Back In The CMU

From: WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

Date: 2/22/2018 9:08:48 AM

Subject: Back In The CMU


I was transferred from solitary confinement in FCI Greenville Tuesday, the 13th of February, 2018. According to my notice of transfer I am here because “On December 4th, 2017, the SIS office at FCI Greenville completed an investigation and determined that on November 15, 2017, you enlisted the help of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, (NAALPO relays anonymous communiques, photos and videos to the media about direct action undertaken by radical animal rights activists) to encourage members of the public to e-mail and call FCI Greenville, in order to disrupt normal operations in an effort to pressure the executive staff to agree to several demands to address perceived grievances you have with the institution and the Bureau Of Prisons. Utilizing the inmate telephone system, you provided a recorded message which was released as a podcast, announcing your intention to engage in a hunger strike, outlining your grievances and encouraging supporters to contact the institution in support of your demands. To deter your continued attempts of using inmate communications to convey threats to injure and/or kill civilians; it is recommended that you be placed in a Communications Management Unit (CMU) for increased monitoring of your communications to protect the safety, security and good order of BOP institutions, government officials and the public.”

I was transferred in the morning in what looked like a hybrid between a tank and an armored car. by a team of CERT officers that looked like some sort of counter-terrorism Navy Seal team. I was shackled in a black box device that went over my handcuffs for further restriction and strapped to a chair and locked in a steel box barely big enough to house me and the hardware I was secured too. On top of this the transport vehicle was escorted by cars in front and back. Slightly excessive, in my opinion.

This is my second time in a CMU, my first was in USP Marion and I was there for 3 years. I currently have 3 years remaining on my sentence and I have no doubt I will be here until my release in 2021. In this CMU is the regular cast of characters, high profile cases, political prisoners, religious lunatics, and assorted thorns in the BOP’s side. I have no real desire to concern myself with the issues or comings and goings of the men here. My last time in a CMU I was taken in by all the hype that these units engender, culminating in my becoming a Muslim, a mistake that I will always find a bit embarrassing having always been an irreligious person. of course today I am just as god-free, as I am drug-free, or meat-free. and much better for the wear.

Before my transfer to this CMU I was in solitary confinement in FCI Greenville for 3 months and I had left the foolishness of religion and imaginary lawmakers in the sky behind a couple years prior, and what I have found is I’m stronger, more aware and far better prepared to deal with any hardship when I believe in myself instead of false prophets and fake gods (and they are all fake and false).

I am currently waiting for my property to be mailed to me from FCI Greenville I have been told that my regular correspondence mail will be forwarded to me here in FCI Terre Haute for 30 days only. I am uncertain if any books or magazine subscriptions will be forwarded at all. In any event I will be posting a new booklist soon and I am requesting that for the time being I NOT be sent any books that are not on my list, or that I have not personally asked for, so as to not slow down the processing of my mail or bottleneck the amount of books I am allowed. However, Feel free to send any magazines or periodicals (especially Spanish language).


Walter Bond

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Walter Bond has been transferred to the Terre Haute CMU

Walter Bond has been transferred to the Terre Haute CMU.

Here is his new mailing address:

Walter Bond
FCI Terre Haute CMU
PO Box 33
Terre Haute IN 47808

If you recently wrote to Walter at the Greenville Illinois prison address, your letter will probably be forwarded to the new address. If your letter is returned in the mail, just re-send it to the new address.

Thank you to all the supporters who have sent funds for Walter over the last few months while he was on hunger strike and later while he was in the SHU. Now that he is no longer in the SHU and transferred to a new location, your donations will be put to good use.

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Seventh anniversary of Walter Bond’s sentencing in Denver Colorado on Feb 11, 2011

Sheepskin Factory
1/12/2017 12:35:24 PM
Feb. 11

At the time I wrote this statement it’s really impossible to convey accurately what life was like for me at the time. Although before my incarceration I was an activist for Animal Rights and Veganism I was never a visible person within the movement. I worked in a local health food store. on the weekends I worked for an Animal sanctuary and I tabled events in my spare time teaching people about the Animal’s plight and the ethics behind Veganism (not just about the food).

In late April of 2010 I burned down the sheepskin factory in Denver and never again would my life be the same…. I don’t feel the same. It no longer matters to me if I can change the world, I don’t spend long hours ranting and raving about how terrible my non-Vegan family or friends are or how they just don’t get it. I don’t waste my time or emotional energy crying over the cruelties of this world. And I don’t give up on, or compromise Animal Liberation because I can’t change things single handedly. These are the unfortunate phases that many who come into this movement go through. A kind of activist burnout ritual that is both superficial and selfish.

