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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2645

Twenty Five Questions to Attorney Bruce Fein, Representing “Justice for Tamils”

On Januray 30, 2008, The Asian Tribune asked twenty five questions from Ambassador and Attorney Bruce Fein regarding his appearance as attorney for “Tamils for Justice.” In response Bruce Fein immediately replied (January 30, 2008) that he would reply to the same day, in fact, the email stated that “he will be “answering them tonight” Asian Tribune has not received any response from Bruce Fein so far and is publishing the twenty five questions it posed to him, along with all the correspondence relating to this matter.

Questions to Mr. Bruce Fein are reproduced here in full:

(1) With all you impressive credentials from Harvard University and elsewhere, as advertised in your website, you could not have made a mistake in condemning the Tamil Tiger terrorists in your forthright article published in The Washington Times in February 3, 2004. But in you latest statement challenging the FBI you go all out to defend the Tamil Tiger terrorists? Have the Tiger terrorists turned into saints overnight after you were given the job of lobbying for them? Can you please explain how you came to back the Tamil Tiger terrorists in 2008 after condemning them in absolutely unequivocal terms in 2004?

(2) In your statement attacking the FBI you state that "Sri Lanka has been allied with enemies of the United States, including Iran, Cuba, Saddam Hussein, and Yasar Arafat’s PLO." In your Washington Times article you wrote: "But a constitutional right to assist a foreign terrorist organization to win secession from a nation with which the United Sates is at peace -- whether through negotiations or otherwise -- is preposterous. Think of the ignominious Munich "peace conference" of 1938. Could an American citizen steeped in international affairs have claimed a free speech right to advise Adolph Hitler on how to outfox the British and French to capture sovereignty over the Sudentenland from Czechoslovakia?" This is a good question but isn't this exactly what you are doing in the case of the Tamil Tigers who is headed by "the latest Pol Pot of Asia"? (New York Times, James Burns, May 28, 1995). If anyone steeped in international affairs has no right to defend Hitler what right have you to defend Velupillai Prabhakaran, "the latest Pol Pot of Asia ", in the Congressional corridors of power?

Besides, US continue to have relations, either officially or unofficially, with Iran, Cuba, Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat. So why is it bad for Sri Lanka to have official or unofficial relations with these countries? Does this reflect your vaunted understanding of international relations? Since Britain and India, for example, maintain friendly relations with these countries will you recommend to the Congress that US should blacklist them too? Furthermore, if Yasser Arafat is an enemy of US why was he invited to Camp David and why did President Clinton shake hands with him? If Castro is an enemy of US why is ex-President Jimmy Carter advocating the lifting of the ban on Cuba?

(3) You state: "The assassinations of India’s Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lanka’s President Ranasinghe Premadasa, moreover, occurred long years ago, and suggest little or nothing about the contemporary danger of the Tamil Tigers to the United States." Are the law professors of Harvard that idiotic/ignorant not to have taught you that there are no statutory limitations for war crimes and crimes against humanity?

In addition, you state: a recent memoir by a military official in India’s armed forces asserts that Gandhi ordered the army to kidnap and to assassinate the leader of the Tamil Tigers during peace negotiations." Obviously, you read and quote only what suits you. Are you aware that this was denied by Indian officials? If you disagree what proof have you to establish your case?

(4) "There has never been a Tamil president or prime minister of Sri Lanka," you say. Can you kindly name a single Hispanic or an Afro-American (Barrack Obama, notwithstanding) as being either a president or a vice president of America? Can you kindly name one non-Anglican who is allowed to sit on the English throne?

You also say: "No Tamil has ever headed the armed forces." Can you kindly make some inquiries from your Tamil informers and kindly tell us who the first Sri Lankan Army Commander (Maj-Gen. Anton Muttucoomaru) was? Can you kindly tell us who the second Navy Commander (Rear-Admiral Rajan Kadiragama) was? Can you kindly tell us whether Rudra Rajaasingham, and T.E.Anandarajah, the Inspector Generals of Police, was from a tribe in Timbuktu?

