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Who is Daniel Smith

This Preview will bring you up to speed about a decade-long, Federal-storm-trooper assault on a humble, caring soul who sought only to help disease-stricken fellow humans worldwide.

Why Daniel Smith has become a hero for tens of thousands of suffering people throughout the globe: Daniel founded Project Green Life (PGL), an alternative health association that made the first professional grade MMS (Master Mineral Solution)  ~ making it available in over 160 countries between 2007 and 2011.

Out of the blue the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began warning Daniel that they wanted the distribution of MMS to stop - immediately. Following legal consultation, Daniel wrote the FDA explaining how MMS was improving the health of multitudes around the world and asked them why they were making this demand. Silence. Daniel sent the document again. Continued silence. Daniel repeated a third time.

Rather than responding, the FDA initiated a year-long clandestine reconnaissance mission for the purpose of secretly securing search and seizure warrants aimed at putting PGL out of business in one fail swoop. It became obvious that this pursuit by the FDA was another example of a plethora of similar militant assaults on other Alternative Health companies and practitioners and in truth was a part of the agency's ongoing war against health freedom. In Daniel’s case they threatened him with 38 years in a Federal prison figuring Daniel would immediately close Project Green Life and thus block the distribution of MMS ever again.

Even though hundreds of users of MMS wrote the FDA declaring praises for the efficacy of MMS the FDA continued and intensified their unconstitutional actions. Daniel was arrested and charged with six felonies along with his wife and two employees. For what you ask? Helping people to get well.

Following a mockery of a trial in which Daniel was forbidden by the Judge to put on a defense he was convicted and sentenced to 51 months in a Federal Penitentiary. Even with this travesty-of-justice punishment the Prosecutor argued with the Judge demanding Daniel be sentenced to Life in Prison.

As you look through this fact-filled blog (StandByDaniel.com) you’ll suspect a scheming collusion between the FDA and gigantic International Pharmaceutical entities. Daniel was portrayed as a conniving, evil, greedy Snake-Oil profiteer. One Federal employee even said, "I consider you a Domestic Terrorist!" Really? C’mon. Get real.

Truth is stranger than fiction. Right? This blog ~ StandByDaniel.com ~ will answer this query.

Daniel Smith | December SPECIAL Update

December 11, 2017

This is a Special Update asking you to PLEASE SIGN MY SON'S (DANIEL SMITH'S) NEW PETITION. It is to the entire assembly of 29 Active Judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We, his family and friends from all around the world, are asking these judges to reconsider a 3-Judge panel's recent denial of Daniel's appeal.

Why? Because the panel's decision skipped over MAJOR issues that should have resulted in a reversal of Daniel's case under law. We hope that it was not intentionally done as a favor for any Federal Agency or persons with hopes that it would fall under the radar and leave Daniel without any options.

We need as many signatures as quickly as possible, so don't delay. After you sign it, please email it to like-minded friends and family: post it on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. We must never give up demanding justice and accountability of those in high positions of trust. Daniel's fight is our own and together we can help change the outcome of this miscarriage of justice.

Please be respectful in your comments as you sign the petition. It will be reviewed by all the judges. Being inflammatory, accusatory, or conspiratorial will not produce good results.

YES, it is perfectly OK to point out that the panel's decision overlooks important issues of actual innocence noted in the Petition. YES, it is perfectly OK to point out that the panel's decision gives the appearance of partiality and undermines your confidence in the administration of justice. YES, it is perfectly OK to point out how outrageous it is that Daniel was denied even his right to present a defense at trial. YES, it is OK to comment on Daniel's character if you know him or if he's made a positive impact in your life. Use restraint though as irritating or getting angry at the Judges will likely backfire and damage Daniel’s chances of a reversal. Thus, please be respectful for Daniel's sake.

We can't see how this will hurt AND it might just help. Playing Devil's Advocate for a moment: Some of you might be asking: "Well isn't Daniel's sentence going to be done next year? Why not just wait it out?"

The hope is that if the majority rules in Daniel's favor, his felony convictions will be removed and he'll get home to his family sooner. If he wins, he won't be branded a "FELON" for the rest of his life, or have to spend four more years on probation. This could make a big difference in Daniel's life, but could also make a big difference in the world of natural health, because the government is trying to expand its reach beyond the intent of Congress by twisting the law.

