Graphic letter from Jan. 6 detainee being held in solitary details ‘nightmare’ of his life behind bars

The more we learn about the so-called January 6 “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol, the more it becomes clear that the events of that day were not part of some elaborate plan to overthrow the U.S. government, an alleged political coup to hear the Democratic Party and their media branch tell it.

But that does not stop them from insisting that the Capitol protest was on the same scale as the Civil War, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and 9/11 — the difference being that while thousands died in these three instances, hundreds of thousands in the war between the states, only one person died as a direct result of events on Jan.6, and that was Ashli Babbitt, the 37-year-old unarmed Air Force veteran who was shot and killed by a Capitol police officer.

Political motivations have largely shaded the truth here and one of the most egregious actions resulting from this agenda is that some Americans are still being held in jail well over eight months after the Capitol protest — many in solitary confinement. In effect, they are political prisoners. One such prisoner, Jonathan Mellis, wrote a heartbreaking letter recently about his ordeal.

Mellis, who was arrested in February and is reportedly being held without bond, claimed in a letter to Gateway Pundit that the Justice Department is trying to break him.

“In the last 7 months I have experienced and witnessed the most inhumane and hateful treatment of my 34 years of life,” he wrote. “The DOJ and the Biden Administration are doing everything in their power to break me.”

While 650 people have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the events on Jan. 6, the FBI has yet to charge anyone with insurrection. In fact, it was reported last month that the FBI found scant evidence that the storming of the Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result. Most of those arrested face charges like entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority — essentially trespassing — or disorderly and disruptive conduct.

Mellis does face more serious charges. According to a criminal complaint, he is seen in video footage with a stick “repeatedly striking and making stabbing movements towards the officers with the weapon in his hand.”

He is being held on a laundry list of charges:

Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting

Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers Using a Dangerous Weapon

Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon

Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon

Impeding Ingress and Egress in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon

Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon

Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building

Impeding Passage Through the Capitol Grounds or Buildings

Act of Physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings


“I write this from solitary confinement on September 15 with no clear explanation as to why I’ve been isolated or how long I will be here. I have been locked in this small concrete cell for over a month at this point. They call solitary confinement ‘the hole’. This is totally appropriate because I feel like I have been dropped to the bottom of a deep and dark hole in the ground and forgotten,” Mellis said in the letter. “I am alone. My mind is all I have to keep me company. And that can become quite a scary thing after weeks all alone. What makes this much worse is that I’m not told exactly why I was put down here or when this lonely torture will end.”

The media was up in arms over Islamic terrorists and combatants being held in solitary confinement at Guantanamo Bay, falling back on human rights groups saying prolonged solitary confinement amounts to psychological torture, but there has been absolute silence over the treatment of Jan. 6 detainees — most of them being Trump supporters.

While being held, Mellis was dealt the blow of his father dying and was denied a request to be released from custody for a week to attend the funeral.

And while the charge of striking a police officer is serious, Mellis has yet to be convicted of any crime and a cornerstone of American jurisprudence is that you are innocent until proven guilty.

He goes into excruciating detail of the “nightmare” that is now his life behind bars.

“This kind of isolation and disrespect is very harmful to one’s mind and body. At first being locked in a small moldy cell is horrible and sad. You miss human interaction and your mind is racing. After a while this turns into desperate loneliness and frustration,” Mellis wrote. “You get headaches for days at a time and try to sleep all day. It has become a real depression. You feel worthless and ignored. Then as your energy starts to come back from sleeping all the time, it brings with it a ball of rage in your gut.”

“You feel injured, angry, and helpless. You know you are being mistreated and there is nothing you can do about it. Your head hurts and your back muscles are tense,” he added. “All the normal things in your life that give you stress are amplified and you are now consumed by bad and negative emotions. They are really hurting you. There is the feeling that you just want to collapse emotionally and physically. You just want to give up. The 4 walls of this concrete box are closing in on you. Your skin is crawling and you feel claustrophobic. It’s a nightmare.”

Mellis goes on to say he does not know long his torment will endure, and that many are indifferent to his plight. Some even enjoy it, he charged.

“This is inhumane and people think its OK because I’m a Trump supporter. I love people and I try to live a virtuous life. But because I like Trump they don’t see me as human. They enjoy watching me suffer. It makes them smile,” he wrote. “How sick is that? The pure hate within the Justice Department is obvious in their actions. They are a sadistic bunch. It’s actually quite scary.”

After noting the treatment Black Lives Matter rioters received after burning down cities across America, Mellis claimed he has been assaulted by corrections officers before declaring his innocence.

“We live in constant fear of being shackled and beaten by the correctional officers. This has already happened. Several of us have been beaten by the correctional officers. Yet nobody really cares because we are Trump supporters,” he concluded. “I am currently engaged in a deep spiritual battle. I will not let evil win. I am strong. But it is hard. They want to break me. I will not let them. My love for this country will never end. Please do not believe everything you read about me in the news. They are crucifying me before my trial. I was trying to help the people being crushed by police.”


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