Important Sign on Letter for Leonard Peltier
A very important northwest sign on letter for Leonard Peltier to congress
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Important sign on letter for northwest supporters of Leonard Peltier.
This letter will go to all northwest Congress people and to all members of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives. Please sign on at the bottom of the letter and return to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.
Arthur J. Miller
Dear Congressperson (We will place the different names here):
In November 2003, it was reported by the media that the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, plans to hold hearings into the misuse of informants by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Pursuant to this, during the week of March 22, 2004, a group of civil rights
attorneys submitted a formal request to the Committee for not only this purpose, but calling for the completion of investigations begun by the Church Committee in the 1970s.
As you may recall, the Church Committee reported in 1976 that the goals of the COunter INTELligence PROgrams of the period from 1956 to the mid-1970s were to "expose, disrupt,
misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize" those persons or organizations that the FBI decided were "enemies of the State." Although the FBI's COINTELPRO programs officially
ended in 1971, there have been many examples of counterintelligence-type operations against political dissidents since.
The most notable exclusion from the list of dissident groups targeted by the FBI and investigated by the Church Committee was the American Indian Movement (AIM) - an Indigenous
rights group founded in 1968 and committed to uniting all Native Peoples in an effort to uplift their communities, promote cultural pride, and ensure tribal sovereignty we feel that a full investigation of official misconduct against AIM is long overdue. Specifically, I recommend that
the Committee investigate:
1. The FBI's use of informants and agent provocateurs against AIM from 1968 to the present.
2. The FBI's role in the Pine Ridge "Reign of Terror" (1973-1976), a place and time where the annual murder rate was 170 per 100,000, far exceeding the rate for Detroit (the reputed "murder capital of the United States") of 20.2 in 1974. The political murder rate at the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation during this time was roughly equivalent to that in Chile during the three years after the military coup that deposed President Salvador Allende.
3. Official misconduct across the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the case of Native American activist Leonard Peltier. The investigation should include:
A.. Violation of international law, provision by the FBI and federal prosecutors of false affidavits to Canadian authorities to secure Peltier's extradition.
B. Fabrication of evidence and intimidation of witnesses by the FBI to secure a conviction at Peltier's trial.
C. FBI interference in Peltier's parole proceedings and his petition for Executive Clemency.
D. The disposition of the Ethics Complaint concerning the Peltier case, filed in 2000 with the DOJ.
4. Actions on the part of the FBI and government prosecutors in 2004 to use court proceedings and, by extension, the media to intentionally provide as fact false information to the public on AIM and Leonard Peltier. This has the effect of rewriting history with regard to AIM, in general, and Leonard Peltier, in particular, so as to prejudice the public against them. These actions have been
taken to influence the outcome of pending federal prosecutions by potentially poisoning the jury pool, as well as prevent Peltier's release on parole in 2008.
Why should Congress act now? On May 30, 2002, Attorney General Ashcroft effectively abolished restrictions first imposed (as a result of the Church Committee's findings) in
1976 on FBI surveillance of Americans' everyday lives. These regulations specifically were developed to counter the COINTELPRO domestic spying program that had led to massive
civil rights era abuses during the 1960s and 1970s. Now, these restrictions no longer exist - and such abuses are repeating themselves.
The work first undertaken by the Church Committee can be complete only if a full investigation of the intelligence operation launched by the FBI against AIM is conducted, as the
Committee had intended to do in 1975. We are asking you to support such an action on the part of the Committee on the Judiciary of either the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate (or both). We trust that such hearings will ultimately lead to a substantial increase in congressional
oversight of FBI domestic security investigations, as well as legislation designed to ensure protection of fundamental rights for all Americans.
We understand that the aforementioned attorneys offered to the Committee documentation of and witness testimony on official misconduct with respect to AIM and Mr. Peltier. If you would
like to obtain further information, please contact: Barry Bachrach, Attorney at Law, Bowditch & Dewey, 311 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01615-0156; also by telephone at (508) 926-3403
or by E-mail: email@example.com.
We wish you success with this endeavor and trust that your subsequent actions will prevent the reoccurrence of such egregious misconduct. We look forward to hearing from you soon
concerning your efforts towards that end.
Steve Hapy, Jr
Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Arthur J. Miller
Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Ship Builder's Industrial Union 320
UA Local 26
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address: Tacoma LPSG, P.O. Box 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464
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