It just keeps getting better and better.
First, the mailroom stole mail to me from the Secretary of State– official government mail to the Authorized Agent of a registered animal enterprise –committing a whole host of state and federal crimes, one of which carries a terrorism specification. Then, these bozos intercepted mail from Fort Lewis College Professor Anthony Nocella because he enclosed an unsigned release for me, so I could consent to his free use of my material in upcoming books on anarchist criminology… and they intercepted the mail because they want to stop Professor Nocella from conducting business.
Somehow, the prison rule forbidding me to conduct business in an Ohio prison prevents both the Secretary of State AND a college professor– who happens to be in Colorado –from conducting THEIR business… even though the fascist fuckweasels’ own courts have already declared that prison rules cannot be used to prohibit such things.
But now, in retaliation for me filing 44 original grievances on Warden Shady Three-Eighty and for the pending 264 lawsuits about to be filed against Trainwreck Trevor in 88 Ohio counties, Trainwreck’s sock puppets in the Warren Corruptional mailroom have withheld the latest issue of Earth First! Journal.
In response to piles of paperwork that will take a year to resolve, and in retaliation for 264 lawsuits demanding more than a quarter of a billion dollars for their mail-theft shenanigans, they have taken my magazine hostage. I anticipate that one of those clowns will soon snap a photo of his co-worker in a ski mask, holding the magazine in a very ominous way, with a knife pressed against it… showing me that they really mean business.
I can only imagine that this is an effort on their part to ride my coat-tails to fame. They saw how famous Trainwreck and Shady Three-Eighty have gotten and did not want the gravy train to pass them by. They want machete-weilding, molotov-tossing, dumpster-burning, cop-car-tipping, ski-mask-clad savage-cannibal-swainiacs the world over to know who they are.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard a handful of cases regarding prisoners’ rights to incoming and outgoing communication. One of those cases was called Thornburg versus Abbott. In those cases, the fascist fuckweasels’ highest court determined that prisoners have a right to receive material through the mail, and it can only be excluded if it meets certain specific criteria. Those criteria that the court recognized constitute threats to the good order or discipline of the prison, constituting what the court terms a “penological interest” in exclusion of the material.
In Ohio, the form itself that the mailroom monkeys fill out for purposes of excluding any printed material have the criteria listed on it, and those criteria are almost word-for-word straight out of their highest court’s decision. DRC Form 4147 lists a total of eleven check-boxes with very specifically written criteria for withholding for each of those check boxes.
The first criteria, C1, is described this way: “Facilitates, encourages, incites, promotes, or instructs in, criminal activity such as rioting or illegal drug use.”
With regard to the notice of withholding for my Earth First! Journal, the mailroom monkey checked that box. That means EF!J “f acilitates, encourages, incites, promotes, or instructs in, criminal activity such as rioting or illegal drug use,” according to the mailroom monkey.
The second criteria, C2, is described like this: “Depicts, encourages, incites, or described activities which may lead to, the use of physical violence against others.” For my Earth First! Journal, this box is also checked.
The third criteria–
You’re going to have to stop laughing or we’ll never get through this.
The third criteria is as follows: “Depicts, describes the procedures for, or instructs in the making, using, or concealing of weapons.” The mailroom monkey checked this box too.
Now, just to be clear, there are only six criteria for withholding. One of them prohibits anything in code and the last one deals with anything of a sexual nature that is excludable. My magazine, Earth First! Journal, an eco-activist publication, meets three of the six criteria for withholding. And if you don’t count the “code” prohibition or pictures of sexual penetration, Earth First! Journal meets 75% of the criteria for exclusion.
It is very possible that this eco-activist material may be the single-most dangerous thing ever published and distributed to tens of thousands of people across the United States and around the world.
There is a space on the form for citing specific examples. According to the mailroom monkey who scribbled on this thing, all of the offensive stuff occurs between pages 22 and 25 of the magazine. In the mailroom monkey’s own chicken-scratch, he describes: “Sabotage methods: describing multiple tools and suggested uses, i.e., bolt cutters can be used cut fuellines, hydrolic lines, ect as well as ‘cut locks to gain access.'”
So, what he described there supposedly constitutes the criteria of “facilitates, encourages, incites, promotes, or instructs in, criminal activity such as rioting or illegal drug use,” and “depicts, encourages, incites, or described activities which may lead to, the use of physical violence against others,” and “depicts, describes the procedures for, or instructs in the making, using, or concealing of weapons.”
Now, for our purposes, let’s just assume that the magazine contains everything this guy with a fifth-grade reading-level says it contains. Lets just say it does. Let’s assume that Earth First! Journal, from pages 22 to 25, contains information about “sabotage methods: describing multiple tools and suggested uses, i.e., bolt cutters can be used cut fuellines, hydrolic lines, ect as well as ‘cut locks to gain access.'”
Okay. Does that really meet the criteria?
First criteria relates to criminal activity ( “facilitates, encourages, incites, promotes, or instructs in, criminal activity such as rioting or illegal drug use,”). Is sabotage illegal? I don’t think it necessarily has to be. I think I am perfectly within my rights if I sabotage my own property. Further, we celebrate the sabotage performed by the Danish resistance against the Nazis. That’s where the word “sabotage” comes from, from the Danish for shoe, “sabo,” being tossed into the machinery. So, engaging in sabotage can be, and often is, perfectly legal and even a patriotic duty.
Second criteria relates to violence against others ( “depicts, encourages, incites, or described activities which may lead to, the use of physical violence against others”). I don’t know, but I’m unaware of any human being or any living organism, for that matter, being composed of “fuellines, hydrolic lines,” or “locks.” So, by even the most favorble interpretation, the magazine does not promote “violence” against “others,” unless those “others” are robots.
The third criteria relates to fashioning weapons ( “depicts, describes the procedures for, or instructs in the making, using, or concealing of weapons”). I am unaware of anyone who was ever beaten to death with a pair of bolt cutters. And it does not sound as though the article anticipates the use of bolt cutters for beating someone to death.
If the mailroom monkeys are withholing the magazine because, by reading it, I may figure out that, if I had bolt cutters, and if I had access to hydraulics and fuel lines, I could do damage… then I think I have to say that, um, I already know that. And since no prisoner in the entire prison complex has access to bolt cutters, and since no prisoner has access to hydraulic lines or fuel lines for anything, what possible harm could this magazine do?
Anyone who wants to call here (513) 438-4255 can ask for the mailroom’s extension and attempt to negotiate the peaceful release of my magazine.
I have to hurry up and conclude this update. I’m waiting by the phone for the kidnappers to call and tell me the demands for releasing their hostage.
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