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Democracy Now and update on Leonard Peltier..

From: jonathan m.
Sent on: Thursday, December 13, 2012 6:27 PM
Flyby News
Editor - Jonathan Mark
December 13, 2012 -

Editor's Notes: Today's Democracy Now
program was powerful.. in exposing the bank fraud with a jail free card, and an exclusive report from and regarding Leonard Peltier. I transcribed this poem from the show and updated FN's recent issue.. also corrected this link "free Leonard Peltier."

The Knife Of My Mind

I have no presence.
I have only a past, and perhaps a future.
The presence has been taken from me.
I'm left in an empty space
whose darkness I carve at with the knife of my mind.
I must carve myself anew out of the razor wire nothingness..

I will know the ecstacy and the pain of freedom.
I will be ordinary again, yes, ordinary,
that terrifying condition where all is possibility,
where presence exists and must be traced.

-- Leonard Peltier



CRITICAL BREAKING NEWS

13 December, 2012 - Democracy Now - War and Peace
Matt Taibbi: After Laundering $800 Million in
Drug Money, How Did HSBC Executives Avoid Jail?

13 December, 2012 - DN Exclusive
Native American Activist Leonard Peltier's
Jailhouse Plea for Long-Denied Clemency

13 December, 2012
After Rebuff by Clinton, Actor Peter Coyote Joins New
Push to Sway Obama on Leonard Peltier Clemency


14 December, 2012 - NYC - Beacon Theatre
Bring Leonard Peltier Home 2012 Concert
Jackson Browne, P. Seeger, H. Belafonte, B. Cockburn +


Let's hope President Obama can do this much.. for one human who has suffered unjustly for 36 years..
Jonathan

  • Free Leonard Peltier -- "Amnesty International considers Leonard Peltier to be a political prisoner whose avenues of redress have long been exhausted....Amnesty International recognizes that a retrial is no longer a feasible option and believes that Leonard Peltier should be immediately and unconditionally released." Documents show that although the prosecution and government pointed the finger at Peltier for shooting FBI agents at close range during the trial in 1976, for three years the prosecution withheld critical ballistic test results proving that the fatal bullets could not have come from the gun tied to Leonard Peltier. This trial also denied evidence of self defense. The U.S. Prosecutor, during subsequent oral arguments, stated: "we can't prove who shot those agents". The Eighth Circuit found that "There is a possibility that the jury would have acquitted Leonard Peltier had the records and data improperly withheld from the defense been available to him in order to better exploit and reinforce the inconsistencies casting strong doubts upon the government's case." Yet, a new trial was denied. Judge Heaney, who authored the denial now supports Mr. Peltier's  release, stating that the FBI used improper tactics to gain Mr. Peltier's conviction. A good way to learn about Leonard Peltier is to read his book: Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance. For excerpts, see the following link, under article by Louise Erdich: Time for Human Rights on Native Ground. This YouTube of Leonard reading his own words to music and photos is really beautiful. For more resources: Free Leonard Peltier!

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