Sunday, February 21, 2010

Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr?

Most Americans are taught that James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King, Jr on April 4, 1968 but the facts do not support such a conclusion. Few know that the King family after extensively interviewing Ray determined that he was not guilty of killing their patriarch. Fewer yet know that a civil trial in Memphis, TN in 1999 fingered the real culprits. Most will be surprised to learn that the United States Government murdered the civil rights leader.

The explosive trial revealed that a consortium of FBI, CIA, US Army, Memphis Police Department, and local hoodlums murdered Dr. King due to fear that a planned march on Washington, DC would turn ugly. Yet according to James Douglass who attended the entire trial, no one from the press covered it except for a lone reporter from the Lisbon newspaper Publico. It is true that occasionally reporters would announce gossipy events such as Coretta Scott King or Andrew Young testifying but there was no substantive reporting of the trial until Mr. Douglass spoke openly about its content.

What else was revealed during the trial? The first point is that the King family brought suit against Lloyd Jowers who owned  Jim's Cafe which was located across from the Lorraine Motel where King was murdered. Jowers was the bagman so to speak for the assassin who fired the lethal shots from the bushes across from the hotel. Another murderer, Raoul Escobar, took the weapon from the assassin and gave it to Jowers who took it to his cafe for immediate safekeeping.

The care, as Douglass put it, which the government took to plan and execute the murder was quite startling to the jury - down to US Army Intelligence taking video of the assassination most likely for subsequent study for debriefing and improvement of technique. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had been meeting days before and after the assassination with the Phoenix team - an elite Army force which had been operating in Vietnam under William Colby, future director of the CIA under Richard Nixon. Former Congressman William Fauntroy who was removed as an investigator on the House Select Committee On Assassinations because of his delving into intelligence connections to the murder confirmed the involvement of US Army forces in the attack on King. The Phoenix team was positioned all around the Lorraine Motel as back up for the assassin in case he missed.

Other meticulous acts of planning included transferring sensitively positioned black police and fire men from their normal assignments to bizarrely placed locations in order to keep them away from either protecting or protesting the murder of King. The number of men so moved was astoundingly large that it would be impossible for a thinking person to consider the moves as coincidences. The man who ordered the reassignments was Frank Holloman who headed both the police and fire departments and was a senior aide to Hoover up until 1968 when he conveniently retired to join the Memphis Police Department.

One other key assassin was Merril McCullough who at the time worked as an undercover agent for the Memphis Police while at the same time worked as Minister of Transportation for the Invaders, a black protest group who were dissastisfied with the peaceful course of King's program. McCullough was subsequently transferred to the CIA. McCullough was part of a group of King insiders who had been positioned or suborned within the King organization to assist with his murder. McCullough is seen in picture checking King's pulse in order to confirm that he was dead - another careful act of planning on the part of the government.

The jury concluded after 2 1/2 hours of deliberation that it had a no-brainer verdict of guilty for which the judge, in contempt no doubt, awarded the King family 100 dollars compensation.

Barry Soetoro hired Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein as his Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Sunstein published an article in 2008 entitled "Conspiracy Theories" which pursues in effect the thesis of Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler's Minister of Propaganda, that "It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion." One of Sunstein's conspiracy theories - a pejroative for him - is that Martin Luther King, Jr was killed by the government.

So if we know so much about the murder, who in fact pulled the trigger? The name remains a mystery but it appears certain that it was a sharpshooter police officer of the Memphis Police Department.

The evidence is solidly and invincibly against Sunstein who is pursuing with a vengeance the destruction of the truth. We do battle against falsehoods. It is of a truth that the United States government murdered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968.

References:
Interview With James Douglass
Pepper, William F., Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King, 1995

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