Becoming Muslim in the CMU

Al Fatihah-4

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
1/27/2016 3:21:31 PM
Becoming Muslim in the CMU

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, the one who Sustains the Heavens and the Earths, Director of all that is created, who sent messengers (peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them) to rational beings, to guide them and explain the religious laws to them with clear proofs and undeniable arguments’. I praise Him for all his bounties. I ask Him to increase His grace and generosity. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, alone, who has no partner, no equal, and there is non like, or comparable to Him. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant, messenger and final prophet.

To proceed:

My interest in world religions, mythology, the occult and various facets of spirituality began the moment I could read of such things. Although for much of my life I remained agnostic and borderline atheist. In the back of my mind I always had the notion that one day I would devout myself to a higher power in one form or another. I studied, as a hobby the scriptures of world religions. The Bahagavad Gita, Mahabrata, the Upanishads, the Vedas, The Holy Bible (various translations), the Guru Granth, Santeria, Witchcraft, Vodun, Divination, Asatru, Shamanism, etc. Always in the back of my mind waiting and hoping to find the one that spoke to me. As years past I became weary and skeptical of all beliefs and began studying the contemporary works of atheist thought.

In the summer of 2008 I read for the first time, an English translation of the meaning of the Holy Qur’an. I immediately felt different about this book than I had about the rest. It spoke to my sense of justice and had a consistency and coherence I found lacking in all other scriptures. And so it was that I took my Shahada (the testimony of faith that enters one into the fold of Islam) after having received Dawah (knowledge of the practice and basic principles of Islam) in a small Masjid in Denver, Colorado. I remember stumbling through the words of the Shahada for the first time. Arabic was very foreign to my ears and the words of the Shahada sounded like a series of la la la la’s. I remember struggling to learn Salah (the 5 daily prayers that are obligatory upon every true Muslim) from a packet of transliterated words and pedestrian style graphics demonstrating the the proper stances that coincide with the prayer. I was shy to attend Masjid and learn from anyone else and because of that pride I soon gave up and without the power of the prayer on my side I quickly fell back into Kufr (unbelief), although I did continue to read English translations of the Qur’an and found solace in doing so. The Deen (Islamic religion of pure monotheism) Had entered my head but had not yet entered my heart.

In the summer of 2010 I was arrested for a series of arsons I had committed under the moniker of the Animal Liberation Front. A clandestine disorganization that breaks the law to save the lives of Animals and publicize the suffering they endure in the slaughterhouse industry, medical science and research, as well as entertainment and fashion. By the Summer of 2010 the ATF, FBI and Department of Homeland security as well as other local authorities across Colorado and Utah were closing in on me. I had spent the previous decade working peacefully and legally for Animal Rights but had lost patience with a system that will never care about Life in the same way it cares about production, economy and consumption. I took the law into my own hands and was about to reap the consequences.

Sheepskin Factory

It was in county jail in Golden, Colorado That I made an earnest prayer in my cell. I guess I should preface this by saying that it was not out of desperation that I made that prayer. My situation was definitely dire as my court cases became a circus of activity. On one side the activist communities were divided about their feelings over me, my crimes of arson and my personal views. And on the other side was the news media, United States government and victims of burnt out businesses pooling together to make me look as ghoulish and sinister as possible.

In spite of this all, I had that familiar feeling I had experienced as a young boy, an incompleteness, a spiritual void. Although I had had the beginnings of an Islamic awakening a couple years before, I began doing a summary of research into world religions once again and turned up with the same confounding feelings of confusion. It all seemed equally possible and impossible. So I prayed something to the effect of: ‘Oh God, I know I am supposed to put you at the center of my life but I do not know in what capacity or which path I should follow please guide me to the correct way with certainty’. My first sincere Du’a (prayer) was for correct guidance.

The next day when the book cart came around there was a Qur’an on it. The first and only time I had seen one in that jail! I took it as a sign and I kept that Qur’an and read it in my cell off and on for the time I remained in Golden. But again my skeptical nature won out. I eventually surmised that it was coincidence, that I was reading into things because I had to much time and stress in my life. for the following 18 months I focused on my writings and my court cases primarily but did find solace and strength in the pages of that Qur’an.

