(Clearwisdom.net), Everyday on this website you can read about Falun Gong practitioners being brutally tortured and their families being torn apart. People may ask, "What crimes are they guilty of to deserve such treatment? What crimes are they guilty of for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to grant power to the law enforcement agencies to do whatever they want?"

Falun Gong practitioners detained in the CCP's prisons have mostly been accused of one of two crimes, either "disrupting the enforcement of law by practicing a cult" or "inciting people to usurp the power of the state." Since 2007, more and more lawyers have defended Falun Gong practitioners and proven that the practitioners have broken no actual laws. Chinese law does not rank Falun Gong among the groups that are considered "cults." Falun Gong is not a cult, and its practitioners certainly do not "disrupt the enforcement of the law by practicing a cult."

As for the accusation of "inciting people to overturn the power of the state," CCP officials claim that they found Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials and copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party when they ransacked practitioners' homes. Can telling people the facts about Falun Gong really be a threat to the power of the state? For many years, practitioners both at home and abroad have been telling people the facts about Falun Gong, yet no power has been seized from the state. If revealing the true nature of the CCP is to be regarded as "usurping state power," 90 percent of the Chinese people would be arrested and put in prison. Presently in China, very few people do not criticize the CCP, and very few people do not express hatred for rampant corruption. The conduct of Falun Gong practitioners does not constitute any crime under Chinese law.

If practitioners cannot be proven to be guilty in terms of the law, then how can they be sent to prison? Maybe the trial in the Huanggu District Court of Shenyang City, which sentenced Falun Gong practitioners on February 6, 2009, can provide some answers. Before the trial, officials from the Judicial Bureau of Shenyang City called the defense lawyers and ordered them not to challenge the CCP's mandate about Falun Gong during their defense, and then tried to intimidate them about the possible consequences. They also ordered local government officials to talk to the practitioners' family members, preventing them from attending the trial. On the day of the trial, claiming "security issues," the Judicial Bureau of Shenyang City prevented lawyers from entering the court and directed the proceedings. Behind the scenes of this farce is the CCP's Gestapo-like organization, the 610 Office, which is above the judicial, legislative and public security organizations, existing exclusively for the purpose of persecuting Falun Gong.

Officials who work for the judiciary in China know full well that the courts have no judicial power when it comes to Falun Gong. The 610 Office has all the power to decide on a conviction and length of prison terms. Officials from the 610 Office can order the sentence of a practitioner to be ten years without any legal procedures. The country's laws are worthless in the eyes of the 610 Office. There is no dignity of the law, because the 610 Office safeguards only the interests of the CCP and serves as an extension of the CCP, independent of the law.

The CCP claims to "safeguard the power of the state," yet at the same time it spreads the slogan "revolution is righteous." Ten years of catastrophe during the Cultural Revolution de-stabilized Chinese society to the extreme. The CCP declares that it "governs the country by law. " However, the officials at all levels of the CCP, from village leader to the top officials in the country, can claim to their constituents, "I am the law." A CCP official can determine how to interpret and carry out the law at will, and it is under these conditions that the police and labor camp guards can carry out the brutal persecution with limits.