According to several of the lawyers defending the January 6th protesters, the Washington D.C. Jail – where dozens of Capitol rioters are housed before their trials – is worse than ‘Guantanamo Bay.’
Joseph McBride, one of the lawyers representing one of the protestors told DailyMail.com that suspects are held in solitary confinement in cells the ‘size of walk-in closets’ for up to 24 hours a day and treated worse than Guantanamo prisoners by jail guards.
McBride said guards told his client, Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 60, of Arkansas, and other jailed protesters that ‘the world hates them,’ ‘they’ll be forgotten’ and ‘they’ll spend the rest of their lives in here.’ There’s a pending complaint against one of the guards who allegedly threatened to rape Barnett’s wife.
Another Capitol protester, Ryan Samsel, was allegedly beaten by a guard so badly that he may lose an eye and has had his jaw wired shut, according to his lawyer Elisabeth Pasqualini.
Since his arrest, Ryan Samsel has been held in Washington DC. On March 21st, he was awakened by correctional officers, had his hands zip-tied, and then walked to an unoccupied cell where he was brutally beaten by the officers. Ryan Samsel lost an eye in the beating.
On Thursday night Attorney Joseph McBride joined Greg Kelly on Newsmax to discuss the abuse of the Jan. 6 political prisoners in Washington DC.
Joseph McBride: What I can say about the Jan. 6 protesters who remain incarcerated or detained at this point, is that their constitutional rights and human rights are being violated by the Department of Justice and the Federal Government at this very moment. The law is clear that no type of punishment is appropriate for a detainee. Despite that numerous detainees are being held in solitary confinement for long periods of time. They’re being denied medical care. They’re taking beatings. They’re being denied sleep. They’re being psychologically, emotionally, and physically tortured on a regular basis,
Greg Kelly: Hold on a second. Who’s beating them up?
Joseph McBride: I am alleging that the guards are beating them up. The staff are beating prisoners on a regular basis and have been doing so for a long time. This is no exaggeration.
Greg Kelly: Was your client Richard Barnett beaten up by staff?
Joseph McBride: He absolutely was. He was beaten. He was dragged. He was hog-tied. One time his pants dropped below his ankles exposing his private parts while he was taking a beating in front of a female officer. And he had to beg and plead to pull his pants up.
Joseph Hackett, a 50-year-old chiropractor, is also facing 20 years in federal prison after simply stepping into the Capitol Building for approximately ten minutes on Jan. 6. Hackett did not commit any violent acts.
Federal agents also recently arrested five members of the same family, a father, mother, and their three children for their participation in the January 6 Capitol protest.
Kristi Munn, Tom Munn, Dawn Munn, Josh Munn, and Kayli Munn, a family from Borger, Texas, are now each facing four federal charges for just entering the Capitol building.
Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, of Tampa, Florida, was sentenced recently after he pleaded guilty to a single felony count of obstructing an official proceeding. He was identified in videos and photos inside the Senate chamber carrying a Trump 2020 flag. Hodgkins committed no violent acts, yet he was sentenced to almost a year in prison.
Despite even the New York Times conceding that the extent of the damage caused by the entirety of the protest was just a few broken windows, the DOJ has launched the ‘largest investigation and arrest in US history.’ The investigation has resulted in over 500 arrested, 900 search warrants, 1,200 phones seized, and hundreds of Americans getting put on no-fly lists even though they have not committed any violent acts.
The Biden DOJ recently announced that the investigations into the 9/11 attacks pale in comparison to the size and scope of the investigation into January 6th.
According to a recent poll by Rasmussen, 66% of American voters believe Congress should investigate the Black Lives Matter riots that spread across the nation following the May 2020 slaying of George Floyd in police custody. That compares with 49% who support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee probe of the January 6 Capitol riot.
Throughout the day of President Trump’s inauguration, left-wing protesters rioted across Washington D.C. destroying dozens of businesses, attacking police, and setting hundreds of cars ablaze. Rioters brutally physically assaulted Trump supporters as they arrived and left the inauguration, and blocked thousands of attendees as they approached every entrance.
Most major news outlets either refused to cover the violence or made excuses for it.
Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against the 38 remaining defendants arrested and charged with rioting during the Disrupt J20 protests on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day.
Prosecutors failed to get a single conviction for those cases that went in front of a jury. In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s office in D.C. said “the results in the cases brought to trial” has led it to drop the charges against all of the defendants.
Left-Wing riots during the summer of 2020 led to ATM’s being exploded, hundreds of small businesses being burned to the ground, dozens of deaths and assassination attempts of police. The destruction of countless state capitol and federal buildings across the nation also occurred.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people who were arrested in connection with riots last summer have seen their charges dismissed. For example, according to a June 2021 analysis of New York Police Department data by NBC New York, there were 485 arrests in Manhattan, but most of those cases were dropped and the remaining 73 got lesser counts.
The women’s march of 2017 ended with thousands of protesters storming past police lines and entering the DC capitol building, as well as other capitol buildings across the country. They occupied the halls of the capitol, chanting and demonstrating, and then bragged on Twitter about how they overpowered police lines and stormed the building.
In June of 2018, capitol Police arrested 70 people in the Senate office building Thursday, as demonstrators gathered to protest the administration’s immigration policies.
“The United States Capitol Police arrested 70 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. All were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding,” USCP Communications Director Eva Malecki wrote in an email.
According to a press release from the Capitol Police, all of the protesters were “processed on the scene” and released.
All of the charges were dropped.
Activist group Code Pink is well known in Washington DC for loudly disrupting congressional committee hearings and heckling politicians during their speeches. Apparently, this is complety fine with federal authorities.
Minutes into US Secretary of State John Kerry’s opening statement in 2014 to the Senate committee about airstrikes against Islamic State militants, a woman in pink stood, held up a protest sign, and started shouting.
“More invasion will not protect the homeland,” the woman cried out five times, forcing Kerry to pause as the committee chairman banged his gavel.
Kerry, who had earlier acknowledged the activists in the audience and referred to his own 1970s-era protests, departed from his prepared remarks.
The police who guard the Capitol complex never ban serial disrupters from the premises unless a judge deems extraordinary circumstances warrant it.
“The US Capitol Police respects and protects the right of people to peaceably assemble and exercise their rights under the First Amendment” to the US constitution, spokeswoman Lt Kimberly Schneider said in a statement in 2014. “We balance providing security with maintaining a safe and open campus that is accessible to the general public.”
None of the protesters ever faced serious charges or prison sentences.