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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:22 PM
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USA: Denial of parole to Leonard Peltier after more than 32 years in prison, disappointing

http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGPRE2009082...

Amnesty International today regretted the US Parole Commissions decision not to grant Leonard Peltier parole despite concerns about the fairness of his 1977 conviction for murder. The organization called for the immediate release on parole of the activist, who is serving two consecutive life sentences and has spent more than 32 years in prison.


Yet "Squeeky" was paroled after taking part in a mass murder and attempting to murder a US President.
What a slap in the face to Native Americans...again. When will American Native Indians see justice?
I hope Obama will step forward and correct this injustice.
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TransitJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:23 PM
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1. Contrast us with Scotland.
n/t
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:25 PM
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2. Fucking assholes
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 10:27 PM by texastoast
They never, ever proved he did it. The evidence that would have exonerated him beyond a reasonable doubt was excluded and only brought out like a nanny-nanny-boo-boo taunt long after the trial. That attorney who got the conviction will burn in hell if there is such a place along with the circuit judge who could have freed him and who later regretted that he didn't.


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Bobbieo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:32 PM
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3. Who is afraid of the FBl? Everybody!!!
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 03:12 PM
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20. Not Bill Clinton. He fired the FBI Director
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Lifelong Protester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:35 PM
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4. I am so sad to hear this
as one of the folks here on DU old enough to remember the "conviction" . (The bullets don't match the gun...)
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 02:10 AM
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5. Show trials and kangaroo courts like this one are far more common practice in the US than many DUers
Edited on Mon Aug-24-09 02:13 AM by ConsAreLiars
will ever acknowledge. Those brainwashed fools will argue that every case was either a a just conviction, or if absolute and undeniable proof that this was just a state-sponsored lynching or another example of the US's Gulag being populated with those who challenge the powers of the lords and masters, these ditto-heads will say it is just one (more) exception, and our ruling elite and the mechanisms they control are just fine and dandy.

A gang of criminals using their power to frame someone they want to neutralize, supported by a horde of idiots who just cannot bring themselves to consider the fact that this country is dominated by monsters no less venal than those who run Russia or Afghanistan. Better PR skills and control over the media, certainly, but no less evil.

(edit tiny typos)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 02:12 AM
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6. Agreed. Better hair and make up, same corruption.n/t
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:31 AM
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7. The difference is just a matter of scale. We're #1.
More imprisoned in total and per capita than any other. And more murders and rapes and so on than any other "first world" nation. Government controlled by trans-national corporatism is not the answer, it is the problem.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:49 AM
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8. A stand up acquaintance of mine said of the 2000 theft
"For one brief, shining moment, we were Guatemala!" and I didn't have the heart to tell him, we taught Guatemala how to be that corrupt. lol

http://www.rooftopcomedy.com/shows/BurstOfDurst

:hi:
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 06:48 AM
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9. It surely makes one wonder why an accomplice to mass murder
is freed, but an innocent person remains incarcerated?
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:19 AM
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13. She wasn't involved in those murders.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 07:04 AM
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10. President Obama could pardon him with the stroke of a pen
But he has not done so. Neither did Clinton. Nor Carter.

Does anyone see a pattern here?
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Bobbieo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:16 AM
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11. Again, who is afraid of the FBI?
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:02 AM
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15. Clinton wasn't afraid of the FBI -- He fired FBI Director William Sessions in 1992
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 03:02 PM
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31. there where 'indications' Clinton might pardon him, but he didn't
From what I remember, Amy Goodman confronted Clinton about this and he got quite upset.
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:52 AM
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14. Obama should damned well pardon him
Period. Clinton should have. I never expected it from shrubbie, but there is no way in hell that a Democrat should let this travesty of justice stand.

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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:03 AM
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16. Three Democratic Presidents have let him rot in jail
Perhaps they actually believe that he is guilty.
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:18 PM
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17. Follow the uranium money
And AIM's involvement. There you'll have your answer. That and the ballistics report.


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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 12:05 PM
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19. How much 'uranium money' has President Obama received?
:shrug:
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 03:29 PM
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22. Maybe you can look that up and tell us
Has a request for clemency hit Obama's desk?

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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 06:28 AM
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23. So, you have no proof whatsoever that Obama recieved any 'uranium money?'
:shrug:

The President does not have to formally receive a request to grant clemency or a pardon. The Constitution gives him carte blance to do so except in cases of impeachment.
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 09:37 AM
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26. If you are going to imply that Obama received uranium money--
and he very well may have--you should post your source. Then I can look it up, do my own research, and verify it one way or another for myself and either accord myself with your post or refute your implication.

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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 10:27 AM
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27. You are the one who brought up the subject of 'uranium money'
I have seen no evidence to back up this theory, therefore you "follow the uranium money" does not seem to apply to President Obama. Perhaps the reason Peltier is still in jail is that the President is not convinced of Peltier's innocence.

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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 03:18 PM
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21. I agree....
Peltier did not profit by these deaths...but AIM did...along with the uranium companies. I think most of us know the bullets did NOT match Peltier's gun.
There is no doubt that he is a political prisoner and should be set free.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 06:30 AM
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24. You don't have to be the trigger man to be convicted in murder
Many state and federal laws provide for murder convictions when someone is killed when a felony is being committed.
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 02:51 PM
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29. Leonard Peltier was convicted as the shooter...and it was NOT his gun used....
Edited on Wed Aug-26-09 02:52 PM by winyanstaz
He was not at the scene of the crime..he did NOT kill the agents..there was NO evidence besides hearsay which was recanted.....how much clearer can it get?
His biggest "crime" is being a Native American Indian man and trying to stand up for his people.
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:18 AM
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12. I don't think Squeaky was involved in the Tate murders.
She was not one of those involved in the LaBianca murders either.
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 02:08 AM
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18. I thought that while she was not there at the time of the murders...
she was part of the group and helped the killers after the fact. Regardless, she did try to murder a president...and was guilty and is now free.
Leonard didn't kill anyone and is still in prison and will probably be there until he dies at this rate.
He is old and he is sick and they need to turn him loose.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 06:32 AM
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25. The USA has broken or violated every single treaty with Native nations
Edited on Wed Aug-26-09 06:33 AM by SpiralHawk
A perfect record of faithlessness -- that's a fact.

Building upon a foundation of such krappy karma, the USA give rise to perversions such as Republiconism, a perfect incarnation of faithlessness, truthlessness, honorlessness.
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 02:47 PM
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28. That doesn't justify Peltier murdering an FBI agent
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 02:56 PM
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30. What part of he didn't do it dont you get?
It was not his gun used. He was not there. He did not do it. There was NO real evidence. sheesh....you just WANT to believe he did it no matter what the evidence nor the FBI themselves or even what the judge later said.
It makes me wonder why you want to believe this lie so badly that you would let an innocent man rot in prison,.and serve TWO life sentances for something he did not do.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 03:02 PM
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32. He's admitted that he was there and he's admitted that he shot at them.
He may have not been the murderer, but he was there, according to his own words.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-27-09 11:27 AM
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33. kick
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