Tupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2 Posted (15 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 849 times:
What is your stance on his case? Do you think Wen Ho Lee is guilty of downloading restricted data about nuclear weapons to unsecure computers and tapes? Do you think racism has played any part in his firing from the Los Alamos lab and subsequent incarceration? Do you think he is being targeted in general because of his race? What do you have to say about his harsh treatment during his incarceration and the fact that he is shackled during time away from his cell, and other restrictions placed on him? Other restrictions include the fact that access to fruit and publications are privileges. Please state your opinions, and after a certain number of posts I will throw in mine, too.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 801 times:
Wen Ho Lee is a political prisoner of the U.S. Government. This is especially evident by the overexaggerated measures taken against him -- shackles, solitary confinement, media blackout, etc.
I believe that President Clinton has given his tacit approval to Lee's detention so that there's a diversion from Clinton's own shady dealings with the Chinese. I'm not going to hazard a guess as to what kind of dealings, but I think Clinton is hiding something -- especially since he's supposed to be liberal yet he hasn't had a great stance on pursuing the human rights issue with China.
Unfortunately I do believe this is an issue of both xenophobia within our high-level research facilities as well as racism among our criminal investigative divisions. Lee was targeted simply because he is Chinese and smart and very dedicated to his work for the U.S. government.
People get jealous and then they get suspicious. Then they conspire and defame. It's just a vicious cycle played out in many different offices throughout the U.S. The difference here is that it's at a goverment nuclear research lab.
Tupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 784 times:
To keep this discussion going, I will throw in my $0.02 now.
I don't believe that Wen Ho Lee is guilty of espionage or any of the other charges brought against him. In fact, others who have violated the policy of downloading sensitive nuclear data to unsecure computers and tapes, whereas Lee was fired and then incarcerated in a maximum security prison with some of the worst offenders of society. Lee is shackled whenever he leaves his cell and access to fruit and a certain number of publications have become privileges. His ankles remain bound when he visits his lawyer in prison.
According to two former counterintelligence agents, Lee was singled out because of his race and the fact that he is ethnic Chinese. An FBI agent admitted to lying at a court hearing before Lee was sent to prison, about a polygraph test that Lee took, which he in fact did very well on. There have also been reports of incidents of discrimination against people of ethnic Chinese origin at the nuclear lab. Lee has been a naturalized U.S. citizen from Taiwan for over forty years and his wife worked as a CIA informant.
Being an ethnic Asian myself, I am disturbed by this case and how Wen Ho Lee could spend the rest of his life behind bars. I am also disturbed by the harsh treatment he has received in prison and all of the negative publicity he has received. I am hoping for an end to this sooner or later and the implementation of reforms to prevent cases like this from taking place again.