Steve Cokely began circulating this stuff back in the early 90s; I remember when it came out at least two years before the Million Man March. However, in the LOCs which were formed up to and following the MMM, his presentation was part of the political education process.
Since my political maturity, I've left conspiracy theories alone. Jesse' bizarre behavior does not mean he was an agent at the time (of course he has moved today towards open collaboration). However, that does not mean MLK and his entourage did not have specific class objectives linked with their movement. In other words, they all -- each and every one -- had middle class aspirations. King attempted to break with opportunist middle class politics in his effort to build greater unity between workers and poor people.
Why Jesse, when there were more vicious class traitors than him in King's entourage, such as Ralph Abernathy, MLK Sr., Coretha, John Lewis and, perhaps, Andrew Young. History would be better served by exposing the vicious role of the southern sheriffs, mayors and the FBI, and how LBJ stood on the sidelines making handshake deals with both sides.
Because I do and we been missin you..
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AMILCAR CABRAL - OUTSTANDING LEADER OF AFRICAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT - A TRIBUTE(4)
"How is it that we, a people deprived of everything, living in dire straits, manage to wage our struggle and win successes? Our answer is: this is because Lenin existed, because he fulfilled his duty as a man, a revolutionary and a patriot. Lenin was and continues to be, the greatest champion of the national liberation of the peoples."
These were the words addressed to the delegates attending the seminar on "Lenin and National Liberation" held at Alma Ata, capital of Soviet Socialist Republic of Kazakhstan, in 1970 by Amilcar Cabral, Secretary-General of the PAIGC, who met his death on 20th January 1973 at Conakry, Guinea, at the hands of a traitor, Innocenta Canida, an agent of the Portuguese colonialists who had infiltrated into the ranks of the movement three years ago.
These words reflect the revolutionary thinking and life-work of this utterly dedicated patriot, outstanding African revolutionary of our time and the father of the new independent sovereign State of Guinea in the process of birth. It was the cognition of the scientific theory of revolution, of Marxism-Leninism, to which he was introduced by his contacts with the Portuguese Communist Party during his student days in Lisbon which was to combine within him, in the words of the statement of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party, "a deep understanding of the processes of the African revolution with an untiring devotion to practical struggle."
Whilst eschewing dogma, he continually stressed the need for a firm political and ideological base for a revolutionary: "If it is true that a revolution can fail even though it is based on perfectly conceived theories -- nobody has yet made a successful revolution without a revolutionary theory."
Cabral was above all a man of action. Born on September 12, 1924, at Bafata in what was then the Portuguese West African colony of Guinea, he spent part of his youth in Bissau, the capital. He was able because of his family`s relatively comfortable position, to go to secondary school and then to the University of Lisbon, where he qualified as an agricultural engineer in 1951. Returning to his country he served for two years in the colonial administration as an agronomist which provided him with ample opportunity to learn at first hand of the dire poverty and intense suffering of his people, especially in the countryside. His experiences made him more determined than ever to find ways and means of working for the freedom of his country and delivering his people from the yoke of colonial bondage. This inevitably led him into bitter conflicts with the governor of the colony and he transferred himself to Angola.
There in 1956 he helped to form what is now the most important national organisation of Angola, the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola). In the same year he also became one of the founders of the African Party of Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands and was its leader until the time of his assassination.
Under his leadership the PAIGC mobilised the country's patriots to struggle for the freedom of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands, created the people's army and led the national-liberation war against the Portuguese colonialists. Cabral knew and understood his enemy well, and every phase of the struggle was carefully planned and action meticulously organised. The cadres of the PAIGC were given political education as well as military training and he stressed always "that we are armed militants and not militarists."
