Letter to USA: Don’t forget Joe Gordon!-Frank G. Anderson
June 10, 2012
7 June 2012
[Author’s note: Links shown on this version were not originally sent with the initial mailing to the State Department.]
United States Department of State
Attention: Cheryl Mills
Counselor of the Department
Phone: 202-663-1848 Fax: 202-663-3636 [rings but does not provide fax signal] TDD: 202-663-3468
Kingdom of Thailand Legal Jurisdiction within Sovereign Boundaries of the United States of America
As the Department of State is well aware, US citizen Joe Gordon is still in a Thai prison [See USA-based Orange Shirt anti-LM group http://www.orangeshirtsusa.com/], reportedly awaiting a Royal Pardon for a lese majeste conviction over actions he took while still within the United States. Also reportedly the Thai Ministry of Justice has approved the pardon and it has been referred to the Bureau of the Royal Household for review and approval.
Joe’s case and other instances of Thai enactment of criminal jurisdiction inside the United States [http://works.bepress.com/mark_pearson/]. See academic expert in this.] has become a serious matter of concern for all Americans. These cases raise the issue of whether or not Thailand has the right to profess, let alone actually effect as it has, jurisdiction of its repressive freedom of expression laws within the sovereign boundaries of the United States of America [See foreign internet content jurisdiction principle supported [http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/litigationnews/2008/january/0108_article_plaintiff.html].
Our First Amendment [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_First_Amendment US First Amendment] rights were in a partial manner further protected by the President’s signing of the 2010 Speech Act [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPEECH_Act], but it is the issue of actual jurisdiction – real and claimed – by the Kingdom of Thailand within the United States [Thai Criminal Code, various sections, but see Sections 5,6,7,8, 9 and Defamation provisions beginning 326] that seems to require clarification, citation, and certainly Department and public discussion.
Your kind attention to this issue, and hopeful reply which helps clarify this alarming Thai claim and more alarming application of the kingdom’s legal jurisdiction over American persons, will be deeply appreciated.
Frank G Anderson