Political Prisoners and Protected Provocateurs: More January 6th Strangeness Coming to Light

Ryan DeLarme,
November 8th, 2021

No matter which side of the political aisle you fall on, or even if you remain completely apolitical, you’re probably at least aware of the January 6th “Insurrection” event. The establishment media outlets have framed the event as an “attack”, claiming that a wild mob of rioting Trump supporters somehow overpowered the Police and occupied the nation’s Capitol building for several hours. In the following days the testimony coming from DC establishment darlings such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, painted a picture dramatically exaggerated from what the 100,000+  onlookers reported and captured on video. The suppression of 14 thousand hours of security cam footage and the testimony of countless individuals implies that there is an entire angle to this event that is being intentionally silenced. 

Career politician Nancy Pelosi has put together a House Select Committee supposedly to investigate said Insurrection, the problem is that despite what appears on the outside to be bipartisan support, the questions raised by many Americans and non-establishment republicans are being ignored altogether. Everyone who was in attendance at the Rally has been painted as “domestic terrorists” despite the fact that of the over 100,000 attendees, less than 1% of the crowd actually breached the Capital, and of those who did, most were ushered in by the Capitol Police. Many of these said terrorists have since been identified as agent provocateurs. Video footage has even been produced of Capitol Police sitting idly by as patriotic onlookers beg them to do something about the more violent protesters. Such evidence begs the question: was this another covert political operation?

As violent riots raged across the nation in the summers of 2020 and 2021, the mainstream media began downplaying the looting and burning of local businesses as “mostly peaceful protests”. The few “mostly peaceful protesters” who were arrested for rioting or arson were swiftly released from jail and in many cases charges were dropped, dismissed, or otherwise not even filed. This is a stark contrast to the treatment endured by those who had gathered at the Capitol on January 6th. Many of these Americans, now detained 10 months after the fact on a first offense, are dealing with psychological damage from solitary confinement. The government continues to bring new charges against these political prisoners from an investigation that has been ongoing since January. It is important to mention here that this is an investigation that has not turned up any illegal guns, bricks, arson tools, bombs, or any other weapons at the Capitol, yet these prisoners are being abused daily.

Perhaps the most provocative aspect of this seemingly manufactured event is the FBI’s questionable involvement. The bureau hasn’t exactly maintained a spotless track record in recent years for upholding justice, in fact, many see them as a tool for the political elite instead of an institution meant to serve the American people. Most recently the FBI earned some bad press over their involvement in the botched kidnapping false flag aimed at Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, where 12 of the 14 defendants turned out to be with the bureau. On top of that, there has been a slew of incidents where agents dressed in plain clothes were spotted trying to instigate agitation in pro-Trump crowds. Unfortunately, these things have been and will continue to be ignored by the left, the complicit corporate media, and you can bet your britches they will be ignored by Pelosi’s House Select Committee. 

Enter Ray Epps, the Fed-protected provocateur

In a House hearing last Thursday, Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) raised concerns over a man who was filmed instructing onlookers to enter the US Capitol building on January 5th and was later seen shepherding crowds toward the Capitol on January 6th. Rep. Massie questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland about the mystery man known as Ray Epps; he went so far as to play a pretty compelling video of Epps reciting what sounds like a scripted call-to-arms on at least two separate occasions, attempting to goad Trump supporters into trespassing on the Capitol. Garland responded evasively, sidestepping Massie’s inquiries by stating that he “can’t give any information on federal involvement”.

Video available via the link below:

https://rumble.com/vo7gkb-ray-epps-quick-clip-compilation.html

Months ago, prior to these recent revelations, left-wing sleuths decided to dig into this man (Epps) who instigated the first round of “rioters” who actually breached the Capitol (with the help of the Capitol Police of course). As soon as people were able to figure out who he was, the FBI put him on the most wanted list, posturing as if they were going to arrest the man who they would later protect. Months later, once the Revolver story broke, the FBI quietly deleted Ray Epps from the most wanted list on July 1st. Both Epps and Rhodes have so far gotten off scot-free while the innocent people he had purposefully riled up (who were at the wrong place at the wrong time) are still sitting in solitary confinement. 

This isn’t an isolated incident. Back in February, we reported on radical leftist John Sullivan, who admitted to posing as a Trump supporter with his comrades and entering the Capitol. CNN was also technically a co-conspirator, going so far as to send along photojournalist Jade Sacker to document the faux “attack”.  Think about that, CNN sent a photojournalist along with a known agent provocateur who was disguised as a Trump supporter.

