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Torture of US prisoners by Russell "Maroon" Shoatz

Russell Shoatz is a New Afrikan prisoner of war. More info: www.freerussellshoatz.com
Russell Shoatz is a New Afrikan prisoner of war. More info: www.freerussellshoatz.com
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Marlena Gangi

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Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:11 pm Post subject: New Message From Russell Shoatz

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INHUMANE AND DEGRADING
BY RUSSELL SHOATZ


"In 1978, the European Court of Human Rights confronted a similiar technique employed by Britain in the early 1970's against Irish detainees...the so-called five techniques, scientifically developed interrogation practices...wall standing, hooding, sleep deprivation and withholding of food and drink"...it labeled it, "inhumane and degrading."

- POP TORTURE, R. KIM


Over and over, the leaders of the U.S, swear they do not tolerate any torture or inhumane and degrading treatment in "any" U.S controlled prisons.

Yet, right in the state of Pennsylvania, prisoners at the State
Correctional Institution at Greene (SCI-Greene) are daily, being subjected to just that.

You may recall that SCI-Greene is where Abu Ghraib torturer, Charles Grainer worked in civilian life and where Mumia Abu Jamal is being held. Well, SCI-Greene, which should be called State Concentration and Internment Ground, since no correction (in a positive way) takes place
there, has a prison within a prison, called the Restricted Housing Unit (R.H.U-Control Unit)...A veritable hell on earth! It is where most of the five technques are practiced, along with other "no touch" torture and some physical brutality for good measure.

There's close to 500 men there and most of them are subjected to sleep deprivation, because their cell lights stay on 24 hours a day. Also, there's the withholding of food, showers and cell water at the whim of the guards. The withholding of food and water is very hard on the
prisoners because all cells are fully enclosed, preventing any passing to the victims.

Yet, other "no touch" torture techniqes are even harder to deal with. They revolve around keeping prisoners on 23 hour lockdown, hundreds of miles from their families, for years and decades! The author has been in prison for close to 34 years and has been held on lockdown for 25 of
those years, 11 at SCI-Greene.

Within the bathroom size cells, you're allowed 3 sets of underclothes and socks, shower shoes, jumpsuit, canvas slides and a single "record box", to hold legal and other papers and 10 soft cover books.

Now if you're "good", they'll allow you to buy a TV and radio, as well as a limited amount of food items from the commissary.

Outside of that, you're "suppose" to get one hour of outdoor exercise, in a dog cage, 5 days per week, three 10 minute showers and a one hour "no contact" visit, every seven days...if your family can afford to travel for hundreds of miles on weekdays, the only time you can see them.

DOES YEARS AND DECADES OF SUCH TREATMENT SOUND INHUMANE TO YOU?

Furthermore, degrading strip and cell searches are carried out daily! All prisoners are made to undergo a full strip and body cavity inspection, including examining your penis, testicles and rectum, on going to the yard, showers, visits, hospital etc.., despite being handcuffed and escorted by two guards, presenting no physical threat...except maybe spitting...which will cause you to be hooded and
strapped to a rolling contraption, like Hannibal Lechter.

The intense and degrading regualr cell searches are exercises in pure sadism, where guards go out of their way to read, comment on and provoke you,concerning your personal mail, photos, books and reading material,
while afterwards, leaving your cell looking like Hurricane Katrina ran through it!

If that don't beat all, some of the more sociopathic one will go as far as to even leave you without any toilet paper, toothbrush, pens or comb. The author has repeatedly complained about Officer's Lynch and Peters, who have subjected him to most of the above, only to be "retaliated against" each time. And worse things are happening to other prisoners here...

WE NEED YOUR HELP! WE NEED FOR YOU TO CIRCULATE THIS MESSAGE FAR AND WIDE, AS WELL AS, TO ASK PEOPLE TO CALL OR WRITE TO MAKE THE SUPERIORS OF THE SCI-GREENE STAFF, LISTED BELOW, AWARE OF THIS TREATMENT AND DEMAND THEY PUT A HALT TO IT!

PLEASE CALL OR WRITE:

Governor Edward Rendell
225 Main Capitol Bldg.
Harrisbur, Pa 17120
717-787-2500

Secretary Jeffrey Beard
PA Dept. of Corrections
2520 Lisburn Rd.
P.O Box 598
Camp Hill, Pa 17001
717-975-4918

Michael P. Wolanin
Director
Office of Professional Responsibility
P.O Box 598
Camp Hill, Pa 17001
717-731-7777

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Russell Shoats
AF-3855
175 Progress Dr.
Wayesburg, Pa 15370

Human Rghts Coalition
1213 Race St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19107
215-474-7472

Citizens for Accountability
P.O Box 9476
Philadelphia, Pa 19139
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