About 18 months and 2 federal court cases later I found myself in solitary confinement in a county jail in Davis County just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. It was the day after sentencing and I had received a total of 12 years and 4 months. it was in that cell that I wrote the last pages of my book an article entitled “The Importance of Straight Edge”. I remember the fatigue and drain that I felt in that cell. I had given everything that I had and I felt like a dead battery laying on a concrete slab. I was still receiving a lot of support mail, my latest court statement was generating a buzz in in the Animal Rights community and I remember for the first time begrudging my fan mail. While strangers flooded my prison cell with letters speaking of solidarity and resistance and commending me for my sacrifices and struggle. I was looking at my prison walls trying to come to terms with the fact that this was my life for the next decade.

I made Du’a again, I prayed: “Oh Allah, I believe in the Qur’an and I think I am supposed to be a Muslim but I am skeptical to change my life over a book on a book cart. Please send me an unequivocal sign and I swear I will follow it”. 4 months later I was on my way to the CMU (Communications Management Unit), A semi-secret prison unit of which there are only 2 in the entire Federal Bureau of Prisons. One in Terre Haute, Indiana and the one that I was to reside in for the next 3 and a half years in Marion, Illinois. The overwhelming number of men housed in the CMU were Arab Muslims.

CMU-Marion

Culture Shock- Marion, while technically in Illinois is in the southernmost part of the state near the northern border of Tennessee. The twang in the voices of staff definitely rings more southern than Midwestern. When I entered the prison all inmate movement ceased and the entire prison went on lockdown as me and another inmate were escorted to I-Unit (the CMU). Once you step through the door of the CMU you go from being in the midwest to the middle east. In 2012 when I arrived there were Muslim men from all over the Arabian peninsula and beyond. Like most Americans I had barely even seen an Arab that wasn’t on a television screen. Ironically many of the men I saw there looked familiar from recent news articles and broadcasts.

The first impression I had was very positive. Prison is not the most hospitable of places. Often it is a place with a warped value system where violence and fear are considered admirable and the gang mentality prevails, but not in the CMU. The Muslim brothers I met, the ones the American government deems terrorists were kind, considerate, generous, well-mannered, clean, courteous and well-educated. Even though I was a total stranger they seemed generally concerned with my well being and genuinely enjoyed being of assistance. That first night in my cell I remember marveling at the fact that my prayer had been answered in exactly the terms I had asked. I resolved to make good on my promise, I began studying sincerely and daily and within my first couple months there I took Shahada again, however this time after being well informed and with love of Allah and his final Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) in my heart.

I realized quickly that the correctional staff in the CMU including the prison chaplains were not at all happy with my reversion to Islam. The whole push of the CMU was to target and cut off Muslims from the outside world. Communications, be they by phone, visits or mail are made cumbersome to say the least. All visits are no contact though plexiglass and live monitored (I have never been allowed a visit since my arrest in 2010). All telephone calls are also live monitored and must be signed up for a week in advance. You must sign up for whatever languages you will be speaking and you are allowed 2 fifteen minute phone calls per week.

Many of the rules in the CMU are elusive and not posted anywhere nor are they explained. I’ve seen brothers thrown into solitary confinement for asking where another Muslim has been transferred too. I received an incident report for talking to my father for 10 minutes and then calling a friend for the remaining 5 minutes, even though both were approved contacts. For that infraction I lost my phone privileges as well as the prison commissary for 3 months.

However one of the favorite rule infractions that staff enforced was “praying in congregation”. If two or more brothers were caught praying together (which all Muslims are expected to do if the opportunity presents itself) it was a punishable rule infraction. Certain C.O.’s (Correctional Officers) would keep an Islamic prayer schedule in the office just to make the rounds at those particular times. The funny thing was that during the holy month of Ramadan we were allowed to pray all 5 daily prayers in congregation for the entire month. I guess the Federal Bureau of Prisons really does recognize the sacred properties of Ramadan because the prayer which to them was a “safety and security concern” the other 11 months of the year all of the sudden became perfectly harmless that month!

