By Alicia Powe
Published August 26, 2021 at 8:20am
When the January 6 detainees stand before a judge in federal court to adjudicate conspiracy charges and allegations of domestic terrorism after languishing in a Washington, D.C. jail for months, at first glance they may be mistaken for cavemen or Islamic jihadists.
Inmates who refuse to get an experimental COVID19 vaccination are prohibited from using razors, getting haircuts, endure even longer periods of solitary confinement and are barred from visitation privileges, their families explained in an exclusive interview with The Gateway Pundit.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an Army reservist who worked on a Naval base in New Jersey, was apprehended on January 15 after the Federal Bureau of Investigations confirmed he stepped in the Capitol building for a few minutes during the “insurrection” and took a selfie.
“He, literally, has not held a can of shaving cream or razer since his arrest,” his aunt and advocate Cynthia Hughes told TGP. “That was the last time he was able to shave. You’re talking about somebody who was in the military, who keeps their hair short – he’s always clean-cut. This is somebody with no criminal history who has been in the military for 13 years. He hasn’t shaved since January 15.
“When they go present themselves in front of the judge, they actually look like terrorists – you actually look like madman or jihadist when you can’t shave for 8 months.”
Approximately 50 of the 600 plus Jan. 6 political prisoners are detained in the DC Central Detention Facility. The jail, located just blocks away from the White House, the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill, has reportedly become Guantanamo Bay for American Citizens.
Until June, amid the Washington D.C. Department of Corrections’ compliance with Covid “safety” protocol, all of the Jan 6. inmates jailed in Washington were held in solitary confinement in cells the size of a walk-in closet for up to 24 hours a day and allowed just 1 hour a day of recreation time during which they were permitted to shower, call their attorneys, call their families and human interaction before they were thrown back in their cell.
As Covid restrictions waned at the start of the summer, the detainees were allotted 5 hours of rec time. Still, the inmates, who are denied bond for allegedly trespassing in the People’s House, are being told by guards that they are barred access from basic necessities until they receive the mRNA Covid19 vaccination.
“Many are not out of solitary confinement,” Hughes continued. “Almost eight months later, they are still denied religious services, denied physical activity. They do not go outside. They do not see sunlight. They are denied grooming services. What’s the justification for that? What’s their reasoning? COVID. They tell them that they have to take the vaccination to have access to those things.”
After bribing inmates into getting the potentially lethal vaccine, the jail isn’t even holding its side of the bargain.
“We know one of the Jan. 6 guys in there who did take the vaccine and he is still being denied access to those services,” warns Hughes, who organized a support group for the families of January 6 detainees. “They just want to mess with these guys. They just want to hurt them. They just want to play games with them. It’s just a lie. Get the vaccine, you still won’t get sunlight or fresh air.”
Joseph Hackett, a physical therapist, faces a 20-year sentence after allegedly standing in the Capitol building for ten minutes on Jan. 6. Joseph’s wife Deena was shellshocked after their home was raided by the FBI following his arrest in May and now faces the prospects of raising their young daughter and running their family business alone.
When Deena, travels from Florida to see her husband for the first time in months, he will have to return to solitary confinement to “quarantine.”
“Now, they are saying the video visitation is not working at the moment and I am not allowed to see him if I go to DC. If they did let me in, Joe would have to be put back in quarantine for two weeks,” Deena told TGP. “They have no right to their religious beliefs – they are not allowed speak to a pastor because of Covid. He’s Christian – he’s being denied that. He is sitting there with no due process.”
Like most of the Jan 6. detainees, who sing the national anthem every night at 9 pm from their cells, Joseph refuses to get the jab.
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