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“The wicked ways, Double Standards!”

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 by tamouzmedia3

Death Blog

Texas Death Camp

July 23rd, 2010  4:06am

Welcome to my nightmare… tales from a dead man!

The day has once again started to the sounds of screaming and at this point I’m not for certain if they’re from this Pod somewhere or from inside my head… good morning folks, what a great day to be alive. I have no comfort zone yet, I need coffee and a few happy memories and hopefully I won’t have to dig to deep for these.

I want to touch base on a issue I’ve been wanting to get out there and it’s called “Double Standards” and I believe everyone who reads this will agree… so here goes the story.

Let me start off with a bit of Texas Prison Policy… on any Unit that holds female prisoners there is a very strict rule in place and it’s enforced. If a female prisoner is being strip searched it has to be done by a female guard and “no male guard” is allowed anywhere in the area and you can be assured there’s no cameras on the females during their strip search. Also no male guard is even allowed to pat search a female prisoner. The rules are set in stone and it’s enforced 100%. Alright, there’s the 1st part of this story.

Now here’s the double standard part. Back here on 12 building which is death row we have a mixture of state employees, young kids, the elderly and these are both male and female, so ever since these cameras have went up on our pod (June 29th, 2010) the female guards are strip searching male prisoners. Yes folks strip searching male prisoners, in full view of the cameras and this is not only wrong but it’s downright degrading. Some of these young girls are younger then my daughters and I refuse to be put in this type of situation, I still have self respect and respect the female guard.

Now there’s alot of sicko perverts back here on death row that can’t wait to pull out their male parts, but I’m not one of them. The things this Unit is doing and forcing us to do is unreal and a form of torture. Plain and simple. Do any of you remember back a few years ago when the prisoners of war in Iraq were put on display in front of the female guards and in front of cameras how the guards all were court-martialed and the US Government called it torture to the prisoner for the females to view the male prisoners in their nudeness? Well Texas is calling it policy! How the hell is this right and how the hell can it be legal? Or is it?

Now here’s another bit of proof these tactics are wrong and only being forced on death row, when you enter 12 building you have a few offices and the main control picket, which employs females and female guards. So when a population prisoner who is either a cleanup crew member, kitchen member, maintenance member, etc. etc enters 12 building they’re strip searched as well, but by a male guard only and it’s done behind a plywood screen that conceals the prisoners mid-sections from view of all female staff and female guards. So there’s another double standard!

Here’s one more bit of policy straight from the guards own employee handbook… no female guard or female employee will be permitted to view any male prisoner urinate, defecate… which I know they do not want to, but to put us in a rec cage back here on death row where the toilet is placed in the center in full view, the male offender is forced to urinate or defecate in front of female guards and staff. This is degrading!

True American Till Death!

Mark Anthony Stroman

2010

Living to Die~ Dying to Live

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“Cruel, Inhuman and downright degrading!”

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 by tamouzmedia3

Death Blog

Texas Death Camp

July 19th, 2010 5:00am

Welcome to my nightmare, tales from a dead man!

“Cruel, Inhumane and down right Degrading!”

I found sleep to be an elusive ally during another loud and chaotic night, just when I thought I would be able to get a few hours of sleep someone in charge of the night shift decides it’s a perfect time to do hair cuts on our pod. So from midnight till 3:00am the lights are on, doors being slammed shut and hair cuts being performed in our day rooms, just a few feet from our cells. When there’s a barber shop out in the hall. This is wrong and a continued torture of sleep deprivation. You can bet this does NOT happen at any other Unit and I’m sure Huntsville is not aware of it.

So now 3:00am rolls around, it’s time for the morning chow of pancakes, so off goes the barber and now the feeding process begins. This lasted until 5:00am. Now they turn off the lights as if they are doing us a favor. But folks at 5:30am the day shift starts and a fresh crew, fully rested batch of guards will be here waking us up each 30 minutes, doing showers, doing recreations and as loud as ever, so let me ask you, WHEN do we sleep??

Tomorrow we have another execution, but only a handful of people back here are aware of this. It’s got to be part of the big plan, to distract us from what’s really going on… MURDER!

This past week the European Court of Human Rights temporarily halted the extradition of four terrorists from the United Kingdom to the United Sates. The Court concluded that the applicants had raised serious questions on whether their possible long term incarceration in a US Supermax Prison would violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits Torture or Inhuman or Degrading treatment or punishment. The court noted that complete sensory isolation coupled with total social isolation CAN destroy ones personality and constitutes a form of inhumane treatment which CANNOT be justified by the requirements of security or any other reason.

