Strewn across the net in various videos, articles, and statements made by Peltier are these cautionary considerations he voices-conflicting statements like he doesn’t know who so and so is “but” if he did he wouldn’t say, or that yes he did fire upon the agents, but not at them, just in their general direction-among the many other examples is the one quoted below….below where he contradicts other statements once again in saying he was SHOOTING AT THEM.
These qualifications are much the same as a wink and nod-and Peltier invariably says he if wants to get out of prison he can’t say certain things-and there is the wink -he’s letting you in on a secret.
In his desire to be the myth, to be a warrior, other than a sniveling coward he is compelled to dangle the carrot-to keep hope alive for those who have chosen him for their fantasy team.
He embellishes this with self flattery like:
“…people on my reservation know about what happened that day. They know who fought hard and they know who was courageous and they know who was the hero.They know I fought very,very hard. I was not afraid. I stood there (unintelligible) enemy as a warrior should when he is victorious. I wasn’t afraid. I wasn’t afraid any of those time. I can’t get up here and say, tell the world I was a courageous warrior. Especially in this system, I can’t tell the system I was shooting at their police officers THAT WERE TRYING TO ARREST ME.
But foot in the mouth does it again in the final words I have capitalized-his belief that they were coming to arrest him for that Wisconsin warrant-none of what followed resulted from anything other than that.
So Peltier is correct-he can’t tell the true story because the moment he does it is over for him.
In a question about warrior traditions among plains tribes he is asked if it was common once an enemy had fallen did people come up to touch them or take items, and did that occur related to Williams and Coler?
Peltier immediately seeks to cover his ass by saying:
“No. I never got close to them.”- A lie he admits to in subsequent interviews when being advised that Robideau has placed them there.
When asked if any other people did he replies-“I think some of the other people might have, yes.”
When asked if some of the items taken from the agents would be a part of that tradition he responds:
( But if these “other” people did all the taking and Peltier wasn’t even present to see it how does that account for one of the agents handgun being found in the RV during the Oregon stop with Peltier’s fingerprints? Yeah, I know the predictable response to that “somebody might have given it to him”-uh huh, and “somebody” supposedly saw Annie alive after her murder.)
“Part of the old way. I think some of the other people might have come, too. That’s why you might have heard some of the people say they were down by the cars. They wanted (unintelligible), traditional ways, old ways to strip your enemy of everything he has, strip him completely. Yeah. I can’t say if I did or not. I know I didn’t but even if I had, I can’t say these things. I can’t tell you actions I did to hold back those forces from capturing my people? You know how much gunfire I laid out,stuff like this, I can’t do it. I just can’t. I’m going to be hurting myself. If they read that they’re going to be twice as angry.
The public would love it. Sale would jump up. I’ll have to consider that down the road when I find out.’ (find out meaning if he is released at some point).
When you get out, publish the new revised edition? He is asked, and he responds:
“Right, yes. “
He fought to ” hold back those forces from capturing my people”.
Exactly what forces-two agents? And who was trying capture his people-which people specifically? Peltier’s statement of “his people” amounts to nothing more than himself-but even the agents didn’t know he was there-they we after Jimmy Eagle to serve multiple warrants that went beyond the “boots” lie LPDOC has floated, and included assault and unlawful detention, which amounts to kidnapping.
“Yeah. I can’t say if I did or not. I know I didn’t but even if I had, I can’t say these things.”
Always the mantra, always the cover story- the wink and the nod -Peltier in his desperation to be seen as “traditional” warrior can’t resist dangling the carrot, or even recognize that each time he does he reveals himself a little more.
By any estimation, any metric, this is a stupid man. But more than than that an egotistical pathetic excuse for a human being.