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In France, President Obama and Putin Discusses Syria

By Ann-Marie Adams I The Hartford Guardian

FRANCE — While in Paris at the United Nations’ Climate Summit on Monday, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis in Syria, according to White House officials.

Obama said it was imperative to go after militants in Syria but should not focus only on military attacks against rebel groups that oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to reports.

“The two presidents discussed the imperative of making progress on the Vienna process to bring about a ceasefire and political resolution to the civil war in Syria,” the official said, referring to international talks in the Austrian capital on the Syria crisis.

Reportedly, Obama told Putin he believed Assad must leave power as part of that transition. Both leaders also said that their foreign ministers will continue to work on the diplomatic process.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration announced in September that it has agreed to accept up to 10,000 refugees from the Syrian crisis, which stemmed from a wave of ethnic cleansing by Iran. So far, only 1,500 Syrians have been accepted into the United States since 2011. However, 31 governors said  they will not accept any of those refugees into their state.

In his remarks opening the General Assembly, Ban Ki Moon bluntly called on five countries in particular — the USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey — to come collaborate on a single plan of action for Syria.

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Obama in a recent speech at the United Nations made the case that the world should intervene in  Syria’s War. He said the intervention is justified to punish Assad for using chemical weapons. In the same speech, he also accused Russia and Iran of propping up Assad.

“It’s time for Russia and Iran to realize that insisting on Assad’s rule will lead to the outcome they fear,” he said,

At the Climate Summit, Putin rebuffed an open dialogue about Syria with Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. However, Putin have forwarded a plan to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in part because the UNGA “provides a focal point for diplomacy to proceed.”

Davutoglu said his country and the European Union are paying the price for the “failure” of the UN system to solve the crisis in Syria, which has refugees entering through the Turkey’s border.

The Obama administration has been pushing for a strongly worded resolution that backs an agreement that includes strong penalties for non-compliance.

Russia wants to avoid giving the US an excuse to attack Syria.

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The Refugee Hypocrisy of President Obama and Hillary Clinton

Editor’s Note: In criticizing Republicans’ stance against Syrian refugees, Obama and Clinton seem to have forgotten their own treatment of other nonwhite refugees. This piece was first published on Nov. 18 at
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have seized upon the Paris terrorist attacks to launch political attacks against Republicans in response to their xenophobic statements on admitting Syrian refugees.When speaking in the Philippines, President Obama stated, “When candidates say we shouldn’t admit three-year-old orphans, that’s political posturing,” adding, “these are the same folks oftentimes that say they’re so tough that just talking to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin or staring down ISIL or using some additional rhetoric will solve the problem, and they’re scared of widows and three-year-old orphans.”Hillary Clinton piled on, stating that “We have always welcomed immigrants and refugees. … We have made people feel that if they did their part, they sent their kids to school, they worked hard, there would be a place for them in America.”

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionIt appears that both President Obama and former State Secretary Clinton have very short memories, or at the very least they hope that we do. Recent history reminds that the president has been jailing “three-year-old orphans” in deportation internment camps for well over a year now, where they are subjected to abuse, neglect and torture.

Immigration lawyer Dree Collopy, a partner of the Washington, D.C. firm of Banach Ragland, spoke about the abuses she witnessed while representing refugees in one of Obama’s family deportation jails in Artesia, New Mexico. Ms. Collopy encountered dehydrated, listless and malnourished children “clinging to their mothers, while their mothers’ pleas for medical care were met with degrading and abusive treatment.” As she said:

“I can say without a doubt that these women and their children are refugees. They have come here seeking protection from the horrific violence they have suffered — beatings, rape, human trafficking — all at the hands of actors whom their governments fail and refuse to control. They have come here trying to survive, and they have come here to save their children’s lives.

“Yet, unlike the refugees who preceded them, they have arrived here in the United States and been thrown in jail, where they have been kept for months in inhumane conditions and where they are refused meaningful access to counsel and interpreters, witnesses and evidence, family and emotional support, mental health care, and other tools that are essential to seeking protection in any meaningful way.”

Thankfully, a federal judge has put her foot down, ordering the prompt release of refugee children while calling Obama’s family deportation jails “deplorable,” and finding that they fail to pass minimal standards for safe and sanitary conditions. Predictably, the Obama administration appealed the decision.

If only the hypocrisy stopped there. To add constitutional violation to injury, not only is the Obama administration abusing refugee children, they are circumventing due process by expeditiously deporting them without a lawyer.

