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ReasonTV: Tortured for Testimony; Anarchists Get Solitary Confinement for Not Snitching

Tortured for Testimony: Anarchists Get Solitary Confinement for Not Snitching


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FBI use their own admitted COINTELPRO False Flag group, "The Black Bloc" 'Anarchists' (StartPage search WTO 1999 Seattle Protests) to rationalize their crack down and imprisonment of political dissenters, and to malign the term "anarchist"

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Published on Apr 9, 2013

"You have to be strong. The only thing you do all day is just not break," says Katherine "KteeO" Olejnik, on her two month detention in solitary confinement.

In September 2012, KteeO and her colleague, Matthew Duran, were imprisoned and sent to solitary confinement at Seattle Federal Detention Center for refusing to testify in front of a grand jury. They weren't being tried for any crime, but refused to testify because of their political ideals.

"From the get-go, I never had any intention of being used as an instrument by the federal government," says Duran.

"If I would have testified and something that I had said would have put someone in prison and taken them away from their family, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself," adds Olejnik.

What heinous crime could justify the use of solitary confinement to get KteeO and Matt to cooperate?

In this case, it was a few acts of vandalism during a May Day protest last year.

"It was a largely peaceful protest but there was a small contingent who were dressed in black and they were covering their faces, and they caused damage to the federal courthouse and also to some nearby businesses," says Olejnik's attorney Jenn Kaplan.

The suspects are alleged to be a group of anarchists, as are KteeO and Matt. Matt and KteeO believe they were brought in to testify based solely on their shared political beliefs with the suspects, and that the FBI is on a witch hunt to track down political dissenters.

Because grand juries are extremely secretive and there is very little transparency, the court would not release any information on the proceedings or the prosecution.

"If you're not willing to cooperate with a grand jury's investigation, no matter how illegitimate it seems, you can go to jail for a very long time," says Kaplan, "and not just to jail, but it seems that the Bureau of Prisons can put you in solitary confinement for extended periods without having to justify its decision to anyone. And this could happen to any US citizen."

Were Matt and KateeO tortured for their testimony? They sure think so.

"Just the idea of locking someone up for days, weeks, months—and never letting them out—anybody that thinks would know that this is a form of torture," says Duran.

Margaret Chen, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, notes that you can see the physiological and psychological effects of solitary confinement in as little as seven days, and they may include sleep deprivation, withdrawal, depression, anxiety, uncontrolled rage, suicidal thoughts and self-mutilation.

Using solitary confinement for convicted felons is controversial enough, but in this case the imprisonment was a form of coercion. The judge only released Matt and KteeO after concluding that they would not break their resolve under the harshest of circumstances.

About 7 minutes.

Written and produced by Tracy Oppenheimer; camera by Zach Weissmueller.

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when i was in prison, i

when i was in prison, i requested solitary confinement because i liked being alone, and i had to threaten to kill myself to have it granted to me, but it became obvious i wasn't going to kill myself and that i just liked being alone in my own cell.

and these anarchists get solitary confinement as punishment !?

lawrence

to most, yes, isolation is a form of punishment.

why do you think they also do it at Gitmo, Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and practically almost without exception, in almost ALL countries??

In most human cultures, social exile or shunning has always been the ultimate form of punishment.

So, why would iso being used as a widely deployed form of punishment in prisons, be such a puzzling notion, to you, especially as you stated that you actually had experienced the evil strong arm of the State?

Have you shared stories with others who were coming out of their iso rotation? Did they deal with it similarly as you did? I would proffer, perhaps not. If they also felt the same way as you on iso-con, that would be a rarity, at least from my experience/encounters with a few who have been through the system.

now if you were to tell me that they locked up a long practicing Tibetan Buddhist monk, or an Indian Yogi? It almost most certainly won't affect them, AT ALL, as the primary core of their path is concerned with searching the soul in solitude and honing and applying meditation skills and techniques.

Aside from a few sects, in most Western cultures, particularly in religious context, there's no real solo meditative traditions in the Buddhisht/Jane/Indian sense, other than prayers, which is practiced more communally than not.

