Friday, April 30, 2021

PELTIER: 21 YEARS AND COUNTING

Dear Supporters:

 

Much has happened since last April when the No Parole Peltier Association reached its twentieth anniversary, and here we are, another year later, hopefully now reaching the final stages of the Covid  pandemic. 

 

Another year has passed assuring that the memory and sacrifice in the line of duty of two young FBI Agents is never forgotten and Peltier remains challenged for his decades of myth, folklore and provable lies about what really happened that sultry summer day at Pine Ridge.

 

The last year was filled with the same tired, “I’m innocent” and “look how much I have done for my People,” and “Send me more money” rhetoric from years past, none of which has any measurable value because it lacks legitimacy. (Footnote 1)

 

Peltier is in another one of those hopeful periods as he was with Presidents’ Clinton and Obama with a vestige of hopefully seeing the light of day. Peltier also sought a futile attempt at commutation from President Trump. All the Presidents who were aware of Peltier’s clemency petitions recognized that Peltier was undeserving of any leniency or compassion.

 

A reality check is that parole, the Cares Act, or even a transfer northward out of Florida are a borderline delusion.

 

Should Peltier’s consecutive life sentences (and the additional seven consecutive years for the armed escape from Lompoc penitentiary—a tidy little fact that Peltier and his supporters faithfully ignore) become a reality and result in commutation, there are effectively two options:

 

Peltier returns to his Reservation and lives out his remaining years, (the years he robbed from Jack Coler and Ron Williams), in solitude with his family and friends; then so be it.

 

If, however, Peltier thinks he will gain any financial benefit, even one solitary dollar, by speaking out about his murderous actions, he is mistaken. Every lie Peltier continues to spew—and there have been many—about what he alleges happened on June 26, 1975 will be challenged, as they have been since April 30, 2000, and forever long afterwards.

 

All the best to everyone as America struggles through these difficult times.

 

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

Ed Woods

 

p.s.

Recently some humor and a joke for 2021 was posted on the Internet that Peltier was nominated, allegedly for the seventh time, for a Nobel Peace Prize. Nonetheless, even an official of the Nobel Committee stated that “thousands of people…have nominating rights, so being proposed for the prize is no distinction in itself.” And, “…it is easy to get nominated for the prize, but very hard to win, and there is a common misunderstanding. The fact that someone is nominated is in no way a form of endorsement from the committee.” In simpler terms for Peltier and his supporters: Just about anyone can nominate just about anyone else. Further, and more to the point, being an unrepentant cold-blooded murderer is not one of the Nobel Committee categories. (Fn. 2)

 

Footnotes:

1) Peltier background, a summary:  http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2020/04/peltier-20-years-later.html

2) Additional history and the idiocy of being ‘nominated’ for a Nobel Peace prize: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/debate.html#peace

Sunday, March 14, 2021

PELTIER: DEAR PRESIDENT BIDEN #2

Edward Woods

March 10, 2021

 

President Joe Biden

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Re: Leonard Peltier

Federal Inmate #89637-132

Clemency Denial; Supplemental Facts

 

Dear President Biden:

 

I can appreciate that you are very busy managing our nation’s challenges, however, I wanted to follow up on my letter of January 20 (copy attached) to ensure that unlike the prior Obama/Biden administration that your office is fully informed of the facts surrounding the cold-blooded murder of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams by Leonard Peltier.

 

It is important to note that should Peltier’s latest clemency petition also include a cover letter, that both documents are scrutinized to separate falsehood and misinformation from the facts and Peltier’s lengthy appellate history. It is also significant to provide an example of Peltier’s lack of respect for the legal process and the Presidency. When President Clinton denied Peltier’s clemency petition, Peltier publicly responded with, 

These politicians are such sleazebags that you just don’t know.” [i]

 

The purpose of this letter is to explain the brutality of Peltier’s crimes and his conflicting statements concerning the events of June 26, 1975 at Pine Ridge, SD, which, when applying for clemency he will shamelessly misrepresent to the Pardon Attorney and to your office. For example, he has stated:

 

“I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and I looked at him when he put it on and gave me a smile.” (A direct quote from Leonard Peltier to author Peter Matthiessen; In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, p. 552) 

 

There is absolutely no false impression concerning the significant context of Peltier’s description placing him directly at the murder scene. Joe Stuntz, one of those who participated in the carnage and engaged in the initial attack on the agents, stole an FBI jacket from the trunk of Agent Coler’s vehicle, put it on, and gave Peltier a smile.  Picture the scene at that moment; where they stood were two dead and mutilated human beings.

