Truth Surfaces in Hansen Ordeal
by Edward Snook & Don Harkins
After four years of imprisonment, after ten years of persecution, after being ruined
professionally and financially and after being permanently damaged physically, in
December, 1995, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Hansenís sentence for bank
fraud because the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled on May 15, 1995, that Hansenís previous
conviction as a member of Congress had been overturned.
A prison term which describes the most inhumane, degrading and painful of punishment;
normally reserved for the most violent and uncontrollable of prisoners.
A prisoner is shackled at the feet and handcuffed at the wrists, reinforced with a
box-like structure which stiffens the chains and locks the wrists at a 90-degree
angle. The handcuffs are connected to a waist chain that is connected to another
chain which connects the shackles. Once this shackling is complete, a prisoner can
barely move. The tightened manacles pinch the nerves and restrict the flow of blood
causing severe pain and swelling. Legs swelling with blood are particularly damaging
to the feet, as toenails under pressure from blood-blisters press up against shoes
for long periods of time and soon become infected and deformed, causing such
excruciating pain that they require surgery or the pulling of the nails out by the
Diesel therapy gets its name, not from the "cruel and unusual" bondage, but from
being forced into bus after bus and onto plane after plane, shackled as described,
and being shuttled from one prison to another, for weeks on end, 20 hours per day
in chains, for no other reason than to cause pain and suffering and give the prisoner
Welcome to diesel therapy and the world of seven-term Congressman George Hansen, who
was found guilty in the court-room of the infamous Federal Judge Edward Lodge on
bogus charges of bank fraud which were manipulated into an issue by the Idaho
Department of Finance which illegally used the same agents previously employed by
the IRS in their failed attempt to "get Hansen?"
People who have been reading past editions of The Idaho Observer and The Oregon
Observer will recall that the Judge Lodge/Idaho Department of Finance connection
has already been uncovered in the bogus securities laws violations charges levied
against Boise businessman and winemaker Petro (Pete) Eliopulos.
"After Ed Snook of The Oregon Observer and I met with Hansen and he told me in a
six-hour meeting what had happened to him, I was more shaken than I have ever been
in my life. If (West One) bank officers Knox and Neaville had not subsequently been
convicted of crimes which came to light in the bogus investigations of me and my
businesses, they could have done to me what they did to Hansen," said Eliopulos,
who was shocked that a U.S. Representative, or anybody for that matter, could be
treated this way in America.
What could an esteemed member of the U.S. Congress have done to deserve such treatment?
A series of events were triggered to allow crimes to be manufactured which led to
the imprisonment and torture of Congressman George Hansen. Idaho District Federal
Judge Edward Lodge, who has been used by bankers and government officials for a
decade to "legalize" their unethical and criminal activities, was given the job of
putting Hansen away and seeing to it that he learned a lesson.
Judge Lodge saw to it that Hansen received "diesel therapy" coming and going to
prison from the judgeís court at great cost to the government, even though Hansen
should have been allowed to make such trips at his own expense.
On the way from his hometown of Pocatello to federal prison in Petersberg, VA, Hansen
was bussed and flown, nearly immovably shackled, at taxpayer expense, to jails all
over the country. Not Hansenís lawyer, his wife, nor his allies in Congress were
able to locate him. Hansen had simply disappeared for a month into the custody of the
Federal Marshalís Service.
Hansenís wife didnít know whether he was dead or alive. And even when the Supreme
Court overturned Hansenís original case and the Appeals Court vacated his current
sentence, Hansen still got the Judge Lodge treatment of another dose of diesel
therapy from Virginia back to Idaho.
What had Hansen, who was a model prisoner, done to deserve the most brutal, torturous
and barbaric type of treatment this countryís penal system is capable of inflicting
on a prisoner?
Congressional Accountability Project
Retired Congressman Tom Kindness (R-Ohio) stated, "I believe that Georgeís recent
trial and conviction on charges of "bank fraud" was the direct result of a campaign
by various members of the bureaucracy to stop the CAP."
CAP, the Congressional Accountability Project, was being launched by Hansen and a
group of investors interested in good government. CAP was going to utilize
nation-wide television and a national 900 number to make congresspersons
instantaneously accountable to the American people for their votes on the House
and Senate floors.