While these shady characters are allowed to walk free, American citizens who were swept up in their “insurrection” production are continuously enduring abuses, brutality, and inhumane treatment at the hands of the Justice Department and the DC jail. The Gateway Pundit has been closely monitoring the conditions in said jail which have been colloquially called “the DC GITMO”, and were the first to report on the situation there. 

Nathan DeGrave, a nonviolent prisoner who walked into the wide-open doors of the Capitol to document the event for a podcast, composed a letter to his fellow American citizens pleading desperately for help. DeGrave has yet to be convicted of any crime, yet is being held in pretrial detention with no bail and no trial in sight.

“I understand that I write this letter at my own risk,” said DeGrave. “We are harshly disciplined for speaking out against the facility,”

DeGrave’s full letter reads as follows:

Dear Fellow Americans –

I never thought I’d write a letter like this, but we’re living in very different times. This is my cry for help.

My name is Nathan DeGrave, and as a non violent participant at the Jan 6th rally, I’ve spent the last 9 months detained as a political prisoner in pod C2B at the DC DOC…otherwise known as DC’s Gitmo.

The conditions here for Jan 6ers have been inhumane. In fact, some inmates are even begging to be transferred to GUANTANAMO BAY, where even THEY have more acceptable standards.

Class action LAWSUITS are being filed against this prison; and even the ACLU has gotten involved. Senators Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene have since attempted to gain access to this facility and inspect the conditions of the jail, only to be denied.

The vile filth of what has become our daily life is being illegally HIDDEN from the members of OUR OWN CONGRESS.

So…let me tell you about what me and many of the other Jan 6ers have been experiencing in DC’s Gitmo. It is my hope that with MEDIA EXPOSURE and the awareness of the American public, that SOMETHING may be done and this never happens to anyone ever again.

OUR CONDITIONS

For the first 120 days in DC’s Gitmo, Jan 6ers experienced DAILY LOCKDOWNS for 23-24 HOURS before being allowed to leave our small 120 sq. ft cell. The PHYSICAL and MENTAL ANGUISH that results from this kind of SEVERE ISOLATION has caused many people to go on a RAPID mental decline.

As a result, a large percentage of us are HEAVILY MEDICATED with anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs, which helps to cope with the psychological and mental ABUSE we endure.

Many times, the little rec we DO receive is STRIPPED AWAY if our cell isn’t up to the standards of the guard on duty. This changes from day to day. Jan 6ers have lost rec time and out of cell activity ANY TIME news interviews about the jail are aired on TV, people speak up about our conditions, or rallies are held in our name. We’ll probably have a lockdown upon the publishing of this letter. So I have already warned those I know in advance..

Masks are WEAPONIZED and used against us, even though we NEVER leave the facility. Officers have walked in with the SOLE INTENTION of needing to write 20-30 disciplinary reports against Jan 6ers, which adversely affects our chances of release and causes loss of privileges, phone time and commissary. Masks need to be covering both the nose and mouth AT ALL TIMES or we are threatened and locked down in our cells. Jan 6ers are always respectful to the employees around us, but C.Os maintain the need to invent reasons for discipline.

PRIVILEGED LEGAL DOCUMENTS have been CONFISCATED and gone missing from various cells, and HIGHLY SENSITIVE discovery (video evidence under attorney/client privilege) is watched by employees during our legal calls.

Jordan Mink, for example, had all discovery TAKEN by ERT officers on August 23rd despite the objection of his attorney. They handcuffed him, searched his room, and then proceeded to take all video evidence in his possession. Additionally, legal visits take 2-3 WEEKS or more to be scheduled, leaving little time to discuss our defense and prepare for trial.

The EXTREME medical neglect in this facility has caused a variety of adverse illnesses and disease. Some show signs of scurvy. And some even have Covid like symptoms, but medical personnel have refused to treat it.

Christopher Worrell, for example, is an inmate with Cancer, who also broke his hand in prison and requires surgery. Both have been completely ignored. Federal judge Royce Lamberth got to the point where on October 12th, he filed contempt of court charges against the warden of the DC DOC, claiming that Worrell’s civil rights have been violated, and demanding the U.S attorney general inquire further about his and other possible violations.

