Saturday, March 30, 2013


The recent murder of the Colorado Department of Corrections chief by a suspected white supremacist gang member ex-con, and his subsequent shoot-out death in Texas brings to national attention a situation that has ramifications for the state of Florida.

Thousands of Florida prisoners are suspected or confirmed members of hundreds of gangs ranging from Hispanic and Latino, local and nationally-affiliated black gangs, to a number of white supremacist hate groups and biker gangs. When gang violence breaks out in one prison, in their wisdom the prison authorities lock up the suspects, then transfer them to scattered prisons across the state in an effort to split up their influence. What actually happens is that, in effect, by shipping gang members elsewhere, the prison officials inadvertently pollinate and seed gang gene pools that develop and grow new hotspots of gang activity in prisons that might not have previously experienced gang issues, to the chagrin of officials at those prisons.

What the public doesn’t realize is that not only are there white supremacist prisoners incarcerated in Florida, but there are an unknown number of prison guards, “correctional officers,” who are also either members of white supremacist groups or are sympathizers with them. The most infamous of these white supremacist groups is the Ku Klux Klan, or KKK, which has maintained a shadow presence in the prison system for decades.

According to Compton’s Encyclopedia, the FBI estimates KKK membership at between 6,000 and 12,000 people, most in the Deep South, although there are significant populations of KKK members and sympathizers in several Northern states, including Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. Anyone who has served lengthy time in Florida prisons, especially in the North Florida areas bordering Alabama and Georgia, is aware that KKK prison guards are not a well-kept secret. Many brag about their affiliations.

What should concern the governor, the Florida corrections chief, and the public are the ramifications of the influence of white supremacist groups with both prisoners and guards. With the huge amounts of money generated from sales of drugs, tobacco, and cell phones in prisons, associations between prison gang members and sympathetic correctional officers who share their ideology are perfect fits. Once the sympathetic guards cross the line, they are on the hook, and are unlikely to say no to their fellow conspirators, no matter what the request.

I have personal experience with retaliation by KKK prison guards at another North Florida prison over ten years ago, and the publication of my memoir of that retaliation resulted in more official retaliation in 2010, retaliation that has continued to this day. What is confounding to me is the apathy exhibited by several national associations that are supposedly against white supremacist groups, at least when it comes to responding to a complaint from a prisoner. Neither the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, the First Amendment Foundation, and the Southern Center for Human Rights were the least bit interested in investigating retaliation by KKK prison guards, totally ignoring the First Amendment freedom of speech civil rights violations inherent in the retaliation. Neither the Florida governor’s office, the Chief Inspector General, nor Department of Corrections officials exhibited any concern that state employees were members of a hate group classified by the FBI as domestic terrorists. Strange, but true.

This current three-year retaliation odyssey actually began in 2008, when the “Anne Frank Center USA” invited me to join with 100 noted prison writers nationwide to participate in the “Anne Frank Prison Diary Project.” With the approval of the DOC officials, I agreed, and a packet of journal materials, including Anne Frank’s memoir, “Diary of a Young Girl,” (which was subsequently confiscated, stolen, and ostensibly destroyed by guards who ransacked my cell several months later), was sent to me to complete.

In the 200-plus pages of journal and diary entries that I sent to the Anne Frank Center a couple of months later, I wrote at length about my imprisonment from my 1978 arrest in Tampa for a murder I had not committed, until the present, including my run-in with KKK prison guards years before. Excerpts from my prison diary memoirs were widely published. A 2400-word excerpt titled, “To Protect the Guilty,” was nominated for a literary award and published in an anthology in late 2009. A copy of the anthology was mailed to me in January, 2010, and when I inquired of a mail clerk why I hadn’t received the book, she told me, “I read the article you wrote, and I felt it was a threat to security. I sent it to the assistant warden.”

Prison is full of rules, and the Florida law mandates that prison staff must follow the rules, too. There are rules pertaining to book confiscation, and when I asked the mail clerk why none of the required paperwork had been issued, she just stared at me. After I filed formal complaints to the assistant warden and mail room over the improper confiscation, I was notified that I would be issued a disciplinary report instead, for vague, inapplicable congregated mail violations. The investigating sergeant came to me a few days later, told me the prison warden had been “offended” by my article, and laughingly informed me, “The warden wants your ass in jail.” And that’s where I eventually wound up, in solitary confinement for thirty days, with loss of thirty days gain time. Meanwhile, the FDOC’s “Literature Review Committee,” which makes the final decision on what publications are approved or rejected for entry into prison, heard my appeal, overruled the confiscation, and ordered the assistant warden to give me the book, stating, “Simply because an article written by an inmate was published in a book does not make it a threat to security.” I got the book, but the false disciplinary report and resulting punishment stood, causing my parole release date to jump from 2014 to 2017. So much for the First Amendment and freedom of expression in Florida prisons.

