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John Anthony Borell III was arrested in March 2012. He was sentenced to three years for hacking police sites. John wrote an amazing letter we would like to share. We hope these words will inspire you to respond to him (Mail to the Jail).

Why I Am Thankful For Prison.
With every minute that we live, life presents us with new obstacles and new challenges, a constant stream of new experiences, many of which, if not most, resulting in nothing but a fleeting memory. It’s the few moments and experiences, those which hold so much power as to define you as a person, which truly matter. It’s just as much the event as our receptiveness and perspective that makes this true.

I want to make it very clear, I HATE prison. It is a detest I could never put into words. In it being the most miserable and horrible time I can remember, I am still thankful for it. I realize how incredibly ridiculous this sounds, as when hearing this, the first thing one would ask themselves is “what could possibly instill a sense of gratitude in someone for time in prison?” That is what I wish to explain.

I recognize that prison is a punishment, much more than it is a deterrent. If it was an effective deterrent, none of us would be here. Its punishing you for actions which the law dictates as wrong. Whether they are or not is beside the point once you are in prison, as you are going to be here regardless. I definitely feel as though I am being punished, I think you must have something wrong with you if you don’t. The federal prison system is not about rehabilitation. With all of this in mind, life is about making the best of any situation, and I try to look at my daily life in prison with this in mind. So how does that even begin to equate to my being thankful?

It is no secret that I was using drugs, heroin and other opiates for the most part. I wasn’t just using them socially here and there, I have a problem with drugs. Time and time again my drug use hurt those around me and myself. Yet I ran right back to drugs every time. I was on a quick path to prison or death, I ended up in prison.

I remember the countless nights I would talk to Sarah, telling her how badly I wanted to quit, everything in me wished I could, but I just couldn’t. This may be the hardest thing to explain to someone who has never had a serious addiction. That is where I was when I was raided, on a downward spiral, leading to nowhere positive.

March 20, 2012, I quit drugs that day, I don’t think I will ever forget the date. When I was on pretrial, I was required to attend group meetings twice a week. They helped me stay clean, although it was a constant struggle, and still is. I took the power back that drugs had taken away from me.

So here I am, sitting on a plastic stool in a prison, eating a cheap, disgusting pack of tuna, writing this; and in this moment, being truly thankful. Even I find it a bit ridiculous, but I am. When I was free, I never would have just sat, even for five minutes, and thought about how I need to improve myself. Not how I could help someone else, but in all sense of it, focused only on what I need to do to better myself. I have a lot of issues I need to focus on, and for once I am doing so without hiding behind the numbness of the drugs to quell the pain I feel. I have been given a second chance to be a better me. A sober, confident, positive, and healthy me. I have been given a much needed break from my life to evaluate what I need to work on within myself. I would never have taken the time to reflect on my life if I was still out looking for my next fix.

I think Western culture plays a huge part in this constant need to be busy, be it the demand for productivity or just the thought that downtime is wasteful. This culture where we live in the future, always looking so far forward that we ignore the present, so busy doing things we never just stop to be, to just exist in the moment we are in and appreciate it, to recognize just how crazy it is to be alive at all, to exist.

A few days ago someone said to me “Your surroundings should not dictate your happiness.” I think this is what I need to focus on while I am here. This is my time to embrace a bit of selfishness and focus on improving me.

I truly want to use my life to help others, but how can I help others when I have not helped myself? I truly believe we should all set aside 30 minutes to an hour a day to do nothing but sit and reflect on what we can to do better ourselves, because not one of us is perfect. It just so happens I’ve been given some time away from everything to fix me. Of that time, I have about 11,000 hours left. I am more than thankful for that opportunity than most of you could begin to imagine. I needed a break to reflect on my life more than most.

Yesterday, someone on my unit, when talking to me, said “You either leave prison more negative or more positive.” I fully intend on the latter. A better person, not only for my wife, my friends, and my family, but for me.


Activist, musician, DJ, producer, and steadfast supporter of FreeAnons – Ivan Munoz has announced an upcoming tour in which he will raise awareness about issues surrounding whisteblowers and hacktivists. Here’s his background:

Since 2005 I have been making music and touring the world with talented musicians playing hard electronic music in an attempt to shake people’s conscience about the problems we face in our world.

Mixing elements of electronics music and metal I have been able to create a very powerful mix that allowed me to share the stage and collaborate with many of my favorite musical heroes like Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, Clawfinger, Ministry, Die Krupps and many more.

Last year I started work on my new album “Turning Point” and I was very concerned about the government persecution of whistleblowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden as well as hacktivists like Julian Assange and Jeremy Hammond.

That’s why I decided to donate the song “It’s Our Time” to collect funds for the people from Anonymous in jail. (For more information please visit #opourtime)

I also donated another version of this song to the compilation Defcon 21 (Buy it here!) to collect funds for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the few organizations that protects internet freedom around the world. (For more information please visit www.eff.org)

He’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to take action to the next level and start a new tour, #Opourtime 2014, with Vigilante to promote his last single “It’s Our time” and to spread awareness about the Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and FreeAnons cases. You can follow him on twitter @vigilanteband. You can also follow @SaveManning , @JulianAssange and @freeanons to support his effort. We offer him our sincere thanks and appreciation for, once again, thinking of us and going the distance for FreeAnons.

Upcoming Tour dates:
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Our funds are typically very limited but we currently have less than $1,000.00.
Should there be an emergency with a persecuted Anon, our ability to provide assistance would be slim to none. As much as we do not like to ask for donations, we count on them to provide assistance to the ones who have found themselves jailed or under indictment.

We have chosen to create a fun event where some very dedicated Anons have volunteered to make total asses of themselves to solicit your donations and support and all that we ask is that you consider any size donation to The Anonymous Solidarity Network (FreeAnons) so that we may continue to assist the ones that fight for all.

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  • When Internet activists are getting longer prison sentences than rapists you have to wonder what kind of world we’re leaving for our kids” (Anonymous). In a world where we see every day how goverments, banks and corporations strip away our privacy and freedoms in the name of greed, power and control; Ivan Muñoz (aka Vigilante) is stepping up and will release the single “It’s our time” to raise funds for the members of the hacktivist group Anonymous facing prosecution.

    All the money raised by this single will be donated to the Anonymous Solidarity Network that exists to provide legal, financial and moral support for activists facing prosecution for involvement, alleged or otherwise, in Anonymous actions.

    Anonymous activism has emerged as a way to keep the balance between corrupt governments, ruthless corporations and the people. As consecuence of this many members like Jeremmy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Mercedes Haefer, Higinio Ochoa and many more face jail time for their efforts.

    Ivan said: “It is in moments like this that we need to make a difference and show to our brothers and sisters they are not alone, that we need to stand together in solidarity and fight against this kind of injustice, to lead the way so more people rise up without fear, and we could find a way together to create a better world for us and our futures generations with more justice, more peace and more freedom.

    The single “It’s our time” will be released in the next months including several remixes from great artists and will be part of the new Vigilante’s album “Turning Point”.

    It’s our time”  will be available as a digital download.

    We are anonymous.
    We are legion.
    It’s our time.
    Expect us.

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