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FBI ‘honors’ Martin Luther King Jr., 50 years after plotting to ‘neutralize’ him

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  • FBI ‘honors’ Martin Luther King Jr., 50 years after plotting to ‘neutralize’ him

    While the FBI now whitewashes Martin Luther King Jr. for PR, it previously plotted to “neutralize” him, blackmailing the civil rights leader, attacking MLK as a “filthy, abnormal animal.”

    By Ben Norton / AlterNet

    “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you,” declared socialist leader and union organizer Nicholas Klein in 1914 (in a quote often misattributed to Mahatma Gandhi). Klein added, “In this story you have a history of this entire movement.”

    Nearly 50 years after his murder, Martin Luther King Jr. is lionized by the very forces that ridiculed, attacked, and wanted to burn him. The same government institutions that threatened King’s life and called him the “most notorious liar in the country” and a “filthy, abnormal animal” are applauding him today.

    The radical legacy of the civil rights icon — who not only valiantly fought Jim Crow, but also harshly condemned capitalism and spoke out bravely against the US war in Vietnam, alienating the vast majority of the liberal establishment — has been so thoroughly whitewashed that the very same government institutions that wished death on King are now heaping praise on his memory.

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    Fortunately, they did their job back in the day and captured and prosecuted his assassin.


    • #3
      If you have not heard about the 1999 trial and unanimous verdict it's because the US media didn't bother to inform you. Surprised?

      US Gov’t Found Guilty In Conspiracy To Assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      By Kirsten West Savali

      Posted January 20, 2014

      Though the United States government has wrapped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in the American flag, waving his words to symbolize racial harmony and patriotic solidarity even as institutionalized White supremacy remains embedded in policies detrimental to the very Black community he tirelessly strived to uplift, very little is spoken of the fact that a Memphis jury found the United States government guilty of conspiring to assassinate Dr. King on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

      After four weeks of testimony and over 70 witnesses in a civil trial in Memphis, Tennessee, twelve jurors reached a swift unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999 that Dr. King was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy, the NY Times reported at the time.

      The King family, who filed the civil suit, was awarded $100. They donated the minuscule amount to charity.

      Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim’s Grill, which was close to the Lorraine Motel, claimed that the shot which killed Dr. King was fired from behind his restaurant, and that local, state and federal U.S government agencies, and the Mafia, were all involved. James Earl Ray, who pleaded guilty to assassinating King, was renting a room above Jower’s establishment and was allegedly an unwitting scapegoat.

      The restaurant owner named Memphis Police Department Officer, Lt. Earl Clark as Dr. King’s assassin, according to a press conference transcript. A claim that would later be called into question along with other shocking details.

      According to the U.S. Justice Department, which painstakingly attempted to dismantle Jowers’ claims and the mountain of evidence presented in the Memphis trial, Jowers insisted that “…a Memphis produce dealer, who was involved with the Mafia, gave [Jowers] $100,000 to hire an assassin and assured him that the police would not be at the scene of the shooting. Jowers also reported that he hired a hit man to shoot Dr. King from behind Jim’s Grill and received the murder weapon prior to the killing from someone with a name sounding like Raoul. Jowers further maintained that [James Earl] Ray did not shoot Dr. King and that he did not believe Ray knowingly participated in the conspiracy.”

      King’s widow, Coretta Scott-King, expressed her gratitude to the jury and called on media to get the truth to the public:

      There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a SWIFT verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation. The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. I want to make it clear that my family has no interest in retribution. Instead, our sole concern has been that the full truth of the assassination has been revealed and adjudicated in a court of law. As we pursued this case, some wondered why we would spend the time and energy addressing such a painful part of the past. For both our family and the nation, the short answer is that we had to get involved because the system did not work. Those who are responsible for the assassination were not held to account for their involvement. This verdict, therefore, is a great victory for justice and truth. It has been a difficult and painful experience to revisit this tragedy, but we felt we had an obligation to do everything in our power to seek the truth. Not only for the peace of mind of our family but to also bring closure and healing to the nation. We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.
      Last edited by mhgaffney; 01-20-2020, 11:12 PM.


      • #4
        James Earl Ray's attorney agrees with Coretta Scott-King that Ray was a patsy -- and shows convincingly in his exhaustively researched 2016 book that FBI Director J Edgar Hoover gave the order to assassinate King.

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        • #5
          Anybody who knows Ray's history and his travel itinerary leading up to the assassination knows he did it. Crackpots turn every event, even something like the moon landing, into some kind of whackadoodle conspiracy. Why the need for conspiracies, I don't know.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post
              Fortunately, they did their job back in the day and captured and prosecuted his assassin.
              Yeah, just like FBI Director Mueller did his job back in 2001 - when he guided the FBi investigation of the anthrax attack into never never land, thus burying the truth about the inside job.

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