‘Prisioneros’

Today for a change a little poetry. This is by Salomón de la Selva (1893-1959). An English translation follows the poem as it was written in Spanish. // Hoy un poco de poesía, para variar. Esto es de Salomón de la Selva. (1893-1959). Una versión en inglés está después del poema como fue escrito en español. — MCM

Prisioneros

Son gente.
De eso no cabe duda.
Gente como nosotros,
que come, que duerme, que se entume, que suda,
que odia, que ama.
Gente como toda la gente,
y sin embargo diferente.

Como los hemos arrancado,
todos los botones
caminan agarrándose
los pantalones,
y llevan el cuerpo doblegado.
Pudiera ser el cansancio,
pero no es eso.
Pudiera ser la vergüenza…
El fin, que nos importa:
¡Son nuestros prisioneros!

Está prohibido darles cigarrillos.
Bien. Se los dará a escondidas.
Alguno de ellos debe haber leído
a Goethe; o será de la familia de Beethoven
o de Kant; o sabrá tocar el violoncello…

 

Prisoners

They are people.
Of this there is no doubt.
People like us,
who eat, who sleep, who get stiff, who sweat,
who hate, who love.
People like all people,
yet different.

How we have torn from them,
all their buttons,
so they walk grabbing hold
of their pants,
their bodies doubled over.
It could be they’re tired,
but that’s not it.
It could be the embarrassment…
Well, what’s important to us:
They’re our prisoners!

It’s forbidden to give them cigarettes.
OK. They’ll get them on the sly.
Some of them must have read
Goethe; or are related to Beethoven,
or to Kant; or know how to play
the cello…

Notes, 1-30-21

Links Left Out of Thursday’s Entry: An Associated Press story by David Bauer on Tom Brokaw’s retirement announcement last Friday is HERE. A New York Times story on Marty Baron’s announcement of his retirement from the Washington Post, by Katie Robertson and Marc Tracy, is HERE (but accessible mostly to Times subscribers only); it’s headed “A News Giant Earns a ‘Breather.’” Robertson and Tracy followed up the next day with THIS story about “a generational changing of the guard … coming to the news industry.”

‘MLK/FBI’ Director Sam Pollard Interviewed: Robert Scheer talks, HERE, with the director of the popular 2020 documentary on the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. HERE, reviewer Odie Henderson calls the film “superb, infuriating.” Other reviews online are from Rolling Stone and The Atlantic. Earlier this month this blog reprinted, HERE, Richard Krushnic’s 2014 account of King’s assassination.

 

Brokaw and Baron

Tom Brokaw and Marty Baron announced their retirements from the news business last week and this.

You know Brokaw, the most trusted TV news anchor since Walter Kronkite, especially since his blockbuster The Greatest Generation (1998) about how our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents won World War II. (Although Dan Rather and Peter Jennings were up there.)

You probably don’t know Baron, who is barely known for his Pulitzer-garnering leadership of news operations at the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. But you may have seen “Spotlight” (2015) or any of the movies (among them “Citizenfour,” 2014, and “Snowden,” 2016). If so you were introduced to the Catholic Church’s long coverup of priestly pedofilia and NSA spying everywhere; and perhaps know that Baron played supporting roles in bringing these topics to light.

At any rate, a Brokaw-Baron partnership could similarly expose the corporate media’s virtual ban since 2002 on common-sense reporting and commenting on details of the crime of the century — the September 2001 attacks known as 9/11 — effectively burying the topic and making this the news industry’s worst generation.

However unlikely such an alliance of stars may be (Brokaw is 80 and has cancer, but Baron is only 66), it’s an example of what may be needed to further the work of “truthers” who have plugged away mostly, thanks to the ban, in obscurity.

— Mark Channing Miller

Wilder Stories

This nation  and the rest of the world are headed into new territory. While the launching pad for this blog in April 2018 was a walk across Massachusetts appealing to citizens and government alike to insist on the truth about the crime of the century — the attacks of September 2001 known as 9/11 — continued search for truth in other realms is necessary as well.