(5) Then you state: "One million Tamils were permanently disfranchised and denied citizenship at Sri Lanka's independence." Can you kindly tell us which law course at Harvard taught you that a nation, particularly a new nation, has no right to define who its citizens are? Besides, do you know that the Citizenship Act was passed with the consenting vote of G. G. Ponnambalam, the most formidable leader of the Jaffna Tamils at the time? The leader of the Muslims, T. B. Jayah, and the representatives of other minorities (except the Indian Tamils) voted for it. If all the elected community leaders (except the Indian Tamils) voted for it on what principle are you contesting the right of an elected parliament to define who its citizens are going to be? Do you also know India subsequently accepted those who did not qualify for citizenship as their citizens under the Srima-Shastri Agreement? Do you know that since then practically all the Indian have been accepted as citizens?

(6) ".In 1961, a Gandhi-like non-violent Tamil movement for regional autonomy was brutally crushed by the Sinhalese," say you. What is the evidence you have for the "brutal crushing"? If they were brutally crushed how did they contest elections and carry on their separatist campaign in Jaffna and other parts of the country? Besides, what kind of "non-violent movement" was this when it distributed wooden pistols by the movements

(7) "The principles celebrated in the United States Declaration of Independence and enshrined in natural and international law establish an unequivocal right to separate statehood by Sri Lanka's Tamils," according to you. You also state: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same objective evinces a design to reduce [a people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

On this argument can you the name the non-black Congressmen who will campaign with the Afro-Americans for a separate state in the US? How many legislators are likely to be re-elected if they campaign for the right of the Hispanic to use their language in the US states which have already passed laws declaring that English ONLY shall be the official language? Will they also consider Eboli, a dialect of the Afro-Americans, as an official language of America?

(8) Consider also this quote: "The (FBI) story neglects to note that the Tamil Tigers are not an illegal organization in Sri Lanka itself; and, that the United States Department of State has urged the GOSL to negotiate with the Tamil Tigers."

Do you not know that the Tigers were once a banned organization in Sri Lanka and in order to facilitate peace talks it lifted the ban? Not only did it lift the ban it even went for talks with "the deadliest terrorist organization in the world" (FBI) without insisting on the primary condition of laying down arms before opening negotiations... Do you also know that none of the Western democracies would ever open negotiations with a terrorist group until and unless they lay down their arms?

(9) "The (FBI) story omits facts indicating that the current GOSL is a state sponsor of terrorism against its Tamil citizens;" you say. If this is the case how do you explain the fact that the majority of the Tamils live in harmony with the majority of the Sinhalese in the south, voting with their feet against to live outside the terrorist outfit in the Vanni? Besides, if the state sponsors terrorism why don't the Tamils run away to seek safety in the haven of Tamil Tigers in the Vanni?

(10)On the homepage of Tamils for Justice, the objective of the Bruce Fein project includes “The Deproscription of the LTTE.” In the Bruce Fein statement of January 22, 2008, you state that Tamils for Justice “is not a front for the Tamil Tigers. Nor does it represent, associate with, or take direction from the Tamil Tigers or any other organization within or outside the United States.” The press release Tamils for Justice issued on January 23, 2008, states likewise. How do you reconcile these two contradictory statements? If Tamils for Justice is not an LTTE front, then why is the deproscription of the LTTE its stated objective?

(11) Do you agree that the LTTE is a terrorist organization?

(12) Do you believe that the end justifies the means? That is, do you accept using terrorism for gaining political objectives?

(13) Do you disagree with the UN Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, under which, activities of LTTE front organizations are being investigated by several foreign governments?

(14) Do you now believe in the LTTE cause? If so why?

(15) As you, presumably, believe in transparency and accountability will you declare the details of the funds collected for the deproscription of the Tamil Tiger terrorists, including the names of the donors, particularly because of the suspicion of Tamil for Justice being associated with a banned terrorist organization?

(16) Who are the office bearers of Tamils for Justice?

(17) Do you see a difference between the LTTE and al Qaeda? If you do, then what is it?

(18) Would you also agree to represent al Qaeda’s deproscription provided an organization similar to Tamils for Justice hires you?

(19) You say in your statement of January 22, 2008, that there is no evidence to justify the accusation that the LTTE was responsible for assassination of two world leaders. If that is the case, how can you justify your accusation that the GOSL is responsible for the executions of 15 French aid workers in the Trincomalee area, as stated in your statement of January 22nd?

(20) Who provides information for the Bruce Fein Project?

(21) You say that in 1975, Tamils were politically united behind a declaration of independence to establish a Tamil statehood. Demand for a separate state was made by the Tamil United Liberation Front in 1976 and not 1975, and it was not a declaration but a resolution called “Vadukkodai Resolution”. Are you aware that this resolution is based on a myth of a Tamil homeland which has been debunked by Prof. K. M. de Silva, Sri Lanka's foremost historian, in his monograph which has not been contested by any Tamil or any other historian? Do you know that the LTTE demand for a separate state is a demand for something that never existed?

