We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Monday, November 28, 2016
“Orders to Kill” Dr. Martin Luther King: The Government that Honors MLK with a National Holiday Killed Him
This is a review of the latest book of three (also in an audio edition) by William F. Pepper with the full title The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. His previous books on the subject were An Act of State and The Plot to Kill King. I read An Act of State which provided the details about the only trial held by jury of the three major assassinations carried out by the deep state which rules the US. The jury in Memphis, Tennessee essentially found the US (deep state) guilty of the crime. I write "essentially" because the King family was only able to bring a civil suit against Lloyd Jowers who confessed to his involvement in the crime. Pepper was the attorney for the King family.
A criminal trial of the official guilty party, James Earl Ray, was never held because he initially confessed to the killing. Later he recanted this confession, but the government blocked all attempts to bring him to trial. Ray eventually died in prison.
In 1999 the King Family pursued a civil trial in Memphis, Tennessee. They were not going after monetary gain, only justice and truth which the King family felt strongly that they, and the government's patsy James Earl Ray, had been denied. Thus a civil suit was brought against Jowers, who was terminally ill and confessed to a role in the crime, and "others, including governmental agencies." They were essentially putting the deep state and their secretive enforcers (CIA/FBI) on trial. In less than one hour the jury found that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy involving government agencies.