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Monday, December 15, 2014

PELTIER: "We will" too...


Dear Supporters”

“Friends of Peltier” recently released a well-made YouTube video entitled “Time for you to stand up for Leonard Peltier.” It featured a number of people, young and old, Native American and not, known and unknown, famous and infamous, all offering a chorus of “I will” and “We will” lend support to encourage executive clemency for Leonard Peltier. (Footnote #1)

Some, without doubt, are sincere in their belief in Peltier’s innocence, or at least that he has served enough time for his crimes; others have their own agendas.

There’s no appearance in the video, but in a voice-over Peltier says:

“I am, of course, I’m very sorry for the lives that were lost. I’m grateful if the President would give me clemency. I’m grateful if he would give me justice, give my people justice.”

Thomas Poor Bear continues with “a firefight erupted” mentioning that three were killed and that prayers are offered for their families.

Thomas is dead wrong, (no pun intended), that “a firefight erupted.” We know exactly how things started and developed that day from one of the victims. Those in the FBI’s Rapid City office, and others, heard Ron Williams on the radio describing that in the vehicle they followed - they were stopping, they were getting out, it looks like they’re going to shoot; and the shooting started. Ron then tries to describe where they are and if help doesn’t get there soon they would be dead. Those listening hear him call out that he had been shot. The crime scene photos tell the end of the story. Two dead FBI agents with their faces blown away laying face down in the dirt. Facedown meant that they were touched and moved. Were the “brave warriors” that day counting coup?
(Fn. 2)

Thomas is kind to offer thoughts and prayers for the three, as there should be empathy for the Stuntz family. But what did he do that day? Through Peltier’s actions and foolish leadership Stuntz apparently believed it was acceptable to shoot at two FBI agents pinned down in an open field. Stuntz also felt it was right—and gave Peltier a smile, when he stole the FBI raid jacket from the trunk of the dead agent’s vehicle. Stuntz apparently believed it was meaningful to shoot at agents and officers who were responding to Jumping Bull; until an officer shot him. If there is remaining anger in the Stuntz family over his death it should be directed towards Peltier. Stuntz’s death lies squarely in the hands of Leonard Peltier. Stuntz followed Peltier to his own death.
(Fn. 3)

This is what has been expected from those who support Peltier, a continuing message with much obsession and lacking fundamental facts that perpetuate the decades old myth that Peltier was the last Indian standing to be prosecuted for the brutal murder of Agents’ Coler and Williams at Jumping Bull, and worse yet, that his actions that day, along with other American Indian Movement members, are somehow removed from the criminal acts and linked to a storied heritage that Peltier has hijacked and adulterated since June 26, 1975. It’s essential to the folklore scenario to keep supporters away from the facts and divert their attention to the notion that somehow Peltier represents and did this, for “his people.” Nonsense.

Those in the video (excluding the children*), along with the overwhelming number of those who support Peltier, can be divided into two distinct groups; 1) Those who do not know, and, 2) Those who do not care, about the facts.

Let us not forget as well that the vast majority of Native America does not support Peltier, his criminal actions, and those committed by AIM. They recognize that Peltier and AIM contributed nothing to the betterment of their society. Perpetuating the myth does a disservice to Native American culture and history; the AIM and Peltier legacies are a dark and disturbing chapter that is acknowledged and recognized by many.

A few questions need to be asked of those who support Peltier and appear in this video:

Was Peltier lawfully extradited from Canada?

The answer is yes. So says the Canadian government. “…I have concluded that Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the United States.” (Fn. 4)

Did Peltier receive a fair trail?

Aside from receiving years of intense scrutiny that has upheld his conviction, the answer comes from someone who actually later wrote letters in support of Peltier. Judge Gerald Heaney (may he rest in peace), Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, three times (1984, 1986, 2002), denied Peltier’s appeals based on the facts and the law.

In his impassioned April 8, 1991 letter, Judge Heaney never suggested or implied that Peltier was innocent. To the contrary he stated “No new evidence has been called to my attention which would cause me to change the conclusion reached in that case…” and "…the record persuades me that more than one person was involved in the shooting of the FBI agents. Again, this fact is not a legal justification for Peltier's actions, but is a mitigating circumstance." (Fn. 5)

(Whom else Judge Heaney may have alluded to obviously and logically points to Dino Butler, Bob Robideau and other AIM members.)

Also, in the fatally flawed and factually inaccurate 1992, 60-Minutes segment, Steve Kroft asked if Peltier received a fair trial to which Judge Heaney replied, “I believe he got a fair trial. Not a perfect trial, but a fair trial.” (Fn. 6)

Kroft then followed with criticism about the Myrtle Poor Bear affidavits.