It’s not about crying all the time for Animals, Being angry on their behalf, or inventing a new line of feel good Vegan crap to make consumers and companies feel the activist fever. It’s not about me in this prison, or how you, I, or we feel about anything! It’s about positive action that saves Animal’s lives today! that stop their exploitation and enslavement today! no matter what we feel like or think about it! Continue reading

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Essay received via postal mail from Walter Bond

Essay received via postal mail from Walter Bond
(dated December 14, 2017, postmarked January 23, 2018, received on January 29, 2018)

A month ago I got locked up in solitary confinement for going on hunger strike. I didn’t eat for a week until I could get some resolution on my Vegan diet and my mail in a timely manner. I was appeased enough for me to come off hunger strike but by no means did I achieve anything like an unequivocal meeting of my demands. Not at all surprising in the federal prison system the ultimate bureaucracy. And not at all surprising is the fact that I have been referred back to the highly repressive and suppressive CMU unit. A so-called counterterrorism prison unit of which I have already done over 3 years. And it would not even surprise me if they sent me somewhere worse than I’ve ever been. I mean, I had the audacity to demand food and mail, the horror!

So here I sit in the hole. The last time I was here was Father’s Day after seeing a friend, a Puerto Rican, just like me, stabbed in the stomach. And the ensuing fight that broke out. The time before that it was the hole inside the CMU after I broke my hand on someone’s very deserving face. I was refused medical treatment for the telescopic fracture in my hand, although the doctor did tell me to aim with my top two knuckles next time.

In the last 7 odd years I have seen stabbings, beatings with locks, razor blade attacks, etc. Prison’s not a pretty place. So here I reside in my concrete box. I have no idea for how long maybe another month, maybe a year. It’s not my call it’s the systems and they have hated me ever since I showed defiance in the courtroom on sentencing day in Denver, Colorado.

I remember in my statement I said “prison is no great hardship to me.” And you know what’s changed since then….. not a fucking thing! Not one fucking thing! Continue reading

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The Roots of Compassion by Walter Bond (Jan 2014)

WALTER BOND (37096013)
1/16/2014 7:55:37 AM
The Roots Of Compassion

According to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition the definition of the word “compassion” is: “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. Very well, by the definition thus given we see right off the bat that compassion is more than just a feeling, or a pretentious connection with others’ pain. It is far more than a buzzword to be bandied about in the name of a cause.

Compassion is the precursor to acting on behalf of another’s well being. Without this “desire to alleviate another’s distress” we don’t have compassion, we have sympathy. And sympathy is really more about our own feelings towards another than any serious desire to help. It’s not my intention to split hairs or play games with words. However, far too much of what we hear today when it comes to the rights, welfare and liberation of Animals and the Earth is just that, wordplay.

In reality when you go to a Vegan restaurant or wear a t-shirt with an Animal Rights message (even the ‘radical’ ones) the Animals aren’t thanking you. The Animals are in cages, behind walls, on their way to slaughter or suffering from the nefarious designs of human exploitation. The male chicks thrown into the grinders because they can’t lay eggs aren’t thanking you or me for anything. They are dying and wishing that they were living, just as we all wish to live. Continue reading

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Patterns of Oppression by Walter Bond (Feb 2014)

2/18/2014 10:11:58 AM
Patterns Of Oppression

Whenever we the human race set about oppressing another group from within or from outside our own species the justifications we use are not only similar in design but often times exact verbatim. There is a fairly intricate pathology to how we determine the otherness of different groups. Unfortunately, it is far too complex for the scope of this slim essay. However, I would like to highlight a couple prime examples that I have come across in my years as an activist for the liberation of Animals and the Earth, as well as my experience as a political prisoner because of that fight.

I will say from the outset that what I am making are correlations of the way in which various groups are oppressed, along with the arbitrary justifications for those oppressions. But these are in no way comparisons. Animals suffer worse injustices in vastly greater numbers than any segment of humanity. The annual death toll due to war in the middle east is roughly 91,000. For people murdered by the police it’s between 500 and 1000 annually. There are currently over 2,300,000 imprisoned in the United States. This is nothing compared to the annual confinement, torture and murder of: 9,500,000,000 Chickens, 100,000,000 Pigs and 70,000,000 Animals in laboratories!

That said, one major thing we do in order to feel comfortable oppressing a group deemed as other is to infantilize them. We do this with Animals in a myriad of ways. We take domesticated Animals and baby talk to them as if they were an ‘itty bitty widdle bawby’! Even though these creatures have, in certain arenas, aptitudes that are far beyond our own. Sure your dog or cat cannot read Shakespeare but neither can you smell a foot print and tell the age of its maker. Nor can we see in the dark, fall from several stories and walk away unharmed and many other amazing aptitudes and abilities that are shared by canines and felines. Continue reading

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Reposting of “The Cruelty of Industrial Technology”

Walter Bond sent a letter asking us to repost this essay from June 2013.
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. Continue reading

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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
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
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


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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