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Christmas in Prison

(originally launched into cyberspace on 12/18/2008)

As you've probably heard before, psychological depression generally
tends to occur more often and more strongly around the holidays.
And, as you could probably guess, being in prison over the holidays
doesn't exactly improve matters. I only did it once, and it was
right after I had gone in, so it wasn't too bad, but it still
wasn't exactly fun.

Well, Dr. Charles Thomas Clayton, whom some of us know as "Dr.
Tom," is about to be spending Christmas in prison--not for the
first time, and not for the last. He won't be doing any Christmas
shopping, and won't be having a Christmas dinner with his family.
He'll be spending Christmas in a cage, as a political prisoner, for
having told the truth about the federal income tax.

Now, it's very easy to feel forgotten while in prison, mainly
because it's very easy to BE forgotten while in prison. The rest of
us have our busy lives, and it's just not all that fun--during the
holidays or at any other time--to think about the people who have
been wrongfully imprisoned. Well, if you think it's frustrating and
infuriating to think about such injustice, consider how it feels to
be the VICTIM of such injustice.

Dr. Tom selflessly sacrificed, for the cause of truth, more time,
effort and money than most of you will ever know. In fact, he has
done more to spread the truth about the "income tax" fraud than
just about anyone I know (including myself), all without any hope
of ever being repaid. For that, the American tyrants decided he
should be caged for five years. Keeping that in mind, I want EACH
of you to do one or more of the following:

1) Write Dr. Tom a letter, even if all it says is that you're
thinking of him, and you appreciate what he did. You can't send
money, or really anything else to the address, except for
magazines. (Soft-cover books may or may not make it through.) But
even a really short, hand-scribbled note is a lot better than
nothing. (Know that all mail into and out of prisons may be read by
prison staff.) Here is the address for sending Tom mail:

Charles Thomas Clayton, Reg. #06269-078
FCI Bastrop
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1010
Bastrop, TX 78602

2) Send a few bucks to Dr. Tom's commissary fund in prison, from
which he can buy snacks, necessities, and a few other little
things. Funds can be sent for that purpose via mail or Western
Union, and the web page below explains how:

http://www.bop.gov/inmate_programs/money.jsp

You'll need to know the name of the recipient (Charles Thomas
Clayton) and his inmate registration number (06269-078) to send
money.

3) Last but not least--in fact, MOST importantly--I'll be taking a
collection, from now until Christmas, for Tom's family, which I'll
then send to them as one big check around New Year's. As I've said
before, what any of us can "afford" depends in large part on what
we decide is important. If you had a kid who needed a $10,000
operation to save his life, I bet just about all of you, one way or
another, would find a way to come up with it. Well, how important
do you think it is to help out those who have suffered as a result
of putting their necks on the line for ALL of us? How much support
do you think Dr. Tom deserves for the enormous sacrifices he has
given? How much is it worth to you for it to be HIM doing the time
for telling the truth, instead of you? It's hard to put a price tag
on that, isn't it? So keep that in mind when deciding how much to
send.

These days, to a lot of people (including me) $100 seems like a lot
of money. But I challenge each of you to see if you can come up
with that much in the next week or so, and send it off to the
address shown below. (Donation checks need to be made out in my
name, and then I'll post a list of contributors--just initials and
dates--when I send it all off to Tom's family in one big check.) If
sending $100 is really not possible for you, then send whatever you
can, even if it's only $5. Most of those who read this message
won't send anything (as is the case with every plea for help), so
every little bit counts--and, of course, every BIG bit counts even
more. It's too much to hope that Dr. Tom will actually have a happy
holidays, but we ought to be able to at least make it a little less
miserable. So go to it. (And do it now, before you forget.)

Sincerely,

Larken Rose
P.O. Box 653
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

http://www.kickingthedragon.com

P.S. In the next few days, I'll be sending to the list a "thank
you" note from Colin Jackson, husband of Sherry Peel Jackson, for
the help all of you provided to them.

P.P.S. For those of you who know Ken Evans, drop me a quick e-mail
at "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." for an update.