July 2, 2005
FROM THE LEONARD PELTIER DEFENSE COMMITTEE HEADQUARTERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEONARD PELTIER MOVED TO TERRE HAUTE INDIANA USP
Without notice to his family and attorney, Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier was moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, Thursday June 30th, 2005. He has been placed in solitary confinement indefinitely. Peltier has been in prison for twenty nine years, he is sixty years old, and his health is frail. His Defense Committee, family, and friends are extremely concerned about his well being, his health, and safety and the status of the privileges (religious rights, painting privileges, visits, phone calls, etc.) he earned after decades of good behavior in Leavenworth and other prisons.
LPDC, Executive Director, Russ Redner confirms this and adds that Leonard Peltier is still a targeted individual for this U.S. government. "Leonard Peltier is the only prisoner in U.S. history that the FBI personally took time and money to campaign against and purposely derailed the judicial process through a series of unauthorized and, by now, known tactics: withholding documents, intimidating witnesses, inciting tactics among other actions not covered under any job duties legally sanctioned—this is strictly black bag/SOG operations like in the illegal war on other indigenous peoples in the middle east", he emphasizes. With respect to the concern over Peltier's well being he adds: "Leonard Peltier is not just an ordinary prisoner when he rates this kind of treatment. This is the domestic version of rendition as a means to break and derail political dissent. The US Prison system is the system that reservations were also a pattern for and it has been used to kill those prisoners of conscience throughout time. It is also responsible for perpetrating crimes of all manners and descriptions. The US Prison system is the most inhumane system using the latest technology to mask its brutal treatment of prisoners—maximum security and super-max prisons are merely death camps in disguise so the American People will not think of themselves as cruel and inhumane. We pray that our brother is strong enough to tolerate this evil and that The Creator protects him now more than ever."
The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee has closed its Lawrence, Kansas, office and is in the process of moving to Terre Haute, Indiana, to continue to struggle for the freedom of the beloved indigenous warrior and for justice for his people. They appeal to all supporters, friends, allies, and people of conscience to support Leonard Peltier in whatever way possible at this most critical time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
RUSS REDNER, LPDC DIRECTOR, 866-534-6151 (TOLL FREE)
BARRY BACHRACH, LPDC ATTORNEY, 508-926-3403
OR CONTACT THE PRISON AT
USP Terre Haute
4700 Bureau Road South
Terre Haute, IN 47802
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street NW
Washington, DC 20534