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Dear Supporters:    There are at least twelve compelling reasons why Leonard Peltier would be the last person the President should con...

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Dear Supporters:  

There are at least twelve compelling reasons why Leonard Peltier would be the last person the President should consider for commutation of his sentence:

Officer Collin Rose, November 23, 2016, Detroit, Michigan

Detective Benjamin Marconi, November 20, 2016, San Antonio, Texas

U.S. Marshal Patrick Carothers, November 18, 2016, Ludowici, Georgia

Deputy Dennis Wallace, November 13, 2016, Modesto, California

Officer Scott Bashioum, November 10, 2016, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Deputy Daryl Smallwood, November 8, 2016, Byron, Georgia [i]

Officer Darrin Reed, November 8, 2016, Show Low, Arizona

Officer Cody Brotherson, November 6, 2016, West Valley, Utah [ii]

Sergeant Patrick Sondron, November 6, 2016, Byron, Georgia

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo, November 4, 2016, Bronx, New York [iii]

Sergeant Anthony Beminio, November 2, 2016, Des Moines, Iowa

Officer Justin Martin, November 2, 2016, Des Moines, Iowa

This was just November, and the month’s not over yet.

These officers died in the line of duty as a result of adversarial gunfire. Several though, weren’t just killed, but like Jack Coler and Ron Williams at the hand of Leonard Peltier, were brutally assassinated.

Our thoughts and prayers are with these brave men, their families, friends and fellow officers as they reached their End of Watch.[iv]

Planned for December 4th – 10th in Washington, D.C., a number of mindless Peltier sycophants will gather in ragtag groups to march and demonstrate; chanting, beating drums and carrying signs calling for Peltier’s freedom.

Contrast this, and other Peltier demonstrations, with December 15, 2000 when hundreds of professionally attired FBI Agents and fellow law enforcement gathered at the Law Enforcement Memorial on that crisp, clear morning. Beginning with a prayer for the fallen, we made our way in a dignified procession to the White House.[v] There were no chants or outbursts and the long line was preceded by a single white banner proclaiming their respect for the sacrifice in the line of duty and large photographs of Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams.

Agents wouldn’t conduct a counter-demonstration to Peltierites in D.C., but if they did we could suggest several appropriate signs to display in front of the White House and for the media:

“Mr. X was a Lie”
(Peltier’s only alibi)

“Politicians are sleazebags”
(Leonard Peltier, March 2000)

“It was the right thing to do”
(Leonard Peltier, February 2010)

“I’d do it all over again”
(Leonard Peltier, February 2010)

“I don’t regret any of this for a minute”
(Leonard Peltier, August 2014)

“The direct and circumstantial evidence of Peltier’s guilt is STRONG”
(8th Circuit Court of Appeals)

There could be others as well if Peltier detractors chose to get in the gutter with the Peltierites. But these would be redundant and only reinforce that Peltier remains a remorseless, cold-blooded murderer who has perpetuated years of lies and fabrications amounting to nothing more than myth and folklore. Those falsehoods collapse under their own weight with even the slightest scrutiny.[vi] Peltier has diminished an otherwise proud native heritage and within mainstream Native America will be relegated to a pitiable footnote, and for those unwilling or unable to see the truth, little more than a garage sale T-shirt.  

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

[i] Deputy Smallwood died two days after he and Sergeant Sondron were shot.
[ii] Vehicular homicide: Officer Brotherson was deliberately run down by a fleeing felon.
[iii] NYPD, Sergeant Tuozzolo’s mass was held in a church I attended in the town where I grew up.
[v] The president of the FBI Agents Association (a non-governmental fraternal organization) was allowed into the White House where he delivered thousands of petitions asking the President not to commute Peltier’s consecutive life sentences and the additional seven consecutive years for his armed escape from Lompoc Penitentiary.

Monday, November 14, 2016

PELTIER: 11/8/16, THE LIST & Pearl Harbor

Dear Supporters:

Election day was a revelation to many people, mostly divided into two broad categories, those who are excited and those who are disappointed.[i]

Leonard Peltier must be included in the latter.

