WHAT THE  1:40 pm March 29, 2012

Eco-Terrorist Scamp Jailed For Punking Drilling Agency Put In ‘The Hole’ For Sending E-Mail

by Liz Colville

yup

You do not meddle with the primal forces of nature — or punk the Bureau of Land Management! (Same thing.) Tim DeChristopher, an environmental activist currently serving a two-year sentence in California’s Herlong Federal Correction Facility for winning an auction on a gas and drilling auction on public land and then was all “HAHA KIDDING! PSYCH!”, has just spent the past 19 days in a “restricted cell” within the prison because…he sent his friend an e-mail. DeChristopher was apparently concerned about the ties of one of the donors to his legal fund. According to the group Peaceful Uprising, which DeChristopher helped found, the e-mail prompted an “unnamed congressman” to request that DeChristopher be moved from the minimum-security section of the prison to the Special Housing Unit, which beyond sounding patently terrifying and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nesty, could have prolonged DeChristopher’s time in prison. Thanks to very vocal support from the public, Peaceful Uprising just announced that DeChristopher was finally removed from the “hole” yesterday. But um…why is this guy in prison again? He didn’t even essplode any SUV’s!

Starting March 9, DeChristopher was held in a small cell with one other person, and apparently was only let out of the cell four times over the course of two weeks. DeChristopher was also restricted in some of the activities he carried out in the low-security section, namely writing, reading and communicating with friends. DeChristopher’s supporters were no doubt spurred to action by the bureaucracy involved in the SHU. As Peaceful Uprising notes, “there is no definite timeline for inmates being held in the SHU — often times they wait months for the conclusion of an investigation.”

While DeChristopher is now out of “the hole,” his organization reminds us that he “is still a political prisoner,” and they plan to continue investigating the person behind DeChristopher’s move, as well as the ridiculous sentencing. [Common Dreams, Peaceful Uprising]

 

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ttommyunger March 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

This entire shameful saga makes me embarrassed for my Country.

nounverb911 March 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Oceania?

Callyson March 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

We have always been at war with Oceania.

Lionel[redacted]Esq March 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I thought we were at war with Oceania?

ttommyunger March 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I am so ready.

Chill-A-Sketch March 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

One of the benefits of having 3 citizenship is that I can temporarily disown whichever country fucks up.

ttommyunger March 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Assuming one of them is US, I would narrow it down to two, if I were you.

Chill-A-Sketch March 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Yes, one of them is the US (you are not from Homeland Security and/or Arizona, are you?).

Lionel[redacted]Esq March 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Long Form Birth Certificate or GTFO!

ttommyunger March 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

God Forbid!

actor212 March 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I have two. I offered to auction off my citizenship (and taxes!) to the highest bidder.

For some reason, neither nation was banging down my door…

deanbooth March 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Not to go all Godwin (i.e., to go all Godwin), I'm currently reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and the author suggests that one of the reasons that Hitler was able to gain power was the corruption of the justice system: right-wing offenders got off easy, and left-wing offenders got slammed. Hitler was convicted of treason, the standard sentence for which was life in prison. He served 6 months.

Sure, we're not Nazis, but our justice/prison system is totally fucked up.

ttommyunger March 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Maybe not yet, but we're easily fascists and that's too close for comfort.

nounverb911 March 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Someone should put a hole in Tony Hayward's boat.

An Asexual Ungulate March 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

But it would just leak more oil that way.

DaRooster March 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Don't know if that is possible…

comrad_darkness March 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm

On the bright side, Dick Cheney is still not in jail either.

Lionel[redacted]Esq March 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Do you think that Mr. DeChristopher would be in jail if he shot a lawyer and bombed brown people? This is America, damn it.

WunkRocker March 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm
flamingpdog March 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Death sure didn't do much for Freddy Mercury's voice.

ifthethunderdontgetya March 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Thank goodness this didn't happen under a Republican Administration.

Just imagine how much worse it would be for DeChristopher!
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Negropolis March 30, 2012 at 12:34 am

Yeah, he'd be in Gitmo or somewhere way-the-hell-off in Poland instead of Herlong Federal Correction Facility.

AlterNewt March 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Finally we're going after the real threats to our democracy.

Barb March 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

He's just keeping the jail cell warm for James O'Keefe.

Chill-A-Sketch March 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

You know who else got "put in the hole"?

ifthethunderdontgetya March 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Kurt Cobain?
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Doktor StrangeZoom March 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I am given to understand that you got to keep the Devil way down in that location.

el_donaldo March 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Yes, as I recall, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, the Neville Bros., and other luminaries have all affirmed that general principle.

Not_So_Much March 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Callista?

nounverb911 March 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Tiger Woods?

SorosBot March 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm
Mumbletypeg March 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

The komodo dragon?