 

As painful as it is to repeat, please remember that Agent Coler was shot in the head by Peltier with his AR-15 rifle at point-blank range, while the second bullet tore away his jaw. Agent Williams had begged for his life, and with defensive wounds, his fingers were blown through the back of his head.

 

Agents Coler and Williams were shot at point blank range in the face, yet when their bodies were later discovered they were both lying face down in the dirt. Obviously, among those involved with Peltier, the dead bodies had been manhandled.

 

One hundred and fourteen (114) shell casings were matched to Peltier’s AR-15 (later recovered in Wichita, Kansas and referred to as the ‘Wichita AR-15’) to a shell casing recovered from the trunk of Agent Coler’s vehicle. This would account for some of the 125 bullet holes in the Agents’ vehicles fired at them by Peltier and others during the initial unprovokedattack.[ii]

 

Regarding Peltier’s AR-15, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, September 11, 1986 stated: 

 

“When all is said and done, however, a few 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; although the defense had its own ballistics expert, it offered no contrary evidence.”

 

This Eighth Circuit decision also cited the government’s review of the trial record:

That the witnesses unanimously testified that there was only one AR-15 in the compound prior to the murders, that this weapon was used exclusively by Leonard Peltier and was carried out by him after the murders.

 

Extradition issue: As Peltier has repeatedly and falsely claimed—and should there be any reference in his latest clemency petition or cover letter asserting that his extradition from Canada was unlawful—this is simply not true. The Canadian government had long resolved this issue: 

 

As I indicated above, I have concluded that Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the United States. 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.” (Canadian Minister of Justice letter to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, October 12, 1999[iii]

 

Peltier has made many public statements that imply a consciousness of guilt and lack of remorse for his victims and criminal actions:

 

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).”

 

It has been challenged by Peltier supporters that these public statements were taken out of context: They have not. In each instance Peltier directly relates his pronouncements to the events of June 26, 1975 and makes neither exceptions nor exclusions for these admissions. While Peltier may envision these public statements in the broader framework of Native American issues, nevertheless, any claims regarding a lack of context fails. 

 

In an unrelated appeal in 2003 (concerning parole records), the 10thCircuit Court of Appeals offered this regarding their review of Peltier’s conviction and appeals:

 

Previous federal court decisions provided the (Parole) commission with ample facts to support its conviction that Peltier personally shot Agents Coler and Williams.” 


And the Commission’s choice of the word ‘execution’ in describing the murders is quite apt.” Further, “While Mr. Peltier, asserts ‘the (Parole) commission identified no plausible evidence that [he] shot the agents after they were incapacitated,’ this statement is simply not true.”

 

In a prior clemency petition on February 17, 2016, Peltier made what amounted to yet another public admission of consciousness of guilt.

 

 “I did not wake up on that June 26 planning to injure or shoot federal agents, and did not gain anything from participating in the incident.” 

 

Peltier, once again, as a matter of public record, and in this instance to President Obama, placed himself directly at the scene of a heinous and vicious double murder. While he was perhaps not planning to kill anyone, and certainly did not gain anything other than life sentences, he clearly admitted to participatingin a criminal act for which he was indicted, convicted and sentenced for murder and aiding and abetting.As the appellate record clearly demonstrates, a jury and nearly two-dozen appeals firmly established his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and never altered his conviction or sentence. 

 

Mr. President, as I previously stated the facts, Agents’ Coler and Williams were not just murdered; they were summarily executed.

 

It is essential to have a complete understanding of the discredited and repeatedly erroneous fabricated myth, folklore and misinformation that Peltier has created in an attempt to shroud and deny the absolute atrocity of his cold-blooded actions.

