Political prisoners. That’s where America is at this point. People who lawfully attended a gathering in the capitol and who were invited by police officers into capitol buildings are now sitting in closet-sized cells for 23-24 hours a day.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s like Guantanamo Bay’: Inside the Washington D.C. jail where Capitol rioters are ‘treated like domestic terrorists,’ assaulted, taunted and locked up in ‘closet-sized’ cells up to 24hours a day
- Suspects connected to the January 6 storming of the Capitol are allegedly being mistreated in the Washington D.C. jail, according to DailyMail.com’s investigation
- They’re held in solitary confinement for 23 to 24 hours a day in small cells and allegedly assaulted and degraded by jail guards
- ‘The DC Central Detention Facility has become Guantanamo Bay for American Citizens,’ one lawyer told DailyMail.com
- Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, who’s known for putting his feet up on Pelosi’s desk, spoke to DailyMail.com via email
- He said they eat ‘slop’ and keep up morale up by singing the national anthem and reciting the pledge of allegiance
- A guard allegedly threatened to sexually assault his wife
- The January 6 Capitol protestors are being held in ‘restrictive housing’ and designated ‘maximum security’ even before trial
- One suspect claims in court documents he was assaulted. His lawyer said a guard allegedly attacked him
- The Washington Department of Corrections didn’t respond to DailyMail.com’s requests for comments
The suspects are held in solitary confinement in cells the ‘size of a walk-in closets’ for up 24 hours a day and treated like ‘domestic terrorists’ by jail guards after several law enforcement officers were injured and killed during the January 6 violence at the Capitol, lawyer Joseph McBride said.
McBride, who represents Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 60, of Arkansas – the man known for putting his feet up on Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s desk – claimed that the guards are ‘roughing up’ the siege suspects to show solidarity with law enforcement who protected the Capitol.
‘The DC Central Detention Facility has become Guantanamo Bay for American Citizens,’ McBride told DailyMail.com.
‘In the eyes of the Federal Government, the 2021 Trump supporter is the 2001 religious Muslim. This is demonstrated by the fact that Trump Supporters, type casted as extremists, are being illegally detained pretrial by the United States Government.’
Nearly all of the Capitol protest suspects have spent time in the Washington D.C. Jail, where they await their trials.
McBride said there were about 30 Capitol protest suspects in the jail in April when his client was released under house arrest – following three months at DC Central. Many of riot suspects have also been released under house arrest or moved to another jail.
The Washington D.C. Department of Corrections didn’t respond to multiple calls and emails for interview or say how many are currently being housed.
McBride said guards told his client and other ‘1/6ers’ that ‘the world hates them,’ ‘they’ll be forgotten’ and ‘they’ll spend the rest of their lives in here,’ among other disparaging remarks.
There’s a pending grievance against one of the guards who allegedly threatened to sexually assault Barnett’s wife.
Another Capitol rioter, Ryan Samsel, was allegedly beaten by a guard so badly that he may lose an eye and has had his jaw wired shut, his lawyer Elisabeth Pasqualini said in media interviews.
Samsel is accused of attacking a law enforcement officer during the insurrection.
The Department of Corrections deny their guards’ involvement but Pasqualini is urging them to allow her client to be transferred to another jail for his own protection.
‘Mr. Samsel’s safety and medical wellbeing remains at risk as a result of his continued incarceration,’ she said in a May 24 motion to transfer her client to another jail.
In the May 24 court document, Pasqualini stated that her client was assaulted and that they’re still waiting for medical records.
Samsel, Barnett, and other Capitol protestors’ human rights ‘are routinely violated… absent meaningful objection from the legal community, academia, or the media,’ McBride told DailyMail.com.
‘(The jail guards) do their best to get guys to break us down mentally,’ Barnett said in an email to DailyMail.com. ‘We did our best to help out whatever guy was suffering that day.’
Anyone charged in connection with the January 6 siege of the Capitol is given ‘maximum security’ designation for their protection and placed in ‘restrictive housing,’ according to court documents from several Capitol protest suspects.
The ‘1/6ers’ – a term coined in a four-page jailhouse letter written by Guy Reffitt referring to suspects connected to the Capitol protest on January 6 – have at most one hour a day when they’re not in solitary, Barnett said.
And that’s if they’re lucky.
‘Obviously, if you go to the hole, you are in the box 24/7,’ said Barnett, who became a public face of the incident when he propped his feet on Pelosi’s desk in a viral photo.
Otherwise, their days started at 3am when they were woken up and given ‘slop’ for breakfast, Barnett said.
Lunch was 11am, and that ‘is the best meal of the day,’ he said.
Dinner came at 6pm: ‘It was ‘baloney and cheese 70 percent of the time. Dinner was almost always not edible,’ Barnett said.
There wasn’t much else to do in between, he said.
They were locked down 23 hours a day with one one of recreation time, which could be anywhere from 9am to 9pm, Barnett said.
Barnett said that only one of the self-described ‘1/6ers’ were allowed out at a time during rec time.
