Leonard Peltier Releases Letter from the Hole (UPDATED 8/15)

‘The Government Wants Me to Die Here’

UPDATE 8/15/2011 from Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (Leonard Peltier’s original letter published below has been edited to reflect this update):

Supporters should know that Mr. Peltier has recently decided on a legal strategy that best suits his needs and that is a departure from the strategy presented by Attorney Robert R. Bryan some months ago. Consequently, Robert Bryan will no longer be representing Leonard Peltier. Mr. Peltier enjoys the support of other attorneys who will continue to represent him. Please do what you can to support their efforts to free Leonard Peltier.

As a reminder, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC) is the center of communication between Leonard Peltier and his program coordinators, the general public, government officials, political and tribal leaders, the media, and his supporters worldwide.

The international headquarters of the LPDOC is located in Fargo, North Dakota. Our contact information is as follows.

LPDOC
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206                                                                                                                     Email: contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info

Feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.

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Original post edited to relect update:

LEWISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – Leonard Peltier, Lakota, imprisoned for the past 35 years, has released a letter from solitary confinement.

Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents who showed up on June 25, 1975 at a private residence in Oglala, South Dakota.

In the letter, dated Wednesday, 27 July 2011, Peltier writes about his placement in the hole, where he has been since June 27:

“Dear Friends, Since June 27 the guards have had me in the hole, a small miserable cell with little air that is dangerously hot. They are torturing me by keeping me in solitary confinement-this is an effort to break and kill me. However, the public pressure being generated by my many supporters and counsel is making a real difference.”

He continues that “the government wants me to die here, but I’m not going to.”

“I am innocent. A racist jury tried me. A biased judge would not let me have a fair trial and the prosecution manufactured evidence including a supposed murder weapon. Later on October 15, 1985, the government admitted that it “can’t prove who shot those agents.” The judge would not even let me prove that the FBI intimidated and tortured witnesses and was engaged in a Reign of Terror­a war against the people on the Pine Ridge Reservation.”

“To succeed we must have money for my defense. We desperately need your help. Please make a contribution (and indicate that your donation is for the “Legal Defense”) to:

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488
Fargo, ND 58106″

True to his strong heritage as a warrior he concludes:

“I believe in the Spirit of Crazy Horse. They have imprisoned my body, but my spirit soars like an eagle. I will never give up, despite the threats to my health and life from this long imprisonment. I am an innocent man and will continue fighting against the genocide of my people.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

Doksha,

Leonard Peltier

U.S. Penitentiary Lewisburg, Pennsylvania”

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