Handwritten letters tell the stories of life as a Jan. 6 prisoner in a new book.
"Then January 6 happened," Rivers told The Epoch Times, "and on July 4, 2021, the Patriot Mail Project was reactivated and people began to write to prisoners from January 6 and those prisoners started writing back."
'The Raids Are Intended to Frighten People'Goodwyn, editor-in-chief for the book and j6patriotnews, is deeply involved in the PMP. Her son Daniel is a Jan. 6 defendant and she recalled the February morning when he was arrested. It was still dark around 6:00 a.m. Goodwyn noted that many of the FBI's raids are conducted "before light," and in winter, with many individuals being brought outside in their underwear because they had been sleeping when the FBI arrived.
"My son and his wife, and my other son, were on their knees, handcuffed in the cold," she said.
Daniel, who was under house arrest until March 22, is not allowed to leave the district without permission. Despite having Asperger's Syndrome, Daniel is very sociable and he hates being stuck at home.
"I know many of the others had the same treatment," Goodwyn added, suggesting "the raids are intended to frighten people and to make sure the neighbors see so they are frightened, too."
'In Their Own Words'According to Rivers, there are thousands of letters being exchanged between Jan. 6 prisoners and people on the outside every week. Some prisoners receive bulk canisters filled to the top with mail. Rivers said they had conducted a series of interviews with several different Jan. 6 inmates, asking them what it meant to receive letters from people who care and who haven't forgotten about them.
Rivers also noted that the penmanship of some Jan. 6 prisoners is somewhat undecipherable. So they transcribe the handwritten letters to make them easier to read. While they do "spread them across social media platforms, and turn some into videos," he said the book seems to be the best way to get past the mainstream media and outside of the social media bubble where positive Jan. 6 stories—or those exposing atrocities committed against Jan. 6 prisoners—are frequently censored.
"We think the book will break through all of the barriers and will for the first time, enable people to read their stories, written in their own words in their own hand, rather than through some committee of people who are biased against presenting the reality of what happened and how it all transpired."
People can also learn how Jan. 6 prisoners have suffered for over a year through what Rivers describes as "a corrupt legal system as well as an abusive prison system that goes beyond civil and Geneva Convention rights violations."
"The book tells that story," he said, noting that many people aren't even aware that nearly 100 Americans have been held in prisons and jails across the country for over a year without trials, without bail, and without having been convicted of a single crime.
'Their Chance to Get Their Truth Out'Micki Witthoeft said she feels "a special connection to all of the January 6 detainees" Her daughter was Ashli Babbitt.
"I feel like this book is their chance to get their truth out because we don't know how history is going to be written," Witthoeft told The Epoch Times. "The January 6 Committee worked hard to alter time stamps and change the narrative of what we believe the truth is and I think this is an amazing experience to get their stories out in their own words. I believe this will have historic significance."
Zachary Rehl agrees that the book will be historic.
"This book is important because it will give first-hand accounts of political prisoners in the U.S., and will highlight the absolute corruption between the prosecutors and the judges," Rehl told The Epoch Times through a statement issued from prison, adding that people will also learn of how "our government has ignored in the past and continues to ignore the Constitutional rights of the accused for their own personal, as well as political gain."
"The way I've been treated is 100 percent un-American and unconstitutional," Quaglin told The Epoch Times by phone from the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, adding that it isn't just his freedoms at stake but those of the entire nation. "The only thing that we can do as Americans is to document this dark time in history so that people can read about it and hopefully prevent it from ever happening again. That's what American Gulag Chronicles does."
'It's Outrageous'According to Brad Geyer—a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, special assistant United States Attorney to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and a Criminal Division trial attorney in Washington—many of the Jan. 6 prisoners have been detained on unsubstantiated claims. He also says there is considerable documentation that shows much of the evidence being used to charge many of the Jan. 6 prisoners and defendants has been manufactured and even planted.
Geyer told The Epoch Times that Jan. 6 prisoners Have suffered "all sorts of deprivations."
"It's outrageous. They're being psychologically damaged. Most are non-violent people with absolutely no criminal history and they're detained in contravention of the United States Bail Reform Act. It's outrageous. This so blatantly violates the U.S. Bail Reform Act.
As Geyer noted, those suffering in solitary confinement are only allowed out of their cell for one hour each day. "There's no natural light in 'the hole.' You have no idea how much time passes," he said.
'The Entire Jury Pool Will Be Tainted'Geyer also noted how the Jan. 6 prisoners have been denied their 6th Amendment right to a speedy trial.
"It's preposterous that these people have been detained for as long as they have," Geyer told The Epoch Times. "They’ve been imprisoned for over a year without trial or bail, and most for non-violent offenses."
Given the political climate in Washington, Geyer suggested they’re also likely to be denied the 6th Amendment’s guarantee of an impartial jury.
"At best, the entire jury pool will be tainted," Geyer said. "They're not going to be impartial. Anyone they choose will have been fed a steady media diet that supports the establishment narrative that everyone is guilty."
Geyer said Jan. 6 prisoners who have not been vaccinated for COVID—for religious, personal, or medical reasons—have suffered additional punishments, like being denied any communication with their families, even through video conferencing.
"The long and short of it is they were punished because they refused to be part of a medical experiment," Geyer insisted. "That's the most egregious part. They've already been so dehumanized. To think the government could engage in behavior that is, on its face, illegal and to have no one care. It's mind-boggling."