But the final word, and a vital piece of the Peltier saga occurred during Peltier’s own trial. When Peltier’s defense team believed the government could call Myrtle Poor Bear as a witness, Peltier’s own attorney stated on the record and characterized her as a “…witness whose mental imbalance is so gross as to render her testimony unbelievable.” Peltier wants to, but cannot have it both ways. He cannot use Poor Bear’s affidavits as the excuse for an alleged illegal extradition from Canada and then demean her and prevent testimony that would have supported his allegations of a wrongful extradition. (And, apologies to Thomas if Myrtle is a relative.) (Fn. 7)

Peltier’s factual guilt beyond a reasonable doubt has been well established (for those who take the time and effort to review and understand it), but it has been his public proclamations - which have all the weight of the testimony we never heard from him, that establish much more, his actual guilt to a moral certainty. A few examples:

Mr.X: If Peltier was innocent then why for the better part of twenty years did he (and Robideau and the LPDC and the LPDOC, etc.) claim that someone they all knew killed the agents and drove off in the infamous red pickup? Have all those in the video not heard the elaborate description in Redford’s, Incident at Oglala, where Peltier says “This story is true.” Well, it wasn’t, as has been proven time and again and even admitted as much by Dino Butler and one of Peltier’s own attorneys. So why the phony alibi? Why the elaborate hoax? Reason would dictate that a truly innocent person would be able to consistently repeat the same story. Peltier’s version has changed too many times.
(Fn. 8)

Looking back Peltier has no difficulty framing why he remains in prison. On February 6, 2010 he stated; “I never thought my commitment would mean sacrificing like this, but I was willing to do so nonetheless. And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again, because it was the right thing to do.” In the context of this statement, referring as he did to Jumping Bull and Joe Stuntz, not excluding anything and making no exceptions, this is tantamount to a confession for the murders of Agents’ Coler and Williams. (Fn. 9)

On August 28, 2014 Peltier stated in a public message, “I don’t regret any of this for a minute.” Can this be made any clearer for those who proclaim, “I will,” and “We will?” How do those who look at Peltier as a victim justify a statement like that? For those who are thoroughly confused and buy into the fable of Peltier the warrior, then to some it’s justifiable to murder federal agents. There’s something to be said about that kind of mentality and none of it is good.  But here’s where the confusion lies, lost in the clatter surrounding Native American history they have picked a fraudulent symbol to correct any of those wrongs. (Fn. 10)

The “We will” video is all passion with no substance and ignores, deliberately to Peltier’s delight, the truth, because, facts matter. The smiling faces touting “I will” and “We will” are being scammed and they don’t even realize it. The truth they miss gets lost in the noise of the folklore, peddling to the softhearted with efforts to keep everyone’s eyes off Jumping Bull and June 26, 1975. Being “very sorry” is shallow and does not negate Peltier’s complicity.

As a minor point all have forgotten, here’s the reminder of Peltier’s disrespect and ingratitude to the political process when in 2000 he was not granted clemency, he stated, “These politicians are such sleazebags that you just don’t know.” (Fn. 11)

“Will we?” Yes, certainly as we have and will continue to do; ensure that the President, Attorney General and the USDOJ Pardon Attorney know what Peltier has said and that he remains a remorseless and unrepentant murderer who will continue his consecutive life sentences and the seven consecutive years for the armed escape from Lompoc. 
(Fn. 12)

Peltier should be afforded the same measure of mercy he gave Jack Coler and Ron Williams. And that would be none.

Here is the video that shows how the story should be told https://vimeo.com/74140239

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

(To all: Best for the holiday season to everyone and for a healthy and happy New Year.)

Footnotes:
3) Leonard Peltier: “I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and I looked at him when he put it on, and he gave me a smile.” Peter Matthiessen, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse (Penguin Books, 1992) 552
4) Canadian Minister of Justice letter: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/canadaletter.html
7) See court decision at II.B.2.i: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/585.html
11) Peltier calls President Clinton and politicians, sleazebags: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/speak.html
12) One of a number of letters regarding clemency and Peltier: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/obama.pdf
* Using children in such a way does them a disservice. Certainly, Native American children should be encouraged to embrace their proud and storied heritage and learn of the treatment their ancestors had to endure. They are too young, however, to understand the implications of their smiling endorsement of Peltier. The non-native adults are leading their children down a dangerous path by reinforcing - indoctrinating them without their full understanding - that killing law enforcement in the performance of their duties is something to celebrate. Shame on them for that.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

PELTIER: NOT FOR A MINUTE



Dear Supporters:

(A comment on YouTube video; “Shootout At Oglala, A common Sense Review,” by LakotaLance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onfe70wKU0U )

Warrior, victim or coward? The Peltier myth would try to convince us of the former, but his own words convict him.