Our Story’ is the title of today’s meditation by Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Click HERE for it after reading to the end of this entry. Sunday’s and yesterday’s Rohr meditations are HERE and HERE. Rohr, a Franciscan friar, asks readers to ask themselves “What is real?” You’re not “religious,” so you can skip his thing? OK. You are free to go about navigating reality as anything you like.

Our Town’ is the title of a 1938 play by Thornton Wilder millions of present-day Americans have probably seen. In 1938 there was still plenty of agriculture being practiced at the local level. (Manufacturing too.) Much more food was local and organic than today. The interstate highway system had yet to be built (or perhaps even conceived — Eisenhower was still in the Army). Frequent travel in jetliners was unknown. Ditto credit cards. Let alone the Internet via which people are reading this. That’s the kind of world James Howard Kunstler, whom I first came across as a “peak oiler” 15 or so years ago, says we humans are returning to, like it or not. Kunstler, who strives to be hip and profane while commenting on current affairs and trends, has been a Trump apologist in the last year or three but seemingly has shifted, at least in part, to earlier enthusiasms. He titled his blog entry for yesterday “Flying Blind.” Chunks of it could have been taken whole from The Long Emergency (2005) and other works of his; they’re about the past and maybe the future.

‘Our Democracy’: The pull-out quote from today’s column in the New York Times by Bret Stephens is “A dissident is to a dictatorship what a bald fact is to an edifice of lies.” (The complete sentence finishes with “… the revelation of which causes the whole thing to crumble.”) Naturally, this jumped out because although Stephens’s column is on foreign policy, the sentence applies to what truthers focus on, namely that much of U.S. foreign and domestic policy since late 2001 is based on an edifice of lies, enabled by news media corporations’ failing to challenge unscientific and implausible elements of the 9/11 narratives. Given that this nation was founded on the idea that Americans should be able to get the truth from their news media, and given that Big Tech is starting to rein in alternative news and opinion sources, democracy in the United States is in question. This week newspapers are running a column by E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post headlined in one newspaper “Biden proclaims a New Democracy,” emphasizing “the dishonesty of the Trump years” as if that’s the only executive branch dishonesty that matters now that Biden is president. But the Bush and Obama administrations both upheld the Big Lies of 9/11, and if the new president’s “call to national unity” is founded on unifying around lies with cover from the news media and Big Tech, that’s a losing proposition for democracy. It’s an enticement into a dictatorship of falsehood. Call it “our democracy” if you like.

— Mark Channing Miller

Notes, 1-23-21

The calm in the United States and the world is almost palpable. I’m not aware of a tweet from the new president. Our copy of The Epoch Times arrived today; I thought it was early, but it was dated Dec. 30. A page 1 headline, “Car Caravans Forming for ‘Historic’ Protest in Washington,” was about the demonstration to happen during the Jan. 6 Electoral College vote to confirm Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s victory at the polls last November. History will record that that vote was interrupted by rioters who stormed the Capitol, thanks in part to the seeming ineptitude of the Capitol Police and whoever guides them.

The honeymoon of President Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden (the first first lady who will continue in her previous job, teaching in a community college) and Vice President Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, continues, although the news media are allowing them to get some rest and do what they have to do in private while members of the press corps get some rest as well. (Some of the new president’s initiatives must have been prepared in the months after the November election, when critics were wondering why there was little visible activity on his part.)

Many headline writers preparing the front pages of last Wednesday’s morning papers had one written for them by the then-president-elect. “Don’t tell me things can’t change,” he said Tuesday in Wilmington, Del., before leaving for Washington. What it means time will tell. It sounded promising.

Leonard C. Goodman is not sanguine. In a column written for Economy for All and released on Inauguration Day (Wednesday), Goodman, a criminal defense lawyer, says big corporations run the show in Washington and will continue to—they simply want continued control in a more decorous Washington. Headlined “Trump’s Second Impeachmentment Shows the World the Power That Corporations Have Over American Politics,” the piece provided context missing in most of the news media. Click HERE for it.

