C'est une bonne nouvelle car cela prouve que nos efforts ne sont pas inutiles.
Il faut maintenir la pression afin que le Bureau des Prisons sache que les supporters de Leonard Peltier ne s'arrêteront pas là et demandent son transfert dans l'un des trois lieux cités plus bas (cela est indiqué dans la lettre).
Voici donc un exemple de courrier à envoyer au Bureau des Prisons (exemple qui se trouve sur le site whoisleonardpeltier.info).
Ne pas oublier d'insister sur le fait que ceci est la responsabilité et le devoir du Bureau des Prisons :
Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First Street., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: (202) 307-3250
Fax: (202) 514-6878
RE: Leonard Peltier #89637-132
I was outraged to learn that, on January 13, Leonard Peltier was transferred to USP-Canaan in Waymart, Pennsylvania, where he was immediately attacked and injured by young gang members. Your inability to protect Mr. Peltier in this or any other maximum security facility is clearly evident.
I understand that last August Mr. Peltier properly submitted a formal application for transfer to an institution close to his home in North Dakota-either the low-security prison at Sandstone, Minnesota, or the medium-security facility in Oxford, Wisconsin. Such an assignment, I know, would comply with Program Statement 5100.08 which states that the BOP is to make every effort to keep prisoners within a 500-mile radius of their homes so that prisoners can maintain ties to their families and home communities. In reviewing Mr. Peltier's places of confinement during the past 33 years, however, I was shocked to discover that he has never received such consideration. Apparently, your rules don't apply to Mr. Peltier and never have.
In addition, in late 2008, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians also sent a resolution to you offering a third option, i.e., that their tribesman Peltier be transferred to that Nation's custody to serve the remainder of his sentence.
Leonard has been a model prisoner for the past 30 years. In recognition of this, the BOP has greatly reduced his security rating. Peltier shouldn't be imprisoned in a maximum security facility anymore. His reduced security rating, Peltier's application, and his Tribal Council's request should have been but clearly weren't taken into account in the BOP's recent decision to transfer Peltier to yet another maximum security prison-and one where his safety and wellbeing were put in such serious jeopardy.
The only remedy to the current situation is for you to immediately transfer Mr. Peltier to one of the above, more appropriate facilities. I strongly urge you to do so.
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De plus, l'International Peltier Forum nous fait savoir que l'avocat de Leonard Peltier encourage tous les supporters de Leonard à continuer à écrire au Président Obama. Voici un autre exemple de courrier proposé :
The Honorable President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Washington, DC 20500
I am writing to you regarding the case of Leonard Peltier. Mr. Peltier is currently incarcerated at USP Canaan in Waymart, Pennsylvania, for the deaths of FBI agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams, which occurred at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on June 26, 1975.
There have been numerous television, radio, newspaper and magazine articles about Mr. Peltier’s case. Public protests and outcry continue to this day, and those persons championing Mr. Peltier include such human rights luminaries as former South African President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachov; the European, Belgian and Italian Parliaments; to name just a few.
Furthermore, all across the world, Mr. Peltier is regarded as a highly respected human rights activist; and he has been awarded several prestigious human rights awards, and has been nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
At the time Mr. Peltier was tried in 1977, government prosecutors merely turned over 3,500 pages of material to his defense attorneys. Mr. Peltier’s attorneys have recently discovered that the FBI actually maintains 142,579 pages of material relating to the case. Much of this material has never been released to Mr. Peltier or his attorneys. To this very day, the government is vigorously resisting efforts to release this material under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It is Mr. Peltier’s contention that he will be exonerated by the full release of these FBI documents.
Mr. Peltier has always maintained his innocence and even the government attorney, who prosecuted the case against Mr. Peltier, has conceded that the government does not know who shot agents Coler and Williams, nor what Mr. Peltier’s role in the firefight might have been. In 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit stated that, “Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed.” See Peltier v. Booker, 348 F. 3d 888, 896.
Mr. Peltier will turn 65 on September 12th of this year. He is now in deteriorating health and has spent 33 years of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. It is my sincere hope that you will give serious consideration to granting Mr. Peltier clemency.
The President and only the President has the power to grant clemency. It is a power given to the President by the United States Constitution with no conditions attached. Clemency is not about right or wrong. It is about mercy.
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