The race question
Cabral saw the task of the national liberation movements as not merely to usher in Black rule replacing white faces with black ones; it was not only to raise a different flag and sing a new anthem but to remove all forms of exploitation from the country. "Bearing in mind the essential characteristics of the present world economy, as well as experience already gained in the field of anti-imperialist struggle, the principal aspect of national liberation struggle is the struggle against neo-colonialism." Cabral was careful to distinguish the colour of men's skins from exploitation and repeatedly emphasised that the struggle was against Portuguese colonialism and not against the Portuguese people. He made it clear that:
"We are fighting so that insults may no longer rule our countries, martyred and scorned for centuries, so that our peoples may never more be exploited by imperialists not only by people with white skin, because we do not confuse exploitation or exploiters with the colour of men's skins; we do not want any exploitation in our countries, not even by black people."
Though the focus of Cabral`s activity was always the struggle against Portuguese colonialism, he was an internationalist and saw his people's struggle as merely one front of a common international struggle against imperialism which "is trying simultaneously to dominate the working class in all advanced countries and smother the national liberation movements in all the under-developed countries."
The historic role which the socialist community, as an integral and powerful part of the world anti-imperialist front, is playing for peace, independence and socialism was clearly understood and recognised by Cabral. At a conference held in Dar-es-Salaam in 1965, Cabral had said:
"It is our duty to state here, loud and clear, that we have firm allies in the socialist countries ... Since the socialist revolution and the events of the Second World War, the face of the world has definitely changed. A socialist camp has arisen in the world. This has radically changed the balance of power, and this socialist camp is today showing itself fully conscious of its duties, international and historic, but not moral, since the peoples of the socialist countries have never exploited the colonised peoples."
He had very close association with the Soviet Union which he visited on many occasions and made a major contribution to the promotion and strengthening of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of Guinea-Bissau and the Soviet Union, between the PAIGC and the CPSU. Speaking as the head of the PAIGC delegation at the Joint Meeting in the Kremlin dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the USSR, Cabral said:
"Availing ourselves of this opportunity we want to express on behalf of our people fraternal gratitude to the Soviet people, the CPSU, its Central Committee for the versatile assistance you render us in our bitter struggle against the Portuguese colonialists, against the war and genocide, for independence, peace and progress of our African Motherland."
The assassin's bullets struck down this great African leader just as preparations were going ahead for the convening of the National Assembly in the early part of this year for the adoption of the Constitution and the official declaration of the new independent sovereign State of Guinea. This foul deed was engineered by the Portuguese colonialists with the nefarious aim of sowing confusion and disruption among the ranks of the PAIGC and of causing disunity among the national liberation movements of Southern Africa.
It shows that the evil triumvirate of Caetano, Smith and Vorster will stop at nothing to stem the irresistible advances of the courageous and steeled guerrillas and brave freedom fighters of Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa in their noble struggle to free the whole of southern Africa from national, racial and social oppression.
In our own country, South Africa, Vorster faces the ever growing tide of indignation and resistance of the Black masses against apartheid tyranny and especially of the bulk of the Black working people against the whole of the inhuman cheap-labour system and starvation wages.
In spite of the use of the deadly modern weapons of war, terror and devious manoeuvres, the colonialist and racialist regimes are doomed. The new State of Guinea shall be a reality, the whole of southern Africa shall be freed.
However, the struggles ahead call for, on our part, ever stronger unity and organisation of masses, ever greater vigilance against the manoeuvres and machinations of the enemy, ever more determination and will to sacrifice in our efforts to exterminate the forces of oppression and win final victory.
By the death of Amilcar Cabral, Africa has lost one of her great revolutionary leaders. We, the fighting black people and all the revolutionaries of South Africa, salute this indomitable fighter. We shall see to it that the cause - which is also our cause - to which Amilcar Cabral devoted all his energies and ultimately gave his life, will triumph.
RONA KE MAATLA!
4 From: African Communist, No. 53, second quarter 1973
"Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two thirds of the government, and that party can't keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that party, you're not only a chump, but you're a traitor to your race"-Omowale X/Malcolm X(1964)
-Why did King walk past Jesse like he was a ghost? King's actions spoke more than Jesse's ever will
Talk to a young warrior who was too young to soak up these events at that time. I not short on knowing how these devils move with their informants... while you want to discuss his motives, he'd be flat-out (gotta love my generation for that) And keep the disses to yaself -
The part that really got me think......is the tie parts.
