Here’s a definition of coconspirator from the Free Dictionary:
coconspirator – a member of a conspiracy
Think about that for moment – a member of or plotter in a conspiracy.
The murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash by AIM began as a conspiracy to commit murder, a conspiracy composed of “plotters”.
The first question should be why would anyone conspire to murder her? What was the motivation?
Murder is committed most commonly I believe due to rage, in the midst of a crime, for personal gain, or a fear that criminal activity will be exposed.
Of these the most obvious in the case of Annie is fear of exposure , exposing the criminal activities of AIM and the multiple murders they had committed.
Add to that the murders of agents Williams and Coler by no less than one of Dennis Bank$ entourage, Leonard Peltier, and the stakes increase.
Prior to Annie’s abduction and murder she had become basically a captive being watched over by thugs like Peltier who had previously interrogated her at gunpoint and later expressed a desire to subject her to “truth serum”.
If anyone is keeping track that’s strike one.
Strike two could be said to be Peltier and Dave Hill forcing Annie to make bombs with them.
But the third strike could only be that Peltier boasted to a woman, Annie, who was already under false suspicion of being an informant that while standing over one of the wounded agents that he “begged like a mfkr” but Peltier shot him anyway.
Far from brilliant and goes a considerable distance in explaining Peltier’s nick name of “Dumb as Dirt”, which now has equal application to his supporters.
In this single event, this single statement, there is a suggestion to me that the decision to murder Annie had already been made – that too goes a considerable distance in explaining the arrogance and confidence of Peltier in making such a statement to someone he had already accused of being an informant and also serves to ramp up the perceived necessity.
During Peltier’s time on the run from charges resulting from the murders of those federal agents Peltier by his own words was not only back and forth across the Canadian border but in contact with “certain people”.
Next question would be who were these “certain people’?
And the answer can only be AIM people. Would that be rank and file AIM people who wouldn’t be in a position to order someone to be killed or would it be those in leadership positions like Bank$ who Peltier had aligned himself with?
Bank$ at the very least knew of the murder of Perry Ray Robinson Jr. at WK2 – he was recorded on a wiretap ordering Chris Westerman to get rid of the body.
Bank$ was also up to his knees in the guns and drugs of AIM, courtesy of his pals in the CPUSA – and if as his bud Russell Means said was the kind of person who could make people disappear then at the least had full knowledge of other AIM murders and probably had a hand in issuing more than one AIM fatwah.
Now I don’t believe Peltier had a direct physical participation in the murder of Annie but I don’t doubt for a minute he was in the loop as a conspirator/plotter.
So when someone wants to go on about his rights have been violated because his “art” was removed from a display honoring indigenous arts ask yourself about the rights of his and AIM’s victims to continue living.