release. For immediate release.
Sherrod Brown Questions Reno's National Security List: Clarification
on the Naming of Taiwan Sought.
2000- Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to Attorney
General Janet Reno asking for clarification of Taiwan's inclusion
on the National Security List document released publicly on
May 24. Issued on March 8, 1999 Reno says in the document:
"I hereby designate the following countries as country
threats under NSL for 1999/2000," then goes on to list
13 countries: Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia, Serb-controlled Bosnia, Vietnam, Syria, Iraq,
Iran, Libya, Sudan, and Taiwan.
letter, Brown said that "As a Member of House of Representatives
International Relations Committee, I am concerned about Taiwan's
international position and participation. I am troubled that
Taiwan is on this list, especially since there are other countries
known to spy on the United States."
to the letter, U.S. intelligence officials stated that the
inclusion of Taiwan on the list put Taiwan in the same threat
category as China, and may have been the product of the administration's
pro-Beijing political stance.
asked Reno to explain why Taiwan was added to the list, and
also called for a review, and a revision if necessary, of
Taiwan's place on the list.
Chen, president of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs,
voiced a similar request: "FAPA asks for an immediate
clarification of the fact that Taiwan is considered a National
Security threat to the U.S. If there are genuine reasons for
this, we want more facts and an explanation. If Taiwan has
been placed on the list merely because of the fact that the
U.S. maintains a "One China Policy" we demand Taiwan's
removal from the list!"
more information, call FAPA at 202-547-3686.