After crying for many days at home, my mother finally summoned up her courage to contact the staff from the National Security Department to make inquiries. During the past 17 plus years, officials from this department have been constantly giving pressure to my mother in an attempt to silence me. So my mother “naturally” thought about them as representatives of the state power when she wanted to make inquiries.
However, staff from the National Security Department said that this affair had nothing to do with them, and suggested that my mother contact the passport issuing authority, which is the Exit & Entry Administration Ministry of Public Security. They added that if the authority can issue her a passport, it also has the right to take it back.
So my mother went to the Exit & Entry Administration Department of the Public Security Bureau of Mianyang City. The staff there pushed her around amongst different departments. She had to go there three times before she was offered this explanation:
The decision to revoke her passport was made by “relevant department”, and properly signed by some “relevant authority”, but not by the Exit & Entry Administration Department of Mianyang City. The Exit & Entry Administration Department was only carrying out the task that it was given to. And they said that my mother’s passport was revoked as early as September last year.
My mother asked who is the “relevant authority”, and what is the “relevant department”. But no answer was given. They told her to wait; and somebody would contact her on Monday.
Today is Monday (November 5). Two police officers from the local police station went to my mother’s home. One of them could be the director, or the vice director of the station, with the surname Ren. They said that they went there to learn what had happened, but didn’t offer any answer to my mother’s questions.
On the contrary, they asked my mother, “What do you think could be the reason?” They also said that there are tons of reasons why a person’s passport can be revoked.
My mother asked them out of those “tons of reasons”, under which one was her passport revoked? My mother also asked them why they didn’t notify her that her passport had been revoked? If she had known early, she wouldn’t be wasting so much money to book a return ticket to the United States, and to spend so much effort to try to come.
The officers admitted that my mother should have been notified, it was their oversight.
My mother went on to say that she believed her passport was revoked because I am a Falun Gong practitioner.
The police then asked my mother to give them my phone number, home address in the United State, and information regarding my workplace. My mother ended up giving them my phone number and the outdated information of my workplace (because I didn’t update her).
It is lucky that I never gave my home address to my mother so that she had nothing to give to the police.