[From this week's Radio Free Northwest]
Okay, let’s start out with a
little bit of true Christmas cheer. I have finally been able to get a report on
Edgar Steele’s situation from inside the Gothic walls of the Victorville
maximum security prison in California,
and it is better than expected.
One of our prison guys was transferred to Victorville
recently and he has been able to speak with Edgar, finally. On the downside, Ed
is confined to a wheelchair due to recent heart surgery. By all rights, he
should never have been sent to Victorville at all; he’s pushing 70 years old
now, he still has an extremely serious heart condition and he should either be in the federal prison
system’s main medical facility in Springfield, Missouri, or else he should be
in their geriatric unit at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, which is where the
dictatorship sends the old men who are doing ten thousand year sentences to
finally die in prison like some insane judge decreed fifty years ago.
But Victorville is kind of like a medieval oubliette; it’s
a hole in the ground into which the dictatorship drops people it wants to disappear.
According to our contact, Ed now has long hair and although he’s in a
wheelchair he is coherent and as cheerful as can be expected under the
Apparently the rumors about him having had some kind of
mental breakdown are not, repeat, not true. Ed is able to conduct a coherent
conversation, although he is very easily tired.
Also, his captors have withheld
his mail for well over a year by placing him in some kind of weird security
classification, but apparently they are now letting him have a little of his
mail from the past two years or so. Ed asked our guy to convey his thanks to me
over an article on his situation I ran in the Party’s magazine Northwest
Observer which as near as I can figure was over a year old.
Whether they are allowing him personal letters yet I don’t
know. I’ll see if I can find out. Ed said that he had written me a letter
thanking me for the article, but that was several weeks ago and I haven’t
received it yet, so apparently the commandant of the prison still isn’t allowing him
to send any outgoing mail, which is why no one has heard from him for
I was going to link to the official Edgar Steele site here, but either it's down or my archaic Windows XP can't connect; I'm getting an error message. Try
I checked that and it's still up.