On September 2nd Peltier sent a message that he recently underwent triple bypass surgery.
Bypass surgery is a fairly common procedure today with approximately 200,000 performed yearly.
Jack Coler and Ron Williams were both in their late twenties when they became victims of an unprovoked attack by AIM cowards and were brutally murdered by Leonard Peltier in 1975. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that Peltier was convicted of murder and aiding and abetting and his conviction and sentence, having gone through many appeals, has never been changed. Peltier’s public statements over the years have only helped reinforce his remorseless guilt. (You’ve heard them before so there’s no need to repeat them here again).
Jack and Ron, had they not been mercilessly cut down in their prime, would have faced the normal aging process just as Peltier is now. Although they were both in excellent physical condition and would no doubt have taken care of their health, issues do arise. What Jack and Ron didn’t have was the opportunity to finish their careers and enjoy a well-deserved retirement and all the years with their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Peltier robbed them of that wonderful opportunity they so deserved.
Peltier, soon to be 73, received this operation courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the American taxpayers. For that, he should be grateful and thankful the procedure was successful and that he will only mildly suffer during recovery. Jack and Ron, victims of point-blank gunshots to the face, had no chance to survive. Instead, both suffered a horrible death.
As with the vast majority of Peltier messages, there’s always the push for money.
This one, like most others, begs for donations, made through his website, to “fund his legal struggle.” The website offers that the uninformed can donate through PayPal.
To go back a few years—July 4, 2004 to be precise—Peltier’s “Defense Committee” lamented that Peltier had been suspended from PayPal for violating its “offensive material policy.” They complained, “Designating Leonard Peltier as being ‘notorious for committing murderous acts,’ PayPal has now deprived us of our online fundraising capability.” That was then.
Peltier’s committee subsequently relocated and changed its website and personnel (which has happened many times over the years) and was able to worm its way back into the PayPal system.
PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy has changed slightly over the years but still contains the provision preventing “the financial exploitation of a crime” which may have been part of the reason Peltier was removed in 2004.
PayPal encourages users to report potential violations of this policy. For example, a double convicted murderer using PayPal to raise money. If users have a question about whether a type of transaction may violate the Acceptable Use Policy, they can email PayPal's Compliance Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, there has been much discussion and debate over the years about Peltier soliciting “tax-deductible” donations. Sometimes he had donations filtered through third party operations. At other times, Peltier dropped the “tax-deductible” claims, although he would never publicly admit the reasons. We have a suspicion why it was dropped in the past.
(The latest Peltier website, [link available on the NPPA home page], does not mention tax-deductible donations. However, a review of the website material still shows that it is replete with the same fabrications, falsehoods, myth and in some areas, outright lies that have been proven false time and again. All of which have been extensively reviewed and refuted on the NPPA website.*)
Yet, as recent as just nine months ago, this was posted on the Internet:**
“2016 Human rights week for Leonard Peltier, December 4-10 in Washington, DC. We need your help like never before. Please make a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too small. Please also widely share this fundraiser. The Peltier Defense Committee is a project of the Indigenous Rights Center, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (Tax ID # 81-1252535).”
This appears to be in violation of IRS regulations. Funneling money through other entities to make it appear they are legitimately tax-deductible should raise some concerns and questions.
The Internal Revenue Code is clear enough:
“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.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that the ‘Director’ information for the Indigenous Rights Center, 202 Harvard Dr., SE #5, Albuquerque, NM, 87114 revealed that the Directors are/were Delaney Bruce, Peter Clark, Kari A. Boushee and Peltier’s son, Chauncey Peltier.
Leonard Peltier successfully recovered and his health may improve after the recent bypass surgery.
Jack and Ron were murdered and have been dead for 42 years.
“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
*For example, from the Peltier homepage: “People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier—innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations—has yet to receive equal justice.” Reality check: If there were one Constitutional violation we would likely not be discussing Leonard Peltier today, or ever.
Also, as the Court of Appeals stated: “It is only where the trial court excludes relevant evidence without sufficient justification that the defendant‘s constitutional right to compulsory process is violated.” http://www.noparolepeltier.com/585.html
Suffice to say that Peltier’s claims do not stand up to scrutiny.
(Last accessed 9/8/17: Posted by ILPDC Co-Director Peter Clark. It should be noted that the ILPDC (and its predecessor committees) have publicly stated that Leonard Peltier approves all postings, press releases, etc.)