Zhang Hongbao in Blast Furnace

---- A documentary on how the outstanding spiritual leader transformed to a political leader

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By Shu Yuelang



Clinton has left the presidency with ease and gone on to operate his own huge, luxury house. He also left Zhong Gong's spiritual leader Zhang Hongbao in Guam's prison continuing his suffering. By conventional wisdom, Clinton is not directly related to Zhong Hongbao. But in the gradually exposed case of Zhang Hongbao seeking political asylum, the zigzag and complicated development always makes people see a faint hand controlling the process remotely. As a result, American laws lose their true meanings, and the legal system cannot function independently.


From part of the exposed materials, it can be seen that, facing Chinese Communist comprehensive suppression of the Zhong Gong Organization, and Chinese police's relentless pursuit, Zhong Gong leader Zhang Hongbao, who believed the promise made by President Clinton in his State of the Union address that "the US can give effective protection to all people who need protection around the world," determinedly came to the US to seek humanitarian assistance from the Clinton Administration in order to save Zhong Gong which was being persecuted politically. After interviewing Zhang Hongbao in Guam's airport, INS officials expressed their sympathy and support, and indicated that this was a special situation that could be solved in 15 days. This response at the time when there was no other interference really made people respect the image of the US.


The actual procedure, however, followed a very zigzag path. Each time the court hearing was postponed, there always appeared to be some new dramas. They really made people wonder what is going on.


First, the original case was about a famous Chinese spiritual leader coming to the US to seek humanitarian assistance for the suffering Zhong Gong Organization. Yet, after the host's design, it became a case of individual political asylum. Zhang Hongbao was trapped and couldn't move. He not only couldn't reach the purpose he came to the US for, but had to follow the long procedure designed by his host.


Thus, from entering the US on January 29 to court hearing on June 13, it was not 15 days, but over 160 days. In the hearing, the judge decided to give Zhang Hongbao political asylum. But because the INS said Zhang Hongbao's "finger print is not available yet," the judge couldn't sign the documents right away. The issue had to be postponed. On the second day, the INS informed that Zhang Hongbao's fingerprint was missing and a new one was needed. The next court hearing to issue the documents of political asylum first was scheduled on July 14, then was postponed again until July 28. Coincidentally, on June 19 during this period, China and the US signed a legal agreement to exchange criminals. When the court was in session on July 28, through an improper channel, Chinese embassy sent the court a letter accusing Zhang Hongbao of criminal offences. The judge was surprised and had to postpone the hearing again.


When the court resumed on August 4, the INS pointed out uncompromisingly that it would appeal immediately if the judge issue the documents of political asylum to Zhang Hongbao. The judge was confused by the INS, and had to postpone the hearing again.


When the court resumed on August 16, the INS asked for more time to assess the evidence provided by Chinese State Council. After the long wait, they finally got the so-called evidence by which Chinese Communist Party accused Zhang Hongbao of criminal offences. The judge had to postpone the hearing again.


On September 1, 12 minutes before the hearing, the INS sent a fax to the court asking for a postponement again. Its reason was that "the State Department think the translated documents provided by the Chinese government are not credible and need to be translated again."


After the court resumed on September 20, the INS asked for a postponement again on make-up excuses. Driven beyond forbearance, the judge resolutely refused INS' request, and decided to pronounce judgement on September 21. During the week before September 20, Chinese government through the media publicized the so-called evidence that should be submitted to the court. Through the media, it pictured Zhang Hongbao as a criminal. The Clinton Administration also used the media to make up two possibilities and a dilemma: Two possibilities: Zhang Hongbao could be a criminal, but he also could be innocent; A dilemma: The Clinton Administration didn't want to offend the Chinese government, but it also was afraid of offending the public. It used the formula of two possibilities and a dilemma to mislead the American public and prepare for the anticipated result. The assessment of the Chinese government's evidence by two authoritative agencies in the State Department and the Congress was that "the authenticity of the documents is doubtable. It could be a document made up carefully by the Chinese Communist authority to frame Zhang Hongbao." However, the INS and its superior, the Justice Department, disregarded the assessment and continued to exert pressures on the immigration court.


On September 21, under all sorts of pressures, the judge changed the original approval of political asylum to an order of anti-mistreatment and not deporting. Yet the INS still claimed that it would appeal.


As expected, the INS refused to carry out the judge's order and continued to keep Zhang Hongbao in prison. On October 20, INS appeals to the immigration appellate court, requesting clearly that Zhang Hongbao be expelled to a third country.


On January 16, 2001, Zhang Hongbao's attorney asked a federal court for a "habeas corpus," requesting Zhang Hongbao be set free immediately. When the federal court asked the INS and the Justice Department "why do you detain Zhang Hongbao," they replied that Zhang Hongbao would be set free if he agreed to go to a third country.


When things go this far, we seem to see some tricks: The repeated postponement of the case of Zhang Hongbao's political asylum aimed to give the Chinese Communists more time to falsify evidence, and help them destroy Zhang Hongbao's reputation and stop him.


And the reason for insisting on expelling Zhang Hongbao to the third country is that the Clinton Administration would lose its face if Zhang Hongbao was actually extradited to China from the US. So it used the design of expelling Zhang Hongbao to a third country, then extraditing him from there.


The nature of this design is to help the Chinese Communists to get Zhang Hongbao back to Mainland China.


If Clinton really didn't know about all these stuffs, he wouldn't be mentioned here. However, on the "World Human Rights Day" and during the "American Human Rights Week," when Zhang Hongbao went on a hunger strike to protest the inhuman and illegal treatment he received, there was a public outcry. Zhong Gong Organization and many Zhong Gong followers wrote to Clinton, asking him to press his subordinate agencies to free Zhang Hongbao and give him the humane treatment he deserves. The "Campaign to Free Zhang Hongbao" called Clinton Office everyday, demanding that his administration give Zhang Hongbao freedom immediately and give him the courteous reception which a spiritual leader deserves. Every time, Clinton's secretary promised to pass the message to him. However, Clinton went so far as to ignore the whole thing as if it didn't exist. Isn't that strange? Moreover, when the INS officials in charge of the case were asked "why do you continue to keep Zhang Hongbao in prison?" They replied that "we action is directed by our superior, the super-superior!" It seems obvious that behind the case of Zhang Hongbao's political asylum, there is a sinister big conspiracy of dirty transactions. At least, people feel that the "super-superior" must have gained something that made it inconvenient for him to open his mouth.


The Justice Department is the superior of the INS, and Clinton is the superior of the Justice Department. Is this really the order Clinton has given?


Sending Zhang Hongbao to a third country is to help the Chinese Communists get him extradited from there. Can Clinton and his administration shirk their responsibility for this big conspiracy? If you don't want people to know, then don't do it.


Very fortunately, the US is not like China, where it is impossible to remove the sin when the people who do evil are still alive. The White House now has changed a master. When he swore in on January 20, President Bush indicated clearly that he would abandoned Clinton's policy of "Sino-US strategic partnership," and would treat China as "a strategic competitor." We are confident that President Bush and his new administration can properly handle the difficult problem left by the Clinton Administration.


We ask President Bush to prevent the INS from expelling Mr. Zhang Hongbao. Don't help the Chinese Communists achieve what they want to but still cannot achieve.

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