Politics & Government

Barrett Brown Arrested for the Most Ridiculous Reason Ever

The Bureau of Prisons really doesn't like this guy.

Looks like we won’t be getting a City Council report from Barrett Brown anytime soon. This morning he was arrested. After being called in to his halfway house for a drug test, the good folks from the Bureau of Prisons showed up and arrested him. What for? Are you ready for this? They arrested him for giving interviews. Barrett’s mom, with whom he’d been living under home confinement, sends the following note:

Barrett was re-arrested during routine check-in this morning and is being transferred to a BOP facility that is unknown. He has not missed a check-in over the last five months of his early release. He has not failed any of the random drug tests administered. He has been on home confinement status since February and has been home each and every time they called the landline at 1:00 to 2:00 a.m. for “bed check.”

He believes this is only because of his refusal to get “permission” from crews to film and interview him. He has had many interviews since his early release, on November 29, both by phone and in person. Last week VICE had a group in to film him for two days [ed: they filmed a bunch up here at D Magazine headquarters], and he was scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow by a group working on a documentary for PBS.

Ms. Luz Lujan, his BOP contact, refused to provide him with copies of program statement rules saying this is a requirement during halfway house and/or home confinement status. The forms that they finally came up with yesterday, after he had been requesting documentation for the past two weeks, are forms offered to media when requesting a visit with an inmate in a federal prison setting.

There was never any mention of these rules during the past four months of his federally approved employment at D Magazine when he was working with media and involved with a range of interviews.

His mom still has no idea where Barrett was taken. Her guess is that they’ll hold him till May 25, when his original sentence was set to end.

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  • Pol Pot

    We used to take people from their homes and send them to unknown prisons all the time in Democratic Kampuchea. It was actually kind of a big deal, and today I am generally viewed as one of the worst dictators in history.

    Not sure why Imperial United States is following my example, but it just goes to show that I was ahead of my time.
    –Brother Number One

    • He believes this is only because of his refusal to get “permission” from crews to film and interview him. He has had many interviews since his early release, on November 29, both by phone and in person. Last week VICE had a group in to film him for two days [ed: they filmed a bunch up here at D Magazine headquarters], and he was scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow by a group working on a documentary for PBS.

      • in truth the”puppet masters” are just trying to keep Barrett from exposing the corruption that fills the prison system

    • VICE had a group in to film him for two days [ed: they filmed a bunch up here at D Magazine headquarters], and he was scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow by a group working on a documentary for PBS.

    • There was never any mention of these rules during the past four months of his federally approved employment at D Magazine when he was working with media and involved with a range of interviews.

    • He believes this is only because of his refusal to get “permission” from crews to film and interview him. He has had many interviews since his early release, on November 29, both by phone and in person. Last week VICE had a group in to film him for two days [ed: they filmed a bunch up here at D Magazine headquarters], and he was scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow by a group working on a documentary for PBS.

  • MattL1

    They went to all this trouble to round him up (for doing basically nothing) only to keep him for less than a month?! Huh…

  • Jim Schermbeck

    So…as an employer whose writing assignments have raised his profile further, is D providing any kind of legal assistance, and/or semi-official opportunities for objecting to this ridiculousness?

    • We’re working on it.

      • Joe Hunter

        Set up a fund raising mechanism for contributions and let’s go to court with good lawyers. Where is the ACLU?

        • RobertMStahl

          ACLU, doin’ charity work, obviously!(Tarzie, et al)

  • PeterTx52

    Who?

    • REALLY? what rock have you been hiding under? ….LuLz….the award winning journalist Mr. Barrett Brown friend and brother of the anonymous family and organizer of “PROJECT PM”

  • HOW CAN WE HELP????

  • Mavdog

    I scratch my head and wonder what Mr. Brown has done to suffer through the gauntlet of restrictions on his liberty the government has imposed. Who is so aggrieved that they continue to impose these punitive measures?

    We need to stop limiting people’s ability to speak openly about issues and allow for the free speech which is enshrined in our Constitution. Too many times this right is restricted for reasons that are insufficient, as was apparently the case with Mr. Brown.

    • Noneya
      • Benito Camela

        It’s the feds running the BOP. Has nothing to do with what state he’s in.

    • He believes this is only because of his refusal to get “permission” from crews to film and interview him. He has had many interviews since his early release, on November 29, both by phone and in person. Last week VICE had a group in to film him for two days [ed: they filmed a bunch up here at D Magazine headquarters], and he was scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow by a group working on a documentary for PBS.

  • closetothetruth

    “believes.”

    if his belief is correct, he’ll be out of jail soon.

    if it isn’t, we’ll find out.

    but we don’t really know, at least based on what’s presented here.

    i’m puzzled by several statements: an arrest warrant usually gives a specific reason, although the local rules may vary, but probation violations usually are specific, & we know Brown is lawyered up to the gills, so he should find that out soon if he doesn’t already know.

    the curious timing aspect is that you write that he was arrested this morning, but that he’s been “requesting documentation for two weeks.” So when did this issue first arise–this morning or two weeks ago?

    it’s not inconceivable given what’s written here that his parole officer told him to stop doing interviews. rather than doing what she said, he asked for documentation. whether or not that request was wrong is something his lawyer should have handled. if she told him to stop he should have stopped. as in prison, you do what your parole officer says, even if it seems outside the bounds of law. you let your lawyer handle that part.

    is Brown in jail? also unclear from the story.

    • He in US Marshal custody. Likely means he’s in a jail cell at the federal courthouse downtown, but could be anywhere.

    • l0rdishtar

      Keep licking those boots….

    • Aaron

      hey it’s my favorite rap group, the Autismos!

  • Cristopher Mccarty

    Jesus, that’s petty. Feds are trying to suck every second of time they can out of Barrett’s sentence. They’re really showing him who’s got the big dick. Yay bureaucratic overreach.

  • Shared around to many groups on fb…and to over 20,000 people……FREE BARRETT BROWN

  • “we the people” are sick of the corruption!!!!! We are the 99%….Wake up world and take a stand.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC1CPc0ZcfA

  • RobertMStahl

    Omidyartardation
    It is a networking issue out of step with time.

  • PatrioticMerkin

    Welcome to Stasi U.S.A. The figureheads change but the message is always the same; “your either with us or your with the terrorists.”

  • Benito Camela

    Updates?