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I am so OUTRAGED! My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him. The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingers is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage. There was blood everywhere from his injuries.

I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at this time to help. I don't know what else to do. Please Help!

UPDATES: Jan22 — Don't Stop Calling | Jan24 — Emergency Protest Held for Leonard Peltier in SF

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Dear LP Supporters

I am so OUTRAGED!  My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary.  When he went into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him.  The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a concussion, and numerous bruises.  Also, one of his fingers is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage.  There was blood everywhere from his injuries. 


We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI orchestrated this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned about his safety.  It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not even know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out this heinous assault.  Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could be a conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner.

He was placed in solitary confinement and only given one meal, this is generally done when you won't name your attackers; incidentally being only given one meal seriously jeopardizes his health because of his diabetes.   Prison officials refuse to release any info to the family, but they need to hear from his supporters to protect his safety, as does President Obama.  His attorneys are trying to get calls into him now.

This attack on LP comes on the heels of the FBI's recent letter, prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit LP as a model prisoner. Anyone who has been in the prison system knows well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator.

It is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage "it takes an Indian to catch an Indian." In 1978, they made an attempt to assassinate him through another Indian man who was also at Marion prison with LP. But Standing Deer chose to reveal the plot to him instead of taking his life in exchange FOR A CHANCE AT FREEDOM. When Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as a board member. He also began to speak on Leonard's behalf until his murder six years ago today. Prior to his murder, Standing Deer confided with close friends and associates that the same man who visited him in Marion to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston, TX and told him that he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with
him.

We are aware that currently, the FBI is actively seeking support for his continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier and also also seeking support from Native People.  So please be aware, and keep Leonard in your prayers. The FBI is apparently afraid of the impact we are having. If they will set him up to blemish his record just before a parole hearing, what will they do when it looks like his freedom will become a reality? We need to make sure that nothing happens to him again!

Please write the President, send it priority or registered mail.  Email to Change.gov or email President Obama.  Call your congressional representatives and write letters, not email, to them. Do what you can to get the word out to insure that LP is receiving adequate medical attention for his injuries.

I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at this time to help.  I don't know what else to do. Please Help!

Thank you
Betty Peltier-Solano
 Executive Coordinator
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

Also call and request Leonard be treated with dignity and respect.
Canaan Federal Prison
570-488-8000


If you call the prison on Leonard's behalf you will need this register #:

LEONARD PELTIER  89637-132
____________________________________________________

Pursuant to Betty Ann Peltier Solano's letter about her brother,
let the Bureau of Prisons know that the public will hold them
accountable for the safety and well being of Leonard Peltier.

Warden Ronnie R. Holt
USP-Canaan
3057 Easton Turnpike
Waymart, PA 18472
Phone: 570-488-8000
Fax: 570-488-8130
E-mail address: CAA/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

D. Scott Dodrill, Director
Northeast Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
2nd & Chesnut Streets., 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-521-7301
E-mail: NERO/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First Street, NW, Room 654
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: 202-307-3250
Fax: 202-514-6878

Ask President Obama to investigate this incident:

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

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Criminal support

Another quest for you in support of convicted affirmed murderers. Now I'm sure there's video of the fight and those responsible, my guess Phila. criminals, will be so charged. The biggest fallacy is the notion the FBI was behind this so called attack. Keep hanging in there H.B. maybe your group will win one...but I don't believe it will be for convicted affirmed murderers such as Mumia Abu Jamal.

jon pisano

You don't seem very troubled...

...by this awful news about Leonard.

troubled

Nope...I'm not. Do the crime...do the time. Prisons are tough. You make your bed, you sleep in it. How many other prisoners ..black...white or other are involved in confrontations that result in injuries within the prison system. In my opinion,because this, as convicted affirmed murderer Mumia Abu Jamal, is a high profile case, people, as you, jump on this for recognition. Doesn't matter to you what the facts state or what the Jury decided but you,and your group,again in my opinion, have come to the conclusion there is a "conspiracy" involving this case and that of Mumia Abu Jamal.

jon pisano

quess what?

The cops actually do not only frame people but like any other organized gang, they will go to great length to crush there perceived opposition. not only does your refusal to question these poorly educated brutes but as well as your inability to sympathize with the truly oppressed is both frightening and sadly typical. as for you and the vast majority of society you have been endowed with natures loving ignorance of which i envy....for your life must truly be one of bliss.

That's because he is a

That's because he is a member of that organized gang.

thanks!

hey thanks for the heads up. i will do all that i can to stop the prolonging of this tragedy......In solidarity for LP's freedom!

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that is the embedded video in the article. An excellent film. This is my favorite article laying out the case here:

http://www.zmag.org/zmag/viewArticle/15948

Leonard Peltier: Silence Screams
November 2007 By Carolina Saldana
printer friendly version Saldana's ZSpace page

Leonard Peltier turned 63 on September 12, 2007. He has spent more than 31 years in some of the cruelest prisons in the United States, unjustly condemned to a double life sentence for the shooting death of two FBI agents in 1975. His situation is now aggravated by health problems.

Nevertheless, from his cell in federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Peltier keeps on struggling for the rights of indigenous people. He's contributed to the establishment of libraries, schools, scholarships, and battered women's shelters, among many other projects. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and again in 2007.

In his autobiography My Life Is My Sun Dance, Peltier explains that his bloodline is mainly Ojibway and Dakota Sioux and that he was adopted by the Lakota Sioux and raised on their reservations "in the land known to you as America...but I don't consider myself an American.... I know what I am. I am an Indian—an Indian who dared to stand up to defend his people. I am an innocent man who never murdered anyone nor wanted to. And, yes, I am a Sun Dancer. That, too, is my identity. If I am to suffer as a symbol of my people, then I suffer proudly. I will never yield."

Peltier tells us that when he was nine-years-old a big black government car drove up to his house to take him and the other kids away to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) boarding school in Wahpeton, Dakota del Norte. When they got there, they cut off their long hair, stripped them, and doused them with DDT powder. "I thought I was going to die...that place...was more like a reformatory than a school.... I consider my years at Wahpenton my first imprisonment, and it was for the same crime as all the others: being an Indian."

He goes on to say, "We had to speak English. We were beaten if we were caught speaking our own language. Still, we did.... I guess that's where I became a ‘hardened criminal,' as the FBI calls me. And you could say that the first infraction in my criminal career was speaking my own language. There's an act of violence for you.... The second was practicing our traditional religion."

When Peltier was a teenager, President Eisenhower launched a program to eliminate the reservations and move the people off, giving them a small payment. Peltier remembers that the words "termination" and "dislocation" became the most feared words in the people's vocabulary. The process of fighting against dislocation was his first experience as an activist.