Asked, “Never down by the bodies?” He answers, “Nope.”

But quoting Peltier, Matthiessen exposes the lie (p.552).

“I seen Joe (Joe Stuntz) when he pulled it out of the trunk (of the FBI vehicle) and I looked at him when he put it on (Agent Coler’s FBI jacket), and he gave me a smile.”

A smile? A smile while at Peltier’s feet are the two dead and mutilated bodies of the men they just shot and he had murdered.

Peltier is asked; “Do you know who killed the agents?” and again answers, “No. Nope.”

Yet in Redford’s, Incident at Oglala, after his cousin Bob Robideau goes into great detail about how the person they knew, Mr. X, killed both agents and drove off in the infamous red pickup, Peltier on film says; “This story is true.”

Aside from other admissions, where Peltier just cannot help himself, he had sealed his fate once again with a public statement on August 28, 2014; “I don’t regret any of this for a minute.”

No Regrets? An unrepentant and merciless killer, a shameful panderer denigrating a proud Native heritage and Peltier talks about no regrets and minutes. As well he should because the corrupt and flawed character, the Coward of Jumping Bull, probably doesn’t have that many minutes left before he will finally face The Creator who will see through the veil of lies and banish him to the final justice he deserves. Those remaining minutes, perhaps shortened by obesity and depraved carnal behavior (according to Robideau), will be spent in fearful isolation contemplating his actions and decisions on June 26, 1975. But otherwise the delusional Peltier already believes his own lies. His fate remains.

“There’s an ever-present background chorus of shouts and yells and calls, demented babblings, crazed screams, ghostlike laughter. Maybe one day you realize one of those voices is your own, and then you really begin to worry.” (Prison Writings, p.6)

You reaped what you sowed, Peltier.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PELTIER: FROM HUMAN DRAMA TO FICTION


Re-blogged:

FROM HUMAN DRAMA TO FICTION

Indiegogo and other such fundraising entities have gained popularity and I’ve been thinking since Peltier and ILPDC  are always soliciting donations and made the decision to go that route they might consider adding a belated inducement in their next attempt.

And no I don’t mean a bumper sticker or anything so mundane, what I had in mind was an arrangement linking the release of Peltier’s parole board hearing transcripts and disciplinary records to the fundraiser.

As Peltier has staunchly refused to sign off granting permission it would surely cause a stir – sort of a pay to play. Pony up five bucks or so and see what’s behind door number three.

Think of the support it could garner if all things are as Peltier says.

Ask yourself if Nelson Mandela, someone ILPDC and Peltier like to egregiously draw comparisons to, would of had the ability to control such things would he have refused publicizing them?

I kind of doubt that as Mandela was truly a man of the people, and inspite of all that went before, all the greivences, went to great lengths to promote reconciliation and a national healing upon his release.

I think Mandela grew as a person during the time of his imprisonment, a testament to who he was, who he became, the same can’t be said of Peltier who remains as morally stunted and lacking of integrity as he has been for his entire adult life.

Ask yourself if that is a course Gandhi would have chosen, who likewise sought reconciliation and healing in the aftermath of the struggle for independence and human rights?

The Indiegogo campaign had a goal of $175,000 – it closed earlier this month having received a little more than $35,000, far short of what was desired but with assurances that all money would be used as declared as the options dwindle.

To me the failure to reach the goal is yet another indication that as time has passed the Peltier myth has begun to curdle like sour milk – too many unanswered questions, too many contradictions, and too much coming to light.

People have begun to ask themselves if a man would stick a gun in a woman’s mouth to interrogate and threaten her would he be capable of cold blooded murder? If a man routinely caught in lies during interviews is even capable of telling the truth?

If either speak to the spirit of Crazy Horse?

It won’t end with this latest of failed campaigns, there will be others asserting the same claims, advancing the same “talking points” while avoiding those seen as burdens, threats to the cause, and the understanding that if the well is tainted people won’t drink from it – that you can lead the public horse to water but cannot make them drink.

Ongoing reorganizations, internal purges, new faces and old better left alone faces brought in have failed miserably, as has the steady flow of missives from Peltier in the search to find the right words, the right buttons to push.