Even after John Walker Lynn won the right to congregational prayer in the CMU at Terre Haute, they refused to let the ruling apply to us in Marion even though they are both governed and monitored by the same counter terrorist unit and are the same program. Indeed many of the men got bounced back and forth between the 2 units over and over again. So adamant were they against the prayer that I witnessed brothers get sent to the ADX (the supermax penitentiary in Florence, Colorado) or otherwise immediately released from the CMU the moment they would get close to winning the right to congregational prayer, or any Judge was ruling in their favor against the CMU because most of the criteria for housing inmates there is unconstitutional (even as a prisoner you have the right to religious practice, freedom of speech and your political views, but practicing these is exactly what landed most of us there). I did not have one incident report in the Federal Bureau of Prisons before my arrival in the CMU. I had never even been in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, I went straight from county jail to little Gitmo.

But Alhamdulilah! Allah placed me there for good reason, mainly to learn the Deen (Islamic religion of pure monotheism). I also learned Tajweed (recitation of the Qur’an), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and much more. I met some of the finest men I’ve ever known. Men like Sayyid Nosair, Ghassan Elashi, Abu Khabab, Tariq Mehanna and many, many more. After being there for 3 and a half years I was released. I left behind many brothers and I keep them all in my prayers to this day. And I am happy to report that many of them were released from the CMU after me. I wish them all the best and a speedy return to their loved ones. And if I do not see them again in this life, then InshAllah we will meet again in Jennah (Heaven).

Since my conversion to Islam many friends, family and supporters have been less than receptive. Which of course is there prerogative. I have found in Islam a holistic way of life and a salvation plan for all mankind based on Allah and the mutual rights of all (Humans, Animals and the Earth). Not single issue causes or the laundry bag of activist issues. I remain a staunch supporter of Animal Rights and the Straight Edge (drug free) lifestyle. However, I no longer ask Allah for signs. Instead I strive to have faith, enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil. And keep Taqwah (fear and Love of Allah) in my heart always.

Salaamu alaikum,
Abdul Haqq

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Abdul Haqq is currently incarcerated, has no access to the internet or Facebook. He is scheduled to be released April 2021. You can contact him by U.S. mail:

Walter Bond
37096-013
FCI Greenville
PO Box 5000
Greenville IL 62246

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The Great Disconnect

dont be sorry

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
11/29/2015 8:35:36 AM

The Great Disconnect

One of the major problems with the modern day manifestations of the Animal Rights Movement And the Straight Edge lifestyle seems to be a disconnect between rhetoric, speech and creed versus behavior, practice and reality. this disease of hypocrisy effects modern civilization at large and is part and parcel of the schizophrenia, neurosis and perversion that pervades and infects most of our lives.

A large cross section of activists in general and Animal Rights/welfare activists in particular pretend at concern and respect for Animals lives while simultaneously dining on their dead bodies, drinking cow secretions and eating the scrambled, poached and calcified menstruation cycles of chickens.

Many of those that critique technology and civilization do so from their computer screens and outside of postulating on paper they often have more real world experience as a technophile than a survivalist, Luddite or even the basic country or mountain dweller. Many a Vegan I have known medicates themselves with drugs both legal or illegal that are currently or have been tested on Animals. Under the guise of medicine, stress relief or outright addiction, exactly like the rest of the masses that sit on their asses!

These blatant hypocrisies breed weakness and defeatism while also undermining the purity and strength that a righteous life has to offer. And in the end it is the system that profits at the expense of the oppressed and downtrodden. The system could care less about your philosophies, what books you read, or the bulk of your internet viewing or social media posting. Sure the system will monitor them for purposes of safety and security but the content itself is largely of no interest to the powers that be. So long as what you purchase and the way you live is in keeping with the systems wants and needs it could care less about the latest fashions and trends under the guise of resistance. As long as you partake in popular culture, they know, they have you.

