I HOPED THAT WITH SENATOR WEBB'S ADVOCACY for a more just justice system, things would improve for prisoners in America. Much of the world's attention is focused on prison torture, and it seemed likely to me that the men and women inside American prisons and jails would also benefit by the heightened awareness of suffering that is inflicted detainees. However, I received this disturbing report in my email tonight and want to share it with my readers, just in case any of you are in a position to help eliminate abuse and torture within American prisons.
I had received reports that African American inmates suffered harsh treatment immediately after President Obama won the election and on his inauguration day. Some of these accounts may be from that period.
A couple of reports involve mentally challenged people. As you may know, prisons became America's mental hospitals in the 1970's when scores of hospitals closed and our most vulnerable citizens became homeless.
With so many children being tried as adults, please keep in mind that they are also subject to the same treatment as prisoners in these reports. Be mindful that 2/3 of inmates were incarcerated for non-violent crimes - some for having small amounts of marijuana. Most of these people never physically hurt anyone.
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THANK YOU in advance for caring about human rights for incarcerated persons WITHIN the USA. We should all remember that 90% of prisoners are due to be released some day. It seems best if they were not treated like animals while imprisoned, since such treatment will likely have a future negative impact on them and their communities. Here is the email:
On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 5:50 PM, L. wrote:
http://www.phillyimc.org/en/comment/reply/77805On January 20, 2009 guards in the Special Management Unit (SMU) at the State Correctional [sic] Institution (SCI) in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania assaulted six prisoners, reportedly citing as reasons that these men file grievances against guard misconduct and are engaged in civil litigation against DOC officials; contact outside organizations (HRC/FedUp! and http://www.prisoners.comin particular) to expose conditions of torture [which allegedly escalated the day President Obama was elected and on his inauguration day]; also to send a message-in their words: "f**k a historical day, y'all always going to be nig**s."
David Smith #FZ5176: On 1/20/09 C/O Liddick, C/O Zeigler, and Lt. Kuzar approached Gary Tucker's cell upon the pretext of wanting to conduct a search, despite having conducted one on 1/15/09.When Tucker came to the door, Liddick said, "Since this guy likes filing grievances, let's make an example out of him."Tucker refused to leave his cell after Kuzar denied his request to have a Captain or Unit Manager present.Willie Robinson then refused to leave his cell out of fear for his safety.David Smith then consented to a cell search, and was promptly assaulted by the above named staff and thrown in another cell, separated from his property.Mr. Smith reportedly suffered undisclosed injuries.
Gary Tucker #FG8520: In his own words: "A little later that morning a cell extraction team came to my cell.I was then told to come to the door and cuff up.When I walked to the door a guard opened the slot and sprayed me in the face with a whole lot of OC mace.I backed away from the door blinded; seconds later more mace was sprayed inside the cell, trapping my lungs up, that's when about 7 guards (including Lt. Kuzar, C/O Brant) charged into the cell slamming me to the bed with electric shields [that discharge 50,000 volts of electricity] .These electric shields were pressed against my body and held there for several minutes while the 6 guards took turns beating, kicking, and shocking me with hand held stun guns.
After cuffing me they continued beating me down and shocking me.The guard holding the camera maneuvered the camera so that the beating couldn't be caught on it.From D-12 I was dragged out the cell and hoisted into the medical cell.There the beating continued (shocking, choking, and punching) and a male nurse squirted a liquid in my eyes that didn't seem to help at all.
Next I was airlifted up a flight of stairs (after protests from several inmates about my medical condition [which requires me to be] bottom tier status.I was taken into D2-20, slammed face first to the metal bed frame and the 6 or 7 guards continued jumping and shocking me with stun guns.After several minutes of this I was stripped naked, dragged to the floor and pulled up to the tray slot and the cuffs were taken off after they tried to break my wrists.I requested to see medical but was denied the request so my injuries weren't [recorded]. The injuries suffered were as follows: face swollen both sides; wrists with deep cuts from the cuffs; stiff neck (I can barely move my neck); severe pain in my lower back which makes it hard for me to move; my right arm dislocated; badly swollen right ankle that I can't put pressure on and a bloody mouth.Several inmates witnessed this assault and the Lt. Kuzar kept yelling, "Stop resisting" which was merely a means to justify their actions in assaulting me.Truth was I never resisted; I couldn't resist at all."
