According to a post on Nimbusters and on VNN Forum, White nationalist author and lawyer Edgar Steele, who now can be considered a POW, has been reportedly transferred out of Spokane County Jail to an undisclosed location, although he actually still shows up on the jail roster as of this post. Supporters of Steele are concerned that he might be getting served up the same treatment meted out to others such as Randy Weaver, George Hansen, and Gordon Kahl. Weaver was set up by a government informant in 1992 in which his son and wife were killed, better known as the Ruby Ridge incident. Hansen was the Idaho congressman who tried to start an investigation of the IRS, but then was arrested on a pretense and shuttled around the country so his friends couldn’t find him. And Kahl, another tax protester, was murdered by federal agents in a particularly grisly incident in 1983 after his decades of principled patriotic tax protests.
But somehow, Steele managed to get out a letter to one of his friends, Ingri Cassell, before he was transferred out of the Spokane County Jail. Cassell is the widow of the late Don Harkins, founder of the now-defunct newspaper, The Idaho Observer. Because the letter has also been published by White Civil Rights and Dr. David Duke and Thoughtcrime and Rense.com, I consider it authentic, and reproduce it below:
Thank you for your letter.
All calls out are almost nonexistent. I was looking forward to seeing you and Al yesterday. I suppose they just turned you away? I haven't had a single visitor here so far and only barely been allowed to see my public defender. I'm not allowed to call my lawyer even until next week.
I am in Max Security, full lockdown, solitary confinement. Worse even than the treatment accorded Matt Hale. Most of mail is returned to senders — usually because of their using letters instead of full first and last names in the review in the return address.
OK. I am innocent, for what that is worth in Amerika today. Here is what happened:
My hillbilly handyman stumbled across a stash of silver bullion in one of my outbuildings — then searched and found two others (@ $15,000 & $45,000 total). Knowing I would discover the theft & know it was him. He tried to kill me with two pipe bombs he placed on the cars he knew I drove. They both failed to go off. Cyndi left town with one before he removed it, which led to the discovery of the car bomb on our Mitsubishi SUV.
This guy had offered to be a hit man before, more than once, but I dismissed him as a harmless buffoon. I had told him of the ADL & its hatred for me. This murder-for-hire plot is beyond my hillbilly hitman, so I assume he went to the ADL, which either fabricated tapes that he played for the FBI recorder or produced a mimic of me to make the tapes for the FBI on the spot. Regardless, I have been framed and set-up! BTW, the ADL was quoted extensively in the government's opening papers in court.
I haven't heard from my wife or son and fear they have been convinced by the U.S. Attorney Prosecutor of my guilt. I feel totally abandoned. What can you and others do? Ingri, I honestly don't know. Obviously, this is going to trial. I may well be convicted, which will be the same as a death sentence at this stage of my life. I am so depressed. I never expected them to come after me like this.
You may share this with others, even posting it on VNN and SF with my address so they can write me - please write me - but tell them to put their full names and addresses as a clear return address on the envelopes. [Note: at this time, we do not know his whereabouts.]
Again, as of this post, Edgar Steele is still listed on the Spokane County jail roster, although if he has been transferred, the entry could be deleted at any time. Harold Covington reported Steele to be transferred back on July 9th. A friend of Ingri Cassell reported trying to visit Steele at the Spokane County Jail on July 8th and being told that Steele had just been moved 30 minutes before her arrival. So it is odd that jail authorities continue to list Steele on their roster.
Another friend of Steele, Dr. Allen Banks, said “This whole thing isn’t
logical. Ed is a very intelligent man. Intelligent men don’t hire
their plumber to kill their wife and mother in law. Plus, he has been
quite ill over the past year.” When asked why Steele would have anything to do with Larry Fairfax, a known drug informant in the northern Idaho area, Dr. Banks added some more details about the man also known “Larry the Plumber”: “Ed had him build a new garage with secret compartments, so obviously Larry would have known where they were.” Dr. Banks' mainstream credibility is enhanced by the fact that he is also the chairman of the Bonner County Republican Party.
Concerned supporters of Steele and liberty-loving members of the public at large are urged to deluge the following agencies with telephone calls of protest.
U.S. Marshal's office, Coeur d'Alene: 208-667-6840; Spokane 509-353-2999.
FBI Spokane 509-747-5195; Coeur d'Alene: 208-664-5128.
Idaho State Police, region 1: 208-769-1433.
Idaho Attorney General: Lawrence Wasdin, 208-334-2400.
Bonner (Idaho) County Sheriff: 208-263-8417.
