On January 6, 2021, Matthew Perna walked through an open door in the U.S. Capitol. Two police officers manned the door. They appeared welcoming. For 20 minutes, Perna walked through the halls, took videos, and shouted “USA, USA.” Then he left.
Last Friday night, Perna went into his garage in little-town Pennsylvania and hung himself. Perna had become the victim of Joe Biden’s Justice Department and the FBI. He was hounded for a year, rejected by friends, lost his job, and was subjected to widespread ridicule. And he was on the cusp of receiving upward of six years in prison. All this for walking through an open door, not causing any damage, not threatening anyone, taking a few videos, and shouting patriotic slogans.
There is no other way to put this. Matthew Perna was a political prisoner. The FBI report shows that abundantly. The report notes ominously that he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hoodie. He is seen on a video shouting “USA, USA.” Understand, these political acts are now crimes.
Two of his Facebook “friends” told the FBI Perna believed in “conspiracy theories;” which “conspiracy theories” we are never told. One of them told the FBI Perna “supported QAnon.”
Understand, this was based on assertions of people Perna might never have met but who cruised his Facebook page. One of them said he “had known Perna due to living in the same town and often saw Perna at a local business.” Oh yes, this person had seen on Facebook that Perna had purchased a handgun.
Consider the unequal treatment Perna received compared to the rioters who burned American cities during the Summer of George Floyd.
It very well could be that some of those who entered the Capitol did so with ill-intent. But the same net that captured those guys has also caught the innocent like antler man and this poor soul, Matthew Perna, who was hounded by the U.S. government for his political beliefs and now lies in a coffin waiting to be buried by his grieving family.
Something rotten has come to this country. We have every reason to be afraid of our own government.
Full story at Crisis Magazine.
Why is this story posted on CCD? It is full of unsubstantiated claims and hyperbole. It has nothing to do with the Catholic faith.
This story resembles in many respects, what happened to Nick Sandman and his Covington fellow students. Remember that story? And how the Media assaulted these Catholic boys because they were wearing Trump hats? The Media was shown to be bloodthirsty because the boys were not in accord with Media Democratic party politics. In other words, what happened to the boys, happened to this guy – a Media lynching. No one is saying that the people who intruded in a government building should be released without punishment. But six years of jail time? Six years for what? At the same time, rioters setting fire and destroying buildings in many American cities were forgiven and excused by the Media, and the Democratic Party City governments. Equal justice for all is not just a motto. It is a requirement, that one’s political opinions should not influence justice. The Media has once again been shown to unfairly influence justice. You had better be a Democrat, if you are going to riot…
And empathy is so overrated?
How is this opinion piece of interest to California Catholics, aside from letting us know to offer prayers for this poor man’s soul?
If you know someone who has withdrawn, please let them know you care.
Some suicidal people reach out but some do not.
Some withdraw into themselves and shut themselves off from others.
Send a text or a note just asking if they are OK and tell them they can let you know if they are not. Tell them you care.
There are twice as many suicides as homicides today.
Many people feel bad about themselves and their lives. Some have done things that are hard to live with or have conditions that are difficult to deal with.
Some people have been treated like they don’t matter for so long that they start to believe it.
Some people hold themselves to impossible standards and feel like failures.
Get beyond blame and just care and love people.
Surely Mr. Perna could have seen the insurrection that was brewing and must have heard the directions from law enforcement officers to vacate the building. May he Rest In Peace.
Harold…you have no idea…of anything
I think this site is run or owned by Crisis Magazine. They frequently post Crisis articles here.
“Something rotten has come to this country.
We have every reason to be afraid of our own government.”
Irrespective of everything else, with respect to the above quote,
truer words were never spoken.
May Matthew Perna, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
The End Game of the ruling elite: the death of the white working class (known as Nazi’s to the Democrat party and their mouthpieces in the media)
Who will they come for next? Hopefully, they will catch all those who led the insurrection against our government. January 6th was the first time our Capitol had been taken over since the War of 1812. The leaders were anti-Americans who deserve the maximum penalty of 20 years. Others may be less guilty because they just followed the crowd, stupidly. Protest against the government is a contact sport in some countries. We tend to be a bit calmer about it. But, when it turns to riots, it has gone too far, whether BLM or Proud Boys. Somehow we have go to get this country back together, somehow.
Bob One you supported the BLM riots from the get go, we are NEVER going to get the country back together Never…there cannot be 2 versions of the truth…
Hey Bob One why is it when the BLM riots occurred the current VP can raise funds for the release the rioters from jail after 28 cities burned. Your contempt for the white working class is obvious
Hey Bohemond, I don’t know what a “white working class” is. Are you implying that anyone who is brown doesn’t work? Or are you implying that all jobs belong to white people? I think that that kind of a comment is very racist, even if you didn’t mean it to be.
