Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mr. X Dead? First Escape Plan, Part 2

Dear Supporters:

1) Mr. X, Dead?

Well, Peltier would like to bury him…

Interesting that the seminal film “Incident at Oglala” is no longer featured on the whoisleonardpeltier homepage. In its place is “Sorry, this film is no longer available, see more free films at SNAGFILMS.com.”

Wonder what happened?

This film is the anchor point (mimicking Matthiessen’s In the Spirit of Crazy Horse) and benchmark of the second biggest lie—an alibi—in the Peltier lexicon of mythology.  Who can forget Bob Robideau’s six minute and fifty-two second narrative describing the person they all knew, who was delivering dynamite to the camp, engaged the agents, wounded them, murdered them, and then drove off in the infamous red pickup truck. Remember Robideau pointing as he narrates? Peltier then adds to the whopper “This story is true.” We’ve heard this story countless times…and everyone knows the NPPA has repeated it often enough and will not let it die a natural death. Remember too that Matthiessen, Robert Redford and Director, Michael Apted, bought into the fable hook-line-and-sinker as a hooded Mr. X., with an AR-15 at the ready, made his film debut in a cameo appearance. And then we have Dino Butler’s public pronouncement that it was all trumped-up, and to add icing on the fabrication-cake, we recently can thank Peltier attorney Michael Kuzma’s faux pas for putting the final nail in that coffin…no pun intended. (See NPPA Blog12/5/12)

There is no doubt about the significance of the fabrication of Mr. X., and even less that Peltier and the LPDOC would like nothing more than for this to be buried and forgotten. Without Mr. X, Incident at Oglala loses its fairytale quality. Not a chance. (Footnote #1)

It was always a mystery that Peltier’s website would so prominently display this film—in its entirety—in the first place…it puts out there a provable lie that is counter-productive to the Peltier cause and claims of innocence. But then, most Peltier supporters aren’t clever enough to understand that it’s not a subtle issue we’re talking about. (fn. #2)

So why is it gone? There are a few possibilities.

Wonder if SnagFilms, snagged (no pun intended) a copy for Peltier who then put it on the LPDOC website?

Rumor has it that the Hollywood crowd wants to rewrite film history. Robert Redford is possibly having the film remade for a new release, but this version will have some serious editing, shortening the film by about fifteen minutes, removing Robideau’s detailed on-screen description of Mr. X’s deadly actions and escape, and the cameo appearance in the cabin by the fictitious Mr. X. That way (aside from the remaining flaws), the biggest impediment to Peltier’s fabrications over about twenty years will be gone. Removed from the storyboard, falling to the editing room floor, erased from memory, history rewritten; but it’s not quite that simple even if that does happen.

Another segue to burry the untruth comes from the efforts of the young Preston Randolph, filmmaker extraordinaire, remaking the saga into a new version entitled “Wind in His Hair.” (No, Wind in His Hair was from…Blazing Saddles…or was it…Dances with Wolves. Doesn’t really matter which, actually, Wind Chases the Sun was stolen from Peltier’s ninth-grade reader, Prison Writings, p.61, albeit with permission because Peltier takes every opportunity to adulterate his heritage and fool the unsuspecting), but it’s a sure bet that Preston’s version will be devoid of some serious facts about Peltier history and conveniently avoid any reference to this deceitful fabrication and delusion of Peltier innocence. The bets are on for this premise (see Blog 2/17/12).

Yet another, probably more viable reason for its disappearance, is that the producers went after Peltier for copyright infringement for giving access to the film without the requisite permission and royalties.

Well, Mr. Peltier and the LPDOC, why is it gone?

But, fear not, Peltierites (a term borrowed from another productive blog site), the film is still available and probably will be for some time. Amazon.com has it new for a mere $6.99 (and if you buy Matthiessen’s ITSOCH, and Peltier’s Prison Writings you can get free super-saver shipping to boot; quite a deal to make Peltier believers ecstatic and all dreamy over the wonder-warrior from Coleman, Florida). And, there are plenty of used ones available too, (guess some people really didn’t buy into the theme), for as little as four bucks…but then you also have to pay the shipping.

