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California’s most dangerous Security Threat Group

February 26, 2014

by Robert Frazier

On Feb. 4, 2014, a five-page Notice of Proposed Regulations was disseminated among prisoners warehoused in the death row Security Housing Unit known by its politically corrupt misnomer Adjustment Center (AC). The notice states in part that any person may submit public comments regarding proposed changes to “the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 15, concerning Security Threat Groups (formerly referred to as prison gangs),” known as the STG Pilot Program.

That’s an open invitation to everyone reading this – including all prisoners disenfranchised by the state – giving us an opportunity to advance the struggle. Lately it’s been like talking to the walls.

'End gang validation' rally sign
The STG Pilot Program rewrites the gang validation process that keeps thousands of California prisoners in solitary confinement indefinitely. But, according to the prisoners, it vastly expands the number who are eligible for solitary torture by declaring that any group of two people or more can constitute a security threat group. They say it still requires snitching – informing on other prisoners, whether true or not – and cognitive restructuring or brainwashing to be released from solitary confinement.
I’m a person on California incarceration’s death row who is currently warehoused on the first tier of this secret torture unit at San Quentin called the AC. Per order of the oligarchy overlords who comprise the Institutional Classification Committee (ICC), my appeal, submitted Dec. 2, 2013, which provides documented evidence their decision to continue warehousing me here is based on false disciplinary history and a capricious misapplication of local operational procedures, is being ignored.

Even the CDCR 22 requests making status inquiries to appeals coordinators M.L. Davis and R. Baxter and the former Lt. S. Fowler, now a counselor and ICC lackey, return nothing except their deliberate indifference.

That excerpt of my individual situation is only one example of how California’s most dangerous Security Threat Group gets down and dirty. Mine is not an isolated incident either, plus it’s only one of many weapons of mass corruption the Security Threat Group Pilot Program has utilized to minimize, obscure and censor the fact they really are torturing prisoners in a way that’s no different than what Phillip Garrido did to Jaycee Dugard – minus the sex crime factor.

CDCR’s goal is to take more hostages and build more torture units in backyards across the state. Their hideous Pilot Program is a bait and switch attempt. Please, CDCR’s main objective continues to be crush, kill and destroy their hostages’ ability to organize in peaceful protest against no-touch torture and other inhumane conditions of confinement. Check out “CDCR’s Hunger Strike Playbook: Premeditated Malice.”

Expanding the definition of “disruptive groups” by adopting “several new terms” is really the bastard child produced by CDCR unions. It’s the sick-minded schemes of bourgeois pigs behind the scenes of the Cal-incarceration Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and other STGs affiliated with the CDCR who would in fact reap a profit as additional lackeys get hired to guard the torture units popping up like 7-Elevens everywhere! Yes, that’s right. All in the name of peace officers’ job security – which is paid for by YOUR tax dollars.

What makes the CDCR STG the most dangerous is the fact they all know what’s really going on and know that they’re torturing prisoners. The United Nations Rapporteur on Torture clarified only 15 days in solitary confinement constitutes torture. I’m going on two years and some here have more than 10 times that.

What makes the CDCR STG the most dangerous is they know they’re torturing prisoners. The United Nations Rapporteur on Torture clarified only 15 days in solitary confinement constitutes torture. I’m going on two years and some here have more than 10 times that.

Here in the secret torture unit at San Quentin, the STG Pilot Program is still being cooked up – with specialized ingredients for an even fouler taste. The AC is a sort of ground zero for testing policies, a variety of no-touch torture methods and a twist on the death penalty experiment only depraved criminal minds could have concocted.

SQ death row SHU prisoners shouldn’t have to be the disposable human guinea pigs getting tortured to death in the CDCR STG Pilot Program. If the state is allowed to continue its medieval oligarchic practices, then the public must not have realized California’s most dangerous STG is the CDCR!

Comment on STG Pilot Program by or at April 3 hearing

The comment period prior to formal adoption of the STG Pilot Program closes April 3, when a hearing will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the East End Complex Auditorium, 1500 Capital Ave., Sacramento, CA 95811. Those with internet access can read the full text of the proposed changes at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Regulations/Adult_Operations/docs/NCDR/2014NCR/14-02/Text_of_Proposed_Regulations.pdf.

Submit your comments before April 3 to CDCR, Regulation and Policy Management Branch, P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento CA 94283-0001, by fax to 916-324-6075 or by email to m_STGRegulation@cdcr.ca.gov. If you have questions, call branch chief Timothy Lockwood at 916-445-2269.

Send our brother some love and light: Robert Frazier, F-55038, San Quentin Death Row SHU, 1AC14, San Quentin, CA 94974.

 

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