And for those scratching their heads over the success of the “Stop the steal” protesters in breaching the protection for the impeachment vote, Goodman notes similarities between the security failures of 9/11 attacks in 2001 and the 2021 storming of the Capitol.

“An investigation into the failures of law enforcement before and on January 6 is critical,” he wrote. “Especially since [then]-President-elect Biden has already announced plans to pass a new Patriot Act to combat ‘domestic terrorism.’ In other words, just like after 9/11, our government wants to reward its own incompetence by expanding its powers. History teaches that agencies like the FBI will use their expanded powers to hunt down and neutralize the left. In the 1960s, the FBI used programs like COINTELPRO to harass civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., and to crush the Black Panthers, the Socialist Workers Party, and the American Indian Movement, all under the guise of weeding out ‘extremism.’”

Goodman included a link to his Dec. 18 column headed “Democrats and ruling by fear,” written more than two weeks before the riot at the Capitol. In it he casts a wary eye at the new president’s choice for secretary of state, Antony Blinken. I recommend reading the two columns chronologically, starting HERE. 

What will President Biden’s “domestic terrorism” act look like. Once the news media gets a deserved rest, readers and viewers and listeners may look into it. The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 was enacted when fear gripped the nation following the attacks blamed entirely on Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda and the seeming incompetence of U.S. national security elements. The Republicans, one could conclude, were ruling by fear as they took advantage of the attacks and the anthrax attacks.

The feared violence in various state capitals last Wednesday at the hands of pro-Trump extremists didn’t happen, thanks in part to preparedness on the part of governors’ having National Guard troops at the ready. So some things can change.

   

This morning’s edition of NPR’s “Weekend Edition” had an interview with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, who called for a “thorough and fair investigation” of Senate colleagues (among others) for stridently alleging, without evidence, that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Presumably those accusers, who include Sen. Ted Cruz, will advocate a bipartisan investigation to try to turn up irrefutable evidence that it was. 

And at some point Congress may demand a thorough and fair investigation of the 9/11 attacks (in 2018 the Senate unanimously passed a resolution asking declassification of considerable evidence being withheld by the FBI and the Department of Justice about the 9/11 attacks).   

— Mark Channing Miller

p.s. Many Sunday papers carried this Associated Press story by Jonathan Lemire, headed in one of them “Biden gets to work as problems loom.” (Added Sunday evening.)

An Existential Treat

Happy Joe Biden Day! Today is the first full day as president of the United States of America for Joseph R. Biden Jr., and as vice president for Kamala Harris.

Biden hit the ground running. His signing of more than one executive order on the day of his inauguration was a first; only two or three brand-new presidents had signed even one on Inauguration Day—he signed a stack of 15, most reversing executive orders of his immediate predecessor.

He is the first president to be both the father of a former state attorney general (the late Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III) and the president who as a candidate had chosen a former state attorney general (Harris) as his running mate. Moreover, Harris and the younger Biden were friends.

Biden is the first president having a son (the late Beau Biden) who had served in the Armed Forces in a continuing war begun during the administration of a recent predecessor as president (George W. Bush).

He is the first president in recent history who as a young lawyer considered himself closer to the major political party other than the one he became a member of.

President Biden is the first in recent memory to have run for the office out of a sense of duty, having felt or been persuaded that he would be the only nominee of his party who could defeat an incumbent from the other major party whom he sensed was a threat to the Republic and to the world. At his age he would probably much rather be the father of a could-be future president (Beau Biden) than president himself.

He is one of the individuals most experienced in national politics and government in recent history to assume the presidency, joining Presidents Nixon and George H.W. Bush in that group.

Biden is the first known president who every day has carried Rosary beads in his pocket.

He is the first president in recent years to be known as a past senator who routinely commuted to Washington by train.

Biden is the first Democrat since 2008 for whom this blogger voted for president even though he hardly needed the extra vote in Massachusetts.

— Mark Channing Miller

Words and Song

A partial look at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration

Transcript and Video: HERE, courtesy of Politico and msn.com.