But, here’s a better deal. Any Peltier supporter who wants a “free” copy of Incident at Oglala need only place an order right here. Just make a request and it will be shipped, free of charge; won’t cost a dime. It would be a shame if a Peltier supporter couldn’t have his or her very own copy to cherish. (fn. #3)

2) First Escape Plan; Part 2:

In just how many venues has the Peltier story played in the last thirty-seven years?

Presently, Coleman 1, Coleman, Florida; Lewisburg “The Big House,” Pennsylvania where he spent more time in the hole for some serious violations (see Blog 8/28/11), USP Canaan, Pennsylvania, briefly, (where Peltier got the snot slapped out of him by some gang-bangers who weren’t buying the brave warrior folklore nonsense, and as Peltier himself described it [1/31/09], “The warden’s know of the psychological make-up of their inmate population in their prison, and they clearly knew that placing someone who is well known, as I am, with connections to many famous people and at my age, I would be subject to predatory attacks.” Well, there’s one reason why some inmates wouldn’t be impressed. And as for the psychological make-up of the prison population, we hope Peltier also includes murderers of FBI agents as well).

Then back to “The Big House.” Then there was the very long stretch at the “crying place” (see Blog 2/5/13), the infamous, Leavenworth Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas, and his slobbering love affair with retired prison guard Bruce Smith (see Blog 8/28/11). Isn’t it interesting that the YouTube video exposé by Mr. Smith doesn’t allow “comments” (and they erased all the previous ones as well)? It’s not interesting as much as it’s telling that the public isn’t buying that fairytale either.

And then there was Lompoc (see Blog 2/5/13), and the “assassination” attempt that justified the armed escape (along with a conviction and an additional seven consecutive year sentence). Curious though, Peltier was armed when arrested five days later and could have easily shot one or more of the arresting officers…but didn’t. Maybe he was actually, according to Matthiessen, “disoriented,” but coming closer to the truth, it was more a measure of cowardice; his history shows us that he would only shoot at a distance or then when someone is severely wounded and can’t defend themselves. It’s much easer to shoot someone in the face when they’re unconscious, or unarmed and wounded. Or, stick a gun in a woman’s mouth and threaten to kill her.

That should be it, (the short stays during transit between prisons don’t count), but there was another:

After his arrest on February 6, 1976 (happy anniversary by the way), there was the Lower Mainland Regional Correction Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia where he was housed in the “Observation Ward.” That unit (more appropriately a psycho ward) contained proven mental cases along with IRA terrorists, to remain under close observation.

So just as Peltier has been called-out on several issues, (one that comes to mind is to prove that Coler and Williams possessed a “map” of Jumping Bull (Blog 9/8/12), but, of course, no response. So it remains a lie until Peltier can prove otherwise.

So we’ll ask the question again, a little differently this time:

Were there any assassins lurking in the Observation Ward and was there ever another escape plan that had nothing to do with a government plot to eliminate you?

By ‘government’ this by default would have to include the Canadian Government presumably in collusion with the U.S. Government. But the Canadian Government, if you recall, was essentially on your side and fighting…in court…to have the U.S. Government prove its extradition request. And yes, we know all about Myrtle Poor Bear…that’s been through the courts enough times already. However, lest we not forget that it was the Canadian Government that said, “…Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the United States (fn.4).” The key word here being “lawfully.”