The reason being is that what you do is much closer to what you believe than what you say or display. And what you do (as well as refuse to do) will have a far more altering effect upon your outlook, worldview and personality than contemplation and speculation. Furthermore, those who believe or espouse one thing and then do the other (in short most people today in western civilization) when faced with a serious threat of violence, prison, fear or even denial of their petty vices will most often do an about face, turning on everyone and everything they claim so emphatically to hold dear. These are largely symptoms of the sick and degenerative times in which we now live.

Of course hypocrisy, con men, and soothsayers have always existed but now it’s expected, as a given, that consistency is ‘dogmatic’ and ‘unrealistic’ or altogether unnecessary. this is because our society pushes quantity over qualitybr. The greedy, fat and gluttonous always prefer the prospect of ‘more’ over ‘better’….. But I don’t

I suppose I am a bit of a relic, perhaps a tad archaic in my thinking, but I’m alright with that. I’m one of those that values consistency, I tend towards it, whether it is attainable in the absolute or not. Because a consistent and determined approach to life breeds success in our actions and endeavors . Any educated or smooth talking showman can parrot words, rabble rouse or make a career out of sounding good. All protest movements these days abound with sellouts and old peaceniks that live lucratively making sure that outrage at social injustice is only channeled into ridiculous and ineffective displays of symbolic gesture. It’s better to have a courageous heart and a silent resolve than it is to have the non-existent wherewithal of a coward and a flake!

Along with the great disconnect between belief and action comes this paint-by-numbers brand of protestation. these mimicries and templates of so-called resistance. Hold a sign, chant a slogan, have a public temper tantrum, get on the evening news, join a group, write a letter, table an event, lockdown/hold hands etc. all these tired and played out versions of activism have the same thing in common. They all play more to the emotional needs of the activist than their cause of concern.

In the case of Animal they do not help at all. Animals in cages, in laboratories, in slaughterhouses, in circuses and all other places of use and abuse, captivity and torture are not the least bit aware of people yelling at a wall while holding up a sign. Even if you sat a television in front of their cage to show them the protest movement that exists on their behalf (one which shows it’s concerns purely in human centric ways that only hold significance to a small number of people) it is doubtful that any non human Animal could understand or psychologically benefit in anyway from these charades done in their name. This is often the reason why many folks at large think animal welfarists/activists are either insincere, or a little off in the head. Because it’s obvious that the modes of activism are pretentious and /or somewhat detached from reality.

At the end of the day if you really care about Animals or are sensitive to the ways in which they are bred, exploited and murdered you can decide not to take part in their oppression in every consumer decision you make by going Vegan. If you want to do more you can help actual Animals, The world is teeming with the Animal victims of human exploitation, manipulation and apathy. If you want to go further then you can decide your own level of involvement and intervention on their behalf. And all of this will have a direct impact on strengthening your belief, resolve and desire to do still more, which is good for the Animals.

It’s long past time for those concerned about the Earth, Animals and all Innocent Life to put down these failed and outmoded forms of protestation that are more focused on busy work to fill the psychological needs of the activist personality type (along with the largely irrelevant and divisive rhetoric of anarchism and hyper-leftism) and focus on how we can help save Animals and the Earth today! Or how we can intervene against those destroying or diminishing all Innocent Life with their poisonous and toxic lifestyles of filth and greed.

It’s time for a return to the morality, ethics, edification, justice and compassion in action that has always traditionally separated the Vegan Straight Edge from the regressive and diluted hippie-crits that soften and plague the cause for Animal Rights. Along with this we need a return to sincerity, anonymity and action. Coupled with a digression from the selfish displays of activism that are merely designed to be a pressure valve to the activist community at large. Rather the movement needs to become an effective lightning rod against the status quo.

Animal Liberation, Whatever It May Take!!!

