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Petition for the Release of Peltier Case Documents Under FOIA

Friends of Peltier and the ILPDC
Friends of Peltier and the ILPDC
1,560 Signatures Goal: 5,000

Honorable Chuck Grassley, Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. Senate
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Grassley:

First, thank you for protecting and advancing government transparency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

As you may recall, Leonard Peltier is a prominent Native American activist who is currently imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Leonard Peltier was convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on June 26, 1975, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

For years, Leonard Peltier's attorneys have attempted to secure his files from the FBI under the FOIA. FOIA requests have been made on Mr. Pelter's behalf to FBI Headquarters and its field offices around the country. There have been numerous unnecessary delays in the handling of the FOIA requests submitted on Mr. Peltier's behalf, however, and the FBI almost always refuses to release documents citing national security interests. It's difficult to understand what possible risk to national security exists related to a case the FBI investigated over 34 years ago.

I urge you to hold a hearing on the handling of Leonard Peltier's FOIA requests. The FBI must be required to divulge the exact number of documents it maintains on Leonard Peltier and the Field Offices that maintain these records; the total number of documents regarding this case that have been destroyed, as well as the date and authority under which records were destroyed; and whether or not any records dealing with Leonard Peltier have been transferred to any other agencies, as well as pertinent details of those transfers.

More importantly, these documents—that are over 25 years old and historically significant—must be released. At this time, the FBI continues to withhold over 70,000 documents that are known to exist. These documents may contain new information that will shed light on this controversial case. These documents must be released to the public without delay.

Thank you for your consideration.

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  • Yesset Mongan
    Yesset Mongan United States, Los Angeles
    Sep 17, 2016
    Sep 17, 2016
    The American Justice System is blind, they refuse open a new trial to find the truth., They put inocent people behind bars, every day, Due to false testimony, prosecutiorial / police misconduct, faulty eye witness identification and bad forensic science.
    Free Leonard Peltier!!
  • Marita Guilderson
    Marita Guilderson United States, High Springs
    Sep 08, 2016
    Sep 08, 2016
    please do the right thing and free Leonard Peltier
  • Elizabeth Dailey
    Elizabeth Dailey United States, Hot Sulphur Springs
    Jul 25, 2016
    Jul 25, 2016
    THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD...FREE LEONARD NOW
  • juliet valencia
    juliet valencia United States, Chipley
    Jul 23, 2016
    Jul 23, 2016
    This man should not be made the scapegoat that he has been made to be all these years!!!
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