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Marty Gottesfeld, 37, is an American political prisoner. There’s just no other way to describe the self-taught, nonviolent techie/medical freedom activist now locked away in solitary confinement at a secret federal detention facility in Marion, Illinois — after being transferred this month from a different secret center in Terre Haute, Indiana. Both are known as “communications management units” (CMUs) in prison industrial complex bureaucrat-ese.

Or you could just call them un-American penitentiary black holes.

Twice — last June and this week — I’ve asked the federal Bureau of Prisons to explain why Marty is being held in solitary confinement, how long he has been squirreled away and on what grounds he was transferred. “For privacy, safety, and security reasons,” I was told, “the BOP does not discuss any individual inmate’s conditions of confinement to include housing quarters or reasons for transfer.” This past Sunday marked four full months that Marty has been in solitary and blocked from communicating with loved ones or the media.

I first learned of Marty’s plight — and his heroism — five years ago from his loyal and vigilant wife, Dana, whose words in defense of the dissident action he took that earned him a 10-year federal sentence have never left me:

“It was the right thing to do.”

A quick recap for those who have never heard of, or have forgotten, the “Free Marty G” nightmare. In 2013, a young girl named Justina Pelletier was ripped from her parents’ custody by Boston Children’s Hospital. The teen, who has mitochondrial disease and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, had gone to BCH after coming down with a severe case of the flu. Instead of receiving top-notch care and attention at BCH, however, Justina was medically kidnapped and recklessly re-diagnosed with a psychological condition, “somatoform disorder.”

Justina was dragged from BCH’s neurology department to its infamous psych ward, where she was reprimanded for being unable to move her bowels or walk unassisted in her weakened state. At the Wayside Youth and Family Support Network residential treatment center where she was confined, she and her family recounted to me in my 2018 documentary on the case, she was harassed by a staffer while taking a shower. The physical and mental torture lasted 16 months.

Enter Marty G.

In April 2014, he helped lead a social media army that implemented distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Boston Children’s Hospital and the nearby Wayside Youth and Family Support Network residential treatment. Marty had organized a social media army to knock the computer networks of both institutions offline to protest Pelletier’s medical kidnapping. Hackers from the loose-knit collective, Anonymous, allegedly participated in the campaign.


Marty was charged and convicted of cybercrimes and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. He had already spent more than a year behind bars without bail at the time of his sentencing (including about 80 days in solitary confinement and a stint in the same detention center as Mexico’s notorious drug cartel kingpin “El Chapo”). He has no regrets about stepping up in Pelletier’s defense and continued his whistle-blowing investigative journalism after his imprisonment with Dana’s help — until the feds tried to shut him up and shut him down after reporting on the plight of other CMU inmates.

The last time Dana spoke to Marty was last September. The last time she was able to see him in person was at his sentencing three years ago — yes, years — this month. Last summer, BOP officials had recommended that Marty be removed from the Terre Haute CMU. Instead, he was hauled from one American Gitmo to another.

“We were devastated to find out that the placement of Marty in the CMU will continue,” Dana told me this week. “There was never any good — or even comprehensible — reason to place him in that ultra-restrictive unit that was created in the 9/11 era. The BOP’s decision to continue placing Marty in the CMU shows that the pattern of harassment and retaliation that Marty faced when he began speaking publicly about conditions in BOP facilities continues.”

Dana added that “less than two-tenths of 1% of federal inmates are held in the CMUs. Many of them are members of radical Islamist terror organizations. The BOP has never given a reasonable explanation for why it has chosen to hold Marty, a nonviolent person never previously convicted of a crime, in these specialized prison units. I believe the BOP is continuing to retaliate against Marty for his decision to speak publicly about conditions in BOP facilities, ranging from damp and freezing cells, nonpotable water, to misconduct by a BOP unit manager.”

The Justice Department’s inspector general passed the buck on Marty’s case to the BOP Office of Internal Affairs. Marty’s complaint has fallen into yet another black hole.

If you’re outraged that this is happening in America and want to help, visit for more information. Fighting human rights abuses starts here at home, inside our borders, for our fellow citizens.

Michelle Malkin’s email address is [email protected]

• Category: Ideology • Tags: Cyber Threats, Judicial System 
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  1. But wait, Mrs. Malkin. We* created this Police State to help with the War on Terra. We* didn’t know it could be used AGAINST any of US! We’re the good guys, right? Bloody hell.


