Bill Miller: Ask the New Hampshire Legislature...
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DEFENDING LIBERTY & INDIVIDUAL GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS***DE OPPRESSO LIBER
The charges which have been made (at the least the ones made public, but who knows what is being withheld) are "accessory after the fact" and "possession and use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence."
What crime of violence? The fact is, nobody has committed any such crime! Not the Browns, nor their friends/supporters.
The only "violence" has come from the feds. They shot at Danny Riley while he was walking the Browns' dog. They invaded the property on various occasions and fired shots. They threatened violence against a video journalist, Terry Melton. Not just garden-variety violence, but rape! A U.S. Marshal actually threatened to sodomize this journalist. This is "law enforcement" ???? If so, God help us all.
The truth is, these political prisoners are being held as hostages in an attempt to make the Browns feel responsible and guilty. This is despicable behavior and only goes to show how low so-called "law enforcement" will stoop to intimidate, terrorize and destroy the lives of those willing to stand up for Liberty and Justice and for the principles this country was founded on.
Back to Marie Miller: She also told me (as did her son William) that a couple weeks back they had low-flying helicopters buzzing their home in Farmington, New Hampshire. Bill Miller has posted a number of audioblog reports on this and related issues, which you may find on this site:
A few weeks ago, I watched the video of Danny Riley's father. As Mr.Riley talked about the horror he was subjected to as the feds invaded his home to arrest his son --no search warrant, they just barged in and ransacked his home-- I was sitting at the computer with tears streaming down my face.
Mr.Riley broke down into tears as well. Seventy three years old, a widower. A survivor of cancer and stroke. An American patriot who considers Ed and Elaine Brown, as well as his son, Danny Riley, to be his heroes, for standing up to tryanny and refusing to be intimidated by evildoers who believe they are above the law: God's law, that is.
The law which the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10 of the United States Constitution) is based on.
God-given. Natural. Inherent. Unalienable.Constitutionally Protected and Guaranteed.
They are your rights, bestowed by the Creator.
Use them or lose them.
September 27, 2007
Please take a few minutes to read this statement by Leonard Peltier, which was written after clemency was denied by Bill Clinton. I'm sure most of you are familiar with Mr. Peltier's case, but if not, I think it is well worth your time and effort to learn all you can.
I first learned of Mr. Peltier's case when I read Peter Matthiessen's excellently researched and widely acclaimed book, "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse", published in 1980, four years after Mr. Peltier's arrest. And I have been a supporter of Mr. Peltier ever since.
I was so outraged by what I learned that I made a vow to myself that I would do all in my power to publicize his case, even though I lacked the resources to do anything of a more concrete nature. But I talked to every person who would listen. I loaned out my copy of Crazy Horse and encouraged others to buy it. I put "Free Leonard Peltier" bumper stickers on my car.
A few months ago, I signed the latest petition advocating clemency for Leonard Peltier. Although I, like many others, am extremely disappointed, I was not surprised at Bill Clinton's refusal to grant clemency. But despite this, I will continue to support Mr. Peltier in his efforts to attain his long-overdue freedom and to expose the travesty of justice which resulted in his arrest and his -to date-25-year incarceration. I hope that you will too.
Free Leonard Peltier!
Statement by Leonard Peltier
Greetings Friends and Supporters:
January 20, 2001, was a sad day for all of us. I know that this denial of clemency has affected many of you as much as it has affected both my family and myself. It is a terrible feeling and disappointment knowingthat this nightmare has not ended and will continue for many months to come.
When I received the news, I felt my stomach curl and a feeling of nausea rolled over me. It took a while for me to refocus. For some reason I had thought I might be having dinner with my family that night. It was an especially disappointing day for all of us.
What Bill Clinton did to us was cruel. For eight years he ignored my clemency petition despite the major campaign that was waged. Then, just months before leaving office he publicly promised to make a decision on my case, one way or the other. He said he was aware of its importance. The White House gave my attorneys indications that there was a good chance for my clemency to be granted. I had to prepare myself for being released because there was no sign that my petition would be denied.
The LPDC bought me clothes, my grandson prepared his bedroom for me to sleep in and other preparations were made for my homecoming. My friends on Pine Ridge began plans to build me a house. We were literally forced to get our hopes up because we did not want to be unprepared if I was suddenly set free.
