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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 | 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:

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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.

Thank You for Championing Daniel’s Cause

Larry Smith
Daniel’s Father

 

 

Daniel Smith | October Update

October 16th 2017

In September's Daniel Smith Update the 3-Judge Panel had not ruled on Daniel's appeal yet.
                                                    
Now another month has elapsed and we ask:  How did the Judges rule?
No one knows...yet.

What?  Is this for real?

Absolutely. Daniel sits in a prison cell marking Xs on the wall while the only message from the 3-judge Panel is Paul Simon’s classic: The Sound of Silence. How do you think Daniel feels since the Oral Appeal hearing was held 7 weeks ago (48 days) and nothing has happened?
    
I don’t think I remembered to tell you last month that Daniel’s superb Defense Attorney began that appeal hearing asking that the 3-Judge Panel release Daniel on bail while they were deciding how they were going to rule on his appeal. How did the Judges respond?  The Sound of Silence.

Unbelievable!

I’ve anxiously been waiting for almost 2 months now to hopefully write great news from this 9th Circuit Court of Appeals 3-Judge Panel. But the turtle-pace of Justice continues.

Once their ruling is in I’ll update you ASAP.

Today, October 16, 2017, Daniel is in his 3rd year in prison. He has been jailed for 908 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

Daniel had a minor surgery this month that appears to be healing fine. He is loving the contact that many of you have been making:  letters, greeting cards, books, magazines, even emails. Let me mention how it works if you’d like to try to send him an email.

It can be done - but not easily. He has two email accounts. One is available to all Federal Inmates and it requires considerable red tape to set up ~ getting through all of their approvals. It limits how many people with whom he can email. All emails are delayed about 2 hours which allows guards to prescreen.

Then Daniel found an email server for which we pay a small monthly fee. I’m unsure how the Bureau of Prisons deals with it since they provide the computer. It has occasional glitches and then at other times works fine. I’m sure the guards prescreen this as well.

With either email server ~ he can not use the Internet, receive attachments or pictures. It is strictly a way to communicate with simple electronic letters. If you’d like to give it a try here is that second email address:

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Some supporters say it works OK, others have had problems. Sorry, but if it doesn’t work - I’m clueless to help you...as I’m not a techie at all.

Personal Message from Daniel:

"Dear Ones, Here it is a time of Hopefulness though I am a bit mystified why the Judges' decision isn't known yet. If it wasn't for all of your prayers and encouragement this could have been far worse.  But thanks to you for your letters and cards from all over the world.  I have been embraced and loved by each and every one of you.  Thank you from all of my heart. May your days and weeks be most warm and special."  ~  Daniel

REQUESTS AND CREDITS

A supporter asked for the link to Daniel’s song:  Peace Be Still ~ again. Here is this awesome song:

https://soundcloud.com/dvotino/peace-be-still

Daniel’s gifts are of obvious heavenly origin. O’ how I wish I could hear him in live concert again. Thank you Lord for such a caring, giving and brave son who is loved by so many.

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And for those who can help...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many of you folks that gave a love gift last month to help Daniel’s family’s needs!  Your continual gracious support demonstrates that all of Daniel’s mistreatment is felt by each of us. I sense you're saying:  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:

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

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.

With Gracious Thankfulness
Larry Smith
Daniel’s Father

 

Dear Daniel Supporters:

Back in 2014 and early 2015 as the FDA began tightning its noose around Daniel’s neck many of you began praying. When he was convicted on May 27, 2015 we filed an appeal that very day. That was 2 years and 97 days ago. Though Justice moves slower than a turtle, Daniel’s appeal date has finally arrived...IT IS THIS WEEK!

Before Thursday morning will you please earnestly pray for a great decision in Daniel’s favor? The decision of the 3-Judge panel will not be known for a while after the hearing - but answered prayers in Daniel’s behalf are his greatest request and hope.

You Are Appreciated
Larry
Daniel's Father

 

 

  

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