Opinion: Does the US Have Political Prisoners?

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How about the Jan. 6 defendants?

This Saturday, there will be a rally near the US Capitol to protest the harsh treatment of the people arrested after the January 6th riot. It’s called “Justice for J6,” and a couple of congressional candidates are scheduled to speak.


The head of the Capitol Police is terrified. He has borrowed state of the art “threat monitoring” cameras from the Defense Department that operate day and night.

That big eyeball can turn in any direction and focus close up or far away.

They’ll have these things all over the place, taking super hi-res pictures of everyone there.

There will be a big, black fence around the Capitol to protect it.

The palace of democracy will be behind bars. The Capitol Police will be on high alert with every man on deck.


The DC city police will activate its entire force and has canceled vacations. The National Guard Quick Reaction Force has been asked to stand by.

What in heaven’s name are they afraid of? White supremacy, of course. “Top law enforcement officials keep telling us the biggest domestic terror threat comes from white supremacists”

and the media assure us that’s what the Jan. 6 riot was all about. The New York Times explained it all in an article called “White Riot.”


It said, “White supremacy and frank racism are prime motivators.”

PBS and NPR explained that “The Capitol insurrection was never about the election. It was about white supremacy.”

So, anyone who thinks the rioters might be getting a raw deal is a white supremacist, just dying to run amok. I’ll make a prediction: If there is any trouble, it will be from hopped up lefties, of which there are plenty in Washington, DC.

The people organizing the rally say anyone who was charged for January 6 — but who did nothing violent — is a political prisoner. Are they right?

National Public Radio says the manhunt for people who entered the Capitol has been “the biggest criminal investigation in US history.”

Bigger than the investigation into 9-11, and far bigger than any attempt to catch BLM criminals, who rioted for months, caused billions in damage, made 200 cities declare curfews, and forced 30 states to call out the national guard.

You see, the January 6 people are in an entirely separate category. In March, FBI Directory Christopher Wray told the Senate, “we, the FBI, consider this a form of domestic terrorism.”

It plastered the faces of people who were inside the Capitol on bus shelters and asked the public to identify them.

Two months ago, the FBI was bragging it got more than 200,000 tips from the public, and it was still asking for more.

It did nothing like this to try to find BLM arsonists, looters, people who burned police cars, and tried to kill police officers.

As of Sept. 15, the feds had charged 642 people so far. Please note the “so far.”


Even if you just walked into the Capitol through open doors, they will arrest you if they find you. If you want a side-by-side comparison of what happened in the Capitol takeover compared to the BLM riots — and to the Donald Trump Inauguration riots that everyone has forgotten — the website Real Clear Investigations lays out the facts.

You probably remember headlines like this: “Escaping justice. Hundreds of BLM rioters, looters, and vandals have charges dropped despite destruction from violent protests.”


That was in New York, but it was the same everywhere. The New York Times explained “why charges against protesters are being dismissed by the thousands.” They were just exercising basic civil rights.

Maybe you remember the riots at the Portland Courthouse that went on night after night for months and left the place looking like this?

Even a very liberal site called “The Crime Report” notes that “defendants charged in the violent Portland, Ore., protests have received deferred resolution agreements, under which prosecutors promise to drop charges after a certain amount of time if the defendant stays out of trouble and completes things like community service.”

Meanwhile, back in DC, so many people from Jan. 6 have been rotting in the DC jail that it had to open up a defunct wing the jailers derisively call “the patriot unit.” According to one lawyer, it has black mold and brown drinking water.

Things are so bad that “Jan. 6 defendants win unlikely Dem champions as they face harsh detainment.” Even Senator Elizabeth Warren says that holding them in solitary confinement is “cruel and psychologically damaging.”

This article quotes a defense lawyer: “It’s not normal to isolate people and make them eat on their floor.” But progressive champion, Senator Dick Durbin, who has long called for abolishing solitary confinement, says there should be an exception for what he calls “insurrectionists.”

The same article notes: “Some Jan. 6 defendants have contended that there is a racial component to their treatment: Most are white — some affiliated with white nationalist groups — while most D.C. inmates and prison guards are Black. Judge Paul Friedman said last week that those concerns are “not necessarily illegitimate.”

I know of not one defendant affiliated with a “white nationalist group.”

Richard Barnett is the man who was photographed in Nancy Pelosi’s office.

He was never violent. He destroyed no property. He put his feet on Nancy’s desk, at the request of a news photographer. He was also carrying a stun gun. He was from Gravette, Arkansas, but was stuck in the DC jail, in solitary confinement, for 109 days until he was released, over the objections of the Justice Department which wanted to keep him there until his trial begins – whenever that will be. He says prison guards — probably black — grabbed him and threw him violently to the ground. Many prisoners have stories like this. Any chance they will have charges dropped in exchange for community service? Ha.

A poll by Rasmussen just a few days ago found that 49 percent of likely US voters agree that protesters arrested during the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol are being held as “political prisoners.”

This is a very high figure in the face of steady reminders of how evil those people were.

Remember, just this month, our draft-dodging president, George W., who unleashed wars that killed hundreds of thousands of people, compared the Jan. 6 rioters to the 9-11 mass murders: ­­“in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.”

I try to use words carefully. I have nothing but contempt for people who call the Capitol riot an “armed insurrection.”

But political prisoners? In my view, you are a political prisoner if you go to jail only for expressing a point of view. So far as I can tell, most of these 642 people — and counting — haven’t said anything political at all, and, technically, they may be guilty of trespassing. So maybe I’m being overly scrupulous in saying they aren’t political prisoners.

But they are certainly victims of a vicious political double standard that would outrage Amnesty International if it were not a bunch of lefties like Dick Durbin, who wants to abolish solitary for rapists and murderers but thinks it’s just fine for the Jan. 6 defendants.

The Potomac regime could well cross the line and outlaw the expression of ideas it doesn’t like. Many would say it already has.

People used to call the Soviet Union “Upper Volta with rockets,” that is, a banana republic with nuclear weapons. Now, we’re the ones headed that way.

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