A comment meant for the previous blog A truth Yet To be Buried Redux
“All the talk of Cointel, the feds, Nazis, Hoover, or political prisoners, cannot alter an iota of the truth, of Peltier’s own words.
A truth yet to be buried unlike Peltier’s and AIM’s victims despite ongoing efforts to do just that.”
In response to this one might ask what was the FBI’s real purpose for being on Pine Ridge in the first place? It certainly wasn’t to investigate, “Indian on Indian,” crimes as some would like you to believe. The U.S gov. policy has always been, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian,” so it has to go deeper than that. It ultimately comes down to them being the strong arm for the energy consortium’s that were trying to secure Uranium mining on the reservation. And also to a lesser degree to nuetrilize AIM and prevent them from getting in the way of their first goal. This would explain why they provided the “traitor”
Dick Wilson with Ammo, weapons and intelligence with a Green light to terrorize and even murder his own people. I don’t recall any FBI convictions for “aiding and abetting,” for these CRIMES? To follow this logic, Butler and Robideau were rightfully acquitted and Peltier should have been as well. The FBI itself was “guilty” of creating a climate of fear that lead to the deaths of their own agents. There was also a botched plan. How else would you explain Trimbach being dismissed from his post the very next day and BIA agent Stoldt fleeing in fear of his life from the FBI? It’s just like today. Who is going to be the enforcer of the pipeline if Obama caves? It will be the “corporate” police force.
The FBI. They probably have already infiltrated anti-pipeline and other environmentalist groups, the same way they did with the Occupy movement. If that doesn’t work, they’ll call in the National Guard and the military like “teflon,” Joe Trimbach wanted to do. Peltier has already done 39 years. He’s more than paid for any crime that he may or may not have committed. Now if there were any such thing as real, “Justice,” an FBI would pay for their crimes committed against the Lakota nation and Peltier would be set free immediately!
“Had the FBI not sabotaged the rights movements of the postwar era, had it not sent Doug Durham and Gil and Jill Shafer and John Stewart and Virginia Deluce and others of their kind into AIM, had it not added the virus of Informers A and B to the paranoia it had already created, had it investigated crimes against AIMers on Pine Ridge, had it stanched the perjury and coercion and framing that its agents practiced as a matter of course, had the Justice Department not gone along with every step of this, had the BIA not let Dick Wilson run his own impeachment trial, steal an election, and jerry-rig voter rolls to save his government, had the courts held the FBI or prosecutors accountable for their sins, or had Congress done so, Anna Mae
Aquash would not have been killed. To read the news reports of the last few years is to be told that Aquash was murdered because AIM thought she was in infiltrator. This is only half the truth. Aquash was murdered because the government of the United States waged an officially sanctioned, covert war on the country’s foremost movement for Indian rights. It was a quiet war, chiefly psychological, with only the occasional shot fired in anger, but like the Cold War, it was a war all the same.” Hendricks “Unquiet Grave”
“On December, 1975( which was to say, one week after Aquash was murdered)____advised that an unidentified Indian female was_________Colorado.
The three Indian members of AIM( all of Denver, Colorado identified as ____(phonetic) and alledgedly_________…Source claims rumors are
that __who stays at ______the ____,Colorado and ___Colorado, committed the actual murder. Others who may have knowledge of the murder
are ____Colorado and ______, South Dakota.” FBI files ( comment: If there was no FBI complicity why wasn’t this addressed at this time? )
Here’s the scenario you present:
You and I jointly commit a crime – murder(s) for example, I get caught, tired and convicted, and go to prison.Years later you get caught, or an accusation is made that you were involved, and on the basis of that I should be set free – doesn’t matter that I actually pulled the trigger?
A novel approach to say the least, but avoids the concept of accountability for all with complicity doesn’t it?There is a trend in courts now that allows victims or the survivors of victims to have their day in court by making a statement – have you tried floating this version of “clemency” with the survivors of AIM’s or Peltier’s victims? Any of them on board with your desire to hand out free passes?
Suppose someone hired a hit man to kill a family member of your’s, do you think the actual shooter should go free and only the “employer” held to account?
I have repeatedly throughout the entirety of this blog from it’s inception said I want any and all with any measure of complicity held to account, with the further clarification that I don’t give a damn who it is – in doing so I have also repeatedly asked you to join me in that and you have steadfastly refused.
You aren’t concerned with justice, you merely want AIM and Peltier to get a free pass, you attempt to camoflauge it with rhetoric about the nations and our children and will go to any extreme advocating for or presenting any straw man argument you can come up with in furtherance of that.
A further clarification would be I don’t give a damn how many years Peltier has spent in prison, for all the difference it makes to me he can spend another thirty nine years there if he lasts that long.
A part of your effort has been to ridicule the ’99 Oyate statement as being meaningless, defend Crow Dog selling sundance licenses, relentlessly spam the email accounts of various individuals, resort to the lowest form of insults and sexual innuendo directed at women, and as a rule of thumb avoid answering direct questions that demonstrate the inherent weakness of your position.
In doing so you may fancy yourself as a knight in shining armor riding in to defend your boys in distress but the reality is every time you open your mouth you stick your foot in it just as Peltier does and strengthen the case against him. And every time you avoid a question you re enforce what you’re about.
And that “botched plan”, is that the one with the “invasion map” distributed by AIMINTELPRO?
Now since you love to present selected quotes from Hendricks as gospel try these on for size and address them, we’ll begin with Crow Dog:
“But while Crow Dog was indeed religious and gunless, he was no pacifist. He had once been convicted of menacing a suspected informer with a chainsaw, and he regularly and fiercely beat his wife Mary.”
There are a lot of “religious” people in the world, but few spiritual one’s in comparison, and Crow Dog, “religious” or “gunless”, is a fraud.