Chill-A-Sketch March 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Bristol Palin? Well, come to think of it, she is actually "The Hole"…

DaRooster March 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Carl The Greens Keeper's (Bill Murray) hose?

BarackMyWorld March 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

No one, if Santorum gets his way…

actor212 March 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

My putts?

RadioStalingrad March 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

My putz?

Boojum March 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

My butts?

rocktonsam March 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm

"my putts?"

ftw

prommie March 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm

My little friend Mr. Happy gets put in the hole, but not often enough.

Boojum March 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Mr. Happy haz a sad.

Lionel[redacted]Esq March 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

My hopes and dreams and feeling of good will toward humanity?

gullywompr March 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Little Gully?

doloras March 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm
OneYieldRegular March 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

You think this is bad, just wait until Rupert Murdoch gets President Romney to start imprisoning people for criticizing FOX News in the Wonkette comments section.

Lionel[redacted]Esq March 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I'm surprised Bill O' hasn't sent the FOX Police after all of us.

Callyson March 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

An *unidentified* trope in Congress can dictate the movement of prisoners now?
WTF??? WTF??? WTF???
JFC…

Fukui-sanYesOta March 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

How did the congressperson even find out about the bloody email in the first place? This is fucked up.

He was tried in Utah, so I'm guessing one of the following:

Jason Chaffetz
Jim Matheson
Rob Bishop

SnarkoMarx March 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I'm starting to get the feeling that the powers that be are trying to discourage the masses from resisting their dominance of the planet. Just a crazy hunch.

SexySmurf March 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

And yet, somehow, Dave Hester remains free.

Terry March 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Yuuuuuuup

DaRooster March 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

So this guy is in jail for this-
"Put her there… (pulls hand away)… psych!"

Let DeChristopher go!

Not_So_Much March 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

“unnamed congressman”

Gohmert? Inhofe? Their hideous, oily love-child?

Doktor StrangeZoom March 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

The real question is why this dangerous man hasn't been waterboarded. Surely there are other oil lease auctions that are imperiled by his associates?

Lionel[redacted]Esq March 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Don't do the crime
if you can't afford the lawyers to get you off in the first place.

Tundra Grifter March 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

On NPR this morning was a local story about Judi Bari and the car bomb that crippled her – and for which she was blamed!

Now, with an echo from the Woody Guthrie song, the thieves are using a fountain pen instead of a gun.

Some things haven't changed a whole lot since the Great Depression, or even since 1990, and that makes me rather sad.

GuyClinch March 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Maybe they're hoping he strikes oil while he's in the hole? Anyhow, looks like we got ourselves an honest-to-goodness dissident here.

And murderer-rapist Glenn Beck continues to roam the streets and airwaves freely.

prommie March 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

And apparently, we got us a gulag to put the dissidents in. Incommunicado.

SayItWithWookies March 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

There's actually a system set up that enables federal prisoners to email certain correspondents — so there's absolutely nothing untoward about that. I wonder what the hell this congressperson was concerned about.

Pithaughn March 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Truth? Just spit balling.

elviouslyqueer March 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

More to the point, how exactly did the congressperson get access to this email in the first place? I mean, unless DeChristopher CCed the congressperson on his outgoing email or used something that would raise undue attention, how else would said congresscritter know about it and subsequently get his panties all up in a twist?

MissTaken March 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I'm glad to hear that criminals that pose such a high danger to society as DeChristopher obviously does are locked up while such law-abiding citizens as George Zimmerman are free to roam the streets carrying the same gun they used to shoot an unarmed black child to death with.

Finally our country has gotten it's priorities in order.

prommie March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Now Missy, you are never going to find yourself a good husband with that sarcastic mouth of yours.

actor212 March 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Oh, I dunno….it is rather purty….

SorosBot March 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Well some of us find the sarcasm and humor very attractive – but then I guess a liberal feminist guy is not a Real Manly Man.

actor212 March 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Oh come ON! Zimmerman committed murder! It's not like anyone lost money on the deal!

SorosBot March 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

And yet multiple felon James O'Keefe remains free – it's almost as if we have two different systems of justice in this country.

Doktor StrangeZoom March 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

–Anatole France

Joshua Norton March 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

He should have just shot and killed an unarmed person while chasing them down for no reason. He'd be walking around free. Not to mention that Greater Wingnuttia and the NRA would have built shrines to him.

Sassomatic March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Only if that person were sufficiently brown, mind you.

RadioStalingrad March 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

♪ ♫ It's not easy being green. ♪ ♫

Goonemeritus March 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

He should have spent his time doing something positive for society, Neighborhood Watch comes to mind.

Blueb4sunrise March 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm
cheetojeebus March 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

thanks for this.

larryfinexx March 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

It looks like Billy Bob Thornton had a love child.

