I fought the law, and the law lost.

But it was a hollow victory, not only because my keys to my waterfront home were handed to an attorney to satisfy his bill, but because a judge that willfully broke many laws in initiating his baseless battle retained his robe, gavel and the ability to willfully break more laws and cause additional people grievous injury. His name was Kenneth Mackness.

Decades later, despite a seven year war of words fought on multiple fronts on the local, state and federal level, John Dean Moxley retains his robe, gavel and the ability to willfully break more laws and cause additional people grievous injury. Prior to possessing a robe, Moxley was a prosecutor that willfully broke laws and caused many people grievous injury, including interminable wrongful incarcerations and likely at least one wrongful execution.

I now recognize my responsibility to have made sure that Mackness lost his freedom, along with his gavel, robe and ability to cause grievous harm; fighting Mackness decades ago may well have eliminated the need to continue to fight Moxley now … the events leading up to WWII indicate that abuses of power are cumulative, and that failure to address them as they arise results in whole nations of people becoming servile to demented, imperialistic dictators.

We are being reduced to that servile powerlessness right this minute. Prior to his election, President Obama spoke as though channeling Martin Luther King, Jr. Since his election, Obama’s words are often indistinguishable from those of Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfield and Rice. Obama now wants to wage war on ordinary citizens, having Senator Levin successfully deliver him the power to detain ordinary citizens without charge.

This had best be the winter that Americans show our discontent, before the world allies against us as we once allied with other nations against Germany, Japan and Italy’s imperialistic dictators.

Our government is to be of and by all the people, not of and by the people that President Obama decides not to interminably detain without charge. The DoJ works for us … for now. If only Occupy speaks up, the DoJ will soon work only for the President. Should President Obama fail to veto the outrageous power he asked for, state Governors have to immediately formally challenge our Constitution being conspiratorially amended via the defense budget instead of the rightfully arduous ratification process that the document calls for.

Had Governor Scott vociferously challenged the federal government about Leonard Peltier’s mistreatment on Florida soil, President Obama may have never asked to be made almighty. Abuses of power – if unchecked – are cumulative. I hope that Scott now recognizes his responsibility.

From: Susan Chandler
Date: December 15, 2011 7:51:29 PM EST
To: Info@usdoj.gov
Cc: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com, Gretl Plessinger <plessinger.gretl@mail.dc.state.fl.us>, miami@ic.fbi.gov, Tampa Division <Tampa.Division@ic.fbi.gov>, irsob@do.treas.gov, *TIGTA Investigations Complaints Unit <Complaints@tigta.treas.gov>
Subject: Leonard Peltier … isolated and mistreated [relevant to TIGTA complaint number 55-1106-0136-C]

Dear Anonymous DoJ Worker,

I am belatedly responding to your November 4th email that stated, “As you are aware, Leonard Peltier is in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, not the Florida Department of Corrections,” written in response to the DoJ being Cc:d on correspondence to Florida Doc’s Gretl Plessinger asking her to have Florida shine light on the abuse of power that is making Peltier’s confinement cruel.

My letter to Ms. Plessinger made it clear that I’m fully aware whose custody he’s in; my plea for Florida to intervene was based on the principle of state governments serving to check federal abuses of power. It remains a valid plea. Florida’s Republicans claim to be all about limiting the power of the federal government, but their related endeavors seem targeted to enriching corporations that show gratitude through their “personhood” while actual persons in need of them asserting their power to check federal overreaches fend for themselves.

FBI agents were called in to Coleman in January of 2009 (link below). The Orlando Sentinel article segment states, “FBI agents have been called to investigate a melee that left seven prisoners seriously hurt – the latest in a long list of violent incidents, corruption and other problems at the nation’s largest federal prison complex.” While the segment faults inmates only, I’ve yet – in years of involvement – to hear of corruption inside corrections facilities that wasn’t facilitated by employees (who aren’t searched, unlike visitors). And as violence, corruption and other problems at Coleman aren’t new, the DoJ and State of Florida should have taken my complaint about Peltier’s mistreatment seriously.

Cruel and unusual punishment may soon be legal due to our president’s unconstitutional request for the authority to arrest and detain ordinary citizens without charge, coupled with the madness of Congressional attempts to put us outside of international human rights treaties we are party to by attempting to authorize torture as an interrogation method … which may later be revealed to have been requested by the president, too.

But cruel and unusual punishment are both illegal right now, and Peltier is being treated cruelly right now, and that obliges both the DoJ and the State of Florida to act right now.

