Federal Diesel Torture
by Andy Joppa
I was going to write extensively about the impeachment hearings, but I’ve got better things to do with my time. They are a classic example of “much ado about nothing.” Oh, I know many like to dedicate themselves to these “dire” moments of “enormous potential” …BUT…I don’t see it that way. Trump will emerge unscathed and, I predict, be strengthened in his bid for the presidency. The Democrats will be substantially weakened. The remaining thin slice of Americans still functioning rationally, will finally discover that the political Left, if not provably insane, is dedicated to causes that intend to not only hurt the great Donald Trump, but all Americans.
I hope the legal hammer falls on these denizens of the deep but that may be unduly optimistic. However, and more importantly, the chances of Trump winning the presidency have gone up dramatically and, I believe, even the House is in play for 2020. For all this, we must thank the devious Democrat dullard’s deplorable decisions. I could be wrong, but if I am, then America is beyond saving and no degree of immersion in the impeachment hearings will undo the fundamental sickness of America that my being wrong would illustrate.
The most important thing to come out of these hearings should be a heightened awareness of the degradation that has occurred within our federal government. They have exposed that, in almost all its bureaus and institutions, there is a corruption so deep that corruption itself defines the very nature of that government.
We must always keep in mind, of course, that the federal government isn’t our country. It is but a temporary “caretaker” of our country’s values and laws. Almost without exception, these managers are failing in their sworn responsibilities to perform their essential task. They are there to maintain who we are and not to distort our very nature by the imposition of ideologies that are totally foreign to our chartered design. The hearings make it obvious that the federal government is failing our country and has become, in fact, this nation’s most significant enemy.
With this in mind, I’ll write instead of an issue that has bothered me for many years and should further deepen your understanding of the sordid nature of the federal leviathan. That is, how we treat our prisoners in our federal penitentiaries. Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, “you can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners”. If our criteria for this issue is how we treat those terrorists that have fought against us and authored the death of multiple Americans, our record, with but few exceptions, is exemplary. Our nation writhed in exaggerated torment as we acknowledged that we had water boarded a few of these psychopaths. Within this debatable form of torture, nothing mattered, even if a Khalid Sheik Mohmmed might have given us information that could have saved an unknown number of American lives. It was heard a countless number of times, “It’s not within American values.” It is unfortunate that we have not applied that same consideration to our own American prisoners; especially within the federal penal system.
Now, I am a law and order guy. I believe that if you do the crime you should do the time….and all those types of clichés. When it comes to the Federal system, the modern-day crime is being an ally of President Trump and the “time” for aging men can be tantamount to a life sentence for insignificant offenses. It is a Federal system where lying to the FBI or Congress can send you away to maximum security for many years, while the FBI or Congress lying to the American people seems to have no repercussion.
We can cite Roger Stone as one anecdotal proof. He was convicted of all seven counts in a federal indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election. He is the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller ‘s Russia investigation. Imagine that…the sixth Trump aide…are there no other “criminals?” I seriously doubt any of them would have been noticed other than their alliance with Trump; pure politization of the federal criminal system. Even with their ”crimes,” the intensity of the focus on this group is purely political and it makes a laughingstock out of the concept of American justice.
As I previously mentioned, we seem to abhor torture but accept it with but limited challenge in our Federal prison system. While recently reading a novel, the concept of Diesel Therapy or Dieseling was described within the plot. I presumed this was hyperbole for dramatic fictional effect. Doing a little research, I found that Dieseling was even worse than the novel described and is commonly used as a torture in the federal penitentiaries. Unlike water boarding, which has the intent of obtaining life-saving information, Dieseling has as its purpose…torture for tortures sake alone.
From this point forward I will go into some excruciating details which will make for difficult reading. I believe the full horror of what I’ll be describing must be clearly understood…and viscerally experienced.
Political prisoners, and those who are considered trouble- makers, are given what prisoners call, “diesel therapy”. It consists of being put on diesel busses or airplanes and being transported from prison to prison for weeks and months at a time. On the surface it sounds benign. What could be the problem with making a prisoner ride in a bus for hours at a time? Susan McDougal, one of the few people who served prison time as a result of the Whitewater controversy, was “dieseled,” as was Rudy Stanko and, most prominently, former congressman George Hansen. They are just the most prominent names of the hundreds who have been tortured in this manner.
Before the prisoner is put on the bus, he (or she) is put in handcuffs and shackles (leg irons). The handcuffs are tightened by a black box that stiffens the chains and puts the wrists in a 90 degree bind that painfully cuts circulation and damages the nerves. It takes several weeks for the circulation and nerves to return to normal. The handcuffs are connected with chains to a waist chain, which is in turn connected by another chain to the shackles which go around the ankles. The prisoner can barely move once the shackling process is complete.