Why wouldn't he want to wear a tie and argue about it?
If that wasn't enough if the FBI/CIA did that every time you were out in the open wouldn't that just seem a bit obvious..........brings you back to that Hoover statement.
"No black leaders unless I put the leaders in place"
"We may be investigated, incarcerated or murdered for the things we dare to write...
But we are young and Black, fearless and free...Every poem, every incandescent word is a personal revolution"Celeste "ayasha" Golden (my queen rest well and I'll see you when I get there.)
But that dont clench the issue of him being the set up man. This question has been brought up before, many years ago, and without a class analysis it has no use to history.
My point is that all of them -- King Sr., Andy Young, John Lewis, Coretha, MLK 3rd, Ralph Abernathy and Jesse -- all benefited immensely more from his death than from his life because they were all committed to the rise of the black petty bourgeoisie on the backs of working and poor Africans. I can tell you how each of them benefited.
Jesse built Operation PUSH off of two legacies: The police State assassination of Black Panther Party Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton (Sr.) who founded the original Rainbow Coalition, and the Poor Peoples March led by Martin Luther King Jr. Chairman Fred's Rainbow Coalition was built to fight racism with solidarity rather than fighting it with racism, because he said you dont fight fire with fire but you fight it with water.
Ralph Abernathy was the original "country preacher" but Jesse stole that, too. Ralph continued wallowing in the legacy of King for his own personal benefit as well. Coretha pimped King's "Dream" until it became meaningless, except to her pocketbook. King Sr weaseled himself up into the Atlanta mayor's advisory commission, betraying black workers at every turn. Most of these motherfuckers would not have had any history whatsoever were it not for King. John Lewis was the non-violent extremist of SNCC who was so abject with the idea that SNCC turned to the more relevant Julian Bond. But Lewis found a home in the Dream Team.
Andy Young straddled the fence enuf to weasel a position in the Carter Administration. He did a good job exposing the US hypocrisy on Palestine, by meeting with Yasir Arafat, the only ballsy thing any of King's former entourage ever attempted. For this, Young was booted. But for that he had a sleazy, spineless record. He was not a race traitor, yet still a traitor to millions of working class Africans from Here to Eternity.
Saying Jesse was the set up man for King's assassination only says he betrayed one individual, because if it is true he advanced the class interests of at least half of the black petty bourgeoisie. King's death expedited the movement of middle class aspirants like Donna Brazile and Colin Powell and Barack Obama who have no loyalty to or love for our community. The betrayal of our community by these forces has a much greater impact than King's death, except as how the two phenomenon are linked.
by Maria Gilardin
www.dissidentvoice.org/, April 4th, 2008
This article is based on the work of a remarkable man. Dr. William Pepper is an attorney, author, and friend of Martin Luther King and his family. In February 1967 King had asked to meet a young man whose work as a journalist in Vietnam showed the terrible impact on the civilian population. King wept and never wavered in his opposition to the war. That young man was Bill Pepper. He became James Earl Ray's lawyer and assembled the evidence that exonerated Ray - some of which is described below.
Six-oh-one p.m., April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King has been felled by a single shot.
In 1977 the family of Martin Luther King engaged an attorney and friend, Dr. William Pepper, to investigate a suspicion they had. They no longer believed that James Earl Ray was the killer. For their peace of mind, for an accurate record of history, and out of a sense of justice they conducted a two decade long investigation. The evidence they uncovered was put before a jury in Memphis, TN, in November 1999. 70 witnesses testified under oath, 4,000 pages of transcripts described the evidence, much of it new. It took the jury 59 minutes to come back with their decision that Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim's Grill, had participated in a conspiracy to kill King, a conspiracy that included J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, the Memphis Police Department (MPD), and organized crime. That verdict exonerated James Earl Ray who had already died in prison.