Damont Hagan #DS9488: In his own words: "I was approached by C/O Brant who threatened me, informing me that I had to come out for a search, stating 'the camera can be manipulated Hagan, remember that.'He also called me a 'nig**r.' . . . After a while, I told Unit Manager Chris Chambers [about the threats] . . ., and informed him that 'I fear for my life.'He retorted, "Hagan, I'm tired of this complaining to HRC and http://www.prisoners.comand preliminary injunctions.Y'all did this to y'all selves, now y'all scared.You're coming out regardless, so write HRC [which he did-let's be there for him] or have.com write the Attorney General again, who cares.' . . .A cell extraction team came and the same SMU staff (Brant, Kuzar) were in suit.I also witnessed them abuse Gary Tucker.They told me to cuff-up and I told them I feared for my life (on camera).Sgt. Maxwell then sprayed me with OC which got in my lungs and eyes, forcing me to cuff up."After being cuffed Hagan was taken to a cell where his clothes were cut off of him and Sgt. Maxwell whispered sexually lewd comments to Hagan regarding Lt. Flowers (a female) being present.Mr. Hagan was denied water for two days, his food was tampered with when it wasn't denied altogether, and he was left naked in a freezing cell, which caused him to become sick.He was transferred on 1/27/09 to SCI Pittsburgh.
Ronald Jackson #CF3994: Mr. Jackson refused to exit his cell because of the threatening and assaultive behavior of the guards, and was subsequently attacked with mace and punched several times in the back and head by C/O Brant, carried to another cell where C/Os Brant, Liddick, Ziegler, Lt. Kuzar, and Sgt. Maxwell cut off his clothing and cut his dreadlocks.Mr. Jackson was left bleeding behind both ears, had numbness in both hands, and cuff markings remained on his wrists for 6 days.
Mr. Jackson was left naked and without property or state issue items for six days-like all the others assaulted on this day.On January 26th he was returned to his cell, which was still contaminated with mace.C/O Huber, Jones, Sabolsky, Banks, Martz, and a Lt. stole and destroyed much of his personal and legal property.In a written response to Mr. Jackson regarding this theft, Superintendent Palakovich justified yet another unmistakable effort on the part of SMU staff to deny access to the courts under the pretext that his property was contaminated with mace and needed to be destroyed as a result.Given that several of the prisoners extracted that day have reported being returned to cells still contaminated with mace, this explanation cannot be taken seriously.Mr. Jackson's lawsuit against the DOC will likely be sabotaged by this theft and destruction of his legal documents, which is a widespread practice throughout the PA DOC.
Willie Robinson #FX7258: After refusing to exit his cell for obvious reasons, Mr. Robinson was attacked by the same guards with mace and thrown in a cell that had dried blood on the walls and floor for 6 days without bed sheets or underclothing.Following this he was returned to his former cell, which was still contaminated with mace, including his bedding.
Jamar Perry #DQ4432: Mr. Perry was also attacked with mace and cell extracted on this day.According to Michael Edwards, in a Declaration subject to the penalty of perjury, Mr. Perry is severely mentally retarded, constantly covers his cell and his person with bodily waste-which he also ingests-and suffers from suicidal tendencies.Staff, including C/O Flynn, Sgt. Jones, and Lt. Kuzar, frequently call him names such as "retarded nig**r," and encourage him to kill himself.Mr. Perry has been constrained in a "restraint chair" on several occasions, including the first three days of February.These devices are widely recognized as implements of torture.He reportedly wants to die, and ranking officials, inc= luding Regional Deputy Secretary Shirley Moore-Smeal have witnessed his fetid condition and taken no remedial action, despite policy provisions against housing severely mentally ill and developmentally disabled inmates in the SMU.
