January 2nd, 1995
From: Sam Zhadanov
I am enclosing this letter to explain why I am taking action, that may cost me my life, by declaring a hunger strike.
For the last year, while in Federal Prison Camp for non violent offenders, I have been surrounded by many people, among them doctors, lawyers, publishers, professionals and intellectuals, mostly first time offenders, who are in many ways victums like myself.
Many of them are guilty of violations, not crimes. Yet some of them are serving prison terms of up to 15 years. That's longer than served by many murderers and rapists!
They are among a rapidly growing number of victums of the New Federal
Business Enterprise, the likes of which this country has never seen. Its
bureaucrats use their enormous, unlimited power to accuse and convict thousands
of innocent people, so that they can be stripped of their property and
savings. Forfeiture is a lot more popular than taxation, that's why politicians
look the other way.
With endless resources behind them, Federal proscutors terrorize most into submission and acceptance of guilt. We are turning into a new type of totalitarian state and we don't even know it. Most Americans are unaware of the growing threat to their freedom and property.
It is time to sound the alarm, to bring this horror story to the attention
of the American public.
For much of my life I endured the oppression of the former Soviet Union. Now I am reliving the experience in my new home where I came in search of Justice and Liberty. With what had happened to me and what I've learned, I cannot remain silent.
I am declaring this hunger strike to take a stand against corruption and injustice towards me, my family and hundreds of thousands of Americans that cannot be heard.
I ask you to help me bring my story to your readers, listeners or viewers. What happened to me can easily happen to them and their children.