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March 21 News from Tom

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To My Friends, Family and Supporters,

As some of u know, I had a forced hiatus when my dear pal and webmaster fell ill! Thankfully he’s alive and kickin’, but sadly he hasn’t recovered. L On the contrary, one ailment brings on another! So I lost interest in our site without him since we started it together and just wanted us to focus on his health.

Thankfully our good friend filled in for us and helped with needed adjustments, but it just existed without our active participation.

However, with my pal’s blessing, I decided to pick up where we left off, with the much-needed help and support of a good friend willing and able to take the helm. He has great ideas and is ready to keep it going and make it as user-friendly as possible.

Many of u may be happy to know, after years of u-all asking me to write a book, that I finally started telling my own story, in my own words. Aside from u-all encouraging me to do it, I’m sick of others telling it feloniously and profiting at my expense.

Which is why we refer to our site as the “Official Website.” I’m sick of others using my name and misery on all the bogus sites out there.

The only two I honor is Renee’s and Pete Earley’s websites.

Unfortunately, people who search my name come across a couple of unauthorized sites first and what info they provide was pilfered from Pete’s renowned book The Hot House. None of it is original and some of the so-called “facts” are inaccurate. I’d like folks seeking info to get it from me, not from parasites who don’t know me and only post what they got third- and fourth-hand.

If there’s any computer whiz out there who knows how to put my site first, I’d truly appreciate letting us know at your earliest convenience.

If it can’t be done, please help us let folks know about the only authentic sites that we acknowledge.

Meanwhile, please take special care and thank u for your love and support.

Your pal, Tommy

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6 thoughts on “March 21 News from Tom

  1. In the audio interview conducted by Pete Earley, you explained your motive for murdering officer Clutts:

    At 16:40 into the interview you told Earley:

    “I think he was just selling me wolf tickets. But he didn’t know I was taking him serious.
    AS MANY KILLINGS THAT I HAVE SEEN WHEN SOMEONE SAYS HE IS GOING TO KILL YOU, YOU CAN’T SIT BACK AND SAY AWE IT AIN’T NOTHING AND DO NOTHING.

    When somebody has gone that far especially when you’re telling him you don’t want no trouble why don’t you get off my case.

    You know, I PLEADED WITH THAT GUY…”

    And again on Line 58 of your declaration you wrote “After I killed Smith, I lived in constant fear of reprisals. It was in this frame of mind, and believing I was in a life-threatening situation, that on October 22, 1983, I killed Officer Clutts.”

    In his new book “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations” Ronen Bergman, leads with a fact:

    “Since World War II, Israel has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world.” (For the record Bergman is Israeli Jew.)

    Not all these acts were kill or be killed as Bergman illustrates when he claims that four months after statehood and a day after the UN mediator Folke Bernadotte submitted his plan obliging the Jewish state to take back Arab refugees Bernadotte was assassinated.

    The title of Bergman’s book is derived from the Talmud, a collection of Jewish law and tradition, wherein a line reads,

    “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.”

    The New York Times quoted Bergman’s book as stating “with Israel’s security apparatus getting more technologically savvy and ruthlessly efficient instead of taking months or years to plan a single killing, the Mossad and its domestic counterpart, Shin Bet, are now capable of planning four or five “interceptions” a day. “You get used to killing. Human life becomes something plain, easy to dispose of. You spend a quarter of an hour, 20 minutes, on who to kill.” This quote is from Ami Ayalon, who as the head of Shin Bet in the late ’90s helped shepherd the organization into the digital age.”

    It’s good thing that the morality of such state sponsored assassinations are being questioned in Bergman’s book.

    It’s also food for thought as to how your motivations compare to those that have, and will commit future assassinations such as those described in Bergman’s book.

