China is clear.  In the 1 st case, government empowered individuals who knew nothing about making steel to help make steel.  In the 2 nd case, government empowered individuals who knew little of Chinese culture to form a new Chinese culture.  

       Director Wray, are you asking our 300 million compatriots who know  nothing about catching spies to be on the look out for Chinese spies?  Will the civil rights of Chinese Americans (ChAms) be trampled?  Will scientists of Chinese origin be targeted by untrained individuals?  Will unfair accusations befall ChAms, scientists or not, owing to professional rivalry and  personal grudges, because the power relations are stacked against us by your WOSA?

        Some evidence of the defects of your WOSA are already showing up:

[A] Sending Gifts - our Top Scientists - to China:
    Top scientists are like free agents.  When wronged, they could choose to leave for warmer climates.   Your WOSA has apparently been more successful than China's many recruiting programs in getting our top scientists to move to China 
permanently .  They are:
      1) & 2) Drs.  Li Xiaojiang and  Li Shihua who did  break-through research on  
                   Huntington's disease through genetic engineering;
      3)   Chunzai Wang  who is one of the foremost experts in the world on ocean-
                  atmosphere interaction, climate change, & hurricanes
      4)   Xifeng Wu  who was  until recently  Director of the Center for Public Health 
                   and Translational Genomics, Betty B. Marcus Chair in Cancer, MD
                  Anderson Cancer Center.
[B]  Helping China Stop Its Brain Drain:
    China has issued warnings to its students and academics of the risks of studying  in the  US -  limits on the duration of visas and visa refusals.   Such warnings  are likely ineffective until the discriminatory practices urged on by your WOSA hit the ChAm community.  Examples of discriminatory practices incited by your WOSA include: 

 i)  The Hoover Institute Report entitled " China's Influence & American
Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance " accusing almost all ChAm organizations headquartered in Chinatowns as acting to adversely affect the U.S. interest.   That report was met with the unanimous disapproval of the ChAm community.
             ii) A patriotic US visa officer in China almost single-handedly lost a unique 
             Chinese  graduate student for MIT, who was voted by the prestigious journal 
             Nature  as the  first of the 10 people who mattered (in science) in 2018 .

      Using "whole-of-society" as a slogan to dramatize the enormous task you faced in your  senate testimony on 2/15/19 was understandable.  But retrospectively, you must realize WOSA is a totalitarian idea.  When you doubled down on your "whole-of-society" idea on 4/29/19, I was aghast.  To wit, you told our nation's top academic officers on 4/29/19  " We've got to share as much information as we can with you, as quickly as we can, through as many channels as we can . We've also got to create mechanisms for you to share information with us."

       When the above and other components of your WOSA are executed, it'll make all ChAms feel like 3rd-class citizens living in a totalitarian society - watched over by colleagues, neighbors, friends and perhaps even relatives.   Do you want that?  Is that what America has come to?     

      To protect national secrets, rules should be tightened and the enforcement should be targeted towards wrongdoers.  They should rely on  trained law enforce-ment and not  amateur spycatchers.  The former will lead to real wrongdoing being caught.  The latter will lead to profiling, prejudice and abuse.  New rules should be well-publicized and there should be a grace period for people to adjust. 

       Hopefully, I'll get your feedback within 3 weeks.  Without any feedback from you to check my internal compass, I'll be compelled to find other ways to express my deep concerns to our nation's top political leaders.   I got to know some of them when I was the Lt. Governor of Delaware (1985-89)  and as the President of 80-20 Educational Foundation, which is by far our nation's largest Asian Am. political organization.  80-20 has a huge email list, a non-trivial war chest, a steely determination to protect AsAm rights and to do our small part to help make America a "more perfect Union."  Looking forward to hearing from you, 

Respectfully ,

S. B. Woo
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80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

PS:   Dominic Ng publish an Op Ed at LA Time, entitled 
" Targeting Chinese students and entrepreneurs in the U.S. is the wrong way to battle Beijing"  He is the chairman and chief executive of East West Bank, and a great supporter of 80-20 EF.

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