The final chapter is being written in a book of pretense, and upon completion it will be relocated from human drama to the fiction section where it should have been assigned in the first place.

If Peltier is as pure as the driven snow and so routinely victimized as he and they claim I can see no reason why he wouldn’t agree.

Something wrong when an “innocent” man won’t willingly do so out of respect for those who have advocated for him without the need to attempt a monetary inducement.

So what do you say Peltier – what’s the asking price, or is there no amount of money sufficient to run the risk?

Perhaps the money could be dedicated to your children or grandchildren, something tangible you could leave them in lieu of a cobbled together myth and decades of lies.

Or maybe to our youth you claim to be so concerned with and want to “mentor”, perhaps even the environment as you attempt to associate yourself with issues you believe will resonate.

Being incarcerated comes with obvious restrictions, signing a release form isn’t one of them.


"In the Spirit of Coler and Williams"

Sunday, October 5, 2014

PELTIER: "Little Eichmanns"


Dear Supporters:

The problem with fabricated stories is that inconsistencies frequently occur. As opposed to the truth, which is compatible with its environment. Falsehoods, as Daniel Webster said, not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.


Little Eichmanns, a term employed by wannabe ndn, activist, social commentator Ward Churchill when referencing the victims of 9/11
One time "honorary" card carrying member of the Ketowah Cherokee - Churchill caught hell for the ignorance of his words, and deservedly so, even though he immediately attempted to backpedal away from them - but the term having been coined ( not original to WC) has valid  application when applied elsewhere.....say for instance in reference to the AIM leadership.

A leadership who took to heart Hitler's words that:

"All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying."—Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."  Adolf Hitler. The AIM leadership abide by this principle and heavily rely on what Hitler referred to as "the primitive simplicity of their minds". A simplicity displayed among their supporters from the least educated to those some would refer as intellectuals, authors, journalists, and others who "still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation."

That would be some explanation other than the truth - a truth that would admit this leadership isn't deserving of being excused on the grounds of having feet made of clay when the reality is they have no feet and merely slither upon the ground.
Little Eichmanns with their theft of the art and treasures of the nations, with their propaganda machine, intimidation, bombings, and storm troopers who have made people disappear while attempting to portray themselves as liberators just as the Nazi hierarchy did.

The Nazi's aligned with Communist Russia at one point, following that example the AIM leadership aligned with the CPUSA - Nazis aligned with other nations in what became known as the AXIS powers-the AIM leadership has done the same with Iran and other oppressive countries.

Big lies, little lies - doesn't really matter, as both are the mainstay for the little Eichmann's of the AIM leadership.

Following WW1 the Treaty of Versailles effectively sought to extract more than a pound of revenge from Germany, and in large measure created a climate that facilitated the rise of Hitler and Nazism.

There is no question this treaty was punitive and unjust - it became the centerpiece, a rallying cry much the same as AIM has attempted to make Leonard Peltier a centerpiece.
But I believe the Little Eichmanns behind the curtain have other motives, one is which in
 keeping attention focused on the cobbled together myth of Peltier the hope is it will
 provide enough of a distraction for "simple minds" to keep them from looking behind the AIM curtain of lies - to keep them from asking which are the big lies and which are the little lies? (Rezinate, 9/29/14)

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PELTIER: IT'S NOT ABOUT MASCOTS


Dear Supporters:

Before U.S.P. Coleman inmate #89637-132 gets too excited and giddy that his name was mentioned in a Huffington blog, let’s examine what the author, Jack Healy, didn’t say and why he’s selected the wrong person to promote his cause. (Footnote #1)

With all due respect to Mr. Healy’s lifelong quest for human rights, and notwithstanding his apparent disdain and bias towards the U.S. government, he has fallen prey, become a victim himself, to the perpetual mountain of myths, folklore, lies and fabrications that have festered around Peltier for the past four decades. His energy and intellect are woefully misplaced and promoting the myth, not the reality.

Most, and certainly not this writer, would argue against or fail to recognize the crippling history against First Americans. We can neither deny nor ignore what happened and that, as Mr. Healy points out (excluding the casino-rich tribes), the majority of Native Americans need and deserve our respect and support, not just for the injustices of the past but the condition many still find themselves in today. Pine Ridge being a glaring and shameful example. (Fn. 2)

But Mr. Healy calls for clemency for Peltier as if that would somehow heal the wounds and correct those historic wrongs. He could be no further from the truth and the heart of the matter as he shamefully references the deaths of FBI Agents Coler and Williams.

