Tuesday, August 9, 2016

PELTIER: PARDON ATTORNEY LETTER

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”
Ed

* * *

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.

Sincerely,

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.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

PELTIER KILLED JOE STUNTZ: 41st Anniversary; Part 2

Dear Supporters:

As a follow-up to a previous blog[i], there are two additional matters of importance relating to the anniversary of the unprovoked attack and brutal murder of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams on June 26, 1975 on the Jumping Bull property, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota: The memorial services held in memory of the slain agents and Peltier’s predictably shameless public statement.

Los Angeles, California: On June 24th a memorial service was held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Cypress, California for Jack R. Coler, and on June 27th at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California for Ronald A. Williams honoring their memory and sacrifice in the line of duty. Organized and attended by members of the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the President of the Society and President of the FBI Agents Association, and including current FBI and law enforcement personnel.[ii] This was a fitting tribute to two young, courageous and professional public servants who faced their final assignment and their End of Watch.[iii] 

On June 26th Peltier, as he does every year, released a public statement on the anniversary of the killing of our Agents. However, this one is different because everything is at stake now, as Peltier acknowledges, “I believe that this President is my last hope for freedom and I will surely die here if I am not released by January 20, 2017.”

(Believe it, Leonard Peltier, this is not your last hope, this is your only hope and face the reality that the Pardon Attorney, Attorney General and President Obama can see through the fog of the myth and folklore. The truth is there and it is not on your side. January 20th will come and go and your marginal following will disappear like breath on a mirror. You will leave USP Coleman one day. That much is certain.)

At this critical time, most must think Peltier would temper his public statements, but instead he furthers the depth of his lack of remorse and failure to grasp the seriousness of his conviction and life sentences.

Let us closely examine what Peltier wants his followers to believe:

“June 26th marks 41 years since the long summer day when three young men were killed at the home of the Jumping Bull family, near Oglala, during a firefight in which I and dozens of others participated. While I did not shoot (and therefore did not kill) FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, I nevertheless have great remorse for the loss of their young lives, the loss of my friend Joe Stuntz, and for the grieving of their loved ones. I would guess that, like me, many of my brothers and sisters who were there that day wish that somehow they could have done something to change what happened and avoid the tragic outcome of the shootout.”

This is where again Peltier gets it pitifully wrong with “a firefight,” “Three young men,” and “avoid the tragic outcome.”

Peltier is incapable of separating the deaths from the reality at Jumping Bull. Incapable of separating fact from fiction.

Firefight: Not a firefight in the least but an unprovoked attack on two federal agents, pinning them down in an open field in a deadly crossfire, taking hundreds of rounds of rifle fire, being critically wounded and then executed, would hardly turn this cowardly assault into a firefight. No, this was a shameless and gutless act by AIM recreants at their cowardly worst, and for that instant, led by the murderous Peltier.

Three young men: Two of the young men Peltier invokes were carrying out their lawful duties attempting to locate a fugitive wanted for several felonies.[iv] Instead, unknown to them at the moment, they followed Peltier, Norman Charles* and Joe Stuntz onto the Jumping Bull farm. We already know that one of those two young men, Ron Williams, was able to tell other Agents within radio contact exactly what was about to happen: That those they followed exited with rifles, and joined by other AIM cowards, placed them under intense fire making this “firefight” an unprovoked attack tantamount to an ambush.

Let’s look at exactly what the—third young man, Joe Stuntz’ part was in this deadly drama.

Peltier’s “great remorse,” places Stuntz in the same category as Agents’ Coler and Williams: Hardly…and not even a close comparison. Stuntz, and all should remember, was intimately involved in the crimes that day.

Following Peltier’s lead, Stuntz fired at the pinned down agents, perhaps one of his own bullets finding its mark.

Following Peltier’s lead, while standing over the mutilated bodies of two young men, Peltier himself tells us what happened next, “I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and put it on, and he gave me a smile.”[v] Please, picture this horrid scene: Standing beside two murdered and mutilated Agents, their bodies still warm, Stuntz goes about stealing Jack Coler’s FBI raid jacket, punctuating it with a smile at Peltier: Abhorrent behavior to any decent and civilized observer.

