Statement By Leonard Peltier
Copyright © 2001 LPeltier
No one can return the twenty-five years I have spent in prison based on an orchestrated frame-up at the hands of the FBI.
The Redwood Summer Justice Project is struggling for all of us who have been targeted for our work in defense of our people and the land.
In May of 1990, as Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were on their way to an organizing event, they were nearly killed in an assassination attempt. A pipe bomb wrapped in nails for a shrapnel effect and triggered by a motion device exploded under the seat of Judi's car. The force of the blast buckled the car frame and blew a hole in the floorboard. The blast crushed Judi's coccyx and pelvis and left her crippled. Darryl escaped with cuts and broken eardrums.
Within minutes of the explosion, the FBI was on the scene and orchestrated a massive disinformation campaign designed o discredit and imprison these Earth First! activists. Equally sinister, the FBI never tried to find the real bomber who to this day, remains at large.
There can be no healing without truth, and the greatest love is that which is based on justice. Together we must guarantee the First Amendment rights of all activists who courageously defy corporate control of our environment.
I urge you to support Judi Bari and Darry Cherney's historic lawsuit that will finally put the FBI on trial.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
/S/ Leonard Peltier
USPL, Leonard Peltier #89637-132
P.O. Box 1000 Leavenworth, KS 66048
The statement above, from Leonard Peltier, is in support of the Redwood Summer Justice Project. The Redwood Summer Justice Project is suing the FBI and the Oakland Police for falsely accusing Earth First! activists, Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney of carrying explosives, after their car was bombed in 1990. The bombing crippled Judi Bari permanently and caused minor injuries to Cherney. The bomb had been placed under Judi Bari's seat. Rather than finding the perpetrator, the FBI launched a major disinformation campaign against the staunchly non-violent activists, and blamed them for bombing themselves. Since then, FBI materials released through discovery have proven that the FBI was infiltrating the organization and that they withheld photos illustrating the bomb's position in the car, thus discounting their allegations. Sound familiar?
In fact, Richard W. Held, who was also involved in the framing of Geronimo Ji Jaga (Pratt) and Leonard Peltier, headed this "investigation" as well. A hearing on the civil rights case is set for October 1st of this year. The trial will essentially challenge the FBI's use of COINTELPRO tactics. This is truly a case for solidarity. Check this site for more information: http://www.judibari.org
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