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23. The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was an Act of State
Edited on Thu Apr-03-08 09:10 PM by Orwellian_Ghost
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. . . .
We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.

--Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam Address delivered to the Clergy and
Laymen Concerned about Vietnam, at Riverside Church, NYC, 4/4/67

In his closing remarks on the last day of the trial, Dr. Pepper touched upon the underlying dynamics of what created the circumstances of Dr. King's execution:

Martin King, as you know, for many years was a Baptist preacher in the southern part of this country, and he was thrust into leadership of the civil rights movement at a historic moment in the civil rights movement and social change movement in this part of the country. That's where he was. That's where he has been locked in time, locked in a media image, locked as an icon in the brains of the people of this country.

But Martin King had moved well beyond that. When he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize he became in the mid-1960's an international figure, a person of serious stature whose voice, his opinions, on other issues than just the plight of black people in the South became very significant world-wide. He commanded world-wide attention as few had before him. As a successor, if you will, to Mahatmas Gandhi in terms of the movement for social change through civil disobedience. So that's where he was moving. Then in 1967, April 4, 1967, one year to the day before he was killed, he delivered the momentous speech at Riverside Church in New York where he opposed the war.

Now, he thought carefully about this war. . . . I remember vividly, I was a journalist in Vietnam, when I came back he asked to meet with me, and when I opened my files to him, which were devastating in terms of the effects upon the civilian population of that country, he unashamedly wept.

I knew at that point really that the die was cast. This was in February of 1967. He was definitely going to oppose that war with every strength, every fiber in his body. And he did so. He opposed it. And from the date of the Riverside speech to the date he was killed, he never wavered in that opposition. Now, what does that mean? Is he an enemy of the State? The State regarded him as an enemy because he opposed it. But what does it really mean, his opposition? 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 Martin King opposed the war, when he rallied people to oppose the war, he was threatening the bottom lines of some of the largest defense contractors in this country. This was about money. 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 Ran Bay in Vietnam. 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. . . .

Now, he begin 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.