Regards,
Abdul Haqq September 2014
Abdul Haqq
ALF POW

Write to Abdul Haqq:

Walter Bond
37096-013
FCI Greenville
PO Box 5000
Greenville IL 62246

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Abdul Haqq transferred to FCI Greenville on Monday, Sept 21

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A few weeks ago, Abdul Haqq requested transfer out of USP Marion, the prison where he has been held since Jan 2012. On Monday he was taken to FCI Greenville, which is just a few hours drive from Marion. He sounds real good and extremely glad to be away from Marion. He said the facility is much better in terms of programs, exercise equipment, food (the vegetarian food is mostly vegan, plus the cooks are good) and people (some of the other guys gave Abdul Haqq supplies to tide him over until the commissary reopens). This is so great! The prison commissary is closed for the next 2 weeks, due to a quarterly inventory count and restocking. When the commissary reopens, Abdul Haqq will need to make some purchases, because he was only allowed to take limited personal belongings. If you can send a few dollars to help with purchases such as clothing, stationery, snacks, hygiene items, it will be much appreciated. Oh, and even more important (than money) right now is Abdul Haqq would like to hear from YOU and YOU and YOU… MR. BOND WANTS MAIL! Remember to use his new address, and include your return address in the body of the letter to make it easy for him to write you back.

Walter Bond
37096-013
FCI Greenville
PO Box 5000
Greenville IL 62246

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A few questions posed to Abdul Haqq via Corrlinks email, June 2015

photo credit: deseretnews.com
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Why have you been studying both Arabic and Spanish?

I have been studying Fus’hah or Classical Arabic as it is known in English for the purpose of reading and reciting the Qur’an in the original language in which it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.)  I have been studying Arabic for about 3 years now.  As a practicing Muslim I know that there is a natural and mystic power to the Qur’an that can only be felt in its original language.

As far as Spanish goes this is important to me for ethnic reasons.  Yo Soy Boricua (I am Puerto Rican) and like many of my people I lost my language as a child.  It’s important to me to master Spanish because it is a culture that I don’t want to lose and one that I would like to pass on to my children someday.  Since my incarceration I have had the opportunity to meet and befriend more Puerto Ricans than I ever met growing up in Colorado and Iowa.  It’s sad that outside of my own family the largest concentration of my own people I have found is behind bars.  But this is no surprise since our island has been a hot spot of imperialization and colonization since the first white people set foot in the Caribbean. forced assimilation and imprisonment is the favorite way of the white power system to downgrade people of color and Puerto Rico and her people are no exception to that.

So, I study Spanish pretty much all day long in one way or another.  I speak it now, as well as immerse myself in Spanish television, music and books.  Not only has it become important to me on a personal level, but my mind now craves the challenges of learning it. And in the process it is awakening a pride in my ethnic identity that I have never felt before.

Are you listening to any music these days?

Always.  Music is food for the soul. I have an MP3 player which I have loaded with a diverse array of music.  I enjoy Reggae, Reggaeton, Salsa, Old School Hip Hop and Straight Edge Hardcore to name only a few genres I enjoy.

What do you like to read these days?

Thanks to my supporters I have been able to read nearly any book I have ever wanted to read.  These days I am so wrapped up in study that I seldom read subject type material.  I appreciate anything contemporary that I can get my hands on in the Spanish language, magazines, newspapers, comics etc.

Do you still want a subscription to the weekly Colombian magazine “Semana”?

Yes, I would like that very much. I used to be housed with another inmate that had a subscription and I really enjoyed reading the current and back issues.

http://www.semana.com/seccion/edicion-impresa/60

Are there any Animals at the prison?

Yeah, through the fence I can see deer out in the field.  We also have cats, raccoons, skunks and overhead hawks and vultures.  There is a really big and beautiful tree line that is fairly close to the prison and I really enjoy just watching the trees sway in the breeze and the different colors of the Sky and Earth.  For the last five years I have been either locked up in a control unit for so-called domestic terrorists or in county jails. in both places I was cut off completely from even the limited freedoms of prison.  I remember that I would sometimes miss looking at the Sky or Trees so much that it hurt in my soul.  For the first few years I didn’t mind so much but it stared to lead to serious depression after awhile.