What a Truther Hears:There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it, if only we were brave enough to be it.” … “The plea for justice for all will be deferred no longer.” … “History, faith and reason show the way, the way of unity.” … “Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we are all created equal and the harsh, ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, and demonization have long torn us apart.” … “Many centuries ago, Saint Augustine, a saint of my church, wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love. What are the common objects we love that define us as Americans. I think I know. Opportunity. Security. Liberty. Dignity. Respect. Honor. And, yes, the truth. Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit.” … ”This is a time of testing. We face an attack on democracy and on truth.” … “Before God and all of you I give you my word. I will always level with you. I will defend the Constitution. I will defend our democracy. I will defend America.”

The National Anthem, ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ and ‘Amazing Grace’: Sung by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks. (Courtesy of Yahoo News, Billboard, and TVLine.)

The Two Mikes: Those watching on NBC had the potential of  President Biden’s inaugural address diminished for them by historian Michael Beschloss and commentator Mike Barnicle, among others. Beschloss couched the speech entirely in the context of the last four years as if Biden were not the oldest U.S. president ever and had not been a U.S. senator for 36 years and Vice President for eight — all before Donald Trump became president. For Beschloss, Biden’s three words “Democracy has prevailed” meant that the storming of the Capitol two weeks ago had not toppled “democracy,” nor had Covid, economic crisis, nor racism. Barnicle, a longtime friend of Biden’s, focused on the personal: Biden’s resilience, humanity, generosity, tolerance, and optimism.

Light and Change

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. — Martin Luther King Jr.

I said, “Don’t tell me things can’t change. They can.” And they do. That’s America. That’s Delaware. A place of hope, life and limitless possibilities. — Joseph R. Biden Jr.

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The top quote above is from a political cartoon (cartoonist’s name indecipherable) on a newspaper’s editorial page Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, next to an editorial headlined “Message of Dr. King is timeless.” A paragraph: “As we observe the national holiday today commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. let us hope we can reflect on his template for peace and understanding. The theme offered this year by the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is ‘The Urgency of Creating a Beloved Community.’”

The second quote is from the Washington Post story in today’s Berkshire Eagle headlined “‘Don’t tell me things can’t change’: Trip to Washington to take presidential oath is fueled by a raw goodbye to his home state.” In it Joe Biden, still president-elect, recalls himself, 12 years earlier, speaking on a train platform while awaiting then-president-elect Barack Obama. The story’s second-to-last paragraph: “And now, Biden said, he was headed to Washington to meet up with Kamala Harris, who will be the first female, the first Black and the first Asian American vice president.”

Ms. Harris will also be the first vice president with Caribbean roots and at least one of the first who previously served as a district attorney and then a state’s attorney general.

— Mark Channing Miller

Why and How . . . They Killed King

A detailed account of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination is reprinted here in slightly edited form without the permission of the author, who emailed friends a message titled “Sad that on MLK day nobody talks about how he was executed by the US government.” A footnote follows.

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The April 4, 1968, execution of Martin Luther King by the FBI, the U.S. Army, the Memphis Police Department, the New Orleans and Memphis mob, the cover-up by local and national attorneys general, the 1999 jury trial that found them guilty, and the complete censorship of all of it by the U.S. mass media *

By Richard Krushnic, February 2014 

In December 1999 in Memphis, Tenn., following a three-week trial with over 70 witnesses, a jury of six whites and six blacks took 59 minutes to find agencies of the U.S. government 75 percent guilty and Lloyd Jowers 25 percent guilty of the murder of Martin Luther King.  While the charges brought in the civil trial did not specify the U.S. government agencies, the evidence presented focused on the FBI and the U.S. Army, with substantial circumstantial evidence incriminating members of the Memphis Police Department.  Some evidence indicated that one man who was the handler of the patsy, James Earl Ray, also played a direct role in the assassination. Some evidence indicated that he worked for the CIA. The evidence was well presented in the 2003 book Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, by William Pepper, the attorney who brought the case to trial on behalf of the King family.  

