Failure to recognize oppression/victims requires only their sufferance of the same offense long enough.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”
“More Weight!” -Giles Corey-
Olympia’s Grand Jury Resisters Matt Duran and Katherine Olejnik were released on 2-28-13 pursuant to a court order signed by federal judge Richard Jones. Maddy Pfeiffer remains incarcerated since having been taken into custody the day after Christmas, 2012. Portland’s Grand Jury Reisister, Kerry Cunneen, remains at large, having refused to appear to respond to a subpoena to testify before the same federal grand jury reasoning it would be a step in the direction of assisting the state in incarcerating yet another (A)narchist (herself) for little more than sharing a political philosophy w/friends & acquaintances while refusing to identify them.
Judge Jones based his ruling on the failure of the federal prosecutor to rebut the Resisters’ motion-affidavit contending their resolve to refuse to give up names of fellow philosophical travelers was unshaken and would remain so. The judge was considerably less impressed by the detainees’ argument characterizing the federal grand jury’s investigation, future course, or collateral prosecution of suspects than their personal statements about their confinement (solitary), their principles, and the reasons they will never provide testimony.
Besides the 5 months of their incarceration, much of which had been in solitary confinement, the court took note of the resulting injury to their physical & mental health, loss of employment, housing, relationships–all while being cut off from the world (even other inmates/staff) except for one 15 minute phone call per month. No explanation for their placement in solitary confinement (a disturbingly brutal environment) was ever forthcoming from the prison administration where they were held (Sea Tac federal detention center). The internal scars they bear merit respect and protest from their peers.