Disappointing news...coming a day after Obama commuted the sentence of a traitor to the United States, Bradley Manning.
Peltier’s attorney Martin Garbus appeared on Democracy Now! today.
"I think it’s fair to say that if he doesn’t get commuted by President Obama, he’ll die in jail. He’s a very sick man," Garbus said. "So, Obama’s not granting him clemency is like a sentence of death. Trump ain’t going to do it. And he’s very sick, and he’s not going to live past that time. I don’t want to be negative, but that’s the reality. He’s very sick, and he’s been in prison over 40 years, hard years, six years of solitary."
Garbus was notified of Obama’s decision earlier today.
In an email, the Office of the Pardon Attorney wrote: "The application for commutation of sentence of your client, Mr. Leonard Peltier, was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your client’s application was therefore denied by the President on January 18, 2017... Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision."
The Obama Administration sat idly by and watched as thousands of Indians were terminated through disenrollment. This denial of clemency is analogous to watching Indians die through disenrollment.
The U.S. Government hates Indians. The feds have a policy of termination of Indians. They want us all dead and gone so they can close the door on the horrendous treatment of American indigenous peoples and pretend that they tried to help us.
If only Indians would stop hurting Indians, we could make the federal government look really evil for their treatment of Indians. However, the Indians are just as evil if not more so in their treatment of their own people.
Why does everyone hate Indians so much? The irrational hatred of our race will lead to our eventual demise. I urge all Indians to stand strong against the tribal leaders, the BIA, Congress, and the Courts, and all the people who want us gone. The world will be greatly diminished by our passing. We have made the sun rise, made peace with the land, and embraced the spirit. Our ancestors protect the skies and waters and their children.
We must make our own destiny and restore the vitality of our laws and culture. Only by pulling down the Bob Kellys, Robert Smiths, Allen Lawsons, and Mark Macarros can we insure our survival. These vicious and despicable leaders must be removed from office so healing can begin. Then we must face the federal government with resolve to stop corruption, and refuse to pay the BIA employees to do the jobs they are already paid to do.
Why is this not happening already?
Or make himself a woman too, Lenore Peltier.
When it comes to Obama granting the release of LP, Obama shows his real side of being an Uncle Tom.
If Leonard were a sick black man he would be out of prison and in the best Medical Hospital and the Obama's would probably pay for the treatments out of their own pocket.
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