Forty of the more than 70 witnesses presented overwhelming and overlapping and mutually supporting evidence of the execution as an act of state, with coordinated planning and execution by federal agencies, the New Orleans and Memphis mafias, and the Memphis police. In essence, therefore, while the jury found only agencies of the U.S. government and Lloyd Jowers guilty, they certainly found the gestalt of the planning and execution involving the Memphis Police Department, the FBI, the U.S. Army, a New Orleans mob figure contracted by the FBI to kill King, Memphis mob figures who got the subcontract, and probably the CIA.  

Before returning to some of the details of the government’s execution of King, let us note the trajectory which led the government to kill him. The civil rights movement buildup from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s accomplished the elimination of widespread segregation of public and private institutions and business establishments, won the Voting Rights Act, other progressive legislation, and contributed much to the establishment of the War on Poverty programs. These gains were peaking at the same time that several hundred volunteers were working with MLK’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the summer and fall of 1965. 

But that same year the Vietnam War’s mammoth escalation began, and by 1967 it became clear that guns were overshadowing butter, and the body bags were largely filling with black youth. These momentous developments had not escaped the attention of MLK, and a young freelance journalist covering the war, William Pepper, brought its genocidal aspects to Martin’s attention.  In 1967 William became Martin’s consultant on the war, and his friend.  King was painfully aware that the civil rights gains had not altered the economic inequality between blacks and whites, and that the war had stalled further progress on that front for poor whites and blacks alike. It was one thing to gain the right to eat at a formerly segregated lunch counter, but quite another to be able to pay the bill.  When the profound immorality of the genocidal racial aspects of the war was added to the mix, King’s practical and moral sensibilities led him into open opposition to the war, and into a plan to unite poor blacks and whites in a Poor People’s Campaign and mobilization culminating in an encampment on the Washington Mall in 1968—a tent city of 500,000.  He called for a cessation of the bombing of Vietnam before an audience of 250,000 demonstrators on the Washington Mall on April 15, 1967.  By July, several of the nation’s largest cities had burst into flame with exploding black rage. The National Conference for New Politics (NCNP) was established to catalyze people nationwide, and King asked Pepper to be its executive director. King would run for president, with Dr. Benjamin Spock for vice president.  

Enough of the power elite had come to understand that the civil rights movement was not a threat to the established system, but rather advantageous to it.  Once racial inequality had been exposed to the world, undermining the propaganda about the United States as the land of equality of opportunity, it became useful to enact a significant improvement in racial  justice, so the credibility of the land of the free could be re-established. But [King’s] assuming a leadership position in the antiwar movement and in cross-racial working class organizing for economic justice was seen as a serious threat to the system, which could not be tolerated. 

The same interest groups that executed President John F. Kennedy in 1963 eliminated King and Robert Kennedy in 1968. The 1963 coup d’etat against the cold warrior who became a peacemaker as president was followed by the elimination of the two people most likely to threaten the consolidation of the warfare state and the multinational oil and mining interests relying on military and CIA coups to seize control of new resources. 

This is why MLK was executed as an act of state.  For anyone who cares to examine the readily available evidence, there is no question regarding the executions of the Kennedys and King (among others) as acts of state. Yet even the thousands of civil rights activists of that decade spanning half of the 1950s and 1960s have not found the commitment to bring the truth of King’s execution into the light. 

Following King’s execution, Pepper worked an an attorney with the King family for 23 years to prove the innocence of the patsy, James Earl Ray.  They were fought tooth and nail by every level of the U.S. justice system. Finally giving up on that effort, Pepper and the King family succeeded in bringing to fruition the wrongful death suit in 1999—31 years after King’s execution.  The evidence presented at the three-week trial is overwhelming, is very well and understandably presented in Pepper’s three books on the matter,* and is corroborated by the 750-page trial transcript. 

