by Samuel Adams, AFN
Mason Courson was arrested on Dec 14, 2021 like many others for Jan 6th, however he, like only a few, was held without bond. Mason, like many other January 6th patriots felt called to redress his government peacefully and patriotically. He has been held without bond since his arrest. Now, after sentencing, he is located at FCI Coleman in Florida serving out the rest of his unjust sentence.
The following is a letter written by Mason, expressing his feelings and detailing his journey. He also wanted mention something he feels he needs to address. Some of the other J6 men, who were charged similarly, had stories being told and published that were not and are not accurate and true. He feels that its better to speak now rather than later. These men will eventually be exposed and it will make the good J6ers look terrible as they will be all spoken of as a group once again. He is afraid that is inevitable.
We feel that this patriot deserves to be heard and uncensored. Please read his letter below and if you are moved to do so, please donate to Mason’s commissary fund at www.givesendgo.com/helpmason.
Dear America First Newspaper Family,
What an incredible journey this has been. I say “incredible” because this whole experience so far has been something I could have never imagined. After almost 2 years in and I still have about 2 more years to go. Thankfully, I am finally at a facility that I will stay at until I am released. From the diesel therapy transfer movement in the beginning that brought be to the “living hell” of Northern Neck Regional Jail, where I spent about a year of my life at, deteriorating physically, and mentally, the place where I almost lost my sanity. After my time at Northern Neck, I was fortunately moved to USP Lewisburg, where I was for about half a year, waiting to be sentenced. After Lewsisburg I was returned to the “DC Gulag”, as the it has infamously become known. I heard much about the Gulag prior to my arrival. I was told it was way worse before I arrived there, but still considering what I witnessed, the place was a freaking hotel compared to the other facilities I had been to before that, especially Northern Neck Regional.
I was sentenced in late June, and received 57 months and 3 years of probation following. I was neither surprised, disappointed, or content with the outcome. I did feel relief though because I had an end date now. The suffering would be over on a specific day, despite the fact that I should not be here in the first place. I waited in DC until weeks after my sentencing. Finally, the typical temperature check came and I knew I would be on my way to prison the next day. There I could do my time and be around regular inmates and get home. My first stop was at FCI Petersburg in Virginia. There, I didn’t even have real toilet paper, they gave us these little square tissues that were never enough to properly clean myself, imagine that. I had to shower after every time I used the bathroom. There was a shower in the cell that had terrible drainage so the cell would flood every time the water was turned on. I was stuck in the cell 24 hours a day, for 11 days straight. When I heard my name called to be moved, I felt God bless me in that moment. Oh, I can’t forget to add, every time you are transferred in the federal system, they shackle your hands and feet, and its very painful, the bus is designed to be impossible to get comfortable. From Virginia I was now on my way to the next stop which was USP Atlanta. There I wasn’t given a towel or a change of clothes for 2 days after arriving. The guards had no regard for human life whatsoever. By the grace of God, I left after only a few days.
The best part of all of the movement was when I stepped off the bus, in Florida at FCC Coleman Low. The familiar Florida heat and humidity slapped me in the face. I laughed out loud “Glad to be back in Florida!” I actually arrived here on my son’s birthday which is August 10, felt like it was all in Gods plan. This facility is a Low Security Institution, basically like a camp. This is not real prison at all compared to what I have endured. There are no cells here, so there are no lock-downs. A cafeteria for the 3 meals a day. A huge yard with tons of calisthenics, cardio equipment, a basketball court, soccer, and baseball fields. Ping pong and pool tables too. All kinds of musical instrument rooms, art rooms, leather working rooms, and movie rooms. A giant library, with CDL and other classes. There are new programs nonstop. There is also chapel for all religious needs. There have only been 2 fights here in the past 5 years. (I have witnessed way more fights between Jan6ers) I believe my time here is going to be less traumatic compared to the time I have done, and for anyone planning on coming to Coleman Low, just know that you will be relieved in many ways.
I wanted to share that I was glad to meet a few, of the dozens of good men, during the time I was in DC. Along this journey I have met a small few that are my brothers and we will be family for life. But, to be brutally honest, once I knew I was being moved for the final time, it meant I also knew I would now be getting away from almost all of the J6ers, which not everyone will understand. I felt and continue to feel this way. The majority of those on the outside could not fully know or imagine how it is like to live around these men 24/7.
There are outrageous lies being told by some of them. The gossiping, sad infighting, pointless drama, lack of respect, strong opinions, false leadership, and shameful grifting that is going on is a complete story in itself that many do not want to recognize. A fair amount of these guys, but not all of them, are attention seeking, not good people, and the public isn’t aware of the conceited, self-gratifying nature of these “patriots.” The lies that are being exuded are so deep the roots can’t even be found anymore. These guys are sucking innocent people, that want to support and help, into their game. Bad actors are being given outlets to express their misconstrued living conditions and manipulative ideology. Then they are being praised for the work they are doing from the inside. These select individuals are having the “best” time of their lives, taking advantage of the situation for self-gain and manipulation. A feeling of importance is what drives them.
Perhaps they were missing that before all of this, who knows. For me, this is the worst thing that has happened to me, in my entire life, and for the majority of the good men I have met, it is the worst thing that has happened to them as well. Our lives have been ruined and destroyed and we have to build from the ground up now. In this letter I will not go into specifics of who these bad actors are, but if anyone has ever had any doubts, how does the saying go? “Trust your gut feeling”. I am not the only one that feels this way either, and this doesn’t go for every single man. I just may be one of the first or the few so far, to be willing to speak out and hopefully make some people aware, that all is not what it seems with some of the J6 prisoners.
This whole experience has really worn me out emotionally. I have developed PTSD, depression, and anxiety. I have to deal with it every day now. I am constantly worrying about how life will be when I am out. I constantly worry about my future and simply being able to financially provide for my son and myself on my own. The way the economy is falling apart and inflation making the cost of living astronomical. It’s going to be a challenge. A part of me knows that everything will be completely fine and God has everything set in stone for me already, but being down so long has impacted my optimism. Although I do have plans on starting new businesses, instead of going back to my old one. I want to collaborate and partner with some of my new brothers, and help some of the good men that are still locked up for J6. I know that I will forever be on a terrorist red flag watch list which will make it difficult to do anything attached to government, mega corporations, or credit. As much as I fear and dread the rough road ahead of me, I am ready to take it on. When I am released, the reunion with my family and friends will be a motivator for me and uplift my spirits. Until then, I visualize my new life outside of prison, and give thanks to God for my strength, resilience, and safety.
God bless you and God bless America.
We encourage all who are able to help Mason. His fundraiser is located at http://www.givesendgo.com/helpmason. Thank you all and GOD SAVE AMERICA!