May 11, 2017
Will The Feds Turn Ammon Bundy Into A Martyr?
UPDATE: As of May 2017, there is a new person in charge of Nevada Southern Detention Center. The former warden, Charlotte Collins, has BEEN REMOVED FROM HER POSITION!
Facility Leader: Janice Killian, Administrator. “Janice Killian was named facility administrator at CoreCivic‘s Nevada Southern Detention Center in May 2017.”
The phone numbers are the same. GIVE HER A CALL!
2190 East Mesquite Avenue,
Pahrump, NV 89060
Yes, CCA is re-branding themselves to be “CoreCivic”. Make no mistake, they are the same company.
by Shari Dovale
04 May 2017
Ammon Bundy was tortured in the Pahrump Federal prison this week. He was shackled and placed in a 3 foot by 3 foot shower stall, and left for 13 hours with no food and water. He was told that they originally intended to keep him cuffed and stuffed in that stall for 72 hours, with no food and no water. They then intended to remove him from the stall, take him to medical and insert an I.V. so as to keep him from dying.
The plans were cut short when several swat team members, dressed in full tactical gear, forcefully removed him from this shower stall and stripped him naked. They proceeded to “inspect” his naked body as he lay on the floor.
He was not able to raise his arms above his head, as instructed, due to the pain he had been in for the previous 13 hours. They had to help him comply.
His legs were bleeding from the shackles and he had trouble walking. Again, they had to help him.
He was thrown into Solitary Confinement, still without his clothing. Later, a guard stuffed his undergarments through the hole in the door.
Ammon is of the firm belief that if he had been left in that stall for the full 72 hours it would have probably killed him. Hear his words in this video:
All of this abuse was video recorded by the guards at the Nevada Southern Detention Center, Pahrump. There is evidence of this assault.
When word reached the public, it went viral. We wrote about it, along with several other alternative news outlets. Videos were made. Calls began to officials from Nevada to Washington D.C.
Yet, Ammon still sits in Solitary.
A Call-To-Action has gone out to rally in Pahrump and protest this torture. The Federal government has responded by locking down the prison and refusing ALL inmates any visitors. This seems to be an attempt to turn the prison inmate population against the political prisoners, specifically Ammon Bundy.
This writer received a message from the Nevada Department of Corrections Inspector General’s office. I spoke with a very nice woman named Brooke Keast, who wanted to assure me that their particular department cannot intervene in the Federal facilities.
I was very happy to arrange a phone call with her. She was extremely polite and seemed to genuinely want to help when we talked.
However, during our call, she happened to mention that she was standing next to Mari St. Martin, the Communications Director and Public Information Officer for Governor Brian Sandoval. St. Martin, in turn, happened to be standing next to Governor Sandoval.
Based on the discussion, it would seem that Governor Sandoval had not been informed of the situation playing out in his state. He has now been informed. I hope to see a public statement from his office in the near future. If I don’t, I will be sure to call his office, probably via Ms. St. Martin, and ask why.
Continuing my discussion with Ms. Keast, she told me how things should be handled, and, of course, how they are handled in the State facilities. She also recommended that we contact the Warden directly, to start with.
I expect to be hearing from Ms. Keast again. I will let you know when that happens.
The Geneva Conventions is a body of Public International Law, also known as the Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflicts, whose purpose is to provide minimum protections, standards of humane treatment, and fundamental guarantees of respect to individuals who become victims of armed conflicts.
Convention I includes...the Convention prohibits execution without judgment, torture, and assaults upon personal dignity (Article 3). It also grants them the right to proper medical treatment and care.
Convention IV includes … civilians are afforded the protections from inhumane treatment and attack afforded in the first Convention.
The Article 3 of Geneva Conventions covered, for the first time, situations of non-international armed conflicts, types of which vary greatly. They include traditional civil wars or internal armed conflicts that spill over into other States (countries) … It requires humane treatment for all persons in enemy hands, without any adverse distinction. It specifically prohibits murder, mutilation, torture, cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment, the taking of hostages and unfair trial.
Remember that the prosecution called this an “armed conflict”. They set the stage for this embarrassment, so they must own the results.
The treatment that these political prisoners are enduring are a direct violation of the accords that this country entered into and ratified.
Additionally, keeping in mind that these men have NOT been convicted of any crime, they are supposed to be treated as innocent until proven guilty, as guaranteed by the US Constitution.