Following Peltier’s lead, Stuntz begins to shoot at Agents and police officers responding to the aid of their besieged comrades. Stuntz wasn’t smart enough to understand that when you shoot at police officers there’s a better than even chance they are going to shoot back. Which is exactly what they did, stopping Stuntz dead in his tracks, still wearing Agent Coler’s FBI jacket.

Some, rightly so, would say that Stuntz got what he deserved. However, we would offer that it was unfortunate Stuntz was not arrested, prosecuted and sent to prison for aiding and abetting in first-degree murder and attempted murder. Then…that stolen FBI jacket would have become an important piece of circumstantial evidence.

Avoid the tragic outcome: A conviction and dozens of appeals have confirmed the government’s position that Peltier, with the infamous Wichita AR-15, brutally murdered both agents making Peltier’s claim of “I did not shoot (and therefore did not kill) FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler,” an unmitigated absurdity.

None of this would have happened had Peltier not provoked a confrontation. This bears repeating…None of this would have happened had Peltier not provoked a confrontation.

The self-proclaimed brave warrior knew he was a wanted fugitive and mistakenly assumed the agents’ were coming for him.[vi] The shooting was unprovoked and we have Ron Williams’ own words, his final testimony, his dying declaration, establishing that irrefutable fact.

The cowardly Peltier chose instead to start the shooting that placed all the AIM members present at Jumping Bull in jeopardy.

Had the agents approached Peltier (only, and probably wrongfully assuming for the moment he would have properly identified himself), he would have been taken into custody and processed to be returned for the outstanding warrant in Milwaukee. Moreover, of all the ironies, Peltier was acquitted of those charges and would have been a free man in a matter of months instead of committing horrendous murders, becoming a Top-Ten fugitive and spending the rest of his life behind bars. No one knows how different Peltier’s life may have been over these ensuing forty-one years.[vii] Nevertheless, Peltier made his choice that fateful day for himself and the others, most certainly including the third young man, Joe Stuntz.

There was only one person responsible for the carnage that day: Leonard Peltier. He was the only one who could have avoided the tragic outcome.

Certainly, the Stuntz family still carries the burden of their loss but if there is a shred of blame attributed to Joe Stuntz’ death, his family has to point the finger squarely at Leonard Peltier.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

*See footnote v.


[ii] See NPPA blog dated July 30, 2016 available from the home page www.noparolepeltier.com
[iv] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/faq.html#17 (Jimmy Eagle and the alleged “old cowboy boots” fable.
[v] Peter Matthiessen, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. (Penguin Books, 1992) 552
[vi] It is widely speculated that Peltier chose to begin shooting at the agents because he was a fugitive based on the Milwaukee warrant. However, the facts prove otherwise because Peltier knew that Agents Coler and Williams were searching for Jimmy Eagle as provided by sworn testimony during Peltier’s trial. Why Peltier chose to react the way he did is known only to him. Perhaps he just panicked (as biographer Peter Matthiessen suggested), which is not an uncommon trait of a natural born coward. Perhaps too, in his quivering hysteria he knew that dead men make poor witnesses.
(See testimony of Michael Anderson, summarized here with transcript references.)
             Anderson related that on the evening of June 25th, he, Wish Draper and Norman Charles* went to Oglala to take a shower and while returning along Highway 18 were stopped and questioned by two FBI agents who were trying to determine if one of them was Jimmy Eagle. They provided “Indian” names and were taken by the agents to the Pine Ridge police to have one of the officers confirm that none of them was Jimmy Eagle. Another officer then dropped them off near the Jumping Bull Property {760-769}. (The two FBI agents were Jack Coler and Ron Williams driving late model, unmarked sedans. The same vehicles they drove the next day.)
            When the three returned to the AIM camp Peltier questioned them about what happened and “We just got yelled at” and Peltier said, “We were dumb to get in the car {771-72}.”
            Anderson described the “red and white van” he knew Peltier operated {772}.
*The same Norman Charles who, along with Peltier and Stuntz, initially fired upon Agents’ Coler and Williams.
[vii] Based on Peltier’s behavior and actions (Anna Mae Aquash, etc.) prior to Jumping Bull and his self-serving, narcissistic personality and ingratiating and sycophantic demeanor, odds are he would have wound up pretty much where he is now.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

PELTIER: DEAR RON, JULY 30, 1947

Dear Ron:

Looking down on everything that is happening around us today you must wonder why and how things seem to have gotten so out of control. Global terrorism is now at our doorstep. Having oceans as a buffer protecting us is no longer the security it once was. As we witnessed just so recently in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Kansas City and other cities, respect for law-enforcement is at an all time low.