There is block of voters in this country that was the main base of the democrat party called the white working class which they gladly abandoned for the gay metro, and POC crowd.
“….since the War of 1812….”….”no refuge could save the hireling or slave…..”
Will Nancy Pelosi be attending his funeral?
“Hopefully, they will catch all those who led the insurrection against our government. January 6th was the first time our Capitol had been taken over since the War of 1812.” Bob One, I find this statement most confusing, and I thought you might bring clarity. An insurrection is a violent uprising against a government. So here are my questions: on Jan 6, what weapons did the insurrectionists use to attempt their overthrow? M-16s? Tanks? Missiles? Grenades? On Jan 6, how many government officials/ordinary civilians were killed? 100? 1000? more than that? In light of what must have been a terrible death toll, what memorials to the fallen have been constructed? On Jan 6, how many buildings were destroyed? 10? 20? 100? On Jan 6, how many army divisions were called in to quell the uprising? How many of the insurrectionists were killed? 10? 20? 1000? Thank Bob One for your help!
And notice how the insurrectionists stayed within the velvet ropes while “violently overtaking” the Capitol.
Dan, your questions, for me at least, are the wrong ones, but … Yes, there were military-type guns, and other weapons. The insurrectionists did break into the Capitol, they did enter the House and Senate chambers, they did fight the Capital Police, they did call for the hanging of the Vice President and harm to the Speaker. As serious as the assault on our Temple of Democracy was, it wasn’t the real issue. What was most grievous was the assault on our democracy. It was a blatant attempt on the part of ruffians to halt the ceremonial counting of votes by the Electoral College and trying to impede the peaceful transfer of power that has been a hallmark of our country for centuries. Democracy is a fragile thing. We must respect its institutions. There was no reason for the insurgency in the first place. There was no “steal.” All fifty states, red and blue, certified that the election results were what they were. Even the “ninja” vote audit in Arizona that went on for months could not find a “steal.” They can’t find one in Wisconsin either. Pennsylvania can’t find one. Democracy was on trial on January 6th, and it prevailed. So far it is standing up to those who want to tear our democracy from us.
“So far it is standing up to those who want to tear our democracy from us.” Yes bob one that would be the ruling class, who are now ginning up a war with a nuclear armed Russia. And of course you never addressed the BLM rioters who were bailed out by our incompetent VP. The past election was stolen and we now have doddering senile old man running things.
The election was not stolen. Don’t be a sore loser.
Gays are the most narcissistic creatures on earth, detached from reality.
Ok bohemond let me see if I can follow your logic, and I’ll just assume you are right in facts even though you are almost never right on facts.
So by your logic, narcissistic gays stole the election justifying the first ever domestic armed attack on the Capitol building and its employees, who have all along been trying to get Russia to use nuclear weapons In order to re-establish Soviet era territory claims and old czarist eraCapital cities. Does that capture your thinking? And that when people you support put their feet up on the desk of the Speaker of the House, they were doing so respecting velvet ropes of some kind and didn’t get there by force but we’re invited in by Capitol Police. Do I have all that right?
Come on man, my television shows Russia invading Ukraine for no reason, just like they did when they took over Crimea. The ruling class, whoever they are, are not ginning up a war with Russia. The Russians are doing it. At what point will we say enough?
In 2014 the intelligence agencies de-stabilized the Ukraine with the “Orange Revolution” which overthrew an elected president. We then imposed our own president which was friendly to the EU and hopes to join NATO. Russia sees this as a threat. You see Bob One we have been destabilizing countries all over the world, Iraq, Libya and there is always blowback, and we pay for it in American lives.
You’re not paying close enough attention. Biden practically begged Putin to invade.
The US tried to goad Poland into giving fighter jets to Ukraine to provoke a Russian attack on Poland that would involve NATO’s retaliation.
The ruling class wants war because they will profit from it hugely.
He is my thinking there is thing called objective Truth that the LGBT syndicate denies and forces their filth on the rest of us. They assume positions of power (like Buttigieg) who tells us serfs to buy electric cars while gas shoots over $5 a gallon. Your side’s goal is to crush whats left of the working/middle class while telling us “diversity is our strength” and demanding that we accept your perversions. May Mother Russia crush the LGBT mafia.
So which is it, Mr.Rosenberg?
My condolences to the family. Suicide is always very traumatic for those left behind.
Arguing about January 6, 2021 just plays into the devil’s agenda.
Turn to the Lord.
Pray for his soul. Pray for all those tempted to kill themselves or someone else.
What is Nancy Pelosi and the criminals in the Democrat party hiding evidence of who really did this whole January 6 fiasco.
They are the true architects of January 6 that’s why they are hiding evidence so that Nancy and her criminal gang do not get exposed.