Uyghur dissident: China ‘weaponized’ U.S. justice system and the FBI to keep him quiet about genocide

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WASHINGTON, DC – A prominent Uyghur human rights activist is claiming that Chinese spies have weaponized the U.S. justice system in the Communist nation’s global pursuit of dissidents.

Salih Hudayar, prime minister of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile, is asking the U.S. Senate to investigate Chinese manipulation of the FBI and Secret Service, along with his claim of an ongoing Chinese intelligence operation against him, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

Hudayar was arrested on an undefined charge of “terrorism” in 2018, according to court filings made by his defense team. Hudayar said he is not a terrorist and that he was framed by a Chinese spy.

Hudayar’s group asserts that the Uyghur homeland, which Uyghurs refer to as “East Turkistan” and which China calls “Xinjiang,” is an occupied country.

China is committing genocide against the mostly Muslim Uighur minority in the region, according to the U.S. State Department in its 2021 annual report on human rights.

The report released in March found that:

“Genocide and crimes against humanity occurred during the year against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.”

It said the alleged crimes included the arbitrary imprisonment of more than one million civilians, forced sterilization, rape, torture, forced labor and “draconian restrictions” on freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of movement.

Hudayar said all charges against him were dropped without explanation Jan. 21, 2022. Hudayar said:

“The Senate Select Intelligence Committee must investigate the baseless criminal charges a suspected Chinese agent fabricated in order to eliminate my organization’s opposition to China’s ongoing genocide.”

Paul Kiyonaga, Hudayar’s lawyer, told The DCNF:

“Hudayar was targeted, we believe, by a Chinese government operative who was intending to infiltrate his organization and subsequently brought baseless criminal charges against him.”

Hudayar’s statements follow recent reports from Uyghurs who say they have been victims of Operation Sky Net, a covert Chinese government program to kidnap overseas targets, including Uyghur dissidents.

Hudayar, a naturalized American citizen who served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, fled with his family as political refugees to the United States in June 2000, when he was 7 years old. Hudayar, 28, was elected as the prime minister of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile on Nov. 11, 2019.

 

 

He said he was approached by the female spy in July 2018 when his group, the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement, was holding a demonstration on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to recognize China’s genocide of the Uyghur people.

Hudayar said the alleged Chinese operative:

“. . .carried three phones and spoke Uyghur to me, bluntly asking if China could buy me off. When I told her I’d never sell out, she threatened me and my family. I told her to leave and she did.”

Hudayar has denied all of her claims.

The woman claimed she had arrived in America just weeks before and was volunteering with the Uyghur Human Rights Project — which is unrelated to Hudayar’s group — when she overheard him making derogatory remarks about her Chinese ethnicity and telling others that she was a spy, according to Metropolitan Police Department arrest records.

Hudayar said that on July 11, 2018, the woman, who was “dressed provocatively” showed up at a Washington, D.C., office he shared with Rebiya Kadeer, the former head of the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation. The Chinese woman claimed to have an appointment with Kadeer.

Hudayar said:

“She told me she spoke many languages and could help me. She touched my hand and said she knew I didn’t have a girlfriend. Again, I told her to leave and I warned Kadeer soon afterwards.”

The woman filed a report with the MPD after leaving the office, claiming she’d met Hudayar after he’d called her. According to arrest records, once alone, Hudayar threatened to kill her and her family. She said Hudayar claimed he worked for the FBI and CIA as Turkish intelligence, prompting her to leave.

The D.C. Superior Court issued an arrest warrant under “threats to do bodily harm” for Hudayar on Aug. 28, 2018, for allegedly threatening to kidnap or injure the woman in what was called an anti-Islamic hate crime, although Hudayar himself is a practicing Muslim.

Hudayar explained:

“The warrant was executed on September 12, 2018, while I was demonstrating in front of the White House. Except instead of the MPD, it was the Secret Service, and instead of ‘Attempted Threats,’ they arrested me for ‘terrorism.’ ”

The prosecution would later characterize Hudayar’s FBI “interview” as “an apparently cordial conversation with federal agents.” In actuality, Hudayar claimed, he had been mistreated by the agents. He said:

“They handcuffed me to a chair and interrogated me for hours at an undisclosed, underground location.”

Hudayar’s defense team told the court in a filing:

“The FBI agents continued their interview even after Defendant indicated that he wished to speak to his attorney.” 