The news of the verdict, in one of the most important national security trials in modern history, was suppressed. And to this day - with very, very few exceptions - the public does not know that this trial took place and what the outcome was.
William Pepper's 2003 book, An Act of State, The Execution of Martin Luther King, published by Verso, gave a detailed report of the trial. The book was systematically ignored. Pepper said in February 2003 that he had been personally turned down by reviewers for major media. They did not want to put their jobs and reputation on the line.
The New York Times refers to Pepper's work as "nonsense" in the context of their favorable reviews of Gerald Posner's book on the King assassination, Killing the Dream. Richard Bernstein praised Posner for stating once and for all that: "James Earl Ray murdered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
In a new attempt to break the silence Verso has just issued An Act of State in paperback. Also, for the first time, parts of the never before seen video record of the 1999 trial are being released on Youtube.
What was so dangerous about the 1999 Memphis trial that it had to be suppressed? The evidence presented - under oath and on the record - made it abundantly clear that the reports of the 1997 House Select Committee on Assassinations, of the Civil Rights Commission appointed by Clinton's AG Janet Reno, and the New York Times were all wrong. James Earl Ray did not murder King.
With the guilty verdict for Loyd Jowers the jury came closer than anybody before to the identity of the real killer. Jower's actions in preparation of the assassination and on the day itself, together with the testimony from witnesses who had never been heard before, allowed a minute by minute reconstruction of how and why the crime was committed.
Apparently nobody, not the Mafia, the Memphis Police, the FBI, the CIA, or the Army Military Intelligence teams were taking any chances. If the Mafia contract had not succeeded, someone else was prepared to kill King. When King stepped out on that balcony at the Lorraine Motel he did not know that he was under complete surveillance and that more than one gun was aimed at him.
On December 8, 1999, Dr. William Pepper made his closing statement to the jury in Memphis. Martin Luther King, he said, had become more than a civil rights organizer, and more even than a voice against the war on Vietnam. Pepper explained why King had become so dangerous to the ruling powers that a decision was taken at the highest level that he was not to leave Memphis alive.
I put it to you that his opposition to that war had little to do with ideology, with capitalism, with democracy. It had to do with money. It had to do with huge amounts of money that that war was generating to large multinational corporations that were based in the United States.
When he threatened to bring that war to a close through massive popular opposition, he was threatening the bottom lines of some of the largest construction companies, one of which was in the State of Texas, that patronized the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson and had the major construction contracts at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam. (Brown and Root was the contractor for the dredging of Cam Ranh Bay - M.G.) This is what Martin King was challenging. He was challenging the weapons industry, the hardware, the armament industries, that all would lose as a result of the end of the war.
The second aspect of his work that also dealt with money that caused a great deal of consternation in the circles of power in this land had to do with his commitment to take a massive group of people to Washington and there to encamp them in the shadow of the Washington memorial for as long as it took. For as long as it took, they would make daily trips to the halls of Congress and they would try to compel the Congress to act, as they had previously acted in terms of civil rights legislation, now to act in terms of social legislation.
Now, he begins to talk about a redistribution of wealth, in this the wealthiest country in the world that had such a large group of poor people, of people living then and now, by the way, in poverty. That problem had to be addressed. And it wasn't a black-and-white problem. This was a problem that dealt with Hispanics, and it dealt with poor whites as well. That is what he was taking on. That's what he was challenging.
The powers in this land believed he would not be successful. Why did they believe that? They believed that because they knew that the decision-making processes in the United States had by that point in time, and today it is much worse in my view, but by that point in time had so consolidated power that they were the representatives, the foot soldiers, of the very economic interests who were going to suffer as a result of these times of changes. So the very powerful lobbying forces that put their people in the halls of Congress and indeed in the White House itself and controlled them, paid and bought them and controlled them, were certainly not going to agree to the type of social legislation that Martin King and his mass of humanity were going to require.
