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Installment #20, 12/10/2011 "written during the 2.5 weeks Mr. Steele was in solitary confinement, maximum lockdown..."
[This just in via e-mail from Edgar J. Steele [[email protected]]]
(This installment was written during the 2.5 weeks Mr. Steele was in solitary confinement, maximum security lock-down. Our best information was that he was being allowed one 15-minute phone call per month. Two days ago, authorities have moved him into the general prison population. His current location is as follows:
Edgar James Steele - #14226-023, FDC Seatac, Federal Detention Center, P.O. Box 13900, Seattle, WA 98198).
If Iím Not a Political Prisoner, Judge, Who Is?
by Edgar J. Steele
December 10, 2011
ďThere is an attempt by some to call Mr. Steeleís case a politically-motivated prosecution. That is not true.Ē Thus spoke the judge at my recent sentencing hearing. Ok, judge Ė if not true, then why did you feel compelled to deny that I am a political prisoner?
If Iím not a political prisoner, judge, then why did you secretly listen in on my privileged attorney-client discussions during breaks at trial?
If Iím not a political prisoner, then why did you keep my world-class forensic sound experts and linguist from telling the jury how those two recordings clearly were fabrications? (351 anomalies, judge. 351! Just one was enough to put the lie to them.)
If Iím not a political prisoner, judge, why did you deny me a public trial? (29 sidebar conferences, all those secret hearings from which even I was excluded and all those sealed and now disappearing documents!)
If Iím not a political prisoner, then why did you let Federal Prosecutor Whelan use the US Marshals Service secretly to record all my ďprivilegedĒ attorney-client telephone calls and in-person private conferences, as well as to open my ďprivilegedĒ legal mail to attorneys?
If Iím not a political prisoner, judge, then why did you sustain virtually every prosecution objection at trial, while denying virtually every defense objection?
If Iím not a political prisoner, then why didnít you let my trial witnesses testify to much of anything, while granting the prosecution every possible indulgence, with the result that the federal prosecutorís case took a week and my own defense was forced by you into less than a single day?
If Iím not a political prisoner, judge, then why did you deny my key witnessí testimony by live video feed from outside the US, while allowing the prosecution to play the taped deposition of their foreign witness? Did you forget that the US Constitution reserved the ďRight of ConfrontationĒ to criminal defendants, not the government?
If Iím not a political prisoner, judge, then why did you force me to choose between my key witnessí testimony and my Constitutional right to not testify? And, why did you then alter the trial transcript to cover up the evidence of your having done so?
If Iím not a political prisoner, then why did you consistently deny me the right to present evidence and testimony that showed the government, especially the FBI, ďin a bad light,Ē though that excluded virtually all my evidence in this, a case about government misconduct?
If Iím not a political prisoner, then why am I, once again, being held virtually incommunicado, in max-security, full-lockdown, solitary confinement, though I have proven to be the model inmate after 18 months, most of that in solitary, too?
If Iím not a political prisoner, judge, then why did you sentence me to 50 years, despite my age, poor health and the fact that ax murderers routinely walk after 8 years?
Why are there so many other inmates here, in prison and in jail, who consider themselves to be political prisoners?
If Iím not a political prisoner, judge, then why has Americaís prison population tripled in the last generation (20 years), now to stand at 6 times that (per capita) of any other nation in the world, far surpassing Russia in the mid-1900s, WWII Germany and modern-day communist China?
If I am not a political prisoner, judge, why did you have to stack the deck against me, then deal from the bottom, anyway?
Simple fairness, judge, is all for which I ever have asked. If Iím not a political prisoner, why couldnít you have afforded me simple fairness?
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Last edited by -JC; December 12th, 2011 at 06:19 AM.