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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
1,574 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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  • Laura Borst
    Laura Borst United States, Houston
    Nov 23, 2016
    Nov 23, 2016
    Many suspect the trial of Leonard Peltier involved false "evidence". Please release documents relating to the case.
  • Jo Veltman
    Jo Veltman United Kingdom, Luton
    Nov 12, 2016
    Nov 12, 2016
    To support long overdue transparency & justice about this controversial case & the hope of freedom at last for Leonard Peltier; please.. Thank you
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov 04, 2016
    Nov 04, 2016
    This is outrageous free him!!!! He has no proof of guilt!! Free him to go home to his family.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct 13, 2016
    Oct 13, 2016
    The case should be re-examined. It seems clear some things happened here that were not fair, and as a matter of maintaining wholesome precedents in the United States Judicial branch of government, it should be examined closely. What happened to him could happen to any American. Breaches of justice regarding this are widely known. Covering up does not help. When there is a specific concern for national security for some affair to be covered up that has to be clear - that has to be legitimate, and it has to be made clear to the American people and friendly non-Americans that it's a matter of necessary confidentiality. This does not appear to be such an instance.
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