Another inmate, Peter Stager, WAITED FOUR MONTHS to receive his CPAP breathing machine, and has needed an MRI since spring, which has also been ignored by staff.

The harsh, unlivable conditions of our unit has caused health hazards that defy Department of Health regulations. And on at least five occasions, RAW SEWAGE has overflowed our unit, causing human fecal matter to flood the floors and rooms. That’s also in addition to the MOLD on cell walls, as well as the rusty pipes, and DIRTY WATER that flows from these sinks. White rags TURN BROWN when exposed to the water from our faucets.

We are undergoing SEVERE NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES and STARVATION. For breakfast this morning, I received a tray of flavorless paste, two slices of bread, and a slice of bologna. Lunch usually consists of rice and beans, but we’ll get cold chicken/beef patties if we are lucky. For dinner, we are sometimes fed a diet of cheese sandwiches, and bologna and cheese 4 to 5 times per week.

Without commissary, people like myself are FORCED TO STARVE. I suffer from HEADACHES and NAUSEA on an almost REGULAR BASIS from the malnutrition and constant hunger I am subjected to. I have lost ALMOST 15 POUNDS since I’ve been detained.

Our rights to personal hygiene are also totally neglected. Razors are PROHIBITED, and inmates are forced to either go unshaved, and grow long beards, or use a razor free cream that BURNS and IRRITATES the skin. But many other jails have allowed the use of razors without incident. Haircuts are also PROHIBITED from unvaccinated inmates. For me, it’s been nearly 9 months. 

I look VIRTUALLY UNRECOGNIZABLE in the condition I’m in. I fear even my family would not recognize me.

Contact with the outside world, from legal visits to seeing loved ones is HIGHLY RESTRICTED. After in-person visits, legal or otherwise, we are forced to undergo humiliating STRIP SEARCHES, despite ALL visitors being thoroughly checked for contraband. If it’s a legal visit, we are placed in a 14 day quarantine, with no out of cell time; EVEN IF your attorney is VACCINATED and tests NEGATIVE for Covid. Visits with friends or family members, for unvaccinated inmates, are NEVER ALLOWED.

As a result, many people have skipped critical meetings with their council, and NEVER get an opportunity to see friends or family. VIDEO VISITATION, while available to the rest of the jail, is RESTRICTED in the Jan 6 pod. Mail is delayed for MONTHS, and phone calls are limited to a MAXIMUM of pre approved 12 numbers. If there’s anyone else in our extended family or otherwise we’d like to call, we’re pretty much out of luck.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES, protected by the 1st amendment, are NOT provided to Jan 6ers. Neither are in person classes or other activities available to the rest of the jail.

An inmate named Ryan Samsel, instead attempted to organize his own bible study inside the pod, until he was viciously BEATEN and LEFT FOR DEAD by correctional officers. He suffered a broken eye socket and brain damage as a result of the vicious attack. He’s now permanently blind in one eye.

On another occasion, Scott Fairlamb was confronted by an officer in the middle of the night, and his life was threatened, once the officer’s body cam was disabled. Many, like myself, are afraid they could be the next victim.

And last but not least, we experience racism from many guards on a daily basis, being the ONLY WHITE REPUBLICANS in the entire jail. The false narrative is has been passed around the jail and to corrections officers that we are “white supremacists” (we are NOT).

The inmate population is predominantly black, so we are at risk being here because of this false narrative. The guards are mostly liberal migrants from Africa who have been conditioned to hate us, and hate America. Jan 6ers have been mocked, beaten and ridiculed by guards for singing the National Anthem.

The Corrections Officers despise our politics and the love we have for this country. At one point, an officer even yelled “FUCK AMERICA!”, and threatened to lock us down FOR A WEEK if we attempted to sing the National Anthem again.

THE TRUTH ABOUT MY STORY

Finally, I feel like I should touch briefly on the government and prosecutor’s portrayal of who I am as a person.

No, I am not a terrorist, extremist or any of the other names I’ve been called by the government. More than anything, I am a red blooded patriot and I love this country more than anything.

I am being unfairly prosecuted and definitely overcharged. I never assaulted anyone, destroyed property, or stolen anything. I walked through wide open doors to enter the Capitol, along with my camera crew hoping to get the rally on video. I was never even armed at any point inside the Capitol.

