You know, what kind of piques my interest are various statements that have been made over the years related to what appears to be AIM’s teflon coating when it comes to prosecuting them for the assorted murders they committed.
One such example would be the murder of Perry Ray Robinson Jr at what has become known as Wounded Knee 2.
There are multiple AIM versions related to this that depend on whose fronting for AIM at the moment and which lie they elect to advance, the more egregious versions coming from Carter Camp who seemed to have a new adaptation every time he addressed the subject.
The DOJ not long ago actually admitted that indeed Robinson was killed by AIM at WK2. Kind of a bold admission you might think but not necessarily so as they also announced they aren’t interested in pursuing cases forty years or more old.
This of course served to strengthen the conviction and contention of many who believe the feds have some form of complicity not in the actual murder itself but related to an informant they had within the ranks that might have been involved in the shooting of Ray.
An hypothesis at best as there isn’t much to verify it as it remains unproven save for an abundance of circumstantial evidence – nonetheless it is a scenario, perhaps the only one that makes any sense, that explains the hands off approach and winnows the field of suspects.
Dave Hill who was not only present in his capacity as gofer and security team member for Dennis Banks has been said to be the shooter by more than one person, and if the past is prologue seems to wear the informant label as comfortably as an old pair of jeans from the Custer Court House incident to the bombing of Mt. Rushmore and the interrogation of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash at the WKLDC office on Pine Ridge following her abduction from California prior to her murder.
Among Hill’s various capacities within AIM was that of resident bomb maker, reasonable to assume that would include incendiary devices and acts of arson – part of AIMs methodology.
Hill along with the other half of dumb and dumber, Leonard Peltier, coerced Annie into participating in the making of bombs once she had been labelled a snitch by AIM’s resident witch doctor and wannabe youtube televangelist clone Leonard Crow Dog – the same person whose performances included being wrapped and bound in a blacked out room to then be freed by spirits he called upon – kind of a B grade imitation of Houdini.
Those spirit helpers might have been a little hard of hearing as sometimes it took hours to achieve the desired results and wow the handpicked audience……but hey, Crow Dog is the self proclaimed “chief of chiefs”, “professor of the University of the Universe” whatever that is, and a believer of the “prosperity doctrine”… a personalized version related to the selling of ceremonies.
A convert being Dennis Banks who will sell anything related to the nations that isn’t tied down.
But back to Hill, the man whose one time woman Thelma Rios said was a cop and always had been. Thelma Rios who after Annie’s arrival at PR said it was Hill who escorted her to the interrogation beating at the WKLDC office where Means relatives and bud attorney Bruce Ellison were awaiting her.
Hill, who let it be known that if AIM didn’t spring him from jail following his arrest for bombing Rushmore he’d start talking – the man who was released sans charges for that very bombing, then immediately arrested on a state weapons charge which were then dropped in the “interest of the public”.
Seems reasonable to assume Hill carried through with his threat, began talking, and a deal was cut.
Doesn’t help much that when asked federal agent Zigrossi replied that Hill had offered his services but didn’t really have anything to offer and was declined, then threw the denial into question by saying the feds don’t give up an informant while they’re alive – ergo. they wouldn’t tell you if he was.
Hill didn’t have much to offer being an AIM insider residing in the Banks camp as part of Banks personal entourage? Right, and Bugs Bunny never says “what’s up doc?”
All of which brings us back to the matter of complicity, how that is interpreted and to what degree an individual or agency is complicit.
If Hill was indeed an informant then the feds are complicit in two ways – one being the lack of prosecution and the other being what amounts to a coverup and by strict interpretation the obstruction of justice.
They would have found themselves in the same position as the AIM leadership did when Peltier murdered at least one of the agents at Jumping Bull – neither the feds nor the AIM leadership were direct participants, but being as Peltier and Hill were their respective boys shit as they say runs downhill and posed at the very least a public relations threat for both.
One of their boys had crossed the line and kicking him to the curb would involve some serious risk, what ensued has an air of predictability about it.
AIM bites the bullet and makes their flunky Peltier (commonly referred to as Dumb as Dirt) the poster boy for every affront the nations have ever endured while the feds conduct an “ongoing investigation” for decades that culminates in yup, AIM killed ’em but it’s an old case and were not going to pursue it.