Those, like you and Jack, who took an oath to uphold and enforce the laws of this nation, and the brave men and women in blue who put themselves in harms way every day to protect its citizens, are under attack. A festering anarchy, fueled by ignorance, intolerance and disrespect for common decency and civility, seems to be growing.

Birthdays are an earthly thing as one day to the next we are simply just another year older. 

To us who remain, you are ageless. You are still the same vibrant, intelligent, dedicated and handsome, young and proud FBI Agent that those who knew you personally still remember. To us, you are still that same wonderful person when your mortal birthdays stopped being counted.

You can see too, that you and all the service martyrs have not been, and never will be, forgotten. 

As those remaining here deal with even the remote possibility of inmate #89637-132’s freedom, you have the omniscience and understanding to know that we will ensure justice prevails.

Ron, I know we do not have to ask, but look after us as we remember you on this day.

“In the Spirit…

Ed 



Sunday, June 26, 2016

PELTIER: DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA; 41st Anniversary

Dear President Obama:

Concerning any review of Leonard Peltier's recent clemency petition on this 41st anniversary of the unprovoked attack and brutal murder of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams, we would respectfully offer several crucial details.[i]

“Just After Noon, June 26, 1975”[ii]
This depiction of the crime scene reveals many of the critical facts from that fateful day at Pine Ridge.

For nearly twenty years, even captured on film in Incident at Oglala (“This story is true” said Peltier[iii]), Peltier’s only claimed alibi was that someone he and the others knew, the phantom Mr. X, was coming to the AIM camp to deliver dynamite and that he was the one who was followed by the agents onto the Jumping Bull property. Mr. X was the one who wounded them at a distance with rifle fire, then shot them both in the face at point blank range and drove off in the infamous red pickup truck.[iv]

This stood until it was proven a lie by one of his codefendants, his defense committee, and even one of his key attorneys.[v]

The reality is that Leonard Peltier was the actual killer and the real Mr. X.

The AR-15 was recovered on a Wichita turnpike in an exploded station wagon driven by codefendant Bob Robideau. It was damaged but the bolt mechanism was intact. 

Found at the scene of the murders in the trunk of Agent Coler’s vehicle was a .223 shell casing that was matched with extractor marks to Petlier’s AR-15, the murder weapon. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals stated, “When all is said and done, however, a few simple but very important facts remain. The casing introduced into evidence had in fact been extracted from the Wichita AR-15. This point was not disputed…” and, “The trial witnesses unanimously testified that there was only one AR-15 in the compound prior to the murders, that this weapon was used exclusively by Peltier and carried out by Peltier after the murders.” [vi]

We know from the crime scene and autopsies that Agents' Coler and Williams were both shot at point-blank range destroying their faces, yet their bodies were found rolled-over on the ground. This can only mean that in addition to stealing their weapons, the dead agents were also manhandled after death.

In addition to trial testimony there was an eyewitness. We know there were at least five people who knew exactly what happened at the agents' vehicles after they were initially attacked, severely wounded and then approached to be slaughtered: Dino Butler (who publically called the Mr. X alibi a lie, Bob Robideau, who said “they died like worms,” [vii] Leonard Peltier, (believed by the government, the jury, and courts of appeal to be the killer), and victims; Jack Coler and Ronald Williams.

Ron Williams was a critical witness because he was able to tell a number of agents over the FBI radio exactly what was about to happen. They also heard him get shot at least one of the times as he told them that if they didn’t get there soon he and Jack Coler would be dead.

