No, this is not about a memorial service for the unrepentant convicted double murderer Leonard Peltier.
Each year FBI offices hold a memorial service for Special Agents killed in the line of duty as a result of adversarial action, Special Agents and FBI employees who died as a result of performing law enforcement duties, and to recognize law enforcement line-of-duty deaths from around the country.*
A memorial was held on May 22nd at the FBI’s Cincinnati office. The non-denominational service was conducted by the long-time FBI Chaplin.
The Special Agent in Charge presented a list of the biographies of FBI personnel recently added to the list. Several of these deaths were the result of terminal illnesses caused by extended periods of exposure to the toxic environments in Shanksville, PA, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorists’ attacks.
Every service includes a reading of the names of Agents killed in the line of duty—now at thirty-six—as a result of adversarial action.**
The list begins with SA Edwin C. Shanahan, shot and killed in October 1925 by a car thief and ends with SA Samuel Hicks, shot and killed in November 2008 during an arrest involving a major drug trafficking organization.
From Special Agents’ Shanahan to Hicks, all the cases have long been resolved and closed with the subjects’ either killed during the commission of the crime, or with those that did survive until now, serving long prison sentences.
However, two on the list—#21, Jack R. Coler, and #22, Ronald A Williams—long after their brutal murders, have had their memory and sacrifice denigrated for the past forty-one years. Theirs is the one case that is still very much with us as Leonard Peltier and his dwindling network of sycophantic followers have neither the intelligence nor courage to challenge the lies and fabrications Peltier has been peddling since June 26, 1975.
The Peltier network is dead in the water. The Peltier website has become stagnant, and Peltier is undoubtedly still mumbling to himself, in shock, since President Obama saw through the lies, fabrications, myth and folklore. The President undoubtedly understood the facts and Peltier’s unquestioned guilt.
Thank you President Obama.***
Uncharacteristically, Peltier, the self-created public figure, has remained silent, perhaps finally learning that with each public statement and “press release” he only succeeded in placing a prison sneaker firmly in his own mouth. Or, still bewildered by the January 18th denial of clemency, remains speechless.
“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”