Most readers will have heard of Dr Martin Luther King. They probably know that:
- He was very active in the Civil Rights movement in the USA in the 1960's.
- He won the Nobel Peace Prize.
- He was killed by a single bullet while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee.
- The man who went to jail for that crime was called James Earl Ray.
- In 1999, ( thirty years after the assassination)
- in a civil trial held in Memphis Tennessee (the city where Dr King was killed)
- the family proved in a court of law that it was the US government that killed Dr Martin Luther King and
- not the man who was put in jail for it.
- seventy witnesses gave evidence and yet
- it took the jury of six white people and six black people only one hour to decide that
- it was (part of) the US government who executed Dr King.
or try googling
"Complete Transcript of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination Conspiracy Trial"
[Note:- In December 2011 I (the author) discovered that the King centre had replaced the complete trial transcript with a reduced "extraction" from that transcript. (http://www.thekingcenter.org/civil-case-king-family-versus-jowers/ )
Imagine what huge repressive political forces must have been applied to make them do that. The whole transcript can still be found here on the internet archive known as the "The Wayback Machine"
Also - in an attempt to further preserve the transcript - I have copied the version stored by the "Wayback Machine" (on Nov 17, 2006) and put it here on this blog in HTML format.
(Please note that I have not been able to find enough time to transcribe the whole transcript, so only part of it is included here)
The complete media blackout of the trial is not accidental. Compare the frenzied media circus that covered the trial of O.J. Simpson (a trial about a black man killing a white woman) with the cover- up of a trial about a white man accused of killing a black man - even when that black man was a Nobel Prize Winner who has had a National Holiday named after him.
In the OJ Simpson trial between 500 and 1000 journalists discussed the significance of one small glove. Yet in the King trial two judges gave evidence and not one journalist in the whole world dared to print one word that the judges had to say.
Two JUDGES (Haynes and Brown) give evidence in the murder trial of a Nobel Prize Winner but any journalist who reported that would have been as sacked for telling the truth as Andrew Gilligan (BBC journalist) was.
2008 is the 40th anniversary of Dr King's assassination. Although the media will rightly heap praise on him for his civil rights campaigning they will deliberately ignore mentioning the political activities that I (the author) think probably got him killed.
The media will not mention that by 1967, King had become the country's most prominent opponent to the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he judged militaristic.
In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 -- a year to the day before he was murdered -- King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."
King also protested against the causes of poverty. Speaking-out on behalf of all poor people - not just black ones - he decried the huge income gaps between rich and poor, and called for "radical changes in the structure of our society" to redistribute wealth and power.
"True compassion," King declared, "is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
In his last few months King developed the relationship between peace and justice (both social and economic justice) and started to merge his Civil Rights movement into a larger "Peace and Social Justice" movement. He organised a "Poor People's Campaign" and crisscrossed the country to assemble "a multiracial army of the poor" that would go to Washington and engage in nonviolent civil disobedience at the Capitol until Congress enacted a poor people's bill of rights.
King's economic bill of rights called for massive government jobs programs to rebuild America's cities.
He was going to confront a Congress that had demonstrated its "hostility to the poor" -- appropriating "military funds with alacrity and generosity," but providing "poverty funds with miserliness."
How familiar that all sounds today, 40 years later. America is still "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." Except that now Britain openly helps them in their illegal war. And parliament can always find money for war.
Here is a very good article on this topic
The video above is William Pepper, attorney for the King family, explaining the assassination.
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