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Jan 6th Prisoners – Detained and Forgotten

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More than 800 Americans, among tens of thousands who protested irregularities in the 2020 election cycle, stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 – and were arrested. That event is now 15 months behind us. Why, in our land of “liberty and justice,” are many still detained?

The point of this piece is not to relitigate the protest, election, charges, or anything to do with politics. It is to focus on a simple idea – due process and rule of law.

As a former US Court of Appeals clerk, New York, and DC litigator, and – rather ironically, former Assistant Secretary of State to Colin Powell for global issues, including law enforcement – the conditions and state of these cases, many unresolved, is a concern.

Reports flow in – through family, friends, official and credible channels – that these detainees are isolated, living in poor conditions, cannot meet with reporters, are increasingly invisible, just forgotten people. That is not how America works.

The Department of Justice has an incomplete, frighteningly suggestive reporting system, that indicates one case was dismissed, some resolved by plea, 70 adjudicated – but many in perdition, facing seemingly eternal punishment and damnation, no resolution on the horizon. Whether hundreds or “just 40” as one article argues, one is too many. See, e.g., Capitol Breach Cases; One Year Since the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol; At least 800 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far. This searchable table shows them all.; No, there are not ‘hundreds’ of Capitol riot defendants in DC jail.

How can this be, in a nation with a Bill of Rights, which promises “no person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” (5th Amendment)? The Bill of Rights notwithstanding, many charged individuals remain untried, still mysteriously detained?

Consider the 6th Amendment. “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial …” Has that occurred? “.. by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed …” Has that occurred?

Continuing: “…confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor …” Occurred? “…Assistance of Counsel …” Occurring?

The answer? Who knows? The record is strangely incomplete, access restricted, word barely getting out, and what we know is not reassuring. See, e.g., ‘We are rotting in jail’: Capitol rioter demands Trump give 6 January speech to back him and co-prisoners; D.C. officials stew after Jan. 6 prisoners’ complaints prompt federal pull-out from jail.

What we know, based on official reports of DC jails where many are held, is just conditions are incorrigible, in some cases objectively inhumane and indefensible. See, e.g., January 6 suspects’ D.C. jail complaints are hypocrital, but they’re not wrong;

Specifically, many seem to be isolated, facing poor health, living conditions, treated as if undeserving of the kind of constitutional standards they deserve. Members of Congress, notably Republicans, have decried conditions are intolerable. One noted: “What’s happening to these people being held in custody is wrong, it’s unconstitutional … a violation of their rights …” See, Congressional Report Details Squalid Conditions Faced By Jan. 6 Defendants; Congressional Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail.

Even mainstream media and judicial authorities have begun to acknowledge things are not right. See, e.g., Problems at D.C. Jail Were Ignored Until Jan. 6 Defendants Came Along; The Crisis at the D.C. Jail Began Decades Before Jan. 6 Defendants Started Raising Concerns; A Judge Urged The Justice Department To Investigate Jail Conditions For Jan. 6 Defendants; Judge holds Washington, D.C., jail officials in contempt in a Jan. 6 riot case.

So, what can be done to assure that America – unlike Russia, China, and half the politicized legal systems of the world – does NOT hold, detain indefinitely, mistreat, forget, or otherwise leave an impression that political prisoners exist, part of a nefarious “two-tiered system?”

A lot. 

First, the exact status of all cases should be made public now, and every succeeding day. That should not be hard. Every American is owed that clarity.  

Second, reporters, family, friends, and concerned citizens should be able to meet with these indefinitely detained individuals. Not to do so raises serious suspicions, suggesting those in charge can do as they wish, are unaccountable. That is not good for the detained or any of us.

Third, counsel by name – for all detained individuals – should be made public. Like Fifth Amendment assurances of due process, Sixth Amendment guarantees are not negotiable.

Fourth, with the consent of the detained, televisions cameras, congressional investigators, members of Congress, relevant State officials should be permitted to see these individuals and conditions.