The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial. Furthermore, Federal law requires that a trial commence within 70 days.
18 U.S. Code § 3161, (c) (1)
In any case in which a plea of not guilty is entered, the trial of a defendant charged in an information or indictment with the commission of an offense shall commencewithin seventy days from the filing date (and making public) of the information or indictment, or from the date the defendant has appeared before a judicial officer of the court in which such charge is pending, whichever date last occurs. If a defendant consents in writing to be tried before a magistrate judge on a complaint, the trial shall commence within seventy days from the date of such consent.
The fact that they have been held for over 400 days, with no trial yet in sight, makes their detention a part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The NDAA allows for trial-free, indefinite detention of anyone, including American citizens, so long as the government calls them terrorists. (Remember Harry Reid?)
The government, aided by Judge Gloria Navarro, has continuously denied these defendants all of their Constitutionally-guaranteed rights, as expected under the NDAA.
Navarro has also repeatedly refused them bail. Accused murderers have been offered bail, including a case just this week in North Idaho, in which the suspect is being held until he can come up with one million dollars. Regardless of whether or not he can come up with the money,he was offered the chance for pre-trial release.
Our Federal Government has specifically set out to defy their own laws. And they do so without fear of retribution. Where is Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump? Can they tell us if this is a case for the NDAA, or a case for the US Constitution?
Sharon Wehrly is the sheriff of Nye County, Nevada. Her office has been bombarded with calls. They have decided to become a part of the problem, instead of the solution. They state that only a person with “personal knowledge” can make a written complaint, and this is the only complaint they will investigate.
So, only the prisoners (who have already been threatened with new charges of “Insurrection” if they complain) can file the complaint. But, the Sheriff will not send anyone out there to get the complaint. (Catch-22?)
Is it any wonder that the guards believe they, too, are above the law? Someone needs to be held accountable.
What is their purpose?
This is a good question. The case can be made that Ammon Bundy will end up as a martyr for the US Constitution. People are rallying around him from each state in the union. If something should happen to this man, there seems sure to be a considerable reaction.
We have already had one martyr in LaVoy Finicum. Will the Federal Government insist on another?
Could that be the goal, or just the “Unintended consequence”?
History shows us how bad the government will come out of this, if they end up turning Bundy into a martyr. There are many smart people in government. You think any one of them would have thought this through.
Start your phone calls to the warden!
Continue the phone calls to the Governor!
Keep going up the chain, to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump.
Cite these laws. Remind them they are here to enforce, and to obey the laws they enforce.
We will reach someone that can stop this barbaric treatment!
Here is a list of numbers you can use. Please call as many as you can, and you can do this repeatedly until the situation is resolved.
Charlotte Collins, Warden
Sheriff Sharon Wehrly
Sheriff’s Office Headquarters
CCA Corporate Office: Southern Nevada Detention Center
State Attorney General
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
Senator Dean Heller
|President Donald J. TrumpPHONE NUMBERS
May 3, 2017
Per Lisa Bundy: “Ryan said that Ammon was SLEEPING!!! When they came to take him to the shower cell, shackled behind his back! SLEEPING!!”
From Deb Jordan :
“Message from Pete Santilli Concerning Ammon & Ryan Bundy —
This morning Pete told me that: Last night Ammon and Ryan Bundy were once again sent to the hole — He went to the Chief and asked that he please do something about Ammon and Ryan being targeted by the guards — You can literally see their eyes on them watching their every move, Pete said — Some of the guards understand this and are sympathetic but it does little good —
Anyway, they were sleeping when it happened — Pete is a bit away from them so was not a witness but talked to those who were —
Pete says: Ammon reportedly fell asleep with a unauthorized shirt on his rack — “It is not uncommon for us to roll up a shirt and use it as a pillow — or maybe Ammon just forgot it was the there, either way, the guard saw it and started harassing him — at some point Ryan came over and grabbed the shirt from the CO’s hands — and that’s why he is in trouble —
This morning I spoke with the Chief who is being a real tuff guy asshole — I told him this was bullshit and that there were plenty of witnesses who saw what happened — He said —
“Then they need to fill out a report”
I then asked, ” So you want me to tell everyone to fill out a report?”
He answered ” Sure, and when you do, I’m going to charge you with trying to start an insurrection .. “
Pete also said that Ammon and Ryan have tried desperately to do their best to stay under the radar since they spent 40 days in the hole — The bottom line is they are being targeted — The Guards are using anything as an excuse to punish them — or anyone who tries to take up for them ..
