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 commence within 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. Trump