A few days ago I put up this diary in a haste due to very important business I need to attend.
Admittedly, my message was rightfully construed as flawed due to my use of the word, "spying" when I complained that the government had previously done so in another diary I linked to.
Reading Daniel McGowan`s story on Huffington Post this morning is further evidence that indeed the government is spying on websites such as Daily Kos as this diary written by Bobswernon April 4th. here on this website clearly pointed out.So today again I ran into another Daniel McGowan story that for some reason makes me
feel a bit more comfortable about the twisted unfair authority the bureau of prisons exercised in this case to punish this young man for posting a blog on a website.
I can now say that I am glad that the bureau of prisons has backtracked and set this man free back where he was rightfully waiting for his release in a half way house.
McGowan was taken from his Brooklyn halfway house by marshals and put in jail last week in response to a blog post he wrote that was critical of the Bureau of Prisons. After his lawyers complained that his rights were being infringed upon, he was re-released to the halfway house where he had been serving out the final months of his term.I have taken no position pro or con with respect to the reasons McGowan is detained in a federal prison. It is irrelevant to my view on a prisoner`s right even while in prison. Every one knows that a prisoner does not loose all of his lawfully protected rights while in prison and perhaps some of you can address that.
But there was a twist: Upon being released, McGowan was forced to sign a document stating that "writing articles, appearing in any type of television or media outlets, news reports and/or documentaries without prior BOP approval is strictly prohibited." Violating that agreement, which he signed under duress, might mean going back to jail.
While my fist diary on this case never addressed the reason for McGowan`s detention I am aware that his crime was a serious one that required punishment. What I could not agree on was the draconian measures used by the bureau of prisons, even if I agree was done for safety reasons, nonetheless they now admit they were wrong.
So I just wanted to put this up for those who made comments to my other diary. I do hope you have a different view reading this new development. By different view I mean the action taken by the bureau of prisons without considering the consequences that have ensued.