FBI still wants Peltier behind bars
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NOVEMBER 29, 2000

As President Bill Clinton prepares to issue a decision on the clemency petition of Leonard Peltier, the FBI still holds strong opinions against his release.

"There are some people who don't deserve ever again to see the light of day, and he's one of them," Nicholas O'Hara told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. O'Hara is former head of the Minneapolis FBI office.

"There are a lot of people who deserve breaks in the world. Mr. Peltier is not one of them," Chip Burrus, assistant special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI office said.

Their statements echo those of FBI Director Louis Freeh. On the annivesary of the 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Freeh issued a statement saying the FBI and America should never forget Peltier's "cold blooded crime."

Clinton on Election Day told listeners of a Pacifica Radio program that he would review Peltier's application before he leaves office. Supporters in the country and internationally have been pressing Clinton to grnat him clemency.

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