Mr. Healy alludes to Peltier’s trial and “…many legal flaws…” At least Mr. Healy didn’t pander the usual Peltier tripe of “Constitutional violations.” This case has been scrutinized perhaps to a greater extent than death-row inmates. “Legal flaws” may be a euphemistic pretense for Mr. Healy but he cannot ignore the scores of attorneys who have torn apart every crevice of his conviction, and except for one (ballistics) hearing (for which Peltier’s attorneys offered no contrary evidence, even though they had their own expert in the courtroom), Peltier’s conviction and sentence has withstood the legal test of time and never altered. Perhaps, Mr. Healey should invest the time and energy to understand the details of this case and not the mythology pandered by Peltier and his sycophants. (Fn. 3)

Without an ongoing dialogue—that this writer would welcome—there is no way of knowing exactly how much of the Peltier fables Mr. Healy has accepted as fact, but for illustration sake let’s assume he has accepted at least a good portion and provide just a handful of explicit examples to keep the record straight.

For example, Mr. Healy wrongly states “…even his extradition to the United States from Canada was based on premises that were actively manipulated by the federal authorities.” There were challenges and questions regarding the use of the Myrtle Poor Bear affidavits, however, that was not the only justification for Peltier’s extradition. Perhaps simply reading the crucial October 12, 1999 letter (a full twenty-four years--after--the murder of the agents) from the Minister of Justice to U.S. Attorney General, Janet Reno where it states, “As I indicated above, I have concluded that Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the united States” will clarify the misinformation from the Peltier camp and spouted by Mr. Healy. (Fn. 4) 

Sophomorically referencing the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Black Panther Party (BPP) as “…dissident groups in the United States,” as Mr. Healy does, is to ignore the reality of the destruction and chaos these groups caused. They were never simply social protesters but gangland style thugs who left a wake of social disruption and sometimes murder in their wake. Ask the widows of the police officers that fell victim to the BPP and research the destruction, under the guise of Native Rights, that AIM befell on Wounded Knee II, destroying a village and terrifying the innocent residents. Ask too, the family of Perry Ray Robinson, an AIM victim, whether AIM was just a “dissident group.” Dig further as well into the other AIM related bodies still hidden and buried in the hills surrounding that leveled hamlet (Fn. 5)

Mr. Healy does not comprehend that a truly innocent person need not offer a list of alibis, contradictory at their core, to push his feigned innocence on the non-believers. His fabrications have been as transparent as glass, starting with the twenty-year-lie that someone they all knew, Mr. X., killed the agents. So pervasive was this falsehood that his biographer (Matthiessen; who admittedly didn’t really believe it from the beginning but ran with it anyway), to Redford who bought into it but didn’t have the courage to admit he was duped, but finally even his own attorney publicly admitted it. This cannot be brushed aside because it is a glaring example of the fissure, a widening crack, in Peltier’s “I did it for my people,” vacant character.

The list is endless but focusing on the recent admissions of guilt, how can anyone be accommodating to, or ignore someone who says, “And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again, because it was the right thing to do. (February 6, 2010),” and “I don’t regret any of it for one minute. (September 12, 2014).”

Mr. Healy frames the Incident at Oglala as “…a shooting left two federal agents dead.”  Really, a shooting? Check the facts…Agents Coler and Williams were wantonly attacked, ambushed would be a better word, by a superior and violent force of AIM thugs. Outgunned and outnumbered they were first mortally wounded. There’s no doubt about how the incident started, we have Ron Williams’ own voice overheard by several people describing what was about to happen. That was the first part, but this is the scene within which Mr. Healy must frame his call for using Peltier in “a new era of peace.”

“I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and I look at him when he put it on, and he gave me a smile.” (Fn. 6)

So here’s Peltier, with two dead and mutilated federal agents at his feet as he accepts a smile from one of the other AIM shooters who’s stealing Jack Coler’s FBI jacket.

This is Mr. Healy’s cause célèbre for peace and healing and his way to “honor the memory of Agents Williams and Coler?”

Mr. Healy rhetorically asks “What does it mean for the families of FBI Agents Williams and Coler who died on the Pine Ridge Reservation?”

To accept Mr. Healy’s premise, to free Peltier, would be to dishonor their memory, their bravery and in a greater sense suggest—in real terms—that they died in vain.

Peltier is a panderer of his own heritage, he has adulterated and stolen all that is good about Native American history and culture and hides behind it like a thief in the night, or in this case a coward of Jumping Bull. Peltier is the last person to represent even a hint of reconciliation, for past wrongs against Native Americans, or the slightest hint of repentance for his own murderous actions that day at Pine Ridge.

