A good friend who follows the blog laughingly told me I’ve been on the warpath of late and not taking any prisoners, but also allowed that sometimes that’s what it takes.
Maybe I have been-but if so I offer no apology and think I’m going to stay mounted up a while longer.
Some people will point to an event and ask if the FBI isn’t complicit in this why didn’t they investigate or prosecute?
Depending on the circumstances and the motivation of the individual asking it can be a valid question, or an attempt to deflect attention away from those who committed the crimes-other times times it may have to do with indifference rather than complicity.
The historical lack of prosecutions in rape cases where indigenous women are the victim is in my opinion a prime example of indifference-as if to say well it wasn’t a white woman so no big deal.
But one could argue as well that indifference is a form of complicity.
The existence of off rez liqour stores like those in Whiteclay and others in close proximity to every rez is in this country is another example of indifference, and perhaps complicity on the part of alcohol licensing boards.
Russell Means desire to open his own liquor store in Whiteclay took indifference and complicity to an entirely new level.
The indifference to the value of a human life as demonstrated by the AIM leadership does as well.
The lack of prosecution after decades of an “ongoing investigation” by it’s very nature narrows the field to either indifference, complicity, or both on some level.
Complicity as in immunity granted to members and leaders of an organization noted for it’s criminal activities.
Literally millions of dollars can and have been spent in high profile cases, I doubt it would take that much to drag them all in as Trudell said, but the problem may well be in doing so if even one begins to talk both would be princes and knaves could begin to fall.
The recent results in the Boston bombing speak to how efficiently and rapidly authority can respond, how it can leave no stone unturned and produce results in days or a couple of short weeks-and they should be applauded for their efforts.
Does anyone think if this were to drag on for four plus decades there wouldn’t be a public hue and cry? Does anyone think the same resources and technology couldn’t be applied elsewhere, to other investigations, and undoubtedly produce the same results?
What exactly does it take to deploy a team of cadaver dogs at PR other than a search warrant? Does it require an act of Congress, a presidential order, or a referendum for the public to vote on?
Does “probable cause” not exist-when search warrants have been issued on the strength of a single “snitches” word in untold numbers of cases?
There are no legal hurdles, no technicalities to overcome, and that leaves either indifference or the complicity of granted immunity.
As long as there are crimes committed and criminals there will be deals made granting immunity-that’s just the way it works. But if it is to be a tool then the public has a right to know why and how-after all the story line is that public servants are just that isn’t it-that they serve the public? And it is the public that in the final analysis is the employer and foots the bill.
Every employer, every citizen, has the right to know what those who claim to serve them do, where the money is spent, and by what process decisions are arrived at.
National Security and ongoing investigations have become little more than trite cliches- the fall back excuse of choice.
Neither security or service should ever trump truth and rights-if they do the battle is half lost already. And once this is the way of it who should anyone trust?
More to the point-with the accompanying history we drag around with us who should the nations trust?
Who comes to us with open hand and heart and asks what can I do, how can I help? Who comes to us with no other motivation than a selfish or personal one?
Who comes to us looking not to conceal but to reveal-to conceal nothing and reveal everything? Who comes to us devoid of vested interest?
Williams and Coler, don’t look there look here-Leonard Peltier, don’t look here look there-the murder of Annie and Ray, don’t look there look here-the AIM leadership and events WITHIN WK2, don’t look there look here-the BIA takeover and the tens of thousands in ransom the AIM leadership partied and absconded with, don’t look there look here- the Abourezks, Janklow, Yellow Thunder Camp, Hill, uranium and water rights deals,decades of lies and scams, don’t look there look here-grave diggers and grave keepers, don’t look there look here-immunity and deals made, don’t look there look here.
A lot of places not to look, and in doing so what is left? Half truths, if even that?
There are people who attempt to make it all about complicity-if the feds knew they are complicit and therefore ultimately guilty, where the buck stops.
This is a very narrow and self serving approach-complicity as defined by Webster means: “association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act”
By that definition or any other I can think of it means if the feds are complicit then AIM is also-that the person who issues the orders, the person whose finger pulls the trigger,the person who strikes the match or makes and tosses the bomb, the person or persons who dig unmarked graves to bury their victims in and then do all in their power to coverup and obstruct justice are complicit-but those who distort the meaning of this word never mention that.
What they attempt is to say that complicity and guilt are selective, exclusive and cannot be shared, that the actual shooters, arsonists, and murderers have no guilt to bear.
That’s not only asinine but blatantly stupid and agenda driven as well.
An agenda that seeks to protect the criminals among us.
Apparently what everyone has forgotten or chosen to ignore is that I have stated repeatedly over the course of various blogs is that I want EVERYONE with any measure of COMPLICITY held to account-whether they’ve forgotten or chosen to ignore that doesn’t make a damn bit of difference to me, for as I’ve also stated I belong to the nations, those I care about and who care about me, whether family, loved ones, or friends…..and no one else.
The words of a wannabe sundancing firekeeper mean no more to me than a game of musical chairs about whether Hill was “exonerated” on the word of a lone individual making an “official” statement, or that a politician twice accused of rape and convicted of taking a persons life while driving drunk was actually a caring foster parent.
What everyone has also apparently forgotten or chosen to ignore is that my focus is on those shooters, rapists, arsonists, con men and liars in our midst- believing as I do that when they are exposed it will reverberate up the food chain, and AIM won’t be the only ones to wind up in the frying pan.
Anybody doesn’t like that-again I don’t give a damn-for the only worthwhile goal is a shared one to own what belongs to us, and that is the truth.
:The man’s body is sacred, and the woman’s body is sacred;
No matter who it is, it is sacred;
Is it a slave? Is it one of the dull-faced immigrants just landed on the wharf?
Each belongs here or anywhere, just as much as the well-off—just as much as you;
Each has his or her place in the procession.
(All is a procession;
The universe is a procession, with measured and beautiful motion.)
Do you know so much yourself, that you call the slave or the dull-face ignorant?
Do you suppose you have a right to a good sight, and he or she has no right to a sight?
Do you think matter has cohered together from its diffuse float—and the soil is on the surface, and water runs, and vegetation sprouts,
For you only, and not for him and her?” ….Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass
The only ignorance is one that is nurtured and embraced, one that results from the lack of openness and honesty-a thing crafted and disseminated by those who think that they own a proprietary good sight and the truth as they say it to be.
What some have may have forgotten is that nations are no longer slaves to anyone, nor are we dull faced ignorant immigrants.