During the 1960s, he worked as a farm worker and, later, in an auto body shop in Seattle. At that time he got his first taste of community organizing. At the beginning of the 1970s, he joined the American Indian Movement (AIM), initially inspired by the Black Panthers. In 1972 he participated in the Trail of Broken Treaties, a march/caravan from Alcatraz in California to Washington, DC and also in the occupation of the BIA in the nation's capital. He became a target of the FBI program to "neutralize" AIM leaders and was jailed by the end of the year.

Wounded Knee Occupation

O At the beginning of the 1970s, AIM was getting together with the Lakota Indians who wanted to hold on to their culture and their lands. The BIA, worried about AIM's growing influence in the area, imposed Dick Wilson as tribal chair on the reservation, running roughshod over the will of the traditional elders and chiefs. The puppet Wilson hated the AIM militants and allied himself with the FBI to destroy the movement. Wilson's paramilitary group, known as the GOONS (Guardians of the Oglala Nation), committed a long chain of abuses against the people.

Peltier-Protest

AIM's boldest actions was the occupation of the village of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the place where, in 1890, the U.S. Army carried out its infamous massacre of 300 Lakota people.

On the night of February 27, 1973 around 300 Lakota and 25 AIM members occupied the town of Wounded Knee, joined by several Chicanos, Black, and white supporters. They opposed the murders of Native Americans on the reservation, the extreme poverty that the people lived in, and the corrupt tribal government. They demanded that the government respect the ancient treaties signed with native peoples to protect their territory and autonomy.

The next day, General Alexander Haig ordered an invasion. According to Ward Churchill and Jim Vander- wall in their book Agents of Repression, "In the first instance since the Civil War that the U.S. Army had been dispatched in a domestic operation, the Pentagon invaded Wounded Knee with 17 armored personnel carriers, 130,000 rounds of M-16 ammunition, 41,000 rounds of M-1 ammunition, 24,000 flares, 12 M-79 grenade launchers, 600 cases of C-S gas, 100 rounds of M-40 explosives, helicopters, phantom jets, and personnel, all under the direction of General Alexander Haig."

The operation also relied on 500 heavily armed police, federal marshals, and BIA and FBI agents. They surrounded Wounded Knee and set up barricades all along the road. The occupation lasted 71 days and ended only after the government promised to investigate the complaints, something that never happened. The next three years were known as the "reign of terror" on Pine Ridge. More than 300 people associated with AIM were violently attacked and many of their homes were burned. During these years more than 60 Native American people were killed by paramilitaries armed and trained by the FBI. There was also an increase of FBI SWAT team agents on the reservation.

It's now known, as a result of a suit based on the Freedom of Information Act, that AIM activities on and off the reservation were under FBI surveillance and that the FBI was preparing paramilitary operations on Pine Ridge a month before the shootout at Oglala.

The Fatal Shootout

WoundedKnee-Cops In a worsening situation, the Council of Elders on the Jumping Bull ranch near the town of Oglala asked AIM to come back to the reservation to protect them. Peltier, along with many other AIM members and non-members, responded to the call and set up camp on the ranch.

On June 26, 1975, two FBI agents, Jack Coler and Ron Williamsen, followed a red pick-up truck onto the Jumping Bull ranch. They were supposedly looking for young Jimmy Eagle, who was said to have stolen a pair of cowboy boots. A shootout began between the FBI agents and the people in the pick-up, trapping a family in the crossfire. Several mothers fled the area with their children while others fired in self-defense. More than 150 FBI agents, SWAT team members, BIA police, and GOONS surrounded approximately 30 AIM men, women, and children and opened fire. Peltier helped a group of young people to escape the gunfire. When the shootout ended, AIM member Joseph Kills- right Stuntz was found dead, shot in the head. (His death has never been investigated.) Coler and Williamsen were wounded during the shootout and then killed at point blank range.

According to FBI documents, more than 40 Native Americans participated in the shootout, but only 4 were charged with killing the 2 agents: 3 AIM leaders—Dino Butler, Bob Robideau, and Leonard Peltier— and Jimmy Eagle.

Butler and Robideau were the first to be arrested and at their trial they stated that they had fired in self-defense. The jury believed the act was justified due to the atmosphere of terror that prevailed at Pine Ridge at the time. They were both found innocent. The FBI, furious about the verdict, dropped the charges against Jimmy Eagle, according to their memos, "...in order to direct the full weight of the prosecution on Peltier."

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Meanwhile, Peltier went to Canada, believing that he would never have a fair trial. On February 6, he was arrested and then extradited to the United States on the testimony from Myrtle Poor Bear, who said she had been his girlfriend and had seen him shoot at the agents. As a matter of fact, she had never known him and was not present at the time of the shootout. In a later statement, she said that she had been coerced into giving false testimony by FBI agents.

Two Life Sentences?

The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee has cited a number of examples of the injustice at the trial:

* The case wasn't brought before the judge who had presided over the trial of Robideau and Butler, but instead before another judge with a reputation for making decisions favorable to the prosecution.
* Myrtle Poor Bear and other important witnesses were forbidden to testify about FBI misconduct.
* Testimony about the "reign of terror" on the Pine Ridge Reservation was severely limited.
* Important evidence, such as conflicting ballistic reports, was deemed inadmissible.
* The red pick-up was suddenly described as Peltier's "red and white van."
* The jury was isolated and surrounded by federal marshals, making jurors believe that AIM was a security threat to them.
* Three young Native Americans were forced to give false testimony against Peltier after FBI agents arrested and terrorized them.
* The prosecutor couldn't produce a single witness to identify Peltier as the shooter.
* The government said that a cartridge found near the bodies was fired from the presumed murder weapon and alleged that this was the only pistol of its kind used during the shootout and that it belonged to Peltier.

As a result of the Freedom of Information Act suit, FBI documents turned over to the defense showed that:

* 1. More than one weapon of the type attributed to Peltier had been present at the scene.
* 2. The FBI intentionally hid the ballistics report showing that the cartridge could not have come from the presumed murder weapon.
* 3. There was no doubt that the agents followed a red pick-up onto the territory, not the red and white van driven by Peltier.
* 4. Strong evidence against several other suspects existed and was withheld.

None of this evidence was presented to the jury that found Leonard Peltier guilty. He was given two consecutive life sentences.

Bill Clinton Serves The FBI

Peltier-ArrestedThe Leonard Peltier Defense Committee sought a new trial after several of these abuses came to light. During one hearing, the federal prosecutor admitted that "...we can't prove who shot the agents." The court realized that Peltier could have been found innocent if the evidence hadn't been unduly withheld by the FBI, but a new trial was denied on the basis of technical errors.