Mr. Healy asks “What might we undo?” Perhaps we can undo a lot, but we cannot undo June 26, 1975.

The term “redskin” may be offensive but mascots are a whole other issue, and this isn’t about mascots. It’s about cold-blooded murder and an unrepentant sociopath who must continue to serve his sentence and pay his debt to society, no matter how that end may come.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Footnotes:
4) http://noparolepeltier.com/canadaletter.html Further, “In my opinion, given the test for committal for extradition referred to above, the circumstantial evidence presented at the extradition hearing, taken alone, constituted sufficient evidence to justify Mr. Peltier’s committal on the two murder charges.” (Please read the entire letter.)
6) Peter Matthiessen, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse; The story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI’s war on the American Indian Movement. (Penguin Books, 1992) 552.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PELTIER UPDATE: A broken record with missing pieces; "I'm 70, send more money," Yet another admission of guilt

Dear Supporters:

Peltier’s latest, August 28th “Indian Summer” missive from Coleman is more of the same with some carefully crafted omissions (Footnote #1).

He gives thanks for donations to “my legal fees.” Legal fees? Fees he claims to have but will never disclose. Peltier supporters, Peltierites, are a clueless bunch, blindly following and accepting this little piece of unending deceit. There have been capable attorneys who have devoted many hours, some, even years to exploring every facet of Peltier’s conviction, through numerous appeals, and well beyond. They have donated their valuable time, pro bono (that’s without charge), to find something, anything, that could have opened the door to further hearings, a retrial or overturning his conviction. The Peltier case has withstood the test of time and scrutiny. Peltier is guilty and his claims of a wrongful conviction and “constitutional violations” are as weak as his claims of innocence (Fn. 2). So, if as he claims that “none of them (committee workers) take a salary or pay,” and “All the funds that have been donated will be used exclusively for (his) legal fees,” then the solution is very simple. Prove it! He won’t and that’s the dirty little secret Peltier has pandered for decades. Besides, if he ever did, even the Pelterite diehards would be aghast at the con they’ve been duped into and even more will walk away leaving no money and no support.

As for the alleged Constitutional violations, had there been one (and there was one issue that did lead to the ballistics hearing), we would not be having any conversations about, Peltier the inmate, today. The definitive word(s) have been written many times (in the final analysis; “…the direct and circumstantial evidence of Peltier’s guilt is strong…” 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, September 14, 1978). Besides, Peltier’s own statements and admissions have convicted him well beyond the legal system establishing not just his factual, but actual guilt. “And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again, because it was the right thing to do,” he’s told the world. And he would. There’s a word for that kind of personality. Recidivist.

Rambling on, lamenting that he may die in prison “…if Obama does not free me…” he’s pointing to his last and only hope. As he is well aware, parole is off the table and the President has many more pressing matters to consider than the unrepentant, cold-blooded murderer who has lied his way through the last four decades (Fn. 3). Peltier has contradicted his own feigned innocence with public statements that he was at once a warrior that day protecting his people (by instigating a vicious attack on two agents attempting to serve an arrest warrant), then brutally killing those agents as he and the other cowards of Jumping Bull fled. Then he plays the race card, the poor persecuted Indian, The Last of the Mohegan’s (no pun intended) who had to be punished for these crimes. Peltier has consistently pushed to have it both ways. But you can’t be a warrior (hero) and a victim (persecuted minority) at the same time, especially, when his own versions of the events have changed as often as the seasons. The President is aware that it wasn’t the phantom Mr. X, as Peltier claimed for many years, as the actual killer, and that with two dead and mutilated federal agents at his feet he acknowledged the smile from Joe Stuntz as he stole and put on the dead agent’s FBI jacket. No, the record is clear; even if the claims are true that no one knows who fired the fatal killing shots (which isn’t true because at least Dino Butler and Bob Robideau—and perhaps others—were there at that moment), he was also convicted of “Aiding and Abetting” in those murders. So, there in Coleman he shall sit until his sentence is complete (two life sentences plus seven consecutive years for the armed Lompoc escape) until he can walk out, or be carried out.

A ponytail does not an Indian make. This past week the disgraced Ward Churchill made his first television appearance in many years and submitted to questioning regarding his warped philosophy of America. Any reasonably informed person, no matter the education, or even high schoolers, have to walk away from Churchill’s comments recognizing that the man is a babbling fool. As difficult as it was to force oneself to watch this pathetic exhibit there was one positive note. Churchill is (or was) a Peltier supporter. And if that’s the quality of Peltier support, then bring them on. Putting Peltier in the same boat with the likes of Ward Churchill can only widen Peltier’s credibility gap with the rest of mankind. (Fn. 4)

Like a jackass lost in a canyon Peltier is bawling a new slogan, pilfered and adulterated from a true Native American warrior, Chief Joseph. “I will fight some more…forever,” is a hackneyed attempt to try to legitimize his own cowardly and marginalized past. It would have been more accurate for Peltier to have said, “I will lie forever…even to myself.”

