Al Qaeda fighters detained in Guantanamo Bay during the George W. Bush administration were never treated as badly as the 50 (at least) American citizens being held in a fetid Washington, DC jail. Most of the detainees have been jailed for months without bail and without access to attorneys. I guess we are supposed to believe that Trump supporters’ ideology is much worse than that of Islamic terrorists who fly airplanes into buildings. But since the left was hell-bent on impeaching George W. Bush for the “mistreatment” of Al Qaeda terrorists, I say fair is fair. Joe Biden must be impeached for torturing political prisoners whose main crime is not believing in Biden’s legitimacy.
The 50 Trump supporters remain in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, seven days a week. The psychological torture is taking a toll on all of them, according to stories that are leaking out through attorneys. They’re not allowed to receive visitors, but some have managed to write letters to family.
I wrote previously about the psychological toll that the torture and abuse is having on the detainees, including Richard Barnett. He’s the burly older gentleman who was photographed with one boot up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. Barnett turned himself in to authorities back in January on good faith, only to end up being charged with carrying a “deadly weapon” to “attack” the government. (The weapon was his walking stick, which he never actually used to hit anyone.)
Barnett was released finally after begging a judge to let him out. His attorney says that the first thing Barnett asked for was a pair of nail clippers. All 50 detainees are forced to share one set of nail clippers, which are never cleaned or sanitized. Barnett hadn’t trimmed his nails in four months.
Remember when Congress was supposed to impeach George W. Bush because Guantanamo detainees were being denied prayer mats and Korans? It was a breach of the First Amendment rights of foreign enemy fighters.
Apparently that standard doesn’t apply to Christian Trump supporters. Nearly all of the 50 detainees are Christians, but they’re not allowed to have Bibles in their solitary confinement cells. Nor are they let out of their cages for an hour on Sundays to attend church services. As one of the nasty DC jail guards yells at the detainees on a regular basis, “I hate all white people and your honky religion.”
Defense attorneys for the Trump supporters say it’s impossible to provide basic legal services to them. They are only allowed to meet their clients in an open room with other people and guards around – no privacy at all. This violates attorney-client privilege and is a violation of the most basic constitutional protections under the Bill of Rights. They won’t get fair trials, even when their trial dates eventually arrive.
Jacob Lang sent a letter to his father and describes the horrifying conditions that he and the other detainees are being held under. They don’t have toilet paper. During the one hour per day when they’re released from their cells, they are not allowed to use the showers.
No toilet paper. No showers. No wonder Richard Barnett did not want to use the nail clipper. And many of them have been incarcerated going on five months now on trespassing charges.
There’s nothing in the solitary confinement cells. They don’t have chairs, they don’t have blankets, they don’t have toothbrushes. They’re being denied all human contact. Oh, and Jacob Lang says the tap water in his cell comes out brown and “has chunks” in it.
Lang wrote to his mother, “They are literally torturing me exactly like they do to political prisoners in China. I’m a united states [sic] citizen and Constitutional patriot and they are . . . torturing me. I’m not even convicted of a crime!! This is how they treat ‘innocent until proven guilty people in America???”
These people are being tortured. Even if there had been an actual attempted insurrection (which there wasn’t), nothing justifies this sort of treatment toward American citizens. The reason why we have protections against this type of treatment in the Bill of Rights is because the British crown was committing those sorts of abuses against the early colonists.
The difference between then and now is that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson decided not to put up with this sort of crap.