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Frontiersman, February 2016
A Conversation and a Test
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn a recent conversation with a friend, I asserted that the power of the U.S. government today isn't any less absolute than was that of medieval governments.  My friend objected.  He claimed that there's a big difference between those past governments and the present U.S. government.  That difference, he insisted, is that we have due process, and that they didn't.  Due process, he claimed, gives us a means to prevent or to redress abuses of power by the U.S. government.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy friend understands due process to be a doctrine, or maybe a set of procedures, by which the powers of the government are managed in such a way as to protect people from abuse.  Known past events and the present circumstances of American society don't support his opinion.  In fact, there isn't any such thing as due process, as my friend understands it.  There is due process of law, but that's a different thing entirely.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageDue process of law is mentioned only twice in the U.S. constitution.
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image... nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law....
—Amendment 5
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image... nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law....
—Amendment 14
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNeither of those provisions prevents the U.S. government from depriving someone of life, liberty, or property.  Quite the contrary.  Each of them empowers it to do so, provided only that such deprivation has been authorized by due process of law.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageRegarding due process of law, the U.S. constitution provides this carte blanche.
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image...[The Congress shall have power] To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
—U.S. constitution
 Article I, Section 8, clause 18
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThus, the legislation itself is all of the due process of law that's needed.  Only the Congress gets to decide what's necessary and proper.  The people don't have any control over the enactment of such legislation.  There isn't any effective limit on such legislation, or on the powers that it can authorize.  Due process, as my friend understands it, is a myth.  It doesn't exist.  I tried to explain that to him but he was unconvinced.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy friend asserted that it's possible, nowadays, to use the courts to overturn bad legislation.  In fact, a person who accomplishes that loses more than he gains.
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAppearance.  ... The voluntary submission to a court's jurisdiction....
Black's Law Dictionary
1979
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageTo appear in court at all, win or lose, is to voluntarily submit to the jurisdiction of the court and, thereby, to the jurisdiction of the government.  By voluntarily petitioning a court to overturn bad legislation, even if he wins, a petitioner acknowledges, legitimizes, and submits to the authority behind the legislation.  My friend remained unconvinced.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy friend also claimed that the U.S. government is less authoritative than those medieval kingdoms because it's possible, nowadays, to go into the courts and seek some kind of relief.  I tried to explain that the people's ability to beg the government for mercy, exceptions, or leniency doesn't disprove the absolute power of the government.  In fact, such appeals are a tacit acknowledgment of that power.  After all, the decisions of the courts are final and they will be enforced.  Again, my friend was unconvinced.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe authority of the U.S. government is every bit as final and as absolute as was the authority of any king who ever ruled.  If the present regime happens to be temporarily benevolent, then that doesn't keep it from being absolute.  Governments with absolute authority don't need to stay benevolent.  The U.S. government will punish anyone who refuses to obey.  It will initiate the use of force against anyone who resists the punishment.   It will kill anyone who resists effectively.  Anybody who doesn't believe me can test my claims for himself.  He can test them by refusing to obey the U.S. government and then by resisting the punishment.  I'll write to him in prison, if he survives the test.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
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Letters to the Editor
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHappy birthday, Sam.
