Levi Rickert of Native News Network is noted for writing formulaic pro AIM pro Peltier articles and has suggested that an investigation into murders of agents Williams and Coler that Peltier stands convicted of should be reopened .
Rickert’s reason for this? He quotes the axiom of with liberty and justice for all.
Works for me, but I would add let Obama do this by executive order, since the U.S. Attorney Generals office doesn’t seem inclined to, or for that matter any other agency.
An executive order that reopens the investigations into the murders that took place within WK2 at the hands of AIM as a part of it.
An executive order that releases all documents related in any way to the last four plus decades of AIM activities.
All the informants within it including those within the AIM hierarchy, all investigative documents by any agency, the release of Peltier’s parole hearing records-which Peltier refuses to do by signing off on them, and the release of all financial records held by LPDOC.
Then drag them all into court, everyone, and hold each accountable.
Let Obama issue such an order and watch the number of writs filed, the cries of foul, and the headlong rush to take the fifth when it comes to that. Rest assured we would hear a great deal about the “constitutionality” of such an order as well.
If justice is the goal then it must be inclusive-if justice is what Rickert desires then let him adopt this approach and spend as much time promoting it as he does “liberty and justice” for Peltier.
If this isn’t acceptable to Rickert then I suggest he say so and state his reasons why. If that isn’t acceptable either then maybe Rickert should find other things to write about.
Rickert has written some in depth and informative articles about several issues the nations face, and I readily acknowledge and give him credit for that, but the kid gloves approach to Peltier and AIM stands in glaring opposition and can only be described as a failure in my opinion.
It should be obvious to one and all which side of the fence I’m on-I won’t make any effort to deny that as I’ve been on the other side as well at one and found it to be bogus, and that I am not a journalist.
For those who want to say I’m a sell out or fed then to them I say make the same call I have during the tenure of this blog to release EVERYTHING and hold EVERYONE accountable-something none of them have done…..and that is the difference between them and me, I haven’t the same fear of where it could lead to, because in the end it is about one thing-truth and justice, and in the pursuit of that NO ONE should be exempt.
If lies are being told I want to know that, and which camp or camps they emanate from, which individual is telling them-if my allegiance has been misplaced I want to know that as well and will be the first one to admit it.
If others aren’t willing to do the same then they are the ones selling out, and nothing they say can denies that simple reality.
I ‘d like to see Rickert author an indepth article about Annie’s wallet for instance. A wallet may seem inconsequential but the back story is what makes it interesting.
Through some vague and never explained route attorney Ken Tilsen winds up with it in his possession and forwards it on Annie’s family a few months after her body is found and later identified.
Tilsen says he has no idea who gave it to him and can’t even remember having it.
This from an attorney. Attorneys, who are supposed to have a good memory, an awareness of dates and specifics, and even given to making notes, who suffers a complete memory loss related to this particular wallet in the few short months following the discovery of Annie’s body.
I would imagine Annie’s wallet and personal effects were taken from her if not prior to her interrogation by AIM thugs, both men and women, then at some point prior to her execution in the hopes that if and when her body were discovered she wouldn’t be identified.
One would think as an attorney aware of the law and the investigation into the murder, which the FBI had jurisdiction over, he would have handed it over to them as possible evidence-but he didn’t.
Was the failure to do so in sending it to Annie’s family an act of compassion or an awareness the feds would be adamant in wanting to know how Tilsen came to be in possession of it?
People have a tendency to stuff their wallets with all manner of things-names, phone numbers, reminders to themselves, photos, and an endless list of other things- it would be interesting, perhaps even revealing, to know if Annie’s wallet had been gone through and if so what had been removed? I consider it a given that it had been as such things, what others might consider inconsequential, often paint a portrait of events and people in a person’s life.
Of further interest to me is the connection between Tilsen and AIM-that he was the attorney of record for Dick Marshall-one time “bodyguard” for Russell Means and convicted murderer.