A Letter from US Afghan Refusenik Travis Bishop from the Ft. Lewis stockade
From Courage to Resist Newsletter
Serving a 12-month prison sentence as an Amnesty International designated "prisoner of conscience," Travis refused to deploy to Afghanistan based on his religious beliefs after having had filed for a conscientious objector discharge. Donate to Travis' ongoing legal expenses.
By Travis Bishop. October 20, 2009
The support I have gotten for my decision has been extraordinary. I can never repay the help and support Iíve gotten, but I will try hard to once Iím released.
Things here at Fort Lewis are grim. I was in isolation the first ten days I was here. It was hell, and I never want to go back to that. Now Iím in a bay of around 20 guys and itís a little better, but we are treated like children, or murderers, by most of the guards. They forget very quickly that we were all soldiers onceÖ They barely even show us common human courtesy and respect.
Iím two months into my sentence. With good behavior I should be out of here on June 14, 2010. This place is an assault on my mind, body and spirit. This whole atmosphere is foreign to me, and I think they pride themselves on that.
If anyone wants to write me, please tell them that I would love to get mail. Letters are the best part of the day. Iím going to try very hard to answer every letter. If someone sends me a letter, and it gets sent back to them [rejected by the military], wait about a week, and then send it to me again. This gives me time to put their address on my approved mail list. Only put your nameóno organizations. The only things people can send me are lettersópen and paper only. No stickers or glitter or anything like that. The mail system is very strict here. Again, thank you to everyone for your support.
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Note that the Army will likely reject your first letter, and maybe your second also. Please keep trying to send Travis mail as he really wants to hear from you. When your letter is rejected, sometimes Travis gets to see the envelope. If so, he is then able to add your name to his approved correspondence list.