    * and I use that term “we” loosely as it doesn’t include me. I sure as shit never supported any of it.

    • Agree: h74betatester
    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  2. Now this is the way you do it. Demonstrations are worthless: the media won’t cover them, no matter how big, and so you might as well stay home. Street fighting is too centralized. It can’t attack a power structure with a hundred heads. Lop one, another just pops up.

    Nope. Computers is the only way. Them’s the new battlefield. Get hep, children.

  3. Marty Gottesfeld, 37, is an American political prisoner.

    So is Derek Chauvin.

    So are the Satilla Three.

    P*ssy Republicans remain silent cowards (standard for their side of the uniparty.)

    • Agree: InnerCynic
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  4. So let me get this straight, the man is an admitted computer terrorist who hacked and attacked the computer at a Children’s hospital, and somehow we should sympathize with him? Such a person is very dangerous and should be in solitary confinement at Marion for the rest of his sentence. A 10 year sentence may be too short. In no case should be be allowed near a computer or any electronic device.

    I litigated a case against a “hacker” a few years back. We deposed him in our offices (no one else would let him in their building). Our security consultant advised us to put those little plastic plugs in the electrical outlets that you use to block children. Hackers are that dangerous. We also removed the telephone from the room and disconnected the internet outlet. We took down our wi fi while the hacker was in the building.

    If this man had access to the general population at Marion, he could write out instructions for another inmate, or dictate such instructions to a prison “scribe.” The scribe or other inmate could then send those instructions to someone on the outside who could engage in cyber crime. It is somewhat more complex, but this man sounds like he is sophisticated enough to know how to hide illicit communication in his “legal” correspondence.

    Federal prisoners have run sophisticated terror operations from Marion. Recall, Jeff Fort was there when he attempted to purchase Manpads from Libya for the Rukns. Fort is now in the Super Max in Colorado.

    With what this man has done, he cannot be allowed contact with any prisoner. Prisoners have been known at Marion to memorize specific instructions and relay them to family (curriers) in face to face visits to avoid censorship of written letters. Oral conversations are monitored, but if specific instructions were given to 40 people with each contributing just one line to a message this man could do very dangerous things.

    Sorry, Ms Malkin there is very good reason to keep this man locked up.

    • Agree: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @Alfa158
    , @BrianB
    , @Croppy
  5. Trinity says:

    Malkin, Mercer, Taylor? Name the common denominator?

    There are others on this site as well but these three immediately come to mind.

    If you refuse to name the Jew then you are nothing more than controlled opposition.

  6. Martin Karim is a terrorist and belongs in prison. He, like Malkin, is a good example of why all immigration is bad. He belongs in Bangladesh, just like she should be in the Philippines.

    Surprising she is supporting this criminal when she is usually a badge licker extraordinaire.

    • Troll: Biff
  7. @Achmed E. Newman

    Malkin supports the police state, except for when she doesn’t.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  8. @Sick of Orcs

    Agreed. That’s not to mention the (I don’t know HOW many) 1/6/21 trespassers. They too are political prisoners. Ashli Babbitt didn’t even get that luxury, having been murdered by Capitol cop Michael Leroy Bird that afternoon.

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs, Richard B
    • Replies: @Richard B
  9. @Chris Mallory

    I’m not really sure how much she ever did, Chris, but she’s learning quickly though, anyway. Her experience in Denver, Colorado in the summer of ’20 was part of that learning experience.

  10. Alfa158 says:
    @Harry Huntington

    “ Our security consultant advised us to put those little plastic plugs in the electrical outlets that you use to block children. ”
    I have those permanently installed in all the outlets in my house. Otherwise the electrons leak out, puddle up on the floor and make your feet tingle when you wade through them.

    I hope you didn’t over-pay that security consultant.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Harry Huntington
  11. So whatever happened to the girl tortured by the medical mafia? Seems all of the voices encouraging this man to be deep sixed haven’t anything to say about that.

    • Replies: @Michelle Malkin
  12. anarchyst says:

    There’s more…
    For federal prisoners, another form of punishment is “diesel therapy”. This is a government policy which transports prisoners around the country in buses while they are chained, shackled, fed “bag lunches” and are driven around the country with no say in where they are headed.
    This is especially effective for those prisoners with either high profiles or weak (government) cases where their lawyers and families have to chase them around the country and, quite often have difficulty locating them..
    Conditions are miserable on these buses; bathroom breaks are almost non-existent and being shackled and cuffed with high-security cuffs limit movement to a much greater degree than is actually necessary.
    Most prisoners deserve to be where they are at, but the psychological games used on those who are either high-profile or political prisoners borders on unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. Riding around on a bus for 16 to 18 hours most certainly qualifies.
    Let’s not forget the “January 6th” political prisoners who are languishing in D. C. prisons, jails and lockups.

