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Leonard Peltier - COINTELPRO Targeted Individual, Political Prisoner
Leonard Peltier, American Political Prisoner, Human Rights Worker, Artist... Innocent and incarcerated by COINTELPRO
An innocent man, Leonard Peltier was wrongfully
convicted in 1977.
Peltier has served over 30 years in
federal prison despite proof of his innocence and
despite proof that he was convicted on the basis of fabricated
and suppressed evidence plus coerced testimony including threats of torture and murder.
The United States Courts of Appeal have repeatedly acknowledged both investigative
and prosecutorial misconduct in this case. By their decisions, however, they have continually refused
to take corrective action.
A model prisoner, Leonard also has been denied
fair consideration for parole and Executive Clemency.
This is clearly an
abuse of the legal standards of American justice.
Join people of goodwill around the world, some of who are listed below, in their work to free Leonard Peltier. To do so is to right one of America's greatest wrongs, an injustice typical of COINTELPRO "dirty tricks." To do so also raises awareness about "Counterintelligence" death squads still covertly active today under different official name but still dubbed, "COINTELPRO."
FBI Covert Operations COINETELPRO
On December 21, 2007, the New York Times reported on the declassification of a document that was part of a collection of cold-war documents concerning intelligence
issues from 1950 to 1955. (Page 18 of 789.) This document
shows that J. Edgar Hoover, longtime Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director,
had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison approximately 12,000
Americans he suspected of disloyalty to his administration.
Despite public image of the FBI
as the nation's premier law enforcement agency, its main function has always been and is today to serve as America's political police. This role
includes not only keeping innocent people under surveillance and collection of intelligence on activities of political dissidents and groups (such as environmentalists, peace workers, independent journalists, whistleblowers; Peoples of colour) to use for later "treatment" of these citizens, but also
counterintelligence operations to thwart those activities.
These counterintelligence activities operating on American soil (and now in countries around the globe) often have been and are today illegal. The activities include those of torture and death squads.
This FBI operation once operated under the name COINTELPRO. Following the Congressional Church Committee Investigative Hearings in the 1970's revealing shocking abuses of American citizens, the operation officially halted but went further underground and became more sophisticated and lethal.
Learn more below, including Robert Redford's "Incident at Oglala" documentary about the background of Leaonard Peltier's political imprisonment. Also see COINTELPRO 101 for further details about U.S. counterintelligence and its still rampant tactics on innocent citizens and groups.
Join these and other Leonard's friends working to release him and all political prisoners and to end genocide of Peoples of colour
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians; American Indian Law Alliance; Amnesty International; Assembly of First Nations; Belgian Parliament; Hurricane Carter; Ramsey Clark; Rep. John Conyers; Peter Coyote; The Dalai Lama; European Parliament; Whoopi Goldberg; Sen. Daniel Inouye; Rev. Jesse Jackson; Val Kilmer; The Late Coretta Scott King; Martin Luther King III; Winona LaDuke; Nelson Mandela; Peter Matthiessen; The Late Mother Teresa; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Association of Social Workers; National Congress of American Indians; National Council of Churches; Willie Nelson; Bonnie Raitt; Carlos Santana; The Oglala Lakota Nation; Sister Helen Prejean; Robert Redford; Winona Ryder; Buffy St. Marie; Oliver Stone; Barbara Streisand; Desmond Tutu; U2
Jose Ramos Horta, The Dalai Lama, Mearaid Maguire, Nelson Mandela, The Late Mother Teresa, Rigoberta Menchu, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Betty Williams
Liz Aaronsohn, Professor, Central Connecticut State University; Dennis Brutus, Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh; Yvonne Bushyhead, Professor, University of Minnesota; Kevin Cassidy, Professor of Political Science, Fairfield University; Robert H. Cataliotti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Coppin State College; Leonard L. Cavise, De Paul University, College of Law; Ward Churchill, former Associate Professor of Communications and Coordinator of American Indian Studies at the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America (CSERA), University of Colorado at Boulder; Don Cooney, Professor of Social Work, Western Michigan University; Chuck Culhane, Professor of American Studies, University of Buffalo; Angela Davis, Professor, History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz; Vincent Davis, Chair, United Federation of Teachers at School; Connie De La Vega, Professor, University of San Francisco; Peter Derrico, Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Simon Harak, Professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University; Lennox Hinds, Professor of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, served as Legal Counsel to Nelson Mandela; Jacquelyn C. Miller, Associate Professor, Seattle University; Glen Morris, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado at Denver; Fred Morton, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Loras College; Joan Nagel, Professor of Sociology, Kansas University; Stuart B. Weeks, Founder/Director, The Center For American Studies at Concord; Martin Vala, Professor of Chemistry, University of Florida; Robert Venables, Professor of Native American Studies, Cornell University; Elsa Voelcker, Professor, Saint Anseim College, New Hampshire; Michael Yellow Bird, PhD, School of Social Work, Arizona State University
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General; Derek Gaffrey, Free Legal Aide Clinic, Inc., Detroit, Michigan; Gerald W. Heaney, Judge (Retired), Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; American Association of Jurists; Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation, University of California, College of Law; International Law Students Association, Eugene, Oregon; Law Office of Abner Burret; Law Offices of Allan Ellis; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Lawyers Guild
Foreign Parliaments and Commissions
European Parliament, Belgium Parliament, Italian Parliament, Tony Benn, British MP, Bernard Birsinger, French MP, Lionel Jospin, Prime Minister of France, Peter Mancini, House of Commons, Ottawa, MP Jack Ramsey, House of Commons, Ottawa, United Nations; Kenneth Deer, Chair/Rapporteur of the U.N. Workshop on Indigenous Media; Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez, Chair of the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations; Mary Robinson, former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights ;