So there was a fear. What happens when they are frustrated? What happens when they don't get any satisfaction? What would happen? They feared, the military feared, that there would be a violent rebellion in the nation's capital. And they didn't have the troops that could contain half a million angry poor alienated Americans. They didn't have the troops. Westmoreland wanted another two hundred thousand in Vietnam. They didn't have them to give to him. They didn't have them.
They were afraid that what Mr. Jefferson had urged many, many times, that the body politic can only be cleansed by a revolution every twenty years. They were afraid that Mr. Jefferson would be listened to and that that revolution would take place.
Because of that, those factors, Martin King was not going to be allowed to bring that group of people to Washington.
Dr. William Pepper, continuing his closing argument, went on to address the planning of the King murder, pieced together by his personal decade long research as well as from the 13 volumes of background material that accompanied the 1997 House Select Committee on Assassinations Report. On those pages Pepper found much evidence that contradicted the official findings, including a detailed history of the FBI surveillance of King and the infiltration of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Civil Rights movement.
In December of 1963, less than a month after the Kennedy assassination, FBI officials met in Washington to explore ways to "neutralize King as an effective Negro leader". In spite of that material in their files the House Select Committee declared that the FBI plaid no role in the assassination.
Looking back at the way in which Pepper summarized the evidence collected throughout the trial it becomes obvious how carefully crafted his legal approach was. Loyd Jowers was the defendant and, having been personally so close to the assassination, he was an extremely valuable witness. But his actions, the physical location of his bar and grill, adjacent to the brushy area across from the Lorraine Motel, were only a small part of a much larger picture, in the words of Pepper the wider conspiracy to kill King.
Then, as now, the onus that the right as well as the left puts on the word "conspiracy" has to be taken into account. Pepper, in his explanation to the jury, took back that word and gave it its proper legal and historic meaning. He asked the jury to find that this "constituted conspiracy, legally civil conspiracy under the law."
Pepper developed for the jury the string of "coincidences" that constitute conspiracy, a chain of evidence backed up by 70 witnesses. All of it can be looked up in detail on 4,000 pages of transcripts or in his book, An Act of State. Here are just a few questions and examples:
The case against defendant Loyd Jowers was the best documented, partly by Jowers' own admission. Jowers testified that he was asked by Mafia- connected produce dealer Frank Liberto to help in the murder of King. He received money and a gun to hold.
Three witnesses took the stand and corroborated Liberto's involvement. John McFerren told the jury that, on the afternoon of the assassination, he heard Liberto shout into the phone "Shoot the son-of-a-bitch when he comes on the balcony." Liberto told Mrs. Lavada Addison, "I arranged to have Martin Luther King killed." Addison's son, Nathan, confirmed his remark.
However the Mafia plan would not have succeeded if it had not been for the involvement of many others: Why did King end up in the Lorraine Motel where he had never stayed before? Who made him change his room from a secluded ground floor room to the second floor balcony space? Who ordered MPD Captain Jerry Williams, who normally formed a security unit of black officers when King came to Memphis, not to form a bodyguard this time?
Across from the Lorraine Motel was Fire Station no. 2. Who ordered the only two black firefighters not to show up to work that day? Floyd E. Newsum was later told the order came from the MPD. Norvell E. Wallace was told his life had been threatened and he needed to stay home.
On the morning of the assassination Carthel Weeden, captain of Fire Station no. 2, testified that he was approached by two U. S. Army officers carrying briefcases who indicated they had cameras and wanted the roof of the station for a lookout on the Lorraine Motel. They left after the assassination.
Members of the Army's 111th Military Intelligence Group, based at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, had come to Memphis and were keeping King under 24 hour a day surveillance. MPD intelligence office Eli Arkin testified at the trial that they worked out of his office.