As for political posturing, prior to launching her presidential campaign, Clinton was abundantly clear that refugee children “should be sent back” as soon as possible, mirroring the positions of the Obama administration. These positions were articulated during the height of the refugee crisis by the assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz.

In an interview with NPR, Ms. Muñoz explained: “That’s the intention here, again, is to make sure that for those kids who end up being removable — and we think that’s probably going to be a majority of the kids in this situation — that they don’t remain in the United States for years and that we cut down the amount of time that it takes.”

Contrary to these assertions, nearly 50 percent of the refugee children represented by counsel have been granted relief from removal.

After announcing her candidacy, Clinton doubled down, maintaining her position on the deportation of refugee children, and has recently touted her “numerous” votes to build a wall on the southern border, while dehumanizing the undocumented population with incendiary and racist language, even raising the eyebrows of some Democrats.

The point being, maybe President Obama and former Secretary Clinton should gain the moral high ground before throwing stones at their Republican counterparts. But I guess that really doesn’t matter when there are Republicans to demagogue, and three-year-olds to deport.

Matthew Kolken is an immigration lawyer and the managing partner of Kolken & Kolken, located in Buffalo, New York. His legal opinions and analysis are regularly solicited by various news sources, including MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, The Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. You can follow him @mkolken.

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Malloy Wants to Replace Hartford Viaduct

HARTFORDConnecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is rolling out his transportation overhaul with plans to replace the Hartford Viaduct, the elevated portion of I-84 into the capital city.

The project will cost $3.4 billion, but will have a projected return to the state of $9 billion to $10 billion, Malloy told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schniedau.

“What we are doing in Connecticut is saying that we’re going to build a first-class transportation system,” the governor said. “We’re studying the biggest projects to make sure that our return on investment justififes the expense.”

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White House Promises to Veto Bill to Close US Borders to Syrian Refugees

By Ann-Marie Adams I The Hartford Guardian

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama recently vowed to veto the Republican-led House of Representative’s effort to curb the influx of refugees fleeing the Islamic state of Syria and Iraq.

The White House issued a statement on Wednesday saying that President Obama would veto the legislation, which has support from both parties. The House’s 246 Republicans supported the bill, which passed 289 to 137. Forty-seven Democrats supported it. This is sufficient to override a presidential veto.

The bill would require that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence said that refuges from Syria and Iraq poses no threat once they submit to a thorough background check.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called for a balance between safety and freedom as law enforcement agencies increased security after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

“In our efforts to enhance the security of the homeland, we must not compromise our values as a free and open society,” said Johnson during remarks at a cybersecurity event on Wednesday.

According to the State Department,  1,869 Syrians have entered the United States since October 2014.  The bulk of those, 1,682, came during 2015.

Congressman Paul Rand, (R-Kentucky) said he would impose measures that block these and other high-risk refugees from tax-benefits.

But other members of Congress objected to the draconian laws to curtail the number of Syrian Refugees entering the United States.

“Defeating terrorism should not mean slamming the door in the faces of those fleeing the terrorists,” said. “We might as well take down the Statute of Liberty.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was one of six governors who said he would welcome Syrian refugees into their state. To date, 31 governors agreed to accommodate Syrian refugees.

“We have the toughest process in the world about allowing refugees into our country. That’s the reality,” Malloy said. “By the way, let’s be very clear. No one is taking a raft from Turkey to get to the United States. We control this situation to a higher degree than any European country can at the current moment.”

White House officials in a 90-minute call with 34 governor’s reiterated that Obama’s top priority is the safety of the American people.

While in the Philippines this week, President Obama responded to Republicans’ quest to close the US boarders to Syrian refugees.

“I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate. It’s counterproductive and it needs to stop,” Obama said.

On Wednesday,  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sharply criticized Obama’s treatment of his stance on not wanting to admit Syrian refugees into the United States, and challenged him to a debate.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) plans to block the House bill if it reaches the upper chamber after the Thanksgiving recess.

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Immigrant Rights Leaders Say This Is the Time to Act

Elena Shore, New America Media

A day after the 5th Circuit announced its ruling against the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration, immigrant rights leaders said now is the time to act.

“We are not going to sit around and wait for a court ruling. We will not let right-wing judges or right-wing states determine what happens to the fate of our communities,” Annette Wong, program manager with Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) told reporters at an ethnic media news briefing organized by New America Media. The roundtable was part of an effort by the statewide coalition Ready California to encourage residents to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

One year ago, President Obama announced two new programs through executive action – an expansion of the DACA program and a new program for parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA. Those programs remain on hold following Monday’s court ruling, the latest decision following a lawsuit brought by 26 Republican-led states against the Obama administration.

