When I don’t hear from Harold Hempstead, it’s more than burdensome, it’s hell.
I advocate for a significant number of incarcerated Florida innocents, and Harold’s incessant whistleblowing has been helping to keep them alive. Not safe, by any means. Not for a millisecond. Just alive.
Gary Bennett was recently beat to a pulp, yet again. This time, he lost most of the hearing in one ear. Gary was framed in Brevard County, Florida in the exact same manner as the first two incarcerated innocents I advocated for, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon (DNA exonerated 2004, 2008 respectively).
From time to time, prison personnel retaliate against Harold, as they’ve done against Gary, for the same reason … both stick up for other inmates, in their own ways. Both Harold and Gary have significant health problems that require uninterrupted medication, both have had their medication arbitrarily withheld.
Harold is known as the Caged Crusader, Miami Harold, and The Witness. Gary hasn’t been given a nickname by prison staff or the media yet. When and if he’s dubbed, it will likely be along the lines of Everyone’s Fall Guy … the betrayals he’s endured for the past 32 years have come from public defenders and innocence organizations, along with the usual cast of characters in Brevard frame-ups … malevolent police, prosecutors and judges, a disgraced dog handler, coached jailhouse informants, missing/damaged evidence, etc.
Not hearing from Harold doesn’t necessarily mean he hasn’t written. Sometimes his mail is delayed, more likely by prison personnel than the US Postal Service. Inmates experience difficulty receiving mail, too, and again the delays are most likely attributable to prison personnel, not postal workers.
The US Postal Service is under attack by the uber rich, who lobbied to force the USPS to set up mini-facilities in office supply stores and other retail environments. The goal is to privatize the USPS, creating another legion of underpaid, overworked, poorly trained, poorly supervised, disgruntled workers.
Just like the legion of corrections personnel.
The wealthy have always feared the majority of us having enough disposable income to effectively assert ourselves. Now the wealthy are absolutely terrified … Bernie Sanders ran a clean campaign and raised a fortune from ordinary people, ordinary people who want what he wants, including an end to mass incarceration and an end to privatized prisons.
The uber rich are so terrified of the significance of the Sanders campaign that the mainstream media (wholly owned and operated by a handful of multi-billionaires) pretended that Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination even though superdelegates don’t vote until July 25th, in order to discourage voter turnout for Sanders at the remaining primaries, including California. Chris Matthews outed the lot of them, before their joint “announcement” – appearing somehow personally convinced that the glaring, unprecedented election engineering was acceptable, even desirable.
If Hillary Clinton had one honest bone in her body, she would have immediately held a press conference to announce that she hadn’t won anything yet, and that no one should stay away from voting booths based on the media’s dishonest portrayal of how presidential elections work. But Clinton hasn’t an honest bone in her body. It’s wholly apparent in the elitist party platform that she and Debbie Wasserman Schultz cooked up, overriding Sanders. Obama doesn’t have an honest bone in his body either. He should have ordered an investigation of the mainstream media by the FBI, Department of Justice and regulatory agencies, never letting the “Clinton won” lie live long enough to be taken seriously. Obama’s “should have” list has more entries than the number of drones he’s dropped.
Harold’s Hempstead’s silence could signal he’s enduring another round of retaliation for whistleblowing. Gary Bennett’s healing, incomplete as its likely to be, may well be interrupted by another beating. In lockups nationwide, men, women and adolescents are dying too young every day – starvation, heat stroke, sensory deprivation, withheld or inappropriate medication and/or treatment, unchecked inmate-on-inmate violence, unnecessary use of force, etc.
Votes are still being counted in California, putting more delegates on Sander’s side. Superdelegates that previously committed to Clinton are changing their minds. And they should change their minds. Our postal service and corrections facilities were never, ever supposed to enrich anyone. Sanders knows that, and so does every other politician. But Sanders will try to deliver us from evil.