  13. @Alfa158

    To the contrary, because we knew to pay attention we “caught” the hacker pulling off the plug and trying to stick something into the plug. You know, for example, that in the Kremlin they use manual typewriters (not electric) in secure rooms for a reason. Our consultant was plugged into some of those reasons and so, apparently, was our hacker. Our hacker, just to add flavor, produced his “documents” in that litigation on a data stick in which every document was infected with something (virus, malware, something that would likely link to ransom ware). You can never be too careful.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  14. Alfa158 says:
    @Harry Huntington

    No I didn’t know that; unlike yourself or your security expert I have never been inside a secure room in the Kremlin so I don’t know if they use manual typewriters.
    I have only worked inside US secure rooms (which are designated as Tempest certified) because they are Faraday shielded, among other precautions, and there were no manual typewriters even 20 years ago.
    Did your expert explain what this device the witness had was that could magically hack your equipment through the AC power? I would love to know the principle of how that would work.

  15. You know, for example, that in the Kremlin they use manual typewriters (not electric) in secure rooms for a reason.

    I don’t pretend to know what happens in the Kremlim, and neither should you. The actual story seems to go back to 2013 when the Russian FSO put in a small order for electric typewriters ( not manual as you claim )

    The Federal Protective Service (Russian: Федеральная служба охраны, ФСО, romanized: Federalnaya sluzhba okhrany, FSO) of the Russian Federation, official name in English Federal Guard Service of the Russian Federation,[1] is a federal government agency concerned with the tasks related to the protection of several high-ranking state officials, mandated by the relevant law, including the President of Russia, as well as certain federal properties

    Obviously, there was a lot of speculation at the time as to why they ordered these particular machines, but the FSO refused to comment.

  16. @Michelle Malkin

    You are usually very sensible in your views, but you are erroneous in calling Martin Gottesfeld a political prisoner. DDoS of a hospital is a criminal offence in most jurisdictions in the World, and would normally be punishable by community service or short prison sentence.

    You should have recognised that what Mr Gottesfeld did was misguided and wrong, but that the sentence was completely disproportionate. Also, he is being held in secret detention facilities, which are unconstitutional and should be shut immediately.

    Mr Gottesfeld and his associates should have organised their own lawful protests and publicixed their cause. Our enemies control the state apparatus. Do not make it easier for them by committing real criminal offences, as here.

  17. Anon[188] • Disclaimer says:

    It all begins with a useless female who is crippled, raped, deformed, murdered, or in some way damaged.

    Ah well, a life well wasted. May the matriarchy and all the misery and the drama that accompanies that keep marching on.

  18. BrianB says:
    @Harry Huntington

    What was this “hacker” going to do? Use mind rays to infiltrate your brains through electrical outlets?
    You do realize you sound like the guy who ought to be in BCH’s psych ward right?

    The Pelletier case was outrageous and of course the real perpetrators who ruined these people’s lives without cause got off scot-free, but you don’t seem to care about that. You instead want to accuse a guy who tried to stop a grave injustice of being a “terrorist”. Was he charged with terrorism?
    Did he choose a stupid way and break the law? Sure. But unless he’s like your magical, fairy, hacker deponent, 10 years of solitary in a virtual Supermax for a DOS attack by a non violent first offender is police state tactics.
    The fact is, as demonstrated by the unfolding scandal of CPS abuses in Saint Louis and elsewhere, a far greater threat to America, its families and its hospitals are out of control, power hungry CPS and children’s advocate bureaucrats who can do pretty much whatever they want to families and never be held to account.

    • Agree: Angharad
  19. Richard B says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Not to mention Schaeffer Cox. Remember him?

    There used to be information available about his case and just how aggressively unjust it was. But not anymore. All one gets now is yet another notoriously inaccurate and/or downright false Wiki entry masquerading as the ultimate truth.

  20. Resartus says:

    what is “manpads”?

    They are handheld anti-aircraft missiles….
    It has a control handle/panel, user attaches it to an encapsulated missile…..
    Some versions also have vehicle attack capabilities…..

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