To the editor,
Our courts would be well advised to apply the most critical scrutiny to the current application by the Americans to have native Indian, John Graham, extradited to the U.S. to face charges of murder in the death of American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) activist, Anna Mae Aquash. This is a remnant of a brutal and sophisticated FBI operation during the seventies to destabilize A.I.M. But this is not the first time they have come to Canada seeking an order to extradite a person involved in that confrontation.
Robert Redford produced the award winning documentary Incident At Oglala which painstakingly details the wrongful conviction for murder of A.I.M. leader Leonard Peltier by an agency that appears incensed with revenge for the killing of two of its agents. A frustrated FBI, in an effort to demonstrate that someone would pay, proceeded to manufacture evidence implicating Peltier, among other A.I.M. leaders. They subsequently presented this fiction to the Canadian courts and obtained an extradition order for Peltier. Upon discovery of this flim-flam, then Canadian Justice Minister, Warren Allmand, issued a diplomatic note of protest.
Unsettling facts in the Graham case indicate that they may be trying to pull the same off again.
Member, Sto:lo Nation
[Published under the title “Ignore This US Request” in the Daily News, Prince Rupert, BC, and under the title “Taking AIM at wrong person” in the Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC, on December 21, 2004]