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News From Vietnam

August 4, 2007

Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 11:36:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jean Libby editor@vietamreview.net

Subject: letter from VN Embassy to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose); protest to Yahoo from Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo) for helping Chinese jail dissidents

Thank you Tieng Dan Weekly for the attached copy of the response from Nguyen Tam Chien of the VN Embassy to a letter from Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren regarding the recent demonstration and arrests in Saigon. The letter is particularly odious and deceptive, saying that the issue is not human rights but “land disputes” as “stated by sources unfriendly to Vietnam.” The letter, dated August 1, 2007, was authorized by VN President Nguyen Minh Triet.

Congresswoman Lofgren is fighting hard and well to insure the rights of small groups of immigrants and their children to the USA as well as speaking out for human rights in Vietnam. Her battle with showboating Republicans who are appealing to ethnic prejudice with “immigration backlash” as chair of the House of Representatives Immigration Committee is front-page news in the San Francisco Chronicle today, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/08/04/MNJ7RCGOU1.DTL.

Among the individuals who are being championed by Congresswoman Lofgren is a De Anza College student who was born in the Philippines in 1984. His parents were deported for not maintaining their visa status properly, and the student was arrested on May 2. He is in federal custody. His older siblings were allowed to remain in the USA legally because they had become adults during their long residency.

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A measure among the small bills that Representative Lofgren is introducing is a proposal for AmerAsians in certain South Asian countries born since 1950 be granted U.S. citizenship in their countries of birth. Last May this topic was addressed in a meeting in San Jose by the Boat People SOS organization represented by Jean Libby as a volunteer, by San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen, and a dozen residents of San Jose who are AmerAsian. Congresswoman Lofgren promised she would introduce the measure “at the right time” and it would appear that this is that time.

Best wishes to Congresswoman Lofgren in your battles with Republicans to protect human rights at home and with the Communist government to protect them in Vietnam.

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Also in Congress yesterday, Representative Tom Lantos (D – San Mateo), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has opened an inquiry into the conduct of Yahoo when it turned over information to Chinese officials about the pro-democracy journalist Shi Tao. A human rights group has recently published the search warrant presented by China to Yahoo to gain information and it is clear to Congressman Lantos that Yahoo should be investigated for misrepresenting their role in the jailing of Mr. Shi Tao. Additionally, the Sunnyvale (California) web portal is named by human rights groups of complicity with the Chinese government by supplying it with records of several journalists and activists who are now in prison.

Thank you, Congressman Lantos. As a Yahoo client who spends $130 monthly on domain web hosting (including a merchant site), I am following your Congressional investigation closely in order to initiate web hosting changes. My domains and merchant site are not subsidized by any other individual or organization.

Full article link: http://vietamreview.blogharbor.com/blog/_archives/2007/8/4/3139425.html

Jean Libby, editor
VietAm Review
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Open Attachment:

Letter_to_Congresswoman_Lofgren_August_1_.07.pdf

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Today’s Lead Editorial: Vets for Reality

July 21, 2007

One of this week’s more notable Washington events flew under the media radar save for “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and a few conservative Web sites.

Vets for Freedom, a “pro-mission” band of Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans, took to Capitol Hill to try to convince senators that the mission in Iraq is worth the effort. We applaud this group’s effort in the political war to support the real war. It’s a telling sign of the parlous state of the Iraq debate that a group like this, focused solely on sustaining the war policy and consisting of first-hand witnesses to the war, has to exist.

Most of the 25 or so who came to Washington are combat veterans, some of them wounded. Alongside them were the father of a Marine killed in action in Iraq and supportive veterans of all ages. They knocked at the office doors of Sens. John Warner, James Webb, Carl Levin, Barbara Boxer and dozens of others on the opposite side of this war debate. Most weren’t available. They also were met in person by two Iraq stalwarts, Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain. Nine senators showed up at an afternoon press conference, including Joe Lieberman and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Mr. Warner met the Vets in person. The meeting was reportedly icy, but the Virginia Republican deserves plaudits for granting them hearing. The usual Hill recourse to unscheduled groups with an unwelcome message is polite notice that the senator is a busy man (or woman), and he just can’t meet you right now.

Two of the group’s messages cannot be highlighted enough. The first is that Washington’s penchant for re-arguing the decision to enter Iraq is utterly irrelevant to the most important Iraq question right now. It is not enough to argue that al Qaeda wasn’t in Iraq before the invasion. It’s surely there now, and people who turn their backs on Iraq could not also be serious about combating al Qaeda. The terrorists consider that country the prime current battleground. We cede it at our peril.

The second message is that the surge is a serious improvement over previous efforts in Iraq. It deserves a chance, and it is beyond hypocritical for Congress to undercut it. This Congress confirmed Gen. David Petraeus by an 81-0 margin to be commander in Iraq with a mandate to keep fighting. That they have gone wobbly before the surge is fully in effect says everything one needs to know about this Congress and nothing much about the general. “You can’t create D.C. timelines for what’s going on Baghdad,” the head of Vets for Freedom, Army National Guard First Lt. Pete Hegseth, told “Harball” on Wednesday. “As a soldier who has been there and seen what this strategy can do, [the surge] has the opportunity to bring about real change, finally,” he also said.

Here’s hoping a first-hand, personal approach to the Iraq debate can turn some heads which otherwise would not.