(22) Are you aware that A. Amirthalingam, leader of TULF and the cream of Tamil leadership have been liquidated by the Tamil Tiger terrorists? Do you know that S. Chandrahasan, the son of the father of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, has declared that the Tamil Tigers have killed more Tamils than all others parties put together? How do you propose to represent the Tamils for Justice with such scant knowledge of Sri Lanka’s history?

(23) You state that four Tamil members of parliament were assassinated while under government protection. How many Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim Parliamentarians were assassinated by the Tigers? Were they also not afforded security? Weren’t the late Lakshman Kadirgamar, a Tamil Foreign Minister, and the President R. Premadasa, not given the highest protection by the government when the Tigers assassinated both?

(24)You state: "Neither Tamils for Justice nor Bruce Fein will be crucified on a cross of fear or cowardice." No one will bother to crucify Bruce Fein, for sure. But we hope Bruce Fein will show courage in answering these questions.

(25) You state: ".....the LTTE undertakes auxiliary activities that strengthen its terrorist’s torso and sweeten its public face (through) political organizing and advocacy;" etc. Have you taken up the job of lobbying for the Tamil Tigers "to sweeten its public face" through "political organizing and advocacy"?

These questions were published in Ceylon Daily News Bruce Fein: Staunch opponent of Tigers in 2004, zealous defender in 2008

In conclusion, we did not publish the above questioner as we said our e-mail dated 30 January, hoping that Ambassador Bruce Fein would respond to our questions and we could publish our questions and his response.

So far Bruce Fein has not responded to these questions.

How this matter arose was as follows:

(1) When we came to know that Ambassador Bruce Fein has suddenly accepted to be the Attorney for Tamils for Justice, we wrote an e-mail letter to Ambassador Bruce Fein, in his capacity as Attorney for Tamils for Justice. In our e-mail letter we included 25 questions for his kind response and we informed him that we will be posting this questionnaire in our website with an introduction.

No sooner we e-mailed our questionnaire on 30 January, Ambassador Bruce Fein’s E-mailed us, immediately (we received an e-mail from the Associate of Ambassador Bruce Fein dated 30 January, 2008). We are reproducing the email here as it was not a privileged e-mail only meant for the recipient - Editor – Asian Tribune.

The e-mail read: We have received your questions and forwarded them to (sic) mr. Fein.

He will be answering them tonight with all of them finished by tomorrow.

As we are aware that Asian Tribune is no friend to Mr. Fein’s efforts he gladly answers the harder questions. We have asked Tamils for justice to post all your questions with his answers in full in the event through the editing process something is omitted in his answer by your paper.

Mr. Fein had a very interesting meeting today with the U.S. State department and much of what he learned will be addressed through news alerts.

Thank you for your e-mail.

Bruce Fein and Assoc. Staff
Sent from my Venison Wireless Blackberry

(2.) Mr. Bruce Fein was earlier in contact with Editor, Asian Tribune in his capacity as the lawyer for Mr. Devinda Subasinghe, a former Ammabassador for Sroi Lanka in Washington

On September Asian Tribune published an article what diplomats and ex-diplomats do to their country

Mr. Devinda Subasinghe took exception to our article sent us a lawyer’s notice urging us to delete the news report that was published in the Asian Tribune through his attorney Mr. Bruce Fein. When Bruce Fein represented Devinda Subasinghe we showed greatest regard for his stand.

When we read his articles and his position as the Attorney of Tamils for Justice we thought in the interest of our readers we should contact him and get his views and comments for this sudden change from being an avowed anti-LTTE personality to be a pro-LTTE Attorney bent on promoting and advocating the Separatist policy of the LTTE.

So we wrote to Mr. Fein asking 25 questions mentioned above. We give you below our e-mail letter to Mr. Bruce Fein..

Mr. Bruce Fein,
Tamils for Justice

Dear Mr. Fein,


Further to your posting on your web site soliciting money for “Tamils for Justice,” we would thank you to kindly answer the following questions.

Your cooperation will be appreciated.

We will be posting this questionnaire in our website with an introduction.

Your replies will be carried when you send them with our comments.

With thanks and kind regards,

Editor - Asian Tribune

- Asian Tribune -

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