January 19, came and still, they kept us in nervous anticipation saying the more difficult clemencies are still being worked on and would be announced the next morning. Then January 20 came and went! The White House never even told us what the decision was. We had to find out through the press that my name was not on the list of clemencies. To leave a person's life and so many peoples' hopes hanging in the balance like that is truly hardhearted.
Since that dark Saturday, I have managed to get up and dust myself off, and begin to lift my spirits once more. I am just as determined now to fight for my freedom as I was on February 6, 1976 when I was first arrested. I will not give up. This is the second time in the span of my incarceration that I made it to the top of the hill and saw that freedom was in view, only to be kicked right back down to the bottom again.
The first time was in 1985, when the evidence used to convict me was impeached and I was denied a new trial, despite Judge Heaney's finding that I might have been acquitted had the jury been presented this evidence. To be denied a new trial after such a finding shocked our network and me just as much as this denial of clemency has. However, we never lose a battle without making some major gains in the overall struggle.
I want to compliment and thank my staff at the LPDC and all of you grassroots supporters who stood beside me and fought so tirelessly for my freedom. You put on one of the strongest and most memorable campaigns I have experienced. Years from now people will read about the accomplishments you made. People from every walk of life worked on this campaign. People from every denomination and belief prayed from every corner of the Earth. Although it feels like our sentiments were shooed away like an irritating fly by a president who did not want to face the consequences of his own mistakes, I believe we put up a serious challenge. We can see who was granted clemency and why. The big donors to the President's campaign were able to buy justice, something we jus couldn't afford. Meanwhile, many political prisoners continue to languish unjustly, proof that this nation's talk about reconciliation is nothing but empty rhetoric.
We now have a number of strategies to continue this struggle for my freedom. These ideas are in the early planning stages. I ask you to remain with us while we regroup and develop a thorough plan. We must carefully consider every option and make sure the strategies compliment each other in order to have the best effect. The LPDC will release strategies as they are developed. Some will be released this week.
I also have my own personal plans. I will continue doing artwork and will be looking at ways to make it more available to the public. I will also be working with my friends, Fedelia and Bob Cross, to build a grade school in Oglala. Before my clemency was decided, I began to dream of the different projects I would like to work on in Pine Ridge if I were free. Now that I have been denied, Fedelia and Bob have said they will take the initiative to begin the projects themselves, with my input. Soon, we will be establishing a board and non-profit status.
Bob and Fedelia are schoolteachers and lifetime Oglala residents, and they have the land on which to build the school. They have told me of the desperate need for an improved school in Oglala. The existing school is severely under funded and inadequate and does not provide the kids with the quality education they need and deserve . We have the highest drop out rate of all ethnic groups in the country and part of the reason is the lack of stimulating and challenging programs for the youth.
Another idea I would like to develop is building a small recreation center for Oglala. As most of you know Native health conditions are also probably the worst in the country. We want to change that, beginning with this center. We want the center to have modern exercise equipment, a kitchenette, and card tables. As everyone gathers here to socialize, have coffee, gossip, and play cards, we can encourage them to try the equipment and to begin getting in the habit of exercising and eating healthy foods. I believe it would be a nice place for people to spend time and a good incentive for them to get into better physical condition and stop the trend of diabetes on the reservation. The reservation currently has no facility like this.
If we are successful in establishing these two services, I believe that the community of Oglala will truly benefit. We will then be able to move on to other projects that will bring people together and raise the quality of life. For example, one day I would like to rebuild Jumping Bull Hall so that there will be a drug and alcohol free place where people, especially youth, can gather. We could set it up for a movie theatre and bring in video games. People can watch movies, hold meetings, have birthday celebrations, community meals and dances here. Right now, our youth have no place to go to socialize and I believe this facility could help prevent the hopelessness and despair too many of our young people feel. I would hope that word of these projects would spread to other reservations and others like Fedelia and Bob Cross will be inspired to take on similar ideas which we could help support.
Your ideas, input, and support are welcomed. If you know people who would donate supplies (books, wood, cement, hardware, etc), make financial contributions, or donate their skills and labor, please get in touch with the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
In closing, I want to thank you again for your support and ask that you stand with us in this struggle. I believe that one day in the near future we will succeed. But it can't be done without your support.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,