How is your health?

My health is good. I don’t have any ailments and I take no medication, I think my teeth could use some work though.  For 39 I’m doing well.

How is your handball game?

Depends on the day, I love to play.  I’m one of the better guys on the court but some of these guys have been locked up and playing for decades, so the competition is stiff. Handball is an incredible workout but it is also really hard on your body.  I love playing though, I’m addicted.

What about life interests you most?

Vegan Straight Edge and Animal Liberation Whatever It May take! ¡Como Siempre!

Abdul Haqq September 2014

Mail correspondence to:
Walter Bond
37096-013
USP Marion
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959

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On the eve of his 39th birthday, enjoying the presence of the A.L.F. Lone Wolf by rereading an essay from 2012

Happy-birthday-Abdul-Haqq

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
10/19/2012 8:48:39 AM
Mi Nombre Es Lobo Solitario

Recently I read the book ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela. It was one of the most powerful books I have read. In it Mr. Mandela said ‘A freedom fighter should always remember his roots’. I have recently had chance to reflect and remember my roots when my father sent me a newspaper cut out of local news from the late 70’s. It was about a shack that I lived in as a young child with my family. I was told we lived in a trailer before this place but I do not remember that. I do have many fond and bitter memories of what my father deemed ‘The Cottage’. I remember climbing the wood pile and breaking my nose when the logs broke and rolled. I remember that this cottage marked the beginning of the state woods that I used to play in and explore. I remember that I used to eat wild berries and rhubarb. I remember swimming in the lake directly behind our shack. I also remember the racism and classism of the area as well.

We were the notoriously poor family of Tanglefoot Iowa. Apparently, so poor that the newspaper ran that article about us, trying to frame us as some family of wannabe little house on the prairians. Many parents didn’t let there kids come down and play because we were poor. As if it was a disease that might rub off. I remember two brothers, the Henningsons, asking me why my mother was caramel colored. I said because she is from Puerto Rico. The next day they told me that they found out that a Puerto Rican Is ‘half nigger and half spic’. I had no Idea what either of those words meant. I remember coming home and proudly telling my mother, ‘your a spic’! I learned very quickly that this was a very terrible epithet. I also learned that playing with the Animals around our shack was far more interesting and rewarding than the snobby brats down the road.

I also recently reread my final statement to the court in Salt lake City, Utah. It’s been a year since I looked at that statement and it reminded me of the difference a year can make. At the time of my sentencing in Utah I had been in county jails and federal detention centers ‘in transit’ all across America for the preceding year and a half. I had gone through a whole other federal court case for my arson of the sheepskin factory in Colorado. The powers that be in Utah were determined to punish me to the fullest and even filed motions to the judge begging him to throw out the federal sentencing guidelines and give me more prison time than what was allowable by the US supreme court! I was really beginning to feel the stress add up. I had resolved myself from the beginning to never equivocate to the courts or to the media no matter what the cost to me personally.

A year after that verdict that left me with a little over 12 years in prison. I now sit for an indefinite period of time In the CMU political prison unit of Marion. The federal prisons first and notorious supermax penitentiary, on a control unit that is the equivalent of a hamster house for 40 men. I have nothing but time to reflect and think/over think everything within my memory. I have evaluated my crimes of arson in the name of Animal Liberation, time and time again. Was it worth my current incarceration? Will there ever be a time for the rest of my life that I will not be harassed by the FBI? How many Animals could I be saving or helping right now legally had I not taken this path? All very valid questions. Having found some serenity in spirituality I often see things in a much different way than I did before this epiphany.

But the inescapable truth is that the loving precept of peace only exists under the ready arm of justice. The truth is that Animals have faced the worst atrocities at the hands of humanity for the machinations of technologically advanced civilization. They still face these horrors in unimaginable numbers. As far as I am concerned The ALF are the angels of deliverance for the lives of Animals and the Earth, and I am proud to have served. I will always mark those times as the pinnacle of my life, and as the true resistance that must be undertaken a million times more if this earth is even to have a fight chance at survival!