Fifth, especially in these cases, justice should return to being swift and fair, since the question now arises whether a Democrat-controlled federal and DC government, where anti-Trump feeling runs strong, could be intentionally disregarding these Americans, letting them languish.

Many years ago, as an Assistant Secretary of State, one of my priorities was assuring any influence America had to seed and preserve rule of law around the world, fair treatment, and generic respect for those arrested, charged and detained was understood by foreign officials.

Many times, these officials had a political agenda tied to holding prisoners. Aware, we stood against politics in the legal process. We must now hold ourselves and those in power to that standard. 

Bottom line:  The January 6 defendants deserve protection against the perception and fact of political punishment. Only that assures rule of law. Absence violates rule of law. They cannot be detained and forgotten, not in America. The time is now to insist on that standard and proof of it.


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Gabe
11 days ago

I never forgot about the prisoners of January 6th.

I will see them All pardoned and free again living in a bettet America than ever before.

God Bless Them All ✝️????????????

red
19 days ago

Lock and load. All political solutions are gone! Including the Trump card! How long will it take for the citizens of America to realize this country is owned by the demonic Commies who are now killing it’s citizens with the vac schemes! Wake up! wake up!

Wayne pare
1 month ago

Totally disgusting
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Clean house of all leftist ideology employees

G. Baker
1 month ago

Pelosi’s prisoners:

Democrats go on and on ad nauseam that they are protectors of ‘democracy’, all the while destroying the very foundations of the Constitution and democracy. Blocking free speech, ignoring massive Democrat crimes, while framing conservatives, repeatedly framing those who oppose them for crimes the Democrats themselves are actually committing. 

Jim Gleeson
2 months ago

What can I do? I don’t have money, but I have time and I can write.

G. Baker
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Gleeson

That is exactly what we should all be doing, putting the truth of events out there constantly, exposing corruption – Democrats and RINOs, putting the history of our founding, the writings of the Founders, the history of the world and exposing how it is repeating.

Example: From the end of Reconstruction to the 1970s, the Democrats ruled the South with an iron fist – implementing Jim Crow laws (segregation), blocking people of color from voting. Anyone who spoke out faced the wrath of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), the Democrats’ secret army. If that didn’t work, they would be framed and persecuted by state and local police and the Democrat-controlled courts would ensure conviction.

Once this was exposed to the nation, the Democrats had to retreat and rebuild using a different strategy – hiding their true intent in bills with wonderful names – all were traps to continue their drive for total control.

50 years later, Democrats are using the same old tactics. They frame conservatives to destroy them. They use Antifa and BLM to intimidate the public with massive riots, destruction and death. They use the DOJ and FBI, supposedly law enforcement, and the courts, to imprison and persecute anyone who don’t get down on bended knee.

When you don’t know history, you won’t recognize when it happens again. When Chavez became president of Venezuela, he changed their Constitution and let the prisoners out of jail. He funded and armed them to control the citizens. Today, prisoners are let out on no-cash bail almost faster than they are arrested and no matter how many crimes they commit, or how serious those crimes are, they continue to be let out… to control the behavior of citizens.

Our young people have not had decent history classes in 100 years, so those of us who love history, who learned it on our own, must daily educate those who don’t know. And that has more value than all the money in the world. Knowledge is power.

Lori Hall
2 months ago

Did you all see the political prisoners are begging to be sent to gitmo?! What is going on? They’d rather that than sit in DC?! This can not stand! It is obvious by now, that no one in our government is going to do anything for these citizens. Where are the rallies to get them out?? All the patriots that were in DC that day should be there now demanding they be released! It could have been any one of us! Its wrong! WE the People need to rally and protest this outside the gulag and support these people! (It works for criminals, we can force it for our fellow patriots!) They need our support!! <3 <3

red
19 days ago
Reply to  Lori Hall

Why were they not mentioned in Trumps new announcement for his 2024 plans. He is a traitor to all Patriots!!!

