April 3, 2008 | Filed Under Activism
I’m not a conspiracy buff myself, but among the recently declassified notes that the media had a field day with were a hint of how terribly petty and corrupt our FBI was under J. Edgar Hoover. The wiretapping and propaganda perpetuated in the wake of 9/11 to justify illegal spying on Americans is reminiscent of MLK’s times.
From AlterNet: “the FBI has some explaining to do abou MLK”
“Dangerous,” “evil,” “colossal fraud,” were the choice terms that then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and other top FBI officials routinely spit out about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They didn’t stop at name calling. They talked ominously of “neutralizing” him as an effective leader. And even more ominously they sent him a letter flatly saying “King you are done.”
For all of the praise that Martin Luther King, Jr. has received over the years, you would never imagine the FBI having a role in his assassination. What was it about him that the government feared? Was this all a ploy concocted by racist white people in charge? Was it yet another Republican conspiracy in the making?
The FBI’s name calling, paranoid harassment and violent threats brutally and disgustingly captured the secret and patently illegal wiretapping of King. This is not smoking gun proof that the FBI had a hand in King’s murder. The tapes do raise the legitimate question: What did the FBI know and when did it know about possible attempts on King’s life?
Why rehash the past, we’ll never know what really happened. Is there any new evidence of government corruption?
Americans certainly deserve to know the whole truth bout the killing of King. But there are two truths about the murder. The first is painful for those who fervently believe that James Earl Ray was a Lee Harvey Oswald-type patsy and that the government orchestrated King’s killing. Yet, the evidence is still overwhelming that Ray was the triggerman. His fingerprints were on the alleged murder weapon. He was at the crime scene, and he confessed. At different times before his death, Ray gave conflicting, confusing and muddled accounts of his activities and whereabouts at the time of the murder.
The one certainty is if citizens ever found out that the federal government and its agencies had a role in killing prominent political figure MLK, Jr. or even JFK, Bobby Kennedy, and other prominent political figures, the country might end in chaos. Maybe chaos is what we need to spur an American Revolution, perhaps it is time to refresh the tree of liberty?
I rarely comment on comments, but below is an excerpt of one of the users who posted on the site linked above. There was a time when intellectuals could toss around words like “conspiracy theorists” or “wing-nuts” or “crazy”, but after everything we’ve see from the Bush Administration, those words should be placed in a deep fryer and obliterated.
The best evidence that the FBI was involved in Dr. Kings murder is by what is not in their files. They had whole teams of agents following him around for years. The scumbag conservatives today still love to talk about all the evidence they collected (through illegal wiretaps) of his alleged indfidelity. They have page after page of records of every single time he moved from one place to another and almost every time he sneezed.
But they don’t have any evidence of what happened the day he was murdered. No surviellance reports from the teams of agents, no audio recordings from his hotel room. Where were the brave FBI agents who were supposed to protect and serve that day. Shouldn’t they have rushed from their hiding places rendered first aid to Dr. King and boldly apprehended his killer red handed. Oh, that’s right Hoover said that he didn’t have any agents there that day. Yeah right, that dog don’t hunt. Whether they stood down to let it happen or pulled the trigger themselves they are still involved. I’ll never have any respect for the FBI until they take the name of that racist self-loathing crossdresser from their headquarters and make amends for all the crimes they have committed over the years.
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