The devastating effects of isolated confinement on the human psyche have long been well known, just like sleep deprivation… what is going on here at Texas’ Death Camp IS torture and inhumane and I watch how the mentally ill in here get worse and the ones with more will power are now starting to deteriorate dramatically.

We are NOT here to be punished, our punishment is death. So why are they doing these cruel and extreme acts of torture on a daily basis.. 24 hours non-stop?

True American Till Death

Mark Stroman

2010

STILL UNBORKEN

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 by tamouzmedia3

Death Blog

Texas Death Camp

July 17th, 2010  6:50am

Welcome to my nightmare, tales from a dead man.

“Like the wind, Like the rain, it’s still running through my veins… Red, White & Blue.  Unbroken.”

The voices &  the demons inside my head have returned in full force, but I refuse to allow them to guide me into a path of chaos… I will remain unbroken… Texas cannot kill what it didn’t create… Hello folks it’s another day on Texas Death Camp USA. We were let off lockdown on July 13th, 2010 and it’s been a complete circus around this place. The level of stupidity is amazing. Where does Texas find these people. Common sense is not allowed in these job duties. The guards, young kids and older folks are institutional drones and don’t have a clue to what policy says… it’s amazing, any reply they give us is: “Well they told us to do it this way”.  Whew!

I want to thank ALL the people out there who complained to Huntsville or to the Unit about the shakedown issue I told you about in my July 1st blog. The results are as this: the law library sent me an application for a legal box, which I completed and turned in (I doubt approval), also yesterday all the food that was taken from me was returned and it damn near made me pass out with shock. Had it not been for all of your support this would not have happened. I thank you from the bottom of my heart,  Texas says I don’t have!

I want to address another couple of issues that need to be put out there for the world to see. “Double standards” and one more called “a whole lot of holes”. But those will be the next two I send in and its really going to shock you all and put some sadness in your world. It has mine.

The sleep deprivation is still being thrown on us and these people are doing recreations and showers well into the early AM hours… last night well after 2am. We cannot get any sleep. The yelling, the screaming, the banging of doors and steel gates, the pipe chase doors being slammed shut and don’t forget the every 30 minute security check and “Hey are you alive” call out with a flash in the eyes with a beam of light from their flashlights.

Still unbroken

Red, White & Blue

True American Till Death

Mark Anthony Stroman

2010

Unraveling , Unsure, Undetermined

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 by tamouzmedia3

Death Blog

Texas Death Row

July 12th, 2010  3:38am

Welcome to my nightmare… tales from a dead man!

“Unraveling, Unsure, Undetermined!”

We have been on lockdown now for two weeks and this really is the slowest I’ve ever seen them move. It’s like they’re purposely dragging their feet. 12 building, which is designed to hold death row, is the only building the shake down has hit thus far and there’s still one Pod left… so if rumor has it correct population is to be next and that will put us all on extended lockdown for another two weeks. There is a Federal Law that states we can’t be on lockdown over 28 days without given recreation, so I believe we will reach that limit this time. I have no idea as to why they are moving so slow. Perhaps it’s because one of the camera guys (private contractor) was stabbed in the neck while placing up cameras on F-Pod.

Does anyone out there know why this facility has put 14 State prisoners on this Pod that is designed for death row only? For 3 weeks now there’s been 14 State offenders on our Pod and I don’t think that’s allowed. How can you house regular offenders around death row offenders? Just curious!!! Would you want your loved one around a bunch of condemned offenders with nothing to lose? I know I’d be concerned and angry if that was one of my loved ones. Food for thought. It’s worth mentioning!

Well let me touch base on the camera issue of the Polunsky Unit. They have just installed camera’s everywhere. This is to keep a eye on the guards mainly and it’s really causing a lot of them to get fired and others are now quitting their jobs and/or requesting to be transferred to other units in the Texas prison system. We have 44 cameras on this Pod alone and ever since these have went online the abuse has begun and grows worse day by day. Let me explain where I’m going with this topic!

I could care less about the cameras, they don’t affect me and they don’t bother me. These are positioned at the end of our runs and in the rec cages inside and out and facing in every angle to where the guards can’t sit, sleep and do nothing. There’s even one in the picket now. Everywhere. What does bother me is this new found abuse of sleep deprivation. Before the cameras went up we were given 5 hours of undisturbed sleep. Lights out at 10:00pm till 3:00am (when breakfast is served). Now all of the sudden we are being woke up every 30 minutes by these security checks and by the slamming of doors and by someone flashing the beam of their flashlight directly in your eyes. And every 2 hours we must give a verbal response, and you should hear some of these responses! WHEW!!