 

I would again respectfully urge a thorough review of the Peltier matter and to deny his undeserved request for commutation. Thank you for your time and attention in this most important matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

 Edw. Woods

 

Edward Woods

justice@noparolepeltier.com

 

cc:

1-Hon. Rosalind Sargent-Burns, U.S. Pardon Attorney, 145 N St. NE, #5e, Washington, D.C. 20530

1-Hon. Merrick Garland, U.S. Attorney General, USDOJ, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20530-0001

1-Director Christopher Wray, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20535

1-Hon. Patricia K. Cushwa, U.S. Parole Commission, 90 K St. NE #300 Washington, D.C, 20002

1-Hon. Nicholas Chase, U.S. Attorney, District of North Dakota, 655 First Avenue North, Suite 250, Fargo, ND, 58102-4932

1-Hon. Dennis R. Holmes, Jr., U.S. Attorney, District of South Dakota, P.O. Box 2638, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2638

1-Senator Brian Schnatz Chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs, 838 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510

1-Congressman Brad Wenstrup, 7954 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45255

1-Hon. Louis J. Freeh, 3711 Kennett Pike, Ste. 130, Wilmington, DE 19807-2156

1-Brian O’hare, President, Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association, PO Box 320215, Alexandria, VA 22320

1-Eileen Roemer, President, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, 3717 Fettler Park Dr., Dumfries, VA 22025




[i] Boulder Weekly, March 9, 2000; Peltier interview with five reference to President Clinton.

[ii] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/609.html Following an October 1-3, 1984 evidentiary (ballistics) hearing.

[iii] http://www.noparolepeltier.com/canadaletter.html Canadian review regarding Peltier’s lawful extradition

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Line of duty: February 2, 2021


Dear FBI Family,

It’s with a very heavy heart that I’m writing to tell you that this morning, Special Agent Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger of the Miami Division were shot and killed in the line of duty. They were executing a federal court-ordered search warrant in a violent crimes against children investigation in Sunrise, Florida. Three other agents were shot and wounded, two of whom suffered injuries requiring hospital care, but both are now in stable condition. The third injured agent did not require hospitalization. The shooter is deceased.

Days like this are among the darkest days we face in the FBI. We’ve lost two of our very own. We’re all heartbroken – particularly our colleagues in Miami who are reeling from this unthinkable loss. All of us across the FBI, in offices and divisions who worked with the special agents, and colleagues who have never had the chance to meet them, are all trying to also come to terms with this tragic loss. And yet, our grief cannot compare to that of the families of these two special agents. Today, they’ve lost the people who meant the very most to them.

As many of you have heard me say, it takes an incredibly special person to answer the call and do the heroic work of an FBI special agent.To sacrifice self for service. This morning, Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger left home to carry out the mission they signed up for – to keep the American people safe. It will take us a long time to process the grief that we all feel for the loss of our own. But we’ll be forever grateful for their commitment and their dedication – for their last full measure of devotion to the people they served and defended. We will always honor their ultimate sacrifice. And we’ll continue to stand by our FBI Family, and the families of these special agents, in the days to come, bringing every resource we can to get through this together.

We’ll continue to share more as we’re able to.

Chris

"In the Spirit...

Ed W.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

PELTIER: DEAR PRESIDENT BIDEN

Edward Woods

January 20, 2021

 

President Joe Biden

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

 Re: Leonard Peltier

 Federal Inmate #89637-132

  Clemency Denial Request

 

Dear President Biden:

 

I am writing regarding a very serious matter that you may be called upon to consider in the coming months, but first, congratulations on your election.

 

Leonard Peltier was convicted in April 1977 for the brutal and cold-blooded murder of two already wounded (by Peltier and others), FBI Agents, Jack Coler and Ronald Williams. 