  2. In the audio interview conducted by Pete Earley, you explained your motive for murdering officer Clutts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzb27OV7qmo

    At 16:40 into the interview you told Earley:

    “I think he was just selling me wolf tickets. But he didn’t know I was taking him serious.
    AS MANY KILLINGS THAT I HAVE SEEN WHEN SOMEONE SAYS HE IS GOING TO KILL YOU, YOU CAN’T SIT BACK AND SAY AWE IT AIN’T NOTHING AND DO NOTHING.

    When somebody has gone that far especially when you’re telling him you don’t want no trouble why don’t you get off my case.

    You know, I PLEADED WITH THAT GUY…”

    And again on Line 58 of your declaration you wrote “After I killed Smith, I lived in constant fear of reprisals. It was in this frame of mind, and believing I was in a life-threatening situation, that on October 22, 1983, I killed Officer Clutts.”

    http://solitarywatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/silverstein-declaration.pdf

    In his new book “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations” Ronen Bergman, leads with a fact:

    “Since World War II, Israel has assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world.” (For the record Bergman is Israeli Jew.)

    Not all these acts were kill or be killed as Bergman illustrates when he claims that four months after statehood and a day after the UN mediator Folke Bernadotte submitted his plan obliging the Jewish state to take back Arab refugees Bernadotte was assassinated.

    The title of Bergman’s book is derived from the Talmud, a collection of Jewish law and tradition, wherein a line reads,

    “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.”

    The New York Times quoted Bergman’s book as stating “with Israel’s security apparatus getting more technologically savvy and ruthlessly efficient instead of taking months or years to plan a single killing, the Mossad and its domestic counterpart, Shin Bet, are now capable of planning four or five “interceptions” a day. “You get used to killing. Human life becomes something plain, easy to dispose of. You spend a quarter of an hour, 20 minutes, on who to kill.” This quote is from Ami Ayalon, who as the head of Shin Bet in the late ’90s helped shepherd the organization into the digital age.”

    It’s good thing that the morality of such state sponsored assassinations are being questioned in Bergman’s book.

    It’s also food for thought as to how your motivations compare to those that have, and will commit future assassinations such as those described in Bergman’s book.

  3. Let me first state that I am no supporter of any gang or of the murders they commit.

    That said I found questionable DOJ tactics in their response to Tom’s appeal in 5-2014.

    http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/12/12-1450.pdf

    There are references in this summary of judgment to Silverstein’s “IMPROVED CONDITIONS AT ADX”, a place former warden Robert Hood described as “A CLEAN VERSION OF HELL”, as being hollow to say the least.

    Hood went on 60 minutes and said, “I don’t know what hell is, but I do know the assumption would be, for a free person, it’s pretty close to it,”

    But I am also glad to see that the ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PSYCHOLOGISTS and THE MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT OF THE URBAN JUSTICE CENTER have both realized that everyone has a stake in this case. If the system can hold Silverstein in such conditions for decades they can hold others as well. One can only hope that the interracial solidarity of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers inmates takes hold elsewhere.

    Page 13: “Members of the D.C. Blacks (now known as the “D.C. Crew”) and the Aryan Brotherhood must be separated in all federal prisons, and no influential member of either gang is allowed to interact in the open prison population.”

    So according to this brief a policy of separation already exists which means the BOP could have chosen to isolate Silverstein from both gangs.

    They say as much here:

    Page 14: “According to this expert, the only means for the BOP to protect him is to undergo a formal debriefing and enter protective custody; however, he has not indicated his interest in such a process.”

    And here:

    Page 45: “In order for the BOP to protect him he must enter protective custody.”

    What they reveal then is that they have the means to protect him but what they want in exchange is to have a death warrant placed on the man along with any close family members by forcing him to debrief.

    In their denial of relief, they expose the long delays after transferring Silverstein to ADX, and then their ever so slight easing his conditions to be no more than legal maneuvers to win their case. (I’m referring to the Six Year Statute of Limitations the BOP claimed beginning in November 1983 on his appeal for relief.)

    The brief states as much here: “the district court determined Mr. Silverstein’s Eighth Amendment request for injunctive relief was limited to the conditions imposed after his July 2005 transfer to ADX Florence, and not his prior confinement at Leavenworth because he had not shown he is likely to be subject to those conditions again.”