As January 20th approaches and The List gets longer and doesn’t include his name there was probably the lingering hope that if Hilary Clinton was elected he may have had one more opportunity for clemency consideration. There was a time, when then President Clinton was leaving office that Peltier was on the short-list for release. It didn’t obviously happen but that’s a story for another day. The Clinton’s were publicly criticized for not releasing Peltier as they allegedly had promised. In any case, and as a reminder to remaining Peltierites, Peltier’s ingratitude was obvious and predictable, and even if President Obama may give any consideration to commuting his sentence we can simply repeat Peltier’s public pronouncement, “These politicians are such sleazebags that you just don’t know.” [ii]

The List

President Obama remains committed to commuting sentences of those who received long prison sentences for relatively minor drug offenses.  The reduction of sentences has been consistent and has not included murderers. It doesn’t include unrepentant cop killers.[iii]

Pearl Harbor

Since April 30, 2000 there have been only a few passing references of a personal nature; they are included in the Editorial Essays, Pilgrimage to Pine Ridge and Mission to Lewisburg.[iv] This was done because the purpose of the NPPA was, and remains, to honor the memory and sacrifice of two brave young FBI agents who were brutally murdered in the line of duty, as well as fostering public knowledge dispelling the myth and folklore surrounding their remorseless killer.  Peltier must also serve the remainder of his consecutive life sentences (plus seven years for the armed escape from USP Lompoc).

Recently celebrating our 50th anniversary, my wife and I went to Hawaii for two weeks, having a wonderful second honeymoon and visiting four islands, and of course, Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona memorial. It was a moving experience, especially for a patriotic American and veteran to contemplate the historical significance, bravery and sacrifice on that fateful day.

The memorial included a video of the events leading up to and the attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor. However, there was one comment during the short film that gave pause and seemed inappropriate.[v]

The film ended with, “They will never be forgotten.”

Certainly, those brave servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Nor will Jack Coler and Ron Williams.

“In the Spirit…”
Ed Woods

[i] For those who demonstrated their disagreement with the election results, that is their right. For those lawless and destructive demonstrators, they deserve to be prosecuted. For those who burned the American flag they do that under the very freedom democracy provides and protects even if  an unquestionably lowly act for any citizen. They need to ask themselves a basic question and consider an alternative: Why is it that no one is trying to escape from the United States?  And, they are perfectly free to consider living in some other country. Looking back, if you recall, for those who said they would leave America if George Bush was elected, guess, what? They are still here.
[v] Although the narrator did mention Japan’s invasion and war with China and imperialist expansion into Southeast Asia, the U.S. oil embargo of Japan, and the decision to locate the Pacific Fleet to Hawaii, the commentary was that these developments gave Japan no option but to go to war. Within the context of the events leading up to the U.S. entry into WWII, I felt the “no option” statement was inappropriate. America was in a defensive posture, felt threatened while many countries tried to slow Japanese imperialist aggression. Japan did have an option but chose war instead.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

PELTIER: The List & the IRS

Dear Supporters:

The List:

October is coming to a close with mere weeks before President Obama leaves office.

The President continues his plan to grant pardons and clemency (commutation of sentence) to those who have received excessive sentences for some drug convictions.

Thus far, some sentences have been reduced, while others have been released or will be in the near future. Not all though are just being set free. For example; Jefferson Levine, convicted in 2001 for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base had his life sentence reduced to 22 years, so he’ll be released sometime in 2023, or Charles Stokes, convicted in 1996 for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, sentenced to life but commuted to 360 months, with a release date in 2026.[i]

What The List does not contain is a convicted felon for a brutal double-murder of two already attacked and critically wounded (an attack in which he and other Cowards of Jumping Bull instigated), a felon involved in an armed escape from federal prison, one who has claimed to be a brave warrior and at the same time a pathetic victim, one who has adulterated an otherwise proud Native American culture, made many, even recent, public admissions that only serve to reinforce his guilt beyond all doubt, and in the process, scam unsuspecting or unknowing supporters into believing that he is in some perverse way entitled to any consideration of his clemency petition.[ii]

Leonard Peltier remains a remorseless and unrepentant cold-blooded killer who should be shown the same mercy he gave to FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams: And that would be none.                          