Now this isn’t a novel opinion I’ve recently arrived it, rather one I’ve held for a long time as have others including indigenous journalists and investigative reporters who had greater access than I.
Complicity if it exists doesn’t change my focus though as the priority is our backyard, what goes on in it and who among our own are responsible, who actually pulls the trigger, lights the fire, or steals “donations” for their own personal use is and always been the priority metric in any culture that has ever existed, and I can see no reason to change that now to accommodate a gang of thugs.
The problem with layering criminals with teflon is once that occurs the adage of in for a penny in for a pound becomes the way it, both sides become entangled in the same web – if they continue committing crimes the identical threat that existed originally remains, only amplified, and that apparently becomes the determining factor.
It’s kind of like a form a reciprocal blackmail or extortion, a game of if you tell on me I’ll tell on you – jail for one and exposure and possible civil litigation for the other.
Nothing novel about another often mentioned belief of mine that the AIM leadership in addition to being a nest of vipers may well have been home to and the cover story for multiple “snitches” as it personally served their best interests – that’s the leadership, not just flunkies and gofers.
That belief has been validated in part by South Dakota Attorney General Jackley when he stated Russell Means “assisted” various law enforcement agencies.
Attention should be paid to the word various, as in more than one – but then Means always loved an audience and willing to go wherever one could be found. Once having begun speaking Means could drone on for hours such was his infatuation with his own voice and has led me to think of him as the Rush Limbaugh of the nations.
Now that’s an FOIA document I’d really to see, the file on Charles Russell Means, and a little surprised that the survivors of the “great statesman” haven’t taken public issue with such a revelation by Jackley, or at least attempted to spin it if it has no basis in fact…if Russell wasn’t a “snitch” by the same standard AIM has labelled others with.
Obviously one of those hot potatoes that if acknowledged in any manner might impact the myth created to cover the flim flam man and the ongoing effort to cash in on it.
I’m curious about just how long Means carried that honorary badge, did the reserve cop slash Doug Durham thing?
Did it begin in ’99 when Robert Branscombe a relative of Annie’s appeared on the scene digging and poking around, sort of of a loose cannon presenting the threat of exposure and Means felt compelled to co opt the press conference to point fingers away from himself and family members, or was he already working both sides of the fence prior to that?
Did he segue into that undercover position during his tenure at the Abourezk law firm guided by their legal advice, or was it instinctual as a matter of self preservation?
I suppose Means felt obliged to since multiple members of his family were involved in the abduction, beating, and murder of Annie Mae.
If we are to speak of complicity Means cannot be left out of the equation as no one can really be dumb enough to believe the man who said nothing AIM related could happen on PR without his knowledge and approval wasn’t in the loop one way or another….Pine Ridge, where Annie was taken and murdered, where Perry Ray Robinson Jr. and those in wk2 unmarked graves were likewise murdered.
I also wonder if during his tenure as informant if the subject of the murder of Perry Ray Robinson Jr. ever came up, if so what did Means divulge about that, who did he point the finger at?
There are those who link Durham to the death of Jancita Eagle Deer, not murdering her but having beaten and abandoning her on a darkened road where she was struck and killed by a car – a linkage in the form of a contributing factor.
Yet these same people would rather cut their tongue out than even hint of complicity on the part of Means related to the murder of Annie Mae or Ray – that’s standard operating procedure for Shaimsters though.
I imagine that members of the leadership are kept apprised of what is said in this blog and other venues, though not a leader I imagine Hill is as well – in view of that I invite any or all of them to submit a rebuttal and we can take it from there….that would be the grand personages themselves, those “chiefs, liberators, and warriors”.
Not an underling or flunky…. though if any who fall into that category care to comment have at it if they are capable of answering a direct question.
In doing so the prerequisite will be responding to the question was Russell Means a snitch by the very standard AIM as employed to label others?
As to being kept informed I know Peltier is due to the efforts of his faithful companion SB, sort of a Pinky and The Brain thing – though it might be more accurate to say Pinky and The Brainless.