The Obama administration is expected to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few weeks. If the Supreme Court takes the case, it will likely announce a decision in June.

But while those two programs remain on hold, immigrant rights advocates said there are steps that families can take now to secure their future.

“It doesn’t matter what status someone has; there are actions they can take,” said Juan Ortiz, staff attorney with the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA).

U.S. citizens can register to vote; eligible green card holders can apply for citizenship. Undocumented California residents can apply for a driver’s license under AB 60, noted Ortiz.

Next May, undocumented children in California will be able to access full-scope Medi-Cal. California parents can start enrolling their kids now in Restricted Medi-Cal (sometimes called Emergency Medi-Cal), regardless of their immigration status.

Parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents can start preparing their documents so they will be ready when DAPA goes into effect.

And, most importantly, people can still apply for the original DACA program that was announced in 2012.

It’s important to understand that Monday’s ruling does not affect DACA, noted Sally Kinoshita, deputy director of Immigrant Legal Resource Center. That program remains in effect and continues to help undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children get work permits, social security numbers and a temporary reprieve from deportation.

Ortiz advised families to go to a trusted community based organization for an immigration check-up to see what they might qualify for. In fact, he said, almost 15 percent of people who apply for DACA end up qualifying for something else, like a U-Visa (granted to victims of crimes) or a T-Visa (granted to trafficking victims).

Meanwhile, several DACA recipients speaking at the briefing encouraged their community members to apply for the program so they could access all of its benefits – not only a social security number, a work permit and a reprieve from deportation, but also the stability and security to stand up and advocate for the rights of others in their communities.

For Mexican American DACA recipient Luis Avalos, getting DACA was “ a shining light in a dark tunnel of uncertainty,” allowing him to work legally and stop being afraid of deportation.

Avalos, 22, is now the chair of the San Francisco Youth Commission and advises the mayor and board of supervisors on issues of concern to young people. In order to be appointed to the commission, Avalos needed a social security number.

“I wouldn’t be able to be part of the San Francisco Youth Commission without DACA,” he said.

For Hong Mei Pang, a community organizer with ASPIRE, getting DACA was “a pivotal moment” in her life.

Pang, who came to the United States from Singapore 12 years ago, said before DACA was announced in 2012, she was “working three jobs under the table in abusive, exploitative conditions.” DACA allowed her to get work authorization and step out of the shadows.

Today she advocates against deportations that continue to separate families. “Being able to participate in community organizing,” she said, “means we are able to hold each other up.”

Meanwhile, for Brian Cheong, DACA might have saved his life.

Cheong, who moved here from South Korea 12 years ago, was the leader of his high school’s marching unit, graduated at the top of the class, and was awarded the Outstanding Student Award, given to one graduating senior each year.

When he went to college, he said, “that’s when my life turned a little downward.”

As an undocumented immigrant, he was forced to pay out-of-state tuition. In order to pay out-of-state tuition, he had to get a job. But because he was undocumented, he didn’t have a permit to work legally.

“On top of that,” he said, “the fear of deportation followed me everywhere I went. You never know if when you’re sleeping or working if people are going to come and capture you.”

“I started to question my life,” he said, “and whether it was worth it to continue.”

When DACA was launched in 2012, Cheong said there was never any question that he would apply for it. Getting DACA allowed him to work legally and have a secure source of income for tuition, removed the fear of deportation, helped him regain confidence in life, and allowed him to feel stable and secure for the first time in a long time.

“I’m the type of person that likes to plan ahead, and I couldn’t do that before DACA,” Cheong explained.

Today, Cheong is in a military program called MAVNI, a special program that could allow DACA recipients with certain skills to gain something that they otherwise would not be able to access – a path to citizenship. Cheong plans to eventually petition for his parents and family, who are currently left out of immigration reform.

To other young people who are living without legal status, Cheong had a simple message: “You are not alone.”

“Get up, speak up, advocate and educate,” he said, “not just for DAPA [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans] but for CIR [comprehensive immigration reform] as well.”

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Fourth GOP Presidential Debate Unveils Candidates’ Strengths and Weaknesses

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE — The fourth Republican presidential debate on Tuesday unveiled strengths and weaknesses of the top eight candidates vying to win their party’s nomination to be the next president of the United States.

With no clear winner evident, the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal GOP live debates produced a few zingers and many memorable one-liners from most candidates.

Going into the debate with a one-point lead was political newcomer Ben Carson, who defended himself after a barrage of questions about his resume and his biography, including a claim Carson made that he stabbed someone as a youth. Carson shrugged off questions from Trump, saying: “People who love me know that I am an honest person.”