Our goal was to make a documentary, and get likes and shares on social media. Yes I wore a costume (that the prosecutor refers to as paramilitary gear and body armor) but it was for the movie and was nothing of the sort.

And yet, 9 months later here I sit, with 10 years worth of charges and no hope for a future. The surveillance footage shows absolutely no signs of assault, and despite attempts by media companies to get it released to the public, the government has denied it.

I think that’s because they are fully aware that this footage is questionable at worst, and exonerates me at best. Please don’t be fooled by the media. I am a loving and peaceful person with no history of violence.

This weaponized DOJ and their blatant resentment of my respect for President Donald Trump is putting me in a situation that makes me feel helpless in my current situation.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Despite me and other Jan 6ers experiencing these unthinkable conditions, all of us remain POSITIVE and HOPEFUL that, in the end, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL. We maintain a LOVE for this country and the Constitution like no other. The only thing keeping us going is our undying patriotism, the camaraderie between one another, and our faith in God.

Please…SHARE THIS LETTER with EVERYONE you know: friends and family, senators, representatives, political organizers, civil rights groups and media outlets.

The truth HAS to get out. And the jail MUST PAY for what they are doing to this country’s citizens.

As a result of this unlawful detainment the last 9 months, I have lost everything. The successful business I spent 13 years of my life working on, my apartment in Las Vegas, social media accounts with a lifetime of memories…you name it.

The government has essentially CANCELLED ME. Not only that, but following the arrest, my best friend of 12 years robbed my apartment, stole my cat, and hacked my personal Instagram with 100,000+ followers.

Since then, I often go between feelings of hopefulness and moments of depression. I wonder if I can ever recover from this, but I have to remind myself to never give up.

There are major medical complications I now struggle with as a result of the jail’s neglect of my health since being here.

If there is any way I hope to recover, my only hope are the ones who are reading this. I was on top of the world once upon a time, and that life seems now only like a distant memory.

If there’s anything you can do to help, I would appreciate anything at all. Inmates here are being extorted with lack of nutrition, forcing me to spend most of what’s left on commissary which I can no longer afford.

I need desperate help with my legal expenses and just help staying alive in here with commissary and all the expenses I still have on the outside as my livelihood and life has been stripped away from me. Thank you for any her you can afford, even if it is a few dollars it goes a long way in here.  

Sincerely and with love,

Nathaniel DeGrave

After careful review of DeGrave’s Indictment, Statement of Facts, and other court documents, defense attorneys familiar with the case say that the Department of Justice has not yet shown credible proof to substantiate any violence whatsoever on the part of DeGrave. Despite this lack of proof, the indictment shows a list of charges (12 in total) that range from “conspiracy” to “aiding and abetting” to “impeding officers”  “assault”. The indictment in question failed to include a single incriminating photo, testimony, victim, or witness. On top of that, no discovery video has been released to the defendant showing any of the alleged actions besides Degrave simply standing in the Capitol. As of now, there is zero conclusive proof of the other charges.

That is because none of them happened,” said DeGrave. “I walked in The Capitol to videotape and that was it. They will never be able to prove anything other than that because that is God’s honest truth”.

According to defense attorneys familiar with the case, the Department of Justice has overcharged many of the January 6th defendants, and as a result, have attempted to justify holding them indefinitely in prison. These same attorneys claim that the charge of “Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers” is misleading. 

 “Assaulting and Impeding a police officer are two very different things,” said John Burns of Burns Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri, “Yet they are clumped together because the prosecutor’s goal is to make these people look like monsters and lead the public to believe these guys are domestic terrorists to accomplish the political goal of demonizing Trump supporters. ‘Impeding an officer’ could theoretically mean standing in the way temporarily of an officer. Furthermore, a single person could engage in an act of nonviolent protest simply in the vicinity of six cops and will be charged six times for ‘impeding’ each of them”.

In the case of John DeGrave, the verdict is still out as to whether or not he will see the outside of a jail cell any time soon. As this travesty of Justice continues with no end in sight, those who were actually filmed inciting the breach are not only allowed to walk free, they are actively being protected by the FBI. This should not only trouble us as onlooking Americans, but it should activate us all to do whatever we can to raise awareness, and God willing, bring forth some accountability to the very institutions we count on for justice; the DOJ and our own Federal Bureau of Investigation’. 

Published by Ryan DeLarme

Independent Media, Investigative Journalism

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