[This letter actually got here in reasonable time, which makes me think that somehow or other it slipped through the normal FBI censoring and photocopying routine; usually it is virtually unknown for letters from Bill to reach me in less than 30 days.
After some thought I am going to redact sections from the first part of this letter, because Bill is facing numerous appeals as he fights to compel the dictatorship to abide by the dicates of its own Supreme Court in his case. Some of his comments here are sufficiently intemperate to where, in my judgement, they could jam him up and be used against him by the dictator's servants, whereupon I, of course, would be accused of being responsible for any negative impact Bill's published comments had on his case. So be advised there has been some discretionary trimming here. - HAC]
April 9, 2016
I am told that you received my §2255 and Rule 33 motions. Please circulate them widely.
Since these have been filed I'm feeling less pressured than I have felt since January. I knew three years ago, given how my attorney was acting, that this case would be won on §2255. I've been preparing this motion for three years, and now it's finally on the docket.
[Comments which I believe might be injurious to Bill's case and incite the dictator's servants to violence redacted. - HAC]
The experience which I had in Roanoke, which I detail in my
§2255 and rule 33 motions, is the pretty much normal experience of a federal criminal defendant. Faced with an extremely weak government case, the typical defendant receives not an actual defense attorney but a public defender (the two are not the same) who is paid by the very régime which is attempting to do the defendant harm.
This man or woman sees his or her job as doing whatever is necessary to obtain a plea of guilty to something, and thus avoid actual trial proceedings which might place into the public record precisely how weak and fabricated that government case in fact is. Ethical considerations are no object in obtaining a plea bargain, anything goes, and the actual guilt or innocence of the defendant is not an issue.
(This is usually the point where the sheer horror of a defendant's situation sinks in to them, when all of a sudden they get that it does not matter whether they are guilty or innocent of the crime they have been charged with. That nobody in the system cares whether they are guilty or innocent. They are now "part of the process" as lawyers put it, an essential cog in the wheels of the great machine that generates an endless cascade of cash for lawyers, judges, federal law enforcement agencies, prison guards and employees, bureaucrats, and all who draw their sustenance, leech-like, from all of the above in the multi-billion dollar justice and prison industry.)
Federal public defenders and other pro bono appointees are presently (I think) paid a standard $10,000 per case. To do a case properly they would have to do sufficient work so this would break down to $20 per hour or so. But they want to make $500 per hour, and so they devote 20 hours of prep and research to a case that should take 500 hours. (Two cases per week, that's $20,000 per week or a little over a million bucks per year. Now you know why lawyers drive Lincoln Town Cars and wear Armani.)
The overwhelming number of defendants are bamboozled or intimidated into taking a plea bargain, thus making the crucial admission from the start that something happened and whatever it was, you did it. The dictatorship understands that if everyone insisted on their right to trial, it would bring the entire system crashing down, and they will go to almost any lengths to avoid a trial. One single guilty plea to anything, and it's almost impossible ever to get out from under it.
Paid defense attorneys usually aren't too much better; it is virtually impossible to find anyone willing to defend a federal felony case for less than $50,000, some of which will be split with a "second chair," which is a way that lawyers spread the wealth around their own community and allow the system to generate cash flow to themselves. Almost none of this money will be spent on the actual defense of the client, or even on research in a law library looking up the law itself, which given how poorly drawn many federal indictments and court documents are, could have gotten many people out of prison and still could if prisoners had access to any meaningful kind of defense counsel. The money goes into the lawyers' pockets.
I have a lot of experience writing briefs for other inmates who have no meaningful access to legal counsel other than the useless and often actually damaging public defenders' office, and who in any case almost never see their public defenders again in person, after conviction. It is impossible for anyone on the outside to conceive of how dysfunctional and completely corrupt the judicial system is; the Justice Department itself admits that a large of the inmates in the prison system are innocent (although DOJ disputes the generally accepted figure of 15%) and got there because of coerced plea bargaining, incompetent counsel from public defenders, or else because bone-headed American juries are too stupid to listen to facts and think about them and just plain got it wrong.
There is no more terrifying experience on the face of this earth than facing an American jury that holds your life in their hands, and realizing that these dumbed-down idiots who can't write a correctly spelled sentence or speak a grammatically correct sentence, who cannot think coherently, and whose attention span is about three minutes on a good day, are probably going to destroy your life simply because they can, because it gives them a sense of power and control seldom available in their own wretched existence.