Some pundits predicted Carson will eventually decline in the polls with his lukewarm performance in a forum designed to let others know more about him and his platform.

Donald Trump, the boisterous candidate known for his candid views on immigration and gender equality, tried to be statesmanlike instead of being like a court jester. But that strategy was halted when he criticized the only woman in the field of GOP candidates, Carly Fiorina, who made an indirect critique at his TV persona.

A moderator asked Trump about his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal under consideration by Congress. He said the deal would harm U.S. workers and stressed the danger in allowing China to continue to manipulate its currency and enter the US market through the backdoor. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) corrected Trump by highlighting his ignorance on the deal. Paul spoke through the moderator to Trump: “Gerard, you might want to point out China is not part of this deal.”

Most of the candidates gave practically the same answers for creating jobs, cutting taxes and curtailing government policies on businesses.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), the young mentee sidestep additional criticism of his former mentor Jeb Bush and delivered a few substantive answers on foreign policy,  tax issues and job creation. He called for more vocational training and criticized liberal arts majors:

“You’re going to make people more expensive than a machine,” Rubio said. “We need more welders and less philosophers.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is competing with Rubio to be a formidable candidate in the general election, was more lively but cautious with his answers, aiming for accuracy rather than comedic moments with memorable lines.

The other candidates aimed to move from the margins in the poll and insert themselves into the middle of the media spotlight.  This approach made Paul or Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) seen as a possible breakout candidate.

The debate centered on mostly economic issues, which at times lead to a dry  discussion about economic issues that resonated with middle-class voters.


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Greater Hartford Hosts First ‘Learn 2 Live’, Obama Administration’s Initiative

BLOOMFIELD — The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives recently hosted a community forum entitled “Learn 2 Live.”

The event was in collaboration with My Brother’s Keeper program in Hartford. ‘Learn 2 Live’ is a new national effort that aims to facilitate more positive interactions and improve community relations between young people of color and law enforcement through a total of 100 forums in 100 cities across the country.

The Greater Hartford area is the first city to host the event.

The presentation included an interactive discussion with a panel of police officers from Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Bloomfield and Windsor. “Preserving the safety of Hartford residents starts with improving the relationship between our community and our police department. I welcome ‘Learn 2 Live,’ a new initiative focused on opening and maintaining that necessary dialogue,” said former City Councilman Kyle K. Anderson, the point person for the My Brother’s Keeper.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our relationship with the community,” said Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley. My Brother’s Keeper is an initiative by President Barack Obama that calls for community members, including local government leaders, businesses and charities, to help guide young male minorities to colleges and toward careers.

The City of Hartford accepted the challenge late last year, with the intent of focusing on ensuring that youth who are out of school are employed and ensuring that youth remain safe from violent crime. Ten other cities hosting a “Learn 2 Live” program include, Harrisburg, Pa., Philadelphia, Pa., New York, NY, Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., Los Angeles, CA, Dallas, TX, Wilmington, DE and Washington, DC.

Photo Courtesy of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

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Movie: Steve Jobs

Now playing in theaters near you is the bio-pic of the founder of Apple, Inc.: Steve Jobs.

The movie unfolds by showing what it was like backstage minutes before three iconic product launches spanning Jobs' career—beginning with the Macintosh in 1984, and ending with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998, the movie, Steve Jobs, takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. It's also the story of race, gender and immigration as never depicted before on screen.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin, Boyle, and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

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Hartford Elects New Mayor Luke Bronin


HARTFORD — Hartford voters Tuesday, in an election that was largely a formality, selected Luke A. Bronin as their next mayor.

Bronin, a lawyer who grew up downstate, raised considerable campaign cash and unseated incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra in a Democratic primary, becoming the party’s candidate in a city whose residents overwhelmingly vote blue.

Bronin used his victory speech at Real Art Ways in Hartford to thank his supporters and lay out the problems he plans to tackle during his four-year term.

“It’s time to get Hartford working again,” said Bronin. “When a city faces the challenges that we face, there are no easy answers…The challenges are big but so is Hartford’s promise.”

The task of putting the state’s capital city on the path to economic prosperity is huge, given what Bronin described during his victory speech as a “budget crisis” facing the city.

Hartford — a city of 125,000 residents — has by far the state’s highest mill rate and a taxable grand list nearly identical to that of towns, such as Farmington and Guilford, that are a fraction of its size.