Because I have continued to fight that bad decision through the courts, I have been punitively transferred twice in the past two years to harsher prisons far from my family and friends, edging closer and closer to Alabama and New Orleans, necessitating distant, expensive treks for my supporters to travel from Tampa and Jacksonville, and additional sojourns in solitary confinement. The Klan’s roots run deep, and everyone conversant with my travails agrees that my continuing targeting by prison officials tracks back to the KKK prison guard memoir.

Now we are horrified that a prison white supremacist gunned down the Colorado prison chief, and is suspected of being involved in another high profile murder weeks before, in Texas. What we should be concerned about are the secret memberships and associations of prisoners and guards closer to home, in Florida, and address official retaliation by prison officials against a prisoner who dared to write about what is not a very well-kept secret.

What I would like to ask is why these “watchdog groups” that monitor and fight against hate crimes have expressed no interest in this case.

“Something is wrong with this picture,” as an old Mafioso once said.



Anonymous said...

Tell Charlie his boss, the texas state attorney and his wife were found desd yesterday. easy to google sorry no time to find the link. Was surprised to find this here !

Anonymous said...

cHARLIE, you have struck on what I have tried to explain to you. It's BAD out here, bro. All of these fine groups have been infiltrated and focus on their own ideology. IMO SPLC has focused only on racism towards blacks when racism is no longer the key. It's DECENCY. SPLC is not interested in white folks' problems. I do not like to say that as I formerly revered such groups. It's like a funhouse mirror out here. They all lie and only THEY know their loyalties. Extremely hard to ferret out. Can't your Mom file a hardship?

Anonymous said...

As well, it appears you and I and others have the WRONG LAST NAMES. Currently I am being hated on for being born and living up north for three months. DESPITE the fact my Confederate lineage is more pronounced than most. This is what I alluded to in several emails. George Lewis allegedly murdered his neighbor because she was living with a black man. South Tampa is loaded with pockets of white hate groups. Robinson High school centers on hate. Cops and firemen own ALL the drug houses where you might be aware of the Brito teen murders. Cops and firemen owned not just the Brito rental but also the homes both shooters came from. Then arrested Mom Brito for nefarious reasons because she would not shut up. The problem is she snitched out some fire people in Massachusetts. Charlie, listen good: it's NOT RIGHT out here. I don't know how else to say it. I believe they are attempting to force the exodus from all Southern states of ANYONE who is not in their secret clubs. Which include many groups. They form these 'help' groups to further the pretense that help is available. As you have noted, it simply is not. My cellphone won't bring me any more help than your pleas from behind the walls. Hard truths are always easier for me than glib lies (vox)

BTW, sainted Publix just may be a front for the KKK. High dollar financing. I find all connections to Ober and Pam

Anonymous said...

All public officials and employees should be mandated to reveal their CLUBS.

Anonymous said...

News for texas state attorney and wife found dead

NPR (blog)
Texas district attorney, wife found dead
USA TODAY ‎- 5 hours ago
District Attorney Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia, were found ... the state—received a bulletin late last year from Texas Department of ...
Texas District Attorney, Wife Found Dead At Home
NPR (blog)‎ - by Krishnadev Calamur‎ - 6 hours ago
Mike McLelland, Kaufman County District Attorney, Found Dead With Wife In Texas Home
Huffington Post‎ - by Nomaan Merchant‎ - 19 hours ago
Killing of Texas district attorney, wife, seen as targeted | Reuters hour ago – DALLAS (Reuters) - The killing of a Texas district attorney and his ... an assistant prosecutor was shot dead outside a courthouse in January, ... North Korea says to enter ”state of war” against South Korea: KCNA ... Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found with fatal ...
Texas District Attorney, Wife Found Dead At Home : The Two-Way ...

by Krishnadev Calamur - in 102 Google+ circles - More by Krishnadev Calamur
7 hours ago – Texas District Attorney, Wife Found Dead At Home ... "A task force of multiple local, state and federal agencies have investigated dozens of ...

Anonymous said...

KAUFMAN, Texas — Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland took no chances after one of his assistant prosecutors was gunned down two months ago. McLelland said he carried a gun everywhere he went and was extra careful when answering the door at his home.

"I'm ahead of everybody else because, basically, I'm a soldier," the 23-year Army veteran said in an interview less than two weeks ago.

On Saturday, he and his wife were found shot to death in their rural home just outside the town of Forney, about 20 miles from Dallas.

While investigators gave no motive for the killings, Forney Mayor Darren Rozell said: "It appears this was not a random act."

"Everybody's a little on edge and a little shocked," he said.

The slayings came less than two weeks after Colorado's prison chief was shot to death at his front door, apparently by an ex-convict, and a couple of months after Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was killed in a parking lot a block from his courthouse office. No arrests have been made in Hasse's slaying Jan. 31

Anonymous said...

get libby to send you this

Anonymous said...

another attempt. This is extremely frightening. As much as we know corruption exists what if these folks are NOT corrupt? And at any rate, we have a COURT SYSTEM.This is just gratuitous craziness to go
around assassinating people. I never condone violence of any kind.

Anonymous said...

What about the girl across from Plant High School you that killed herself? You don't want to go there!