I just watched the latest video offered on the Annie fb page and would commend Paul DeMain for having said what should be understood by one and all-not verbatim as cited below but close enough to make the point.
“Silence is killing our children we need snitches who say there is a crack house here that is killing our children-my uncle is raping his niece.”
By the Liberators own definition and liberal application of the word snitch, one would have to say Russell Mean’s melodramatic, with perfectly timed breaking up of his voice finger pointing at Vernon during the Branscombe news conference serves to qualify him as one.
I don’t exactly view his participation as a public service, more one of an abortive attempt at damage control. The reality was that Branscombe was on the trail and the press conference would have taken place at some point with or without Mean’s and his homeboy Churchill-didn’t leave a lot of options.
The problem with the AIM leadership of that era is they actually believed their own lies and propaganda-it is a part of the pathology. They thought they were invincible, that the tide of misguided public opinion would insulate them, and the intimidation they had long practiced would suffice.
In essence the original Wall Street Corporations and Banks too big to fail-recipients of their own stimulus packages in the form of government grants, pay offs, and well meaning, if not coerced donations.
Now, as is the case with the present day thugs who have milked the stimulus cash cow and being seen for what they are, so too are the liberators. The question is who will be the poster boy ala Madoff? Will it be any of the top CEO’s, or will they attempt to toss a subordinate under the bus? Tricky situation and a dangerous game to play.
But then there’s the unsettling suspicion that is gaining momentum-that of is there, has there, been an ultimate insider all these many years?
That in the aftermath of the Jumping Bull event and the all out ramped up effort by the feds to pursue and capture the shooters was a deal struck in the liberator hierarchy to give up Peltier for personal immunity? Something LPDOC might consider taking a look at.
There are those who say a growing number of clues can be found that point in that direction-if it is true what a buffoon and tool Peltier has been, but he is so caught up in the myth that has been created for him that it would be a near impossibility for him to confront or even to consider such a thing.
I view this as an hypothesis that increasingly has the feel of merit- much of what has defied explanation begins to make sense when as pieces of the puzzle find their place a coherent picture begins to emerge. It is as I say a hypothesis, but one worth looking at, and perhaps time will tell.
This identical myth building is underway regarding John Graham-of course such things as chasing the wind and living a sundance life have already been taken by Peltier, in lieu of that this low level gopher, this hanger on, is cast in the roll of an activist and “land warrior”-in time with this crafted resume he will be referred to as founder and high ranking AIM leader just as the other low level subordinate Peltier has been. It is the established formula.
When Graham starts selling second rate art work and tomes of fiction we will know the makeover is in full swing.
Will people buy into it? Of course they will, too many love them some conspiracy, too many walk around in a self induced coma, too many are armchair activists who are capable of little more than than being a sponge that soaks up the party line.
There are people who champion Charles Manson, skinheads who do likewise of Hitler-should any be surprised that there are those who would champion Peltier, Graham, and the wannabe chiefs?
Surprised? I can’t see why-angered and disappointed yes-but we are adults and know these things exist-too many view themselves as, and want to be “rebels”, convincing themselves that allegiance to fairy tales and the ogres that populate them makes it so.
It’s been a while since I’ve browsed any of the many works of fiction regarding Annie Mae that have been breathlessly authored and advanced as the result of what we are told is a devotion to truth and the pursuit of justice, an unbiased and exhaustive devotional effort, that in effect does nothing more than to further muddy the water and assist those who have something to hide.
These “books” are almost singularly dependent on information selectively taken out of context by organizations such as LPDOC, Free John Graham, interviews with the accused (never with the accuser), their misguided supporters, and of the mighty “liberators” of oppressed people.
Facts are of secondary importance, and then only if they can be co opted, distorted , or spun. This is yellow journalism of the most obvious sort,-and a literary or journalistic effort that is both commercially and agenda driven.
In a very crude analogy it is the selling of bones, much as those of the buffalo were, or those of the Elephant Man-a public display of remains for profit, and maybe a little of that fifteen minutes based on the words of drive-by basketball players too cowardly to put in an appearance, and remnants of the pie patrol or those who wish they had of been and must content themselves to braid the hair of their heroes if not literally, then literarily.
