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LPDC Update/Action Alert - September 10, 2002
Dear Supporters of Leonard Peltier,
LPDC UPDATE: 9/10/02
Dear Supporters of Freedom for Leonard Peltier,
We would like to thank you for your continued and invaluable assistance. We were finally able to obtain the high speed scanner we have been working toward, which we are now using to scan and archive the 30,000 pages of FBI documents obtained in June by US Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), who acted in response to letter campaign supporters like you. After scanning, the documents will go to Leonard's lawyers to begin the search for new evidence. Just one piece of new evidence could lead to Leonard's release.
There are even more documents held in FBI field offices around the country. Peltier Attorneys Michael Kuzma and Barry Bachrach have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with these field offices. The FBI's lead FOIA agent says the documents may number close to 100,000 pages, and their release may take years. FBI field offices have said that the scope of the inquiries outstrips their capacity to process the documents, referring the requests to FBI headquarters. A FOIA lawsuit challenging this stalling tactic and demanding that the FBI follow the law is being prepared.
CALL FOR ACTION:
In addition to the letter to Rep. Dan Burton, which many of you may have already sent, we are asking for your assistance in releasing the documents held at FBI field offices. We have identified the House and Senate committees that oversee FOIA requests. In the House, write to Rep. Stephen Horn (R-CA), chair of the Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations. In the Senate, write to Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information.
We encourage support of Rep. Dan Burton's bill, HR 5213, to rename the FBI Headquarters Building, stripping the building of the name of J. Edgar Hoover. The bill was introduced on July 25, 2002, by Rep. Burton (R-IN), and enjoys bipartisan support with cosponsors Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Christopher Shays (R-CT), William Delahunt (D-MA), John Lewis (D-GA), and John Tierney (D-MA). For more information on HR 5213 please see http://reform.house.gov/boston.htm .
NOTE: While we would like everyone to send all four letters, a recommendation, if you are short on time, is for residents of California to start by sending the Feinstein and Horn letters, and for residents of all other states to start by sending the Burton and HR 5213 letters. Then as you have time, we ask that you do send the remaining letters.
TO SUM UP:
- Write your Rep. requesting that they cosponsor and support Rep. Dan Burton's bill H.R.5213 to remove J. Edgar Hoover's name from the FBI building in DC. SEND A COPY OF YOUR LETTER TO DAN BURTON. (See the end of this message for addresses to Burton, etc.)
- Write Rep. Dan Burton, chair of the House Committee on Government Reform, requesting inclusion of Leonard's case in that committee's current investigations of FBI misconduct. SEND A COPY OF YOUR LETTER TO YOUR REP.
- Write Sen. Diane Feinstein and Rep. Stephen Horn, chairs of committees who oversee the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), requesting they investigate FBI obstruction of Leonard's FOIA requests.
SAMPLE LETTERS CAN BE DOWNLOADED AT http://www.freepeltier.org/update09092002.htm
To find out who your representative is go to http://www.house.gov/writerep/
AND FINALLY, if you receive a response from any of these elected officials,
PLEASE, send a copy to the defense committee office:
PO Box 583
Lawrence, KS 66044
Until Freedom Is Won!
The New Leonard Peltier Justice Campaign
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 583
Lawrence, KS 66044
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