So C.I. points out that there is no need to attack these women (and there is no excuse for it) and that this nonsense of 24x7 Julian! Julian! Julian! was a bunch of b.s.
And she is right. She points out that Julian is relaxing on a British, countryside estate while a real political prisoner, Lynne Stewart, has been moved as far away from her family as she can be and still be on the mainland of the US. She has been moved to a prison near Fort Worth, Texas.
And C.I. pointed out that Lynne did not get the 24 x 7 of MSNBC's chattering crew. In fact, Lynne got nothing. Glenn Greenwald was not working overtime to do daily posts on Lynne at any point in her trial, sentencing, etc. And Lynne is a political prisoner.
She is an attorney who is behind bars and no one can point to one law that she broke.
She broke a 'guideline.' Only Congress can make laws. The Justice Department can issue all the guidelines they want to, only Congress can pass laws.
Can you imagine if Lynne had received even 1/10th the press attention in 2010 that Julian Assange has received just this month?
Where was Michael Moore on MSNBC defending Lynne? He did not defend Lynne on TV.
Lynne is a political prisoner. You do not have to strain your brain for that one. When someone is sentenced to prison for breaking a guideline, then our justice system is way out of control, and the person is a political prisoner.
Her family posted this letter from Lynne at her website on Tuesday:
Some nuts and bolts and trivia
1 New Address
Federal Medical Center, Carswell
53504 – 054
PO Box 27137
Fort Worth TEXAS 76127
2 Visiting is very liberal but first I have to get people on my visiting list Wait til I or the lawyers let you know. The visits are FRI, SAT, SUN AND MON for 4 hours and on weekends 8 to 3. Bring clear plastic change purse with lots of change to buy from the machines. Brief Kiss upon arrival and departure, no touching or holding during visit (!!) On visiting forms it may be required that you knew me before I came to prison. Not a problem for most of you.
3. One hour time difference
4. Commissary Money is always welcome It is how I pay for the phone and for email. Also need it for a lot that prison doesn’t supply in terms of food and “sundries” (pens!) A very big list that includes Raisins, Salad Dressing , ankle sox, mozzarella (definitely not from Antonys–more like a white cheddar, Sanitas Corn Chips but no Salsa etc. To add money, you do this by using Western Union and a credit card by phone or you can send a USPO money order or Business or Govt Check. The negotiable instruments (PAPER!) need to be sent to Federal Bureau of Prisons , 53504-054, Lynne Stewart, PO Box 474701, Des Moines Iowa 50947-001 (Payable to Lynne Stewart, 53504-054) They hold the mo or checks for 15 days. Western Union costs $10 but is within 2 hours. If you mail, your return address must be on the envelope. Unnecessarily complicated ? Of course, it’s the BOP !)
5. Food is vastly improved. Just had Sunday Brunch real scrambled eggs, PORK sausage, Baked or home fried potatoes, Butter(sweet whipped M’God !!) Grapefruit juice Toast , orange. I will probably regain the weight I lost at MCC! Weighing against that is the fact that to eat we need to walk to another building (about at far as from my house to the F Train) Also included is 3 flights of stairs up and down. May try to get an elevator pass and try NOT to use it.
6. In a room with 4 bunks(small) about two tiers of rooms with same with “atrium” in middle with tv sets and tables and chairs. Estimate about 500 on Unit 2N and there are 4 units. Population Black, Mexicano and other spanish speaking (all of whom iron their underwear, Marta), White, Native Americans (few), no orientals or foreign speaking caucasians–lots are doing long bits, victims of drugs (meth etc) and boyfriends. We wear army style (khaki) pants with pockets tee shirts and dress shirts long sleeved and short sleeved. When one of the women heard that I hadn’t ironed in 40 years, they offered to do the shirts for me. (This is typical of the help I get–escorted to meals and every other protection, explanations, supplies, etc. Mostly from white women.) One drawback is not having a bathroom in the room—have to go about 75 yards at all hours of the day and night –clean though.
7 Final Note–the sunsets and sunrises are gorgeous, the place is very open and outdoors there are pecan trees and birds galore (I need books for trees and birds (west) The full moon last night gladdened my heart as I realized it was shining on all of you I hold dear.
Poor Lynne. I cry for her because, like her, I am an old woman (and glad to have lived this long as I am sure she is). Like her, I have children. Like her, I have grandchildren. Unlike her, mine are still close. She made a mistake, Lynne did.
Do you know what it was?
It was being brave and saying she thought she could get through the additional time tacked on to her sentence. When she said that, you just knew that they were going to try to find a new way to screw her over. In the previous prison, her husband Ralph could easily get to it (even if he could not always easily visit her due to a lot of stunts prison officials wanted to pull). Now she is in Texas and I am not trying to insult Texas. I had a wonderful time when I visited it and got to see it. I know there are a lot of wonderful people there. But I know Lynne's husband and her children and her grandchildren are not there.
And I can imagine how I would feel if it were me.
If Barack Obama had any decency at all (he does not), he would immediately move to release Lynne. She never broke a law but she is behind bars. She is proof of how corrupt our justice system is.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: