American citizens are being tortured right now within five miles of the White House. Tell me… are you okay with this?

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American citizens are being tortured right now within five miles of the White House. Illegally held in DC-GITMO as political prisoners, they are being physically and psychologically tortured.

(Article by Joseph D. McBride, Esq. republished from

Tell me… are you okay with this?

Like the Gestapo did in Nazi Germany, the Federal Government is targeting anyone who dares criticize it decision making processes, questions its motives, or challenges its legitimacy. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal about her desire to put Trump supporters on lists. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar frequently makes antisemitic statements during times where Jewish persons are regularly attacked in public. United States citizens are being rounded up and held in federal prison absent due process for protesting their government. And DC-GITMO detainees are being physically and psychologically tortured on President Biden’s watch. None of the persons being held in DC-GITMO are Democrats. Is there even a question as to whether this is political…? I think not. But to any person who needs that question answered. Our official answer is a resounding— “Hell yes.”

My name is Joseph Daniel McBride, and I do not care what your politics are. I represent Richard “Bigo” Barnett, also known as the man who had his feet up on a desk in Speaker Pelosi’s office on January 6, 2021. I understand that many of you disagree with Richard’s actions, and that is okay. What is not okay, however, is your acquiescence to his torture, or the torture of any January-sixer currently being held at DC-GITMO.

Your reaction to January 6th is valid. Some of you are scared, others are sad, many of you are angry. Your feelings are validated. I understand what it is like to experience these kinds of emotions as well. In 2006, my brother Anthony, a paranoid-schizophrenic, was tricked into pleading guilty to a crime that he absolutely did not commit. Anthony was sentenced to fifteen years of incarceration as a result. I was furious, scared, heartbroken, and inspired to action. I decided that I would become a lawyer to get Anthony out of prison. I went to college in my late twenties, then law school, and eventually became a lawyer. I was not able to get myself into a position to help Anthony before he maxed-out of prison. Even so, I dedicated my career toward raging against the machine that locked him down and ruined his life.

I spent the first five years of my legal career primarily defending indigent Black and Latino men in New York City. During that time, I saw how the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office would cleverly label accused persons as “repeat offenders” “felons” “predators” “violent criminals” and so on. These tactics worked masterfully, because when you reduce your fellow New Yorker to a prosecutorial label that produces fear, triggers anxiety, and corroborates stereotypes, sending them to prison for the greater-good seems like a great idea. Time and again I watched Black and Latino men receive unjustifiably harsh prison sentences simply because the jurors were afraid of them and/or could not understand the circumstances from which they came from.

These same dangerous and disgraceful tactics that Manhattan District Attorney’s Office routinely uses against Black and Latinx persons are now being used by the Department of Justice against January-sixers for nefarious reasons. Most troubling of all however, is the fact that the same fear and lack of understanding that infects Manhattan jury pools has now infected throngs of fair-minded, rationale, well-thought-out defense attorneys and human rights activists. Advocates who during any other similar circumstance would without question be ferociously criticizing the federal government for its abuse of power, are all of a sudden choosing to remain silent?

The ultra-harsh treatment that January-sixers are enduring at the hands of the U.S. Government is unprecedented and entirely out of line with the way that other Capitol Protestors have been treated in the past. Make no mistake about it, this is not the first time that a group of protestors have breached the Capitol, nor is it the first time that acts of violence have taken place at the Capitol. This is however, the first time that a group of American citizens from one political party have been hunted down, rounded up, and thrown into prison absent any trial by the political party who is currently in power.

Do Not Fall Into The Insurrectionist Trap

The term “Insurrectionist” is nothing more than propaganda designed throw a blanket of criminality over each person that traveled to the Capitol on January 6th, regardless of their participation in any act of violence. Do not buy into this false narrative. You are being baited. It is a fact that no January-sixer has actually been charged with insurrection, and that the vast majority of people who went to the Capitol on January 6th, did so peacefully, despite this, each person who went to the Capitol that day has been labeled an insurrectionist? This is wrong. You must not participate in this kind of scapegoating.

The proliferation of the term, “Insurrectionist” must be seen exactly for what it is, namely, a deliberate attempt to dehumanize and scapegoat the January 6th protestor, because it is much easier to be willfully blind to the egregious human rights violations taking place at DC-GITMO, when the violated person is an “insurrectionist”, as opposed to your fellow American citizen. Do not buy into this falsehood. You, my fellow American citizen know better than that!

Defense Attorneys and Human Rights Activists

If you have failed to speak out against the constitutional and human rights violations taking place at DC-GITMO. You need to drop what you are doing and speak out now. Put your politics aside. Put your selfish ambition aside. Put your fear of criticism aside. Step up, and speak up. Yes, this is uncomfortable, too bad— speak up. Yes, this is controversial, too bad— speak up! Because if you condone this treatment. If you fail to speak out against it. Then you will come out on the wrong side of history. And you will have betrayed your sacred duty to speak out against injustice everywhere, despite the inconvenience, and in every circumstance— no matter what. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, April 16, 1963.

American citizens are being tortured right now within five miles of the White House. Illegally held in DC-GITMO as political prisoners, they are being physically and psychologically tortured.

Tell me… are you okay with this?

Now I will tell you the answer to this question. It is this:

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” –George Orwell, 1984

God Save The United States of America.

Stay tuned for a follow up article specifying how January-sixers are being tortured in DC-GITMO.

Yours Truly,

Joseph D. McBride, Esq.

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