The Committee says that, "In 1993, Peltier requested Executive Clemency from President Bill Clinton. An intensive campaign was launched and supported by Native and human rights organizations, members of Congress, community and church groups, labor organizations, luminaries, and celebrities. Even Judge Heaney, who authored the court decision [denying a new trial], expressed firm support for Peltier's release. The Peltier case had become a national issue.

"On November 7, 2000, during a live radio interview, Clinton stated that he would seriously consider Peltier's request for clemency and make a decision before leaving office on January 20, 2001. In response, the FBI launched a major disinformation campaign in both the media and among key government officials. Over 500 FBI agents marched in front of the White House to oppose clemency. On January 20, the list of clemencies granted by Clinton was released to the media. Without explanation, Peltier's name had been excluded."

The efforts of the defense team are now focused on obtaining more than 6,000 documents still retained by the FBI and on urging Congress to investigate FBI misconduct at Pine Ridge between 1973 and 1976.

In a recent letter Peltier said: "If my case stands as it is, no common person has real freedom. Only the illusion until you have something the oppressors want.... In the spirit of Crazy Horse, who never gave up."

--Carolina Saldaña is a freelance writer and activist in Mexico.

And here is the Amnesty International report

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/160/1999

USA

APPEAL FOR THE RELEASE OF LEONARD PELTIER

Amnesty International is appealing for the release from prison of Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Indian, who is serving two consecutive life-sentences for the murders of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents. The FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, were shot at point-blank range after being wounded in a gunfight with Indian activists on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on 26 June 1975. Peltier fled to Canada. He was extradited to the USA and convicted of the murders in 1977.

Amnesty International has investigated this case for many years. Although Amnesty International has not adopted Leonard Peltier as a prisoner of conscience, the organization remains concerned about the fairness of the proceedings leading to his conviction and believes that political factors may have influenced the way in which the case was prosecuted. Peltier is now in his twenty-second year of imprisonment and has exhausted all legal appeals against his conviction. He was denied parole (early release under supervision of the criminal justice system) in 1994 following a parole hearing in 1993 and his case will not be heard again via a full hearing by the Parole Commission until December 2008. Amnesty International has for some years been calling on the federal government to institute an executive review of the case but there is no evidence of any such action having been taken. In view of Amnesty International's continuing concerns about this case, and the fact that available remedies have been exhausted, Amnesty International is now calling for Leonard Peltier to be released from prison through an act of presidential pardon.

Background and Summary of Amnesty International's Concerns

A summary of the case, describing the circumstances in which the agents were killed and Peltier's trial and appeals, is contained in the attached extract from Amnesty International's report USA: Human Rights and American Indians (AI Index AMR 51/31/92), entitled ''Other Cases of Concern: Leonard Peltier.'' As outlined in this document, Peltier was a leading activist with the American Indian Movement (AIM) whose members were involved in a campaign to protect traditional Indian lands and resources and had come into conflict with both the Pine Ridge tribal government and the FBI. Two other AIM members, Darelle (Dino) Butler and Robert Robideau, were originally charged with the FBI agents' murder and were tried separately in 1976. They admitted being present during the gunfight but were acquitted on grounds of self-defence, after submitting evidence about the atmosphere of fear and terror which existed on the reservation prior to the shoot-out.

There is evidence that the government intensified its pursuit of Leonard Peltier after the acquittal of Butler and Robideau. Peltier was extradited from Canada partly on the testimony of Myrtle Poor Bear, an American Indian woman who signed a statement saying she had seen Peltier shoot the agents at close range. Poor Bear, who was a notoriously unreliable witness, later retracted this statement as having been obtained under duress and said she had never even met Peltier. The prosecution did not use Myrtle Poor Bear as a witness at Peltier's trial. However, they introduced ballistics evidence which purported to show that it was Peltier's gun which killed the agents at close range after they were already wounded and disabled. This evidence effectively prevented Peltier from being able to present the same self-defence argument which had resulted in the Butler/Robideau acquittals. However, serious questions have since been raised about the reliability of this ballistics evidence.

The government has continued to argue that, even if they can no longer prove that Peltier killed the agents, he is still guilty of ''aiding and abetting'' in the murders through being in the group involved in the exchange of gunfire from a distance. However, Amnesty International believes that the doubts which have been raised about Peltier's role in the actual killings of the agents undermine the whole case against him, as ''proof'' that he was the actual killer was a key element in the prosecution's case at the trial.

Amnesty International's concerns about various aspects of the case are outlined in a letter to the US Attorney General dated 23 June 1995, which is also attached to this action. These concerns include the following:

* The FBI knowingly used perjured testimony to obtain Leonard Peltier's extradition from Canada to the USA. The FBI later admitted that it knew that the affidavits of Myrtle Poor Bear, an alleged eye-witness to the murders, were false. This in itself casts serious doubt on the bona fides of the prosecution, even though Poor Bear's affidavits were not used at Peltier's trial.

* Leonard Peltier's attorneys were not permitted to call Myrtle Poor Bear as a defence witness to describe to the trial jury how she had been coerced by the FBI into signing false affidavits implicating Peltier. The trial judge refused to allow her to appear on the grounds that her testimony could be ''highly prejudicial'' to the government.

* Evidence which might have assisted Leonard Peltier's defence was withheld by the prosecution. This included a 1975 telex from an FBI ballistics expert which stated that, based on ballistics tests, the rifle alleged to be Peltier's had a ''different firing pin'' from the gun used to kill the two agents. At a court hearing in 1984, an FBI witness testified that the telex had been merely a progress report and that another bullet casing tested later had been found to match ''positively'' with the rifle linked to Peltier. However, the reliability of the government's ballistics evidence remains in dispute.

* The ballistics evidence presented at Peltier's trial was crucial to the prosecution's case. It was presented as the main evidence linking Peltier as the actual point-blank killer of the two FBI agents. Without this evidence, the case against Peltier would have been no stronger than the case against Dino Butler and Robert Robideau, who were also charged with the Pine Ridge killings. Butler and Robideau were tried separately and permitted to argue that there was an atmosphere of such fear and terror on the reservation that their move to shoot back at the agents constituted legitimate self-defence. They were acquitted.

* The trial judge refused to allow the defence to introduce evidence of serious FBI misconduct relating to the intimidation of witnesses (the testimony of Myrtle Poor Bear). Had such evidence been presented, it may have cast doubt in the jury's mind about the reliability of the main prosecution witnesses, three young Indians (Anderson, Draper and Brown) whose testimony (that Peltier was in possession of an AR-15 rifle during the shoot-out) was the main evidence linking Peltier to the alleged murder weapon.