The families and friends of incarcerated individuals – a multiple of the 2M+ currently behind bars – have a defense to their state and federal government placing preserving the safety and dignity of incarcerated individuals on an adversarial “make me!” basis … they are being taxed without representation. It is a matter that I have been seeking relief and redress from on behalf of the incarcerated at the federal level since January.

Against their wills and on their dimes, inmates families and friends furnish freezing winter cell temperatures, boiling summer cell temperatures, inedible and insufficient food, inadequate medical and dental care, interminable solitary confinement, slave-wage employment that displaces other loved ones from factory and field work, and more. Making matters worse, they’re fleeced for $5 per minute phone calls, personal hygiene items and other canteen goods far above market prices, and more. Most heinously, there seems to be some demented delight in incarcerating people as far away from their friends and family as possible, imposing further financial burdens on the multiple of the 2M+ and defying statistics indicating that frequent visitors reduce recidivism.

Leonard Peltier should be housed in the federal penitentiary closest to his home and treated humanely until such time as the DoJ admits that prosecutorial misconduct indeed matters, and that as a result, Peltier should be freed. Only the pathologically ill believe otherwise. I hope this makes matters much clearer for you, Anonymous DoJ Worker.


Susan Chandler


Date: November 4, 2011 4:05:27 PM EDT
To: “Chandler, Susan” <studio8@infionline.net>
Subject: Re: Leonard Peltier … isolated and mistreated
As you are aware, Leonard Peltier is in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, not the Florida Department of Corrections.

From: Susan Chandler
Date: October 31, 2011 3:40:24 AM EDT
Subject: Leonard Peltier … isolated and mistreated

Dear Ms. Plessinger,

As you were helpful with ensuring that inmate Gary Stanley Bennett receives his epilepsy medication consistently, I am writing to ask if you can in any way assist in resolving Leonard Peltier’s incarceration issues that came to my attention via another innocence advocate.
Mr. Peltier is incarcerated at a Florida federal facility – Coleman I.
Despite his age (67) and an untreated leg injury, Mr. Peltier was reportedly assigned a top bunk. I realize that the BOP is not pleased that Mr. Peltier has so many supporters working to free him (including the European Parliament), but – to my knowledge – the BOP has no legal authority to childishly retaliate against prisoners … not Bradley Manning, not Leonard Peltier, not anyone.
Like Mr. Manning, Mr. Peltier is reportedly experiencing difficulty in arranging visits. The BOP’s vague Visiting Regulations for Coleman invite abuse, “Any inmate who requires special precautions may have his visiting restricted when necessary to ensure the security and good order of the institution.” This may well be what is being cited to Mr. Peltier, while something similar is likely being cited to Mr. Manning, despite the age and infirmity of the former and diminutive size of the latter.
Coleman’s Visiting Regulations also states that “Friends and associates must have had an established relationship prior to confinement.” This is legally problematic for a number of reasons, including the fact that prisoners serving life sentences have gradually constricted numbers of people who knew them prior to confinement. Federal prisoners can be and are placed at great distances from their homes, although it imposes hardships on family and friends … many if not most of whom are taxpayers – they virtually pay our government to misappropriate their time and money, as if they too had been convicted of crimes.
States can and should shine light on federal overreaches of power. Just as the state of Florida should not allow the federal government to assassinate a citizen here, the state of Florida should not allow the federal government to abuse prisoners here. Until the federal government is challenged on its abuses of power by individual states, the overreaches will escalate … the federal raids on legalized medical marijuana facilities offer egregiously ongoing proof.
U.S. A.G. Holder forgets that he and his staff are on retainer to represent us citizens, even those of us who are incarcerated. Their negligence in answering correspondence makes it is more practical to simply copy them on correspondence to others – as I’m doing now – and move on in attempts to have them hear more powerful voices than mine … that’s why I am hoping that your staff can think of a way for the Florida DOC to remind the DOJ of its obligation to make sure the BOP isn’t mistreating federal prisoners incarcerated in Florida.
Thank you for your time, Ms. Plessinger. If you can think of any Florida agency that may be better equipped to assist Mr. Peltier, I would be very grateful for contact information.
Susan Chandler
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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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  1. My apologies for this post’s disheveled appearance. This has happened on other occasions; I know that attempts to straighten it out will be fruitless. Will hopefully be able to upgrade past such glitches soon.


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