 

Line of Duty deaths:

 

The court record and facts determined that the Agents were victims of an unprovoked attack while performing their lawful duties on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. They were caught in a deadly crossfire and were both wounded. There is absolutely no dispute concerning how the attack began. Agent Williams was overheard on the FBI radio describing exactly what was about to happen—that they were to be fired upon by multiple individuals. Agent Coler received a devastating wound to his right arm. Agent Williams, wounded three times, waved his shirt as a sign of surrender, (this was ignored by Peltier and the others), which he then used as a tourniquet on Agent Coler’s severely injured arm. The Agents were then approached and shot in the face at point blank range by Peltier with an AR-15. We pray that Agent Coler may have been unconscious when he was shot in the forehead while a second high-powered bullet tore away his jaw. However, Agent Williams was alive and faced his attacker. He had defensive wounds as his fingers were blown through the back of his head. 

 

cc:

1-Hon. Rosalind Sargent-Burns, Acting Pardon Attorney, USDOJ, 145 N St. NE, Room 5E.508, Washington, D.C. 20530

1-Hon. Jeffrey A. Rosen, Acting U.S. Attorney General, USDOJ, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20530-0001

1-Director Christopher Wray, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20535

1-Hon. Drew H. Wrigley, U.S. Attorney, District of North Dakota, 655 First Avenue North, Suite 250, Fargo, ND, 58102-4932

1-Hon. Ronald A. Parsons, Jr., U.S. Attorney, District of South Dakota, PO Box 2638, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2638

1-Senator John Hoeven, Chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs, 838 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510

1-Congressman Brad Wenstrup, 7954 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45255

1-Mr. Louis J. Freeh, 3711Kennett Pike, Ste. 130, Wilmington, DE 19807-2156

 

 

After fleeing to Canada Peltier was extradited and then convicted of murder and aiding and abetting and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. He later received an additional seven consecutive years for an armed prison escape. In addition to the armed escape he has not been a model inmate, having served—by his own account—over five years in solitary confinement along with possibly a disciplinary transfer to another federal facility. 

 

This attack on law enforcement is not unlike last year’s September 19, 2020 attempted murder of two Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs who were both ambushed and shot in the face while sitting in their police vehicle.

 

Your public response regarding that appalling attack was genuinely sincere and appropriate, “This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished.

 

Peltier has made many unsubstantiated claims of innocence and of his alleged wrongful conviction, all of which have been dismissed and discredited. 

 

Through nearly two-dozen appeals, twice reaching the U.S. Supreme Court, Peltier’s conviction and his specious allegations have been examined in minute detail and

not once has his conviction or sentence been altered. For example, these are just an illustration of the many legal findings made by federal courts:

 

“The direct and circumstantial evidence of Peltier’s guilt was strong…” “…Peltier’s contentions of manufactured evidence are far from convincing.” 

[Direct Appeal; 8thCircuit Court of Appeals, 9/14/78]

 

“The record as a whole leaves no doubt that the jury accepted the government’s theory that Peltier had personally killed the two agents, after they were seriously wounded, by shooting them at point blank range with an AR-15 rifle.”

[Rule 35 Motion, 8thCircuit Court of Appeals, 12/18/02]

 

There are many more similar findings of fact throughout the appellate record.[i]

 

Mr. President, to be absolutely clear, Agents’ Coler and Williams were not just murdered, they were summarily executed.

 

The closest Peltier came to some semblance of compassion for his victims and their grieving families concluded with a statement that both families found disturbing and offensive: “I cannot see how my being in here, torn from my own grandchildren, can possibly mend your loss. I swear to you, I am guilty only of being an Indian. That’s why I’m here.” 

This is just one of many examples of Peltier’s contrived innocence. 

 

Peltier has offered many unsubstantiated—bordering on outrageous—claims concerning the events of June 26, 1975 at Pine Ridge, that include, among others; that the agents’ were sent in, alone, to provoke a confrontation; that there were hundreds of law enforcement and SWAT teams in the surrounding area; that the June 26thevents were pre-planned by the government, and as an alibi for nearly two decades was that someone else, the phantom “Mr. X,” killed the Agents. The Mr. X alibi was eventually and publically rejected by one of Peltier’s own attorneys. These deceptive claims have been disproven as misinformation and falsehoods. There is ample proof to discredit Peltier’s illusory fabrications. 