    Are ADX’s conditions really that much better Tom?

    • Alan,
      Long time no hear! So it’s great 2 c your post & know u’re still alive & kickin’ 😉 I’m pleased that u’re interested n reading my memoir. Don’t mean 2 toot my own horn; however, I don’t believe from the prison books that I’ve read that any tells it like I do, so can’t wait 2 c if u agree 🙂

      That’s good u believe no harm can b done from it & having the public learn what influenced my life course could actually do some good. That’s what I’m hoping 4.

      I’m glad 2 c u’re still writing about your own experience. The last I recall, weren’t u writing a book? Whatever happened with it?

      Barri & I were just talking about u, and wondering what’s up w/ u. He’ll b pleased 2 c u’re hanging n there. His health is poor 😦 But bless his heart, he’s doing the best he can. I hope 2 call him tomorrow, so I’ll let him know I heard from u.

      U asked how I sleep on a concrete slab. That’s e-z–it’s all the poor guys going stir-crazy, who bang & yell all day & night, that’s hard.

      Well, buddy, that’s all 4 now. Keep us posted. Your pal,
      Tommy

      • I’m glad you got my message Barry, who I’ve remained in contact with, had said he was going to send it to you but maybe Richard might have sent it. I don’t know how it got to you.

        I’ve wrote several times on your site since you’ve had it back up but only one referred to the concrete bed.

        I know exactly what you mean by the noise I’ve spent time in the hole too but only for a couple of weeks each time. It is not easy to sleep with that noise hell I can’t sleep when the smoke detectors start to beep when the battery is low. How you’ve managed I have no idea. I even question if you weren’t actually better off when you were totally isolated than now hearing that racket day and night.

        I wrote a few articles for Solitary Watch after my ½ brother died in the hole.

        I’ve tried to expose others to the conditions that you and others have endured and the danger you and others face while incarcerated. I always wondered why your lawyers didn’t at least try to explain why you felt you had to act to stop the treat. Two documented attempts on your life and nothing changed? The stress must have been extreme. I had to act when my own life was threatened in the CYA the difference was I didn’t use deadly force. As I say the feeling is like that of a tethered animal in a slaughterhouse must feel.

        I think you are a victim of your association’s reputation and the anti racist climate of the country. It’s easier to condemn you, given our country’s history, than it is to condemn those that sought to do you harm.

        I’ve pointed out to others that by making you a justifiable example of the use of solitary that it hurts everyone’s chances to get relief. You and a few others of similar backgrounds have formed a legal precedence to hold someone indefinitely in solitary. I can’t mention their names because you would never receive this. The system was smart using you and the others since civil rights groups weren’t invested in your relief.

        I finished my own memoir of my younger years which I’d be happy to share with you but I doubt that it’d get passed on to you since it deals with the reality of the system during the late sixties.

        It was written just to see if I could actually write one. I think its well done given I’m a product of the system’s educational system which I entered at nine years old. I don’t see my story being mass marketed. How many people can identify with it? I also worry how it would affect my children and grandchildren’s lives. It’s a tainted by the sins of our fathers type deal. My four children are all well adjusted, clean cut, professional people and don’t deserve to be affected by such things.

        Like my time spent in solitary my sins are lightweight compared to yours. I know however that like you given the stresses of the environment that you were placed in my story could have had a far different outcome.

        Stay strong

        Alan

  4. Every businesses web site (I realize yours is not a business but it works the same.) would like that theirs is the first to appear. Google is also a business and they give preference to those that pay for it. The more you pay for ads the higher up the list you’ll likely to be.

    This is what I’ve been told anyway. It’s frustrating for me too. Keywords also help businesses. So if someone is searching for you words like solitary confinement, ADX, or even Aryan Brotherhood might be used to draw them to your site.

    I’ve tweaked such wording to get better results but its elusive. Unfortunately money gets the best results.

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