During that hour, they could to use the phone, take a shower or walk around. Depending on what guard was on duty, they could visit the door of ‘one of the other guys to say hello,’ Barnett said.
At lunch time, the pledge of allegiance and signing of the National Anthem were the only thing keeping their heads above water while they were in jail, Barnett said.
‘While our lawyers do our bidding and the judges do their duties, we remain resolute, reciting The Pledge of Allegiance and signing The National Anthem, all in unison, loud and proud most everyday,’ Reffitt wrote in his jailhouse letter.
That started during rec hour, Barnett told DailyMail.com.
Someone ‘would stand in the middle of our area and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. We would join in. It boosted moral,’ Barnett said.
‘At some point we started singing the National Anthem every night at 7pm. I would start it off because I had the loudest voice. We did it for unity, love of country, and because we are patriots.’
‘The Federal Government has a long history of scapegoating entire groups of people in order to erode our constitutional rights and protections while simultaneously grabbing power,’ McBride said.
The Washington DC Jail has a men’s wing and women’s wing. The same type of treatment was described in Lisa Eisnehart’s court documents.
She was in solitary 23 hours – sometimes 24 hours – a day, and she was shackled and chained when she left her cell, according to court documents.
Her lawyer filed a motion to move her out of ‘restrictive housing’ and into general population. For one day, Eisenhart was accidently moved to general population, according to court documents.
In that one day, she noticed ‘a vast difference.’
‘She had an ability to exercise on a treadmill that is present in the general population area, instead of being given just five hours per week (less than one hour per day) that she had to spend alone after simply being moved to a slightly larger cell to ‘exercise,’ court documents say.
In the general population, she could shower whenever she wanted, wash clothes, heat up food, visit a library ‘with far more books,’ and begin legal research, according to court documents.
‘She got her first good night’s sleep since arriving (into general population), as the cells in the general population area are far warmer than her previous cell (where the temperature appears to be about 55 degrees Fahrenheit).
‘And perhaps most importantly, she was able for the first time in weeks to interact and talk with other human beings who were not assigned to monitor her movements and activities as prison guards,’ court documents say.
After a day, she was transferred back to restrictive housing for her safety, according to court documents.
The Capitol insurrection on January 6 burned disturbing images of people climbing on the building with Trump flags and law enforcement being trampled and beaten on many Americans.
Phrases like ‘Hang Mike Pence’ still echo today as the Republicans and Democrats battle of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.
The Senate Democrats were unable to override a Republican filibuster placed on the bill during a Friday vote of 54 to 35, with 60 votes needed.
Metropolitan Police Department Officer Michael Fanone, who suffered injuries during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, and was seen on bodycam footage pleading, ‘I got kids’ while the mob brutalized him.
He wrote a letter to the congressmembers describing the day he nearly lost his life.
‘I was pulled from my fellow officers, beaten with fists, metal objects, stripped of my badge, radio and ammunition magazine, and electrocuted numerous times with a Taser,’ Fanone said.
He and his partner arrived on scene and immediately joined the fight to protect the Capitol. Other officers were bashed with flag poles and axe handles.
‘The fight here was nothing short of brutal,’ he said.
He described seeing about 30 officers standing shoulder-to-shoulder to hold back the ‘onslaught of violent attackers.’
‘Many of these officers were injured, bleeding and fatigued, but they contained to fight,’ he said, and his commander yelled, ‘Hold the line.’
He described that as ‘the most inspirational moment of my entire life,’ but since then he has struggled with the ‘psychological trauma.’
The violence Fanone and others have described – and what many people saw with their own two eyes on news stations – led to ‘1/6ers’ being described a domestic terrorists.
That question about whether it’s fair to call the ‘1/6ers’ domestic terrorists was posed to McBride.
He said ‘a vast majority showed up because they thought they were exercising their 1st Amendment and Patriot Duty to stop what they felt was a steal of the election,’ McBride said.
Like Barnett, he said, most aren’t violent, and many are ‘charged with glorified trespassing.’
But some suspects appear to have gone to the Capitol to do harm, as evidenced by Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes’ comments on November 9 – after the election was called for Biden.
‘We’re going to defend the president, the duly elected president. Because if you don’t, guys, you’re going to be in a bloody, bloody civil war and a bloody … insurrection, or you can call it a war or fight. I’m willing to sacrifice myself for that. Let the fight start there,’ he said.
So far, 16 Oath Keepers have been charged.
They’re among the 425 plus people connected to the storming of the Capitol who have been arrested. Of the 425, about 90 are charged with committing violent acts.
Barnett, an Arkansas man who hasn’t been connected to the Oath Keepers, was seen in pictures with a what looks like a gun on his left hip – McBride said it was a stun gun in court documents – and charged with:
- obstruction of an official proceeding
- aiding and abetting
- entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon
- disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon
- entering and remaining in certain rooms in the Capitol Building
- disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building;
- parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol Building
- theft of government property
In court documents that McBride filed, he said even Elizabeth Ann Duke, a member of the radical and ‘extremely violent’ M19 terrorist group that bombed the Capitol’s Senate Chamber on November 7, 1983, was released on bail.