In the wake of such transparent bias it doesn’t matter that one such as Thelma Rios confesses to her role in the abduction and murder of Annie Mae-I’ve seen numerous “explanations” why she did so-none of them willing to cede that she actually was involved or finally told the truth. No it has to be something else, anything else, for to admit the truth of what amounts to a deathbed statement from a dying woman is inconceivable and clearly illustrates that the works of fiction promoted as truth are exactly that-fiction, not even worthy of being viewed as indulging in creative or literary license.
It doesn’t matter that juries render a verdict, that literally dozens of witnesses testify-that more questions are asked, and silence, a refusal to respond is the rule of thumb. No, what this about is a conspiracy to destroy a morally and spiritually bankrupt organization that created absolute havoc in it’s wake and made untold millions in the process.
An organization and it’s leadership who believed that their “vision”, their sense of entitlement superceded all other considerations as they enriched themselves, divided up territory, and the spoils of the proclaimed war they initiated.
A war that included off shore accounts, firebombings of newspapers that dared to label them for what they were, drunken revelry at ceremonies, phoned in death threats, using and dealing drugs, the destruction of WK2, the incessant collection of donations that never were accounted for, the formation of untold charitable foundations and defense funds that have little to show for the money or time invested, rape and murder-all a blue print, a clone, of liberators who for centuries in every nation spanning the globe acted in the same manner, followed the same course.
These authors, journalists, and supporters have invested too much of themselves, too much of what is referred to as personal integrity too even consider, much less admit they have been in error. That they in point of fact either knowingly or unwittingly have perpetuated injustice while claiming to serve it and making a few bucks in the process.
To admit to having been used and made a fool of is a difficult thing-I know, having once been a knee jerk Peltier supporter-but in the end it is a human being that finds a greater value in moving on to the truth and accepting they were foolish.
It is a human being who looks openly at the overall picture and says the liberators say this and yet have done that, finds the discrepancies, and asks why rather than ignore them, make excuses, or contrive tales of conspiracy.
The feds had moles in AIM-what is that, an anomaly? Proof of a sinister conspiracy to break the nations? They’ve had them in the Mafia and nearly any organized crime syndicate you can think of-I don’t hear anyone complaining about that or labeling it a conspiracy. I don’t hear anyone complaining about it when fraud and embezzlement are exposed in charities or foundations, or in Wall Street, the Banking industry, or huge Corporations. I don’t see anyone complaining when street gangs that terrorize their communities are taken down. I hear no one complain when whistle blowers expose corruption or unsafe conditions in the workplace.
People see a drunk driver weaving on the highway and phone it in-a party in their neighborhood gets out of hand and they phone in it. They see a billboard alert of a missing child and thinking they may have seen the child or have some information and phone it in. They see some suspicious activity and phone in it -what are they, snitches, or someone concerned with the public welfare and possibly their own safety or that of loved one?
I’m not advocating for a big brother society, which this country is rapidly becoming, only common sense and asking oneself what they would do in a similar situation? To ask them self what is more is more important, to assist and protect a victim, the survivors, or to aid and abet the perpetrator(s) in a coverup and escaping accountability?
Abduction, rape, murder, theft, fraud, drug dealing are all crimes-if you don’t think so ask Banks who has decried the theft of his pots, demanded action, and offered a reward. That’s pots-not rape and murder, all should ask them self if the theft of pots is more heinous, more criminal, than crimes of violence?
One should wonder if in view of Bank’s uncanny ability to identify the remains of Annie Mae weeks before anyone else could if he might not be better suited to wrap a turban around his head, get a crystal ball, and set up a fortune telling stand at a flea market? Surely he’s missing his calling.
All should ask themselves if one can be this vocal, this adamant about a theft, why not at least equally so about those in unmarked graves at WK2 or the murder of Annie Mae? One should ask them self if a truth has ever been spoken by liberators-if it ever will be?
This excuse making and willingness to ignore is relied upon, it is part of the manipulation and a proven tool. It’s all about choice-that “free to be responsible” thing we hear so much about.
The us against them attitude is understandable, predictable, and certainly justified by centuries of injustice and oppression-what needs to be recognized and acted upon now though is who “them” are, rather than being led by tricksters and Judas goats.
In the end it is about an organization and a leadership that refused to police itself-to set a standard of integrity and practice an actual dedication to service on a people first basis. It is about greed and gluttony, malice, avarice, and mayhem, death and dying, and perhaps more than anything else name recognition and celebrity.
I find that I have arrived at a point where all I can say about this is F*** every damn lying one of them, and make no apology for doing so.