The Governments of the world are a Babylon system that use racism, classism, war, death, murder and religion. to rape, destroy, violate and oppress all innocent life. I’m afraid that as long as these satanic systems of abuse define and manipulate all of us. Then I will have no choice but to remain defiant in the face of adversity and an advocate of direct activism, and let the record stand.

Animal Liberation, Whatever It May Take!

Regards,

Abdul Haqq September 2014

Abdul Haqq

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Walter Bond
37096-013
USP Marion
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959

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The Balance of Terror

Abdul Haqq - Walter BondWALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
1/12/2015 10:20:38 AM
The Balance of Terror

Ever since I arrived in this counter-terrorism prison unit know as the CMU ( January of 2012) I have heard a couple of things that I don’t feel are accurately portrayed to the outside world.

When these units were originally opened they housed an overwhelming amount of Arab Muslims (and still do). to balance out the equation and not appear racist or biased it is believed that many non-Muslim, non-Arab people were brought to the CMU’s specifically to “balance” and give diversity to these prison units. However true this may have been several years ago. This is not the reality of the CMU’s today.

The reality is that Animal Rights activists (and others deemed to have threatening or subversive beliefs) such as myself that have been branded terrorists by the federal governments “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” (AETA for short) are actually viewed as “domestic terrorists”, “violent extremists” and “fanatical activists” by the system. It’s not a joke, a ruse, or a tactic to demonize the movement. It is actually how the US government views groups such as the Animal Liberation Front. We are not kept on these units merely to fill a quota in a government office. I cringe every time I see mention of the CMU’s in the media and then hear of the “balancers” that are also placed here. even though some of these ‘balancers’ have been here over 7 years now!

The truth is that when it comes to the AETA and the CMU if you are convicted of it, or housed in it (whichever the case may be) you are deemed, considered and treated as a domestic terrorist threat. Not as a paper dragon or an extremist in the governments new anti-terrorist affirmative action program. I live here and could very possibly spend my entire prison sentence, a decade straight, in this prison within a prison. Where I have my every breath and movement monitored and analyzed scrupulously. I don’t say this to frighten or sound severe, but I don’t want those in the forefront of speaking out against these secret prison units or against the AETA to make light of it as if it’s all a government charade. Nor should they think that accounts of what it was like in the CMU years ago explain accurately what it it like today.

And the fact is I am not a terrorist. I think that people, anyone, that murders, maims or kills innocent bystanders to make a point, protest, or create fear and panic in the populace is wrong. I think terrorism is sick and evil and I have never, would never, and will never, agree with it. No matter what the U.S. government labels me as, or any other freedom fighters for social justice!

We live in a world that is currently teeming with human indignity, or rather the indignity of humans. I don’ have all the answers. Honestly, on most days I don’t have any answers. But I know as time progresses and world events unfold that there are a lot of problems I don’t want to be a part of. War, corporate greed, imperialism, racism, police brutality, religious intolerance, Animal abuse, Earth’s exploitation and devastation are all problems that holding signs and signing petitions are not going to change. But brutality, violence, intolerance and the specter of terrorism are not only the wrong way to address the ills of the world but are, in fact, simply new forms of the same sickness of the soul that has plagued mankind since the beginning.

Regards,
Abdul Haqq
ALF POW

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Walter Bond (Abdul Haqq) is in prison until the year 2021 and cannot use Facebook or the internet. The website supportwalter.org and the Walter Bond Facebook page were set up to support him.

Walter Bond is in need of donations to enable him to buy vegan items from the prison commissary. For more info on sending funds to him in prison, please visit this page on the support site: http://supportwalter.org/SW/index.php/donate/

Here is his mailing address (he can only reply to letters that include a full name and address):

Walter Bond
37096-013
USP Marion CMU
PO Box 1000
Marion IL 62959

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Merry XVX!!!

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WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
12/10/2014 8:18:16 AM
Merry XVX!!!

