Your publication of Richard T. Bretzing, head of the Los Angeles FBI office, comments in a letter addressed to Pacific Amphitheatre general manager Steve Redfearn (Part I, Oct. 24) concerning the "Cowboys for Indians" concert on Oct. 27 contributed to a deliberate attempt at misinformation.
Bretzing's letter stressing Leonard Peltier's conviction for the murder of two FBI agents in 1975, stated that he was "utterly revolted" at the idea of a benefit concert. He went on to say, "I would like to believe the sponsors and participants of this program are not aware of the facts surrounding the murder of agents (Ronald) Williams and (Jack) Coler."
As the head of the Los Angeles FBI office, Bretzing is aware that his agents died in a fire-fight involving over 30 people. He knows that three people other than Peltier were originally accused of the deaths of the agents, and of those three, two were acquitted by an all-white jury, and the government dropped charges against the third.
The government went to such extreme lengths to convict Peltier that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (long before the Oct. 27 concert) acknowledged serious judicial errors in the FBI's prosecution, including the fabrication of evidence, the suborning of witnesses, and withholding of ballistics evidence indicating that the bullets that killed the agents could not have come from Peltier's gun. The court (which upheld his conviction) suggested that such evidence might possibly have changed the mind of the jury had it been presented.