The United States Court of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit ruled in 1986 that the prosecution had indeed withheld evidence which would have been favourable to Leonard Peltier and would have allowed him to cross examine witnesses more effectively. However, it concluded that this had not materially affected the outcome of the trial, and it upheld Peltier's conviction. However, the judge who wrote this opinion, Judge Gerald Heaney, has since expressed his concern about the case. In a 1991 letter to Senator Daniel Inouye, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, Judge Heaney expressed his belief that ''the FBI used improper tactics in securing Peltier's extradition from Canada and in otherwise investigating and trying the Peltier case. Although our court decided that these actions were not grounds for reversals, they are, in my view, factors that merit consideration in any petition for leniency filed''. He also stressed the need to take into account the background context to the fire-fight during which the two agents had been killed (see Amnesty International's letter to the Attorney General of 23 June 1995).

Further information on the case

Petition for clemency through an act of Presidential pardon

Peltier's lawyers filed a petition for a presidential pardon several years ago, urging President Clinton, who visited the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation on 7 July 1999, to use his powers of pardon to commute the sentence. However, they have received no response and are not aware of any recommendation having been passed to the White House from the office of the Pardon Attorney (an office within the Justice Department which reviews the case before making a recommendation to the White House). Amnesty International has received several replies from the office of the Pardon Attorney since 1995, stating that Peltier's petition for commutation of sentence or clemency is still under review.

Parole application

The parole Commission decided at Peltier's last full, formal parole hearing in 1993 that his case would not be formally reviewed again for a further 15 years - setting his next parole hearing for December 2008. Since then there have been several interim hearings at which the Commission has refused to reconsider the decision to deny parole on the grounds that Peltier did not accept criminal responsibility for the murders of the two FBI agents. This is despite the fact that, after one such hearing, the Commission acknowledged that, ''the prosecution has conceded the lack of any direct evidence that you personally participated in the executions of the two FBI agents ...'' Peltier has always denied that he was involved in killing the agents.

In June 1999 Peltier's lawyers filed a habeas corpus petition in a federal district court, claiming that the parole board's decision not to hear the case again for 15 years was arbitrary and unconstitutional, and a violation of guidelines which should be applied to the case. The petition also states that changes in the laws and procedures relating to parole since 1975 have been wrongly applied retroactively in Peltier's case, meaning that he has been required to serve far longer in prison than was the case at the time of his conviction.

Peltier's medical condition

Leonard Peltier suffers from a congenital problem with his jaw, which has deteriorated during his imprisonment. At the present time, his jaw is reportedly frozen open at 13 millimetres and he has difficulty in eating as well as pain and discomfort. In 1996 he had two operations on his jaw at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. However, these operations were not successful and his condition is alleged to have worsened. Currently, his attorneys are asking the federal Bureau of Prisons to allow further diagnostic tests to be made so that an oral surgeon from a prestigious outside hospital (the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota) can review Peltier's medical history and decide if he is able to provide further treatment. Amnesty International wrote to the federal prison authorities in March 1999 asking the prison authorities to provide the records which have been requested. His attorneys are continuing to pursue his medical concerns.

Amnesty International, International Secretariat, 1 Easton Street, WC1X 0DW, London, United Kingdom

Support

A.I. also lends their support for another convicted and affirmed murderer Mumia Abu jamal whose case was reviewed by many State and Federal courts over the last 27 years and ALL have affirmed his guilt. There are also people ,such as one responding poster above, who don't have a clue as to the REAL facts and truth of certain cases, especially MAJ, but, in my opinion, are seeking recognition for themselves and their affiliated groups, and yes, to sell books with distorted non factual information.

jon pisano

Leonard Peltier

APPEAL FOR THE RELEASE OF LEONARD PELTIER

Amnesty International is appealing for the release from prison of Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Indian, who is serving two consecutive life-sentences for the murders of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents. The FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, were shot at point-blank range after being wounded in a gunfight with Indian activists on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on 26 June 1975. Peltier fled to Canada. He was extradited to the USA and convicted of the murders in 1977.

Amnesty International has investigated this case for many years. Although Amnesty International has not adopted Leonard Peltier as a prisoner of conscience, the organization remains concerned about the fairness of the proceedings leading to his conviction and believes that political factors may have influenced the way in which the case was prosecuted. Peltier is now in his twenty-second year of imprisonment and has exhausted all legal appeals against his conviction. He was denied parole (early release under supervision of the criminal justice system) in 1994 following a parole hearing in 1993 and his case will not be heard again via a full hearing by the Parole Commission until December 2008. Amnesty International has for some years been calling on the federal government to institute an executive review of the case but there is no evidence of any such action having been taken. In view of Amnesty International's continuing concerns about this case, and the fact that available remedies have been exhausted, Amnesty International is now calling for Leonard Peltier to be released from prison through an act of presidential pardon.

Song--"Free Leonard Peltier"

Here is the link to a song I wrote called "Free Leonard Peltier" http://www.soundclick.com/MichaelBorkson
These are the lyrics:

FREE LEONARD PELTIER--by Michael Borkson

1. Down on Pine Ridge Reservation,
home of a proud Indian nation,
the federal agents laid a siege,
against a people trying to be free.
two FBI were killed that day,
but who did it the government can not say,
so they framed an innocent man,
just because he took a stand,
for the Native nation's rights,
to be free from the government's lies.

CHORUS:
it ain't fair, Leonard Peltier,
a prison cell he has to share,
33 years in the federal pen,
it won't be over til he's free again.

2. Ever since 1492,
the white man thought he found a land new,
but there were people already here,
for longer than 40,000 years.
Columbus, Jackson, and Custer's long knives,
massacred so many Indian's lives,
to steal their land, destroy their way of life,
the people knew before the whites,
and the stealing is still going on today,
as Washington has its dirty way.

3. President Clinton could have pardoned him,
instead of the white-collar criminal sins,
so it's up to us today,
to make sure they free Leonard Peltier,
and give him back the time he's done,
and guarantee that justice is won.

Free Leonard Peltier-Now !!

