AIM’s ties to the CPUSA and CPC from George Roberts, AIM’s West Coast drug, guns, and money man to Canada’s Vernon Harper who entertained John Graham the trigger man in the murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash as a “house guest” in 1983 are well documented and undeniable.
Harper at one point during an interview in 2003 states that he knows Graham was involved despite his denials that he wasn’t but “knew what was going on”.
So much for the Graham lie of he took Annie to a “safe house” and satisfied she was safe moved on if he knew what was going on.
So much for Graham’s tale of DNA samples being taken from a park bench he was sitting on to “set” him up – a story so ridiculous I can’t imagine a child buying into it – yet some apparently with a lesser IQ and more gullible than a child have not only bought into it but promoted it as well with the feckless qualifier of it being Graham’s “truth” rather than calling it what it is, Graham’s lie – one of an endless stream.
Harper was actively involved with the Bellecourts and Russell Means, asserting that he Harper was in their “camps” and “involved” – involved in a nebulous “different part”, but by his own admission involved in some manner.
The question arises for me what the hell would a communist, who can reasonably be seen in some type of overseer/handler position relative to support, be doing involved in any capacity with the murder of Annie?
Could it be that in Annie’s position as a fund raiser she knew from where and from whom money and “material aid” came from? Compound that with Peltier’s boasting to her in front of others that he did indeed shoot at least one of the agents at Jumping Bull and the fact that in a snit after being called out by Annie for corrupting ceremonies Crow Dog never missed an opportunity to call her a snitch, and in the eyes of AIM and it’s corrupt criminal leadership the ante was precipitously raised to murder her.
Not to be overlooked is at the same Crow Dog “ceremony” Annie also berated Russell Means for being drunk, a common occurrence for Means during those times. So much for the tradition and “spiritually” based leadership and organization.
The same Russell means who said nothing AIM related could or would occur on PR without his knowledge and consent…Pine Ridge, where Annie was taken beaten, interrogated, raped, and murdered.
AIM was fixated on informants being inserted in pairs, I don’t know the logic of doing so but if so in they’re casting about to make the shoe fit they settled in part on Annie and Roque Duenas or Annie and Doug Durham – Annie and Duenas both murdered as would Durham have been had he not cleared out and went public.
Annie with a bullet in the back of her head compliments of a servile following orders John Graham, and Duenas after having his skull crushed, with AIM offering the obligatory usual suspects that of course excludes them and promotes the ever present wascally “provocateurs” the stuttering, tongue tripping Elmer Fudds of leadership have become so dependent upon.
I’ve said previously I believe Leonard Peltier had full knowledge of the events related to Annie, that he was in contact with “certain people” as he has stated, and in the majority of his time on the run within the continental boundaries of the U.S. as he also has stated.
Which to me strongly suggest a complicity in her murder, a murder he and AIM would have seen as advantageous.
Now Banks, “spiritual leader’ , “face of AIM”, and Ojibwe warrior, can go on and on about how much he loved and trusted Annie, but he had every bit as much to lose as Peltier, and with Banks interpretation of love demonstrated by his twenty eight children from assorted mothers and willingness to abandon women in distress/danger as he did when fleeing the Oregon RV stop leaving several women behind, one his pregnant wife, one can assume Banks capacity to love is apparently restricted to himself and any statements he makes to the contrary should be dismissed out of hand – a dominant characteristic of narcissitic sociopathic behavior.
It is a travesty that the AIM leadership, what remains of it, aren’t behind bars, perhaps an even greater travesty that the idea of clemency would be floated for Peltier, all of whom are unrepentantly complicit in coldblooded murder.