Actually, this is directed to the ever-shrinking cadre of diehard Petlier supporters (Peltierites), whom Peltier is convinced are either too naieve, or too stupid, to recognize the latest unfolding scam.
(Although this is just another low point for Peltier, the next blog will clearly show that his deceptions have reached rock bottom. Peltier, his attorneys, and committee have absolutely descended to an all-time low. More to follow.)
In a recent series of email pleas entitled "Leonard needs your help," (in other words, he wants you to ignore the fine print and not read between the lines) as he (and probably his family; mentioned here only because he has also put his family members out front as well) weasels to con more cash out of the unsuspecting. Since the earliest days of the fledgling LPDC, they have been whining for financial support. We'll give them at least some slack that early-on there probably was a need as his case worked its way through the appeals process with some expenses for supporting the network, mailings, the earlier and later websites, etc. (That's aside from the team of lawyers paid for by the good taxpayers, or those who worked pro bono.) But those battles were lost and are over, (and for very valid reasons), but the money-grab...which has apparently benefited someone, continues.
Peltier and his attorneys know very well what the IRS law is; "...must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, such as the creator's family...or persons controlled directly or indirectly by such private interests." And, that "No part of the net earnings of a section 501(c)3 organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual." In other words, no matter how Peltier presents his pleas for cash, it just isn't legal. It's like that old saying, lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig and in this case just repackaged pork rinds; and, you do need to read the fine print.
Peltier has tried this many times before, claiming illegal "tax deductible donations" for his supporters, funneling money through third-party shills making it appear legitimate, changing brand names and the like. (Footnote:1)
A file full of correspondence to the appropriate authorities has, for certain, curtailed some of those prior efforts, as will a few more generated from this latest attempt to disguise what's really happening.
It all appears so genuine, to donate to "The Indigenous Rights Center LLC, a charitable, religious, and educational organization whose purpose is to promote the well being of Indigenous People and preserve and defend the rights and civil liberties of all Native Americans." Sounds wonderfully altruistic and philanthropic. Right?
Sure, until you get down to the fine print, "The IRC was created at the behest of Native American activist Leonard Peltier in fulfillment of his long-held dream of developing a human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous Peoples within the borders of the United States."
Let's rewrite that byline with a little truth this time: "The IRC was created at the behest of convicted murderer Leonard Peltier because he's desperately running out of ways to maintain the deep, dark, Peltier secret." And that is, no one knows where any of the money goes, and as many times as Peltier has been called out, he never will disclose how much or where those funds have gone. Why? Well, the IRS has caught up with him and the LPDC, and LPDOC and the ILPDC in the past and this is just another attempt to circumvent the law (for now) and fleece the unsuspecting.
You can donate to the convicted felon through PayPal. However, Peltier is in violation of PayPal's Acceptable Use and Prohibited Activities policy, namely, 2(f), the promotion of hate, violence, racial intolerance or the financial exploitation of a crime. Peltier was successfully kicked off PayPal in 2010. (Time to write a few more complaint letters of this violation to the CEO of PayPal.)
Does Peltier need your money to reapply for clemency, or submit a Petition for Commutation of Sentence? No. Does Peltier need a lawyer to submit his application to the U.S. Department of Justice, Pardon Attorney? No. All he needs is the application and a crayon.
Since he may not have access to a computer (but certainly the USP Coleman prison library has paper copies available for inmates), we'll make it real easy for him and along with a copy of this Blog, will send him a blank application form. (Fn: 2)
It's only six pages; very simple and straight forward, fill-in-the-blanks, and sign it. Doesn't even need to be notarized. But, Leonard has to be careful, because it comes with the caveat that any intentional misstatements of material facts contained in this application form may cause adverse action on my petition for executive clemency and may subject me to criminal prosecution. (Not that an additional conviction would matter much at this point.)
Seeing Peltier's response to questions #5 (detailed account of the offense and full involvement; Peltier will presumably omit that for about 20 years he blamed it all on Mr. X), #6 (Other crimes...Be sure to include the armed escape from Lompoc in 1979 and that the prison guards were shot at during his escape), and #7 (Reasons for Seeking Clemency...which certainly should be interesting).
Besides, this is all pretty much academic anyway. The President made it clear that although he will be moving forward with clemency approvals, crimes of violence are not included. In other words, wounding and then murdering, two federal agents eliminates Peltier from consideration, especially a remorseless Peltier who can say things like "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 it for a minute (2014)."
Very recently, July 13th, the President granted 46 commutations, up to now more than his four immediate predecessors, all for non-violent drug offenses where the subjects received long prison sentences resulting from mandatory sentencing guidelines. No murderers among them. (Fn: 3)
However, the likelihood that Peltier would have been incarcerated at some point is predictable because he had already shown his propensity for violence. Peltier was a bodyguard/enforcer (certainly not a leader as his supporters have claimed) for AIM, and, in a most cowardly act, put a gun in AIM member, Anna Mae Aquash's mouth. (Fn: 4)
Murder then, in 1975, as it does today, carries a life sentence, and in many instances, the death penalty.
Clemency is off the table. Accept it. Deal with it.
Clemency and scamming aside, Peltier has reached the bottom of the barrel. His latest moves are despicable, even for such a lowly and morally bankrupt felon like Leonard Peltier. He has reached a forty-year low that will be uncovered in the next NPPA blog.
"In the Spirit of Coler and Williams"
1) Previous scams and alleged charitable activities and PayPal references: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/debate.html#fraud
2) Petition for Commutation of Sentence: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/pardon/legacy/2007/06/12/commutation_form.pdf
3) Recent presidential pardons: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/07/13/president-obama-just-commuted-46-sentences-how-do-presidential-commutations-and-pardons-work/
4) Anna Mae Aquash; Gun in her mouth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc2pz1C5bQ4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBY8tFCQHQA