[Pnews] Clemency Denied For Peltier But We Will Keep Fighting- One Year Later

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  Clemency Denied For Peltier But We Will Keep Fighting- One Year Later

/Published January 28, 2018/

*International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier – February 6, 2018*

/By Peter Clark/

It has now been a little over a year since President Obama denied 
clemency to Leonard Peltier, a decision that will never be forgotten by 
the millions of people worldwide who supported his release. Obama’s 
decision was seen as a death sentence for the ailing Peltier, who had 
urgent triple bypass surgery in August 2017, has a dangerous abdominal 
aortic aneurysm and diabetes, and likely needs hip replacement surgery.

We continue the effort to find relief for Leonard Peltier and join the 
call for groups and individuals to observe International Day of 
Solidarity with Leonard Peltier, commemorating Peltier’s arrest, 43 
years to that date, on February 6, 2018. The entire network of 
supporters is working to encourage others to pick up the effort. It is 
encouraging to see that people continue to organize in support of 
freedom for Peltier, especially after such disappointment in Obama. In 
2012, there were over 30 events held worldwide to mark February 6^th , 
and throughout the clemency campaign, some 500,000 petition signatures 
and over 50,000 postcards were delivered to the Obama White House. (The 
ILPDC main office, then in Albuquerque, NM, stamped and mailed off 
approx. 10,000 of those completed postcards.) Together, we must reach 
and surpass that level of participation once again, to ensure that 
Leonard does not die in prison.

Leonard Peltier has spent over 42 years in prison for a crime he did not 
commit, and for which his co-defendants were acquitted by reason of 
self-defense. Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence 
against Peltier (including the so-called “murder weapon”), hid proof of 
his innocence, presented false testimony obtained through torturous 
interrogation techniques, ignored court orders, and lied to the jury.

            To this day, the FBI refuses to produce over 70,000
            documents related to the Peltier case. These documents are
            over 25 years old and are therefore considered historically
            significant. More importantly, they may contain information
            that would exonerate Leonard Peltier.

Media manipulation is a tried and true tactic used by the FBI against 
Leonard Peltier. Government documents show that, in 1993, the FBI 
developed a media plan by which to interfere with an executive order of 
clemency by the then President Bill Clinton. Then and since, the FBI has 
engaged in a systematic and officially-sanctioned campaign of 
misinformation and disinformation designed to prevent Peltier from 
receiving a fair hearing on his claims, both for clemency before the 
President of the United States and for parole before the U.S. Parole 
Commission. The FBI has done so in direct contravention of statutory and 
regulatory requirements designed to preserve the impartiality of the FBI 
and to preserve the due process rights of Leonard Peltier.

There is no doubt that the FBI’s most recent vehement and active 
campaign against Peltier’s 2016 clemency petition was a major factor in 
President Obama’s decision to condemn him to life in prison. There is 
much to be learned about the process and discussions among the 
Department of Justice, FBI and White House that lead to the denial of 
Peltier’s petition. Why, in the face of overwhelming worldwide support, 
too lengthy to list here, did President Obama reach this tragic 
decision? Unfortunately, unless a courageous champion who participated 
in that flawed process comes forward, the content of those discussions 
will remain unknown and are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

Please join these events and plan your own:







In early November 2017, the International Leonard Peltier Defense 
Committee released a call for supporters to:

Write a letter to Warden Roy Cheatam- USP Coleman 1 P.O. Box 1023 
Coleman FL. 33521, asking him why Leonard has not been transferred to a 
Federal Facility closer to his home, despite the fact that he suffers 
from an abdominal aortic aneurysm, battles diabetes, and has a 
deteriorating hip that has been causing him much pain over the last two 

/Peter Clark was a director at International Leonard Peltier Defense 
Committee, Albuquerque, N.M., from May 2015 through January 2017. 
Contact at info at indigenousrightscenter.org./

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