White Supremacy and Repression
In another Declaration from Michael Edwards, Unit Manager Chris Chambers is again alleged to have threatened Mr. Edwards for his correspondence with HRC/Fed Up!Chambers and Huber and others have repeatedly threatened Damont Hagan and Gary Tucker about their involvement with HRC and http://www.prisoners.com , along with other efforts to expose torture and officially-sanction ed sadism inside the SMU at Camp Hill.
An all white staff in the SMU is holding hostage and waging a one-sided war against a captive, defenseless population that is "99.9% blacks and latinos," according to Mr. Edwards.
A small sampling of racist remarks made by SMU staff, according to Declarations submitted by Michael Edwards, are as follows:
*1/19/09: C/O Brant stated over the PA system, "I have a dream that one day all of you nigg**s will be dead," after which he laughed, clapped his hands, and lit a smoke; *1/20/09: Lt. Kuzar stated, "He [Obama] may have won, in my eyes he's still a nig**r."Brant and C/O Flynn started laughing at this, and Kuzar continued, "There will be no showers or yard today.We are going to show you nig**rs who run this SMU."
*1/20/09: When told Tucker has a medical condition and is not to be housed upstairs, Chambers replied, "I don't give a f**k what medical says, I want that nig**r upstairs now."
*1/30/09: After Chambers told Mr. Edwards he would not be receiving any law books or property in retaliation for his working with HRC/Fed Up!, Huber told the inmate, "Hey listen up nig**r, I have the green light to kill your black a*s," before walking away from the cell laughing.
*2/1/09: Lt. Kuzar stated to Mr. Edwards, "Nig**r do you honestly believe we are going to let you, or any of these other nig**rs get away with what you are doing?"
Hagan, Jackson, Tucker, Robinson, Smith, Edwards, Terry Brooks, and others in the SMU are being targeted for their refusal to be silenced and submit to a regime of white supremacist torture.These men continue to file grievances, pursue civil litigation, and write family, friends, and other allies on the outside to expose the illegal and degrading conditions they are being subjected to. Despite being starved, gassed, electrocuted, beaten, sickened, and subjected to racist death threats on a daily basis, these men refuse to submit, they continue to resist, and they are calling on us to take action again. This action alert is more comprehensive and far ranging in the targets it lists than the ones in November and September (provide links).
We have watched the Emergency Response Network grow considerably over the last 12 months, especially during the last 4, and countless people have answered the call to defend the rights and lives of prisoners.This is why we are asking even more from our allies this time, because we trust you will continue to intensify your efforts, channeling your outrage into action and building this movement against torture and racism and for human rights.
DOC Secretary Jeffrey Beard-717-975-4918 2520 Lisburn Road Camp Hill, PA 17001
Superintendent John Palakovich SCI Camp Hill P.O. Box 200 Camp Hill, PA 17001
Office of Professional Repsonsibility Director James Barnacle 2520 Lisburn Road Camp Hill, PA 17001
Call and/or write us!
Who are you?Have you taken action?Can we know one another and work together to beat back this insufferable brutality?Call, email, write whenever. Please provide feedback as to your conversations with the people above and other efforts undertaken to protect the men in Camp Hill's SMU.
Solidarity, Health, Respect, Trust, and Struggle
Contact Information HRC/FedUp! 5125 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 firstname.lastname@example.org
412-361-3022 ext. 4 Police & Prisons
L.'s comment on the prison torture went on to say:
Seven men inside the state's premier torture unit have testified to the following events in reports to HRC/Fed Up!, including six men who submitted Declarations of Truth pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1746 and subject to the penalty of perjury, adding to the hundreds of pages of prisoner reports, additional Declarations, institutional paperwork, and civil litigation documents sent to our offices from the SMU at Camp Hill alone since only June of 2008.The incidents have been verified in a personal interview with Mr. Damont Hagan, who has since been transferred (as we've been demanding for 5 months).Superintendent' s Assistant Robert Volciak further verified that four or five men were subjected to forcible cell extractions on the 20th in a telephone conversation of January 26th.Several others around the state and the country, from Louisiana to California, have received reports of these assaults as well and contacted our offices.