The IRS [iii]

 Anyone who has spent just a little time examining Leonard Peltier’s claims of charitable activities and fund raising and illegitimate (illegal) claims of “tax deductible” donations can easily see through the scam. Moreover, by the way, so has the IRS, (which was evident, although Peltier and the ILPDC would never admit it), as Peltier over the years has removed, then tried another scheme to claim in some groundless and distorted manner that he, of all people, is a charity case.

Please see this Editorial Essay for some background.[iv]

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In response to a complaint to the IRS[v], the following was received:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Tax Exempt and Government Entities
Exempt Organizations: Examinations
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75242

                                                                        October 3, 2016

Dear Ed Woods:

Thank you for the information you submitted regarding the INTERNATIONAL LEONARD PELTIER DEFENSE COMMITTEE. The IRS has an ongoing audit program to ensure exempt organizations comply with applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). We’ll consider the information you submitted in this program.

Section 6103 of the Code requires that tax returns and return information shall be confidential…If you later have additional information you think is relevant to this matter, attach a copy of this letter to the information and send it to the address shown above.

We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention. If you have questions, call IRS Customer Account Services at (867) 829-5500

                                                                        Margaret Von Lienen
                                                                        Margaret Von Lienen
                                                                        Director, Exempt Organizations

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Peltier history demonstrates that this has been an ongoing issue, (finances and fundraising that is), as people within his own “committee” called for transparency.[vi]

Obviously, that never happened and has remained Peltier’s long-standing, dirty little secret.  

January 20, 2017 will come and go without effect for USP Coleman inmate #89637-132.

It will be interesting to see how the tax-deductible fundraising will continue after that point, providing the IRS doesn’t shut it down altogether and Peltier becomes what he is in reality, a footnote in the sordid history of the American Indian Movement.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Friday, September 16, 2016


Edward Woods
8190 Beechmont Avenue #101
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255-6117
September 12, 2016

Director, E.O. Examinations
Internal Revenue Service
1100 Commerce St. MC 4910 DAL
Dallas, Texas 75242-1198

Re: E.O. Violation
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC)
P.O. Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Dear E.O. Director:

Please find attached IRS complaint form #13909 to bring to your attention—once again, that Leonard Peltier is engaging in deceptive practices and violating Exempt Organizations regulations involving fraudulent, allegedly “tax deductible” activities.

Please reference my many previous communications dating back to August 2000 (former reference number 4426 12-2009) regarding Leonard Peltier’s and the ILPDC’s efforts to circumvent IRS laws.

Leonard Peltier is serving consecutive life sentences for the brutal murder of two FBI agents in 1975, had undergone over a dozen appeals and his conviction and sentence has never been altered.

Prior complaints to your office have likely resulted in actions against Peltier’s fraudulent fund raising activities, because they have, several times, removed references to “tax- deductible donations,” however, Peltier has systematically reverted to repeated similar tactics, again, as in this instance.

The ILPDC states publicly:

 “Please make a tax deductible donation of $5.00 (or more) at (website[i]). If you prefer, send a check or money order made payable to the ILPDC to PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123.”

The below footnoted website states:

“Please make a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too small…The ILPDC is a project of the Indigenous Rights Center, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.”

The ‘director’ information for the Indigenous Rights Center, 202 Harvard Dr., SE #5, Albuquerque, NM, 87114 reveals the following:

Delaney Bruce, Peter Clark, Kari A. Boushee and Chauncey Peltier. 
Bruce, Clark and Boushee are longtime Peltier supporters, and Chauncey Peltier is Leonard Peltier’s son.

