The denial of Leonard Peltier’s parole goes far beyond tales of being a political prisoner or some heroic figure fighting off a planned invasion with the Jumping Bull area being the beach head.
The heart of the matter begins with the crimes committed, the abortive escape attempt when another life was lost, and the attempt by Peltier to have it both ways – stymied by the facts and his very own words, including those of fellow compatriots like Dino Butler who exposed the Mr.X lie for being what it was.
Doesn’t help that attorneys have come and gone through the revolving LPDOC/ILPDC doors and now assist others seeking closure for the murder of Perry Ray Robinson jr or support the survivors of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash.
Didn’t help that a one time director of LPDOC and Peltier cousin, Robert Robideau, said he’d had enough, quit his position, and moved to Spain.
It doesn’t help either that a man who claims to be all things but what he is while authoring numerous complaints about his treatment in federal prison refuses to release both his parole board and disciplinary hearing records.
All things considered if what emanates from Peltier, ILPDC, and his supporters has any validity at all you’d think they’d be in favor of such a release.
But they aren’t, and for the same reasons Peltier isn’t – they understand it could knock the wheels off the medicine show wagon – no more elixir to sell, no more donations, and for certain the abandonment of calls for clemency by more than a few.
A number of celebrities have signed on in an “I will” promotion, meaning they will support clemency, but I wonder how many would step up and say I will when support is asked for Peltier to sign off and release what every supporter has a right to know?
It’s an exercise in futility to ask a Pelterite to offer their opinion in this blog about why he won’t or why he shouldn’t if they don’t feel he should – nonetheless the comment section is open if they care to.
I suspect that somewhere in those parole hearing records the name of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash is to be found – and while I make no claim, nor does anyone else I am aware of, that Peltier had a physical presence when she was abducted, raped, and murdered I haven’t a single doubt he was aware of the events from front to back and had input into the decision.
Though not a celebrity I say I won’t.