Literary Artists, Musicians and Celebrities
Sherman Alexie, The late Steve Allen, Ani Difranco, Michael Apted, Ed Asner, Jimmy Baca, Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne, Barney Bush, Chumbawamba, Peter Coyote, The late Vine Deloria, E.L. Doctorow, Chris Eyre, Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Indigo Girls, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Matthiessen, N. Scott Momaday, The Buffalo Trust, Shawn Mullens, Michael O'Keefe, Louis Owen, Bonnie Raitt, Rage Against the Machine, Robert Redford, Robbie Robertson, Winona Ryder, Carlos Santana, Steven Seagal, Pete Seger, Joanne Shenandoah, Gloria Steinem, Little Steven, Rose Styron, William Styron, Buffy St. Marie, Oliver Stone, John Trudell, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Tom Waits, Alice Walker, James Welch ,
Civil Rights Leaders
Warren Allmand, The International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development; Blase Bonpane, Director, Office of the Americas; Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter; Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, President and Founder, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; The late Coretta Scott King, The King Center; Martin Luther King, III, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; William F. Muldrow, former Director (retired), Rocky Mountain Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt; Ted Ross, Texas Civil Rights Project; Jim Silk, Director, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights; Roger Warham, International Association Against Torture and December 12th Movement
Civil Rights Organizations
50 Years is Enough Campaign; Amnesty International; Center for Constitutional Rights; Committee for International Human Rights Inquiry; El Centro De La Raza; France Libertes; Government Accountability Project; reen Party USA
Human Rights Advocates
Human Rights Alliance; Human Rights Commission of Spain; Indigenous Women's Network; The Institute for Policy Studies; The International Federation of Human Rights; Office of Commission for Justice, Sisters of Saint Joseph Veterans for Peace; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, United States Section
Robert Cantuar, former Archbishop of Canterbury; Dolores Skovich, Director of Religious Education, Amnesty International USA; Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network; James Matlack, Director, American Friends Service Committee; Ed Nakawatase, American Friends Service Committee; Gary Cozette, Director, Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America; Very Rev. Joseph P. Cirou, Ecumenical Catholic Church; The Most Rev. Stephen D. Sinclair, Diocese Bishop, Ecumenical Catholic Church; Kathy Saile, Coordinator of Social Justice and Outreach Ministries, Franciscan Renewal Center; Marie Dennis, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns; Michael Yasutake, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Rev. Richard M. Rodgers, Deacon, St. Aelred Ecumenical Catholic Church; Rev. Samuel E. Mann, St. Mark's Church; Diane Donato, Trinity Episcopal Church; David D. Van Strein, Minister Emeritus, The Unitarian Church; Rev. Thom Whitewolf Fassett, former General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church; Bro. Mark, The Franciscans, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office; Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America; Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; Episcopal Divinity School; Franciscan Renewal Center; National Association of Christians and Jews; Peace Initiatives Network, The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina; Riverside Salem United Church of Christ; Sewanee, The University of the South, The School of Theology; Sisters of St. Joseph; Southern Christian Leadership, Conference of Greater Kansas City; First Parish Brester, Unitarian Universalist; United Methodist Church, Buffalo District, Niagara Frontier City Ministries, Inc.; Washington Park United Church of Christ; Woodcrest Bruderhof; World Council of Churches
Native American and Tribal Leaders
Assembly of First Nations of Canada; Chemehuevi Indian Tribe; Cherokee Nation; Chief Arvol Looking Horse; Coyote Valley Tribal Council; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe; Forest County Potawatomi Community; First Nations School Association; Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.; Greenville Rancheria Tribal Council; Honor the Earth; Howonquet Indian Council of the Smith River Rancheria
Indian Treaty Council; Kaw Tribe of Oklahoma; Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board; Lakota/Dakota/Nakota General Council; Los Coyotes Reservation; Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council; Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc.; National Congress of American Indians; Navajo Nation; Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee; Northem Arapaho Business Council; Oglala Sioux Tribe; Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin; Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma; Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Council; Prairie Island Indian Committee; Prairie Island Tribal Council; Puyallup Tribal Council; Rohnerville Rancheria Tribal Council; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; San Pasqual Band of Mission Tribal Council; Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Kent, Connecticut, Inc.; Smith River Rancheria Tribal Council; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Tohono O'Odham Legislative Council; Tonkawa Tribal Council; Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians; United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria; Upper Sioux Community; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head; Westbank First Nation; Winnebago Tribal Council
Unions and Associations
Brian McWilliarns, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union; National Association of Social Workers; National Union of Public and General Employees; United Food and Commercial Workers AFL-CIO; Native American Journalists Association; New York Mail Handlers Union; United University Professions; UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.; The Committee of Concerned Scientists, Inc.
Hon. Don Edwards, former Congressman and former FBI Agent; Mikail Gorbachov, former President, USSR; Linda W. Kettlehut, Psychologist to Leonard Peltier; National Black Caucus of State Legislators; Danielle Mitterand, former First Lady of France
Incident at Oglala
Produced and narrated by Robert Redford 1988 (Approximate
Runtime: 90 Minutes)
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