So please, click on the Petition link and sign it, then share it with others. Thank you for your continued love and support.

Petition:
https://www.change.org/p/public-petition-for-sua-sponte-call-for-rehearing-en-banc

Sign petition


And for those who can help...

In this Christmas season it will be most precious to help Daniel & his family’s needs...if at all possible. Your gracious support tells everyone that we'll stand by Daniel no matter what! Daniel, You are not alone. We believe in you. Thank you for standing up for us Daniel!

Any assistance can best be sent through PayPal’s Send Money. When PayPal asks for the email to which your donation is to be sent, simply type (copy & paste does not work) ~ ~ either type:

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If you prefer to send your Donation conventionally: USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. please send it to:

Larry Smith 9208 NE Highway 99, Suite 107-165 Vancouver, WA 98665-8986

This "suite" is simply a type of a post office box - with a street address.

Please Note: It is not possible for Daniel to have his own bank account while in prison ~ that’s why, I his father, receive it for him. To be deposited for Daniel’s and his family’s use it needs to be made out to Larry Smith.

With Gracious Thankfulness

Larry Smith
Daniel’s Father

 

 

 

Daniel Smith | November Update


Daniel waits no more. Our long wait for good news from the 3-Judge Panel of the 9th Circuit Appellate Court is over but they did not respond with good news. Far from it. They may have read Daniel's 1,000 page appeal and listened to Daniel's superb defense attorney BUT the news is not good. But...let Daniel express it in grief-stricken words and a broken heart as only he can do:

BACK AT SEA-TAC FEDERAL DETENTION PRISON

Dearest Friends and Family,

What are these feelings I never thought I was capable of feeling before now?  All at once my hopes are dashed with a single-word sentence, typeset in all caps as if intended to elicit some sort of shame.  "AFFIRMED."

After years of fighting and waiting, a panel of three judges issued a decision last Thursday affirming my convictions and denying my appeal -- without so much as a real analysis of any of the issues, ignoring some altogether, and no deference for the facts, or lack thereof; just a vapid, perfunctory response, filled with conclusory statements parroting the prosecution, devoid of any attempt to give real meaning to the right to an appeal.

So this is how they do it, I say to myself.  No justice.  No honor.  No accountability.  No courage to break from the mold of biased jurisprudence.  Just greed and self importance, where the only expended effort is to cover backsides.

My attorney too is flabbergasted.  No other lawyer to my knowledge has ever put forth such a valiant effort in the acquisition of liberty and justice.  I am grateful for his efforts.

So where to from here?  In the days ahead my attorney will file a motion for "rehearing en banc" -- a request for certain issues to be heard by all the judges of the circuit and not just three.  If that doesn't work, next will come an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court; but even the highest court in the land hears only 1% of the cases submitted to it.  Who am I to think I have anything important to say?

Many of you warned me this would be the outcome -- that I would be railroaded through trial and ignored on appeal.  You have, so far, been correct.  Your "I told you so's" are humbly acknowledged.  But please understand, I had to give everyone the benefit of the doubt that I was hoping to receive myself.

It would seem their deed of darkness is almost complete, yet still I have some lingering hope.  I am not at my best right now.  I am raw... weary... confused... beat.  It will take some time to recover.

It wasn't easy telling my youngest daughter, Sabby, that I won't be home for Christmas.  I am scheduled to come home next summer though, and that will have to be good enough.  In the meantime, I must allow and surrender to this experience in all its fullness and not even judge my own feelings -- which a friend once told me are neither right nor wrong; they just are.

I have already worked out that I did not do what I was accused of, and I have already worked out that this has been a tremendous journey that some deeper part of me agreed to.  I have already worked out that I have been blessed beyond measure by the support of so many friends like you around the world.  In the end, for all that I have lost, I have gained in wisdom and experience, and most important, all this love.

I lay my head on my pillow tonight with the song "Thy Will" (Hillary Scott) in my headphones, imagining you are listening too:

"I'm so confused... I know I heard you loud and clear... so I followed through... somehow I ended up here... I don't wanna think... I may never understand... that my broken heart... is a part of your plan.... when I try to pray... all I got is hurt... and these four words... thy will be done... thy will be done... thy will be done... thy will be done."