Happy Holidays everybody! Sorry if I haven’t been very responsive as of late. I have just been consumed with my language studies (Spanish/Arabic) and my exercise routine. As a prisoner in a counter-terrorism prison unit; with a few years of time under my belt now. I am becoming a bit reclusive as a matter of mental well being. While I yearn for my return to society that date is still years away and constantly having my mind on the outside while my body is incarcerated is frustrating and slightly schizophrenic.

My heart goes out to all the freedom fighters for the Earth and Animals as well as the struggles for human rights and the fight against racism. In these caustic times we must struggle to keep ourselves optimal and our intentions pure. Too much of what passes as revolution, activism and “the movement” is just empty slogans, activist reenactments of the 1960’s, and the picket era.

Political jargon, be it socialist, anarchist or right-wing all seek to frame very real and drastic problems, problems of life and death as ‘issues’ that cowards, armchair generals and fakes use as a platform for their ridiculous and often irrelevant beliefs and pretentious rhetoric.

While the world burns and swelters with the heat of racism, police brutality, Animal use and abuse, environmental degradation, disease, famine, pestilence, war, filth, perversion and neurosis. We chant, we hold sings, we take to the internet and voice our opinions, in a sea of opinions. we play on our fiddles while the Earth dies. Technology amplifies the decay and wickedness, magnifying it, prolonging it, exploiting it, thousands of times beyond the pale of reason!

Most of this year I have taken off writing my usual articles and essays. Mainly, I stopped for two reasons: First, I live in a CMU prison unit, (If you don’t know what that is, find out!). And as such, I am under constant censorship. I would rather not say anything than be censored in part. And secondly, I feel that my writings have become more fodder for philosophers and do-nothings to debate about or raise an eyebrow too.

I have always been outspoken WHEN it effects a change. I have also been an anonymous freedom fighter behind the mask which was much more effective and gratifying than being an interesting read for college kids or an imprisoned martyr for Animals.

Still, given the vantage point of a prison cell, time to think, time to read, and time to grow. I look back at my own feeble attempts at resistance and see them for what they were, a stepping stone. Animals, the Earth and Humans will never be free until we are rid of technologically advanced civilization. What is vivisection, factory farming, genetic engineering, surveillance society, or any institution of oppression besides a technological institution of innovation? The Animals won’t be free of the laboratory as long as there are laboratories. The Earth will not be free from industry until there are no industries. Behind every single facet of worldwide destruction you will find technology, and only technology has exacerbated and accelerated our own greed to the point in which it is threatening all life.

It’s not about diets, or politics (left or right). It’s not about morality, or the lack thereof. people have always done what people do, and we will continue with our machinations until the end. It’s about balance. It’s about autonomy and the type of freedom that truly matters. Not the freedom to be politically correct or the freedom of hedonism. But the freedom to live, love, struggle and die along with every creature on the planet.

!Liberacion Animal, Cueste Lo Que Cueste!

Abdul Haqq September 2014
ALF POW,
Abdul Haqq

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Star Knight

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Star Knight
Jun 30th, 6:48am
Hello, My name is Star and I live in Washington, DC. I wrote this poem for Walter:

The Lone Wolf
HOWLS
Total Liberation
The Lone Wolf
HOWLS
He is The Fire
The Lone Wolf
HOWLS
Sacrificing Freedom
for The Animals
our sons and daughters
The Lone Wolf
HOWLS
He Is The Fire that beat The Slaughter
Vegan Hardline
He is The Beacon
What have you done?
Always Looking Forward!
What have you done?
Whatever It May Take!

Feel free to share. In Solidarity, Star Knight

 

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Interview of Walter Bond featured in new book published by Lantern Books

In the forthcoming book , The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (Lantern Books), co-edited by Jason Del Gandio and Anthony J. Nocella II (due out this summer), the following interview of Walter Bond was taken by Carol Glasser during the summer of 2011 (several months before Walter’s final sentencing for arsons in Utah, but after his sentencing for the arson of the Sheepskin Factory in Colorado) and appears as Chapter 15.
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