—Steve, Wahiawa, Hawaii
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThanks for printing my letter in your Aug 2018 Frontiersman.  I still am in the hole about the drama I wrote of in the last letter I sent [September 2018].  (Note;  the letter after the one you printed in Aug 2018 newsletter)  One thing I'm going to always do is keep it real and truthful with you.  In the beginning of 2017 I went to a lifer parole hearing.  As of that time, I did not qualify for the youth offender act.  A couple of weeks ago I was conversing with another prisoner and he said that they raised the age of those under the act to 25.  Before it was 23 and under.  If you committed your crime one day over the age of 23 you did not qualify as of the date.  I went to board in 2017.  On this other prisoner's advice I wrote my prison counselor and he sent me paperwork saying I am now under the youth offender act and was eligible for parole under the youth offender act 10/4/17.  But I did not fall under the act until April 9th, 18.  And I don't go back to board until 5/11/2020.  So now I'm really confused?!  But I know this much.  If I can stay out of all the drama I will go home within the next 5 years!  When I went to board I missed the act by 2 weeks.  I was 2 weeks over the age of 23 when I was charged with murder.  So I have real hope now Sam!  So maybe the r in CDCr can now be capitalized?  They claim they have paroled 5,000 lifers so far!  I may need to file some writ to make them bring me back to board early now that I fall under the act and I'm passed my eligibility date.  I'll keep you posted my elder.  Also please send me the name and address you want me to send donations to.  I'll try to send something before the end of the year.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNote to anyone reading this, the prison did not inform me when the law changed. If you are a lifer and you committed your crime allegedly before your 26th birthday in California you are now eligible for youth offender act.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageTruly, yours in struggle & solidarity.
—a prisoner, Corcoran, California
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI accept donations as explained on the bottom of page 4.  The mailing address is shown at the bottom of each page of the newsletter.
—editor
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Dear Sam,
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI'm writing in response to the old Corcoran prisoner who wrote a response to my letter [September 2018, pages 1 - 2].
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFor starters, I return your desire to not disrespect one another.  Now, let me jump right in.  For starters, I'm not in Camp Snoopy, nor am I a fish to the C.D.C.R. system.  I'm a 50 year old who started my time in old Folsom back when it was a level 4, back in the 1980's.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageCurrently, I'm a level 3 on a level 4 yard in Salinas Valley.  And Corcoran 4B isn't the only level 4 yard they're trying to force to "non-designated".  Here's what they are doing in Salinas Valley.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThey have a level one yard here (Camp Snoopy) which is S.N.Y.  They are bringing level 1 and 2 G.P. inmates and putting them on m yard, SNY here in Salinas.  The Associate Warden here put the word out that, as long as there's no weapons, the S.N.Y. inmates can defend themselves with no risk of a write up.  So, the S.N.Y.'s are handing the G.P.'s their ass the second they walk onto the yard, the S.N.Y.'s outnumber them 1000 to ?.  The G.P.'s are then being taken to D5, D yard, which is a level 4, SNY.  Which D yard, Salinas Valley, is more active than the G.P. yards, everyone is packing.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSo, the same stuff is happening everywhere, from level 1 to level 4 yards.  I didn't question your sincerity, and providing a RVR only proves my point, it sounds like you are putting yourself in the mix.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageOn the real, you can be part of the "boo-dee-fucking-hoo" game, or you can pull yourself up.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageYou're doing life, how do you want to spend it?  Trust me, I know.  Prison is prison, on a level 4 yard sometimes you have to hurt.  Sometimes you get hurt.  But at 50 years of age, I've gotten smart enough to pay attention to what's happening to not put a bull's-eye on my back.
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageTill later, sincerely,
—a prisoner, Soledad, California
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI've suggested before (Divide and Control:  A Speculation, October 2014, page 3, editorial comment, November 2016, page 2, and possibly elsewhere) that the prison authorities might be intentionally manipulating prisoners, causing them to waste their energy against each other, instead of doing something useful about the prisons.  The way that you two guys have started bickering with each other, you're starting to remind me of that idea.  Are you allowing prison policies to manipulate you into an argument?  Granted, you're in prison, where you can't do much about your situation, and I'm acting like an armchair quarterback.  Even so, maybe you can indulge me briefly and, if I'm being presumptuous, forgive me.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhen a prisoner is in a situation in which he can't do anything useful about that situation, then maybe he's also in a situation in which he can avoid doing something that would make
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things worse.  As the preacher said, "Oh Lord!  If you can't help me, for goodness sake don't help that bear!"  Maybe, without intending to do so, prisoners are helping the bear.  If the prisoners can't do anything to improve their situation, then maybe they can avoid doing things that will make it worse.  Consider this.  Maybe if there weren't so many prisoners hurting or killing each other, then it might be more difficult for the prison authorities to get away with the kinds of things that they keep doing.   Maybe a little détente among the prison factions and gangs might be useful to the prisoners.  Peace, not as a goal but as a strategy — what a wild idea.