"I know you're good... but this don't feel good right now... and I know you think... of things I could never think about... its hard to count it all joy... distracted by the noise... just trying to make sense... of all your promises... sometimes I gotta stop... remember that you're God... and I am not... so... thy will be done... thy will be done... thy will be done... like a child on my knees all that comes to me is... thy will be done... thy will be done... thy will..."

"I know you see me... I know you hear me Lord... your plans are for me... goodness you have in store... I know you hear me... I know you see me Lord... your plans are for me... goodness you have in store... so... thy will be done... thy will be done... thy will be done... like a child on my knees all that comes to me is... thy will be done... thy will be done... thy will be done..."

"I know you see me... I know you hear me Lord."  ~ Hillary Scott

I'm not giving up.  I'm not going away.  I'll be back with more soon.  Thank you for your continued love and support -- and for not giving up on me.

Love, Daniel

From Daniel's Father

I can not reach out and hug my Son in his prison cell. I can not take away his pain. In this time of Thanksgiving I am thankful that Daniel will never give up. He knows you need him to be an anchor no matter how choppy the waters may be. Yes, the courts are skilled in dashing all hope and refusing to accept well-founded arguments.

You and I may celebrate Thanksgiving but I think Daniel's turkey will be tasteless and the stuffing will resemble shoe leather. BUT Daniel will take it all in stride and come out of Thanksgiving with complete resolution to push forward to success.

Speaking of pushing forward It has been quite a while since I mentioned the needs of Daniel and his family. The family relocated trying to reduce costs and Daniel has a huge fine pending. Whatever the outcome of his legal attempts that fine will be like a monster albatross choking whatever efforts he attempts. IF you're able to help now it would be wise to make a dent in the debt and help free him from the horrid penalty the Court imposed.

And for those who can help...

Thank you to each of you who faithfully give something to help Daniel and his family’s needs!  Continual gracious support demonstrates that he is not alone, his family is not alone either but instead we're a large, caring family who refuse to abandon Daniel. Together let us join voices in saying we are Thankful for you Daniel.

Any assistance can best be sent through PayPal’s Send Money. When PayPal asks for the email to which your donation is to be sent, simply type (copy & paste does not work) ~ ~ either type:

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Some find it even simpler to just click the PayPal logo below:
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If you prefer to send your Donation conventionally: USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. please send it to:

Larry Smith 9208 NE Highway 99, Suite 107-165 Vancouver, WA 98665-8986

This "suite" is simply a type of a post office box - with a street address.

Please Note: It is not possible for Daniel to have his own bank account while in prison ~ that’s why, I his father, receive it for him. To be deposited for Daniel’s and his family’s use it needs to be made out to Larry Smith.

With Gracious Thankfulness

Larry Smith
Daniel’s Father

 

 

Daniel Smith | September Update

September 18th, 2017

Daniel’s Appeal was heard by 3 Appellate Judges on August 30, 2017. How did the Judges rule? No one knows...yet. I can’t even tell you much about the hearing. Daniel’s attorney said the 3 Judges gave him 15 minutes to open the hearing. He highlighted the key points of the nearly 1,000 page-long appeal he had prepared and provided to them a month earlier. He could not read their facial expressions and they did not ask him anything.

Next the Government Prosecutor used his 15 minutes to argue against Daniel’s appeal and only selected about 3 or 4 key points to support his opposition. When he finished one Judge asked him a question and when his answer didn’t satisfy her she rephrased it and he tried again. Again Daniel’s attorney could not read their facial expressions.

The Judges gave Daniel’s attorney one minute additional to rebut the Government’s arguments. Again he could not read their facial expressions and they did not ask him anything.

That concluded the oral appeal hearing. I waited 3 weeks before writing this Update hoping to be able to share their decision with you. But the turtle-pace of Justice continues. Once their ruling is in I’ll update you ASAP.

Today, September 18, 2017, Daniel is in his 3rd year in prison. He has been jailed for 880 days after not being allowed to even put on a defense which is every American’s Constitutional right...isn’t it?

