A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER AND CEO -
I had the good fortune to speak with Chinese dissident Harry Wu. Harry Wu spent a good portion of his adult life in a concentration camp in China. Harry worked digging coal, mining copper and tilling the fields. Today, China maintains a system of so-called prison camps "lao gai" which supply the raw materials for her expanding economy. Inside the Chinese Gulag, millions suffer under the most primitive conditions as slave labor for the communist empire. Many so called dissidents are now serving in these forced labor camps.
Yet, there are fates worse than spending years inside a Gulag. Take, for example, the "jigsaw man", or the selling of body parts from so called "criminals" murdered by the communist government. Again, many political dissidents have been executed by the Chinese state as "criminals". If they were real criminals, their remains would be claimed by relatives. However, China does not view the relatives of political dissidents as innocents.
It is not uncommon for a wife or mother, anyone related to the jailed dissident, to be arrested and sent to the work camps as well. Mothers, fathers, and wives cannot reclaim the bodies of dissidents for fear of being arrested as co-conspirators. Thus, the bodies become State property. They are then sliced up like beef to be sold in the United States as organ donations. Mr. Wu even spoke of one case where some of the organs of a dissident were removed BEFORE he was executed with a bullet in the head.
Furthermore, Mr. Wu told me of his recent failed attempt to enter China through the remote border with Kazakhstan. He was quickly identified by the Chinese State Security who used US made computers to search a centralized data bank in Beijing.
Keep in mind, this is the remote Chinese/Kazak border where phone lines do not exist. In fact, the State Security officials were in real time contact with the main office computers in Beijing, using a satellite uplink. After his arrest, the State Security officers escorted him to prison, taking their orders over a US made Motorola encrypted cellular phone.
After his speech Mr. Wu spotted the stack of documents I have obtained from the US Commerce Department. These documents cover some of the Chinese deals made by the Clinton administration. He expressed an interest in viewing some of them and making a few copies for his benefit. I, of course, obliged.
"How did you get them?" he asked while looking over the list of weapons presented to then Commerce Secretary Ron Brown by Loral's CEO Bernard Schwartz.
"Freedom of information," I replied. "Our government has to respond."
"Novel idea this 'Freedom of Information'," he commented with a slight smile.
"Yes it is," I said proudly. "I suppose in your country I would be in a prison camp for asking these kind of questions."
"No," he said firmly. "You'd be dead."
There are times in my life when I have asked myself why am I here doing this? This was one of those moments. I could change my course and avoid the obvious danger or I could do what I knew to be right.
I have been at this now for nearly 20 years and I have not changed my course. The jigsaw man gave me the courage to continue.
One if by Land, Two if By Sea,
CHARLES R. SMITH
CEO FOUNDER OF SOFTWAR INC.