Meanwhile, Ingri Cassell is continuing her battle on behalf of Edgar Steele. She sent the following letter to three Idaho state lawmakers, Sen. Shawn Keough and Reps. George Eskridge and Eric Anderson (letter appears after the jump):
“On June 11, 2010, a resident of Sagle, Idaho for 20 years was arrested by Idaho State Police and an agent of the FBI with the assistance of a Bonner County deputy. Edgar is well-known as a defender of politically unpopular opinion, acting as a pro-bono attorney for the politically incorrect and a man who admittedly pushes the limits of free speech.
“He was preparing to go to Spokane on June 11 with a trailer to pick up some lumber for a building project and had asked his friend Allen Banks to join him on the drive into Spokane as he has recently been in very poor health. When Dr. Banks arrived at Edgar's home, he was barred access to the house by Idaho State Police officers, but could hear talking from inside prior to Edgar emerging from the house in handcuffs and being placed in the back of one of the ISP vehicles and driven away. He later witnessed eleven cars carrying agents of the FBI at the house, conducting a search, removing precious metals and other personal items.
“Allen had no idea what was going on other than an FBI agent coming out of the house momentarily, at the time of Edgar's arrest, to declare that he had all he needed on tape and that he was convinced of Edgar's guilt.
“On that same day, The Idaho Statesman and Coeur d'Alene Press printed stories vilifying Edgar's character and claiming that he had hired his handyman to kill his wife and mother-in-law. These stories continued for the following days claiming that the handyman decided to reveal the plot to the FBI on the previous Wednesday before any harm could be done.
“There are a number of holes in this story which any child could describe. For example, the "handyman", Larry Fairfax, has been a federal drug informant in this area for many years. His prior membership in Aryan Nations suggests that he was a federal informant during those years.
“Based upon his history it is not unreasonable to assume that he is still a paid federal informant placed at the Steele household to defame this politically unpopular Sagle resident. The claim that Edgar wanted the life insurance money from the death of his wife also doesn't hold up — enough personal wealth was removed from the Steele residence by the FBI that the life insurance policy angle does not seem believable.
“Strangely, when the informant handyman ‘came clean’ he failed to mention the pipe bombs he had placed on the Steele vehicles. These were later discovered during a routine oil change. The story and the details of the "plot" so far revealed are bizarre enough that many believe the case to be a complete fabrication, not unlike those fabricated by the Soviet era thugs of the KGB. If such a story can be fabricated to destroy a politically incorrect resident of Sagle, what can these same federal police officials concoct to destroy one of us? There are so many problems with this story that many of us have grave concerns for our safety as Idaho and Bonner County residents.
“While first confined at the Kootenai County Jail, Edgar, an Idaho resident, is now held in another state — Washington. I went to the Spokane County Jail on Wednesday to visit Edgar Steele. The woman at the desk told me that he is not allowed ANY visitors other than his attorney, he cannot make collect phone calls, and he is in custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.
“However, when I called the U.S. Marshal office in Spokane, I was told that Edgar is not in their system. I was referred to the FBI which only was available as a recording. I left a message on a recorder. Another friend went to the Spokane County Jail on Thursday (7-8-10) and was told that he ( Steele) had been moved a half hour earlier to an undisclosed location.
“This is beginning to resemble the George Hansen case where Idaho Congressman George Hansen was kept for nearly two years without trial, moved from one federal detention facility to another just ahead of his friends who were frantically trying to locate him so they could obtain his release. His crime? Allegedly he was being held without trial for errantly filing some congressional disclosure forms. His real crime? Asking for a congressional investigation of the IRS.
“Edgar's wife, Cyndi Steele, and his children, Nicole, Rex and Kelsey, are not allowed any communication with him. Cyndi is not living in their home anymore - too traumatic to live in a home that has been left ripped up (floor boards/walls) after the removal of valuables and other personal belongings.
“She is in shock trying to avoid the media circus and has been unavailable except to close friends. I happened to arrange a meeting with her for two hours on June 21 after she had watched two of three video/audio tapes. Apparently Edgar had been videotaped over a nearly six month period, with agents invading her property while she lived and slept there, without her knowledge. What she shared with me in detail makes me more convinced than ever of this man's innocence. You see, my late husband and I had been at social gatherings with Edgar and Cindy and had been in their home on several occasions, both of us considering Edgar and Cyndi to be our friends. Not only that, but at least an investigator working on this case, Tim Schwering of the Federal Public Defenders Office has also noted that there is something terribly wrong about this case. Please feel free to call me.
“I am deeply concerned and need to know what you can do to intervene to make sure that Edgar is safe, protected and that his right to due process is restored.”