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We the undersigned are asking your assistance with a matter of security, strategic global business and American Foreign Policy implications. We come to you from all walks of life and from different political, social and business orientations. We feel that since you have positions in the United State Senate on the Foreign Relations, Africa Subcommittee; the Select Committee on Intelligence; the Judiciary; and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe you are well positioned to assist us correct some very heartbreaking wrongs being visited upon people who do not have a voice in American policy development, but who are being affected very directly by faulty American business and Foreign Policy decision making.

There are many examples of American corporate business practices that speak of the very best that America has to offer the world. We are also aware, unfortunately, of the fact that some of the very largest, most successful American corporations continue to exploit workers around the world in the name of increasing shareholder value or quarterly profits. Two seemingly different examples demonstrate the depth and severity of the problem.

The first example is the abuse and at times torture of workers by multinational American companies in Saipan. Saipan has been the site of sweatshop business practices that have even been supported by former and current members of Congress. Representative Delay was caught on tape saying of the Saipan sweatshop business model "You are a shining light for what is happening in the Republican Party, and you represent everything that is good about what we're trying to do in America in leading the world in the free-market system." While it is true that throughout the history of America, different forms of sweatshop business practices have been encouraged and supported by governmental and legislative interests tied to business. These sweatshop business practices must not be a part of the America of today or the future. (For more information I refer you to the following information - http://www.alternet.org/story/35458 )

The second example is the ongoing human tragedy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Expert Panel of the UN and several well respected NGOs have documented that several multinational American corporations have for a number of years been allowed to either directly or indirectly fund different rebel groups in order to engage in business. Information about this continuing tragedy can be found at the Monuc site (www.monuc.org); the International Crisis Group site (http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=2829&l=1) and the International Rescue Committee site (http://www.theirc.org/where/the_irc_in_democratic_republic_of_congo.html) to name but a few.

We the undersigned believe that because of these and other business and political abuses, the basic foundation of security and human rights in America is being compromised and undermined. We can be silent no longer. Edmund Burke said it best with these words -All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good People do nothing. We want an America that is safe AND has a vision of the world that is based on the notion that people really do matter. Exploiting people in order to increase shareholder value or next quarters profits is not a quality that any company or any true American can be proud of supporting. The effects of these business practices are to bring terror to many innocent people around the world in the name of good American business and foreign policy practices.

We urge you to help us Americans and other citizens of the global village, develop solutions to address this terror and torture business and foreign policy model it is not part of our vision of America today nor of the future. We do have solutions for the future that create jobs, are business friendly and give us security, assist us give these solutions a voice.

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