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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
1,549 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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  • Rebecca Smith
    Rebecca Smith United States, Memphis
    Jun 24, 2016
    Jun 24, 2016
    It's the right thing to do
  • thomas marziale
    thomas marziale United States, Akron
    Jun 24, 2016
    Jun 24, 2016
    leonard peltier never RECEIVED A FAIR TRIAL
  • Mrs L Altmann
    Mrs L Altmann United States, Brooklyn
    Jun 03, 2016
    Jun 03, 2016
    B"H He should receive top medical care. It takes a long time to fix a situation like this procedurally with lasting results... but given his age and health condition, it needs to move fast enough for him to enjoy some time free... not just a day, as happened with someone else who was imprisoned for a felony he did not commit, and once release through the action of information given through media, and public opinion (just a case of mixed-up identities, he was wearing a hat identical to that of the real felon, who'd escaped before enforcement officials arrived) was achieved and that man returned to his apartment, he collapsed and died, due to the trauma suffered by his body in prison. (Just one true story in a multi-story book called "The Court of Last Resort", referring to the publicity and public opinion process in the defense of the innocent.) The defense needs to be thorough for all the public to believe it (he's a true leader and if any point it not proven there could be Heav'n forbid some "Frank Lee Oswald" kind of guy trying to send him to the next world another way...) but it should not take so long that he is collapsing from the rigors of prison life. A leader of the Native American nation has served this country by providing a sense of traditional continuity and being a true point of reference for all tribes of the Native Americans, to whom we owe the beautiful condition in which we found this continent when we, various immigrants, arrived from other shores for various reasons all of which can qualify as being some kind of fugitive. They helped us, as fugitives... why are we biting the hand that, in a sense, feeds us? Only they have an intuitive understanding of the ecosystems and natural spirituality of this continent. Are we having any problems? Some economic problems? A little crime? Widespread terminal illness? Some rumors that someone wants to drop something on the east coast that goes "Bang" and sends many people to the next world, coming from the middle east, regarding the development of which 5 big countries thought very hard last summer? Time and again, people who came here or whose ancestors came here in the 1700's or later have found that the Native Americans have the answer. They alone have the wisdom as to how to truly live on this continent... so let's not persecute their leader... we could be getting repercussions from Above because this confinement is still being perpetrated. But first of all the documents need to be seen... so that what is already written can speak for itself, not philosophy, intuition, sentiment, etc.
  • violet-starr-goforth
    violet-starr-goforth Canada, Regina
    May 07, 2016
    May 07, 2016
    2016
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