Reposting of “The Cruelty of Industrial Technology”


Walter Bond sent a letter asking us to repost this essay from June 2013.
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WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
6/25/2013 2:40:01 PM
The Cruelty of Industrial Technology

There is no brutality as wicked as systematic cruelty, and systematic cruelty only becomes widespread by aid of technology. When I was a young man before and leading up to my Vegan awakening I built slaughterhouses. Industrial plumbing, welding. structural steel and machine installation were my daily routines. One of those machines was called ‘the beater’. The beater is a 10’x10′ stainless steel monster. It is one in a series of machines set in a row and dedicated night and day to the disembodying process of hogs.

After a 500 pound hog has had his or her throat cut and been hung upside down to bleed to death, he or she then gets disemboweled by a series of slaughterhouse workers evenly dispersed along the kill floor. After disembowelment is complete all organs are sent to another area of the kill floor via stainless steel trays rolling on a conveyor belt. The next part of the process is what’s called the ‘hog bath’ (which I also installed). The hog bath is a 50 foot scalding hot tubular bathtub that the hog carcasses go through mainly to slacken the skin to be peeled, salted and stacked. But before that happens, the now dead and hollow remains of a once living and feeling being must go through ‘the beater’.

The inside of the beater is similar in design to a car wash except the rollers all stand vertically and are on immobile swing arms. There are four spindles on each side and each spindle contains five, six foot metal lengths, each six inches wide and known as ‘strapping’. Every six inches on center running the length of the strapping is a bolt. Around each bolt is a large nylon rope with a loop and two knots that hang out of the strapping approximately 18 inches. When the machine is operational the spindles whirl with incredible torque and the nylon knots beat the hair of the hogs dead and softened skin.

One must always lock and tag out the electricity box while working inside the beater so that it is not possible to start it by accident while anyone is inside. Failure to do this has actually ended with workers being beaten to death while working inside the beater. Since all the strapping and bolts are made of stainless steel, impact drills cannot be used for quick assembly because stainless steel binds. What this means is that someone must individually set every single nylon rope and screw the bolts down by hand. That person was me in 1995 in Logansport, Indiana. It took me five 12 hour shifts to complete the task.

While working inside this machine it is simply impossible not to imagine how terrible it would be if you were stuck inside accidently (or intentionally). It’s one thing to look at it from the outside, where it looks like a huge metal box, but inside it’s a mathematically macabre sight. It also gave me another eerie feeling, which was that very few living beings will ever see the guts of this monster; it is for the newly dead only.

Another nightmare I was to witness was the blood tanks. On the kill floor there are drains that deal with the constant flow of blood. These drains are beyond industrial grade as blood is nothing like water and has a corrosive element. Beneath the kill floor are huge cylindrical tanks that hold the blood until it gets processed into industrial byproducts or disposed of. Before one can enter the inside of a blood tank for maintenance it has to be carefully drained and aired (which is a phenomenally wretched odor). Blood outside of the body coagulates and to do this it leeches large amounts of oxygen. If you step into a blood tank even drained the remaining coagulating blood will literally take the air out of your lungs and you will asphyxiate to death on the spot!

And so it goes, In vivisection and Animal research there are catalogs teeming with vices, clamps, restraints and torture devices to aid in the sinister science of flaying Animals to play with their guts. The deforestation of the Earth is done by megalithic yellow death machines that murder old growth forests worldwide with speed and precision. In human warfare we have rapid fire weapons, rockets, nuclear arms, chemical agents, drones and the latest technological advancements in the art of murder. Indeed the history of technological advancement is the history of cut, burn, torture, poison, explode and destroy! From the iron maiden, thumbscrew, breaking on the rack, the fearful Eliza and braiding on the wheel — to tanks, daisy cutters and napalm, and more, and more, AND MORE! The history of technology becomes ever more cruel and efficient as time proceeds.

