From: Free Leonard!
Date: 31 Jul 2007, 11:46 AM part 3
–In a February 27, 2006, decision, U.S. District Judge William Skretny ruled that the FBI did not have to hand over five of 812 documents relating to Peltier and held at their Buffalo field office. He ruled that those particular documents were exempted on the grounds of “national security and FBI agent/informant protection.” In his opinion Judge Skretny wrote, “Plaintiff has not established the existence of bad faith or provided any evidence contradicting (the FBI’s) claim that the release of these documents would endanger national security or would impair this country’s relationship with a foreign government.” In response, Michael Kuzma, a Buffalo lawyer and a member of Peltier’s defense team said, “We’re appealing. It’s incredible that it took him 254 days to render a decision.” Kuzma further stated, “The pages we were most intrigued about revolved around a teletype from Buffalo … a three-page document that seems to indicate that a confidential source was being advised by the FBI not to engage in conduct that would compromise attorney-client privilege.” Legal action has been taken by Peltier’s supporters in an attempt to secure more than 100,000 pages of documents from FBI field offices located throughout the U.S. claiming that these files should have been turned over at the time of his trial or following a Freedom of Information Act request filed soon after.
–In 2007, Peltier became a figure in a political controversy when billionaire David Geffen, a Peltier supporter, detached his financial support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and funded Barack Obama’s campaign instead. This caused an immense furor in the Clinton camp, and Geffen admitted he switched his support because he became disillusioned by Bill Clinton’s refusal to pardon Peltier in circumstances where he pardoned Marc Rich, a billionare felon and criminal.
— Peltier for President
Peltier was the candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party in the 2004 Presidential race. While prison inmates convicted of felonies are sometimes prohibited from voting in the United States (Maine and Vermont are exceptions) , the United States Constitution has no prohibition against felons being elected to Federal offices, including President. (Eugene V. Debs received 913,664 votes (3.4%) in 1920 as the Socialist candidate for President while in prison for sedition.) The Peace and Freedom Party secured ballot status for Peltier only in California, where his presidential candidacy received 27,607 votes , approximately 0.2% of the vote in that state and approximately 0.02% of the nationwide vote.
Preceded by Marsha Feinland
Peace and Freedom Party Presidential candidate 2004 (lost)
Succeeded by To be determined
— In culture–protest sculpture, Liverpool, England
— * The Robbie Robertson album "Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy" (1998), which deals with many Native American themes throughout, features the song "Sacrifice", in which Leonard Peltier gives his own account of his case and subsequent imprisonment via a recorded phone interview.
* At Rage Against the Machine shows, before the band would play the song ‘Freedom’, Zack De La Rocha would repeat "It’s been 20 years, there’s no proof and he’s still in jail!". Also in the "Live and Rare" album on track 3 called "Bombtrack" Zack De La Rocha talked about Peltier. The music video for Freedom contains the story of Leonard Peltier.
* Toad the Wet Sprocket’s song "Crazy Life," released on their final studio album "Coil," protests Peltier’s imprisonment: "Anyway now, it don’t seem right / He’s in there and you’re on the outside / What have you done with Peltier / Who did you think you’d taken away?"
* Defunct Philly rap trio The Goats make several mentions of Leonard Peltier on their politically charged 1992 album ‘Tricks of the Shade’, which include a skit establishing Leonard Peltier as a featured freak in Uncle Scam’s Federally Funded Freak Show. Note these lyrics from ‘Do the Digs Dug’: "Leonard Peltier Leonard Peltier Who da hell is that, why the fuck should ya care? In jail, in jail, in jail like a dealer Fuck George Bush says my T-Shirt squeeler Please oh please set Leonard P. free Cause ya wiped out his race like an ant colony."
* The movie Thunderheart, which starred Val Kilmer and came out in 1992, is loosely based on the 1975 incident at Pine Ridge. In particular, one character named Jimmy Looks Twice (played by John Trudell), is a powerful visionary who is sought by the FBI for the murder of two FBI officers — a situation more than mildly resembling Leonard Peltier’s scenario. In the movie, after an initial capture attempt, Jimmy shapeshifts into deer and later a dog, until back in human form near the end of the movie, he sacrificially gives himself up to FBI capture, after explaining the power of sacrifice & martyrdom.
* Buffy Sainte-Marie also wrote about Leonard Peltier and the events surrounding his trial in ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’: "We got the federal marshals / We got the covert spies / We got the liars by the fire / We got the FBIs / They lie in court and get nailed / and still Peltier goes off to jail." Indigo Girls popularized this song on their "1200 Curfews" album.
* "Incident at Oglala" (1991), a documentary directed by Michael Apted and produced by Robert Redford, examines the 1975 slayings and subsequent legal battles. By interviewing legal experts, eyewitnesses, and former judges, lawyers, and jury members involved in the various trials, this documentary presents the many alleged inconsistencies in the federal case against Peltier.
* Ben Harper has appeared in several concerts and other public performances with the words "Free Leonard Peltier" written on the face of his guitar.
* Peltier is mentioned and quoted in the "four handed" novel Muertos Incómodos (Uncomfortable Dead), from Mexican writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II and the guerrilla leader Subcomandante Marcos. Marcos quotes a letter from January 2004 in his attempt to find a definition of evil.
* Over 500 celebrities, politicians and organizations worldwide have signed a letter/petition in support of Leonard Peltier. The signatories of the IPF (International Peltier Forum) include amongst others, Michael Apted, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Matthiessen, Madonna, Bono, Sting, Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, Cher, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, Oliver Stone, Danielle Mitterrand, Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, Raquel Welch, Joan Collins, Ozzy Osbourne, Bianca Jagger, and Kate Moss.
* The band Corporate Avenger have frequently posted "Free Peltier" signs in their quotes or posters in the song "FBI File" Leonard is mentioned.
* Leonard Peltier is mentioned in a song by Anti-Flag entitled "Mumia’s Song". They say his name in the bridge while naming several other political prisoners.
* Little Steven wrote a song about the case. The song "Leonard Peltier" appears on the album Revolution (1988): "June ..75 Pine Ridge Reservation / Two FBI trespass Lakota Nation / Looking for trouble their army waiting outside" etc.
* Rap duo Dead Prez refer to Leonard Peltier in their song "I Have a Dream Too.
* Basque singer Fermin Muguruza made a song called Leonard Peltier Free! for his third solo album, In-komunikazioa
* French singer Renaud wrote a song called Leonard’s song, replacing Leonard Peltier’s case in the native American fight context, in the album Rouge sang, published in 2006.
***Peltier has been in prison since February 6, 1976.
**February 27, 2006, was ruled that that the FBI
did not have to hand over five of 812 documents
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