Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Amnesty International & Leonard Peltier; NPPA Response 7/31/13

Dear Supporters:

What follows is a response to an Amnesty International blog post on 7/17/13:

It’s apparent that Zeke Johnson needs to do more research for A.I.; there is much more than just the Peltier folklore-rhetoric-talking points. As for the five reasons, let’s add the following:

1) Poor Bear:  The final word on Peltier’s extradition comes not from Peltier but the Canadian government and the Minister of Justice who stated “…that Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the United States.”  Poor Bear did not testify against Peltier at trial, and for good reason as noted from the trial transcript by the 8th Circuit; ““Her testimony was at times very vague, and she often responded that she could not remember. Indeed, the defense counsel, anticipating that she would be called as a witness for the government, described her in his opening statement as a “witness whose {F.2nd 333} mental imbalance is so gross as to render her testimony unbelievable”” Yes, let’s repeat that, “the defense counsel,” Peltier’s attorney, threw her under the proverbial bus when they thought she would be a witness against Peltier. On direct-appeal the 8th Circuit stated regarding extradition; “Peltier’s claim is, on its face, lacking in substance.” This may be a good time, as well, to review the critical witnesses against Peltier, those who, besides the other evidence, the jury had to consider in their guilty verdict.

2) FOIPA: The document was a preliminary FBI Laboratory report that the District Court did not believe was discoverable, however, the 8th Circuit sent it back to the District Court for a three-day evidentiary/ballistics hearing, something which Peltier and others always fail to mention. At that hearing Peltier had a firearms expert in the courtroom, but did not call him to testify nor did they offer any contrary evidence. The court decision (authored by Judge Heaney, infra) made it fairly clear that, “When all is said and done, however, a few simple 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.” And also during the direct appeal the 8th Circuit stated “The evidence of Peltier’s guilt was strong.”

3) Judge Heaney: Understand that he made his decision based on the facts and the law, which was confirmed in his cameo appearance in the film (not documentary), Incident at Oglala, notwithstanding, that he later expressed his own personal feelings about Native rights. Note, however, he never said or implied that his decision was wrong (or denied on a technicality as Peltier professes), nor that Peltier was innocent. Quite the contrary, “…the record persuades me that more than one person was involved in the shooting of the FBI agents. Again, this fact is not a legal justification for Peltier’s actions, but is a mitigating circumstance.”

4) U.S. Parole Commission: If the parole hearings allegedly provide such a powerful inference of Peltier’s innocence, then there is a very simple solution. Have him post on the LPDOC website the transcript of the 2009 hearing. That way, people can judge for themselves the truth and depth of Peltier’s guilt and claims of innocence. But that would never happen because it would divulge much too much and Peltier would never want all that to come out.

5) Coleman: Peltier may have infrequent visits from family members, is approaching age 69, in poor health, suffering from diabetes, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing the folklore. do we get beyond Peltier’s own self-incriminating statements, changing stories and the two decade old fabricated alibi that someone else, the phantom Mr. X. in the infamous red pickup truck was the one who killed the agents? Even his own attorney recently admitted that was a lie.

If A.I. has studied this case as it claims, then why are the specifics of the legal history being ignored in favor of the folklore? Making this an alleged political issue instead of the criminal act it was, weakens a meaningful discourse.

Yes, correctly pointed out, the legal remedies have been exhausted; and Peltier should be given as much humanity as he gave Jack Coler and Ron Williams.  Justice is being served with consecutive life sentences, and which Peltier ignores, the additional seven consecutive years for the armed escape from Lompoc.

In addition to the conviction, Peltier himself has proven his guilt beyond all doubt. How else can reasonably intelligent people get beyond statements like ““I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and I looked at him when he put it on, and he gave me a smile,” Leonard remembered. “I didn’t think nothing of it at the time; all I could think of was, we got to get out of here.” (ITSOCH, p.552) (As they were standing over two mutilated bodies of the men they had just shot and killed.) Or, in a public statement on February 6, 2010, “I never thought my commitment would mean sacrificing like this, but I was willing to do so nonetheless. And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again, because it was the right thing to do.”

“Because it was the right thing to do” shows no remorse, no civility, no compassion, no rehabilitation, however, it is an admission of guilt.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SA Ronald A. Williams; July 30, 1947 - June 26, 1975; Rest in Peace

Dear Supporters:
Ron would be turning sixty-six and it is not known how the rest of his life may have turned out; perhaps a long and rewarding career in the Bureau, or as he mentioned to close friends, an interest in law school and maybe a legal career as a prosecutor or Assistant U.S. Attorney. In either instance, based on all we know about his talents, intelligence, dedication and personality, it would have been successful. Perhaps now with grandchildren and looking forward to enjoying his later years, except for his chance encounter with Leonard Peltier and other American Indian Movement prairie dogs

There is no doubt that Jack and Ron were taken by surprise, ambushed, if not deliberately a set up, then an ambush nonetheless.

The kindest words Peltier’s biographer, Peter Matthiessen, could muster in six hundred-plus pages amounted to “in a few wild minutes, Coler had received that shocking wound, and Williams could not or would not desert him – the details, the degree of bravery, the precise order of events are lost.”

In predictable Peltier fashion Matthiessen states,  “Williams could not…,” implying a denigration of Ron’s character that maybe he would have if he had not been caught in a deadly crossfire, which only further validates what happened that June day. Ron’s bravery was unmistakable, severely wounded he made his way to Jack to use his shirt as a tourniquet in an effort to save his life.