Hudayar repeatedly denied he had any terrorist connections and told investigators he suspected the woman was with Chinese intelligence. Curiously, at some time during the 2-hour and 40-minute interrogation, the agents amended Hudayar’s charge to match the one for “Attempted Threats” on the MPD warrant.

Hudayar told The DCNF:

“The court proceedings continued in this way, the state suppressed materials related to my case, such as the related body-worn camera footage, and because of the state, this misdemeanor case lasted over three years.” 

The DCNF on Feb. 17 submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the body-camera footage and other suppressed materials related to Hudayar’s case.

The MPD failed to provide the requested materials within the statutory period and then granted itself an extension. Then, citing privacy issues, it ultimately denied The DCNF’s request for the body-cam footage showing officers responding to the complainant on July 11, 2018. The MPD did deliver Hudayar’s Sept. 12, 2018, FBI interview on May 12.

Hudayar told The DCNF:

“However, before a witness we’d called could testify, my case was suddenly dropped on January 21, 2022.” 

The witness to which he was referring was David Major, a retired FBI agent and Chinese intelligence specialist.

Hudayar said his defense notified the court that Major intended to testify that “it was reasonable” for Hudayar to assume the woman was “a Chinese government operative.” That assumption, Major planned to testify, was based on discovery materials, the information Major had obtained about the woman, as well as Major’s knowledge of Chinese influence and infiltration operations targeting U.S.-based human rights groups.

Citing information found on the woman’s LinkedIn profile, Hudayar said:

“She’d worked for Chinese state-run media, state-banking, the Ministry of Education and other entities tied to the Chinese Communist Party.”

Hudayar pleaded:

“The senate must investigate this matter. Foreign agents weaponized our justice system and God only knows what else.”

The DCNF reached out to the complainant, as well as Rebiya Kadeer, the Secret Service, the FBI and David Major, but none responded to requests for comment.

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Bombshell book finds 23 former lawmakers who lobby for Chinese military, intelligence-linked companies

February 5, 2022

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the writer, a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- If you haven’t figured out yet why China is on the rise while America isn’t, look no further than the “ruling class” in Washington, D.C.

While some of the current crop of House and Senate members, as well as the current occupant of the White House are largely to blame, a number of former lawmakers have been involved up to their eyeballs in lobbying to help the Chinese military or intelligence-linked companies after they left office.

Peter Schweizer, senior Breitbart contributor and president of the Government Accountability Institute has exposed 23 former U.S. senators and congressmen in his blockbuster book, “Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win.”

These former lawmakers have, instead of advocating for what is best for the United States, advocated for the Chinese communists.

The list is comprised of a who’s who of America’s political elite—including a former vice presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House, and former Senate Majority Leader, as reported in Breitbart.

Moreover, despite recent revelations that current politicians such as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have enriched themselves via China, most of the 23 former lawmakers identified by Schweizer are in fact Republicans.

Here are a few:

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH): Boehner didn’t wait until he was out of office to begin advocating for China. In 2011, with Republicans holding a majority in the House, Congress was in the process of passing a currency manipulation bill, which would have held China accountable for keeping its currency artificially low, which would make it easier to boost exports.

Schweizer reported that China hired an influential DC lobbying firm, Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) to block the bill. SPB is a registered foreign agent of the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. The bill flew through the Senate with bipartisan support by a 63-35 vote.

When it got to the House, however, Boehner refused to bring the bill to the House floor, despite the fact that half of the House Republican Conference and an “overwhelming” number of Democrats supported the bill.

Boehner claimed the bill would lead to a trade war with China, and further claimed, “It’s a pretty dangerous thing to be moving legislation through the U.S. Congress forcing someone to deal with the value of a currency.”

Schweizer noted that when he retired from public office in 2015, Boehner joined SPB as a “strategic adviser” to American and foreign clients. SPB, Schweizer notes, advised and helped China work through “issues that will threaten their interests,” including guidance on appropriations, the 2020 general elections, and America’s policy on Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xinjiang, etc.

Chinese state-owned media often quotes SPB attorneys, who are “often critical of trade and technology restrictions on Chinese firms working in the United States,” Breitbart reported.

Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-AR), Rep Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Rep. Albert Wynn (D-MD):

Hutchinson lobbies for Alibaba, Chinese technology giant. Hutchinson formerly served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and his firm, Greenberg Traurig was paid $200,000 in 2020. Meanwhile Greenberg Traurig has also hired both Frelinghuysen and Wynn.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA):

Tencent hired former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Royce to lobby the federal government, receiving $330,000 in 2020. Tencent is a massive Chinese tech company and creator of Chinese messaging app WeChat. In addition, that company develops technologies with military applications, and is closely tied to China’s Ministry of Public Security and the People’s Liberation Army.

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), Sen John Breaux (D-LA), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), and Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN):

TikTok has become one of the most popular apps in the world, and is owned by a company called ByteDance. The company has been criticized for privacy, censorship practices and its ties to the Chinese government. A number of former employees, Schweizer wrote, have complained about its moderation practices which they claim are strongly “influenced by Beijing.”

ByteDance hired all four men to lobby for them; Breaux at one time remarked that his vote in the Senate was not for “sale,” but it is “available for rent.” Apparently even to the detriment of the American people.

Sen. Norm Coleman (D-MN), Sen. (and former VP candidate) Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Rep. Jon Christensen (R-NE) and Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-FL):

All four lobby for ZTE Corporation, a military-linked telecommunications firm. In 2019, Coleman’s firm alone received some $2.94 million for representing the company.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA):

Kingston served in the House for 22 years between 1993 to 2015, and at one time served as vice-chairman of the House Republican Conference. He was a leading member of the House Appropriations Committee, as well as chairman of the Agriculture, Labor/Health and Human Services/Education, and Legislative Branch subcommittees. He also was a long-time member of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee.

Schweizer said that despite touting himself as a “guardian of small business,” Kingston has lobbied for ChemChina, a Chinese state-owned chemical company.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Rep. Toby Moffett (D-CT), and Rep. Rich Boucher (D-VA):

Vitter and Moffett each received a cool $70,000 a month from Hikvision, a Chinese surveillance company which is primarily owned by a government-controlled conglomerate known as the China Electronics Group. That company’s surveillance cameras are used to monitor Uyghurs in the CCP’s internment camps.

Vitter also voted against the Currency Exchange Oversight Reform Act. Meanwhile, Boucher’s firm received $1.75 million in 2019 to lobby on behalf of Hikvision.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA):

Boxer served California as US Senator for 24 years from 1993 to 2017, and was a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Boxer also signed on to advise Hikvision, and was registered as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice. Boxer claimed she was working to create American jobs by giving advice to the Chinese surveillance company.

“When I am asked to provide strategic advice to help a company operate in a more responsible and humane manner consistent with U.S. law in spirit and letter, it is an opportunity to make things better while helping protect and create American jobs,” she said in relation to her lobbying for Hikvision.

After receiving public condemnation, Boxer eventually stopped lobbying for the company.

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA):

Boustany served for 12 years and was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, while also working as co-chair of the U.S.-China working group. After leaving office in 2016, he tried to gain a position in the Trump administration as a trade representative. Failing that, he joined Washington, D.C. lobbying firm Capitol Counsel. That company was also registered as a foreign agent with the DOJ to represent the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF).

In his role with Capitol Counsel, the company engaged in “political intelligence gathering” and “substantive advice on China-related legislation,” which included arranging meetings on Capitol Hill. Boustany then became spokesman for a group which was arguing that Trump’s proposed tariffs against China would hurt working-class Americans.

Sen. William Cohen (R-ME):

Cohen, after retiring from the senate, became Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton. Law Enforcement Today previously reported on Cohen’s ties to China. He established the Cohen group in 2001 after leaving the DoD. That group has deep ties to the Chinese communist government, a fact which they brag about.

Schweizer notes that the Cohen Group extends its consulting services to Chinese state-owned enterprises, services which he notes are “often used as tools of the Chinese state.” Cohen also served as vice chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council, a lobbying group for American companies who wish to do business in China.

Moreover, when  Huawei, a Chinese tech firm was deemed a national security threat due to its close ties to Chinese intelligence, they hired the Cohen Group to negotiate with the U.S. director of national intelligence to circumvent regulations and find a way to market its hardware in the U.S.

Schweizer in his book calls for a ban on lobbying for Chinese military and intelligence-linked companies, while noting that “not all lobbying is bad.” With that said, he doesn’t believe that extends to the Chinese military-intelligence apparatus. Schweizer wrote:

“Too many former politicians are making bundles of money representing these interests in the corridors of Washington power.”

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