The earlier evidence to surface seemed adequate to acquit confessed MLK “assassin” James Earl Ray, so many years were devoted to getting a trial for him. Since he had pled guilty, Ray had never been tried. King was killed in Memphis. The Memphis district attorney and police department, the Tennessee attorney general and the U.S. attorney general did all they could to frustrate the effort to get Ray a trial. Only when a British TV studio produced a mock trial, with a volunteer U.S. judge and volunteer citizen jurors, did witnesses who had been afraid to speak for nearly three decades come forward.  After more than two decades of experience with the U.S justice system arrayed against them from the local to the national level, Pepper and the King family decided the best they could do was a wrongful death suit, which they succeeded in bringing off in Memphis in 1999—31 years after King’s execution. 

The evidence came to light due to the King family, their dedicated attorney, William Pepper, and an amazing host of witnesses who came forward decades after the event to tell their stories.  One of them, Lloyd Jowers, was the bar and lodging house owner whose establishment was across the street from the motel balcony. Jowers confessed to many persons on many occasions that he was hired by local mob figure, Frank Liberto, to receive the rifle, store it, give it to the shooter at the time of the execution, take it from the shooter after the execution, and dispose of it. Two of the members of the Army assassination team testified to every detail of their assignment. 

Frank Liberto confessed to his mistress, La Vada Whitlock, that he had had King killed. La Vada repeated this to her son, Nathan Whitlock, a Memphis cab driver. Nathan, a naive 18-year-old at the time, asked Liberto directly if he killed King. Liberto told him he had arranged the killing. Nathan testified to this at the trial.  A number of witnesses gave heresay depositions indicating that the contract had been given to New Orleans mafia boss Carlos Marcello, and Marcello subcontracted it to Liberto in Memphis.

There is a long history of the CIA hiring mob groups at home and abroad to assassinate high-value targets to make sure that the U.S. government can’t be fingered for the killings. In the case of MLK, however, it was so important that he be killed that the U.S. Army had a backup assassination team in place at the same time and place, to take him out on the motel balcony if the mob contract failed to accomplish the job, and considerable evidence indicates heavy involvement of the Memphis police department in the execution and cover-up. 

Several witnesses who presented testimony to the Memphis police and to the district attorney at the time of the execution and were completely ignored, testified to seeing the shooter and smoke in the field adjacent to Jower’s bar, to seeing a man jump over a wall and flee, and to seeing another man run down the block, enter a police car and drive away. 

One of them, taxi driver recalled by a witness only as Buddy, was not so lucky. He testified to police at the police station right after the hit.  He was found dead the next morning. 

Considerable circumstantial evidence indicates that the actual shooter was the Memphis Police Department’s best marksman, Earl Clark, but there is no certainty that this was the case. 

Convicted of murdering King, James Earl Ray identified the photograph of a man named Raul from an array of photos, as the man who had controlled his movements and given him money. Glenda Grabow, an associate of Raul’s for many years, testified that he assisted the assassination of King. The man who handled the rifle, Lloyd Jowers, told Andrew Young and King’s son Dexter King that Raul picked up cash from the local mafia figure, Liberto, who hired Jowers to handle the gun and host the planning meetings and the actual shooter on his property. Raul brought the rifle that was used to kill King for Jowers to hold, give to the police department marksman, get the rifle back after the execution and dispose of it.  Raul was the handler who set up the patsy, James Early Ray, and a participant in the hit scenario. 

Other witnesses, black policemen who had always provided security to King in the past when he was in Memphis, were not used that day; no one was. Other black policemen who were to be on detail in the area on April 4, 1968, were told the night before that they were being reassigned. Several witnesses testified to hearing Joe Lombardo, the local mob figure who got the subcontract from New Orleans mob figure Carlos Marcello, talking about the King hit.

Enter the 902nd—the eighth Military Intelligence Group (MIG) under the command of the assistant chief of staff for intelligence (ACSI), Major Gen. William P. Yarborough. A former active duty Army sniper whom Pepper calls “Warren” and another soldier called “Murphy” were reservists assigned to the 20th Special Forces Group at Camp Shelby in Mississippi deployed in 902nd covert operations. In numerous deposition sessions Warren and Murphy set out the details of the Memphis deployment. They were part of an eight-man Alpha 184 team specializing in civilian disguise. 

