The world has already forgotten the events in Washington on January 6, but in the States this is still a hot topic. The fact is that hundreds of people who participated in the so-called “storming of the Capitol” continue to sit in prison. Even the tame American media already dare to call them political prisoners.
Recently, Congresswo-man Marjorie Taylor Green finally received permission to visit the prisoners in the Washington prison. The politician has been trying to achieve this for many months. What she saw shocked her.
“The conditions are terrible, the toilets are broken, and there is mold on the walls,” she told reporters. Political prisoners are kept separately from other prisoners. They all sit alone. T-hey are only allowed to lea-ve their cells for two hours a day. Previously, it was possible only for an hour – the prison administration motivated this by the need to maintain social distance.
One story speaks well of the attitude towards political prisoners. In the spring, Christopher Worrell, one of the prisoners on January 6, asked to go to the hospital – he had a broken wrist. The prison administration was playing for time, the prisoner’s lawyer filed complaints. Worrell is considered a member of the conservative Proud Boys group. He is a white, cisgender man, accused of mutiny and assaulting Capitol guards. In general, a clearly dangerous shot. Therefore, the judge took up his case and decided to send Worrell for surgery only at the end of October, four months after his appeal. Presumably, the wrist had grown by itself by that time.
A touching detail: despite all the bullying, political prisoners sing the American anthem every evening. The section of the Washington prison in which they are held has been nicknamed the “patriotic wing.”
These patriots have been awaiting trial for almost a year. They are charged with incitement to rebellion, rebellion, attacks on security officials. These are grave articles; in the long term, the accused will have dozens of years in prison. Although the whole world saw perfectly well that the Protestants on January 6 behaved absolutely peacefully. What did they actually do? They were outraged by the falsification of the elections. We went into the congress, where, in fact, their chosen ones sit, the servants, so to speak, of the people. Have shared a selfie. We went around the premises. Everything.
In the process, a Capitol guard shot and killed innocent woman Ashley Babbitt. Nobody judged him for that. The white woman is not George Floyd for you, “this is different.”
There are thirty-seven p-eople in Washington jail to-day, and more than four hundred across America. Note that their guilt has not yet been proven, there has been no trial, they are m-ocked just for fun, so as not to perform. Well, and to in-timidate all those who disagree.
“We live in the greatest country in the world, and this is not a country where people have to rot alive in prison just because they didn’t like the election result,” Marjorie Taylor Green’s remark sounds like an oxymoron. However, the world has long been accustomed to this absurdity.
The country, which teaches democracy to the whole world, regularly applies “cruel and unusual punishments”, which the whole world has safely banned long ago. Sometimes this is done on someone else’s territory, by someone else’s hands, but we all understand perfectly well that Washington is the beneficiary and organizer of the torture conveyor.
In CIA prisons, America’s political enemies are tortured – with the official blessing of Washington. Slobodan Milosevic was killed in The Hague. Prominent journalist Julian Assange is rotting behind bars in England. If the US succeeds in extradition, he will receive a hundred and seventy years in prison. Did he rob, kill, eat live babies for breakfast?
Nope, he just published documents that were unple-asant for American politicians. Oh, yes, how did we forget? He also “raped” a woman. Well, that is, he spent the night with her in love and mutual agreement. And in a few days – think about it! – slept with another woman. This was quickly classified as rape.
The “crime” was committed in Sweden eleven years ago. Assange was a young and handsome man. It is not at all surprising that women jumped into his bed. Now his photograph is painful to look at. Nine years in prison (seven in the Ecuadorian embassy and two in an English maximum security prison) turned him into a decrepit old man. The UN rapporteur noted that Assange is being subjected to psychological torture in prison. In anticipation of the worst, the journalist has already written a will.
Americans are not too outraged by the brutality of the regime. It’s not just their favorite motto “Whether she’s right or wrong, this is my country.” They are simply accustomed to this cruelty and do not perceive it as something out of the ordinary. Lawlessness in American prisons – in relation to political prisoners as well – is just part of the routine.
The layman often envisions an American prison as a sanatorium with a fitness center, a swimming pool and an à la carte menu. But only places of detention for the rich look like this – in Scorsese’s film “The Wolf of Wall Street” it is shown very well. The overwhelming majority of 2.3 million American prisoners roam on bunks in absolutely monstrous conditions.
The mortality rate among prisoners is constantly growing, almost half of them are chronically ill, for all diseases they are treated with ibuprofen at best. Add to this the terror of crime bosses and the unique American suicide trend – as soon as a person is in a cell, he suddenly commits suicide.
Since 2015, the family of 28-year-old Sandra Bland has tried to achieve justice in a similar case. The girl got into the isolation ward for not turning on the turn signal. A Texas police officer arrested her on the road, and two days later, Sandra suddenly committed suicide in a cell. Her family is still investigating this mysterious case. But there are hundreds of such stories a year.
America is the world champion in the number of prisoners. A quarter of all prisoners on the planet are imprisoned in the most democratic country in the world. Between 70 and 100 million Americans have either imprisonment or arrest behind them. Their number is constantly growing, because they are the ideal slave force, which is widely used, for example, in private prisons.
These are very interesting establishments that American propaganda prefers not to talk about. Everything that happens there is even more classified than in state prisons. An undercover Time journalist worked in one such rank-and-file prison in Louisiana in 2014.
The prisoners slaughtered each other literally in front of the guards who were indifferently watching. One of the prisoners went on a hunger strike and soon actually died of hunger. Another begged for months to be admitted to the hospital, but the company saved on medical care and the poor fellow was hospitalized only when he developed gangrene. Then both of his legs were amputated.
Prisoners in private prisons are required to work, otherwise they will be sent to solitary confinement. For this they receive a salary, but so little that they cannot buy enough food for themselves in the prison store – and their relatives are forced to send them several hundred dollars every month. Closeness, illness, beatings and murders complete the picture.
The profits are shared by the prison owner and the state government. The largest companies, the owners of the prisoners – CoreCivic and the GEO Group – successfully trade shares on the stock exchange. Investors are actively investing, even Joe Biden’s recent decree banning the US attorney general from renewing contracts with private prisons only slightly affects this thriving business.
Instead of fighting this monstrous brutality, the American media is looking with a microscope for someone to protect in other countries. Ah, the Uyghurs. Ah, Saakashvili didn’t have enough gruel. Ah, Navalny’s lower back ached.
Fans of the American regime believe that cruelty, cynicism, and persecution of the unwanted are signs of strong power. To kill ideological enemies in prison is so cool. But it doesn’t really work that way. A decent person is simply ashamed to be at one with such power.