An American Horror Story
Thomas Caldwell's is just one of several stories of American patriots living the nightmare of being American political prisoners. Caldwell never entered the Capitol building, has no criminal record, and honorably served the country for 20 years in the military, but Judge Hoppe agreed with the government to keep him behind bars. "The conduct and the statements of Mr. Caldwell . . . it really just is pure lawlessness and contempt for laws of this country," Hoppe said, referring to some of Caldwell's Facebook posts and texts.
Caldwell spent 53 days in jail, 49 of them in solitary confinement. He
could not access his medication to relieve excruciating back pain caused by
spinal injuries Caldwell suffered while serving in the Navy. When prison guards
asked why he was incarcerated, he said, "I'm a political prisoner because of