Peltier attorney Kuzma on American Indian Airwaves

Peltier attorney Micheal Kuzma described Leonard's injuries during an interview yesterday on American Indian Airwaves.
According to a letter received from Peltier (thus far, neither the attorneys or Leonard's family members have been able to speak directly with Leonard), the attack occurred on January 13. Leonard believes he may have a concussion and he's suffering from headaches that are a direct result of the beating. His middle finger on his left hand may be broken. He has a large bump near his right wrist.He is experiencing pain in the area of his right rib cage and chest(which is bruised).
Listen to the interview (last 20 minutes of the program):
http://64.27.15.184/parchive/mp3/kpfk_090121_150223americanindian

Now the Racism is over, I hope, it's time to end the Indian War

We in the US were all raised on cowboy and Indian movies, thinking it is a thing of the past. But there was a shoot out where Leonard Peltier was randomly chosen to be punished for. How about the first Black President pardon Peltier and put the cowboy and Indian, and more recently Feds and Indian Wars behind us.

Ask, email, and phone President Obama to tell him so.

I shouldn't be so optimistic, but I hope Peltier being beat up will lead to good news if we believe it, and work hard to make it happen.

Perhaps a native American might be a future President.

RichardKanePA (@aol.)

pine ridge atrocity

I hope you're THE Richard Kane attorney in Bartlesille,Ok. who was a state rep. in Ok. No you can't be, cause all the rep's and attorney's in Ok . are now Republican owned and operated by their own greed and shortdick power trip!!!!! My bro. was in Pine Ridge in '73 and i've seen the real pics of the hamlet! It was a REVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!! The powers that Still Be have to still control the after-affect so they can still get it up. Make no mistake about it, the FBI, CIA, Congress, Whitehouse,are in it for the LONG RUN!!!!!!!! Untill the next REVOLUTION that incorporates all of America and the WORLD happens, NOTHING WILL CHANGE!!!!!!!

LP

It is beyond common sense there are those who, as in the case of another convicted and affirmed murderer Mumia Abu JAmal,and after review of their cases and proven factual evidence, want the Courts, in this Federal case,the President, to pardon someone who has lost every appeal within the Judicial system. Over the years there were many "LIBERAL" Justices who, IF there were any doubt as to this case , would have ruled in the defense favor. The Government conspiracy many supporters hang their hat on is invalid, not proven and just a tool. "Political Prisoner"...really.

"Can't do the time...don't do the crime

Justice for Daniel Faulkner
DanielFaulkner.com

Jon Pisano

2 more articles

http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/20/2009/3347
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
January 23, 2009

The welcome news that President Obama is taking steps to shut Guantanamo and right other Bush-era human rights abuses must quickly be joined by a proclamation of freedom for Leonard Peltier.

Peltier is the nation's best-known native activist and has become a global symbol of abject injustice and prison abuse. Imprisoned in the late 1970s for allegedly murdering two FBI agents, Peltier has never been given a fair trial. Federal authorities have quashed or destroyed thousands of pages of evidence that might have freed Peltier decades ago.

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee points out that "Amnesty International considers Leonard Peltier to be a political prisoner whose avenues of redress have long been exhausted....Amnesty International recognizes that a retrial is no longer a feasible option and believes that Leonard Peltier should be immediately and unconditionally released."

The committee adds that" Documents show that although the prosecution and government pointed the finger at Peltier for shooting FBI agents at close range during the trial in 1976, for three years the prosecution withheld critical ballistic test results proving that the fatal bullets could not have come from the gun tied to Leonard Peltier. This trial also denied evidence of self defense."

The committee further states that: "the U.S. Prosecutor, during subsequent oral arguments, stated: "we can't prove who shot those agents.” And that the Eighth Circuit found that "There is a possibility that the jury would have acquitted Leonard Peltier had the records and data improperly withheld from the defense been available to him in order to better exploit and reinforce the inconsistencies casting strong doubts upon the government's case."

The committee also says that "Judge Heaney, who authored the denial now supports Mr. Peltier's release, stating that the FBI used improper tactics to gain Mr. Peltier's conviction."

Now 64 years old, Peltier is suffering from diabetes and a series of other serious ailments brought on by his decades in prison. He has great grandchildren he has never seen. His case is the centerpiece of the book IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE by Peter Matthiessen.

Reports from Betty Peltier-Solano, Leonard's sister, now assert that Peltier was severely beaten during a recent transfer to the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. According to Peltier-Solano, he has been held in solitary confinement and limited to a single meal a day, a serious threat to his health due to his diabetes.

Over the decades Peltier has been a model prisoner, concentrating on his art and writing. His commitment to native American rights has been consistent throughout the years, though he's been repeatedly denied media access.

Peltier is eligible for parole in the near future. His supporters fear this latest round of abuse may be designed to discredit him. The FBI recently sent a letter accusing Peltier of prompting this latest attack. Given Peltier's age, poor health, immanent parole status and long-standing political commitments cannot be viewed as a calculated absurdity. His sister writes that "currently, the FBI is actively seeking support for his continued imprisonment."

The political involvement of the FBI is itself an issue the President must address. At very least Peltier should be freed on bail pending a new trial, with a concerted effort on the part of the new Department of Justice to unearth all suppressed evidence in this case.

Leonard Peltier has languished unjustly in prison far longer than those held in Guantanamo. It is time to set him free!

To find out more, contact the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee at http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.

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Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman have co-authored four books on election protection, which appear at http://freepress.org , along with Bob's FITRAKIS FILES. Harvey's HISTORY OF THE U.S. is at http://harveywasserman.com. This article was originally published by http://freepress.org .

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Leonard Peltier beaten in prison
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2009/01/leonard-peltier-beaten-prison
January 22, 2009

By Brenda Norrell

CANAAN, Penn. -- Leonard Peltier was jumped and severely beaten by a gang after being transferred from a prison in Lewisburg to Canaan on January 13. The family, however, was not notified by the prison and received the information by way of a letter from Peltier. Peltier, 64, was placed in solitary confinement.

"Once Mr. Peltier arrived at the Canaan prison facility, he was jumped by younger inmates, severely beaten, put in solitary confinement and placed upon meal restrictions despite his having diabetes and other medical conditions," the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee said in a statement.

"The family has requested copies of the video tapes of that incident to no avail. It is as if the whole scenario was contrived to detract from the fact that Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner having more than enough points to qualify for parole," LPDOC said.

Peltier called his neice, Kari Ann Cowan, from the prison on Jan. 22. During the live online NAMAPAHH Blog Talk Radio hosted by Robin Carneen, Cowan relayed the information. It was Peltier's first phone call since the transfer and prison beating.

