Update February 6, 2016 >> Leonard Peltier has NOW been wrongly incarcerated for 40 years. 40 years = 4 decades. This legacy of Wrong-doing has gone on too long! Thus far no President has had the courage to undo this travesty………..
PLEASE NOTE >> As of February 6, 2015 Leonard Peltier has been wrongly incarcerated for 39 years.
To put it plainly, like it or not Native American Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier’s LIFE is in the hands of President Barack Obama. However Leonard’s fate of wrongful imprisonment OR freedom has also been in the hands of 6 former Presidents. This has been the struggle now for 38 years! With Leonard in this struggle have been a vast number of attorneys, dignitaries, politicians, family, friends, allies, and supporters from around the world. There has never been just one Individual or group of Individuals who has done all the work for Leonard during these long years. We acknowledge all these Individuals both with us now and also those who have moved on to Spirit (Rest in Peace & Grace). Thank You.
The following Presidents of the United States of America could have but did NOT step in to reverse this now 38-year long Travesty of Justice put upon Leonard Peltier! For a complete extensive chronology of Leonard’s case please go to KOLA > http://users.skynet.be/kola/lpchrono.html
President Gerald Ford – 1974-1977
• June 26, 1975 >> The Reign of Terror on Pine Ridge Reservation instigated in part by the FBI in which 2 FBI agents and 1 Native American lost their lives (no investigation into the death of the young Native American).
• February 6, 1976 >> Leonard’s illegal arrest in Canada.
• December 16, 1976 >> Leonard’s unlawful extradition to the USA from Canada.
President Jimmy Carter – 1977-1981
• March 16 – April 18, 1977 >> Leonard’s trial in Fargo, North Dakota presided by Judge Benson in which fraudulent evidence was presented and in which due process of law was not afforded.
• March 5, 1979 >> Supreme Court refuses to review Leonard’s case.
President Ronald Reagan – 1981-1989
• October 1, 1984 >> Hearing for a new Trial begins in Bismark, North Dakota
• May 2, 1985 >> Denial for new Trial
• September 11, 1986 >> Leonard’s conviction is affirmed by the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, despite acknowledgement of clear FBI misconduct.
President George Bush – 1989-1993
• April 18, 1991 >> Senior Judge Gerald Heaney of the 8th Circuit Court panel that denied Leonard’s 1986 appeal, now – having left the Court – writes to the U.S. President that evidence of unlawful misconduct by the FBI and other governmental agencies before, during, and after the Fargo trial persuades him that Leonard Peltier deserves executive clemency.
• November 9, 1992 >> Original prosecutor at Fargo trial in 1977, Lynn Crooks, admits again before the 8th Circuit Court that the government does not know who killed the two agents nor what role Leonard may have had in the firefight.
Bill Clinton – 1993-2001
• November 23, 1993 >> After the U.S. Parole Commission denies appeal for parole, Leonard ‘s appeal attorney and former U.S. Attorney General, Ramsey Clark formally petitions for executive clemency from the U.S. president; application is sent to the U.S. Attorney General for review and recommendation, a process normally taking from 3 to 9 months.
• December 15, 1994 >> The European Parliament passes a unanimous resolution supporting executive clemency for Leonard.
• March 19, 1996 >> The U.S. Parole Commission again denies parole.
• April 1997 >> The Belgian Parliament passes a unanimous resolution in support of Leonard; asking the U.S. Congress to start hearings into the FBI misconduct in this particular case.
• February 11, 1999 >> The European Parliament passes a second unanimous resolution in favor of executive clemency.
• July 2000 >> The Belgian Parliament passes its second unanimous resolution in support of Leonard and again asks the U.S. Congress to start hearings into the FBI misconduct in this particular case.
• July 10, 2000 >> The Democratic Party of Washington State passes a unanimous resolution in support of executive clemency for Leonard.
• August 1, 2000 >> The Democratic Party of California passes a unanimous resolution in support of executive clemency.
• November 2000 >> In late November, President Bill Clinton publically announces he will review pending requests for executive clemency before he leaves office in January 2001; including Leonard’s request (from 1993).