Technology amplifies our most base and devastating endeavors. If I had been in the Animal slaughter business in the pre- industrial age and then had a compassionate awakening I could have easily spent the rest of my life helping Animals and at least could have died knowing I did them more hands on good than I aided in their harm. But as it stands the machines that I installed and animated have been methodically murdering every second of every day since 1995. Although I may be viewed as a prolific Animal Liberation activist, in reality I have aided machines that murder continuously. A death toll I can never roll back.

Before small arms technology, namely the handgun, one had to garret, skewer, stab, bash, poison or blunt an enemy to death. Even a renaissance serial murderer would have been hard pressed to kill in a lifetime as many people as the squeeze of a trigger or the push of a button can now kill.

Technology gets used far more for violent and nefarious activities than it ever will for caring and compassionate ones. Because violence, murder and slavery while often times economically or politically profitable are also dangerous, disgusting and eventually maddening to the perpetrators. While caring, caressing, petting and nurturing are pleasing and actually cannot be fully experienced through mechanical mediums. This leads to a disassociation, and disconnectivity. We become blind to the reality of what high technology is doing in abundance, namely violence, and we glorify its comforts and assistance. This is made possible in large part by placement of technologies. Anything that is an aid or viewed as beneficial is in the open, accessible and visibly promoted — optometry, dentistry, car lots, hospitals, laser removal, etc. — while anything vile and vicious is hidden and inaccessible, such as military bases, slaughterhouses, Animal laboratories, etc.

Governments and societies in general are aware that out of sight truly does equals out of mind. And by out of mind I am talking about disassociation. Since this is a prerequisite to the backdrop of technologically advanced human societies it is not surprising that we find much disassociation within liberation struggles as well. There’s a growing trend to not attempt to emotionally understand the reality of victimization or oppression but use catchwords like Animals, Earth, hierarchy, patriarchy, capitalism et al. as reoccurring rhetorical symbols. This is dangerous because it is a flight from the reality that is experienced by the oppressed and downtrodden all around this globe, be they human, Animal or ecosystem. In the final analysis, dissociative flights of philosophy are largely a privilege of those who are not oppressed.

In today’s world of the computer, we are witnessing a greater degree of disassociation and de-sensitivity than ever before in human history! Coupled with the mental and emotion damage which ensues. Once again we only see what is convenient and not what is so detrimental. All the information at the tip of our fingers often desensitizes us before in enlightens. People live in a mental netherworld that is neither here, nor there, but some part of the techno-hive. If you go into the city streets you will witness people stumbling around in droves fixated on pocket-sized screens of various technological devices. What is real is the completely fabricated and what is completely fabricated is now of mass importance.

Babies in their cribs are given the soft dull glow of a computer screen to curl up with, transfixed at their new electronic parent. And many toddlers now prefer an iPad to the voice of their mothers. Many people that consider themselves ‘activists’ and ‘radical’ or ‘militant’ just mean that those are the kind of websites that get them interested and excited, and that their avatar and facade personalities online are rigid and intolerant. In the real world they are scared to make eye contact with strangers on a bus.

You will find time and time again that those that put action above ideas and real world resistance above symbolic protests and gestures are the ones that on a deep fundamental level refuse to rationalize away the terrors of this world. And are also committed to effecting real world changes for reasons outside of their job, prestige, popularity, or to share and beg validation from strangers on a computer screen. The real fight for autonomy, liberation and life lies against the machines, outside of technology and off the grid. Until we start working outside the system we are just aiding, in innovative new ways, our own and others’ destruction. Every bit as part of the problem as I was on the day I finished building ‘the beater’ and watched it do it’s grisly work, for the first…… and last time.

For Liberation,


Walter Bond

Walter Bond is in prison until the year 2021 and cannot use Facebook or the internet. Since Nov 15 or 16 he has been held in the SHU (solitary confinement). The website supportwalter.org and the Walter Bond Facebook page were set up and are maintained by supporters.

Walter loves getting letters. He reads and writes Spanish, English and some Arabic. Here is his current mailing address:

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

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Breaking News! (good and bad)

Walter Bond called tonight with the following update:

1) He spoke with the Assistant Warden of FCI Greenville and going forward he will get a Vegan tray at all meals. Walter also got assurance on this from the Regional Food Supervisor of the BOP.