An Act of State

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  -James Earl Ray did not Assassinate MLK reprehensor  Apr-03-08 05:16 PM   #0 
  - Dr. King was mudered after he began to speak out agressively against encomic inequality in America.  Political Heretic   Apr-03-08 05:19 PM   #1 
  - DIGG this post!  reprehensor   Apr-04-08 09:29 AM   #61 
     - dugg  beezlebum   Apr-04-08 10:14 AM   #68 
  - Well done, reprehensor!  Juniperx   Apr-03-08 05:21 PM   #2 
  - He was killed because he was a democratic socialist.  Selatius   Apr-03-08 05:26 PM   #3 
  - I never realized he made that quote. Very revealing.  Canuckistanian   Apr-03-08 06:35 PM   #17 
  - When you think about it, he probably was the most influential socialist in American history.  Selatius   Apr-03-08 10:47 PM   #26 
     - Thank you. I didn't realize..  ananda   Apr-04-08 04:54 PM   #94 
  - In his papers  H2O Man   Apr-04-08 06:15 AM   #42 
  - That Is What I Consider Myself to Be: A Democratic Socialist  fascisthunter   Apr-04-08 08:22 AM   #48 
  - I was just thinking the same thing. ...n/t  Just-plain-Kathy   Apr-04-08 08:48 AM   #54 
  - Exactly. (nt)  redqueen   Apr-04-08 09:33 AM   #62 
  - This quote:  Ilsa   Apr-04-08 07:39 PM   #99 
  - I think G Gordon Liddy was there that day.  alfredo   Apr-03-08 05:30 PM   #4 
  - Just part of the fascist takeover  nichomachus   Apr-03-08 05:36 PM   #5 
  - Yes - For Al His Flaws Nixon Was Lightyears Ahead Of Mainstream Republicans  lostnotforgotten   Apr-03-08 09:40 PM   #24 
  - Well . . . the times were different. So was Eisenhower re the military ---  defendandprotect   Apr-03-08 11:16 PM   #30 
  - I just wonder why Eisenhower waited so long to make it  Art_from_Ark   Apr-04-08 02:49 AM   #39 
     - He knew the danger  formercia   Apr-04-08 06:13 AM   #41 
        - Yep. If he'd had an 'accident' we would have had President  NCevilDUer   Apr-04-08 09:22 AM   #59 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-04-08 01:15 AM   #35 
  - you forgot-wage and price controls  madrchsod   Apr-04-08 07:32 AM   #46 
     - Yep,  NCevilDUer   Apr-04-08 09:23 AM   #60 
  - Excellent summary. Very much recommended  DrDebug   Apr-03-08 05:40 PM   #6 
  - How would you rate the way they pulled this off?  Ifonly   Apr-03-08 08:54 PM   #22 
  - Interesting question . . . evidently there was the final team there. .. . just in case ---  defendandprotect   Apr-03-08 11:20 PM   #31 
  - This was mainly a local team  DrDebug   Apr-04-08 02:36 AM   #38 
  - self delete wrong place  ooglymoogly   Apr-04-08 01:18 PM   #87 
  - James Earl Ray A Sexual Blackmailer???  LukeSkywalker   Apr-03-08 11:23 PM   #32 
  - Wow!  Maestro   Apr-04-08 04:26 PM   #92 
  - Just an excellent post!  ancient_nomad   Apr-03-08 05:44 PM   #7 
  - If you only have time for one...  reprehensor   Apr-04-08 02:56 PM   #89 
  - Excellent!  flashl   Apr-03-08 06:08 PM   #8 
  - K&R and let us never forget ...  Myrina   Apr-03-08 06:09 PM   #9 
  - K&R  sfexpat2000   Apr-03-08 06:10 PM   #10 
  - Great post  malaise   Apr-03-08 06:17 PM   #11 
  - Great Post- Thom Hartman is covering this story tomorrow which  Ichingcarpenter   Apr-03-08 06:24 PM   #12 
  - Thanks so much Ichingcarpenter  seemslikeadream   Apr-03-08 07:56 PM   #21 
  - Thanks for that --- I'll definitely be trying to listen to Hartman tomorrow --  defendandprotect   Apr-03-08 11:09 PM   #27 
  - The third hour of the Show today  Ichingcarpenter   Apr-04-08 11:08 AM   #75 
  - Let the Kings Rest In Peace.  applegrove   Apr-03-08 06:28 PM   #13 
  - "Ray did not kill Dr. King, no matter how many times CNN, ABC, NBC, tell you that he did"  JohnyCanuck   Apr-03-08 06:29 PM   #14 
  - IMO it makes a mockery of the citizens.  redqueen   Apr-04-08 09:43 AM   #65 
  - and Rev. Jeramiah Wright said in a speech,  onethatcares   Apr-03-08 06:29 PM   #15 
  - K&R  Devlzown   Apr-03-08 06:32 PM   #16 
  - Another K&R -  Delphinus   Apr-03-08 06:36 PM   #18 
  - If you only have time to watch one...  reprehensor   Apr-04-08 05:38 PM   #97 
  - K&R&bookmarked. (nt)  Kurovski   Apr-03-08 06:40 PM   #19 
  - Wow. Great post. Thanks for the summary.  jeffrey_X   Apr-03-08 07:47 PM   #20 