BACK AT SEA-TAC FEDERAL DETENTION PRISON

Dearest Friends & Family:

As my Father has told you, a panel of three judges recently heard thirty minutes of oral argument on my direct appeal. There is nothing to report yet, as we are awaiting a decision that could take weeks or even months. However, the case was "expedited" and perhaps this means a decision could come sooner than later.

I am encouraged. The panel deciding the case are among the best in the circuit and I believe their knowledge and experience will guide them in applying the law with objectivity. My appellate defense attorney has done a tremendous job of showing how the government's case is without merit.

As most of you know, I took the case to trial because I could not - on principle - plead guilty to crimes neither I nor my co-defendants committed. Nobody likes a bully - especially when they're picking on your family. However, my co-defendants - including my beloved Karis - were forced to plead to misdemeanors in order to avoid the gauntlet I have endured the last three years. In Karis' case, we were unwilling to deprive our youngest, Sabrielle, of both her parents for an undetermined amount of time on a gamble that justice would win in the end. The prosecutor knew this from the beginning. Thankfully, everyone rejected their first offers to plead to felonies.

One of my all-time favorite movies is "Vanilla Skies" (feat. Tom & Penelope Cruise/Cruz). Spoiler Alert: A majority of the story takes place within a "lucid dream" under cryogenic sleep, which David (Tom Cruise) purchases from a futuristic tech company, "Life Extensions", when his real life becomes unbearable. However, something goes terribly wrong. David calls on "tech support" who meets him (in his dream) and explains that his nightmares have been a creation of his own imagination, but the problem has been fixed.

What comes to mind for me - over and over - in this last leg of my journey, is a statement tech support makes to David in that final scene. He says: "Its been a brilliant journey of self awakening." And now David has a choice. He can either stay in the lucid dream (with upgrades of course), or wake up. In order for David to wake up, however, he must face his last remaining fear (a fear of heights) by leaping (in his dream) from the ledge of a building under Monet skies - a scenario, as it turns out, he chose for himself when he signed up for the lucid dream.

Perhaps the metaphor is not lost on you. For me, somewhere beyond this nightmare - the conflict, the David vs. Goliath (FDA/Big Pharma), right vs. wrong, the righteous indignation felt over the government's unscrupulous actions, the District Court's failure to remedy, the seeming flaws and brokenness of our criminal justice system - there remains one undeniable truth: I chose this scenario. And I did so with the "tech support" of each of you and all my angels and guides. Indeed, it has been "a brilliant journey of self awakening." I wouldn't trade it for anything - even if I were to lose my appeal. And that's the leap I choose to take as I am reminded of a short video I uploaded when the journey first began (2007): "Today I Woke Up" (by Daniel Votino - my stage name):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzKDou7FCU

In the - seemingly - worst case, should I lose my appeal, I should go home in about a year. I'm prepared to do that, confident that I'll be OK and, because of all your love and support, Karis and Sabby will also. I've been able to do the last 2.5 years with the blessing of all your prayers and support. My prison cell locker is overflowing with letters and postcards from all over the world. I have been held and encouraged along the way by each and every one. Thank you - from the deepest part of my soul.

Recently a dear friend dedicated a song to me and I, in turn, dedicate it to all of you. It is "Even If" by MercyMe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyLrl0SWe7s

Big Hugs and All my Love
Daniel

And for those who can help...

Since I waited so I might share the Judge’s ruling on Daniel’s appeal the funds for supporting his family are at their lowest. If you can send just a small donation at this belated time to help Daniel and his family it will make it all well again.

Any assistance can best be sent through PayPal’s Send Money. When PayPal asks for the email to which your donation is to be sent, simply type (copy & paste does not work) ~ ~ either type:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or

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Some find it even simpler to just click the PayPal logo below:

ppd2

If you prefer to send your Donation conventionally: USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. please send it to:

Larry Smith 9208 NE Highway 99, Suite 107-165 Vancouver, WA 98665-8986

This "suite" is simply a type of a post office box - with a street address.

Please Note: It is not possible for Daniel to have his own bank account while in prison ~ that’s why, I his father, receive it for him. To be deposited for Daniel’s and his family’s use it needs to be made out to Larry Smith.

Thank You for Championing Daniel’s Cause

Larry Smith
Daniel’s Father

 

 

  

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