On June 27, the 66-year-old Leonard Peltier was thrown in “The Hole” at USP-Lewisburg where he purportedly will stay for the next six months. According to what is currently known, Leonard’s cell was searched that day. A guard allegedly was shocked by a wire(s) in the cell, placed there a long while ago by one of Leonard’s former cellmates. The guard claimed “assault” (apparently he didn’t know better than to touch an electrical wire). Leonard wasn’t present during the search, having already been removed to “The Hole”.
Please note that the prison failed to detect the money sent to Leonard by a supporter and now blames Leonard for being in possession of the 20£ note. Also please note the placement of the wires in the cell as described by the guard. Leonard does not sleep on the top bunk and while the guard indicates that Leonard currently does not have a cellmate, it is also true that Leonard has had a cellmate in that particular cell from time to time.
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The BOP’s disciplinary procedures do not allow for legal representation for an accused prisoner. A prisoner is tried, convicted, and sentenced without due process. Prison authorities claim that thorough, professional investigations are conducted in such instances, but the cards are stacked against a prisoner when a guard is involved because the statement of a guard is always given more weight.
Further, the culture inside is one of collective or group punishment. Every prisoner, that is, is deemed responsible for the actions of another prisoner.
Leonard is no stranger to “The Hole.” In the 1980s, at USP-Marion, Leonard and others protested their ill treatment by prison authorities, including infringement of Native prisoners’ religious rights. This led to the infamous lock down of the prison that persists to this day. Sadly, Marion has become a model within the federal prison system despite these conditions being widely considered inhumane: life in a six by eight foot cell for 23 to 24 hours a day and no human contact allowed. Leonard served 18 months in “The Hole” at Marion and was often severely beaten. The isolation alone was torture. Leonard wrote his name on the cell floor during those dark days so that when the cell door was opened and a shaft of light filled the cell, he could read what he had written and remember who he was.
Leonard was imprisoned at USP-Leavenworth when a riot occurred there on July 5, 1992. A race-related incident, Leonard and other Indigenous prisoners were trapped in the auditorium where the riot occurred. At Leonard’s direction, the Indigenous prisoners gathered together away from the melee and didn’t participate in the resulting violence. He was thrown in “The Hole,” then too–falsely accused of having participated in and perhaps instigating the riot.
Friends and supporters, in the spirit of the promise of justice for all, we must liberate Leonard Peltier. Call the BOP to protest the prison’s actions against Peltier. Please send e-mails, write letters and call BOP every single day. Solitary confinement is torture. Tell the BOP that the world is watching and we’re horrified by its inhumane treatment of prisoners, in general, and Leonard Peltier, in particular.
Dr. Thomas Kane, Acting Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
(202) 307-3250 (Director)
(202) 307-3198 (Switchboard)
320 1st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
If calling from outside the United States, dial first the International Area Code + 1 (US country code).
Communicate the same message to the director for the BOP’s Northeast Region, Joe Norwood. Again, reference Leonard Peltier #89637-132, a prisoner at USP-Lewisburg.
Northeast Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
2nd & Chesnut Streets, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The White House
Demand that Leonard Peltier be freed. The injustice to which this man has been subjected for over 35 years must end! Flood the White House with letters, e-mails, faxes, and telephone calls:
President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Phone Numbers – If calling from outside the United States, dial first the International Area Code + 1 (US country code)
Comment Line: (202) 456-1111
Switchboard: (202) 456-1414 (Ask to be connected with the Comment Line)
Fax: (202) 456-2461
To send a telegram:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Members of Congress
In the coming weeks, contact your Members of Congress. Urge them to investigate the BOP’s current actions, as well as the entire Peltier case and the events that took place on the Pine Ridge reservation in the 1970s. A congressional investigation is long overdue. Demand that Congress take action on Leonard’s behalf.
Don’t take “no” for an answer. Don’t let your Members of Congress fall back on the position that Leonard isn’t his/her constituent. Members of Congress take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the rights of ALL. That includes Leonard Peltier.
We encourage you to contact your legislators at both their local offices and their offices in Washington, DC. Contact information for local offices can be located on members’ web sites, accessible through the below House and Senate portals.
U.S. House of Representatives
Thank you for all you do on Mr. Peltier’s behalf.
Leonard Peltier (born September 12, 1944) is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In 1977 he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder in the shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.Read More Here…