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An Open Letter to the FBI, by Connor Stevens

Written on July 4th, 2017

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Explosions ripple across the republic and celebrations crowd the streets. In this patriotic orgy, one must ask: how many actually know the history of this nation? How many actually know the Constitution of the United States of America? How many know the Bill of Rights?

Over five years ago, the FBI oversaw the entrapment operation which led to my imprisonment and subsequent sentence of eight years plus lifetime probation. There are three others who received comparable sentences. In the course of this operation, the FBI violated the heart and letter of the Constitution and even broke your own rules. I know J. Edgar Hoover would be proud. Nevermind what the Founders would think. And we all know that basic human decency is just another casualty in your endless war of terror.

You do not really know me. But I know you pretty well. The all-American storm troopers simply following orders. Your masters directed you to undermine the Occupy movement, which was up to that point the greatest democratic movement in more than a generation. You were directed to target and demonize anarchists, and you obliged your masters.

I know this about FBI tactics: they include lying. Things like telling the grand jury whatever you need to, and then having no problems contradicting yourself later if expedient. And altering the transcripts of recordings to fit your pathetic narratives. The FBI doesn’t pay all that well, so I must assume that you actually believe you are fighting for your nation, even as you obliterate the ideals this nation was founded upon, and lock up the youth of this republic.

Here in prison, I have a lot of time to reflect. I have often wondered how you live with yourselves.

You undermine the Bill of Rights and destroy lives for a living. And yet, to you, I am a terrorist. I, who take as sacred those three concepts: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. I, who believe wholeheartedly that all are entitled to the pursuit of happiness. I, who worked my hands in the ill soil of the city to grow food, and worked to feed the poor. I am not pure or innocent. I have done too much damage to loved ones and the world around me. But my sins do not even approach the terror that you have brought into this world.

Do your dreams haunt you as my dreams haunt me?

I know that FBI agents are just pawns in their game. I know that if it wasn’t you, someone just like you would be in your place.

Connor Stevens transferred to FCI McDowell

After a long transfer process of moving through USP Atlanta and FtC Oklahoma City, Connor has arrived at his new designation - FCI McDowell in West Virginia. So far he is doing well with settling in at his new location, and he's looking forward to sharing more of his writing soon. Please show Connor support through this transitional time in whatever ways you're able to.

You can send Connor letters, cards, photos, and postcards at:

Connor Stevens #57978-060
FCI McDowell
PO Box 1009
Welch, WV 24801

You can order Connor books from his Amazon wish list here.

You can make a donation to the Cleveland 4 commissary fund (which allows them to make phone calls to loved ones, buy letter writing supplies, purchase personal care products, etc.) through PayPal here or with a credit card here. You can also go here for information about making a donation directly to Connor's commissary fund with a money order or credit card.

Thank you for your continued support of Connor and the rest of the Cleveland 4.

It's almost Doug's birthday!

Doug Wright's birthday is coming up soon on May 31, so now's the time to send him a card with birthday wishes or order a book for him off his wish list. You can also make a donation towards his commissary fund, which helps him to be able to buy letter writing materials, food, and personal care products. 

Doug is serving a prison sentence of 11.5 years, and whether it's for his birthday or any other day of those years, it's important that he feel tangible community support -- help make sure he does! 

Catch up on interviews about the Cleveland 4!

In the last few months, the Cleveland 4 have been discussed in several interviews. If you've missed any of them, here are links so you can learn more information about the case, the current political context in which we should consider "terrorism" prosecutions, and updates about how Brandon, Connor, Doug, and Josh are doing and what you can do to support them through the rest of their sentences. Check out the interviews and share!

The Final Straw Radio: Episode about the Cleveland 4 & Unicorn Riot

Which Side Podcast: Episode about the Cleveland 4, Movement Building, Security Culture, & COINTELPRO

Prison Pipeline on KBOO: Episode about the Cleveland 4 & Political Incarcerations

Solecast: Episode about the Cleveland 4, Security Culture, and Community Organizing

Also check out this article about the Cleveland 4 from 14 East Magazine, and this article about them in the most recent issue of Fifth Estate Magazine. 

If you have a media outlet and would like to do a story or interview about the Cleveland 4, contact their support crew at cleveland4@riseup.net - thank you!

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