Saturday, August 22, 2009


Native American Activist Leonard Peltier was denied parole yesterday. He will not be eligible for parole again until July 2024. He will be 79 years old.

Peltier has been imprisoned since 1979, after being convicted for the deaths of two fbi agents in 1977. The agents had been part of an attack by the federal government on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

There are many who believe that Peltier was convicted because of his politics and not evidence against him. A fair trial seemed ludicrous then, just as a fair parole hearing seems now.

Interestingly William Calley "apologized" for his role in the My Lai massacre in Viet Nam in 1968. Between 350-500 civilians, mostly women, children and old people were slaughtered.
Caley was convicted of murder in 1971 and sentenced to life in prison but ended up serving three years under house arrest after President Nixon reduced his sentence.

And the beat goes on......

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