About 10 minutes before the assassination of King, Guy Canipe, owner of the Canipe Amusement Company, observed a bundle being dropped in the Main Street doorway of his company, one block from the Lorraine. The bundle consisted of a 30.06 Remington Gamemaster rifle and unfired bullets - the rifle James Earl Ray was supposed to have used for the assassination.
Loyd Jowers testified that immediately after the killing, MPD Lieutenant Earl Clark, now deceased, came out of the brushy area and gave him a smoking rifle at the rear door of his restaurant, Jim's Grill. Jowers did not see who killed King, but claimed it was Clark, the MPD's best marksman.
Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown, who later presided over two years of hearings into the evidence, stated, "It is my opinion that this is not the murder weapon 67% of bullets from my tests did not match the Ray rifle" The rifle's scope had not been sited; therefore the Remington from Canipe's door could not have been properly aimed.
Several witnesses at the 1999 trial testified that they saw two men running away from the brushy area, one burning tires as he drove away in a green 1965 Chevrolet past a police car that took no notice, another getting into a police car and being driven away. Nevertheless, the official story has always been that nobody shot from the bushes but that James Earl Ray fired from a bathroom window of the rooming house.
Why then did Maynard Stiles, a senior official in Memphis Sanitation Department, receive a call from MPD Inspector Sam Evans at 7 am on the morning after the assassination "requiring assistance clearing brush and debris from a vacant lot near the site of the assassination." Stiles assembled a crew and cleaned the site under the direction of the police department.
This is just part of the evidence covered by the 1999 trial. Much of it had been assembled to be presented in the trial that James Earl Ray fought to have for almost 30 years. Given the nature of the evidence it is not surprising that it was never allowed to take place.
The major media and most authors have perpetuated the myth that James Earl Ray confessed. William Pepper, who represented Ray until he died, says that Ray pleaded guilty on advice of his lawyer who told him that this would be the best avenue for a trial - but that Ray never confessed.
There were several attempts to bribe Ray into a confession. One of Ray's lawyers, Jack Kershaw, was asked by a publishing company to offer Ray $50,000, parole and a new life if he finally confessed. Ray refused. Ray's brother Jerry was contacted with the same offer with a higher monetary amount ($200,000). Ray, again, refused.
Just before Ray's death MPD officer Tim Cook, in the presence of William Pepper, leaned heavily on Ray to admit his guilt. He promised Ray that in return he would be released and could die surrounded by his family. Ray refused and died alone on April 23, 1998.
One year and 8 months after his death a jury listened to the closing statement of Ray's former lawyer, William Pepper, testing the evidence that should have freed Ray.
Pepper's closing words were:
Let me close by saying to you that long after people forget what has been said in this courtroom, all the words that you've heard from witnesses and lawyers, and long after they have forgotten about accounts that they have read about this case, they are going to remember what was done here. They are going to remember what action you took, what decision you came to.
You have got to understand the monumental importance of your decision. (The public) are going to forget everything I said, everything defense counsel has said, everything the witnesses have said. They are going to remember one thing, the ruling of this jury, the verdict of this jury because you have heard evidence that has never before been put on in a court of law.
That is why your decision at this point in time is the most significant decision that will have been taken in thirty-one years in terms of this case. Please don't underestimate the importance of it.
In our view, what has happened in this case, the injustice that has happened in this case is representative of the failure that symbolizes to me the failure of representative democracy in this country. Isn't it amazing that one could say that over a simple murder case? But when you look at the wealth of evidence that has come forward and you understand how this case has been conducted and you understand how it has been covered up, and when you see how unresponsive elected officials and government have been and how complicit they have been, you can come to no other choice.
Governmental agencies caused Martin Luther King to be assassinated. They used other foot soldiers. They caused this whole thing to happen. And they then proceeded with the powerful means at their disposal to cover this case up.
You know, these things do not happen as a rule without the involvement of other people and in this case, this type of murder, without the involvement of seriously prominent individuals in government. So it is in my view a failure of democracy and this Republic that it has not been able to bring this forward.