On March 29, five days before King’s execution, the two were briefed on their assignment to kill King and Andrew Young. Warren identified Eli Arkin of the MPD as the police officer they met with. Arkin was the MPD’s chief liaison with Special Agent William Lawrence, the local FBI field office’s intelligence specialist. Warren and Murphy were taken to the roof of the Illinois Central Railroad Building, overlooking the Lorraine Motel. Warren’s degree of detail leaves no doubt that he was there.  MPD Captain Carthel Weeden confirmed that he put a psy-ops soldier on the roof of the fire station to film the execution.  

Former federal government covert operative Jack Terrell testified to his conversations with John D. Hill, an Army sergeant who was murdered in 1979.  Hill told Terrell that he had been part of the April 4, 1968, assassination team in Memphis.  Officially, Hill was killed at close range by his wife, who was never tried for the murder. 

The only individual charged in the trial was Lloyd Jowers.  The only defense offered by his attorney were witnesses whose testimony shifted more of the blame to the U.S. government and the Memphis Police. Essentially no defense of the police or the government was offered in the trial. More than 40 witnesses presented extensive overlapping corroborating evidence, including, as mentioned above, persons actually part of the hit and the Army backup assassination team. 

The reasons the U.S. government executed MLK, the context in the United States at the time, the process of discovering the innocence of convicted James Earl Ray, the dedicated cover-up efforts of the district attorney and the Tennessee attorney general, the staging a TV trial in England (and the limited coverage of it in the British press), how that brought witnesses out of the woodwork, the unfolding of the evidence, the Memphis trial, and the almost perfect censorship of the trial and the verdict by the U.S. mass media, are all very well presented in William Pepper’s 2003 book, Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King.*

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* A longer book authored by William F. Pepper, Esq., titled The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., was published in 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing. It was the basis of an extensive report in the Washington Post of March 30, 2018, by reporter Tom Jackman, headlined “Who killed Martin Luther King Jr.? His family believes James Earl Ray was framed.”

‘Science and Truth’

Today’s newspapers showcased stories about President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement he will make his chief science adviser a member of his Cabinet and generally elevate the importance of science in his administration.

Biden: Advisers will lead with ‘science, truth’” reads the headline over a Sunday Republican report by the Associated Press quoting him as saying “We believe in both.”

This is potentially a breakthrough for those of us who contest the official accounts of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the anthrax attacks that quickly followed, and the 1960s assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Sen. Robert Kennedy, all of which accounts have relied on false science and the willingness of government and news media to look the other way.

There is science that matters to those in power, and science that doesn’t. At some point in the next year or so it will become apparent which intentionally neglected science will continue to be neglected by the executive branch of government and the news media.

“The science behind climate change is not a hoax,” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said in association with Biden’s science announcements. “The science behind the virus is not partisan. The same laws apply, the same evidence holds true regardless of whether or not you accept them.”

AP reported that Harris “recall[ed] her mother, a cancer researcher whom she credited with teaching her to think critically.”

Biden’s chief science adviser will be Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard, which evolved from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, created in 1982. Lander was co-chair of the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology during the Obama administration.

Francis Collins, who has worked with him on the human genome project, will continue as director of the National Institutes of Health. Co-chair of Biden’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will be Frances Arnold, a Nobel Prize winning chemical engineer, and Maria Zuber, who is MIT vice president for research and geophysics.

The AP story included a quote from Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, that the new administration’s having the chief science adviser on the president’s Cabinet for the first time “clearly signals the administration’s intent to involve scientific expertise in every policy decision.”

Two organizations, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, have based much of their scientific and legal challenges on evidence showing that key assertions upon which official accounts of the September 2001 attacks are based are scientifically indefensible. Proponents of new investigations into the Kennedy and King assassinations of 1963 and 1968 cite experts’ contentions that the official accounts cannot be true, including ballistics reports on all three.

— Mark Channing Miller