Criticisms of Hong Kong’s national security law by the British and Americans are sounding more hollow by the day. But the latest from a group of seven right-wing Republican congressmen takes the cake. It’s farcical. Still, their call is indicative of the immorality, recklessness and arrogance of American politicians when it comes to interfering with, and destroying, other countries and societies. Apparently, they want their president to impose sanctions on Hong Kong judges and prosecutors responsible for applying the national security law. How’s that any of their business? Well, it’s “to stop Hong Kong’s decline and protect US interests”. They also claim the law could expose US citizens and companies in Hong Kong to “serious risk of arrest and prosecution for exercising their basic freedoms”. Hate to break it to you people, but any number of laws in Hong Kong could lead to the arrest and prosecution of US, or any other, nationals if they commit a crime. It makes more sense to just advise United States nationals to leave. But American politicians are paranoid. They know their own agents, judges and prosecutors have been targeting, for years, Chinese researchers and business executives and sanctioning Chinese companies with the flimsiest of excuses, as well as other nationals and their businesses. Some of those cases involve extrajudicial reach. The FBI’s overtly racist “China Initiative”, anyone? Just imagine if Julian Assange was Chinese And while we are discussing draconian laws, the UK is about to outlaw more protests . The Public Order Bill will make it a criminal offence to interfere with key infrastructure such as rail, road and air networks, printing presses, oil and gas refineries and power stations. Such illegal actions include putting locks on gates and gluing or chaining yourself to the road or an office. Police can randomly stop and search anyone suspected of carrying items for protests and have the power to set conditions and determine controlled or monitored areas for protesters. This comes on top of new sentencing guidelines that increase prison sentences to a maximum of six months and/or an unlimited fine for blocking a highway. It looks like only the most docile protesters would be tolerated. Speaking of freedom of expression, the world should sanction the British Home Secretary Priti Patel and judges involved in helping the US extradite and persecute the world’s greatest whistle-blower Julian Assange, as well as all the US prosecutors and judges involved in his case.