And prayers, even when done solo, are more concerned with 'channeling' answers-in, from the outside with the specific goal of fulfilling a 'wish' of sorts, than vs. Eastern meditative traditions where it is more concerned with 'calming the mind' and letting the ego flow out and let the non-local 'Cosmos' in, to find one's true self; so, it's no accident that isolation has always been used as a form of punishment in most Western cultures.

Though that is not to say that it hasn't been used in the East, particularly in 'modern' dictatorships over the yrs: China, NK, Vietnam, Burma/Myanmar, Indonesia/Timor, Philippines, etc.

But, it is my understanding that the practice of isolation confinement in a large-scale institutional policy sense (not as, by local viceroy, warlord or chieftain's individual mandates, I mean more as a nation/state-wide specific policy decision to use iso-con as a political tool for population control), it's only really been deployed in the post-modern warfare, where such psychological tools have been used in the East.

Also depends on the length of confinement; if you're locked up for more than 3weeks straight, most people start hallucinating, coupled with sleep depravation, fasting, below nominal room temperature, chances are likely most non meditatively honed human will in fact go insane. This is historically proven and documented fact.

And, if you're Jose Padilla, that 3 straight weeks become months, then years.

I personally would prefer it too, but you and I must be the rare exception.

But you, as someone who has been in prison, even if it doesn't apply to you and a few others, I have trouble understanding how you don't 'get' that there's a reason why fascist regimes have always historically used isolation confinement, to purposefully drive their prisoners insane, and often, to suicide, on purpose (it cuts down time and the expense of having to house and feed a prisoner, and less trail of paperwork).

You almost sound as if you find it silly that these innocent, your fellow American, political prisoners were needlessly complaining about their isolation, as a form of punishment??

Such is the feckless useless disaster that is 'our justice' system.

It uses brutal Roman/English empire/Commie psychological techniques to punish political dissent. It never punish those that deserve it. Every single one of the State's enforcement mechanism solely exists to support the political ruling class, and to keep the 'peons' in line. There's a reason why all these sentences are utterly absurd and rarely does the extent and depth and duration of punishment fit the 'crime.'

Worse still, is the entire way the prisons are run. Even excluding the publicly traded-for-profit Prison Industrial Judicial Complex, frankly at a more Pavlovian psychosis level, prisons exist as an awfully degenerate lab for testing various social engineering memes.

For instance, the reason why even some SuperMax have common areas is in fact TO nurture 'criminal university,' to let them network, transfer various key individuals around from one prison to another on purpose, to in fact, branch out and spread their criminal organizational infrastructure.

It's no accident that coastal gangs morphed into soldiers for the more Wall St.-FRN laundering arranged/plugged-in Cartels, and franchised out like McDonald's into the heart of America.

Sure, something like narco-trafficking is inherently scalable and 'franchise-able,' but anytime one of their soldiers who were more closer to the internal infrastructure of the cartel gets locked up, the more a run-of-the-mill street thug has a chance to 'hone his craft' by hanging around that more seasoned said Cartel's 'inner core' soldier.

I'd posit that by all factual indications, it's by design that they want such prison social anthropological structure to persist: it helps to rationalize the 'need' for a police state. In some states like TN, by law when one prisoner goes in, one must come out: it's literally designed to be a revolving door.

More apropos of the original discussion, which is why it would seem counter-intuitive to have ANY common areas like cafeteria, gym, showers, library, etc. in prisons, where racial, factional, fights can break out and spinout into a full blown riot. But to the Ruling Class, it actually makes perfect sense.

That, is why isolation is a form of punishment, even in the criminal paradigm; it's not a 'performing investment into a criminal asset' to simply have you lull away, and not learn from other criminals how to expand your illicit skills.

So from the innate, intuitive, communal biological human disposition for a need to socialize, and even from the State/the Leviathan's criminal psychological social engineering POV, isolation confinement is indeed a form of punishment, not a perplexing reprieve. IMO.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

for me isolation was a form

for me isolation was a form of reward and solace

lawrence

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Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

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Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul