Do you remember Dick Nixon on tape about the Warren report into JFK's assassination-"That it was the biggest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people"?
Well believing James Earl Ray as a lone assassin killed King has got to be the second biggest hoax!
Or do you think this is not an appropriate issue to bring up while we are all celebrating his words and deeds, as well we should.
And if that is your thought then please go elsewhere.
But don't you want to know who killed him and why?
It does impact you today.
Look beyond the "patsy" James Earl Ray.
The gun that was found with his fingerprint did not kill King.
"Shelby County, Tennessee, Judge Joe Brown had ruled that 12 of 18 test bullets fired recently through the rifle long thought to be the murder weapon had markings different from the markings on the bullet that killed Dr. King. The rifle tested was the rifle that was found near the murder scene, within minutes of the shooting, with Ray's fingerprint on it."
Also Judge Brown, testifying as an arms expert, said the rifle found at the murder scene was equipped with a scope so improperly sighted that no one could have used it to kill King.
Note: The link to this story has been taken down.
And though he was probably involved as a "stuckee", Ray was too one dimensional to have pulled it off alone.
And the situation was far more complex than it appeared.
For instance, "someone" bogusly representing King had the rooms switched at the hotel to the top floor, certainly better for a shooter.
Afterwards James Earl Ray cruised the world with multiple passports with different names that appeared to come from one phone book area, an old CIA trick.
Who else was involved?
Exhibit A: Former CIA operative, Jack Terrell, testified of J.D. Hill's confession that he was a member of an Army sniper team in Memphis when King was killed. After training for a triangular shooting, they took positions in a water tower and two buildings in Memphis when their mission was canceled.
"Hill said he realized the next day that the team must have been part of a contingency plan to kill King if another shooter failed," Douglass reports in an article you can check out at www.christiancentury.org/. Also see the trial transcript at www.thekingcenter.com.
And how about the court suit by the King Family:
M E M P H I S, Tenn., Dec. 8, 1999 A jury found today that the Rev. Martin Luther King was the victim of a murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin.
Here the King family won a wrongful death lawsuit against Loyd Jowers, a retired Memphis businessman who claimed six years previously that he paid someone other than James Earl Ray to kill King. A jury of six blacks and six whites needed only three hours to reach their verdict.
What came out in that trial?
In 1993, Jowers said on ABC-TV that he hired King's killer as a favor to an underworld figure who was a friend. He did not identify the purported killer, but said it wasn't Ray.
At the time of the killing, Jowers owned a small restaurant, Jim's Grill, across the street from The Lorraine Motel, where King was killed. On the day of the assassination, Ray, a prison escapee from Missouri, used an assumed name to rent a room in a rooming house above Jim's Grill.
Juror David Morphy said he believed the assassination was too complex to be carried out by one person.
"We all thought it was kind of a cut-and-dried case, with the evidence that Pepper (the Kings' lawyer) brought forth that there were a lot of people involved, everyone from the CIA, military involvement in it - Jowers was involved in it, we felt," he said.
In his closing argument, Pepper said King was killed because of his opposition to the war and his planned "poor peoples' march" on Washington.
The order to kill King, Pepper said, came from the head of organized crime in New Orleans to a Memphis produce dealer who got Jowers to handle the payoff and murder weapon. An Army sniper squad was in place to shoot King if the Mafia hit failed, Pepper said.
Ed Note: The link to this story originally identified here was removed by ABC.
But if James Earl Ray didn't act alone then who acted with him?
There certainly was motive for J'Edger loathed King with an almost unnatural passion and then there was COINTELPRO:
"The FBI's answer to this cauldron of dissent (the 60's), widely perceived as endangering America's ability to effectively wage war, was COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program). The purpose of COINTELPRO was to destabilize radical groups, which included the American-Indian Movement, Black Panthers, white hate groups (however they also enlisted the aid of white supremacists in countering black activists), the New Left, etc.
The CIA & Other Intelligence Agencies.
These sticky fingers were involved everywhere at this time and there is even an indication that the U2 spy plaines were used to monitor King during these years. And the report of the contact for Ray named "Raul" who was never verified smacks of an intelligence agency operation. Remember also a CIA operative has testified that he was part of a backup sniper team with Army intelligence.
Could be! The more players involved like organized crime the more similarity this killing bears to the JFK murder. Strange, right!
But if there is one conclusion you have to come to it is that this government of the US was involved in the killing of one its best and brightest.
And that is what you need to remember today and everyday until the thinking and actions that allowed this murder are eradicated from the all branches and agencies of our government.
Martin Luther King and his death represent a failure of our government and of the governed.
And don't be fooled when you hear that President Bush has put a painting of King in the White House because if it wasn't for men like him -- King would still be alive.
And then he could be in the White House in person (enjoying the inauguration of Barack Obama!)
This editorial was originally published in 2003. Some of the links have been taken down but the information is still out there! And perhaps now more than ever a significant issue. Until this society confronts its dark side - it may never be able to move on. And anyone who has ever heard the voice of MLK knows that he would want this. "And the truth shall set you free!"
More information at FOL on this subject Letters:MLK Assassination and Events In The World Today
The Assassinations of John Kennedy & Martin Luther King - A Link
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