|William Pepper- An Act of State; The Execution of MLK-1-29-03|
|Even though the slug that killed King was broken into three pieces, there were enough marks on it to allow a comparison, and that comparison showed the 12 of 18 bullets did not match.|
The Judge Who Killed Ray
Memphis Judge Cheryl Blackburn refused James Earl Ray Constitutional Right to a Trial. Dying of liver disease, Ray was also denied medical care to save his life.
The King family said it was "deeply saddened" by Ray's death. "This is a tragedy not only for Mr. Ray, but also for the entire nation," the family said in a statement.
"America will never have the benefit of Mr. Ray's trial, which would have produced new revelations about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as establish the facts concerning Mr. Ray's innocence," the statement said.
RFK's Statement on the Killing of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Robert F. Kennedy
April 4, 1968
RFK audio excerpt
"Am I going to die?"
Robert F. Kennedy's poignant last words, whispered into his wife's ear.
Excerpt: Eulogy by Edward Kennedy
Are the Key JFK Files Already Destroyed?
The most sensitive CIA/FBI/ONI papers pertaining to John F. Kennedy's assassination were sealed by Johnson until 2039, and are probably missing or destroyed already-- if what happened to the Los Angeles Police Department's files on Robert Kennedy is any guide.
Gil Garcetti, Los Angeles District Attorney and the mass media's idea of justice personifed; is now presently going to court for the right to destroy old files that has freed and vindicated prisoners wrongly convicted in the past-- people like Clarence Chance and Benny Powell, who spent 17 years in prison for a murder they didn't commit.
These old files contain records on the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. Some are already missing and presumed destroyed. On November 27, 1996, it was reported in the Los Angeles Times (pg.B3) that Frederick Bennet, an assistant county counsel, said "The district attorney's office is primarily concerned with the time and expence of storing so many files....It's a big storage problem. There has to be a balance between the cost of keeping this files and the rights of a person who has been convicted of a crime." Yet Garcetti-- the one filing the suit-- is not mentioned once in the article, which illustrates an unsettling bias at this paper when it comes to the Los Angeles District Attorney. This goes far beyond shoddy journalism. In the annals of history, perhaps no man has spoken a more poignant and unwitting testament to the handicap of full-blown imbecility than when Bennet uttered his momentous words in defense of destroying the files.
Soon afterwards Superior Court Judge John Reid ruled that he lacked the authority to order Garcetti to preserve the files. This does not bode well for those seeking to preserve our last chance to vindicate Robert F. Kennedy; to finally prosecute the killers that assisted Sirhan Sirhan and the accomplices who have entrenched themselves in office.
In the JFK assassination, the key murderers are mostly all dead. The younger underlings have survived, for the most part, and one-- G. Gordon Liddy-- has an ultra-conservative talk show carried by 262 stations as of May, 1995.
Liddy, who was in Dallas that day, is the same man that advised listeners on his show that when aiming at an officer of the law, one should always fire at the head because he might be wearing a protective vest. Did he speak from experience? (Ex-CIA man E. Howard Hunt and Liddy also planned to poison Jack Anderson in 1972 upon Nixon's orders, but never carried out the attempt. Anderson was the Washington Post writer who broke the story about the CIA/Mafia attempts on Castro's life.)
Though most of the key figures in the JFK assassination are dead, that hardly means we don't need to understand what happened. On the contrary. Before Jack Ruby died, he said in a letter smuggled out of jail:
"First, you must realize that the people here want everyone to think I'm crazy...isn't it strange that Oswald...should be fortunate enough to get a job at the Texas Schoolbook Depository Building two weeks before...Only one person could have had that information, and that man was Johnson...because he was the one who was going to arrange the trip...The only one who gained by the shooting...They alone planned the killing, by they I mean Johnson and others...you may learn quite a bit about Johnson and how he has fooled everyone..." 1
Some of the killers who actually fire alone planned the killing, by they I mean Johnson and others...you may learn quite a bit about Johnson and how he has fooled everyone..." 1
Some of the killers who actually fired at JFK and Robert Kennedy are still alive. In Robert Kennedy's case, Sirhan Sirhan was by no means alone.2 Sirhan shot Robert Kennedy from the front, but he also had a shot in the back of the head. This time the coroner, Thomas Noguchi, told the truth; that he suspected multiple shooters.