Essentially the same people who operate the ILPDC are operating the Indigenous Rights Center under the guise of a “project,” when in fact it is a mechanism to raise money on behalf, and for the benefit of, a convicted felon by deceiving people into believing their donations are indeed, tax deductible.

The Indigenous Rights center displayed the following copyright, which clearly linked the two organizations and Leonard Peltier:

©2016 ILPDC/Indigenous Rights Center LLC, 202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106[ii]

IRS regulations are very clear concerning tax-deductible donations;

“A section 501(c)(3) must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, such as the creator or the creator’s family, shareholders of the organization, other designated individuals, or persons controlled directly or indirectly by such private interests. No part of the net earnings of the section 501(c)(3) organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. A private shareholder or individual is a person having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization.”

Clearly, the directors of the Indigenous Rights Center (IRC), that include a family member, Chauncey Peltier and Leonard Peltier himself, have a vested personal and private interest in raising money by any means necessary by burying the reality of their claims to unsuspecting donors through deceptive layering of their fund raising.

The unrepentant, convicted double-murderer, Leonard Peltier, is not a charity case and it is evident that the IRC, its directors, including a Peltier family member, are once again, circumventing the law.

Edw. Woods
Edward Woods

[ii] This copyright, however, has been removed since it was publically noted; please see the following for additional background: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2016_04_01_archive.html

Monday, September 12, 2016


Dear Supporters:

September 12, 2016: Leonard Peltier turns 72 today, but it’s a birthday without celebration considering 40 years of incarceration.

On January 12, 1975, Jack Coler, FBI Agent, former LAPD SWAT officer, husband, and father of two young sons, turned 28.

On July 30, 1975, Ron Williams, FBI Agent and Navy veteran had an upcoming birthday, but little did he know that a mere 34 days before his own 28th birthday both he and Jack would be cut down in their prime from a coward’s bullets.

At some point, Leonard Peltier will meet his Creator. There, no doubt, will be Jack Coler and Ron Williams who will watch and listen as Peltier finally makes his confession and admission for his crimes and their brutal and violent deaths. Leonard Peltier will then receive his final and permanent sentence.

Birthday wishes:

President Obama recognizes that a free Peltier will not atone in any way for the historical ill treatment of First Americans.

President Obama understands that a free Peltier would validate the murder and mayhem caused by the American Indian Movement and that AIM contributed nothing positive to Native American culture.

President Obama accepts that a free Peltier would be an affront to every dedicated law enforcement man and woman, past, present and future.

President Obama already knows that Leonard Peltier was lawfully extradited from Canada, had a fair trial, and through over a dozen appeals his conviction and sentence has been sustained and never altered.

And, President Obama can readily see that Leonard Peltier remains unrepentant for his heinous and unforgiveable crimes.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

 (Context is everything)

Friday, September 9, 2016


Dear Supporters:

In 2014 President Obama announced a program to become more proactive with his singular Constitutional clemency authority to address non-violent and excessive drug related sentences that were subsequently reformed with the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.[i]

Leonard Peltier could care less about receiving a Pardon, forgiving the offense and restoring all his civil rights (because he does not consider himself an American citizen[ii]), and that would never happen anyway. What he seeks is commutation, the suspension of the remainder of his consecutive life sentences for the murder of FBI Agents Coler and Williams in 1975, and the seven consecutive years for the armed escape from Lompoc Penitentiary in 1979.

On its website, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) maintains a list (The List) of those granted commutation.[iii] 

No doubt with mere weeks remaining until January 20, 2017, Peltier is praying that his name will also appear on The List.

A review of The List is telling in that it is confirming the President’s criteria and desire to reduce the sentences of minor drug offenses that would have been far less than those given during the war on drugs in the 80’s and 90’s.[iv]

It is with great interest that Peltier and the ILPDC[v] monitor this list, although in reality Peltier and his attorneys from the law firm of Dewy, Fleeceum and Howe[vi] would likely know before it’s publicized on the USDOJ website.