H ERICSON
2 months ago

I need the name and address of every prisoner still being held in the D.C. gulag as I want to write each of them personally and tell them they are not forgotten and we will overcome this evil

Lea Mallison
2 months ago
Reply to  H ERICSON

Patriotmailproject.com (to contact the prisoners)
Americangreatness – Julie Kelly
Givesendgo.com
stophate.com/january-6
afr.net/podcasts/sandy-rios-in-the-morning/2022/may/best-of-interviews-with-j6-detainees-james-mcgrew-shane-jenkins-and-robert-bobby-gieswein/

emily lightsey
3 months ago

Thank you for your scope of coverage. From your lips to the “people” maybe justice will be a swift sword to bring an end to their improper imprisonment!

Carl
3 months ago

I tried to write to one of the January 6th prisoners. My letter was returned undeliverable. Where can I find the address of the people being held?

Bella
3 months ago
Reply to  Carl

I do not know but how nice to know that I have not been the only person sorrowing on behalf of some (the vast majority, I suspect) whose participation was not criminal. It is that ongoing heaviness that has lead me to search out WHERE I might write to them so that I might offer someone a measure of comfort.

I hope my search (for a list) produces good fruit.

Linda
3 months ago
Reply to  Bella

patriotmailproject.com/write-to-j6-p3s

Linda
3 months ago
Reply to  Carl

patriotmailproject.com/write-to-j6-p3s

Lea Mallison
2 months ago
Reply to  Carl

Patriotmailproject.com (to contact the prisoners)

BRE DE MASTUS
3 months ago

The truth can be seen & heard every evening as many from the 1776 Restoration Movement join Aishlie Babbit’s mother in a nightly Vigil. They are permitted to talk with several of these prisoners & & join them to sing the National Anthem each night together at 9pm. Find more info on YOU TUBE; various streamers: Oreo Express, 1791 Storm Trooper, & others. ????????????♥️

char
3 months ago
Reply to  BRE DE MASTUS

big rally at the DC gulag this weekend

Raymond
4 months ago

Is there truth to jan 6th “rioters” still being held in DC without being charged? Still held in solitary confinement?
If so…how many?

char
3 months ago
Reply to  Raymond

theres 37 in the DC gulag

Sam Moon
4 months ago

Who are they and what are they charged with? We hear of these nameless individuals all the time but no names, charges or detention locations given.

Bella
3 months ago
Reply to  Sam Moon

The lack of information is intention. In so doing they (whoever they are) are in control of the narrative.

It also helps to quiet the obvious concern that every law-abiding citizen should have in light of this scenario. Namely, “if the government can so blatantly violate their rights, when will my time come?” (Honestly! To simply suppose that it may never happen to any of us at this point would be sheer stupidity.)

Richard Nathan
4 months ago

Should,should,should,but what is anyone actually doing to get these Patriots out of jail.
What is anyone doing to prosecute the criminals that are comitting these crimes against these
Patriots?
I can`t believe nobody is comming to their rescue.

Marsha F.
4 months ago

Excellent article. Even convicted murderers and terrorists enjoy more rights than the January 6th detainees. Not a single J6 detainee has been charged with insurrection, but only minor offenses like trespassing, unlawful entry, etc. that didn’t even warrant imprisonment at all. Many haven’t even been charged with a crime after a year or more. The big question is what else can be done besides consistently calling, writing and emailing our (mostly apathetic) elected officials and demanding n investigation and reckoning? It seems as if our nation’s capital has been hijacked by rogue actors who operate apart from and in opposition to the constitution that’s supposed to protect us, who are accountable only to themselves, and who are legally untouchable.

Mourning Warbler
5 months ago

Why did AMAC not push back against the plandemic lies? I suppose even Jews at one point in Germany thought if they would say/agree “Heil Hitler,” then they would stop being poor and hungry, that the economy would improve. Likewise people going along with masks as if that would protect anyone from a virus. Hospital continue to put “covid” patients in hospital wards with immune compromised. Many hospitals still requiring even people with open cannulas to wear masks over their faces. Nuts. I give up on AMAC. Seems just the same as AARP… Finally making some noise about Jan 6.