Everyone knows that sleep deprivation is a proven form of torture. It’s impairing to ones judgment and induces chronic irritability. Depression to paranoia and other psychoses! So what are they trying to do to us condemned? Are they trying to purposely cause us to snap and go off? Or is this to cause us to lose focus on our legal plights by denying us proper sleep and rest? I can already feel the effects and it’s only been two weeks!

I spoke to one of the sergeants a few days ago and asked him what the hell was going on with this sleep deprivation and he said I ain’t seen nothing yet! Just wait till y’all are off lockdown and the recreations start back up. Death row will be a 24 hour 7 day a week procedure. The lights will never go out and you will sleep when you can. He said WE have decided that’s the only thing we can do to get all of our things done according to policy. Folks you notice he said “We have decided”. And not “they have decided”, to keep death row open as a 24 operation.

If anyone out there knows that federal mandate on the required amount of sleep we are supposed to be getting I’d be grateful for that information and help.

We need y’alls help!

True American Till Death!

Mark Anthony Stroman

Living to die ~ dying to live!

LOCKDOWN DAY 12th

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 by tamouzmedia3

Death Blog

Texas Death Camp

July 9th, 2010 3:26am

Welcome to my nightmare… tales from a dead man!

“Life is not supposed to be easy, but it is to be as good as we make it”

Day 12 of death row lockdown is upon us. The torture tactics of the sleep deprivation have already begun to take its effect on this here mind and body. Good morning… or is it good evening? I’m not sure anymore. I had to look out the small window to make sure I was in the morning hours. I’m surprised this place hasn’t tried to confiscate that, saying its not allowed to look at the sky or clouds, hell they are taking everything else, why not that!

I’m not sure if my blogs and mail are leaving this unit, this place is trying to silence us, but I will NOT give up!

Still no word on the legal issue of the box I was forced to request for all the legal documents I have in my cell. Still no word on the food this place confiscated from e that just days before they sold me… that’s a scam there! To snatch food from us, that they just allowed us to buy is WRONG! I’m sleep deprived and hungry!

True American Till Death

Mark Stroman

Living to die, dying to live

“Lockdown-abuse-chaos and Pure Hell”

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2010 by tamouzmedia3

Death Blog

Texas Death Camp

July 1st, 2010 6:00am

Welcome to my nightmare… tales from a dead man!

“Lockdown~ Abuse~ Chaos and PURE HELL”

We are on a lockdown once again and it’s far worse than I have ever seen it. Hello planet Earth, once again I’m here to give you details of this inhumane and ILLEGAL operations of Polunsky Unit. Tuesday June 29th the shakedown squad and property officer Ms. Smith raid our pod. Or shall I say “our” part of the pod. They hit the other side on Monday June 28th.

They arrive at our section with tables and “red bags” and a small wooden box which is 1x1x2 and start saying everything in your cell (excluding electronics and State issued clothes) must fit in this box or you will have it confiscated. That INCLUDES legal work and our just recently purchased commissary, (our pod went to commissary June 25th, 2010) and on June 29th they are taking the food they just sold us. That’s not the main thing I’m angry about but indeed the food issue is upsetting and wrong as hell!

As this story goes, all the other shakedowns prior to this have went like this: legal work is legal work and can’t be confiscated or placed in the 1x1x2 box. Food items and clothing also does not go in box, for obvious reasons. The food will be consumed in a few days! So all the sudden this rouge unit is trying to create a new rule! So I get all my stuff packed and ready and stack my legal work up by the door, which reaches my waist from floor up, that WON’T fit into the box, it’s absolutely impossible, so I ask Ms. Smith what’s going on and she happily says if it don’t fit you can’t have it, PERIOD!

I’m now in a fit of rage. I have a death sentence and my appeals are in full motion and these people are saying I’m about to have all my legal stuff confiscated and either sent home or destroyed! The Sgt. who is with this squad is “Sergeant Williams” and he is at my cell which is in front of the recreation cage where this operation is being held at. I explain it to him and he is the only one who is really trying to help defuse a bad situation that’s brewing. In the mean time the section next to us is being raided and searched and all those poor souls are having all their food and legal work confiscated at an alarming rate! A few people are being led off to F-Pod (jail for death row) because what’s happening is wrong and illegal and they are NOT going for it. So off to jail they go!