During the call, Peltier said he will not be allowed "out of the hole" and in the general population.
Peltier said Canaan is a tough place, where gangs are being brought in. "He is one of the oldest ones there," Cowan said. "He will not be allowed back in the general population or he will be jumped."
Cowan said the FBI did tell Peltier that he was the victim in the attack, which she said was filmed on camera.
Peltier said he was set up in the attack. "It was a cold blooded setup," Cowan said. She said he did not know his attackers. "He has never seen his attackers before."
Peltier said he will be allowed only one phone call every 30 days.
Cowan said she is hopeful that President Obama will work "nation to nation" with the Turtle Mountain Chippewas to bring Peltier home to North Dakota.
"We have to push for his transfer, he is not safe there."
During the NAMAPAHH Radio program tonight, Peltier's attorney was called by the prison. The prison will not allow his attorney to speak to him tomorrow.
"It is outrageous," said attorney Michael Kuzma of Buffalo, N.Y, concerning the co-counsel the prison has denied entry to speak with Peltier.
"What are they hiding?" Kuzma said they have hidden documents before, but not Leonard.
"Now they are hiding Leonard Peltier."
Earlier, the report of the beating came by way of a letter from Peltier.

LPDOC said, "Once Mr. Peltier arrived at the Canaan prison facility, he was jumped by younger inmates, severely beaten, put in solitary confinement and placed upon meal restrictions despite his having diabetes and other medical conditions," the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee said in a statement ."The family has requested copies of the video tapes of that incident to no avail. It is as if the whole scenario was contrived to detract from the fact that Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner having more than enough points to qualify for parole," LPDOC said.

Recently, the amount of hate mail circulated on the Internet regarding Peltier and appeals for his release has increased and could have played a role in the attack on Peltier.

The LPDOC said, "Retired, former and actively employed FBI agents have taken action against the release and parole of Leonard Peltier time and again. While it is their right to speak their opinion, it is not right to do so on federal time and at the taxpayer’s expense. Their letters, writings, articles, books, protests, outcries and interviews concerning Mr. Peltier, are a conflict of interest and tip the scales against him unfairly. In addition, it is certainly questionable as to the timing of a letter written by a former FBI Agent to Representative John Conyers and the beating Mr. Peltier received at Canaan."

The LPDOC said the attack on Peltier comes on the heels of the FBI's recent letter, prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit Peltier as a model prisoner. "Anyone who has been in the prison system knows well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator. It is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage "it takes an Indian to catch an Indian," LPDOC said.

In 1978, the US government made an attempt to assassinate Peltier, offering another Indian inmate at Marion prison with Leonard Peltier, a chance at freedom. The man was Standing Deer. Standing Deer befriended Peltier in prison and exposed the plot to assassinate him. Standing Deer was murdered in Houston after his release from prison.

LPDOC said, "Standing Deer chose to reveal the plot to him instead of taking his life in exchange for a chance at freedom. When Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as a board member. He also began to speak on Leonard's behalf until his murder six years ago today. Prior to his murder, Standing Deer confided with close friends and associates that the same man who visited him in Marion to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston and told him that he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with him," the LDPOC said. (An interview with Ben Carnes on Standing Deer and Peltier can be heard at Censored News Blog Radio or at Earthcycles on Longest Walk.)

As of December, Peltier is eligible for a full parole hearing. The hearing will likely occur this year, but no date has been announced.

Micheal Kuzma, an attorney for Leonard Peltier's defense, described the attack on Peltier in prison, during an interview with American Indian Airwaves on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Kuzma said Peltier's sister Betty Peltier-Solano, executive coordinator of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee,
received a letter from Peltier, but was never notified by prison officials of the attack. Peltier was transferred from Lewisburg to Canaan prison during the week of Jan. 12th and attacked on the 13th, by other inmates.

Kuzma said, "According to the letter, he thinks he might have a concussion. His middle finger on his left hand is either broken or badly injured. He has a large bump near his right wrist. The right side of his rib cage and chest are in pain. He also has a bruise on the right side of his chest. He also has a bruise on his left knee, and is suffering from headaches. These headaches are a direct result of the Jan. 13 beating."

Listen to Robin Carneen's NAMAPAHH First People's Radio on Blog Talk Radio:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/NAMAPAHH_Radio
Listen to American Indian Airwaves (last 20 minutes of program) on Jan. 21 at:
http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/xml/americanindian.xml

AIM West plans a protest in solidarity with Peltier to draw attention to the attack and call for his release on Friday in San Francisco. http://www.aimwest.info/

For more information: LPDOC: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/

Updates at Censored News: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

reprints

Some "journalists" are so desperate for recognition they have to post articles by others to bolster their persona as a fighter for the downtrodden...doesn't matter if the subjects murdered another human being and their guilt was affirmed. Shame

backlash

OK jon peppers, who are YOU?????? do you work for the MAN? can't an ordinary person in this oppressed society have a voice anymore? I'm a white man
that has been oppressed by the same "Great White Hope" that has ruined the common man!!!!!!up yer's MF!!!!! does'nt the facts of the case say that the FBI over-exteneded their RIGHTS to serve a phony warrant under the CONSTITUTION ????? can you honestly believe that your way is the only way because that's whats in your head? how do you know what happened at that shootout? were you there? does that give you the right to JUDGE????????

Rights under the Constitution

OK, let's all agree that the Constitution can be construed in many ways. But, the main agreement is that it is supposed to include ALL PEOPLES!!!!! By the selective "Powers That Be" it is always slanted toward the people that BENIFIT! Who benefits from the eternal land grab and profit of Native peoples all over the world(-the Rich and Powerfull leaders of the American Govt. and the Corporate Investors (the rich 2% of Wall Street); so who has most to gain by imprisoning the people who speak up for their rights,,,,,duh! the RICHEST 2% OF THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA!!!!! It's plain to see that even tho O'bama's Regime is getting a few things done for the common man, it's still business as usual for the Indian population. Taxes support our Nation, and those who make the most and are not willing to support the common man and the general are "TO BE EATEN ALIVE AND HUNG ON MAINSTREET FOR ALL TO SEE" Their heads should be displayed for the world to see what POWER the Common Man still has!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Peppers, It appears you

Mr. Peppers, It appears you have a personal agenda against Mr. Peltier and his case. Perhaps you should share your agenda so the rest of us can appreciate your point of view. As it is, you keep repeating the same position without any points to back you up other than pointing out that the judicial system has continually denied Mr. Peltier's appeals. It appears to me that justice in this case is not only blind, but deaf as well. But maybe you know something about the case the rest of us don't.

It appears

It appears I have confidence in the Judicial system and my point is this case as well as another that comes to mind, has been reviewed to exhaustion. Don't you and supporters believe after so many reviews, if there were any illegal or improper actions in this case, those learned in the Law would so rule? I have nothing personal as to L.P. unlike the other case of mention.

Jon Pisano
Not an Anon

Just so we are clear...are

Just so we are clear...are you a retired police officer?

just so we are clear

...so what does it matter if I say yes or no. My interest is Justice according to the affirmed facts and not what people "think" happened. PROOF..not SPECULATION...FACTS...not what if's. And YOU...are you a retired Police Officer???

No, I am not, but here's a

No, I am not, but here's a little word of advice. If you are not going to answer the question, trying to beat around the bush and getting indignant is just making it worse for you. It sends a signal that there is something that you are afraid to say. You are the one that is beating his chest about not hiding, so don't hide. The reason why I asked is because I did a Google search on you and found something that says you are a retired police officer. If that's true, then it matters because I feel the criminal justice system is corrupt, Mumia and Leonard's cases bolster my argument to that belief, you used to be a part of that criminal justice system, and you are now coming here trying to defend it as if that's not a concern. So answer the question: are you a retired cop or not?

Leonard Peltier

The prison officials are responsibility for every prisoners safety. Leonard Peltier needs to be protected just like any other man behind bars. Despite anyone's personal opinions or feelings concerning Leonard Peltier he must be kept safe while incarcerated. The warden of this prison needs to be investigated and should answer for the beating and assault to Leonard Peltier. The world is watching!

Leonard Peltier

I am outraged not only by the attack on my AIM Brother, Leonard Peltier, but also by the fact that he is being classified as the perpetrator and not the victim in this latest assault. Leonard Peltier is not prone to violence against fellow inmates, this is evident by his conduct while in prison all these many years. He has been a model prisoner and deserves the opportunity to go before the parole board. One must wonder if this latest incident isn't just another "roadblock" created by those in authority to prevent him from going before the parole board. Every elected official from the state of Pennsylvania should be alarmed by the lack of protection that this warden has afforded Leonard Peltier. We demand a full investigation into this beating and assault of Leonard Peltier.

LP altercation

I'm SURE if LP were in the general population recreation yard EVERYTHING is on tape and the proper discipline will be forthcoming AFTER an investigation of the incident. People should NOT read into this as some type of" conspiracy" to throw a wrench into any litigation

The truth

You must not be aware of the hundreds of people that the justice system deemed guilty who were later exonerated, some after they had paid the ultimate price. Pity DNA evidence could not be of help here. In both cases you focus on, there are serious questions as to how the cases were investigated. I, for one, would like to know the truth. I would like to see both cases re-tried with all evidence and witness testimony included. Both cases raise more questions than answers. Only people afraid of the truth would object to a retrial of both cases.

The truth

As to hundreds exonerated thru DND...good. Most of those were incarcerated due to witness identification and MOST were rape cases. As to retrial, because YOU believe the previous trials were not just, many witnesses are dead. As to the MAJ trial at lease one eyewitness to the murder of Officer Faulkner has been dead for years and so is their latest so called shooter of Officer Faulkner who BTW is the subject of misguided nonfactual writings by those who are in it for "journalistic" recognation and book selling $$$$

As I posted before, the FACTS, Jury selection and Court procedure have been reviewed by so many State and Federal Courts who have AFFIRMED guilt and found NO problem with the Judicial proceedings regarding these two cases. There then is NO NEED for retrials. You can protest all you want, doesn't change the truth and affirmed facts of these cases

jon pisano
Justice for Daniel Faulkner
Daniel Faulkner.com

The truth

Pardon the typos in my above post

Thank you,
Jon Pisano

no more civility for you pisno

after hundreds of years of oppression to my native brothers and sisters in this country, I declare war on YOU!!!!!! who are you and why have you declared WAR on them? anyone who has been on the other side of the law and realized the obsurdity of the White Man's "LAW" has seen the Reality of the Greed of all LAWYERS, JUDGES, BAIL BONDMEN, and LEACHES of the "AMERICAN JUDUICIAL SYSTEM" up yer's again MF!!!!!!!!

Boo Freakin' Hoo

He's doing better than the FBI he killed isn't he?

FBI?

Why, he didn't kill FBI. I know some white supremacists that have done that shit though. Conservatives defended them!

FBI

Definition of a conservative...a liberal who was mugged, beaten and robbed. Your reply above is nonsense

jon pisano

Until you are able to

Until you are able to respond with something other than a cliche, don't call other posts nonsense.

Oh, by the way, are you a retired cop?

you are a fuckin idiot!!!!!!!!!!!

you are a fucking idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Response/kaba

I responded to your post of 1/27 regarding your question.
As to nonsense, you and others disregard as fact litigation that's been reviewed by many impartial Courts and have found NO justification for a re-trial or acquittal. I will defend my stance, especially as to the murder of Officer Faulkner by Mumia Abu Jamal. As to LP,and I posted this before, don't you believe IF there were anything the defence could hang their hat on, within the Law, they would have done so? Corrupt Courts? How's that regarding these two cases. Google...really!

Mr. Pisano, let me help you

Mr. Pisano, let me help you out. That thing I found on Google actually comes from this site:

http://www.phillyimc.org/en/user/jon-pisano

Now that we have THAT straightened out, it is not surprising that you don't want to bring that up here. You are trying to defend a police department that has historicaly been the most corrupt, which is WHY we disregard what the courts say, and whatever propaganda you spew here is to that end. You can defend your stance all you want, but it has no defense. You are just another cop trying to clean up the bullshit that came from his department.

Now let me help YOU

It's not surprising you have to bring other things into this and not stick to the proven and affirmed facts. Historically, those who try to defend murderers will always site a "corrupt system". It's everybody's fault but the criminal him/herself. Now please post how the Courts in Phila. were corrupt in litigation regarding Mumia Abu Jamal. From your post you seem to believe the entire judicial system, State and Federal are corrupt. Propaganda...not from this poster. You must have me confused with the J4M "journalists". The balls in your court Kaba

jon pisano

Nice try cop, but this isn't

Nice try cop, but this isn't "other things". It is THE thing. I am talking about the Philadelphia Police Dept. with you, the department you were a part of. The department that I am particularly calling corrupt. The fact that you didn't want to admit you were a cop and now that you can escape from it want to get mad at me for not talking about the courts instead says that you know you are wrong. It has been discussed ad nauseum how the courts and the political machine that runs it are suspect, but you are here as part of that corruption, so since you want to come here with your crap, start from there. How could you defend such a worthless body such as the PPD?

And by the way, I am from DC. I was there when Charles Ramsey was pretty much run out of town for being a crook. Pretty interesting that he ends up here.

Nice try

First slick, I never tried to hide who I was I just didn't answer you directly for, in my opinion, it had nothing to do with the subject but it was nice to see I was the object of your affection

Second, Could you post as to anything factual in the way of corruption as to The Phila. P.D./Courts regarding this case?