  - The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was an Act of State  Orwellian_Ghost   Apr-03-08 09:07 PM   #23 
  - I read this book within the last month or so.  BuyingThyme   Apr-04-08 05:05 PM   #96 
  - I went to the CNN feedback page  JohnyCanuck   Apr-03-08 09:42 PM   #25 
  - What's CNN . . . ????  defendandprotect   Apr-03-08 11:14 PM   #29 
     - True n/t  JohnyCanuck   Apr-04-08 01:20 AM   #36 
  - Thank you! And bookmarked --- and will try to move the info around . . .  defendandprotect   Apr-03-08 11:12 PM   #28 
  - J. Edgar Hoover...  TTUBatfan2008   Apr-03-08 11:49 PM   #33 
  - Thank you. What if...  autorank   Apr-04-08 12:09 AM   #34 
  - And of course...  TTUBatfan2008   Apr-04-08 01:23 AM   #37 
  - judge joe brown?  muryan   Apr-04-08 03:57 AM   #40 
  - Yes.  BuyingThyme   Apr-04-08 05:02 PM   #95 
     - i was unaware that at any point in time  muryan   Apr-05-08 02:06 AM   #101 
  - eh you made me late to work  barbtries   Apr-04-08 06:33 AM   #43 
  - Song of Freedom  formercia   Apr-04-08 06:50 AM   #44 
  - "Redemption Song"  H2O Man   Apr-04-08 06:53 AM   #45 
     - For your pleasure....  formercia   Apr-04-08 08:24 AM   #49 
        - Thank you.  H2O Man   Apr-04-08 08:55 AM   #55 
  - Government and truth in the same sentence...a true oxymron.  BrklynLiberal   Apr-04-08 07:42 AM   #47 
  - 'An Act of State' (video)  Octafish   Apr-04-08 08:31 AM   #50 
  - An alternative viewpoint  maui9002   Apr-04-08 08:37 AM   #51 
  - Posner is establishment, not altermative.  reprehensor   Apr-04-08 12:34 PM   #83 
     - I agree with Reprehensor on Posner  Christs4sale   Apr-04-08 07:23 PM   #98 
  - great post, Thanks  notadmblnd   Apr-04-08 08:40 AM   #52 
  - Glad this "conspiracy" thread hasn't been 'dungeoned'  Echo In Light   Apr-04-08 08:40 AM   #53 
  - kicking  Orwellian_Ghost   Apr-04-08 09:10 AM   #56 
  - K&R!  junofeb   Apr-04-08 09:10 AM   #57 
  - kicking and recommending this entire thread.  yardwork   Apr-04-08 09:21 AM   #58 
  - Why am I not shocked by this? n/t  whereismyparty   Apr-04-08 09:35 AM   #63 
  - It was some OTHER guy on a nearby balcony with a rifle.  Deep13   Apr-04-08 09:36 AM   #64 
  - But can a shoooter  DiktatrW   Apr-04-08 10:27 AM   #70 
  - I'm not willing to assume that happened.  Deep13   Apr-04-08 11:45 AM   #78 
     - where do you get "mock trial"?  DiktatrW   Apr-05-08 07:22 AM   #102 
  - More info.  reprehensor   Apr-04-08 10:57 AM   #74 
     - Well, the dent wasn't necessarily caused by the gun.  Deep13   Apr-04-08 11:55 AM   #80 
        - The gun was ditched 10 minutes before the shooting . . . .  defendandprotect   Apr-04-08 12:23 PM   #81 
  - K&R.  hisownpetard   Apr-04-08 09:55 AM   #66 
  - kr  Progs Rock   Apr-04-08 10:12 AM   #67 
  - Video: MLK: Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence  reprehensor   Apr-04-08 10:21 AM   #69 
  - K'd, R'd and bookmarked - very, very glad to see this in GD.  stubtoe   Apr-04-08 10:41 AM   #71 
  - Thom Hartman is covering this story TODAY  seemslikeadream   Apr-04-08 10:49 AM   #72 
  - Lee Harvey Oswald did it.  kwassa   Apr-04-08 10:53 AM   #73 
  - King family lawyer, William Pepper, gives his perspective  JohnyCanuck   Apr-04-08 11:09 AM   #76 
  - K&R, this needs to be rated to the top in honor of Dr. King!  AntiFascist   Apr-04-08 11:42 AM   #77 
  - Rest in peace Doctor King. Some day justice will be served. k&r  pauldp   Apr-04-08 11:50 AM   #79 
  - Recommend --- and listening to Thom Hartmann ---  defendandprotect   Apr-04-08 12:32 PM   #82 
  - When it happened, most of us didn't fall for the "lone gunman" theory.  valerief   Apr-04-08 12:53 PM   #84 
  - Amen. Those of us who were alive back then must continue to  greyghost   Apr-04-08 03:36 PM   #90 
  - Thank you for this.  PeaceNikki   Apr-04-08 12:58 PM   #85 
  - thanks so much  psychmommy   Apr-04-08 01:06 PM   #86 
  - If you have limited time...  reprehensor   Apr-04-08 09:09 PM   #100 
  - One of the best and most cogent posts I have seen on DU  ooglymoogly   Apr-04-08 01:29 PM   #88 
  - I Knew Abourt the Loyd Jowers Part,  ribofunk   Apr-04-08 03:39 PM   #91 
  - Very informative post!  Maestro   Apr-04-08 04:27 PM   #93 
  - ...  redqueen   Apr-05-08 12:00 PM   #103 

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