By now I’m in a rage and I got about 10 guards at my cell seeing a side of me they have never in the 8 years on death row knew existed. Sergeant Williams is doing his best to defuse a bad situation, I tell him to take my legal work is wrong and if you do y’all can gas up the van and execute me in Huntsville or in this damn cell today. He calmly says, hold on Stroman I’ll be back and we will work on this, he is very professional (Sergeant Williams). So a few minutes pass by and Sergeant Williams returns with the law libraryguy of Polunsky, and he tells me (the law library guy) that what WE can do is confiscate your legal work and we will hold it for 30 days until WE can find out what’s going on. Well now I’m in high speed MOSH PIT RAGE! Veins bulging, CRAZY MAN! you can’t take my legal work I say. He says you can keep what fits in the box. I say I need it all because I’m a capital case and my LIFE is at stake! Well I explode and start tossing arm full’s of 10X12 envelopes with legal documents all across my cell and saying “Execute me NOW then”. I ain’t hearing nothing at this point folks. I know what they are doing is wrong and so does Sergeant Williams. He once again calms me down to a point of hearing his words and says he will be back.

In the mean time others in the other section are having their stuff confiscated, food, legal work and clothing! It’s pure chaos!

Sergeant Williams returns a few moments later and says you can keep your legal work and we will get you proper paperwork or a legal box or pass saying you can keep it. Folks had I not stood my ground and had it not been for Sergeant Williams’ professionalism and great people skills I’d be on F-Pod and this place would of tossed out my legal work and the end result would be execution of me!

Also, I was told prior to the news of keeping it, all I could keep was what is current (I was told this by the law library guy) Until I’m put to death ALL my legal work is current. He wasn’t trying to hear it!

Now moving along to the other things of this shakedown, the ones who said nothing lost all their legal and food. The ones who went to F-Pod  Ms Smith took it upon herself to load up the 1x1x2 box with what she considered “level 2 or 3 property” and did this without the offender present. What didn’t go in the box was confiscated and they will have to send it home or Texas destroys it. these people lost ALL the food Texas just sold them days before. Personal photos, books, cards and cherished items. I am a mere few feet away and see all this from my cell. This one person’s family photos are all on the floor and the guards are walking all on them! Photos that are now in the trash and lost forever. Items brought  from the Ellis’ Unit- GONE FOREVER!

I lost about $25 worth of food and some paperwork in the ordeal and await the paperwork on the legal work. As well as the paperwork saying my food they just sold me must be sent home! Folks we were the first Pod they hit! What’s happening on the others is unknown to me. I speak of what I know is FACT! Sergeant Williams is the hero of the day! We need y’alls help to voice complaints!

True American Till Death

Mark Anthony Stroman

2010

TEXAS DEATH CAMP!

“Texas Death Camp”

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2010 by tamouzmedia3

Death Blog

Texas Death Camp

June 29th, 2010 2:16am

Welcome to my nightmare… tales from a dead man!

“In each life some rain must fall, thank God my soul is waterproof”

It’s a new day at Texas’s Death Camp and with that there’s one thing for certain and that is we all will suffer some type of abuse and inhumane treatment at the hands of our captors. The past few weeks has been hell and full of chaos and confusion at a level I’ve never seen in the entire time I’ve been at this evil place of death and over the next few days and weeks I’ll be doing some in depth blogs that will be an eye opener for all and I will try my best to let all the world see what’s going on behind the walls of this death camp!

Forgive me for being so distant over the past few weeks but I had some personal storm clouds roll into my world that have had my family and myself as well as my loved ones in complete and utter fear. It concerned my youngest daughter and since I believe in real time monsters, not the kind that lived under our beds as small children, but real sicko monsters, (I know, for I see dozens of them daily). All I can say is this, I know God answers prayers because he has returned my daughter to her mother. Thank you Jesus! It was bad and I’ve cried and been terrified more than ever!

As for another issue concerning this death camp Texas runs poorly, “The Mail”! What a horror story this is. If you  have wrote me and have not received a reply it’s probably due to one of two reasons, one being that I have not received your letter and two being that this rouge mail room and system has been careless again and my US mail has been stolen by someone at Unit Level. I have way too many letters incoming and outgoing that simply vanish! And over the next few weeks this is one of the topics I intend on speaking about.

True American Till Death

Mark Anthony Stroman

2010

Living on a dream, Inside a nightmare!