Investigate Mysterious Death of American Engineer in Singapore

Target: President Obama

Goal: Involve the FBI and Department of Justice in the investigation of engineer Shane Todd’s suspicious, politically motivated death in Singapore.

Recently, The Financial Times reported on the suspicious death of Shane Todd, an American engineer visiting Singapore to continue his research on gallium nitrate amplifiers (powerful computer chips) for a government-run agency. Todd believed the Chinese Government was attempting to use his research in order compromise U.S. national security concerns in the region, and, as he expressed in a letter to his wife, feared for his life due to pressure from foreign parties that urged him to not to go to the American Embassy. He was found hanged in his Singapore apartment the day he was supposed to return to America.  While the FBI has already volunteered its help with the investigation of Dr. Todd’s death, the Singapore police refused their assistance and officially labeled his death a suicide.

The lack of thorough police work along with the denial of FBI access to this investigation makes Todd’s death seem all the more suspicious. While maintaining Sino-American relations are of the utmost importance, Todd’s family deserves to know that everything possible was done to discern the cause of his death and hold those responsible to justice.

Please sign this petition to President Obama and implore him to instruct the Department of Justice to investigate Dr. Todd’s death under the 15 USC 1512(h) (the federal witness murder statute) and determine if the Chinese government murdered Shane Todd to protect national secrets.


Dear President Obama,

The Financial Times brought a story to the attention of the American public, reporting on the suspicious death of Shane Todd, Ph.D. in Singapore.  The FBI has been denied access to the investigation. Due to the nature of his death, we implore you to request the Department of Justice investigate under the federal witness murder statute (15 USC 1512(h)).

Todd was researching gallium nitrate amplifiers, powerful computer chips that he was convinced the Chinese government was using to comprise US national security concerns in that region of the world.  In letters to his wife he spoke about being pressured from foreign parties to not speak to the US government and that he feared for his life.

Todd was found hanged in his apartment the day he was supposed to return to America. Not only did the Singapore police department do a less than adequate job of investigating the crime scene, but they are also blatantly obstructing America’s right to investigate the death of one of its own citizens.

Please force your hand to ensure an American investigation is conducted in full and without any hindrances from the Singapore government.


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Photo credit: Ioan Sameli via Wikimedia Commons

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