Judicial Watch said in a statement Wednesday that it "shares the joy of all Americans that the hostages will finally come home, but will probe the Bush Administration’s handling of the crisis." It is filing Freedom of Information Act requests with the State Department, Defense Department and other agencies.
"We are happy our young people are coming home," stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman, "but Judicial Watch also wants to see if the price for their release are backroom deals not to sell defensive weapons such as AEGIS cruisers to our steadfast ally Taiwan."
"The omens in this regard are not good, as today the United States has inappropriately and wrongly apologized for our plane making an emergency landing on Chinese territory ‘without permission’ and will now ‘discuss’ with Communist China the activities of U.S. reconnaissance flights in international waters," stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
"The Bush Administration has caved publicly to the Chinese communists, and we aim to find out if any secret promises were made to the ‘Butchers of Beijing’ behind closed doors."
Though Judicial Watch is best known for its investigations into the rampant corruption of the Clinton administration, and liberal news media such as MSNBC and the Washington Post refer to it as a conservative organization, it describes itself as nonpartisan. It has proven this point recently by filing an ethics complaint against Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the Republican House whip, alleging that he tried to raise political donations by promising meetings with Bush administration officials.
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