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An innocent man, Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in 1977 and has served over 30 years in federal prison despite proof that he was convicted on the basis of fabricated and suppressed evidence, as well as coerced testimony.



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Just Carole (341)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 7:02 pm
 
If you are not a Change.org member, the online petition can be signed here:
 
Equal Justice for Leonard Peltier
 
 

. (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 7:29 pm
signed and noted thank you
 

Barbara W. (342)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 7:30 pm
Thanks Carole. Signed and moving..
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 7:33 pm
"The Only Thing Needed for Evil to Triumph Is for Good Men to Do Nothing" Edmund Burke

http://www.care2.com/news/member/582509077/1252051

LEONARD PELTIER... and every PERSON in the USA PRISON SYSTEM DESERVE RE-EVALUATION of THEIR PROSECUTION among other aspects of their INCARCERATION inclusive and not limited to the VIOLATION OF VIOLENCE AND OTHER MEANS OF OPPRESSION THESE CITIZENS ARE SUBJECTED TO!
...and FREE THE INNOCENT... GOD IS WATCHING AND KNOWS AS WE ALL DO: the USA HAS HOW MANY THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT LIVES IN PRISONS DESERVING THEIR FREEDOM ALONG WITH APOLOGY FROM A SHAMEFUL PRESENT USA PLATFORM that OUGHT NOT EXIST AND SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO PERSIST!

FORMER FIRST LADY ELEANORE ROOSEVELT CHAMPION OF THESE VERY RIGHTS:
http://www.udhr.org/action/default.htm


• When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? ELEANORE ROOSEVELT



 

Elderberry T. (201)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 7:53 pm
Done Tx
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 7:57 pm
Leonard Peltier: The Writer

The Author

Since his imprisonment began in 1976, Leonard Peltier has depended most on the written word to communicate with family, friends, and supporters. In this way, he records his thoughts, concerns, and emotions; and discusses Native issues, American and international politics, and strategies to win his freedom. Over the years, he has honed his writing skills and developed a unique style. Although he has evolved as a writer, Leonard Peltier has not lost his "voice"—or his passion for freedom and the survival of his People.

Leonard often writes articles for publication. The topics vary, but usually touch on his life experiences, current events or trends of most concern to him and, of course, the specifics of his case.

My Life is My Sun Dance

In 1999, Leonard Peltier's memoir was published—"Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance" (St. Martin's Press).

The work received wide acclaim and attracted the attention of luminaries such as Britain's Queen Elizabeth. As a result, the European Parliament approved a resolution calling for Peltier to be freed and France's former First Lady Danielle Mitterand—president of the French human rights organization, France Libertés—also called for the release of Leonard Peltier.

Editor Harvey Arden said, "Leonard Peltier's powerful memoir, a Native American spiritual testament, will shake the conscience of the nation... and the world. It's a flaming arrow aimed at the circled wagons of American injustice."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls it: "A deeply moving and very disturbing story of a gross miscarriage of justice and an eloquent "cri de coeur" of Native Americans for redress and to be regarded as human beings with inalienable rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution… We pray that it does not fall on deaf ears. America owes it to herself."

details above from the following link:
http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/writer.htm



BLESSINGS AND GOD SPEED TO ALL LIVES WRONGLY INCARCERATED ACROSS THE USA!
 

Annie Cawley (227)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 7:59 pm
Signed and noted!!
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 8:03 pm
Some how I am not surprised that on this subject you and I once again find ourselves in complete agreement, Carole. Guess I have lost count of the number of petitions signed and letters sent to authorities over the years to stand as just one more person that believes when one person is imprisoned as a political prisoner then no one really has freedom.
 

Just Carole (341)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 8:04 pm

Just one more reason I'm proud to count you among my friends, Kit.
 

Just Carole (341)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 8:23 pm

If I could only choose ONE person to champion (of so MANY maligned), uppermost in my mind would be Leonard Peltier.

He exemplifies the indignities perpetrated on Native Americans for centuries. BUT, he embodies the significance of STOPPING IT now.

"George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-bowh) Ojibwa Chief

1818-1863

Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Every one might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation.... This fear of the Nation's censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social, honorable compact."
 

Casey Reed (44)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 8:51 pm
Talk about evidence for a racist culture, this is the case. There is ample evidence that Leonard Peltier did not do what the FBI claimed he did and could not have done it because he wasn't at the crime scene when the shooting took place.

What is the problem? Has the bush&co system of injustice been with U.S. for the last THREE decades and is calling him a "terrorist" or did he have sex with J. Edgar Hover's daughter or what? They really have it in for this guy and the fix is in.

How can the U.S. be called an open and free society? This kind of injustice could happen to anyone and as far as Leonard Peltier is concerned the "Patriot Act" was active in the '70's, or the U.S. has political prisoners just like any other despotic country.

It shows that if you don't make the deal they want, or even if you do and they still want to put you away, the politics and power of a few people can destroy your freedom. That is how you measure the quality of the legal system in a country: how the law is equally applied to every person. The less equality the more despotic. Corporate fascism is what the FBI or CIA hide behind because if they are challenged the right wing media moguls bring out the propaganda talking heads and public opinion is manipulated to make an innocent tomato farmer, look like a miniature red nuclear bomb maker.

Native Americans have dealt with genocide and racism for the entire history of the U.S. is what makes this case so disgusting. The corruption of the "secrete police" agencies since J. Edgar Hoover has made the assassination of Kennedy to Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. look like they didn't play a role "officially." But we all know we, NONE OF U.S., are safe from this Gestapo like secrete police force, once they tag you and set out to ruin your life or just murder you.

Think we shouldn't have more accounting for these agencies and forget the CIA investigation into torture, as the fascist police state leaders are currently advocating about the bush administration? We don't need a government that represents people's rights? We need a corporate state run infrastructure that is racist and answers to the rich and powerful corporate owners, or at least that is what we as the people of the U.S. have said we need by letting them continue to run ramrod over the Constitution and people's rights such as Leonard Peltier.

This is so wrong for 3 decades that Obama should personally advocate a review of his case.

Thanks for the heads up on a petition. I signed one ten years ago too.
 

Electra Cy (1005)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 8:57 pm

They should be using THIS Law!!! It deals with Prosecutorial Misconduct. It passed in 1998.

http://www.uscdc.org/CitizensProtectionActOf1998.htm

Also, the American Bar Associations Ethics Laws are adapted to probably most States. The Ethics Laws state that a Prosecutor is REQUIRED to submit all 'Exigent' evidence within 20 days of the 'Filing of Charges.' Exigent Evidence is Evidence that is in the favor of the Defendant. I believe that ALL Evidence must be submitted prior to the 20 days. Who are the Attorney's for Peltier that they have not checked on, and used these updated Laws?

He should have been released by now, and Charges should have been filed against the Prosecutor that Withheld the Evidence.

Due Process of the Laws are required by 4th, and the 14th Amendments of our Constitution.

HUGZ ~ Electra

 

Raine K. (22)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 9:40 pm
The justice system is a joke. People are sentenced either wrongfully or they are given excessive sentences that have no real basis on their crime.While truly guilty people are either set free or given a slap on the wrist.There are more than just Leon Peltier in this situation.And there are those who's punishment exceeds and surpasses their crime.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 9:41 pm
Signed... We have many such cases in the sub continent also. Thanks Carol for the initiative..
 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 9:44 pm
Signed, as i have signed so many before for Leonard. I believe he will never be released despite the fact the government knew they were presenting falsified evidence.
 

Electra Cy (1005)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 9:59 pm
Here is the link to the writings that Ge Araceli posted.

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/writer.htm
 

Phyllis P. (427)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 10:23 pm

Your signature has been recorded. You bet I signed. Another huge miscarriage of justice, or so called justice. I am familiar with this man's story. Wonder how long our government is going to keep it's head in the sand over this one? Thanks
 

Madeleine L. (51)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 10:49 pm
I remember my outrage and shame when my own government handed an indian man over to an Agency of a government that was obviously racially motivated in getting his extradition. I am still ashamed, more so, 30 years later...
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 11:17 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you "C".
 

Rosemary Rannes (634)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 11:19 pm
rosemary rannes Salem, NH @ 11:16PM PT Sep 22
Pledge fulfilled 7 minutes ago!

Just *C* YOU DID IT ! i am so honored to be your friend. You posted this petition/Pledge action for me when i was unable to do so ... tears are flowing my Sis!

Leonard has spent more than 33 years in prison and has suffered abuses on every level. His health is declining and his family on Turtle Island are praying for his release into FREEDOM. i pray as i know we all do that Leonard Peltier will be released and allowed to return to his family and his community soon.

i have posted your Pledge Action Just *C* for Leonard on my Twitter page http://twitter.com/babar2.

Thank you my Sister for all your strength, wisdom and beauty.
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 11:29 pm
Petition signed.

Leonard Peltier needs to be released once and for all.

TY, Just "C".
.
 

Arild Warud (159)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 12:30 am
Signed, noted and fw. Thanx
 

mary f. (175)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 12:37 am
noted signed
 

Joanna D. (228)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 12:48 am
"Thank you for making the pledge "Demand an Executive Review of the Peltier Case" "
Signed TY Carole!
 

Lauren Stone (586)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 1:05 am
Thank you Carole
 

Kathleen R. (983)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 1:18 am
I signed, of course. Thank you very much, Carole!!!
 

Marty H. (119)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 3:49 am
Thanks Carole and signed. I am a memeber of Change.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 5:06 am


I was up much of the night, with unrest... uneasiness... for I KNOW it that there are CORRUPTED "dirty cops" and certainly are "worthless FBI etc... " of the USA government... DESERVING INPRISONMENT... DESERVING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE... and everyone KNOWS it! SOME of us, I want to be clear to all NATIONS... do CARE and what the INJUSTICE and these CORRUPTED FOUL and OFFSCOURING of the USA ARRESTED and REMOVED into prisons... WE ARE THE PEOPLE Who also APOLOGIZE TO THE INDIAN for the ANGUISH, MURDERS, TORMENTS, and DURESS the INDIAN PEOPLE have ENDURED by the USA... IT IS UNCONSCIABLE.

http://www.udhr.org/action/default.htm
THIS is a link about Former First Lady, Eleanore Roosevelt AND the HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN of INTERNATIONAL NECESSITY... FROM the "HUMAN RIGHTS" section of this WEB PAGE: "Human rights become a viable part of human lives because of human rights defenders. The work of these defenders extends far beyond their own communities and often beyond national borders. It reaches into shanty towns and refugee camps and into the highest government offices and meeting rooms of international decision-makers."


EVERY USA CITIZEN of INTEGRITY wants ALL POLICE INVESTIGATED WITH SINCERE DEDICATION TO TRUTH and DO NEVER EXCUSE FOUL USE of "EVIDENCE" of "PREJUDICE" and other DEVICES to ARRANGE PROSECUTIONS! The same is TRUE of THE SAME USA CITIZENS in REFERENCE to FBI, and any and all other USA departments... INCLUDING ALL COURT PROCESS. ALL.

WE Like FORMER FIRST LADY Roosevelt ARE CHAMPIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS!


..."CHAMPIONS"...
the word is WHAT COMFORT to the THOUSANDS in USA PRISONS that DESERVE TO BE FREED... I AM CERTAIN THE STAGGERING NUMBER is in the THOUSANDS! WE NEED REFORM ACROSS THE USA: with ZERO TOLERANCE of CORRUPTED COPS! ZERO! AND with the QUALITY OFFICERS WE THE PEOPLE DO SEEK Embark on a COURSE OF ACTION that RECOGNIZES there are INJUSTICES in Our PRISON SYSTEMS and in the Court's THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED... MUST NOT BE DISMISSED!
HUMAN RIGHTS.

HUMAN RIGHTS that DICTATE the NECESSITY and OBLIGATION to RE-INVESTIGATE ONE AND ALL PRISON CASES... BE SURE THAT PERSON is DESERVING PRISON and not the prosecutor, cops, and any others that were AFFILIATED to the CASE!

HUMAN RIGHTS.


...until the USA stand FORTH with this OBLIGATION IN PLACE and EFFECTIVE it will NOT have the RESPECT of any Nation... and will fail miserably as a Leader AMONG THE NATIONS Who ARE LEADING IN THE CAMPAIGN OF HUMAN RIGHTS.


...Understand Me and the reasoning I have shared that the USA Former First Lady had such magnitude of INFLUENCE in the ALLEGIANCE INTERNATIONALLY TO HUMAN RIGHTS... I AM CONVINCED I am NOT ALONE in saying "THERE ARE CITIZENS ACROSS THE USA WHO WANT PRISON VIOLENCE ENTIRELY REMOVED! WE DEMAND IT! WE WANT NO PERSON IN A USA PRISON WHO IS NOT CRIMINAL! WE WANT the PRISON POPULATION TO BE REHABILITATED WITH A STRINGENT COURSE OF FUNCTION IN SOCIETY over the too common practise of "a trade learned "inside" the prison walls", etc... ! WE WANT THE PRISONERS TO HAVE THEIR FOOD SUPPLY... and we all do understand it... someone 6foot 7inches will LIKELY NEED more FOOD SOURCE than someone at 4foot 3inches... NO HUNGER TO OUR PRISONERS and NO THIRST! NO ACCEPTANCE on THE PRISONERS BEING REDUCED TO ANY FORM OF VIOLENCE! ...and many other AREAS needing REFORM right now!

MOST IMPORTANTLY AMONG THEM: INVESTIGATE ALL PRISON SENTENCING!
FREE the WRONGED LIVES... ACKNOWLEDGE THE WRONG DONE TO ALL WRONGED.
AND APOLOGIZE... it is OVER DUE PEOPLE!


I have read more on Mr. Peltier... I think perhaps others may care too as well...

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/writer.htm

the case:
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/Ftrials/peltier/peltierstatement.html


from WIKI entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Peltier
Amnesty International has stated that "Although he has not been adopted as a prisoner of conscience, there is concern about the fairness of the proceedings leading to his conviction and it is believed that political factors may have influenced the way the case was prosecuted."


http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/peltier/peltierchrono.html
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/peltier/peltierhome.html


I AM SUPPLYING INTERNET DATA... and am SUPPORTIVE of this CASE being INVESTIGATED FULLY
and WRONGFUL ACTION in any CASE of any PERSON... OVERTURNED!

there is NO EXCUSE for "sloppy handling" and or "errors in process"... NONE.
THESE ARE NOT "video games" of PEOPLE Whose LIVES are LOCKED AWAY...
THESE ARE PEOPLE WITH RIGHTS AND DESERVING DIGNITY.


Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt's belief that, "The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities."



 

Susan D. (116)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 5:17 am
Signed and noted, forwarded in UK. I fear the authorities will never let Leonard go, as they do not want to admit they were wrong in the first place.
 

Sarah Vermeulen (40)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 5:49 am
signed, noted and forwarded.
Thank you Arild ! Hugs.
 

BernadetteP P. (72)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 6:30 am
sign and forwarded and thank for new new news just
 

Joycey B. (750)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 6:52 am
Thanks Carole. Thanks for sending to me Ben.

Thank you for making the pledge "Demand an Executive Review of the Peltier Case"

Your signature has been recorded.
 

BernadetteP P. (72)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 7:13 am
forward to care 2 and others also and on change.org
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 7:53 am
http://www.care2.com/news/member/582509077/1256875
(LINKS TO TRANSCRIPT OF THE ACTUAL TRIAL... I have given ACKNOWLEDGMENT at a POST I submitted TODAY... on BEHALF OF ALL WRONGLY INCARCERATED IN THE USA... that ACKNOWLEDGES Just Carole for this ORIGINAL POST... t.y. (jc)!

I think perhaps EVEN ONE PERSON who LEAVES my thread... to arrive here... to agree to PETITION and or WHO KNOWS? ...has OTHER FEASIBLE RESOURCE to ASSIST EVERY LIFE WRONGLY INCARCERATED ACROSS THE USA and DOES SO... well...
THINK OF THE AWESOME APPLAUSE OF THE USA MOVEMENT OF PRO*HUMAN*RIGHTS!

UNITED that is... WITH ALL NATIONS!!! ___BLESSINGS___
 

Maryanne C. (111)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 8:34 am
Signed and noted ,thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 8:42 am
noted and signed thanks Carole
 

Karen S. (106)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 9:00 am
Thanks Carole. It takes strength of character (of which Leonard Peltier has plenty) not to just waste away depressed and angry at the justice system. Thanks for keeping this issue in the light where it belongs. Petition signed.
 

Carolyn T. (234)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 9:45 am
Noted and petition signed: "Your signature has been recorded." Thank you, Carole.
 

Katherine Hughes (49)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 9:48 am
I have already signed thank you
 

Jean M. (143)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 10:32 am
Noted and signed. This is a 30 year old outrage.
 

Kari D. (192)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 10:41 am
noted & signed
 

Rhonda Maness (602)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 11:17 am
Your signature has been recorded
Pledge also signed
Thanks Carol
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 4:33 pm
I've signed so many petitions for Leonard, and I'll keep on signing and doing what I can. It however, gives me great pain that there is such injustice here, that for 30 years I keep signing and this injustice keeps going.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 4:59 pm






HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES THIS IS THE 60th ANNIVERSARY
OF A LABOR OF LOVE... OF UNITED INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS:

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO COME TO THIS LINK... AND VIEW THE INFORMATION...
AND WHEN YOU HAVE TIME... AS MUCH AS YOU WILL...
POST YOUR THREAD OF YOUR CARE2 NEWS... ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS
LET us TOO CELEBRATE THE UNITED WORK ETHIC OF HUMANITY...


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING JUST WHO YOU ARE!



http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/1257278

OOPS... BEING HUMAN... I FORGOT TO PLACE THE THREAD


LET us DO WHAT WE CAN TO WIPE AWAY THE TEARS AND THE SUFFERING!


 

David Gould (155)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 5:42 pm
60 Years of Human Rights Declaration and still little sign that governments are willing to ratify the agreement.
Meantime we steal peoples lives.
 

Brigitte T. (69)
Wednesday September 23, 2009, 11:36 pm
Leonard's Statement on his Parole Denial:

The United States Department of Justice has once again made a mockery of its lofty and pretentious title.

After releasing an original and continuing disciple of death cult leader Charles Manson who attempted to shoot President Gerald Ford, an admitted Croatian terrorist, and another attempted assassin of President Ford under the mandatory 30-year parole law, the U.S. Parole Commission deemed that my release would “promote disrespect for the law.”

If only the federal government would have respected its own laws, not to mention the treaties that are, under the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land, I would never have been convicted nor forced to spend more than half my life in captivity. Not to mention the fact that every law in this country was created without the consent of Native peoples and is applied unequally at our expense. If nothing else, my experience should raise serious questions about the FBI's supposed jurisdiction in Indian Country.

The parole commission's phrase was lifted from soon-to-be former U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley, who apparently hopes to ride with the FBI cavalry into the office of North Dakota governor. In this Wrigley is following in the footsteps of William Janklow, who built his political career on his reputation as an Indian fighter, moving on up from tribal attorney (and alleged rapist of a Native minor) to state attorney general, South Dakota governor, and U.S. Congressman. Some might recall that Janklow claimed responsibility for dissuading President Clinton from pardoning me before he was convicted of manslaughter. Janklow's historical predecessor, George Armstrong Custer, similarly hoped that a glorious massacre of the Sioux would propel him to the White House, and we all know what happened to him.

Unlike the barbarians that bay for my blood in the corridors of power, however, Native people are true humanitarians who pray for our enemies. Yet we must be realistic enough to organize for our own freedom and equality as nations. We constitute 5% of the population of North Dakota and 10% of South Dakota and we could utilize that influence to promote our own power on the reservations, where our focus should be. If we organized as a voting bloc, we could defeat the entire premise of the competition between the Dakotas as to which is the most racist. In the 1970s we were forced to take up arms to affirm our right to survival and self-defense, but today the war is one of ideas. We must now stand up to armed oppression and colonization with our bodies and our minds. International law is on our side.

Given the complexion of the three recent federal parolees, it might seem that my greatest crime was being Indian. But the truth is that my gravest offense is my innocence. In Iran, political prisoners are occasionally released if they confess to the ridiculous charges on which they are dragged into court, in order to discredit and intimidate them and other like-minded citizens. The FBI and its mouthpieces have suggested the same, as did the parole commission in 1993, when it ruled that my refusal to confess was grounds for denial of parole.

To claim innocence is to suggest that the government is wrong, if not guilty itself. The American judicial system is set up so that the defendant is not punished for the crime itself, but for refusing to accept whatever plea arrangement is offered and for daring to compel the judicial system to grant the accused the right to right to rebut the charges leveled by the state in an actual trial. Such insolence is punished invariably with prosecution requests for the steepest possible sentence, if not an upward departure from sentencing guidelines that are being gradually discarded, along with the possibility of parole.

As much as non-Natives might hate Indians, we are all in the same boat. To attempt to emulate this system in tribal government is pitiful, to say the least.

It was only this year, in the Troy Davis, case, that the U.S. Supreme Court recognized innocence as a legitimate legal defense. Like the witnesses that were coerced into testifying against me, those that testified against Davis renounced their statements, yet Davis was very nearly put to death. I might have been executed myself by now, had not the government of Canada required a waiver of the death penalty as a condition of extradition.

The old order is aptly represented by Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, who stated in his dissenting opinion in the Davis case, “This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is 'actually' innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged 'actual innocence' is constitutionally cognizable.”

The esteemed Senator from North Dakota, Byron Dorgan, who is now the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, used much the same reasoning in writing that “our legal system has found Leonard Peltier guilty of the crime for which he was charged. I have reviewed the material from the trial, and I believe the verdict was fair and just.”

It is a bizarre and incomprehensible statement to Natives, as well it should be, that innocence and guilt is a mere legal status, not necessarily rooted in material fact. It is a truism that all political prisoners were convicted of the crimes for which they were charged.

The truth is the government wants me to falsely confess in order to validate a rather sloppy frame-up operation, one whose exposure would open the door to an investigation of the United States' role in training and equipping goon squads to suppress a grassroots movement on Pine Ridge against a puppet dictatorship.

In America, there can by definition be no political prisoners, only those duly judged guilty in a court of law. It is deemed too controversial to even publicly contemplate that the federal government might fabricate and suppress evidence to defeat those deemed political enemies. But it is a demonstrable fact at every stage of my case.

I am Barack Obama's political prisoner now, and I hope and pray that he will adhere to the ideals that impelled him to run for president. But as Obama himself would acknowledge, if we are expecting him to solve our problems, we missed the point of his campaign. Only by organizing in our own communities and pressuring our supposed leaders can we bring about the changes that we all so desperately need. Please support the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee in our effort to hold the United States government to its own words.

I thank you all who have stood by me all these years, but to name anyone would be to exclude many more. We must never lose hope in our struggle for freedom.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

Leonard Peltier

 

Hussain Jack Marvin (30)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 12:37 am
Thanks . Signed and moving
 

Cheree M. (249)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 2:46 am
Noted & signed. Thanks
 

Chris McCabe (35)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 2:46 am
Thanks for reminding me of LP's case, a notorious travesty of justice. Our best wishes to Mr Peltier; can we send him postcards?
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 4:17 am
Tis done...thank you for the info!
 

Beatrice B. (114)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 8:58 am
Noted and signed, thank you
 

Just Carole (341)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 6:51 pm

Please get a hobby. You are too boring.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 6:59 pm
FACT IS THIS WORTHLESS BASTARD KILLED 2 FBI AGENTS. WHAT A WORTHLESS TURD.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 6:59 pm
OPEN WIDE WHEN YOU YAWN....LOL
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 7:02 pm
JC AND WEEPY WOLF TURNED AND FLAGGED FOR BEING STUPID.
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 7:03 pm
Real you are such a stupid ass...Need attention go get a fucking hooker...LOL

 

Just Carole (341)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 7:04 pm

Thanks, Gorilly . . . But hookers need money.

LOL
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 7:06 pm
Oh my bad.....People like um this real peice of shit...are just pussys. Ya know I got your back...

Big Gorilly Hugs
 

Just Carole (341)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 7:08 pm

I know that, dear Steph.

(but I wasn't worried about my back -- LOL)
 

Just Carole (341)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 7:10 pm

Actually? I wasn't worried about my front either.

(I've slapped children with bad mouths before.)
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 7:11 pm
LMAO.....YA....

Gorilly...You are the fazzizzle...
 

Pat B. (354)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 7:12 pm
Thanx C, for this. Noted, and signed.
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 8:21 pm
Sorry folks, the The troll is on her Autumn Alcoholic Rant.
She can't find any website to tolerate her antics, so she comes here in a drunken rant because she has way too many profiles here that she can utilize.
I am surprised she got kicked off Care 2 so quickly, but no doubt she'll be be back under one of her numerous parked profiles.
Again....thank you for flagging her.
Your still the best of the best....*S*
 

Barbara W. (342)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 10:58 pm
This message is for Real P...You stooped low. I guess you fit the saying, "You Can't Fix Stupid"
 

Mandi T. (421)
Friday September 25, 2009, 5:33 pm
Already signed..
Thanks Carole..
 

Larry S. (645)
Friday September 25, 2009, 6:16 pm
Was it election year? Lot's of innocent ppl get forced down the wrong road when there is an eager political person on the prowl. More change in need in this area.
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Friday September 25, 2009, 6:52 pm
Lars you are soooooooooooooooooooo right...

Big Gorilly Hugs
 

Spencer Selander (8)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 4:20 am
It's incredible that Leonard Peltier is still in prison; the gaping holes in the case against him have been known for decades. Hope the Obama administration will do the right thing - unlike all those that came before.

Signed and noted.
 

Brigid C. (118)
Tuesday September 29, 2009, 1:58 pm
Thanks for sending me this. I have signed. I hope justice is done.
 

JoAnna N. (199)
Friday October 2, 2009, 6:05 am
Leonard has not given up, Harvey Arden has not given up, so neither will I. Noted and signed.
Thanks Carole.
 

Merry L. (74)
Saturday October 3, 2009, 4:52 pm
Thanx Carole-note, signed and totally disgusted! This is definitely NOT the 1st...
 

Winefred M. (88)
Thursday October 8, 2009, 7:19 am
Noted and signed.
TY.
 

. (0)
Sunday October 11, 2009, 7:46 pm
I too have signed both here and change.org the little trolls are laughable, go scoot under your little bridge with the thick moss hanging down. Thanks * C *
 

Kay S. (456)
Wednesday October 21, 2009, 8:12 am
Noted and signed! I have signed so many petition to help this man get out of prison I have lost count! Nothing seems to stir the judicial system on this case! Unreal!
 
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