It has been my experience that at least one in ten federal inmates in pre-trial facilities are being wrongfully imprisoned and could be immediately released if they could just figure out what paperwork to file, but there is no one to tell them. Instead they are in prison, because they are functionally illiterate. Those who do have lawyers--and many don't--have been given ignorant public defenders, more and more of them non-White, turned out by some Moo U. legal diploma mill who have no idea what legal remedy even exists. Actually getting people out of prison is not a topic covered in law schools.
[More remarks redacted. Bill is telling the truth here, but it took me a long time to realize that just because something is true, doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be shouted from the rooftops. - HAC]
In my opinion the most valuable lawyers, and the only ones worth paying, are not the shysters and bullshit artists in the $2000 suits, not the ones who want to perform in court like they're Matlock, but studious technical attorneys who actually read the law, and they are rare.
[Long, involved story redacted about how Bill wrote a brief for a retarded nigger. No, really, he wrote a brief for a retarded nigger which he says may actually get said nig-nog put back on the streets for a few weeks or months until he gets swept up again. Hell, I don't know. Maybe he was bored. - HAC]
Now, I am for euthanizing mentally retarded crackheads if they cannot be rehabilitated and made socially useful. I am not for making up crimes that never occurred to present in District Court theater. In this case the negro made the almost fatal mistake of signing a plea agreement, which of course he could not understand, at the behest of his public defender. It was also almost impossible to get the truth of what happened out of him, since like most retarded people he had the habit of lying to me, telling me what he thought I wanted to hear, a common defense mechanism among that kind of people. Only two weeks ago, after four years, did he finally receive a copy of the original criminal complaint against him, so I had something to work with.
This tactic of the phony crime in order to keep the flow of human raw material into the system coming is standard within the federal prison-industrial complex. Human bodies generate taxpayer and private sector revenue for the system and the people who operate it, so human bodies are in high demand, and it is up to the police and federal law enforcement to provide them. Mostly this tactic involves deceiving or cajoling mentally and emotionally unstable people into committing a crime, real or imagined, so that they can be arrested and their bodies tossed into the great churning maw of the system as fuel to keep the dollars flowing.
Most "terrorism" cases are like this--a mentally ill person is surrounded by informers and coaches and talked into doing or saying something that allows him to be pulled into the system, whereupon the feds and their gang of professional informers move on to the next target. Persuading sick, retarded, and mentally ill people to commit crimes they have no real propensity for is at the heart of the American legal and judicial system.
I live in a housing unit which without exaggeration consists of about 90% mentally ill, retarded, and drug-addicted people, who in turn are majority negro. Most of them as individuals, when sober, are non-violent and not dangerous. There is a bipolar man across the corridor from me who spends all day smoking hallucinogens and all night wandering around, staring at a blank TV screen, or loudly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, a statement which he cannot possibly comprehend and which he only utters out of baffled anger. There are times when he genuinely does not know who he is, where he is, or how and why he got here.
Harold, the people who run this system, who will inflict this kind of horror on any other human being of any race, are monsters. They are an entire class of people who have developed this whole elaborate process of destroying millions of human lives in order to generate obscene amounts of money for themselves. Every cold beer that some guard hoists in the tavern after work and every gourmet meal that some judge or prison administrator consumes in some upscale fern bar trying to get into his secretary's pants for adulterous sex, every new car these people buy, every mortgage payment they make on the split-levels that only the evil can afford these days, every toy they buy their kids, every mutual fund in their retirement portfolio, is bought and paid for with bits and fragments of human souls ground up fine like hamburger and marinated in the blood and urine and bodily fluids beaten out of human bodies onto tile floors with clubs.
It is a depravity of the spirit beyond all bearing. This dictatorship has to be brought down. I don't know how; it seems invincible and eternal and there never seems to be even a flicker of hope. Harold, I am so tired, so weary to the bone, of bad people winning all the time. All my life these vile evil people have been winning, always. In 1984 the O'Brien character invites Winston Smith to imagine the future as one long vision of a boot stamping on a human face; you would have to have been in the system as long as I have to fully comprehend the horror of that, because from where we sit it appears to be the truth.
Enough of this. Thanks for all your hard work, and be well, Harold.
William A. White #13888-084
71 Van Buren Street West
Chicago, IL. 60605-1004