Milli Sell
8 months ago

Enforce their rights.

johnh
8 months ago

Anyone that assault & beat the Capitol police + vandalize the Capitol building should have known that is not peaceful protest tactics, and therefore should not be surprised to be arrested. Some people on this board post stories about judges being soft on crime, so why be soft on these 800-people

Gloria Hensley
7 months ago
Reply to  johnh

You don’t seem to know the real facts (too much CNN),nor the squalid conditions they are in, the tortures many endure. Not even haircuts, if they refuse the deadly “vaccine”. The right to see their attorney – if they ask to see their attorney, they are put in solitary confinement. Not even prisoners in a regular prison are treated this badly. This is like what the communists do. Where on earth are you coming from to think this is alright? They didn’t have weapons on them, they were “ushered” in by the capitol police – Hmmmm, think it sounds a lot like Pelosi and her evil? Trump had asked her if she wanted troops. Oh, no, not Pelosi, that would hide her real agenda, e.g. get rid of all Trump supporters, even if she had to have them locked up and tortured. So she did. You seem to be blind to the fact, that people like her, who think nothing of giving Planned Parenthood hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill babies, would have no problem killing anyone, and have Zero respect for life (except her own.

Missy
6 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Because the crimes committed were by Pelosi and Capital Police and you’re right they should be in prison. So should you.

David Lee Manges
5 months ago
Reply to  johnh

If you were arressted and held unjustly you would be yelling to high heaven, no compassion isn’t a crime but it is immoral. This is America it shouldn’t happen even to your enemies. You would not be a fair judge of anything.

Dixie King
5 months ago
Reply to  johnh

They still deserve due process!!

Mourning Warbler
5 months ago
Reply to  Dixie King

Jury trial.

char
3 months ago
Reply to  johnh

in the DC gulag alone, many have been held over 500 days as pretrial detention . Abused by prison guards, inedible food, mold & rats in their cells. How it that fair?

Bella
3 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Stop assuming that that was the behavior of the vast majority of people. LOGIC, itself, should cause you to question your own assumption for, were it true that violence and harm to the C-Police were the issue, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED BY NOW!!! (I’m sorry but that is so obvious that I don’t know what else to write…)

Bob
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

It’s one thing to let a felon with 19 convictions out of jail without bail, and keep 50 people not even charged in solitary confinement. If you can’t see the difference, then you’re not looking for truth. The ONLY person killed was an unarmed Gulf war vat. shot by a capital policeman who has NOT been charged… Trespassing is NOT a capital crime. This policemen should be the ONLY person in prison at this point.

Lea Mallison
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Ashli Babbitt was shot by officer Mike Byrd,
Roseann Boyland was beat to death by officer Lila Morris – both are verified by video

Ashton Richie
1 month ago
Reply to  johnh

You have NO idea what actually happened that day.

Tim D.
8 months ago

They need to retain Jussie Smollett for council…

Bella
3 months ago
Reply to  Tim D.

Sadly, another example of what I call, “2 Faced Justice”.

When justice is dependent upon who you are or how you look?

It is not justice!

Judy K.
8 months ago

The answer to all of this is we have traitors ruling this country of a free people. Traitors who have taken over and Americans too dumbed down and complacent to fight for their freedoms.
The Progressives are nothing but a Cult religion and will find themselves licking their own wounds soon enough because of their heightened stupidity and perverted behavior.
Everything in the Holy Bible, God’s Living Word is true, specifically regarding a nation that forgets their God! This nation has invited God’s wrath! It’s part of what we’re seeing happening now.
Christ’s Coming is what we are to be looking for, so we need to get our lives in order and pray for our loved one’s. Things are looking intensely bad for the United States, and I can honestly say, this is not my home.
May God have mercy on us all!

Anton Stuchlik
8 months ago
Reply to  Judy K.

I LOVE my Country…I HATE my Government!

Rosalee Cavanaugh
8 months ago

Maybe Judge Jackson can defend them! There was an article about the female guarding them saying proudly, she is mistreating them. It’s all BS and why is this still knowingly going on?

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