2) The AW resolved the issues with delays in postal mail reaching Walter caused by SIS (Special Investigative Services) staff. The AW told Walter to contact him if problems reoccur.

3) Walter ended his hunger strike at day 6.

4) Walter will probably be transferred back to a CMU (Communication Management Unit) and will be held in the SHU at Greenville until that occurs in 3 to 5 months. CMUs are prisons set up for who the federal government considers a terrorist. From January 2012 to September 2015, Walter was confined in the CMU at USP Marion. As can be guessed from the phrase “Communications Management” CMUs attempt to all but completely shut off the prisoners’ communications with the outside. Prisoners are allowed very little phone time and all calls are live-monitored by an office in Virginia. Visiting a CMU prisoner is especially difficult: prisoners receive a much smaller visit time allowance and these monitored visits occur inside a non-contact booth where the parties have to speak to one another using phones. All incoming and outgoing mail to CMU prisoners are first sent to an office in Virginia to be read.

Walter is glad for the assurances about his meals and mail delivery. His not at all glad that he will likely be send back to the CMU. In the meantime he is in the SHU. He will be very isolated, being locked up by himself and only allowed 15 minutes per month of phone call time.

For all the people that phoned the prison… thank you very, very much! You will be happy to know you can stop calling!

You can write to Walter:

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

You can pick out a paperback book or magazine (no hardcovers) for Walter and order it to be sent directly to his address (don’t forget his prison number) from amazon, another book dealer or a publisher.

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Current Information about Walter Bond who has been placed in the SHU (solitary confinement) — hunger strike ended

Current information about Walter Bond (as of Nov 22)

This website has been set up and is maintained by supporters for Walter. Walter has no access to this page or to the internet. If any of this information changes, this post will be updated.

Walter Bond’s website has been down for a week, but is now back up (as you can see).

Walter was placed in the SHU (solitary confinement) on Nov 15 or 16. While held in the SHU he is only allowed 15 minutes of phone time per month. He was on a hunger strike which ended on Day 6. He met with the Assistant Warden on Monday, November 20 to discuss the problems he was having at the prison that caused him to go on hunger strike. Walter now will be given Vegan trays at all meals and was assured of a more timely postal mail delivery.

Walter was told that he will probably be transferred back to a CMU (Communications Management Unit) within the next 3 – 5 months. Until that time he will be held in the SHU.

The North American Animal Liberation Press Office has retained legal counsel for Walter. If you would like to help the Press Office in funding this effort, you can donate here.  In addition, another attorney with a lot of experience assisting Vegan Prisoners in similar situations is trying to gain permission to communicate with Walter.

Walter cannot now use Corrlinks to send or receive email.

Sending letters or cards to Walter Bond:

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

 

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Walter Bond placed in the SHU (solitary confinement)… has been on hunger strike since announcement on Nov 15

EVERYBODY! WALTER BOND IS ON HUNGER STRIKE! CALL FCI GREENVILLE AT LEAST TWICE A DAY EVERYDAY TO EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT HIS HEALTH AND WELL-BEING!

CALL FCI GREENVILLE AT: (618) 664-6200, tell them you are calling about prisoner Walter Bond, number 37096-013.

Statement from Walter Bond recorded by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office on 11/15/17:

“Since my arrival in Greenville two-and-a-half years ago, my communications with the world have been made incredibly difficult and at times impossible. I have been repeatedly denied books, magazines, letters and pictures. It’s standard operating procedure that my mail – be it my email or snail mail — is habitually days, weeks and even months late. It is not at all uncommon for my mail, both incoming and outgoing, to simply never arrive.”

“I’ve been…. I’ve even been denied copies of my own book, “Always Looking Forward,” which I wrote in prison and is approved for me to have. “

“It has also become impossible for me to adhere to my Vegan diet, because none of the so-called “meat options” offered at Greenville, Illinois are even close to Vegan. Because of this, I have been forced at great cost to my friends, family and supporters to pay outrageously for foods from the commissary that continue to be an inadequate version….”

