It’s actually past time. Native American activist Leonard Peltier, the 72 year old American Indian Movement member, has been imprisoned more than 40 years for the murder of two FBI agents.
Leonard Peltier’s incarceration is a farce, resulting from a trial filled with shaky evidence and an obvious abuse of power by a vengeful FBI. Years later the FBI would admit to illegally surveilling and infiltrating groups like AIM (as well as the Weather Underground, Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army and others) through its controversial counterintelligence program, known as COINTELPRO. “I’ve given the same answer for 40 years. I didn’t do it and I won’t say that I did. I won’t betray my people like that; I won’t betray my culture,” said Peltier.
Lawyers for Leonard filed a petition for clemency that was sent to the White House in late March. Amnesty International released a video asking Obama to sign the order for clemency and this month, there have been rallies all over the world in support. Go to http://www.freepeltiernow.org/ for info on how to influence Obama’s decision and/or sign the Amnesty petition at www.amnestyusa.org/Free Leonard