Why has former Newark lawyer and now federal inmate Paul Bergrin been transferred to the ultra-restrictive high security Bureau of Prisons, Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute, Indiana?

The Communications Management Unit in Indiana is one of only two in the entire US and is normally for leaders of terrorist groups.

Conversations within the unit are remotely monitored and any communication with the outside world is heavily restricted and monitored. There is effectively no attorney-client privilege in the unit and it is near impossible for him to work on his own defense.

Paul Bergrin is a military veteran who later became a federal prosecutor, then rose as a high-profile criminal defense lawyer who was accused of becoming involved in his clients illegal drug and prostitution businesses, in addition to conspiring to have witnesses murdered. No one has ever accused him of being a terrorist.

Bergrin felt that his prosecution was a political persecution, set off by his vigorous defense of U.S. soldiers charged with prisoner abuses in Iraq. Bergrin said that the soldiers were only following the orders of Bush Administration officials.

Bergrin’s unexplained assignment to the CMU and recent Bush era torture revelations lend credibility to his claims.

Eric Hafner
Toms River