There are countless fabrications, myths and folklore surrounding Peltier as he and his supporters (who haven’t made the effort to understand all the facts or simply don’t care to know) have diminished and tainted an otherwise proud Native American culture into believing that in some tragically perverse way freeing Peltier would atone for the historic ill treatment of First Americans. Peltier’s criminal acts contradict that he is worthy of clemency.

Peltier’s latest attempt at any semblance of remorse in his latest petition can be seen for exactly what it is: the pitiful cry of a shameful panderer for sympathy. Leonard Peltier’s character and guilt is best defined by his own public admissions, “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). 

These are not the words of someone who has accepted any responsibility for his actions nor paid his debt to society.

There are others who are deserving of clemency consideration. However, Peltier’s petition should be cast aside as he did with the lives of two young men who were brutally murdered in the line of duty.

"In the Spirit of Coler and Williams" 
Ed Woods [viii]

[i] Leaders and members of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI held memorial services at the gravesites of Jack Coler and Ronald Williams in Los Angeles on June 26, 2016.
Not so ironically, but consistent with his decades-long fabrications and twisting of facts, Leonard                                      Peltier NEVER mentioned Mr. X in his autobiography, Prison Writings. http://www.noparolepeltier.com/debate.html#amazon
 Excerpted from the below NPPA Editorial Essay, January 20, 2001:
 Mr. X and actual guilt: If Peltier was indeed innocent as he has claimed, his statements of what happened that day at Pine Ridge should have been simple, straight forward and unchanged over these years. But instead, he has altered his story as if searching for the scenario that most would accept, and along with Robert Robideau and others, created the phantom killer who drove off in the red pickup truck. Now that Peltier and the LPDC have distanced themselves from this obvious fabrication, all Ms. Harbury can say is, "Mr. X, has long been a controversial topic, by both supporters of Leonard Peltier and those who oppose his release." No kidding, Ms. Harbury?
This is such an obvious lie, perpetuated for the better part of two decades, that the LPDC cannot sweep it away or ignore it. It is another glaring example of Peltier's guilt.
[vi] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/800.html (Section: The .223 casing)
[viii] This Blog was begun on Father’s Day 2016. The NPPA is not in a habit of referring to, or commenting on Leonard Peltier’s family; this is about him and him alone. However, Kathy Peltier, described as a “Daughter of Leonard Peltier,” posted an impassioned letter entitled “Help me free my father.” Although factually inaccurate and opinionated, she certainly has the right to express her feelings. A legitimate answer to her pleadings would be to offer a rhetorical reply: Wouldn’t Jack Coler’s widow, his two sons, and now his grandchildren, (but thanks to Peltier and other AIM cowards Ron Williams never had the chance to marry and have children of his own), have wanted to celebrate this day with their father? But that was stolen from them by Leonard Peltier.





Thursday, June 16, 2016

PELTIER: CLEMENCY APPLICATION PART 3; LIES AND FABRICATIONS


Dear Supporters:

Apart from being a remorseless convicted murderer, over the years Peltier has said and done many pretty outrageous things. But aside from some of his incredibly self-incriminating public admissions and statements, fabrications and outright lies, releasing or allowing his attorneys (Garbus, Dunne and Nadler) to release his Clemency Petition was not a smart move. If they thought it would be of any benefit, they are sadly mistaken. The Petition is replete with falsehoods that collapse under even casual scrutiny. Like this old canard about “paramilitary operations.”

On page 19 of the Petition and in footnote 15, Peltier states:

On April 24, 1975 the FBI began preparing to conduct “paramilitary operations” on the Pine Ridge Reservation particularly against the AIM.” The footnote stated: See April 24, 1975 Memorandum, Gebhardt to O’Connell. “the use of Special Agents of the FBI in Paramilitary Law enforcement Operation in Indian Country

This was the allegedly infamous “Sanctioned Memo” that was addressed in detail by the NPPA in 2006 in an Editorial Essay debunking claims by another AIM thug and lowlife, the now deceased Bob Robideau.[i] Peltier also made this ridiculous claim in his ninth-grade reading level autobiography, Prison Writings.[ii]

There’s no surprise that Peltier and previous attorneys, and Robideau, would only see want they want to see in the memo, but it is surprising that Messrs. Garbus didn’t take the time to vet Peltier’s bogus claims about the meaning and significance of this very straight-forward memorandum. So much for thorough research and pitifully weak advocacy.[iii]


