FLASHBACK: Jury Finds MLK Was Killed by Government Conspiracy, King Family AgreesSubmitted by humanic on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 17:13
January 25, 2012
This month, we celebrated what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 84th birthday, were he alive today. In honor of this occasion, I'd like to first highlight this short video, produced by journalist Barrie Zwicker, which provides a clear, concise overview of the realities regarding the assassination of this national civil rights and anti-war icon on April 4, 1968. (The book mentioned in the video is An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King.)
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As explained in the video, decades after King's death, there now exists a large body of evidence indicating that his assassination was not the work of "lone gunman" James Earl Ray, but a conspiracy involving multiple governmental agencies, including the FBI and Memphis Police Department. From March 13, 1969, until the day of his death in 1998, Ray had always maintained that he was an innocent patsy, or scapegoat, who had been duped at the very last minute by the conniving lawyer who had offered to represent him into entering a guilty plea instead of going to trial as planned. (This guilty plea is often misleadingly referred to as a "confession.")
It took Dr. William F. Pepper until 1988, twenty years after King's death, to decide fully and conclusively that Ray was telling the truth.
Pepper had been a close colleague and friend of Dr. King in the final year before his assassination. The two had met in early 1967, after King had seen a series of disturbing and heart-breaking photographs in Ramparts magazine which were taken by Pepper the previous year during a visit to Vietnam. They depicted some of the countless thousands of children who had been killed, maimed, or left homeless by American weapons of war, including napalm and white phosphorus. These and other photos (and anecdotes) shared with him by Pepper deeply moved and disturbed Dr. King, and ultimately had a serious influence on his decision to come out strongly against the war a short time later.
Even before joining the anti-war movement, King had already been a major target of the FBI's COINTELPRO, which engaged in a "no holds barred" covert operation to surveil, intimidate, "completely discredit," and "destroy" him as a leader of the civil rights movement by any means necessary, as documented in great detail years later by the Church Committee in its Final Report. However, when he came out against the Vietnam War, this caused even more concern by "the powers that be." As revealed by the Church Committee (Volume 7, Book III, p. 173-174):