Urge Obama to grant clemency for Leonard Peltier


How Leonard Peltier has unjustly spent forty years in prison — and why it’s time to change that


The above links provide background to my letter to Obama. May be a waste of time to ask but I can say that I have again tried to do my tiny part to turn around this disgraceful miscarriage of justice propogated by the state against an indigenous citizen of the US.

Some might think I should focus at home and do more for our own Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples. In answer to that legitimate call. I act on this daily, as a non-indigenous migrant to their country, often to the point where inclusion of recognition of first peoples or acknowledement of their disproportionate numbers in ‘care’ or detention has me derided as including ‘party political broadcast’ in my written work.

Back to Leonard Peltier…

My e-mail 

I am writing to urge you to grant Leonard Peltier’s application for clemency on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of truth.

Leonard Peltier was convicted of a serious crime about which legitimate questions exist about the evidence on which the trial was based and the fairness of the proceedings that led to Leonard Peltier’s trial and conviction. Parole examiners have thus far failed to take account of the mitigating factors in the case.

Some concerns include;

1. Coercion of an alleged eye-witness who said she had seen Leonard Peltier shoot the agents who later retracted her testimony, and was not allowed by the court to be called as a defense witness at his trial. 

2. Voracity of evidence linking Leonard Peltier to the shootings

3. Prosecution’s withholding of evidence that might have assisted Leonard Peltier’s defense, including potentially key ballistics evidence.

Given the above and that all available hroutes for real justice have been exhausted and that; 

       *Leonard Peltier’s next parole hearing is scheduled for  2024;

       * Leonard Peltier has spent 40 years in prison

 Justice would best be served by releasing Leonard Peltier from prison.

I am also very concerned by reports of Leonard Peltier’s deteriorating health. I urge you to ensure that he is given access to appropriate medical treatment and is moved to a facility that can address his medical needs as a matter of urgency until he is granted release.

Something I personally wish to add is that the existance of a Mr X who has apparently admitted the crime but not to relevant authorities provides a most possible claim of events. This man in the vehicle likely sighted by the two murdered agants may well now be deceased. I also assume past FBI agents will not now come forward with contrary details to the Peltier prosecution. 

What does your heart say about this? You have a chance to be a better man than Clinton who denied Leonard Peltier the fclemency he deserves. Do the principles you hold allow you to be truly just in your final days as President of the leader of not only your country but of a world that believes truth should prevail?

Please reconsider a Presidential Clemency for Leonard Peltier.


Media Release 20/9/16: APAN calls on Members of Parliament to protest Netanyahu Visit


The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to express its dismay over her decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia next year.

In an open letter to the Foreign Minister, APAN President George Browning noted the particularly unfortunate timing of the visit.

“Next year the Palestinians of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem will mark their 50th year living as non-citizens in their own country under a regime of apartheid that systematically denies their human rights.

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Why Everything You Hear About Aleppo Is Wrong: Sept. 29th Interview with Vanessa Beeley

American Everyman

One quick thing: the interviewer states that al Qaeda was created by the US after “the Russian invasion of Afghanistan”. That’s not entirely accurate. The Afghanistan Mujahideen was created by the US at that time and al Qaeda stemmed from that for one thing. Most importantly, Russia did not invade Afghanistan. The new Afghan government at the time was building closer ties to Russia and looking to them for assistance. They came in by invitation of the Afghanis, it was not an invasion. So our actions back then were similar to what is going on in Syria. We were not just attacking Russians in Afghanistan, but also the Afghan government at the time. It’s a small difference, but I think a critical one to note.

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Darwin hosts war games with Turkish airforce

With the airforce Exercise Pitch Black upon us in Darwin again, serious question arise about our ‘special relationship’ with the US. In 2014 we hosted among other Nations, the UAE , whose pilots promptly went to Libya to secretly bomb from the air.
See previous post https://asidewrite.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/scratch-my-back-and-ill-deny-it/


This year among other nations we (the US) have invited Turkey to our Pitch Black exercise. With the situation occuring in Turkey over the last few days, I wonder what this will mean.

The General in charge of Turkeys airforce in 2014 is now deamed a coup leader and is to be tried for treason.

Haartz report today states Turkish Air Force General Akin Ozturk who was arrested on Saturday served as military attaché to Israel 1998 -2000 and later as commander of Turkey’s air force.The 64-year-old military figure stepped down as air force commander last year, but continued to serve on Turkey’s Supreme Military Council.

In another report (yeah I know its the Telegraph but where else do you read the MSM line) we read that… “The rebel army faction – who called themselves the Peace Council and denounced Mr Erdogan’s increasingly non-secular and autocratic approach – said they were trying to overthrow the government to “protect human rights”.

Where have we heard that before?

Wait for it…. John Kerry has something to say about claims of US involvement…..
Kerry called Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for a second day running to promise US support in probing the putshe like assistance to Turkish authorities conducting this investigation adding… “public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations,”

Earlier, Turkey’s labour minister Suleyman Soylu had reportedly suggested the United States was behind the revolt, which triggered fighting that left at least 265 dead.

The United States was quick to denounce the military revolt in its NATO ally Turkey and to express support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s elected government.

But some Turkish officials have reportedly suggested the United States was covertly sympathetic to the rogue military officers, a claim Kerry angrily denied.”

So where to from here in Pitch Black, (a descriptor of the nature of where we stand blindly receiving no real information about the real nature of these displays of military prowess and wasted public money in these war games?)

The NT see it as a tourist attraction! We get in free! 💃

“Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is a three week multi-national large force employment exercise conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal from 29 July to 19 August 2016. Nations represented will include: Australia, Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

Oh yeah, are we still hosting the Turkish airforce?

Citigroup Has More Derivatives than 4,701 U.S. Banks Combined; After Blowing Itself Up With Derivatives in 2008


How do they get away with this?

Since 2008 crash….”77 percent of all U.S. banks found zero reason to engage in high-risk derivative trading.

Citigroup, however, the bank that spectacularly blew itself up with toxic derivatives and subprime debt in 2008, became a 99-cent stock during the crisis, and received the largest taxpayer bailout in U.S. financial history despite being insolvent at the time, today holds more derivatives than 4,701 other banks combined which are backstopped by the taxpayer.”……

So Bernie will ‘surrender’ the reins for the “siren call for the political revolution……… to the Clinton Wing of the Democratic Party — otherwise known as the Wall Street Banksters.”