“I have tried now for over a year to obtain a transfer from FCI Greenville, Illinois closer to New York City where I intend to live upon my release, but I have been denied this as well through petty and irrelevant disciplinary reports.”

“Despite all of this, I have maintained years of patience, quietly awaiting my freedom. But, my cooperation has got me nothing.”
“So in the tradition of A.L.F. activists before me, such as Barry Horne, I am going on hunger strike. I will not eat anything and will starve until these issues are remedied.”

“I’m asking everybody in the Animal Rights and Anarchist communities to stand with me with your protests and actions of solidarity.”

“You can reach the institution concerning my health and well-being at (618) 664-6200.”

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Sixth anniversary of Walter Bond’s statement to the federal court in Utah before being sentenced on October 13, 2011

On October 13, 2011

Federal District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah

Walter Bond’s Statement at his Sentencing

I’m here today because of the arsons I committed at The Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, and the Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah which sells the incredibly cruel product foie gras. The US Attorney wants to give me the maximum sentence and beyond, not because of my ‘crimes,’ but because I am unrepentant and outspoken.

My intuition tells me that this court is not going to show me mercy because I became ‘suddenly sorry.’  So instead of lying to the court in a feeble attempt to save myself, as I’m certain many do when they face their sentencing day, allow me to tell you what I am sorry for. Continue reading

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My First Time (with a brick and a handbill)

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
8/18/2017 7:49:20 PM
My First Time (with a brick and a handbill)

I remember the first time I was ever in a riot. It was Martin Luther King Day in Denver, Colorado and the ku klux klan and assorted nazi, fascists and skinhead scum had turned out to spew their invective racist garbage from the steps of the capital. Our mayor was mayor Wellington Webb. He was incredibly distraught with the fact that the kkk had come to town and obtained legal permit to gather and rally on the capital. So he organized a counter march and demonstration of which I took part.

Tens of thousands of people marched in protest. the march started in Aurora on Colfax Avenue and ended in Denver proper right in the center of downtown and in front of the racist scum. the klan and assorted wing nuts were heavily protected by police and riot squad. as a sea of people gathered the kkk began screaming racial epithets and slurs and laughing at the protesters. And that’s when………….. Continue reading

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Out Of The SHU

WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)
7/31/2017 8:07:23 AM
Out Of The SHU

On Father’s Day there was an altercation amongst the Puerto Ricans here at FCI Greenville. Me and 5 others were detained and held in the Special Housing Unit (SHU, or the hole) under investigation for assault. I was under investigation for about 40 days after which time I was released along with 2 others without any disciplinary action. I’m back in general population and all is well (as well as it can be in prison).

Thanks to everyone that wrote me while I was in the SHU your letters were inspiring and uplifting. I am very grateful for all the support I have recieved from the Vegan, Straight Edge and Anarchist communities over the years and am always amazed that after years in prison I’m still considered and thought about so much in the world! I only have about 3 years left, which for me is short time. so no worries.

It’s too bad that the Earth and her Animal Nations have been sentenced to a far more nefarious prison sentence than I have ever faced! human tyranny, greed and gluttony have left all in a state of suffering! For the sake of consumerism and capitalist greed this Earth suffers and dies! and as long as that is the case we all must remain vigilante in the fight for eco-defense! Vegan Fucking Straight Edge! !Liberacion Animal Cueste Lo Que Cueste!

Regards,


Walter Bond
ALF POW

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Walter Bond is in the SHU (Solitary Confinement)

Walter was placed in the SHU on Monday because he is being investigated for an assault. He can’t discuss the incident because he is being investigated. He said he could be there for a few months. He would like to receive letters from you all, and include your address in the body of the letter even if you are already a correspondent, because he doesn’t have anybody’s address where he is now. He sounded okay. We can make his time in the hole go faster by sending him entertaining letters and cards. Jokes and funny stories and pictures are good.

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

Maybe you only know a little about Walter, and it’s hard to imagine what he is like as a person. Some of what makes him stand out as both a personable individual and as a man with clear insight who is willing and able to extend himself for right, comes out in his recent interview conducted by NAALPO’s Dr. Jerry Vlasak.

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