Protecting Prisoners From Words Some More

July 12, 2013

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The ongoing good deed called Brothers Behind Bars, which is retired Sons of Silence patch holder Iron Mike Davis’ free newsletter for incarcerated bikers, has been banned in at least two federal prisons.

Terry O’Brien, the warden at United States Penitentiary – Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia began banning the newsletter in April. B.R. Jett, the Nurse Ratched and warden at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota began banning the publication in June.

The newsletter was banned from Australian prisons last year. At the time Iron Mike told The Aging Rebel, “Something I’ve said for years: ‘Australia today, Canada tomorrow, and the U.S.A. the day after.’ I truly believe countries like Canada, Germany, U.S.A., and others are watching and seeing what works in Australia to outlaw motorcycle clubs – starting with the 1%er ones.”

Brothers Behind Bars frequently features content first published on this page. The books The Aging Rebel: Dispatches From The Motorcycle Outlaw Frontier and Out Bad, both by the author of this page, have been banned in multiple state prison systems – most recently Texas.

The Dangerous Words

Brothers Behind Bars is markedly non-partisan. The most recent issue was distributed to 365 prisoners representing 73 motorcycle clubs. The newsletter is funded by contributions from numerous motorcycle clubs members and supporters including Aid for Injured Motorcyclists, National Coalition of Motorcyclists, In Country Vietnam MC Nation, Soldiers For Jesus MC Nation, Outlaws MC Nation, Pagan’s MC Nation, Vagos MC Nation and Devil Diciples MC Nation.

The editorial content of the July issue begins “In memory of Hells Angel Brian from California who passed away on June 19th (see article)… R.I.P. Brian…In memory of Forsaken Few Chuck “Buffalo” Perry, a 30 year member who passed away on June 26th… R.I.P. Buffalo… Welcome Hells Angel Chris to the NCOM Brothers Behind Bars Newsletter Mailing List… Special Thanks goes to Mongol Deano who is currently at El Dorado Corr Fac Kansas for his $ 30.00 donation to this newsletter…”

The Song And Dance

Under case law, a publication can be banned if a “valid, rational connection between the prison regulation and the legitimate governmental interest put forward to justify it” can be asserted. The allegedly inflammatory sentiments above are forbidden under Bureau of Prisons’ Program Statement 5266.10 which asserts that a “Warden may reject a publication if it is determined detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or it may facilitate criminal activity.”

In banning the newsletter Warden Jett stated that Brothers Behind Bars “depicts gang information which has been determined detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or it may facilitate criminal activity.”

Warden O’Brien believes that reading about the passing of Hells Angel Brian Brewer, for example, and joining in his respectful remembrance “can effect the orderly running and safety of the institution which could lead to harm and serious injury to others, would result in major disturbance or serious property damage.”

Let a thousand flowers bloom.

 

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14 Responses to “Protecting Prisoners From Words Some More”

  1. Mike Says:

    Just want to say Thank You to everyone…
    Respects,
    Mike

  2. Carrie Says:

    I have been reading Brothers Behind Bars for about 3 years and have much respect for Mr. Mike Davis. To ban this newsletter in US prisons is another violation of your civil rights which is happening with increasing frequency across our nation. it is an informative read for those on the outside as well, increasing awareness of the international injustices being inflicted on MCs around the world. It makes me sick to watch our corrupt government break the law anytime they wish especially when targeting bikers whom they apparently fear. It may be your love of individuality and freedom that scares them, I don’t know, but that strong spirit impresses me. Please know there are men and women out here fighting for your rights.

  3. bigdowner Says:

    “Warden may reject a publication if it is determined detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or it may facilitate criminal activity.”

    should read

    “Warden may reject a publication for any reason he deems appropriate if he determines it to be potentially inflammatory or, in his judgement, determines that any publication contains content that may possibly hinder the performance and operations of the institution.”

    But it’s all window dressing because the incarcerated have no fucking rights. The statutes are a mockery – nothing new in the penal system.

    Interpretation of the statute: If the publication brings any measurable degree of comfort to a prisoner – remove it. Sadist corrections industry lifers don’t need a reason. They enjoy the pain and suffering they disseminate.