Third, what the hell does your "preceived" view of the Phila. P.D have to do with Officers arresting Jamal 30 to 45 SECONDS after he murdered Officer Faulkner...proven and affirmed in State and Federal Courts over the last 27 years. Oh, by the way,here's a tidbit for you. The two Officers, Forbes and Shoemaker ,who arrested Jamal, were my co-workers, highly respected and decorated Officers. Jamal, as LP, in my opinion, will die in prison unless the court rules otherwise

Fourth, as to Ramsey, The P.D. did not pick him and, according to the troops, he has no clue as to the pulse of the City where in 2007-8 several Officers in Uniform were murdered in cold blood...yes murdered, their weapons still in their holsters

Note: it's obvious to me and others, posters such as you and HB the "journalist", are just anti Police and judge Police actions as a result of some kind of "perceived" corruption...damn the facts of a murder case. Am I correct?

jon pisano

No, you're not

You did try to hide who you were cop, simply by not answering the question. And since you wanted to come here to a site that is pretty much against the shit you try to peddle, then why shouldn’t someone engage your sorry ass?

And by the way, the subject is Leonard Peltier, not Mumia. That’s just a point. You made it about Mumia.

Also, where would you want me to begin about corruption? Last year, when 15 cops had to be fired over that videotaped beatdown of three men back in May, or the 39th District in general? You know, where police officers have been getting sent to jail or fired over framing innocent people – the same district that gave us Tom Ryan, who pressured his girlfriend to testify in Mumia’s case even though she wasn’t there? And maybe you can ask your old co-workers why it was only after Mumia filed a police brutality complaint that his “statement” about how he “shot the motherfucker and I hope he dies” came out, even though another officer wrote in the police report that night – and two months before the alleged “statement” that “the Negro male made no statements”. In MY opinion, there’s a reason why he hasn’t been put to death and never will.

And frankly, you don’t have a clue as to the pulse of the City, never mind Ramsey.

And don’t tell me what is obvious to you or others you care not to name. Your sense of perception is warped by the fact that you want to keep defending this rotten police force.

I wonder what kind of shady crap you might have been involved with...

Misguided info

If you wish to discuss the TRUE FACTS as to the Jamal case and not distract from this case of another affirmed murderer, please contact me at my e mail address or IM me when I'm on line and I will gladly debunk any false info you have. Now as to not wanting to leave the readers in the dark regarding the 39 district incident...check your FACTS...there were not 15 fired. Scenario...police cruising by a corner just as another rival drug crew started shooting at the group on the corner, Police started a vehicle chase and the occupants armed( gun found later). vehicle cornered, occupants pulled out, resisted....what would you do. Wait..I can visualize that.(you speaking loudly here) "Please come out and drop your guns...we won't hurt you but please don't fight us when we arrest you". Welcome to the REAL world. As to my shady crap ...I have over 32 Departmental Merit commendations, 3 letters from ordianary citizens, one from the FBI and one from a Justice of the Supreme Court..and also I have 3 Bravery commendations. I guess you would consider that as "shadey crap"

jon pisano
johnnypeppers@hotmail.com

No, this needs to be discussed here, not privately.

I know a lot of officers with a lot of accomidations - none of which mean jack after they get pinched for shady crap. I will backtrack though, because I don't know your record, but by the same token you are intentionally not being honest about the 39th, and that doesn't say much for you. As for the 15, the number might be wrong...and in fact there should have been more because one of those cops involved was supposed to be transferred, and ended up in a different dept. within the dept. and was later a part of a group of cops that beat up people in a baby shower! Now as in the prior case you will try to tell us that the police were justified because of their job or whatever, but even the mainstream press which is decidedly pro-police, didn't buy the story with the beatdown case, the baby shower case, or with the case where they raided the home of activists because they were against the cameras in their neighborhood and then told that neighborhood they were white supremacists!

You see, there's a lot of things I can bring up that would make your defense of this police force rather sad, my man.

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier has been shafted again.
On his transfer to Canaan (Max' security prison) in Pennsylvania, he was "set upon" and beaten severely by a group of (selected??? -my theory!) prisoners.
On refusing to divulge who beat him, he was then put in "The hole" (for the umpteenth time in his 34 years of his two consecutive life sentences already served) as a "trouble maker".
He only receives one meal per day in solitary, and this could be potentially lethal, as he is now a diabetic and requires the statutory three meals per day allowed in "population".
I personally think that he is being set up (by the unrepentant FBI or it's lackeys) to be denied parole at his next hearing, having been formerly a "model inmate" with more than enough points for parole.
For the unknowing, he is one of the U.S.A's longest serving POLITICAL PRISONERS.
It has since been proven beyond doubt that he was innocent of the shooting of FBI agents Coler and Williams and the two other alleged accomplices, Dino Butler and Bob Robideau, were cleared in a separate trial, on the grounds of self-defense.
Peltier has undergone years of vindictive treatment and deliberate neglect by prison employees and was convicted on what amounts to the spurious "somebody must pay" basis.
I consider Peltier, with Crazy Horse and many other leaders, to be the American Indian's William Wallace ("Braveheart" for those who get their history from Hollywood)!
Please read the following "late breaking news" from one of many sources (you will not find this on the mass media!) and petition / shout / protest and examine facts withheld on this latest madness by the FBI / prison - industrial complex on a heroic figure who is being needlessly martyred in the cause of vindictive revenge.
Like Wallace of old, his persecution is making him (deservedly) an icon of resistance and heroism for the native people of this land and we all need to pay attention to his case, not just for the depth of injustice in this "Land of the Free", but because THIS COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY WHO RESISTS THE STATUS QUO VIGOROUSLY ENOUGH TO STAY TRUE TO THEIR CORE BELIEFS!
In the spirit of Crazy Horse and William Wallace.
B.J.

Political Prisoners

Could you please explain to us the definition of a "Political Prisoner"? I've heard this term regarding another convicted and affirmed murderer, Mumia Abu jamal but it escapes my logic as to why the definition of "political prisoners", when those who you claim such ,are convicted and affirmed murderers whose cases and trials have been reviewed for any improprieties or questions of a legal nature , over the last 27-30 years and the Courts have found NONE. Factual response please...no propaganda or "what if's"...just the facts.

jon pisano

A political prisoner is

A political prisoner is someone who is locked up because of their political positions and/or activism. Or perhaps in your case a cop who kills someone and actually goes to jail for it.

political prisoner is

I'm sure you know your last sentence is pure B.S. Is that the best you can do? Tell us how murder...cold blooded murder in the two cases mentioned, can qualify anyone in the U.S. as a political prisoner?