 

Moreover, there is no disagreement that the historical treatment of Native Americans has tarnished our collective national history. However, as a Native American, Leonard Peltier is the last person to correct any wrongs of the past. 

 

It bears noting that none of your predecessors, when they were presented with a clemency decision, found it justifiable to commute Peltier’s sentence. The latest being President Obama. It is a logical assumption that previous Presidents understood the facts and gravity of Peltier’s murderous actions, his lawful conviction, and recognized this for what it really was, a wonton and appalling criminal act. These killings had absolutely nothing to do with Peltier’s Native heritage. Granting Peltier a commuted sentence would only serve as an affront to dedicated law enforcement men and women throughout this great nation as well as the multitude of law abiding Native Americans.

 

I would respectfully urge you to fully review the legal history of Peltier’s conviction, his discredited claims, and not the myth he has created in an attempt to shroud and deny his heinous cold-blooded actions, and deny his clemency petition. 

 

Leonard Peltier should be given the same degree of mercy he showed to Agents’ Jack Coler and Ronald Williams, and that would be none.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration in this most import matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edw. Woods

Edward Woods




[i]Significant court decisions: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/court.html

  A concise history of guilt: http://www.noparolepeltier.com/debate.html#concise

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

SA JACK R.COLER: END OF WATCH, June 26, 1975

Dear Jack:

 

Another year has quickly passed.

 

Your family and grandchildren, friends and fellow Agents, past and present, will never waiver in their commitment to honor the bravery, dedication and sacrifice In the Line of Duty of you, and your partner Ron, on that fateful day at Pine Ridge. (Footnote 1)

 

The Bureau has always honored its Service Martyrs with annual field office memorial services, and an incredible biographical video.* And here, for more than twenty years we have added to that tribute. (Fn.2)

 

We believe that you are able to see what the past year has brought to your family and the nation. A pandemic that has in one way or another affected everyone, along with, rising crime, incessant turmoil, rioting and destruction and many in law enforcement making the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of those who have lost any and all sense of civility.

 

Had that fateful day at Jumping Bull turned out differently, today you would have turned seventy-four and certainly looking back at a productive and rewarding career and wonderful times with family and friends.

 

Nevertheless, as we all realize, birthdays are mere earthly events as one day simply passes to the next. Our collective belief is that you and Ron are ageless and still the vibrant young dedicated professionals we remember.  

 

Jack, as you have over these too many years, please continue to look after us mortals and especially those willing to serve and place themselves in harms way to protect the values of this great nation that is facing very challenging times.

 

Your Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity will never be forgotten.

 

Ed

 

Footnotes:

1) Details that cannot be ignored: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2013/01/jack-r-coler-1947-1975-rest-in-peace.html

2) Lest we never forget: Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, video tribute:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozhEumzwgKA

* End of Watch: https://www.odmp.org/officer/3262-special-agent-jack-r-coler

Special Agent Jack R. Coler, January 12, 1947 - June 26, 1975. Rest in Peace

Friday, December 25, 2020

2020 Holidays & New Year

Dear Supporters:

 

All the best to everyone, supporters and detractors alike, as we struggle through these very difficult times and a holiday season no one will forget.

 

Be safe.

 

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

Ed

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

PELTIER: 20 YEARS LATER

Dear Supporters:

 

On Friday, December 15, 2000, approximately 700 FBI Agents and law enforcement from other agencies gathered for a dignified procession to the White House. Ahead of the procession was a banner with photos of Special Agents' Jack Coler and Ronald Williams with the words, NEVER FORGET.

 

And we certainly will not.

 

Peltier justly remains incarcerated serving two consecutive life sentence and an additional seven years for an armed escape. Over two-dozen appeals can attest to that reality.

 

The folklore and myth surrounding Peltier is nothing more than a sham; his many public and written statements confirm that. The self-proclaimed public figure and political prisoner are the foundations of decades of falsehoods and misinformation.

 

Peltier remains a remorseless cold-blooded murderer and nothing can or will alter that fact.

 

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”

Ed Woods

 

Some of the reasons why Leonard Peltier is the worst:

http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2019/03/why-is-peltier-worst_8.html