We are asking that you read the alert, become angry, and act accordingly to help protect the men in the SMU and by extension all others subjected to the normalized white supremacist torture occurring on a daily basis inside prisons in the state of Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. Inauguration Day
When I read of abuse like this and consider that my mentally and physically handicapped brother, Larry Neal, died under secret arrest in Memphis Shelby County Jail, and I consider all the cover-up that goes into keeping his family from ever seeing the records of his arrest and knowing what happened to him, it is enough to make me sick.I wonder if he was electrocuted, like some of these men report having happened to them.Larry’s autopsy report said there was food in his stomach, so he was apparently not starved like some of these Pennsylvania inmates.
Larry’s autopsy report states that he died of a heart attack, but was it brought on by beating?Larry’s body had a head wound.Even the USDOJ does not intend for us to ever know what happened to Larry Neal, apparently.The agency that is charged with protecting the rights of institutionalized persons is not interested in the secret arrest and wrongful death of a handicapped American who was secretly incarcerated while his family and social worker searched for him for weeks, while Shelby County Jail lied and falsely denied having him in custody.
America, human rights are in sad shape inside American prisons and jails.Won’t you help, please?Especially consider our mentally ill citizens and children who are behind bars.Please have mercy, and some day, God will also have mercy on you or someone you love.
If you can, please come to the HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PRISONERS MARCH FOR MAY 16 IN ATLANTA. Stand against treating human beings worse than we would allow dogs to be treated. If you are unable to attend, then keep doing what you can where you are to make the world a better place.
Elvis was very talented, just as many people with mental health challenges are. It is almost as though they have so much talent and some of our greatest scientists have been so gifted in academia, that there is occasionally a corresponding lack in other areas. There is no telling what greatness America has locked away behind our prison walls today, this 2nd day of 2009. Let us hope that with CHANGE, we will stop criminalizing people for being sick.
As you read the article below, please keep in mind that my censorship force wants you not to see the links or listen to the song and speech. There is no virus. They sometimes put that message on my attachments to my outgoing emails, also, to contain my message of hope for the day when mentally ill people like my brother will not be locked in jail and emerge a corpse. Don't let them cheat you of the full benefit of this article, please. Let me know by commenting below if you have any problems.
Like many people who face mental health challenges, Elvis Presley sought to self-medicate with drugs, and he died. It is too late to help Elvis Presley, but please help the many men and women who are imprisoned today because of mental illness. Insist that your elected officials decriminalize mental illness. If you do that, then my brother will not have died in vain. Thank you in advance. Enjoy the article, and help with this effort by copying the entire article and posting it here and there. If you only post a link, they will redirect the link - this is how they contain the message to benefit prison profiteers who earn large amounts of revenue imprisoning 1.25 million of America's sick citizens. Blessings!
Now we have it on the authority of a former congressman – the concentration camps for Americans are real. Unlike many world citizens, I do not await some distant future day when the New World Order takes over. For my family, it arrived several years ago and I battle its complete takeover every day. The Neals ran afoul of the powers that be when we did not accept the right of government to secretly arrest my mentally ill brother, Larry Neal, and deliver him back to us as a corpse after 18 days “missing,” while he was actually incarcerated in Shelby County Jail in Memphis, Tennessee (August 1, 2003). See http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com.
It did not endear me to the New World Order to start Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill, an organization established to decriminalize mental illness in America, where 1.25 million of the prisoners have mental dysfunctions and should be in treatment instead of jail. It would likely make no difference if I tell the New World Order folks I had no idea initially who was doing this and why. We members of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill really believed that we could impart some information about acute mental patients to our elected officials, thinking they did not understand how dysfunctional most acutely mentally ill people are – especially when deprived of psychiatric treatment. We felt we could explain this to decision makers and they would stop holding sick people responsible for crimes, but treat them as patients instead. Who knew that so many folks in high places were prison profiteers who gain dividends off the imprisonment of sick people?