Because of the shackles, the prisoner is forced to sit in one position for up to 20 hours at a time. And the guards will rarely go to the trouble of unshackling a prisoner. Prisoners who understand “diesel therapy” know that “fasting” is the only way to handle the ordeal without messing or wetting themselves; often lasting for months on end. But even those who are smart enough to abstain from food and drink, still must suffer the stench of urine and feces which soon fills the bus or plane.
One other painful aspect of diesel therapy is the shoes that prisoners are forced to wear. They become too small. The cramped position and tight shackles cause the feet and ankles to swell. The shackles cut into the legs and cut off circulation. The blood pools in the feet and causes the feet to swell. The toes are forced up against the tops of the too small shoes, and unbelievable pressure is put on the toenails. The toenails soon become deformed, infected and painful.
Each day the metal shackles are put back onto raw and infected legs before the prisoner boards the bus. After weeks and months of diesel therapy, the ankles and shins have raw, infected and open wounds that will not heal.
Hour after hour, the prisoner sits in a cramped and painful position, with shackles cutting into already infected, raw flesh. Arthritis and bursitis compound the misery of the prisoners. The ingrown, infected toenails, which are jammed inside of purposely small shoes, cripple the prisoner to the point that he can barely walk or move when he is finally released from the shackles.
During the weeks and months of diesel therapy, the prisoner is out of contact with the rest of the world. Lawyers can not find them and therefore cannot file court papers on time. In the case of George Hansen, even the members of congress who were still trying to help him, could not locate him. During his diesel therapy” he disappeared into the black hole dug and run by the United States Marshals.
This is commonplace in the federal system. Hansen documented that, “People could hardly believe what they saw in the examination of my condition. I could only explain that I am a victim of the government game of ‘select and neglect.'” People are told that you are being assigned to an easy ‘white-collar’ institution: But the real truth is that you can then be selectively assigned to hazardous jobs and conditions with no protection, or be selectively sent on extended bus and airplane trips in chains with hardened and dangerous criminals where you remain harshly bound hand and foot, for 18 to 20 hours a day in the most cramped and confining circumstances — a treatment called ‘diesel therapy.’ Blood circulation and pinched nerves never quite recover from this as my current health situation will attest.
It is this selective treatment that seriously undermines your health to begin with. Then you get the second phase which is the neglect treatment, where you are denied or cleverly discouraged from obtaining needed medical and dental relief — a very painful time when you are dealing with painful abscesses and infection, severe swellings, open sores and even more serious matters involving internal organs. Having most of my perfectly good teeth rapidly deteriorate to shattered remnants broken off at the gum line or in painful splintered condition can only prompt your imagination as to the pain involved — without relief — and that was only the dental part of the problem.”
“This is the “Gulag” or political prisoner operation that goes on in federal prisons, where former public officials and law enforcement officers often find themselves singled out for that “select and neglect” process. The federal prosecutor in my own case, (now overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court) Reid Weingarten, has publicly verified this kind of treatment in federal prison. Mr. Weingarten, who conducted the improper prosecution against me, is now a criminal attorney defending a former FBI official who was an investigator of public corruption and served as FBI liaison to the White House.
`It was leaked to guards that (my client) had been FBI. He was confronted constantly by guards who took him for a spy and by any inmate with a generic grudge against law enforcement. He came back a shell of himself…he was deliberately crushed’
Hansen added, “My medical and dental condition has become a scandal to many leaders of Congress in Washington, both House and Senate, who have asked me to present my ‘souvenirs’ in line with legislative and oversight responsibilities.
Upon his return to Pocatello from Washington, D.C. he wrote a letter to his former colleagues, giving them a further medical update:
“To capsulize, I’ve been and continue to be involved with oral surgery, root canals and periodontal repair involving sixteen different doctors; and concurrently I have been and continue to be in the care of medical specialists of all sorts for serious infection in the legs, feet, body organs, chest and shoulder muscles. The diagnoses have included inflammatory bursitis, serious neural damage, E.Coli, troubling irregularities of bodily functions, severe and permanent debilitating stasis, dermatitis of the legs, and severe toe disorders, secondary pedal edema accompanied by painful fungus infection (secondary to being shackled with legs in a dependent position for long periods of time and from confinement). Hopefully, this information will be useful to you”
(I have seen pictures of what Hansen has described and presented to congress…they are worse than he verbalized)
I was astounded at what my government was doing to my fellow citizens in my name. The concept of, “if you do the crime you do the time,” became a corruption of all that is appropriate and moral. You are not sentenced to be tortured. It is a deeply disturbed nation that would allow this to happen as a method of political torture. It sickens me to know that, through my silence, I am a part of it. If you are of the type to suggest that all I’ve described is appropriate since the people effected were criminals …please don’t say that to my face; it could get nasty real fast.
The current star chamber impeachment process is but another immediate application of the way “law” is manipulated by useless politicians for their own or their parties gain. It is incredible that a man like Donald Trump must endure this corrupt process; this torture. A torture that has been launched by people whose collective lives are not worth one day of Trumps enormous accomplishments.