Well, I just had a conversation with a person who was intent upon extolling the virtues of AIM and Peltier, how Peltier got hosed in his clemency petition and feel compelled now to make this a twofer blog Saturday.
Too many hard questions and so they opted out of the discussion.
The Peltier gravy train isn’t as sustainable as it once was, nor for that matter is AIM’s.
I say gravy train as that’s exactly what it became for a number of people and “organizations”, a device to solicit donations, to make a few bucks and garner some personal attention under the pretense of being a champion of indigenous rights.
In addition Peltier has been a long running diversionary tactic to persuade the public to look anywhere but at the criminal acts and nature of the misnamed American Indian Movement.
A tactic that facilitated murders committed by AIM as not actually being self serving or criminal by intent but merely an understandable reaction to a government induced “paranoia”.
A fear not motivated by conscience for the commission of murder and crimes but one born of discovery and accountability.
Peltier has provided a platform for AIM to deny responsibility by portraying him as an innocent “political prisoner”, who but for the grace of god and the fact that others who aren’t indigenous could find themselves in the same position.
The public has about as much chance of finding out how much money has been made off the Peltier myth as they do of ever seeing Trump’s tax returns.
There isn’t even an associated lie about being under audit, it’s just silence and a talk to the hand.
The entire AIM scheme has included offshore accounts and what is often referred to as an underground economy – something off the books, sort of a cash and carry proposition with money streaming in from such diverse sources as the CPUSA and repressive Middle East regimes.
The AIM/Peltier propaganda and conspiracy effort is rivaled only by Brietbart – AIM even has Ministry of Information, a title they may have snagged as a result of their association with the CPUSA.
An essential element in maintaining the myth has been the refusal of Peltier to sign off for the release of his parole board hearing and disciplinary records – a survival mechanism he has wholeheartedly embraced.
Myths can at times become entangled with reality, and when they do it becomes the venue of spin and revision, of propaganda and Ministries of Information.
Such was the case involving the interrogation of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash by Peltier, an interrogation it’s reasonable to assume was ordered by Dennis Bank$ since Peltier was Bank$ boy.
An interrogation that involved a threat to life by Peltier sticking a gun in Annie’s mouth.
Doesn’t sound good does it? Doesn’t sound like a “warrior” or how a man would go about expressing the “love” he had for a “sister” does it?
So enter AIMbart and the spin – after years of ongoing outright denials Peltier is compelled to address the issue.
He does so by admitting he did interrogate Annie but never made any threats verbally or physically, and in the process once again favored words like love and sister.
Annie’s decomposing body is discovered some time after having been abducted and murdered by John Graham aided and abetted by his cohorts Arlo Looking Cloud and Theda Nelson Clark.
On the West Coast Bank$ readily identifies the body as being that off Annie, this days, even weeks before anyone else can and without Bank$ actually viewing the remains.
In the lead up to this Peltier is on the lam from the shootout he instigated at Jumping Bull in which two federal agents were killed.
A period of time when Peltier has stated he was in and out of the country and in touch with “certain people”.
Once again reasonable to assume at least one of these certain people were in the AIM hierarchy.
And as a result of Peltier boasting to Annie of having murdered at least one of the agents, who by that time surely wouldn’t have harbored any sisterly feelings towards him, Peltier and AIM quickly came to view her as a potential threat – reason enough in their minds to issue an AIM fatwah.
And so the sideshow began and a myth was born.
Everything from AIM/Peltier apologists insisting Annie was seen alive after her murder to the creation of the political prisoner myth and “defense” of paranoia.
No clemency? Go figure. But an apparent clemency or rewriting of the statutory limitations for the murders AIM committed at Wounded Knee 2 – facilitated perhaps by the revelation that AIM con man and blowhard Russell Means had “assisted” law enforcement in developing cases.
Which in turn brings me to an opinion I hold, that the AIM leadership were at times the very snitches they accused others of being who fell into their disfavor.
Bank$ was recorded on wiretap ordering Chris Westerman to dispose of Perry Ray Robinson jr’s body – one of AIM’s multiple WK 2 victims.
Now maybe I’m wrong, but doesn’t that qualify as being an accessory? And if you’re an accessory to murder doesn’t the law state that you are as guilty as if you pulled the trigger yourself?
If I’m correct then how do you get to walk away if you aren’t a snitch?
That’s a question I’ve asked multiple times regarding Dave Hill, another resident AIM thug who was able to walk away from federal charges of bombing Mt. Rushmore and then upon release have state weapons charges dropped at the behest of guess who? The feds.
The more you know, the more you’re willing to do the math, the more the entire AIM/Peltier myth is seen for what it is, a house constructed of cards.
A house whose mortar and nails very well may have been predicated upon a leadership willing to inform.
But keep sending those cards and letters folks, and while you’re at it don’t forget to stuff some money down the rat hole.