So, answer the question Mr. Peltier, because we have other questions and more information to probe this issue.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

AIM: Perry Ray Robinson; WKII: Repost

Reposted from Rezinate Blog; 2/10/13

It has been said that when Ray Robinson in filling out the required birth certificate information for his daughter Desiree crossed  out the various ethnic choices and penned in human being.
I like that, and I believe it speaks to the nature of the man, his outlook on life, and commitment to civil rights.
It speaks to a personal awakening and a desire for societal change, which Ray spent years advocating for, years of putting his beliefs and physical self on the line for.
Ray’s life wasn’t taken from him by any of what would be considered the usual suspects-no rabid ku klux klaner or other white supremists group.
Cointel and the feds had no part in it-his murder came at the hands of another self proclaimed  group of “freedom fighters” who cast themselves as liberators and patriots-the American Indian Movement.
In the years following Ray’s murder and consignment to an unmarked grave in Pine Ridge AIM has routinely denied his very presence during what has become known as Wounded Knee 2, gone deaf, dumb, and blind, or left it to those lower on the totem to fabricate various versions of events.
Versions that flucuate between Ray was shot and hobbled out eating a candy bar never to be seen or heard from again, to having “threatened” the farcical “spiritual leader” of AIM, Leonard Crow Dog, which resulted in Ray being shot.
There was a time when all among the nations understood the meaning of the word human being, and we often spoke of ourselves in such terms.
With the advent of AIM that understanding has diminished greatly, and while AIM has been quick to couch all things in terms of racism they have shown themselves to be not only racists, but liars, murders, and thieves in the bargain.
AIM plays the race card at any and every opportunity, and usually it is done to facilitate the flow of revenue-their penchant for this has always struck me as the pot calling the kettle black-but it is often what racists do…to claim victimization while victimizing others.
A collateral oppression exists among the nations having to do with blood quantum, that too is a form of racism, but one AIM was willing to mitigate if and when it served their purpose-they would even go so far when the scent of money was in the air to beguile the unsuspecting mark by saying they were a reverse apple-white on the outside and red on the inside-a favorite ploy of Russell Means.
They engage in this deception presently in the selling of ceremonies-if you’re willing to pay to pray or be supportive of them then you’re a genuine reverse apple. Not only that but you’re entitled to tell your friends that you are as well- they might even invite you to smoke a pipe with them or bestow some bogus title like firekeeper upon you.
Ray remains sequestered in what AIM hopes will become a forgotten unmarked grave-murdered by racists who have never understood the meaning of the word human being.
Self anointed Brahmans affecting a caste system of their own design.
In the Brahman caste system of India, the highest ranking, only the offspring qualify as new inductees-we see much the same in the AIM leaderships grooming of their offspring to fill the vacancies they will leave when they pass on-it is as degenerative a closed system as the intermarriage that was once a common practice among the “bluebloods” of nobility in Europe.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream-Ray did as well, his was that people would be seen as human beings and he would be able to raise his children.
Playing for change sings a song called War/No More Trouble, a celebration of ethnic diversity and human beings – one of the verses is “we don’t need no more trouble”, and indeed the nations don’t, but likewise we don’t need no more AIM.

"In the Spirit of Coler and Williams"

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

PELTIER: 1) Tough Guy 2) First Escape Plan; Part 1

1) Lewisburg Penitentiary; July 28, 2009; Peltier parole hearing:

Sometime after Peltier’s parole denial he wrote a letter to a rabid supporter and bragged about what a tough guy he was during the hearing and claimed to have intimidated one of the witnesses. “I seen in his eyes even for the brief second he dared and forced himself to look at me total fear in his eyes. I’m not shitting you…this guy had fear in his eyes.”

Peltier, in his jailhouse bluster, was pretending to intimidate one of the other witnesses. However, what he actually did was stare lamely at his prison sneakers, which could not have been easy because there was this huge mass in the way. He sat there knowing he was getting severely trounced with a mountain of evidence against him and a marginal attorney to his right.

I never gave it a second thought when I sat next to him, not to even acknowledging his presence, which I didn’t. I wasn’t there for Peltier anyway; I was there for two guys named Jack and Ron.

But let’s look at a few other things the tough guy had to say:

“A cold chill ran up the back of my neck when we drove past the long, long eighteen-foot-high wall and then up to the front entranceway of Leavenworth.” “Suddenly your mind plays tricks on you and it’s as if you hear your spirit telling you to run, to not go there, and then the fear rushes on you almost unbearably, your knees grow week, you feel as if you’re going to wet your pants, you feel like crying, call out for help. I had a barely resistible urge to turn to the marshals and plead with them, beg them not to take me in that place. I’m sure, if I had, my voice would have cracked and I would have broken down in tears.” (Prison Writings, p.154-155)

Cold chill, urge to run, unbearable fear, weak-kneed, urinating, crying, tears; that’s more like it, and far indeed from when Peltier’s pointing a weapon at a severely wounded human being.

