Nathan Michael Quaglin will have many good things with which to celebrate his first birthday in his New Jersey home.
Missing when the tot blows out the candles on his birthday cake and rips the wrapping from his gifts will be a very important man—his father, Chris Quaglin.
I love you, buddy. You’re getting so big, and I am sorry that I am not there with you. I think about you every day. It’s what gives me strength to push on day after day. I hope you understand one day why I went to Washington, D.C. on January 6th. I went there for you, my son.
I went there because I saw our American democracy slipping away. I saw a once free America that I love turn into the beginning of a Communist state. Your mother escaped Communist China when she was just a baby. How could I let you, our son, grow up in an America that is not free? I had to do something… So, I went to have my voice heard.
My job as your father is to protect you, our family, and myself. My duty as a patriot is to protect America. Thomas Jefferson said it best when he said, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance.” The Spirit of 1776 my son, is the Spirit of Resistance.
We as Americans had to show the world that America’s freedom wouldn’t be taken without a resistance. The same kind of resistance that my fellow Americans with different political views had been demonstrating throughout 2020. Those Americans poured out into the streets for their views, and J6 patriots poured out for ours, because that is what America is all about.
Nathan, I hope you understand why I couldn’t be there with you on your first birthday. And if I could go back and change my decision to go the Capitol on January 6th I would, but I can’t.
I am deeply sorry for missing your first birthday. Daddy loves you and will be home as soon as he can.
"Health-wise, he's not doing well," Joseph McBride, Quaglin's attorney, told The Epoch Times.
On a recent visit to the jail's medical office, Quaglin engaged in what McBride called a "spirited discussion" with the staff about his celiac disease and the jail's alleged lack of proper care.
"Because of that, they wrote him up for a ticket," McBride said. "And when they wrote up a ticket, they then punished him with two things: in 'the hole,' they suspend your privileges, you can't talk to your family. More importantly, is to take away his commissary."
Quaglin used his commissary privileges and budget to purchase celiac-safe food, McBride said. Since losing privileges about 10 days ago, Quaglin lost 10 pounds.
"Each time they take his commissary away from him, he has had to rely solely on the jail food," McBride said. "And his health has declined."
"He looked like Jesus Christ on the cross, literally just the broken man, suffering," McBride said.
Attorneys are preparing civil litigation in an effort to improve conditions for or even free Quaglin.
McBride said he will file "significant civil litigation regarding the legality of his confinements" and regarding "the fact that he's been punished, absent due process. You're not allowed to be punished, never mind tortured, absence a finding of guilt by a jury of your peers.
Like a Chinese Political DissidentIn a Feb. 2 letter addressed to "American Patriots," Quaglin compared his treatment to what dissidents face in communist China, the native country of his wife, Moria.
"I have been tortured for ten months in jail," Quaglin wrote. "I was purposefully infected with COVID. I have been moved to seven different jails where my rights have been violated time and time again. I have spent ten months in solitary confinement."
In April 2021, the FBI "swarmed me during my arrest as if I were a high-ranking Al-Qaeda operative," Quaglin wrote. "They took me from my son when he was just eight weeks old. He will turn 1 on February 5th, and I am absolutely devastated that I cannot be with him."
Quaglin said having to eat food containing gluten badly damages his body.
"I am weak. My organs are being irreversibly damaged." he wrote. "I am down almost 30 pounds after my most recent move to Northern Neck Regional Jail.
"I fear that I may die here."