"This was a project which would, in my opinion, have had a major impact on the
votes of congressmen since it would have made them instantaneously responsible to
the people by making their votes known immediately after being cast," commented
journalist John Voss.
Hansen and his associates were on the verge of making CAP fully operational and
accessible to the American public when the government, through the Idaho Department
of Finance with the illegal help of former IRS agents, a revenge-minded Justice
Department and the corrupt Judge Lodge, manufactured bank fraud charges against him.
Judge Lodgeís provably compromised court ultimately found Hansen guilty and prescribed
diesel therapy to teach him a lesson.
Why did the "Honorable" Judge Lodge treat Hansen like Public Enemy #1?
George Hansen was the only member of Congress able to pull the strings necessary to
visit the hostages in Iran in 1979 and expose the big-bank scam behind the crises.
George Hansen was the author of the book To Harass Our People, an indictment of the
IRS, where he demanded its dismantling. George Hansen was the congressman who was
so outraged by what he discovered about the IRS while researching his book that he
wrote and helped to pass the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights. George Hansen was the first
man to propose the flat tax as a damage control alternative to protect the people
from IRS abuses. George Hansen was the man who took on OSHA, WPPSS, and the INS,
and George Hansen was the man who fearlessly and repeatedly made public his findings
when investigations turned up government corruption and citizen abuse.
The "system" decided it had to teach Congressman Hansen a lesson because, had he
been allowed to continue serving on Capitol Hill, he would soon likely be the
chairman of the powerful House Banking Committee.
So, why did Judge Lodge, whose personal reasons for needing to keep the well-documented
criminal nature of the banking industry below public scrutiny, with the help of the
Idaho Department of Finance, trump up a bank fraud conviction by denying the admission
of exonerating evidence in court in order to throw Hansen in prison and make sure that
he was punished severely with diesel therapy?
Was it because Congressman Hansen was getting close to the truth and accumulating
the political power it would take to finally and totally expose the banking industry
and government for its criminal abuses of the American people?
Judge Lodgeís Court of Kangaroos
CAP was apparently the final straw and abusive criminal government had to shut Hansen
down. On the eve of CAP becoming fully operational, powerful special interests and
political enemies derailed the project and forced a domino effect of financial
repercussions upon Hansen and his associates. The government then took the situation
it had created and indicted, prosecuted and convicted Hansen of bank fraud. Though
the treachery of Judge Lodge and the government disdained the patriotic financial
sacrifices made by Hansenís supporters for good government and callously prevented
his efforts to re-pay them, it did not prevent Hansen from publicly pledging that
these law breaking government bullies could never seal his lips, nor stop him from
somehow paying back the people he owed and thereby keeping his word.
Every attorney who has read the court transcripts is concerned and confounded as to
how George could have been convicted on bank fraud charges when the supervising bank
officers were not only acutely aware of his financial operation and transactions, but
were actively assisting him in his efforts for over ten years! "George defrauded no
one and we can prove it," stated Congressman Kindness.
Hansen was not really imprisoned and tortured by "our" government for bank fraud,
though that was the governmentís excuse to lock him up and shut him down. Hansen was
actually a political prisoner who was guilty of attempting to provide the American
people with the ammunition of knowledge so they could successfully fight back against
the senseless encroachment of government oppression which more and more is ruining
the lives of all of us.
Hansen dedicated his civil service to facilitating a return to a Constitutional form
of government which is of, by and for the people and "our" government felt threatened
enough by his noble activities to see to it that he was imprisoned and tortured for
daring to tell citizen/taxpayers the truth.
Hansen was the only U.S. statesman who cared enough to risk his own safety and
political career to visit the hostages in Iran in 1979. While in Iran, Hansen saw
first hand what happens to political prisoners, who were beaten mercilessly, who
had finger and toe nails ripped out by the roots and who had been shackled until
they were permanently disabled physically.
Hansen has also experienced first hand the same inhumane torture and it happened to
him in the most "civilized" nation on earth, the only difference being that Hansen
was denied treatment and pain-killers and had to rip his own deformed and infected
With renewed vigor, Hansen is back and is calling on all concerned Americans,
including members of Congress and other elected officials, to join him in the fight
to restore accountability and decency to our stricken nation.