Excepts from Editorial Essay, “Mission to Lewisburg:”

“…Admittedly, I was nervous, not because Peltier was present but because there was so much at stake. I would have preferred to debate the issue rather than just make a presentation that I felt was rushed. I didn't want to take any more time than necessary away from the other witnesses and wanted to verbally present the reasons why Peltier has not earned the right for release; instead, I read most of the prepared talking points and added additional comments.”
“It was interesting though that when my testimony was finished, knowing full-well that Leonard Peltier was painfully aware of how much the NPPA had been in his face for the past nine years, that I was the only one he acknowledged. After thanking the hearing officer I got up and headed for the door when I heard something behind me. I couldn't tell if it was, "Hey Ed," or "Agent Woods," but I turned and saw Leonard smiling and waving goodbye. Perhaps it was his half-hearted attempt at humor or sarcasm. It didn't matter. I waved back, "Take it easy Leonard…"

“With certainty, Ron Williams, in his final moments did not face the same Leonard Peltier I met at the parole hearing. The angry Leonard Peltier at Jumping Bull, much younger and stronger, was not the same bloated figure in the Lewisburg hearing room. Perhaps Peltier is no longer the direct danger to society that he was in 1975, but that does not lessen his crime. Making the fateful decision to murder the agents that day carried with it the responsibility of a lifetime…”

2) Peltier’s First Escape Plan: Part 1

First, a little Peltier history and folklore; July 20th 1979, Lompoc Penitentiary, California:

Peltier tells us that he had been alerted to a government plot to assassinate him, first possibly at Leavenworth then following him with his transfer to Lompoc. “My days at Lompoc were definitely numbered. Unless I wanted to wake up dead one morning soon, I had no choice but to make a break for it. Of course, they really wanted me to try to escape. That would make killing me both convenient and totally justifiable. Still, in retrospect, I deeply regret trying. It was a setup and I fell for it. (Prison Writings, p.165-168)”

Peltier doesn’t explain how it’s possible to “wake up dead.” Logic would dictate that you simply wouldn’t wake up at all. But he offers a dual-scenario, a conundrum that serves his purpose either way to justify an armed escape. Either there was an assassination plot or there wasn’t, or they just wanted him to think there was as an excuse to kill him during an attempt. Brilliant, the folklore works either way.

But then there must be a third element to the plot that Peltier wants us to ignore, which is better explained by Matthiessen: “His shots (a prison guard’s) were answered by what turned out to be diversionary fire from outside persons who had positioned themselves near the northeast corner of the prison, where a service road ran along a tree line; one of these people gave a Mini-14 rifle to Peltier as he ran past. (ITSOCH p. 384)” And, when arrested, “Although equipped with a rifle, binoculars, and maps, (Peltier) seemed very tired and disoriented after travelling without food for five long days. (ITOSH p. 392)”

Note Matthiessen’s description, no doubt coming from Peltier himself; “person(s),” and “these people.”

“On February 4, 1980, Peltier was acquitted of conspiracy and assault and was sentenced to five years for escape plus two years for possession of a weapon by a felon; the seven years were added on to his two consecutive life terms. (ITSOCH, p. 400)”

Odd though, with all those “persons and people” involved, Peltier was acquitted of the conspiracy charge.

This blog will end with a question for Leonard Peltier, which he will receive, via the U.S. Mail at Coleman 1, as he always has:

Have you ever planned another escape from prison when there wasn’t this mythical assassin lurking about between the cellblocks?

Peltier is challenged to answer this question. He certainly can bloviate and play the tough guy with his handful of mindless followers, but will he step up to the plate when someone gets in his face.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods