I was recently asked what my position on granting Leonard Peltier clemency is?
My response was to ask two questions in return – had they read my blog and clemency based on what?
I was told that yes that they had and found it to be extremely biased – in addition the best this person could come up with was that Peltier is “innocent” but even if he weren’t the amount of time he has served warrants clemency.
Such a reply is not only the standard go to but to be expected as well, and so I asked what of Peltier’s changing stories over time like Mr.X, the verbal miscues he’s been caught in that necessitated some sort of admission or revision?
The big mistake came when this person said he may have lied about X and others but you can’t blame him because he wants out of prison.
I thanked them for making my point that indeed Peltier has and will continue to lie in an effort to gain release, which brought about that deer caught in the headlights look.
I also pointed out that Peltier had denied interrogating Annie Mae Pictou Aquash to later revise that to yes he had but only in a brotherly sort of way minus pulling a gun on her.
Pressing the point I asked if they could think of any reason other than the obvious one why Peltier would refuse to sign off on the release of his parole board and disciplinary records?
The deer in the headlights look continued until I was told that such records are nobodies business and I countered with if Peltier wants to profess his “innocence” and in the process solicit donations in the midst of tales of being a “political prisoner” abused by his keepers the obligation for such a release seems obvious to me – that if in fact his claims have any substance at all it would surely generate additional support.
The entire Peltier myth is riddled with holes – Peltier is not a “warrior”, he’s not a “hero” nor a “leader of AIM” – he’s a common thug convicted of participation in a double murder and when it comes to character that is only the tip of iceberg.
Clemency in a manner of speaking is an act of restoration, that is what Peltier seeks, and yet there can be no restoration for his victims or Annie.