A review of the growing list is compelling and quite varied as to the range of the total amounts of controlled substances involved and the varying, mostly lengthy, sentences that were, or are, being commuted.  Some have been previously released as early as 2011, many still have time to serve and a number will receive early gifts and be out by Christmas. 

Reviewing The List begs the question; where does Peltier stand in all this?

Interestingly, The List contains more than a few convicted of possession or use of a firearm, although there is no indication in the underlying charges what the actual statutory definition of the term…use…means. Had the weapon actually been used, e.g., fired, in the commission of the drug offense it goes without saying that additional charges relating to murder or attempted murder, or homicide would have certainly been included. So in that regard, possession and use are synonymous, e.g., that a weapon was present during the commission of the underlying offense.

For example, Carolyn Yvonne Butler’s sentence of 48 years was commuted to 24 years for a 1992 conviction for three bank robberies and using a firearm during a crime of violence (e.g., armed bank robbery). Butler was granted clemency and released by the President on April 16, 2016. Certainly, had Ms. Butler shot at, or shot someone during any of those robberies, her name would not be on The List.

So that Peltier doesn’t get his hopes up too high, the only one who received commutation was one, Gerardo Hernandez, sentenced to life for a 2001 conviction not involving drugs but for fraud and national defense violations…and… conspiracy to commit murder.[vii] Part of a prisoner swap, Hernandez was released in 2014.

The operative word here for Peltier obviously being, conspiracy.

The conspiracy, to be clear, was Hernandez’s alleged knowledge of the shoot-down of two civilian planes by the Cuban Air Force.

Score one for Peltier. There is one political prisoner on The List.

Peltier has buffaloed (no pun intended) far too many into the sham of being a political prisoner. If there was a shred of reality to that specious claim then what happened on June 26, 1975, the deaths of Agents’ Coler and Williams, would have been an assassination instead of cold-blooded murder by Peltier and the other AIM cowards, including Joe Stuntz.[viii] But then Peltier has always tried to have it both ways—a living oxymoron as it were, a warrior/victim.

Fear not, Peltier’s unrepentant, self-incriminating that he’d, do it all over again because it was the right thing to do, and doesn’t regret any of this for a minute, public statements are well known to the Pardon Attorney, Attorney General and the President, along with the multiple supporting appeals that confirmed Peltier’s guilt well beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Back to, The List.

Leonard, notice what is not on The List?

Leonard, notice who will never be on The List?

That’s right, a cop killer.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

[ii] Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999) 63
[iv] Regretfully, we are losing or already have lost that war. Since 9/11 many limited resources have been directed toward anti-terrorism efforts at the expense of combating the importation of controlled substances so that the once substantial costs have plummeted increasing both abundant supplies and a growing market. Heroin use and overdoses, once the frequent and presumed venue in the larger inner cities, is now endemic in small cities and towns across America.  We have nearly become a drug-laden society. The early war on drugs, with the common idea of being tough on crime, resulted in extraordinary sentencing for even minor drug offenses that later resulted in a bipartisan effort to correct what was viewed as unjust sentencing for low-level drug crimes.
[v] http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/ (No reluctance here to direct anyone to the ILPDC so they can see the fabrications for themselves. Question: See if you can find any reference to Peltier’s only alibi, the decade’s long lie of Mr. X? http://www.noparolepeltier.com/lie.html Hint: Actually, it is there (sort of, but not as prominent as it used to be) in Redford’s bogus mocumentary, Incident at Oglala.
[vi] Martin Garbus, Cynthia K. Dunne, Carl S. Nadler who collectively and publically aired all of the myth, folklore, fabrications and lies by releasing Peltier’s clemency petition. Not a smart move at all. And, of course, Bruce “I’ll take the Fifth” Ellison. Question: Who was one of the last people to see Anna Mae Aquash alive at the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee office and later “took the fifth” when questioned about it? Hint: It was not to protect a client.
[vii] https://www.yahoo.com/news/the-cuban-spy-at-the-center-of-the-obama-castro-deal-185349758.html?ref=gs (Last accessed 9/6/16: Hernandez was part of a Cuban prisoner exchange. No irony that Peltier attorney, Martin Garbus was part of this exchange.)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Dear Supporters:

What follows is a sample letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Pardon Attorney. This is the second step in the process to review Peltier’s recently resubmitted clemency application.[i]

Please feel free to add any additional or personal comments supporting the facts and stating that under President Obama’s plan to grant a number of clemencies, commutations and pardons for long-serving nonviolent drug offenses, that Leonard Peltier, a remorseless double-murderer, is the last person who should be considered.

Factual material is available from the NPPA through a search feature on the bottom of the home page in addition to 156 blogs (posted since 11/29/09) with footnotes and supporting references and documentation.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

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Edward Woods
8190 Beechmont Ave. #101
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255-6117                                                                                               
August 10, 2016

Honorable Robert A. Zauzmer
Acting Pardon Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.  20530 -0001

                                                                        Re: Leonard Peltier – Clemency Petition

Dear Mr. Zauzmer:

This letter expresses my profound opposition to Leonard Peltier’s plea for clemency.

(Please reference my many previous letters to the Pardon Attorney and President Obama dating back to 2009. These letters contained detailed and factual material and references to the actual record of Peltier’s conviction and subsequent appeals. I have received several replies, one from the President and one in particular from former Pardon Attorney Rodgers dated January 13, 2012 where it stated Your letter will be retained and added to any case file created in the event that Mr. Peltier re-applies for executive clemency in the future.” [Peltier had not reapplied at that time.] These prior communications are crucial to understand the validity of Peltier’s conviction and numerous appeals, that his conviction has been sustained, and that his false alibis and claims of a wrongful conviction are simply without merit.)

I am aware that Leonard Peltier has renewed his application for clemency and that a support group continues to actively encourage his release. I served as a Special Agent with the FBI for thirty years and strongly believe that his petition for Clemency should be denied for many valid reasons.

On June 26, 1975, Peltier was involved in an unprovoked attack on FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams while they were searching for a fugitive on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Both Agents were caught in an open field in a deadly crossfire by members of the American Indian Movement, critically wounded, and then summarily executed at point blank range by Leonard Peltier. Peltier was convicted of their murders receiving consecutive life sentences. During well over a dozen appeals Peltier’s conviction and sentencing has never been altered. Over the years Peltier has made many outrageous and self-incriminating public statements that only serve to reinforce his unrepentant and remorseless guilt, even most recently; “And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again because it was the right thing to do” (2010), and, “I don’t regret any of this for a minute” (2014).

Peltier has not been a model prisoner. In addition to numerous disciplinary actions, in 1978 he was involved in an armed escape from Lompoc Penitentiary during which shots were fired at prison guards. For this post-conviction criminal act Peltier received an additional seven-year consecutive sentence.

The families, friends and professional associates of Jack and Ron continue to suffer from the loss of two fine young men who were brutally murdered in-the-line-of-duty.

Clemency should be reserved for non-violent offenders who have proven they have been rehabilitated. Peltier has not fulfilled his consecutive life sentences, plus seven years. His crimes were extremely violent and he remains unrepentant and repeatedly boasts about his murderous acts on that horribly infamous day. Leonard Peltier is now seeking consideration and mercy, but he should be shown the same degree of mercy he gave to Jack Coler and Ron Williams, and that would be none.

I respectfully urge you to reject Peltier’s petition and recommend to the President that his application be denied. Thank you for your attention in this very crucial matter.


Edw. Woods
Edward Woods                                                                                                                                                                                                                

[i] NPPA blogs available from the home page www.noparolepeltier.com particularly relevant here to blogs dated, May 17, 21, 25 and June 7, 16, & 26 for reference and how inept Peltier’s attorney’s were to make the clemency petition public.