In early July of 1997, a Memphis judge determined that ballistics tests conducted on the rifle of James Earl Ray, right, his convicted assassin; betrays the possibility that another gun was used in the murder.
Moreover, King's own family was pressing for Ray's first trial, which is a constitutional guarantee that was never honored. Ray was dying of liver disease, and the state of Tennessee, in a transparent effort to hasten his death, had gone as far as to refuse him the opportunity to leave the state for a transplant operation. (The judge denying the motion for Ray's first trial was Criminal Court Judge Cheryl Blackburn.)
While the obvious implication is that now dead Ray will have nothing incriminating to tell about state and federal authorities, thereby maintaining the cover-up; the depravity and cruelty of the state officials who insured his death by denying Ray medical care will incriminate them more forcefully than any words could.
Tests Conclude Ray's Gun Did Not Fire the Fatal Bullet; Jury Finds Conspiracy in Assassination
Even though the slug that killed King was broken into three pieces, there were enough marks on it to allow a comparison, and that comparison showed the 12 of 18 bullets did not match. In 1999, a Tennessee jury ruled that Ray could not have acted alone. Inexplicably, citing lack of evidence supporting a conspiracy, the Justice Department's first act was to drop the parallel investigation into the assassination; its self-incriminating actions serving only to validate juror consensus of government (read that LBJ's) complicity.
Days after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., former FBI agent Donald Wilson, claims he searched the abandoned car of the one man who confessed to killing King -- James Earl Ray.
Wilson said a small white envelope fell from underneath a door panel in Ray's car, but he never turned it over to the FBI and did not disclose its contents until last year.
The FBI attacked Agent Wilson's credibility, questioning whether he, as a rookie agent, even had access to Ray's car. However, the FBI has a credibility crisis of its own. After its handling of the Kennedy assassination under the reins of J. Edgar Hoover; which included unchecked evidence destruction and witness intimidation, and finally the total rejection of its conclusions in 1977-78 by the House Select Committee on Assassinations; the FBI is appealing to the results of a mock inquiry to assert its credibility. For example; former CIA Director Allen Dulles, a logical suspect in the assassination, reported directly to two other suspects, Hoover and Johnson, while a chair on the long discredited Warren Commission.
Donald Wilson claims he didn't immediately tell his superiors about what he found because he didn't want them to know that he tampered with the crime scene, and because Ray had already confessed.
A telephone number at the top of one of those papers was that of Jack Ruby's nightclub in Dallas. Ruby, of course, murdered Lee Harvey Oswald, a key part of insuring his trial wouldn't expose Oswald's status as an FBI employee at the time of his murder. Oswald, a double agent freshly culled from CIA operations in Russia, was hired by Hoover under the pretense he would infiltrate a communist conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy. Part of the "play" included pro-Castro television and radio appearances on CBS and other network stations; where he discussed his Free Play for Cuba front organization. This made him the perfect "communist" patsy, particularly when Oswald realized there was a plan afoot to assassinate Kennedy in Dallas.
Ironically, Lee Harvey Oswald tipped off the FBI on September 17, 1963 that an assassination was being plotted. Later, William S. Walters, a security clerk employed in the Bureau's New Orleans office, gave D.A. Jim Garrison an affidavit stating that on the morning of November 17, 1963, he read a TWX that warned "an attempt to assassinate President Kennedy would be made in Dallas on November 22, 1963." This was Oswald last unheeded warning. Jack Ruby, who had ties with mob and the Dallas police chief, was hired to "arrow", or kill the patsy. And so he did.
The papers also contain the name Raul. Ray claimed a man with that name orchestrated King's murder.
RFK's Statement on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Robert F. Kennedy
April 4, 1968
RFK audio excerpt
"I have bad news for you, for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and killed tonight. Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort.
In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black--considering the evidence there evidently is that there were white people who were responsible--you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization--black people amongst black, white people amongst white, filled with hatred toward one another.
Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: ''In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.''
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that''s true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love--a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.
We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we've had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.
But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.