This is the second hand “spiritual leader” AIM had to shop around for and settle upon when no else wanted the “position”.
Ultimately it may have worked to their advantage in Crow Dog assuming the role of grave keeper related to the unmarked graves of AIM’s victims. What aspect of spirituality has to do with “regularly and fiercely” beating a wife?
“The AIMers approached. Who and how many they were are still unknown, but among them were Leonard Peltier, Dino Butler, and Bob Robideau- the same trio who had interrogated Aquash in New Mexico a few weeks before.”
The same trio – why does that make me think of Larry, Curly, and Moe? And illustrates again the serial liar Peltier is when making his claim he never went to the agents car or even so much as saw them dead.
“But the dismissal of the bombing charge was hard to explain: it was not everyday that the government overlooked a bombing at a national icon, particularly when the FBI was certain it’s suspect was the bomber. ( (Hill’s FBI file makes it clear the FBI never even considered other suspects, save for Ament, who turned out not to have been with Hill at the time of the bombing. Not surprisingly suspicion arose within AIM that Hill had cut a deal with the feds. Unwise remarks by Hill abetted the suspicion.
“When Dave was in the lockup,” an AIMer who asked not be identified said, “he told us we better make sure to get him out immediately, or he’d end up talking. He said he couldn’t just sit in jail. I thought, “Well, shit, it’s a little late for that”.
And so I say as I have previously it is my belief that Hill did in fact roll over, and the very real irony is that he has become a spokesman for ILPDC.
To borrow from Cheryl Buswell Robinson, Perry Ray Robinson jr’s widow, when speaking of lies told by Carter Camp “ain’t that a kick?”
If true this means that not only you but ILPDC associates with “snitches” while calling anyone who speaks a truth about AIM/Peltier a snitch or a fed. And you wonder why none of you have any credibility? You wonder why Peltier will end his days behind bars?
Interesting to me that in the midst of your attempts to misdirect and avoid none of your cronies weighs in to support you or anything you have to say. Why do you think that is? Is it because they too would be confronted with the same facts and questions they have no answer for?
Is it because they realize all the talk of OKC and whatever else has nothing to do with the events, the AIM murders, that transpired in the backyards of the nations?
Hendrick’s book is rife with failed attempts to interview people, people refusing to even respond to a phone call, with lies they told he clearly points out as in the case of Bill Means and Carter Camp, and yet all you can talk about is OKC – what the feds did or didn’t do but never about what your boys did.
“The individual men and women who ran AIM were savvy to person. Some were brilliant. A few very wise. They knew or should have known that only the FBI could separate the snitched from the snitch-jacketed. They knew or should have known that exactly what the FBI wanted was for activists to gamble 0n the matter and kill on of their own. That AIM’s leaders rolled the dice was criminal not merely in the legal sense but in their betrayal of the thousands of their race who entrusted their hopes to AIM. When AIM’s leaders killed Aquash, they killed their own movement as surely as the FBI did.
There are retirees on today on both sides of the AIM-FBI divide who as deserving of a cage as Arlo Looking Cloud. The difference that separates them still is that only the AIMers stand a chance of being put in one.”
Even the very author you quote stipulates two undeniable points – that AIM betrayed the nations and are criminals.That they are in the least mutually complicit and responsible for their actions.
Taking down a fed as in convicting one is even more difficult than convicting a local cop, who at best will only receive a slap on the wrist in the vast majority of cases.
This is something people should and do know- but the AIM leadership are neither feds or cops and there is no plausible reason why they haven’t been held to account….save one in my opinion, that is that one or more of them was and may still be an informant, and that puts one and all in a precarious position.
There was sufficient enough evidence to nail Banks via the wiretaps alone. What we know of them is that Bank’s was recorded giving Chris Westerman orders to dispose of Ray Robinson’s body – that’s what is known. Undoubtedly there are others that indicate his involvement to even a greater degree.
For all the murders AIM claims occurred and were never prosecuted doesn’t it strike you as a little odd that the leadership, who certainly would have had to be characterized as high value targets, managed to make it through the “wars”?
Their “betrayal” and “crimes” were committed in our backyard – not yours or anyone elses, and that should be addressed by every indigenous person on this entire continent.
In your attempt to exonerate AIM on the basis of paranoia, a climate of fear – even if that were a valid defense and gave them the right to commit cold blooded murder, which it does not, you fail to acknowledge that neither Annie nor Ray were informants and that completely destroys any “defense” you may try to mount..and what you’re left with is come out and say they killed the wrong people. But everyone knows you’d never do that.
Peltier has done nothing for the nations, he hasn’t defended us, fought for us, or even has the right to claim he has – he murdered for the sole reason he thought the agents were coming to arrest him on that Wisconsin warrant,his personal fear having nothing to do with a created climate, he even admitted that when first arrested in Canada.An admission that was cited as a factor in losing one of his many appeals.
What is in the doc quote you cite are two important words…”rumors” and “claims”. I don’t believe anyone gets arrested merely on the basis of rumors and claims.
My problem with the way this has been handled is as time progressed what became known, and that translates to evidence and witness statements, something more substantial, is that it took decades to make an arrest in the murder of Annie and none has been made related to the murder of Ray – both AIM victims.
Neither are defensible in my opinion and rightfully so have created a “climate” of suspicion and doubt.
Do I detect a crack in the propaganda wall? Where once it was Peltier was absolutely innocent, Mr. X did it,then to morph into judicial error, and now it’s further diluted with “Peltier has already done 39 years. He’s more than paid for any crime that he may or may not have committed.”
As if to say doesn’t matter if he did murder one or more agents all that counts is the time he’s done. “May or may not” …..uh huh.
You can save all your sermonizing about the treatment of our people for your fellow wannabes – I, and we, know all about it, have lived it for generations.