What we're asking you to do at this point in time is send a message. We're asking you to send a message, not just right a wrong. That's important, that you right a wrong and that you allow justice to prevail once and for all. Let it prevail.
But in addition to that, we're asking you to send a message, send a message to all of those in power, all of those who manipulate justice in this country that you cannot get away with this. Or if you can get away with it, you can only get away with it for so long.
Send that message. You, you twelve, represent the American people. You are their representatives with respect to justice in this case. They cannot be here. The media will keep the truth from them forever. You represent the people of this land. You must speak for them.
You have this duty to yourselves, this obligation to your fellow citizens, and you have an opportunity to act in a most significant way that perhaps you can ever imagine, because your verdict of conspiracy in this case, your verdict of liability for the defendant and his other co-conspirators, means history is rewritten, means textbooks have to be rewritten, means the actual result of this case and the truth of this case now must come forward formally.
On behalf of the family of Martin Luther King, Jr., on behalf of the people of the United States, I ask you to find for the plaintiff and find that conspiracy existed and that those conspirators involved not only the defendant here but we're dealing in conspiracy with agents of the City of Memphis and the governments of the State of Tennessee and the United States of America.
We ask you to find that conspiracy existed and once and for all give this plaintiff family justice and let's cleanse this city and this nation of the ignorance that has pervaded this case for so long.
After less than an hour the jury returned with the verdict, read by Judge James E. Swearengen.
THE COURT: In answer to the question did Loyd Jowers participate in a conspiracy to do harm to Dr. Martin Luther King, your answer is yes. Do you also find that others, including governmental agencies, were parties to this conspiracy as alleged by the defendant? Your answer to that one is also yes.
Memphis, TN, December 8, 1999.
Their verdict finally lifted responsibility for the murder from James Earl Ray and should have opened the investigation of organized crime, the FBI, the CIA, the military, and the Memphis Police Department.
1. Given all the new evidence presented in the trial, the King family approached President Bill Clinton and asked for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Clinton refused and turned the matter over to AG Janet Reno who appointed a civil rights commission.
In June 2000 the United States Department of Justice published their conclusion that quote: "the trial's evidence fails to establish the existence of any conspiracy to kill Dr. King we found no credible evidence to disturb past judicial determinations that James Earl Ray killed Dr. King."
2. In February 2008 news from New York: Dr. Pepper makes the case for the NYC 911 Ballot Initiative and the re-investigation of 9/11 by an independent citizens commission.
The transcripts of 1999 Memphis trial.
The video of major parts of the court proceedings on Youtube can be reached via the following site.
The audio recording of Pepper's closing argument.
Maria Gilardin produces TUC Radio, a weekly half-hour radio program that is distributed for free to all radio stations via Pacifica Radio's KU Band, and as an mp3 file on TUC Radio's web site. She may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read other articles by Maria, or visit Maria's website.
Life goes on... but to read your words again, you take OUR focus away from Jesse and throw Coretha in the mix . I'm not a crab in the bucket to pull down the "black petty bourgeoisie", they ain't my fightMy point is that all of them -- King Sr., Andy Young, John Lewis, Coretha, MLK 3rd, Ralph Abernathy and Jesse -- all benefited immensely more from his death than from his life because they were all committed to the rise of the black petty bourgeoisie on the backs of working and poor Africans. I can tell you how each of them benefited.
King represented more then one individual... where's your black spirit??!!Saying Jesse was the set up man for King's assassination only says he betrayed one individual...
The black middle class is now OUR fight?!... this is a classic divide & conquer. You clearly show King was not a warrior for the cause, I say if the mafia, the FBI, the CIA, the military, and the Memphis Police Department wanted him dead, than he is MOST cause for this REVOLUTION.King's death expedited the movement of middle class aspirants like Donna Brazile and Colin Powell and Barack Obama who have no loyalty to or love for our community. The betrayal of our community by these forces has a much greater impact than King's death, except as how the two phenomenon are linked.
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