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Leonard Peltier's safety is in jeopardy!

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posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 07:06 AM

Leonard Peltier's safety is in jeopardy!

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.

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posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 07:06 AM
Leonard is a US political prisoner whom is represented via Amnesty International.

He is about to be released for parole. The FBI and the authorities do not want him out of prison as they know that he was framed for his activity in the American Indian Movement.

He was born in North Dakota among the poorest people in this world at that point in history.
He is a member of the Sioux nation, a nation whose leaders where slain or imprisoned as they historically refuse to bow to the pressure of Washington to pay them for the land stolen from them through broken treaty promises.

This has resulted in great suffering in the tribe yet they still hold their heads high refusing to take billion dollar offers over the issue of the Black Hills which is considered sacred land by the Sioux Nation.


Alleged trial irregularities
There has been debate over Peltier’s guilt and the fairness of his trial. Several allegations have been made by Peltier’s supporters which they claim point to his innocence, and all of these have been disputed by the FBI:

An FBI agent who testified that the agents followed a pickup truck onto the scene (a vehicle that could not be tied to Peltier) is alleged to have later changed his account to describe a red and white van, a vehicle type which Peltier did drive. Further, as the FBI did not record radio communications in 1975, there was an unresolved discrepancy between Agents as to whether Williams said he was pursuing a "red and white van" or "pickup truck."
Three witnesses testified they saw Pelletier approach the slain officers' vehicle. They later alleged that the FBI had threatened and forced them to testify. The FBI answered that the witnesses' testimony was not necessary for conviction.
An FBI ballistics expert testified that a shell casing found near the dead agents' bodies matched the gun tied to Peltier. Critics argued that an FBI teletype stating the firing pin of the recovered weapon did not match the shell casings proved that Peltier’s weapon was not the murder weapon. It was counter-argued in testimony by the FBI that although the marks from the firing pin did not match those on the casing, the firing pin had probably been replaced after the murders, and that the marks made by the rifle’s extractor were an exact match to the recovered weapon.

Peltier’s conviction sparked great controversy and has drawn criticism from a number of sources. Numerous appeals have been filed on his behalf; none of the rulings have been made in his favour. Peltier is considered by some to be a political prisoner and has received support from individuals and groups including Nelson Mandela, Rigoberta Menchú, Amnesty International, the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Lama), the European Parliament[4], the Belgian Parliament[5], the Italian Parliament, the Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Rev. Jesse Jackson.
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posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 11:00 AM
Good find, but we can see how ATS is really geared away from actually useful threads like yours. Thanks Whiteraven, on behalf of anyone who cares about Native peoples and their domination by "government entities"

Leonard is a lightning rod, and there are others, but Indian people have been tempered by generations of pain, so they and he, will never be gone, nor will their ideas. What really is sad, is how so many Earthlings want to use America as some kind of financial scapegoat or pivot or hated entity... Yet they give no attention or voice to the native peoples of this land. In my opinion, it is these peoples, tenants of right in this continent before the French, Spanish, UK, etc, who are the key to the new Atlantis as Baconians and others has seen America to be.

These world parties all have spent the last 500 years or so, building up "America" to be some kind of new Atlantis, and yet they pay not even the smallest intellectual kernal, to the first people's who had tenancy and spiritual superiority.

Yes, the American Indian "Movement" is the most hated and feared by the powers-who-run-the-prisons, because if AIM rises again, what will the agents of Francis Bacon and DeTocquevill-ian forces do? Those who run the res, also run the prisons. And yes, in California prisons also, the indians run the sweat lodges and pray for peace.

The feds and similarly aligned colonists must be disapointed to see the natives not embrace their "Atlantis" ...Indians know, they already had Atlantis and colonizers screwed it up!

So anyway, I logged in here just to respond to your post, which will drop to the bottom places of ATS, no doubt. I respond because it's the most important issue in America right now. In the future, I see Native American ways as being the elixer which will moderate many other evils in the world. How hard will the Baconian/Colonist/UK squatters in this country fight, to keep their claims and landgrabs here? They will fight to the death. And so for that reason my advice to all native peoples in America is this: Keep your heads down, and stay hidden. No more ghost dancers please, that road is now closed.

When will the world remember the ghost dancers? When will their souls be elevated to the status of saints as is only right and proper? When will the nations who milk the USA for their own reasons, pay homage to the dead saints of the first peoples of this land?

[EDIT: wiki/Gayanashagowa

According to several historians, including Donald Grinde, the democratic ideals of the Gayanashagowa, which had been quite unknown in European feudal tradition, provided a significant inspiration to Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and other framers of the United States Constitution. John Rutledge of South Carolina in particular is said to have read lengthy tracts of Iroquoian law to the other framers, beginning with the words "We, the people, to form a union, to establish peace, equity, and order..."[2] The Congress of the United States passed Concurrent Resolution 331 in October 1988, specifically recognizing the influence of the Iroquois Constitution upon the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

[edit on 25-1-2009 by smallpeeps]

posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 05:40 PM
Thank you for your reply.

The NA are beginning to rise up. The Canadian goverment has been working hard to meet all treaty rights yet many remain unresolved.

The United States all but ignores the Native Americans as they view them in much the same way they have throughout the brief life/history of the United States of America.

Nevertheless many First Nations peoples love the country's of Canada and the US and would and have fought for the two countrys.

We have both European and Native in our family with one marrage in our family tree dating back to the 1500's near Quebec.

Thanks again.

posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 11:07 PM

[edit on 26-1-2009 by daersoulkeeper]

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