The last Pete heard, Ammon had been confined to a small space, shackled overnight, with no food or water —
*****Nevada Department of Corrections, Inspector General*****
P.O. Box 7011
Carson City, NV 89702
Phone: (775) 887-3247
The Inspector General of the Nevada Department of Corrections is authorized to investigate any matter arising from the Department or any person employed, incarcerated, or present in an institution or facility.
State Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
100 North Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 684-1100
Fax: (775) 684-1108
To Contact the office of Senator Dean Heller
8930 West Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89148
324 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
CCA Corporate Office: Southern Nevada Detention Center
10 Burton Hills Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37215
DOJ – Ask for Civil Rights Division
Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555
Department of Justice Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000
TTY/ASCII/TDD: 800-877-8339 (or Federal IP Relay Service (link is external)”
“….Phone calls are being routed to VM. On top of phone calls file OIG complaint.
Ammon has been held all night with his hands cuffed behind his back in a shower stall.”
Just copied every number from this thread and will post here: *comments are ideas from various people on this thread and not my own.
Option 4 – Central Control
Option 9 – Wardens Secretary
702-388-6355 District headquarters
STEP 1 CALL 775-751-4500
STEP 2 FAX: 775-751-8763
Free online fax no machine faxzero.com
STEP3 Contact form
Both will try to send you to Public Resources to Speak with Genie. Currently, Genie is a voicemail. I would blow up the warden’s secretary’s phone. As the message be personally delivered by the secretary to the warden. Ask to speak directly to the warden first.
Marshals bureau of prison operations, please call 703-740-8400. They are the bosses. Calling the prison will be less effective than calling the decision makers. The decision makers are Sessions, and US Marshals bureau of prison operations, N. Hackmaster, Assistant Director 703-740-8400. Oh, don’t use vulgar or threatening language, that just throws gasoline on the fire and we lose credibility.
WHEN WILL WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH?!!?
YOUR CAUSE IS JUST,
BUT I CAN DO NOTHING FOR YOU
The Bundys are multi-generational members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, aka, Mormons. The founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, was the victim of much persecution and denial of due process under the Bill of Rights. Joseph Smith recognized the importance of the constitution and, like the Bundys, held it in high esteem. Some of the writings attributed to Joseph Smith, speak to the high regard for the constitution of the United States, as laid upon his heart by the Lord:
Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another. And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. Doctrine and Covenants 101:79-80
Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land; may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever. Doctrine and Covenants 109:54
In consequence of land and property being illegally and forcibly taken from them, false imprisonment, murders and rape of their people, and other injustices, Joseph Smith, in company with a Judge Higbee, made two visits to President Martin Van Buren, to deliver a redress of grievances and explain in more detail the many injustices that had befallen them. At the second visit, President Van Buren was rude and disrespectful, telling them,
“Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you…if I help you, I will lose the Missouri vote”
MEETINGS WITH STAFF FROM REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS STEWART,
SOUTHERN UTAH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
On two occasions, I had an opportunity to speak by phone to Gary Webster and Adam Snow from Rep. Chris Stewart’s office. The first time, was in front of the Las Vegas federal district court in response to a letter that I had written to the congressman.
While I appreciated their willingness to reach out to me, I kept getting the feeling that they were finding reasons why they could not help us. Mr. Webster first claimed that the Nevada trial and the matters involving the federal prison in Pahrump, were matters for Nevada congressional reps, not Chris Stewart. I reminded Mr. Webster that two of the imprisoned Bundys, Ryan and Dave, were residents of his district in southern Utah. Additionally, Ammon Bundy owned land in southern Utah. I explained to Mr. Webster, that our congressional representatives were charged with representing us on federal matters, wherever they were located, including federal prisons and federal courts. Recounted here
DOWN TO BUNKERVILLE, NEVADA
In my second conversation, I spoke to both Gary Webster and Adam Snow from Stewart’s staff. Adam Snow said that he came from a ranching family and was very familiar with the Bundy’s plight. However, he was careful to maintain a neutral view of the situation. I updated him and Webster on the recent torture and abusive treatment of Ammon Bundy in the 3 foot by 3 foot shower stall. Any hope I had of getting a shocked response from them, quickly faded away as they remained non-committal in their reaction.