The city also has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

Luke Bronin celebrates his victory with his supporters

Bronin, 36, who moved to the city nine years ago, also campaigned on improving neighborhood schools, boosting state and federal funding to the city, and increasing community policing as homicide rates spiked over the summer.

The neighborhood schools in Hartford are among the worst performing and segregated in the state, and Bronin has said a child shouldn’t have to win the school choice lottery to get a desk in a good school. The Bronin family’s decision to send their children to a private school in West Hartford became an issue in the campaign. They made it after Bronin’s daughter failed to win a seat at the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet while his son, who is younger, did.

During his victory speech he characterized the neighborhood schools as “under-enrolled and overburdened.”

In a city where 84 percent of the residents are minorities, Bronin becomes the city’s first white mayor in 15 years. Bronin moved to Hartford in 2006, but he was absent from the city while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy and then working during President Obama’s first term as a lawyer assigned to tracking terrorist financing. Bronin has never held elected office, and this was his first election bid.

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez smiles for a photo at the Bronin victory party election night.

About 10,000 Hartford residents voted, and a Bronin campaign official said shortly before 9 p.m. tha, with 54 percent of the vote tallied, Bronin was winning about 75 percent of the votes.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who held off endorsing a candidate in the Democratic primary, joined the victory party Tuesady night. Bronin was the governor’s general counsel for two years before entering the race in January.

“We knew Luke was going to win after he won the primary. I think he is going to be a great mayor. I am looking forward to working with him,” the Democratic governor said shortly after the polls closed Tuesday.

Addressing a roomful of supporters, Malloy said he has given Bronin some advice.

“I’ve given him the advice that I’ve always tried to take, but it’s a lot easier for me to do than it will be for him. My rule is to always hire people who are brighter than you. That’s how I ended up with Luke Bronin working for me,” Malloy told a cheering crowd. “Hartford, you could not have a better mayor.”

Other guests at Bronin’s victory party included former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, Attorney General George Jepsen, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and several members of the Hartford General Assembly delegation.

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Racial Profiling of Chinese Americans Will Only Hurt America

By  George Koo, New America Media
It simply boggles the mind that with an African American in the White House and an African American as the Attorney General, persecution of Chinese American scientists based on racial profiling not only has not abated but actually intensified.

Professor Xiaoxing Xi, former head of the physics department at Temple University, was the latest of a bumper crop of Chinese Americans that became victims of racial profiling.

Joyce Xi reminded us of this development recently when she gave a series of presentations at Stanford, UC Berkeley and Hastings Law School describing how her father and family were brutalized by the FBI.

Early dawn in May, the agents broke into their home with guns drawn, manhandled Professor Xi, handcuffed him behind his back and took him away without any explanation on reasons for his arrest. The agents insisted on keeping Mrs. Xi in another room and interrogated her for hours. Joyce happened to be home from college and could see that her 12-year old sister was traumatized.

Dr. Weng Ho Lee

According to Peter Zeidenberg, legal counsel for Xi and the family, the government accused Xi of wire fraud based on his having borrowed a piece of test equipment, a so-called pocket heater, in 2006. Zeidenberg went to the inventor of the heater who confirmed that none of the “evidence” Xi was accused of sending to China was related to the design of his invention.

Furthermore, the invention was patented but never commercialized so that even if Xi had sent the drawings to China, the government would not have a case that economic damage was done.

The government investigators could have just as easily verified the findings as Ziedenberg did, but the Obama Administration has been so obsessed by the idea that China is out to steal everything, hysteria and paranoia have replaced rational thinking.

In lieu of a professional investigation, the government leaps to prosecution. If the suspect is a Chinese American, he is ipso facto guilty.

Xi’s case harkens back to the celebrated case of Dr. Wen Ho Lee, then a scientist working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Lee was accused of leaking the design of multi-head missile to China and incarcerated in solitary confinement for 10 months.

Eventually, the presiding judge apologized to Lee for gross government misconduct before releasing him, but even then Lee had to plead guilty to one charge in exchange for time already served.

Preserving the reputation of the American judiciary system that the government is never wrong is far more important than any damage done to the civil rights of its citizens.

If the government couldn’t get Lee to accept one guilt plea, the government would have no justification for having kept him in jail and that meant the government made a mistake.

No different from the governments under Nazi Germany or Stalin’s Soviet Union, our government does not make mistakes—none that they could admit. For the U.S. government to apologize is out of the question.

Professor Ling-chi Wang, then head of Asian American studies at UC Berkeley, was outraged by the injustice Lee suffered in the hands of the government. He organized a national boycott of the national laboratories and urge Asian American scientists to stop applying for jobs at the laboratories.

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