• December 15, 2000 >> Nearly 500 current and retired FBI agents march to the White House in an unprecedented protest, opposing any presidential clemency for Leonard Peltier.
George W. Bush – 2001-2009
• April 4, 2002 >> Former FBI director Louis Freeh is named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Leonard’s attorneys. Freeh, along with the FBI Agents Association and a long list of active FBI agents, are accused of violating Leonard’s constitutional rights by making false and unsupported statements to the public, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Parole Commission, and former President Clinton.
• December 2002 >> The Cambridge Democratic City Committee, Massachusetts, passes a resolution in support of freedom for Leonard.
• January 9, 2003 >> KOLA presents the International Forum of VIPs for Leonard to U.S. President George W. Bush and Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee through the American embassies in Brussels, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris.
• February 2003 >> The Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts passes a resolution in support of freedom for Leonard and calls for the release of up to 100,000 related documents held in FBI field offices, as well as for congressional investigations into FBI misconduct in this case.
• May 7, 2003 >> the U.S. Justice Department, Office of the Pardon Attorney acknowledges receipt of the +220 letters signed by KOLA’s International Forum of VIPs. The Justice Dept. writes Leonard’s clemency request (from 1993) is still pending and that, as “ordered by President Bush”, the VIP letters are added to his file as “supporting evidence”.
• August 1, 2004 >> The California Peace and Freedom Party announces they will not be supporting Ralph Nader for president. The group of 80,000 instead nominates Leonard Peltier at its convention.
• September 2, 2004 >> In a major law suit filed by Leonard Peltier and another federal prisoner, they claim that U.S. Department of Justice officials knowingly violated the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 (and its amendments) and illegally extended their prison terms for over a decade.
• October 12, 2004 >> The 137 new International Peltier Forum (KOLA) letters signed by celebrities in 2003-2004 are sent to the White House by diplomatic mail through the U.S. Embassy in Belgium. The letters include the one signed by former USSR President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mikhail Gorbachov.
• January 19, 2009 >> The last full day of his presidency George W. Bush formally denies Executive Clemency to Leonard based upon Leonard’s 1993 Petition for Clemency.
Barack H. Obama – 2009-PRESENT
• January 20, 2009 >> Barack Obama is inaugurated and Leonard’s supporters start the process of “breaking in” a new President in the hope that he will grant Executive Clemency to Leonard.
• In September 2009, Leonard Peltier made a statement in response to his denial (once again) of parole. He said, “I am Barack Obama’s Political Prisoner now” (http://www.counterpunch.org/2009/09/11/i-am-barack-obama-s-political-prisoner-now/).
• Thus far during President Obama’s tenure in office 4 very significant organizations/governmental bodies again as in years past reaffirm their support for Leonard to be granted Executive Clemency; they are Amnesty International (AI), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the United Nations (UN) and the Belgium Parliament. 38 years in Prison is over half of Leonard’s lifetime and as much as some things change, other things remain the same. Leonard Peltier is STILL an imprisoned innocent man who has had his Constitutional, Treaty, Civil and Human Rights repeatedly violated by the United States government and its agents. This is torture* as referenced by the United States Constitution, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Geneva Convention. (BFW).
As it now falls upon President Barack Obama to grant Executive Clemency to Leonard it also falls upon Leonard’s supporters to reaffirm their willingness to take direct action on Leonard’s behalf. Please realize that Leonard is more than a Social Network celebrity to “Like” on Facebook or to “follow” on Twitter. Use your First Amendment Freedom of Speech to help Leonard gain his FREEDOM! Contact President Obama and respectfully request that he grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier!
The White House; President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Please include your e-mail address
Contact Website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Submit Questions & Comments: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments (fill in the form).
Twitter: https://twitter.com/whitehouse (@WhiteHouse), https://twitter.com/POTUS (@POTUS) and https://twitter.com/BarackObama (@BarackObama)
Educate yourself about Leonard’s case thru the following resources:
KOLA (established 1987 & 2006) > http://users.skynet.be/kola/
Friends of Peltier (established 2007) > http://www.freepeltiernow.org
Thank You. In and with the Spirit of Crazy Horse.
Bonnie Walker and Joan Rodriguez (R.I.P. February 22nd, 2015)