She was charged with multiple crimes related to domestic terrorism, including the possession of stolen explosives, possession of instruments of forgery, and falsified identification documents.
McBride said they’re being held in a ‘supermax’ facility before any of them are convicted.
The only time he’s seen that is for international terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
TGP’s Jordan Conradson spoke to an Arizona patriot, Micajah Jackson, who is being unconstitutionally persecuted by the FBI for his involvement in the Jan 6 protest. Jackson is facing charges for “Violent Entry” and “Disorderly Conduct” on Capitol Grounds but he claims he is innocent.
Micajah Jackson was let inside by police officers along with hundreds of others and he is facing criminal charges. This is a travesty!
Conradson: Can you tell us about your arrest?
Jackson: On March 24th, the FBI came to my house. Fast forward about a month and a half they asked more about the Proud Boy stuff which I am not a Proud Boy. I do my own documentary stuff for my JFK report. So, on May 18th I went to the FBI building over in downtown Phoenix, turned myself in, got arrested, got booked, stayed 30 hours, I had court the next day, and I was released. Now I’m just following pre-trial services, and my next court date is set for July 23rd, and I will be pleading not guilty.
Conradson: So, when you were at The Capitol, you went inside. did the police let you guys in?
Jackson: Yes. I didn’t see the cops let people inside at The Capitol but when I was in the group walking of thousands of people, I went towards where they had the inauguration, there were cops waving people in and they moved the gate. Then when I got to The Capitol the doors were open and there are people standing in line and when I get inside there are cops high fiving people, they’re shaking hands, they’re taking selfies holding people, they’re talking to people like normal they’re going around talking to people. There were even three percenters protecting cops from the extreme people trying to fight the cops.
Conradson: So you’re saying that cops were just giving high fives, they were partying with protesters, they were letting them in?
Conradson: What else did you see inside? did you see agitators, what were they wearing?
Jackson: I saw John Sullivan, the radical calling for Marxist revolutions in Utah last summer. He was wearing black military pants, black boots he had them bloused like in the military. Then there were agitators inside wearing all black you know I’ve never seen all trump supporters just wear all black I’ve never seen anything like that unless you know what other out forms are like Antifa is out there and whatnot and BLM activists. Trump supporters don’t dress up like that.
Conradson: So these people committing the violence, were they Trump supporters or were they agitators?
Jackson: agitators right agitator for sure, yes.
Conradson: Then what happened you were in there for how long?
Jackson: No more than 25 minutes I walked in documenting recording everything interviewing everything. I was legitimately analyzing everything that was going on around me ’cause I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s a Day in History that we’re never going to forget.
Conradson: So, you were there doing nothing but documenting, you did not do anything violent?
Jackson: No I did not vandalize property. I didn’t go into a chamber. I didn’t assault any cops I didn’t assault any other protesters. I was just there documenting and when I saw a gentleman punched a hole through a chamber glass that’s when everything froze for me and I prayed to God because I’m like OK I want to get out of here this isn’t right. Even when the violence was going on you had cops taking selfies while other cops were doing other stuff it was just a mess inside.
Conradson: So, what are they charging you with?
Jackson: I got four misdemeanor charges two counts of each misdemeanor trespassing and violently disorderly entering a capitol building without authorization and there was photos of me, videos of me, I did nothing violent. I didn’t do anything disorderly. I was there reporting and document everything and I was being a peaceful citizen.
Conradson: What kind of consequences are facing as a result of these charges?
Jackson: I could get kicked out of college this could go on my record because of this whole political persecution and with it you know when you do a job interview they’re going to say “why do you get these misdemeanors for?” “oh I was here January 6th” “we don’t want you here”. I’m already dealing with Marxist professors at my college and they’ve already been calling us an insurrection, calling trump supporters Nazis in my classroom. It’s pretty awful but I’m just trying to get through what I gotta do is be a good citizen do what I gotta do.
Conradson: I understand that you are a marine veteran?
Jackson: Yes I’m 100% disabled with PTSD and major depressive disorder. I was sexually assaulted and I was physically assaulted on multiple occasions during my time in service. That’s how I got my disability and that’s getting taken care of with the VA. I’m in school, I go to a very strict Lutheran Church I’m a loving person I love my family I go help friends out. I wanna help the community out, I go to rallies to document and just meet up with people The media really doxed my character and who I am and my family have been receiving threats ever since the media doxed me.
Jackson is a Marine Veteran and this is the thanks he receives from the FBI, the media, and elected officials. He is just one of more than 440 people that have been arrested in connection to Jan. 6. Those involved are being targeted and persecuted for doing absolutely NOTHING but attending a protest against an obviously fraudulent election.
As we previously reported, protesters walked into the capitol led by the police and they cooperated with each other. Jackson’s account of the events confirms this to be true. If this were in fact a violent insurgence, what are police officers doing, giving high fives and hugs to the “insurgents”?
Peaceful protesters outside were greeted with tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash grenades.
Jackson has set up a GoFundMe to help him with his legal battle. You may contribute to help him at the link below.