WiscDad March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

He did…that was Angelina Jolie…oh wait.

Negropolis March 30, 2012 at 12:42 am

That's the only kind of child Billy Bob could have. A strangelove child.

An_Outhouse March 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Fucking eco-terrorists shouldn't ask questions if they don't want to get tortured.

Lascauxcaveman March 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Two years in prison for not paying up after winning an auction?

Man, these guys are almost as draconian as eBay.

widestanceromance March 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I'd hit it.

An_Outhouse March 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

If you can't do the time then poison a town's water supply or kill some miners.

Chet Kincaid March 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Wait, what?!

prommie March 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

He shoulda stuck to shooting unarmed black kids, huh?

actor212 March 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I call bullshit. The prison name can't be "Herlong" It has to be "Hislong"

Negropolis March 30, 2012 at 12:42 am

I'm thinking it's really named Hischlong.

WiscDad March 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Remember back in the seventies when people (even some olds) actually gave a shit about the environment? Well those same people are the ones raping it now. How nice is that?

donner_froh March 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Peaceful Uprising is pretty good at this. Sensenbrenner (R-Kotex) and Olmert (R-Hell) are the chairman and vice chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security which has some kind of warped jurisdiction over locked up ecology pranksters.

Clearly they wouldn't get anywhere with those idiots but they did something right.

bikerlaureate March 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

For reals? I would really like to learn which of our esteemed legislators twisted the knife, here.

actor212 March 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Can DeChristopher answer questions now?

I've always wanted to know what "fire in the hole" meant, and since he spent all that time in it…

widestanceromance March 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

It has something to do with eating lots of cayenne pepper to ward off prison rape. Think about it.

actor212 March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Wow! Two years for defaulting on a bid?

I wonder what banksters would get….

DetectiveGrey March 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

The best part is that according to his legal team, he didn't even default. He raised sufficient funds and could have paid for the land, he just didn't want to. The felony was misrepresenting his intentions in the auction. It's like an actor being jailed for breaching their contract.

Come here a minute March 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm

The banksters would get billions of dollars of free money. They always do.

prommie March 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels.

It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU WILL ATONE!

Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?

Sassomatic March 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I find that young man very easy to masturbate to.

widestanceromance March 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I did, too, about 45 minutes ago.

Exhausted66 March 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

On the bright side, by the time he gets out, he won't need those winter clothes anymore.

actor212 March 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I, for one, welcome our global warming overlords.

prommie March 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Whats scary is that I went back to the Google search page for the search I used to find that Network quote up there about the primal forces of nature, and just 5 minutes after I posted it, that quote, up there, was the 5th hit of my search. Google scares me.

DahBoner March 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I've seen this done on ebay.

The seller drives up the price using another email account and then when you give up and the fake winner "decides" to not purchase the item, the seller offers to let you have the item at the "fake" inflated price….

gurukalehuru March 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Why can't prisoners send e-mails? That's cruel and unusual right there.

ALIVE! March 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

This is an automatic reply. I will be out of the office in jail until Monday, June 25, 2018. If this is an urgent matter, please call my secretary. I will respond to your message in six years.

meatpuppet2 March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm

And yet Cheney can travel to Canada or wherever promoting his "Up with Torture" book and get a heart transplant (assuming he had one in the first place). All paid for by taxpayers. Just something fundamentally wrong with all of that.

valthemus March 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

As soon as I saw the words "Up with Torture" I started imagining "Springtime for Hitler" style Broadway performances. Is that wrong?

WIDTAP March 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Rolling Stone says Tim is back to minimum security time.

But give our Editrix another day, she may yet catch up.

Naked_Bunny March 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I just blame my LLC for any misdeeds of which I may be accused. It has more right than I do.

valthemus March 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

New rule: any multi-millionaire who can fairly be referred to as an "Oil Company Executive" has to spend a minimum of six months in jail because, let's face it, even if they haven't earned their insanely huge pay packets, they've almost certainly done something to earn a few months in the pokey.

Come here a minute March 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

HIs stupid lawyer failed to mention that the BLM was wearing a hoodie. BLAM!

OneYieldRegular March 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm

God, this country will throw people in prison for anything. When's someone going to write our "Gulag Archipelago"?

swordfis March 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Seriously – can someone please explain to me what his crime was? I really don't understand.

reliefsinn March 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Don't fuck with the feds, that's seems to be his offense right there.
Oh, it seems that some people can and do get away with manipulating auctions, but it was done by two people not wearing hoodies, I think.
http://www.peacefuluprising.org/breaking-tim-dech

DesertTed March 30, 2012 at 1:05 am

Peace and nature loving hippies should all be in prison. Didn't they learn long ago when the Roman government killed that long haired Jesus fella that peace and love have no place in civil society?

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