It would be too kind to say that Robideau at the time, was just honestly mistaken regarding his characterization of the purpose of this memorandum because he had alleged this before, as had the LPDC and Peltier. This has become one of the cornerstones of Peltier folklore. Peltier, and now his misguided attorneys, deliberately misrepresent the purpose and meaning of this memo in their pathetic cries for clemency. However, any reasonable person (current legal scream team notwithstanding) who takes the time to read and comprehend the memo would easily understand that Peltier is wrong (kind assumption) or deliberately lying (a reality) about this fatally flawed claim.

The purpose of the April 24, 1975 internal FBI memo,[iv]  "The use of Special Agents of the FBI in a paramilitary law enforcement operation in the Indian Country," is stated in the very first sentence;

“…to brief the Attorney General…on the role of the FBI in the event of a major confrontation in Indian Country…"

The memo clearly states the problems the FBI encountered while coordinating the American Indian Movement (AIM) siege of Wounded Knee in February 1973 by still attempting to establish a clearly defined chain of command structure and decision making process. The memo shows that no less than a dozen agencies: Department of Justice attorneys, United States Attorney, White House officials, Department of the Interior, FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Marshal's Service, Public Information Officers, Community Relations Service, Department of Defense, U.S. Army, Tribal Police, in addition to church and social groups and the media, all contributed to a situation that FBI officials regarded as detrimental to resolving what was first and foremost a hostage situation. 

Conflicting directives emanated from a lack of continuity, divided authority, and an indefinite command structure that fostered confusion during the seventy-one day siege. The FBI wanted, but did not secure: the operational direction and leadership role it desired, to remove any political influence and considerations from what was essentially a tactical law-enforcement operation.

This position paper was reviewed by a number of FBI officials as evident by the eight (8) sets of initials at the end of the memo. In addition, a handwritten notation at the bottom of the cover page, and a date of August 11, 1975, clearly shows that there were still questions about control and accountability even after the murders of Special Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams in June, 1975.

Can Peltier and The Three…Stooattorneys, grasp that distinction? Evidentially not. Or more likely, they just ignorantly evade it in the hopes that everyone one else does also. (The USDOJ Pardon Attorney, the Attorney General and the President certainly won’t.)

Without restating the entire memo (which concerned readers are encouraged to read for themselves), some of the more relevant points follow:
Problems confronting the FBI:

           -Throughout the operation there was a definite lack of continuity as each senior representative replaced another.

           -There was divided authority among the many agencies present at Wounded Knee…

           -The senior Government representative, Departmental Attorneys, and members of the USA's staff issued conflicting instructions.

          -The FBI was not equipped logistically to operate in a paramilitary situation in open terrain which ultimately ended in a 71-day siege.

          -In essence…complete confusion existed as there were a number of DOJ (Department of Justice) representatives on the scene, each issuing conflicting orders.

          -There was no coordination between the agencies other than that provided by the FBI, nor was there any advanced planning done.

           -(DOJ officials) would fly back to Washington, D.C., presumably for conferences and would return with new policy of which FBIHQ (FBI Headquarters) was not aware.

          -SAC Held (FBI Special Agent in Charge) at the time advised FBIHQ to have any success at Wounded Knee it would be necessary to withdraw the "political types" and make it an FBI operation under FBI direction and leadership.

          -…there was a constant vacillation of instructions and policy which was devastating.

           -It was necessary to constantly explain matters and give advice from a law enforcement standpoint.

          -It should be clearly stated that the FBI does not desire to become involved in any political situations and definitely not participate in any discussion where it is obviously political in nature.

And,
          -All SAC’s recommended should we in the future become involved in another situation similar to Wounded Knee where Special Agent personnel are deployed that the entire operation be under the direction of FBI officials and when law enforcement personnel from other agencies are involved it should be clearly understood the FBI is in the decision making role.

          -(The Attorney General should)…fully understand if such an incident occurs in the future or an incident similar to Wounded Knee and the FBI is involved, the FBI will insist upon taking charge from the outset…

                                                    * * *

If Peltier’s present clemency attorneys took the time to thoroughly read and understand this memo they would not be able to claim it was somehow a mandate for the government to sanction anything in Indian Country. Quite the contrary, this memo means exactly what it states; the folklore fabrications notwithstanding.
So who is Peltier and his lawyers trying to fool anyway? Peltier supporters? Perhaps, and this is easily done. People who took the effort to properly read and understand what is a very straight-forward government position paper? Not hardly.
Garbus, Dunne, Nadler, Et. Al, thank you again for making Peltier’s clemency application public. It was really a dumb move.

We’ll end with a familiar refrain:

Dear President Obama:

It’s unlikely, but if Leonard Peltier’s clemency application should ever reach your desk, please weigh it in regard to just two of Peltier’s many public statements concerning the unprovoked attack and brutal murders of two federal agents, “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 remains a remorseless and unrepentant murderer.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods


[i] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/debate.html#critic The reason why Robideau abandoned Peltier can be found on the Rezinate Blog. 
[ii] Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999) 129
[iii] There may be positions open at the law firm of Boring and Leach, 118 NW. 4th St., Guymon, OK 73942
[iv] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/letters.html It should be noted that the hand-written underlining in this copy of the memo (provided for reference and educational purposes under the "fair use doctrine" from the original LPDC website), were made previously by someone in the LPDC. Concerned researchers are invited to compare those identified sections to the ones enumerated in the editorial essay, and then determine of the two which is the honest evaluation of the purpose and intent of this FBI memorandum.

Monday, June 13, 2016

PELTIER: SAME ANSWER, SAME LIES...



Dear Supporters:

Reposted from Rezinate:

Rezinate and I don’t agree on everything, but one thing we certainly do.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed

Rezilnate Blog 6/13/16:


“I’ve given the same answer for 40 years. I didn’t do it and I won’t say that I did. I won’t betray my people like that, I won't betray my culture,” said the activist.

The more accurate statement would be to say Peltier has told the same lies for forty years - some of which he has been obliged to drop like the Mr.X fairytale and the no he never even went near the slain agents or their vehicles - but who can keep count when the lies have been part and parcel of the fabricated myth?
Peltier now belatedly says:

“Of course I feel remorse,” he added. “Nobody should have died that day, the whole thing should never have happened. It was a terrible tragedy.”

That may be the most truthful thing Peltier has ever said as he now to quote his very words related to shooting Coler at point blank range “begs like a m...f...” for clemency.

And were it not for his mistaken belief that agents Williams and Coler were looking for him related to a Wisconsin fugitive warrant no one would died that day  - not Williams or Coler, nor Joe Stuntz whose death is directly attributable to what ensued as initiated by Peltier and whose blood is on his hands.

So what exactly is Peltier remorseful about at this stage of the game in the midst of a clemency application?

Is it the stupidity of his actions that landed him behind bars?

Is it the grief of his victim’s survivors or what he has put his own family and the nations through?

Or is merely about the fact that he threw away his own life and longs for the thug days when he got to tote a gun and stick it in a woman’s mouth to interrogate her?

Peltier says he won’t confess because to do so would be to “betray my culture”.

Which culture is that exactly? Is it the one based on traditional values, a culture where assuming responsibility for one’s actions was a lynch pin and lying was anathema?

Where integrity was the hallmark of a man rather than a lot of whining, crying, and posturing?

Doesn’t  sound like it to me - it sounds more like the thug culture of the AIM gangbangers - the code of silence and forsaking everything including family for the brotherhood.

Peltier says he’s prepared to die in prison, well that’s wisdom and probably unavoidable - nothing heroic about it, no warrior’s stance, just an inevitability based on personal guilt so he might as well try to talk the talk because he ain’t going anywhere.

“Indian lives matter”? Damn right they do Peltier - Annie and Joe’s life mattered, as did the life of every individual that AIM took.

Perry Ray Robinson Jr., a black man AIM murdered at WK2, his life mattered - the lives of two white men Williams and Coler mattered, as did the lives of those buried in unmarked graves at WK2.

But the life of thug related to whether it is spent in prison or not ……. some might say that’s arguable.


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