Since the day Larry died, my family has found that many forces work together against the rights of individual citizens who threaten the status quo with talk of citizens’ rights and government accountability: major law firms, the courts, major news media, and even civil rights groups and civil liberties organizations are willing to look the other way when such atrocities happen. The wrongful death of Larry Neal and the censorship of this story, including my personal harassment and endangerment without police protection, remind me of WWII Germany, when neighbors sat by mutely and watched their neighbors taken away to be burned in Nazi ovens.
My family has been dealing with the loss of so-called inalienable rights for a number of years now. From recent news reports, such as the one below wherein a former congressman warns of the prison camps being readied across the country, it looks like it will soon be YOUR TURN.
An article co-written by a former Congressman and carried by the San Francisco Chronicle has gained much attention recently as it shines light on a coordinated federal government program to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States.
"Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs." write Lewis Seiler and former Congressman Dan Hamburg of the watchdog group Voice of the Environment, Inc.
Voice of the Environment's mission is to educate the public regarding the transfer of public trust assets into private, mostly corporate, hands.
The article continues:
Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.
According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."
The San Francisco Chronicle article at this link is entitled, “Rule by Fear or Rule by Law.” It looks like the wrong choice was made regarding my family, considering my ordeal at the Chevron station and the fact that no law enforcement are investigating the terrorist acts against my family, including computer stalking, actual stalking, waylaying this writer at neighborhood businesses, denial of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, constant monitoring of my home through open microphones on my computer which I neither opened nor am allowed to close.
Did you notice that the article states "potential terrorists" will be "removed"? It has been my experience with the New World Order that the truth terrorizes them. So, do not get the idea it means you have to have bombs in your basement to qualify for removal. Have you ever read about my handicapped brother's secret arrest and wrongful death in any mainstream media? What about the fact that The Cochran Firm's advertised Atlanta office declared in court that all such advertising is false? See what I mean? Truth is not allowed - highly censored, and from my ordeal at the Chevron station (see video 2 above), TRUTH may be punishable by "removal."
January is the month we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. With the former congressman's warning of an imminent loss of citizens' rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, this seems a good time to listen to Dr. King's last speech, wherein he admonished America to "be true to what you said on paper." Either we have a democracy wherein people of all races and even handicapped citizens have civil rights that are protected and their families are free to ask what happened when some die in government custody under secret detainment, or we are already in the New World Order. Simple as that.
WE WILL USHER IN A NEW PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION this month.Citizens across America and the world are watching and waiting for much needed CHANGE. We hope for a significant, positive change in American government - a day when citizens’ rights are respected and protected, a day when America repairs the breach between our country and other nations, and the dawning of a day when the Constitution will actually become the law governing this land.
This writer would like to see those prison trains that FEMA reportedly bought reserved to quickly evacuate citizens caught in dangerous weather, like Katrina. I would like for President-elect Obama to turn some of those concentration camps into mental hospitals and others into permanent housing for vulnerable citizens who have been abandoned to suffer and die in prisons and die on our streets. A nation that respects its citizens does not arrest them for having a handicap. Nazi Germany both arrested the mentally ill and killed them. Hopefully, America has not and will not come to that. Those thousands of plastic coffins that are reportedly stacked around the country should be melted down and made into something useful to a country that is not planning on mass death, but abundant life and prosperity!
A democracy does not revoke citizens’ rights in favor of a few werewolves who want to usher in a New World Order with two classes of people: rulers and slaves. Americans look forward to an administration that rules by law and not by fear, one with equal justice at its core.
Like Dr. King said in his final address, “I don’t know what will happen now; we’ve got some difficult days ahead.” But united, we are empowered by God to overcome our difficulties, restore our economy, and to live in peace with our neighbors. All that is needed is unity. God said there is nothing that a united people cannot accomplish. Read:
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Genesis 11:6
As for my family’s justice quest regarding the wrongful death of Larry Neal, we continue to stand on the promises this nation made to render equal justice to all its citizens, but mostly, we stand on the promises of God our Father. Our justice quest for records and accountability regarding Larry’s death is now five years long, but in God we trust. Here is a song that says it all:
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