General Janet Reno
June 5, 2000
to recent news reports, the United States placed Taiwan on
the FBI's secret list of hostile intelligence threats, equating
Taipei with aggressive spying by Beijing and Moscow.
Russia and Taiwan are among 13 nations designated as priorities
for FBI intelligence and counterespionage activities, according
to your classified memorandum dated March 8, 1999.
on FBI, Justice and State Department reports, you listed,
in order of priority, Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia, Serbian-controlled Bosnia, Vietnam,
Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Taiwan.
and former U.S. intelligence officials have said that the
inclusion of Taiwan on the list appears based on the administration's
pro-Beijing policies that seek to equate Taiwan in the same
threat category as China.
As a Member
of House of Representative International Relations, 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
you to clarify why Taiwan was chosen for this list, and urge
you to review (and if called for revise) the necessity of
keeping Taiwan on the list.
you for your consideration.
U.S. House of Representatives