Although, and we also know this from Matthiessen’s many interviews of those AIM greasy-grass gangsters involved that day, that Ron first waived his shirt “as a white flag in sign of surrender.” Why else would Matthiessen even write this unless those AIM perpetrators described it for him; perhaps even Peltier himself told the true story that way.

We know how it ended; two brave men, severely wounded, surrounded, and then murdered by a pack of AIM cowards.

But Matthiessen, flawed again, claims, “the details…the precise order of events are lost.” Lost? Not hardly. Those details are precisely known by Peltier and the others.

But the “degree of bravery “ is not up for debate, Jack and Ron fought back as best they could under a barrage of rifle fire from two directions. Ron’s valiant effort to aid and save his mortally wounded partner is unquestioned.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Monday, July 22, 2013


Reposted from Rezinate Blog; July, 21, 2013
1.the act of defending one’s person when physically attacked, as by countering blows or overcoming an assailant: the art of self-defense.
2.a claim or plea that the use of force or injuring or killing another was necessary in defending one’s own person from physical attack: He shot the man who was trying to stab him and pleaded self-defense at the murder trial. act or instance of defending or protecting one’s own interests, property, ideas, etc., as by argument or strategy.
This seems pretty clear cut to me, and by definition excludes the events at Jumping Bull.
Nowhere in this accepted definition does it define an act of self defense as including the ability to purposely shoot mortally wounded men offering no threat or resistance at point blank range, who even if a case could be made that at some point they did constitute a threat.
Nowhere in this definition does it allow for the subsequent looting of whatever affects they may of had.
And nowhere does it allow the right to shoot a wounded person waving any kind flag in an act of surrender.
The truth is that after the initial shootout Williams and Coler were finished off to insure a lack of witnesses,to prevent them from identifying their assailants offering any testimony if they had survived-especially on Peltier’s part as he was convinced they had come to arrest for a Wisconsin warrant-the sole motivation for all that transpired and had absolutely nothing to do with self defense.
The fact that Robert Robideau and Dino Butler were able to employ such a defense ably assisted by a presiding judge whose wife and daughter were enamored of AIM, had had AIM members in their home, and engaged in fund raising doesn’t change the legal definition of self defense.
AIM, the Peltierites,and LPDOC shed crocodile tears about the great injustice of Peltier not being able to claim or argue self defense during his trial-yet they never address the reality that no grounds existed for him to do so-and the fact that Robideau and Butler were able to in a rigged court doesn’t set a president.  
To me it would be the same if a rapist murdered a woman who fought back and then attempted to claim he did so  to protect himself.
There isn’t a court in the land that would accept that, and it is a travesty that a court accepted Robideau’s and Butler’s defense.
I suspect that if this case were to be tried today all would have been found guilty and might well have received the death penalty. There was a time when I supported Peltier, but in retrospect I think the page began to turn as I paid more attention to his own words, the ongoing contradictions and obvious lies, the marketing campaign and the revenue being generated.
That led me to reading transcripts and various documents, and that’s when I closed the book on my personal support of him.
In addition I never saw any of the AIM leadership for anything more than what they were and are-thugs,murderers,and con men.
They and Peltier have been in the majority supported by a distant white fan base ignorant of the realities, that knows little or nothing about the rez or indigenous life….some sort of liberalism willing to assume rather than be informed-willing to gloss over or make allowances when it is justice that is called for, not a free pass.
A type of liberalism that has negatively impacted the nations for decades and will continue to do so as long as wannabes and misguided armchair activists are a part of the equation.
I by no stretch of the imagination can be called a conservative, nor likewise a liberal that goes to the extreme of wanting to edit words out of  books because they are “politically incorrect” -to engage in such an act is an attempt to rewrite history, to alter the  historical record, a window into another time and what was acceptable.
We cannot survive as the people we are and have been without our traditions-something AIM has been on a mission to usurp despite whatever for profit rhetoric they may intone.
They have sold everything unique to us as a people and continually strive to sell even more.
Take a look around-more specifically examine your favorite “leader”, take note of what they are offering for sale, then when you talk about the “spirituality” and great respect for our way of life, our beliefs they profess, let me know how you reconcile the differences between what they say and what they do.
What the nations need to do is to rise up in an act of self defense and drive these agents of cultural genocide from our midst.They are not only apples but the rotten apples that taint the bushel, and I personally wouldn’t give a plug nickel for the whole damn bunch of them.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

June 26, 2013 and more....

Pine Ridge, South Dakota: The crushing crowds and vehicle convoys overwhelmed the logistical support provided by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Police. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety dispatched nearly ninety percent of statewide highway patrol units to assist with crowd control, coordinating road closures and alternate routes. Portions of Highway 18 were shut down for hours. Units of the South Dakota National Guard were brought in as well. In an unprecedented move the Mount Rushmore Memorial National Monument and park was closed in recognition of this historic day and recognizing the contribution to Native American rights of political prisoner Leonard Peltier.

Satire and sarcasm obviously. It was a pathetic showing for a convicted murderer who at once claims to be a brave warrior and a victim. Peltier’s support has been reduced to a trickle for those who fail to understand the gravity of his crimes nor the many times his own statements have reinforced his unquestioned guilt.

Peltier has been reduced to a caricature, a T-Shirt of the month. This latest cartoon underscores the long kept dirty-little-secret of Peltier’s and the LPDOC’s finances. They’ll never show any transparency because to do so would only reinforce the myth and folklore and how Peltier has been using his criminal acts to scam the unsuspecting for years.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods