[Ppnews] Campaign to Secure the Release of Leonard Peltier's FBI Files

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Thu Mar 15 08:43:18 EDT 2007


  To: Leonard Peltier Supporters

From: Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Subject: Campaign to Secure the Release of Leonard Peltier's FBI Files

CAMPAIGN TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF LEONARD PELTIER'S FBI FILES

Dear LPDC Supporter:
As you know, Leonard has been unjustly incarcerated now for over 31 years
(still in maximum security, no less). During this time, he has dedicated his
life to the betterment of others through his financial and personal support
of social welfare and peace organizations. Allowed to paint limited hours
per day, Leonard has become an accomplished artist; painting from memory the
moments of a life he once lived. By donating his art, he funds educational
supplies for students, job training, a scholarship for those seeking law
degrees and supports two children through Childreach.
He suffered a stroke in prison. And also became an elder.
Maintaining his innocence, and a vision that he will be free before he dies,
Leonard requests your assistance, with the release of over 150,000 pages of
documents still being withheld by the FBI.
We are providing two sample letters that you may send to your
representatives in the U. S. House of Representatives and U. S. Senate. To
locate the names of your representative in the House and Senate go to:
<http://www.house.gov> www.house.gov and  <http://www.senate.gov>
www.senate.gov. We have also provided a list showing the number of pages
each FBI Field Office possesses dealing with Leonard Peltier and its
RESMURS* investigation. You will need to refer to it when drafting your
letters to your Congressmen, Congresswomen and Senators.

Please send copies of any responses you receive to the Leonard Peltier
Defense Committee, to the following address:

LPDC

3800 North Mesa, #A2

El Paso, TX 79902.

We hope to post copies of the responses as they come in.

Please note that by letter dated February 20, 2007 the Portland Field Office
of the FBI advised attorneys for Leonard that it located 15, 264 pages of
RESMURS* documents that had not been indexed under Leonard's name. The FBI
will release 3,866 pages of this material once they receive duplication fees
in the amount of $386.60. It should also be noted that the filing fee for
the appeal of Judge Frank's February 9, 2007 is $455.00

Now, more than ever, Leonard needs your support. Your financial
contributions -- and your voice -- will help Leonard attain justice, and
hopefully . freedom. No donation is too small. The staff and attorneys are
working on a volunteer basis. All funds raised cover hard costs such as
document duplication, filing fees, postage, etc.


Please mail your donations to the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee to the
following address:

LPDC

3800 N. Mesa #A2

El Paso, Texas 79902


To receive the most current and up-to-the date information regarding
Leonard, please check our website, @  <http://www.leonardpeltier.net>
www.leonardpeltier.net


We, and Leonard, are deeply grateful for your help and continued support.

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

* RESMURS (Reservation Murders)

Sample Letter for House of Representatives:

Please click here to locate the names of your representative in the House:

  <http://www.house.gov> www.house.gov.

Date

The Honorable_____________
U. S, House Of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

RE: LEONARD PELTIER FBI FILES

Dear Congressman_______________:

I am writing on behalf of Mr. Leonard Peltier. Mr. Peltier is currently
incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania,
for the deaths of two FBI agents, which occurred at the Pine Ridge
reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975. Although he was imprisoned,
his trial was unfair, and 31 years later Mr. Peltier still maintains his
innocence.

Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist who is considered by Amnesty
International, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National
Congress of American Indians, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for
Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U. S. Attorney General Ramsey
Clark, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among many other leaders, organizations,
and private citizens to be a political prisoner who should be immediately
released from prison.

In 2003, the United States Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit stated
that, "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."
Peltier v. Booker, 348 F. 3d 888, 896 (10th Cir. 2003).

I have just learned that the (insert name of city of the FBI field office
you are writing about) Field Office of the FBI possesses (insert number of
pages)

( Please scroll to list of Withheld Files and FBI office)

of material pertaining to Mr. Peltier. The U. S. Justice Department had an
obligation under the law to turn over this information to Mr. Peltier's
attorneys in 1977 at the time of his trial, but it did not. Prosecutors
merely released 3,500 pages of material to Mr. Peltier's defense attorneys
in 1977. The FBI and Justice Department, however, have now indicated that
there are actually 157,843 pages of FBI documents relating to Mr. Peltier.
Much of this data has never been seen by Mr. Peltier or his attorneys.

All FBI files dealing with Mr. Peltier ought to be released without any
further delay. The public has a right to know what is contained in these FBI
files. What possible rationale explanation could possibly exist for
withholding from Mr. Peltier and the public documents that are over three
decades old?

Please use your influence to push for the full release of all FBI files
relating to Mr. Leonard Peltier. May I hear from you concerning this matter
at your earliest possible convenience. I anxiously await your reply.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

signature

Your Name


SAMPLE LETTER FOR U.S. SENATE

Please click here to locate the name of your senator:

  <http://www.senate.gov> www.senate.gov

Date

The Honorable_____________
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

RE: LEONARD PELTIER FBI FILES

Dear Senator_______________:

I am writing on behalf of Mr. Leonard Peltier. Mr. Peltier is currently
incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania,
for the deaths of two FBI agents, which occurred at the Pine Ridge
reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975. Although he was imprisoned,
his trial was unfair, and 31 years later Mr. Peltier still maintains his
innocence.

Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist who is considered by Amnesty
International, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National
Congress of American Indians, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for
Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U. S. Attorney General Ramsey
Clark, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among many other leaders, organizations,
and private citizens to be a political prisoner who should be immediately
released from prison.

In 2003, the United States Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit stated
that, "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."
Peltier v. Booker, 348 F. 3d 888, 896 (10th Cir. 2003).

I have just learned that the (insert name of city of the FBI field office
you are writing about) Field Office of the FBI possesses (insert number of
pages)

Please scroll to list of Withheld Files and FBI OFFICES

of material pertaining to Mr. Peltier. The U. S. Justice Department had an
obligation under the law to turn over this information to Mr. Peltier's
attorneys in 1977 at the time of his trial, but it did not. Prosecutors
merely released 3,500 pages of material to Mr. Peltier's defense attorneys
in 1977. The FBI and Justice Department, however, have now indicated that
there are actually 157,843 pages of FBI documents relating to Mr. Peltier.
Much of this data has never been seen by Mr. Peltier or his attorneys.

All FBI files dealing with Mr. Peltier ought to be released without any
further delay. The public has a right to know what is contained in these FBI
files. What possible rationale explanation could possibly exist for
withholding from Mr. Peltier and the public documents that are over three
decades old?

Please use your influence to push for the full release of all FBI files
relating to Mr. Leonard Peltier. May I hear from you concerning this matter
at your earliest possible convenience. I anxiously await your reply.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

signature

Your Name

LIST OF FBI FIELD OFFICES MAINTAINING RECORDS RELATING TO LEONARD PELTIER
AND/OR RESMURS

FBI Field Office Number of Pages

Albany, NY - 64 pages
Albuquerque, NM - 3,550 pages
Anchorage, AK - 80 pages
Atlanta, GA - 535 pages
Baltimore, MD - 30 pages
Birmingham, AL - 200 pages
Boston, MA - 1,088 pages
Charlotte, NC - 50 pages
Chicago, IL - 2,525 pages
Cincinnati, OH - 19 pages
Cleveland, OH - 711 pages
Columbia, SC - 200 pages
Dallas, TX - 700 pages
Denver, Co - 2,671 pages
Detroit, MI - 40 pages
El Paso, TX - 37 pages
Honolulu, HI - 410 pages
Houston, TX - 300 pages
Indianapolis, IN - 275 pages
Jackson, MS - 350 pages
Kansas City, MO - 431 pages
Knoxville, TN - 400 pages
Las Vegas, NV - 954 pages
Little Rock, AR - 200 pages
Los Angeles, CA - 2,300 pages
Louisville, KY - 20 pages
Memphis, TN - 221 pages
Milwaukee, WI - 9,654 pages
Minneapolis, MN - 90,000 pages
Miami, FL - 200 pages
Mobile, AL - 400 pages
New York, NY - file is missing
Norfolk, VA - 400 pages
Omaha, NE - 2,861 pages
Oklahoma, OK - 2,075 pages
Philadelphia, PA - 465 pages
Pittsburgh, PA - 400 pages
Phoenix, AZ - 1,268 pages
Portland, OR - 15,264 pages
Richmond, VA - 82 pages
Sacramento, CA - 2,550 pages
San Antonio, TX - 77 pages
San Diego, CA - 723 pages
San Francisco, CA - 3,700 pages
San Juan, PR - 200 pages
Saint Louis, MO - 2,020 pages
Salt Lake City, UT - 1,500 pages
Seattle, WA - 3,200 pages
Springfield, IL - 374 pages
Tampa, FL - 330 pages
Washington, DC - 1,000 pages



Thank you,

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

3800 N. Mesa # A2

El Paso Texas 79902

Website:  <http://www.leonardpeltier.net> www.leonardpeltier.net

email:  <mailto:info at leonardpeltier.net> info at leonardpeltier.net

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