I said, “I see written on your coat in beautiful letters ‘US Department of Justice.’ At least take this coat off. What kind of justice is this? – and do you think I am an idiot that I can’t see your game? – if I sign under the name ‘David Washington’ you can kill me, and nobody will be able even to find a trace of where I disappeared because I never entered your jail.”
I said, “I am not going to write anybody else’s name. But if you are feeling tired – I can see it is the middle of the night, the whole day working…you must be feeling tired – you can leave me here on this bench in the office. I will wait. Or you can do one thing: you can fill in the form and I will sign it.”
He could not understand a simple strategy. He filled in the form with David Washington and everything as he wanted. It was all fiction: my father’s name was fiction, my place of residence was fiction – but I signed my signature. He looked at my signature and said, “What does it mean?”
I said, “It must mean ‘David Washington.’ And tomorrow you will see in the newspapers and on television…my signature is known all over the world.”
My attorneys were watching continuously, running from one city to another city, from one jail to another jail. They were worried that if they did not accept two crimes, the trial would mean my torture and perhaps my death. And if I have to live for twenty years in jail, what is the point of winning? They came with tears in their eyes, and they said, “We are asking you something which we should not ask. We are here to defend you, and to defend your innocence, but the government is blackmailing us.” And they told me that this was their strategy.
And he has made it clear, the same attorney general, “If you want Osho alive, you must immediately accept two crimes…and within fifteen minutes Osho has to leave America.”
Seeing their tears, and thinking of the millions of my people around the world, who were telephoning and sending so many letters and telegrams and flowers that every jail was full of flowers…. The jailers were asking me, “What to do with these flowers? Where to keep them? – because we don’t have space.”
I said to them, “There is no need to worry; I am a nonserious person. I can accept any crime they want. Outside the court the whole world media is waiting, and outside the court I will say, “Under the oath of truth, I have lied. The government forced me to lie.” On one hand they force you to take the oath that you will not lie, and on the other hand they blackmail you into lying.
So I said, “Don’t be worried,” – I accepted, without even bothering what those crimes were. They had not said that if I accept the crimes, there is going to be a huge fine – four hundred thousand dollars, which is nearabout sixty lakh rupees – and that for five years I cannot enter America. And fifteen years of suspended sentence – so that even if after five years I enter the country and the government thinks that I am committing any crime, I will have to go to jail for ten years, and there will be no trial for it and no question about it.