Peltier signs off this message like all the others with selling the myth, how to make donations (to a rent-by-the-week office in Lake Mary, Florida), those questionable quality artwork prints, T-Shirts and the like. Notice though they no longer claim that donations are “tax-deductible.” Wonder why? Peltierites are afraid to ask.

The missing pieces of the broken record are easily found at (Fn.5).

Then comes Peltier’s 9/12/14 “I’m 70, send more money” message (Fn. 6). This is just more of the same providing pained excuses that his actions were for others; his lame cry that his sacrifice  was for everyone else in the world. Peltier explains that he has hired the “best legal team we could get,” which essentially throws all those prior pro bono attorneys under the proverbial bus. But at least he was “very grateful they were trying to help me.” Really, is that all they did, “try” to help? Collectively all those earlier attorneys must be shaking their heads.

The new dream team must have an easier job ahead since Peltier tells us that; “I am singled out” and “often people cannot believe the sheer amount of constitutional violations and injustice,” while he “…paid a dear price attempting to uphold justice, fairness, and truth,” and fought “…the good fight…” Again, if there was but one  constitutional violation he would have been out a long time ago, but he can’t help himself with the I’m in this for you scam and singing the same rendition of the warrior-victim song.

Although, he does come close to the core of the “hell” he finds himself in suggesting that he “…wants (his) time to stand as an example to you all.” Finally, a moment of unsuspecting clarity. Yes, there is a Peltier message for others, especially the young and impressionable, if you don’t attack and murder law enforcement personnel, then you won’t spend the rest of your life rotting in prison. That’s a good take-away from the Coleman inmate.

Over the years there have been many times Peltier’s attorney’s wished that he would just keep his mouth shut. But that’s one of the central reasons why his attorneys and “committee” has changed so often, because he is incapable of suppressing that sociopathic bullying and his self-delusional belief in the myth that’s been festering around him. A myth that’s flawed and defies the reality of Jumping Bull. In other words, he simply cannot control himself or follow simple, valid advice.

Peltier has not identified his attorneys. Why is that? There isn’t a privilege to be concerned about, either someone represents a client or doesn’t. It’s quite simple. But maybe that’s part of the gambit…the ploy to keep the unsuspecting, unsuspecting. Keep them waiting in anxious excitement for the next revelation. Where’s the harm in saying, “these are my best attorneys,” and name them? Unless, of course, they don’t exist. But keep sending the checks because that money has been going somewhere over all these years. (By the way, unlike in the past, Peltier better make sure the income is claimed and taxes paid.)

Peltier has done it once again. Yet another admission of guilt. The February 6, 2010 public statement (mentioned above; he’d do it all over again because it was the right thing to do), is only prelude as he comes to us with this, “I don’t regret any of it for one minute.”

The key here, of course, is “any.” Without qualification, reservation, clarification or exclusion, this statement, by default must include the events of June 26, 1975 and the brutal attack and murder of Special Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams. This is yet another public admission of unrepentant guilt that will surely be mentioned at his next parole-review hearing.

At this juncture a question that can be asked is whether or not a free Leonard Peltier would still present a danger (aside from whether he has yet to fully pay his debt to society). The answer is an unqualified, yes. He played the role of a tough-guy, a self-proclaimed warrior, but the facts and his own words have proven that he was one among the “yellow robes” that day at Jumping Bull (Fn. 7). Those details support the premise that he was, in fact, a coward, and cowards always remain unpredictable and dangerous.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

Ed Woods

Footnotes:
This is a significant essay from 2001. The factual basis remains unchanged, however, given Churchill’s history over the past thirteen years, the generous comments regarding his status are withdrawn.
7) See Peltier’s FBI wanted flyer, I.O. 4681, dated 12/3/75 for Murder; Interstate Flight-attempted murder; National Firearms Act. Peltier also, ironically used the alias of Leonard Williams, as well as Leonard Littleshell, Luis Martinez and John Yellow Robe.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

PELTIER FLOW CHART

Reblogged from Rezinate and Marty Two bulls:

"In the Spirit of Coler and Williams"
Ed W.