—editor
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Greetings Sam:
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI just received the September Frontiersman.  Thank you for keeping me on your mailing list after all these years & contributing to my sanity.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI am writing in response to one of the recent "letters to editor".  Specifically, the gentleman in the level-4 pilot program.  Most of what he says hit home and I applaud his resilience, especially after serving 23 years, already.  I'd like to suggest that — perhaps — the way he has been doing things is not working and maybe it is time to think outside the box.  I'll share a condensed version of my story.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI came to CDCR, on my 2nd term, in 2007 and was sent to a newer ISO about ten miles south of his location.  I was handed a 15 to life sentence.  At first I was pissed off, getting myself into the mix and all that entails (he knows what I mean).  After two years of madness, I had an epiphany while in AD-SEG.  If I ever wanted to share life with my children, feel the embrace of a woman, walk freely in society, experience freedom, I needed to come up with a better plan and put it into action.  I needed to "rehabilitate".
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAt the same prison, I went SNY, and they rolled me over to "C" yard.  I felt like a total piece of shit traitor, but my kids & family were more important.  I bucked the system at first, earning a few RVR's.  Eventually I enrolled in groups & my thinking started to change.  Sorry to say — I bowed down to the system.  At UCC I convinced a captain that, regardless of my C-file, I desired change and asked for a program yard.  Over the years I went from Delano to Ione to Soledad to Chowchilla, where I am now, a level 2.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThis is a program yard on steroids.  There are 40-something ILTAG's here, as well as OMCP and many VOC's.  If a person wishes to reduce his time, come here.  They are integrating mainline's here.  I see them get off the bus, weekly, chips on their shoulder, filled with piss & vinegar.  They either put up or shut up.  Most find they like it here, in a place originally built for women.  We have 8-man pods, private shower & toilet, 120 channels and most cops are laid back.  When was the last time you [that other prisoner] took a crap & your cellie's face was not two feet away?  Seriously ... when?  Or, took 3 private showers, daily?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy point in this soliloquy is to suggest a change in thinking.  The CDCR will not "rehabilitate" you;  you need to take the initiative.  They provide the tools, but you must  use them.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageFor two years I have watched my peers go to board & get dates.  Three months ago I went and was found suitable.  Yesterday I learned that my official release date will allow me to attend my daughter's college graduation, in 2019.  For eleven years I have kept my eye on the prize (family & freedom) even when that meant being a lame, sometimes.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy advice:  kiss some ass, ride some leg, do what it takes to get to a program yard, especially this one.  Alter your thinking, embrace change and persevere.  If you do nothing, THEY win and you rot in this place.  I took another man's life and will be a free man soon.  I know 20 to 30 lifers who have gotten dates in the last year.  You can, too, or you can do nothing while bitching about the injustice.
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—Sticky of San Diego
A prisoner soon to be free
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI just re-read your Sep. 2018 Frontiersman.  I agree with you, I don't know if your writings have made things any better [Some Good Ideas, page 1].  And then again, how could they.  The internet is wonderful and awful at the same time.  The wonderful is the ability to reach millions with your intelligent writings, the awful is it seems people only care about the social aspect of the web.  People are even more cattle like now.  God forbid they have a voice of their own.  They might be considered an outcast, a conspiracy theorist.  And I don't mean to be a negative Nelly but where I watch what's happening in the world, not just through local, national, and world news, but more importantly, I get a feel of the pulse by paying attention to what's on prime time T.V., commercials, and programs.  And brother, is the U.S. people more screwed up than ever.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageOur nation is going to [turning into] shit right before our eyes and nothing is being done about it....
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—a prisoner, Soledad, California

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Blonde Jokes
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