Representatives of more than 70 non-governmental organizations, mainly religious, and about 500 political activists sent a letter—dated July 23, 2020—to William Barr, Attorney General of the United States. The letter asked that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) be declared a “transnational criminal organization”, Fox News reported.

The letter was written by attorney Elizabeth Yore, founder of the anti-child exploitation organization YoreChildren, and co-authored by Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians.

The letter said that: “the lethality and criminal sophistication demonstrate that this lawless CCP poses a clear and present danger to the health, security, and prosperity of America.”

The request falls within the legal framework of Executive Order 13773 signed by President Trump shortly after he took office, which seeks “Enforcing Federal Law With Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking.” President Trump used this order to combat human trafficking at the border, particularly the criminal activity of the MS-13 gang.

The letter grounds the petition by listing a series of instances in which the CCP hacked into companies stealing personal data from millions of U.S. citizens. In 2014, for example, hacking ‘Anthem’ and stealing the data of some 80 million people, and in 2017, hacking ‘Equifax’ and stealing the names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and credit scores of some 145 million people.

Beijing is also accused of flooding the United States with Fentanyl, a destructive synthetic drug made in China that, according to CDC data, has claimed more than 31,000 lives in 2018 in the United States alone.

According to a recent presentation by the FBI director at the Hudson Institute, China represents one of the greatest threats to the United States in terms of intellectual property theft.

The letter comes when the United States is leading the Western world’s battle against the CCP in an attempt to put an end to the criminal activities of the Communist Party that, for so many decades, the world has turned a blind eye to in its quest for economic gain.