(Rezinate) I’ve said many times throughout the course of this blog that what I believe precipitated the ambush at Jumping Bull was Peltier’s mistaken belief that agents Williams and Coler were coming after him for a Wisconsin fugitive warrant.
That doesn’t set well with the Peltierites and on occasion has led to some sputtering, fuming, and name calling-they do so completely ignoring various statements made by Peltier himself, below is one such example.
Note the capitalized words, his words, that they were trying to arrest him. That can only raise the question arrest him for what?
Were they able to read his mind and attempting to arrest him for their own murders which hadn’t been committed yet? Did they sacrifice themselves so he could be arrested at a later date?
No? Then what is left other than Peltier’s belief it was about Wisconsin?
In this single paragraph look at the accolades this loser heaps on himself:
He’s not only “courageous” but a “hero” as well. A fearless “warrior” who “fought hard” and was “victorious”.
Now tell the truth – if you were in the company of such a braggart would you hang around listening to this sort of bs, tell him to shut the hell up, or move on?
“…people on my reservation know about what happened that day. They know who fought hard and they know who was courageous and they know who was the hero.They know I fought very,very hard. I was not afraid. I stood there (unintelligible) enemy as a warrior should when he is victorious. I wasn’t afraid. I wasn’t afraid any of those time. I can’t get up here and say, tell the world I was a courageous warrior. Especially in this system, I can’t tell the system I was shooting at their police officers THAT WERE TRYING TO ARREST ME.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

RON WILLIAMS: July 30, 1947 - June 26, 1975: Rest In Peace


Dear Supporters:

In thirty-four days, only a month, Ron would have celebrated his 28th birthday.

His young and vibrant life to that point was a celebration of his intelligence, charm, personality and admirable accomplishments. Already having served his country in the U.S. Navy, completing college and embarking on a challenging career in the nation’s premier law-enforcement agency. His future was a clean slate; doors yet to open and adventures discovered, limitless ambitions and opportunities and a host of close friends and family to share it all.

We can only speculate or imagine what the next thirty-nine years would have given him. He had ambitions. Ron had entertained pursuing a law degree but it is not clear whether he would have tried to tackle such an enterprise while remaining in the Bureau, or stepping down to pursue it full time.

His time in the Rapid City Resident Agency (RCRA), an assignment typically reserved for those with prior law enforcement experience, like his partner that day, former LAPD Swat member, Jack Coler, was challenging; a far cry from his previous experience and his hometown of the metropolis of Los Angeles. Although the Bureau was increasing the agent compliment of the RCRA to combat the rising turmoil caused by the American Indian Movement, Ron faced those challenges as the consummate young professional agent all knew him to be.

Ron loved flying and had already earned a pilot’s license. The FBI’s aviation program did not formally exist when he entered the Bureau but by the mid 70s where aircraft were used in several major investigations, the opportunity to become a Bureau pilot was certainly a possibility where he could have combined both passions.

Having come from a major city, the possibility of transferring back to L.A., where family and other friends resided, was a good possibility. After serving his time in Indian Country working difficult cases in remote areas, Los Angeles could have been within reach.

Had he returned to L.A., pursued a law degree, perhaps then active in the Bureau’s rapidly growing aviation program, he may have sought to combine those skills and experiences. Perhaps as an experienced investigator, an attorney and a pilot, the National Transportation Safety Board may have been an interesting and challenging career option, or perhaps a legal practice involving airline litigation. We’ll never know.

By now, at age 67 he would no doubt have a family, and perhaps retired from whatever path he chose, as he doted over grandchildren sharing with them career exploits and accomplishments, introducing them to his passion for flying, taking them on flying vacations or out for an afternoon to a not-too-distant airport for one of those famous $50 hamburgers (today they would be more like $300 hamburgers). In any case he would have lived, loved and shared a long, productive and happy life, even if there were a few bumps in the road.

But all that potential and dreams of the future ended on a sultry day in June 1975.

He faced the danger, the enemy, as a young man with the courage and strength of his already proven character. However, the odds were overwhelming and insurmountable.

Undaunted and unafraid Ron and Jack pursued their fugitive felon, only to be ambushed by AIM cowards and severely wounded. Nonetheless, the evidence is crystal clear; he went first to the aid of his gravely injured partner.

His sacrifice is our loss. May he Rest-in-Peace knowing that he will never be forgotten.

We can take solace knowing that every agent and every man and woman who carries a badge and a gun and is willing to place themselves in harm's way to protect the citizenry and enforce the laws of this Nation have a guardian angel looking over their shoulder. His name is Special Agent Ronald A. Williams.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods