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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Top Prosecutor: Clemency for Leonard Peltier 'in best interest of justice'


Top Prosecutor: Clemency for Leonard Peltier 'in best
interest of justice'
Kari Ann Boushee, Family Contact and Co-Director
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
French translation by Christine Prat
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans
Last month, a letter in support of clemency for federal prisoner Leonard Peltier was sent to President Obama by former United States Attorney James H. Reynolds.
Supporters believe that Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in 1977 for the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Imprisoned for over 41 years, Peltier has the support of Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. Over 50 Members of Congress and others—including Judge Gerald Heaney (8th Circuit Court of Appeals) who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release.
As noted in his letter to President Obama, Mr. Reynolds was appointed to the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of Iowa by former President Jimmy Carter. He held the position in 1977, the year that Mr. Peltier’s case went to trial, and supervised the prosecutors through trial and appeals, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Hultman. He was later appointed as U.S. Attorney for South Dakota.
Appellate courts have repeatedly acknowledged evidence of government misconduct in the Peltier case—including knowingly presenting false statements to a Canadian court to extradite Mr. Peltier to the U.S., and forcing witnesses to lie at trial.  A federal prosecutor has twice admitted that the government "can't prove who shot those agents." Per the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals "the FBI used improper tactics in securing Peltier’s extradition from Canada and in otherwise investigating and trying the Peltier case."  The court concluded that the government withheld evidence from the defense favorable to Peltier "which cast a strong doubt on the government's case," and that had this other evidence been brought forth "there is a possibility that a jury would have acquitted Leonard Peltier."  In 2003, the judges of the 10th Circuit stated: “Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed.”
Per the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), from the time of Peltier’s conviction in 1977 until the mid-1990s, the average length of imprisonment served for homicide in the U.S. prior to being released on parole ranged from 94 to 99.8 months (about 8 years). Per the existing standards at the time of his sentencing, Peltier is long overdue for discretionary parole. Per 1977 standards, he has served the equivalent of over five life sentences. But, in violation of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 (and its amendments), the government has illegally extended Peltier's prison term. Effective on October 12, 1984, the law ordered that parole dates be issued to all "old system" prisoners within the following five-year period, at the end of which time (on October 11, 1989) the U.S. Parole Commission would cease to exist. After it had technically ceased to exist, the Commission claimed it needed more time to complete its work. Congress inexplicably granted several after-the-fact extensions. These extensions were legally invalid and therefore inapplicable because, at the time they were made, the Parole Commission had already been abolished.  
Further, in determining his release date, the government has failed to apply its 30 -year rule.  After 30 years served, all sentences are to be aggregated and the prisoner released.  In addition, the government has not considered the good-time credit earned by Peltier (20 years, to date). Peltier has long been eligible for mandatory release.
Clemency, Reynolds said in his letter to President Obama, is “…in the best interest of justice in considering the totality of all matters involved.”
Age 71 and in poor health, Peltier formally applied for clemency on February 17, 2016, and awaits President Obama’s decision.
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December 21, 2016, Letter from James H. Reynolds to President Barack Obama

What YOU can do:  Call President Obama for Leonard Peltier: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414; email President Obama:; post a comment on Obama's Facebook page: or message him at (or; send a tweet to President Obama: @POTUS or @WhiteHouse; and/or write a letter: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Headquarters: 202 Harvard Drive SE, #5, Albuquerque, NM  87106
(505) 217-3612 
Mailing Address: PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR  97123

Water Protectors Resist Federal Grand Jury -- Steve Martinez Refuses to Cooperate

Riot Police using OC Spray on Water Protectors without justification on the front line. Photo by Rob Wilson Photography

Dutch translation of statement by Alice Holemans, NAIS

Mohawk Nation News 'Perfect Stupidity'


Mohawk Nation News 
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MNN. Jan 3, 2017. The tribal and band council system promotes, trains and rewards stupidity and their help in carrying out the genocide. The corporation/government uses carefully selected trained provocateurs who have no conscience to destroy the cohesion of our people and our adherence to the kaia’nere:kowa, great peace. [Saul Alinsky method].
These sell-outs have been among us from the beginning. The corporation gives them destructive powers so we disappear in order to make our land and resources available to corporate exploitation.
The corpo chiefs’ motto is: “I’ll sign that [fraudulent] agreement, just gimmie my money”.  You can’t fix stupid!
It’s tribal and band banditry with overtones of stupidity. The people now see them for what they are, crooks with power to threaten, punish, steal and murder us.
On behalf of the corporation the Standing Rock chairman knowingly violated human rights by putting the water protectors in a state of helplessness and danger. The donations from good people all over the world were confiscated. They were left to fend for themselves in the bitter cold.
A stupid person is dangerous. The corporation puts stupid and cowardly people in charge of our communities with military backup. The corpo chairmen inflict losses on and even threaten death to their own people. These stupid pawns are fully aware they are harming and causing hardships in order to get what’s in it for them.
They are a destructive power who make sure that there is no strength in the people to resist the continuous plot to takeover our land and resources. Some agreements have been secretly signed with the pipelines to bring deadly crude oil bombs on trains, highways and ships through our communities over our objections.
The rulers pay their vassals to be stupid and obedient. The script is to try to make us helpless and dependant so that we might become corrupt and stupid like them.
Stupidity is a major qualification to become a corpo INDIAN chairman who help the corporation eradicate our population. Our frustration will soon be over.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman says everybody should question where they were when we needed them, especially the corporation and their INDIAN puppets: “Where were you when we needed you our friend. We came close to the end and when our land is being stolen, you just stood by. When we were being massacred, you did not even cry. When they put us on reservations [POW camps], you did not lose any sleep. When we were starving, you had enough to eat. When we had no voice, you never said a word. When we cried out to you, you never even heard. When our freedom was being denied, you never questioned why. When we needed help, the well was always dry. Where were you …? 
Standing Rock Update:
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LET’S TELL THEM WHERE WE STAND: Politicians, Corporatists, Band & Tribal Councils and sell-outs that are cooperating with pipeline companies;
ENERGY TRANSFER STRATEGIST: Michael (Cliff) Waters, Lead Analyst 77002 (713), 989-2404
NORTH DAKOTA: Office of the Governor Jack Darymple: 701-328-2200; Morton County Sheriff’s Department: 701-328-8118 & 701-667-3330; Allen Koppy Morton County Attorney 701.667.3350; N.D. National Guard: 701-333-2000; Army Corps of Engineers (202) 761-5903
U.S. Embassy Worldwide & Ottawa, 490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G8: (General): 613-688-5335, (Emergency): 613-238-5335, (Media): 613-688-5315 Fax: 613-688-3082, US Embassy of the United States, London UK, Switchboard: [44] (0)20 7499-9000, White House Washington 202-456-1111 or (202) 456-1414
ENERGY TRANSFER, 214.981.0700: Lee Hanse, Executive Vice President, 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400, San Antonio, Texas 78258 (210) 403-6455 Glenn Emery, Vice President (210) 403-6762
Call Bernie Sanders202-224-5142; Call Hillary Clinton 646-854-1432—
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