Piskorski VS. NATO: UN Backs Polish Political Prisoner

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On May 25th, the Warsaw District Court will hold a hearing at which will be presented a document from the United Nations calling for the immediate release and payment of reparations to the Polish political prisoner Dr. Mateusz Piskorski.

The Polish scholar and anti-NATO political figure who founded the “first non-American party in Poland”, Zmiana, Dr. Mateusz Piskorski was “temporarily” imprisoned in Warsaw on no official charges on May 18th, 2016 under suspicion of cooperating with foreign intelligence services. Piskorski was arrested just two days after he publicly warned that US-NATO occupation forces in Poland would launch a campaign of political repression against dissidents. Only on April 23rd, 2018, nearly two years later, did the Polish prosecutor officially press charges of cooperating with Russian and Chinese intelligence. 

On May 10th, Fort Russ News gained exclusive access to and reported on an official resolution passed by the UN’s Human Rights Council’s Arbitrary Detention Working Group in late April which established that Piskorski has been arbitrarily detained and his human and civil rights violated in a clear instance of political repression. This document, which will be presented by Piskorski’s lawyers to the court on Friday, calls on Poland to immediately release Piskorski and guarantee full compensation to him for his two years of illegal imprisonment, and deems Piskorski’s case proceedings up to this point to be unlawful and unjust. Even more strikingly, the UN document called for those responsible for Piskorski’s imprisonment and prosecution to be punished.

The Polish government refused to respond to the UN Human Rights’ Council’s requests for clarification of the case. On Friday, the Polish state will thus be put in a more than uncomfortable position in its own courtroom. Piskorski’s political party, Zmiana, has called on everyone “for whom civic freedoms in the Republic [of Poland] matter in their heart” to join a support rally in front of the court session.

Meanwhile, the latest prison letter from Piskorski – dated April 2nd – has passed through the censor and been published by the Polish edition of Sputnik.

Fort Russ News has been the only English-language news service to cover the Piskorski case since the beginning and has translated all of Piskorski’s earlier prison letters. We present our readers with our translation of Piskorski’s newest appeal below:

Overall, few have paid attention to the absurdity of my situation. Yet my situation is an illustration of the political atmosphere in Poland; it is an obvious result of the politics of hate and warmongering that have been consistently pursued by the Polish authorities.

One of this atmosphere’s elements is spy-mania, a ubiquitous conspiracy theory which says that any defeats or failures are the result of a game waged by hostile foreign special services.

The Polish elites have many imagined enemies, but the first place among them is clearly taken by Russia. And that means that anyone who has any contact with Russian citizens is ‘in the line of suspicion.” As my example shows, any contact or cooperation with Russian politicians, political analysts, journalists, and non-governmental organizations is threatened with imprisonment.

Ignoring all facts and disregarding the scientific method and elementary logic, the doctrine of Polish Russophobia assumes that surely everyone in Russia is tied to special services.

The opinion or crowning ‘evidence’ for those in power and the “experts” supporting their “phobia” that the Russian Federation is a “secret service state” is the biography and past of Vladimir Putin. According to them, since the President himself served as such, so must his administration have the same roots.

The authorities in power in Poland are descending further into the depths of paranoia. For them, in Russia there are no political parties and politicians, no media and journalists, no research institutes and scientists, no companies and businessmen, no publishing houses and writers, and no advertising agencies and PR specialists – all of them are special services. Every citizen of the Russian Federation is a potential, likely collaborator of the special services.

Every citizen of Poland who maintains contact or cooperates with Russian entities and persons is therefore most likely a spy. The end result of this paranoia is the severing of any kind of relations with Russia and Russians – whether political, economic, social, scientific, cultural, etc.

This in turn is ultimately preparing the ground for war, about which Polish Russophobes dream and fantasize in their sick imaginations.

It is difficult to unambiguously answer the question as to whether these people realize that they are useful idiots and propagandistic cannon fodder in Washington’s confrontation with Moscow. Their state of mind was recently quite accurately described by Professor Bronisław Łagowski, whom I quote from memory as saying: “The Americans are pulling their weapons up closer to Russia, and those in power in Poland proclaim that they are pulling the Americans up. I’ve noticed in younger and altogether young people that if they think about this, they have a hint of hope that they’ll live to see this new, wonderful war take place on Polish soil. They are reared in this spirit by the state.” There is nothing to add or detract here.

The Polish “trackers” of Russian special services do not even notice that the state in which such services are perhaps most intermingled with the civilian sector is the United States which they adore. Mike Pompeo was CIA chief and is now head of the State Department. Former presidents were high-ranking special services officers. Frank Carlucci was the deputy head of the CIA and later on the board of the NGO Freedom House. These are only a few examples.

Polish spy-maniacs are also blind to the situation in their own country. The Law and Justice politician Bogdan Święczkowski was the head of the Internal Security Agency (ABW). Today he is the head of the National Prosecutor’s Office which has kept me in prison for two years.

Meanwhile, media reports have suggested that the coordinator behind the most important Polish politicians and the frequent interlocutor of both the Prime Minister and the head of the ruling party is the mysterious Johnny Daniels linked to British and Israeli intelligence.

In this case, the question begs itself: maybe it is in Poland, not Russia, that the role of special services, including foreign ones, is too big?

Those who ask such questions, however, can either die in mysterious circumstances (like Andrzej Lepper), or end up behind bars like myself.

This is the level of risk which anti-establishment opposition in Poland faces. It is much higher than what Navalny and his ilk face in Russia. They are threatened with at most a few dozen days under arrest. In Poland they would be in prison.

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