I was pleased to learn that Adam Snow was going down to Bunkerville the next day to meet with some of the wives and get more details on the situation. I wrote them a follow-up letter expressing my belief that they would get all the details they needed to get more traction and interest in the situation. Surely, once he heard it from the suffering wives, he would shake his neutral attitude and get energized to help the Bundys.
THERE IS NOT A LOT WE CAN DO FOR YOU
Again, to his credit, Adam Snow did make the effort to visit and listen to the women at the Bundy ranch. They were able to tell him in great detail what had happened to Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and several of the other defendants. It was emphasized that, regardless of guilt related to the federal government’s charges, the defendants were entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty and that over 460 days had gone by without a conviction and that the right to a speedy trial had been denied. Chris Stewart’s staff mentioned the complex nature of the case and that seemed to be a reasonable justification for the time delay.
I have learned from one of the wives, that the general response from Adam Snow was,
“I will pass it on to the congressman, but there is not a lot we can do for you.”
Typically, the politician will have several excuses:
1. Separation of powers. It is another branch of the government, therefore, I cannot interfere.
2. Another congressional district. It is not my turf.
3. I am swamped with many constituent issues. There is only 24 hours in a day to address all the concerns.
Yet, in contradiction to their excuses, elected officials will often claim that one can rely on them to get things done and changed, “We have a democratic system that usually works, you should write letters, make phone calls and let us know your opinion. We value it and take it seriously. But, we cannot do everything for everybody. Keep working within the system, if you try long enough, maybe you will get something changed.” However, when it doesn’t work, and the suffering is extreme, then it is very tempting to take other measures, such as civil disobedience.
When one hears excuses from an elected official, one feels the same way that Joseph Smith did, when he heard, “your cause is just, but I can nothing for you.”
WHAT DO WE DO WHEN THE SYSTEM DOES NOT RESPOND PROPORTIONATE TO THE NATURE OF THE EMERGENCY?
Again, the law and order people, those who trust government to mostly do the correct thing, those who believe we have forever left the days of colonial tyranny and injustice and that today, will say, “We are blessed with a well-informed society, a free press and a well designed system of checks and balances, and that, whatever you do, don’t be civilly disobedient! No, this is not 240 years ago, this is the age of golf courses, jet travel, Disney World, Hollywood, CNN, 50” flat screen TV’s and smart phones, and all the mainstream blessings that our forefathers did not enjoy. Today, there is no excuse for being civilly disobedient.”
Mainstream society generally holds that no matter how extreme your situation, no matter how pressing, no matter how painful, no matter how life threatening and no matter how unjust, you must work within the system! If you don’t and you decide to go the resistance, civil disobedience route, there are several thousand SWAT teams and militarized law enforcement, anxiously waiting to get you back in line.
This led me to write a two-part article called “Ballot Boxes Versus Bullet Boxes”
So, absent the Bullet Box, what can we do?
1. Keep a scorecard on your congressional representative. I plan to do a survey or poll asking people to grade Congressman Chris Stewart on how he handled the Bundy et al situation.
2. With that scorecard, print several thousand flyers and pass them out at Walmart parking lots, door to door and at large crowd events.
3. Do what LaVoy Finicum and his friends did, educate yourselves and educate others. Study the constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers and then when you meet with politicians, you will be able to make a strong case to them.
4. Do a triage on the issues, have a fire danger wheel. If the issue is highly dangerous, such as torture of political prisoners, show it on the high danger side. Prioritize and rank the issues.
5. Stay active on social media. Share, share, share and wake others up. Pop bubbles, bring people reality.
6. Run for office yourself. You may not win but your message will be heard.
7. Make an appointment with your elected representative, prepare a written statement of what concerns you and why.
8. Stay involved politically. Attend town hall meetings, political caucuses, delegate conventions and legislative sessions.
IT WON’T BE EASY, IT MAY BE THE HARDEST THING WE EVER DO
We got ourselves into this mess by being asleep, apathetic and distracted. We thought we could give the keys of power to the politicians and the government worker and then go back to our TV and entertainment. Now that we are finding out things are not fine, we find ourselves in a deep hole, or having to turn around a monster who doesn’t want to be controlled. It will take patience, it will take unity and it will take hard work.
Through the ballot box and becoming involved, let us get rid of the politicians with the attitude that the system works most of the time. The system is broken, especially when they tell us, “there is not much we can do to help you