Monday, February 20, 2006

This is a good use of bloggity

Over on Vodkapundit Will Collier points out one of the things I like best about blogging. Trying to give a news story more attention.

Chinese dissident attacked at home
Shelia M. Poole - Staff
Thursday, February 16, 2006

A home invasion and attack near Duluth a week ago has set off a political firestorm that may reach all the way to China.

Peter Yuan Li said he was tied up and beaten in his Chatburn Way home by several men on Feb. 8. The men spoke Korean and Mandarin and left behind certain valuables, including a camcorder and television, but took his computers, a phone and his wallet, according to Li. They also demanded unspecified documents and pried open two file cabinets, he said.

But Li claims it was no ordinary robbery. The culprits, he said, were Chinese agents who targeted him because of his work with The Epoch Times international newspaper and its Internet site, which is affiliated with the Falun Gong spiritual moveme

Now Falun Gong has a legitimate axe to grind against the government of China so... what Mr. Li says may be suspect however I am willing to bet this is more important then additional coverage of Dick Cheney's hunting accident which we know is continuing.

and oh yeah.... Their has already been a resolution passed by congress on this issue.

In 2004, the U.S. Congress passed Resolution 304, which recognized "the Chinese government has attempted to silence the Falun Gong movement and Chinese pro-democracy groups inside the United States." The resolution urged the U.S. Attorney General to "investigate reports that Chinese consular officials in the U.S. have committed illegal acts while attempting to intimidate or inappropriately influence Falun Gong practitioners or local elected officials."

However what has the FBI said as a matter of offical comment?

FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said the bureau is looking into the attack on Li for potential civil rights violations and refused to comment on whether the Chinese government was behind it.

Even our government is afraid to stand up to the PRC

But i think what needs to be restated is what Will Collier Repeated in his own post because it bares repeating.

Here we have a credible allegation that an American citizen was attacked, beated and robbed in his own home by agents of a hostile foreign power because of his political views and activities.

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