  4. BMW Says:

    The BBB publication is a lifeline between locked up members and the community on the outside, and I suppose that’s why it is being banned. I’ve read it, and enjoyed it myself. Thanks to Mike, and to those who donate to keep the copies coming! Remember, without donations, he can’t keep them coming!
    L&R

  5. JAMES Says:

    MIKE 1%er is and alway will be a friend to all.

  6. Hose-a 1%er Says:

    Having been a guest of the government and seeing the B.B.B. first hand.I was very glad to get info.from the out side that I could relate to.I made it a point to connect with Mike when I was cut loose.I feel that we have become friends and we call each other Brother.He and his wife Kari put a lot of hard work and time in the newsletter.
    What the B.O.P.is doing is just plane fucked up.Mike takes main stream articles that patch holders can appreciate.Organizes them and at a lot of time and expense gets them in the mail.
    I.M.O. we can help the cause by sending him donations to keep him going.A little bitching to the B.O.P.would help too.
    Nothing but respect for you Mike…Hose-a 1%er Pagan’s M.C. Retired

  7. Base Says:

    Prison food would be more apt to cause un-rest than a publication such as Brothers Behind Bars. But it is not surprising that because of some up-tight ass holes closed minded perception that publications such as this are band.

    But then the prison system has always been about not just punishment.
    It is more about degradation of the soul.

    When I read articles like this feel like eating an entire bag of prunes then head on over to the wardens office and leave him a processed opinion in the middle of their desk.

    Head on a swivel
    Respects

    Base

  8. Tim D Says:

    The government has been taking or rights away every day, the Governments agenda is to shred the constitution and the Bill of rights In the USA, and they want to break down the economy to nothing and put Americans in slavery and communism, what I see coming down soon is a massive revolution right here in the USA!!! the government wants to do away with 1%er bikers because they don’t take any shit and are not afraid to stand up for their rights as an American and their way of life, the whole bike world started by war vets in the beginning, and man the government is scared of war vets, Fuck the people that is running our country, I despise them, they forgot just who is the government, “WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE GOVERNMENT” and we need to take back our country!! L&R Tim D.

  9. slycechyx Says:

    CaesarXXX Says:
    Why not get his newsletter and secretly get it to them?

    If I’m going to smuggle something up my ass for someone in prison, it more then likely won’t be a newspaper.

  10. Paladin Says:

    Road Rage,

    “You can watch something happen, or you can make something happen, or you can ask: WTF just happened?”

    Long May you Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  11. Phuquehed Says:

    I suppose this is another of those situations where if I write that warden and tell him what a fucktarded cunt he is, it’ll trickle down to the prisoners and make things worse, which I don’t want of course, but mother fuck, is there nothing that *can* be said to the asshat to let him know he’s wrong and is nothing but a petty bitch on a power trip?

  12. CaesarXXX Says:

    Why not get his newsletter and secretly get it to them? The banning of knowledge is made by the oppressors and tyrants. Knowledge is neither good nor bad but what we do with that knowledge is.

  13. Road Rage Says:

    IMHO Brothers Behind Bars is a quality publication and Iron Mike is a wise and noble man. Particularly:

    Iron Mike told The Aging Rebel, “Something I’ve said for years: ‘Australia today, Canada tomorrow, and the U.S.A. the day after.’ I truly believe countries like Canada, Germany, U.S.A., and others are watching and seeing what works in Australia to outlaw motorcycle clubs – starting with the 1%er ones.”

    Globalisation! They are making global war against our lifestyle and we need to understand that and respond accordingly.

    Another wise and noble man once told me “you can either come together – or fall apart”. Easier said than done I know but we are running out of time.

    Thanks again Rebel for the space.

    Ride hard. Stay free.

    Road Rage

  14. PigPen Says:

    I got a lot of respect for Mike. I have followed his work for a while, and he has always put it out there, no holds barred, and as mentioned, just the facts. He is open minded enough to put colors aside, and report the issues that affect us all. He is banned, only because the truth sets people free, and we can’t have the shit in the cage.

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