MLK assassinated by US government: King family civil trial 1999 decision. Why didn’t you know this?

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Martin Luther King’s family and his attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty in the wrongful death of Martin Luther King. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King. The King family’s attempts for a criminal trial were denied, as suspect James Ray’s recant of what he claimed was a false confession was denied.

King’s family and Mr. Pepper allege that Dr. King’s speech calling upon America to end the Vietnam War, Beyond Vietnam: A time to break silence, and his plan for a 500,000 camp-in for Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1968 were a threat to dominant and fascist political factions within US government.

The King Center, managed by his family, provide the transcript to the trial here. A transcript of a talk given by Mr. Pepper explaining the trial and his book with detailed documentation, An Act of State, is here (2-page summary here). I also recommend David Ratcliffe’s review of the book, Jim Douglass’ coverage of the trial, and watching Mr. Pepper’s talk on the subject below. I also suggest Robert Kennedy’s assassination was also a government-supported assassination to suppress war dissent.

“For a quarter of a century, Bill Pepper conducted an independent investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He opened his files to our family, encouraged us to speak with the witnesses, and represented our family in the civil trial against the conspirators. The jury affirmed his findings, providing our family with a long-sought sense of closure and peace, which had been denied by official disinformation and cover-ups. Now the findings of his exhaustive investigation and additional revelations from the trial are presented in the pages of this important book. We recommend it highly to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King's assassination.” — Coretta Scott King

Hundreds of writers have documented US corporate media collusion with US government to disinform the American public with wars and supporting policy of fascism. Corporate media’s refusal to cover this trial and report upon it is a revealing case study.

Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:

1.Understand the laws of war. These were legislated after WW2 and are crystal-clear that only self-defense, in a narrow legal meaning, can justify war. The current US wars are not even close to being lawful. Those involved with US military, government, and law enforcement have an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution, not “always place the mission first.” To fulfill their oath they must immediately refuse and end all orders associated with unlawful wars and military-related constant violation of treaties.

2.End the transfer of trillions of American taxpayer money to banksters and admitted as “lost” by our military. End poverty through global cooperation to achieve the UN Millennium Goals by developed countries investing 0.7% of their income. Support global security through cooperation, dignity, justice, and freedom. Create a US Department of Peace to help.

3.Communicate. Trust your unique, beautiful, and powerful self-expression to share as you feel appropriate. Understand that while many people are ready to embrace difficult facts, many are not. Anticipate that you will be attacked and prepare your virtuous response in the spirit of competition, just as you do in other fields.

4.Prosecute the war leaders for obvious violation of the letter and spirit of US war laws. Because the crimes are so broad and deep, I recommend Truth and Reconciliation (T&R) to exchange full truth and return of stolen US assets for non-prosecution. This is the most expeditious way to understand and end all unlawful and harmful acts. Those who reject T&R are subject to prosecution.

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Some links to previous articles and videos.

This Google Video of William F Pepper is a must see !!!

Video Exclusive: Dr. William F. Pepper Opens the MLK Conspiracy Trial - November 16, 1999

World Video Premiere: The Truth about the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Video: How the US Government Spreads Disinformation Through the Media, via the CIA and FBI

MLK - 40 years of Disinfo

YouTube playlists update: Cynthia McKinney - William Pepper/MLK Trial

Dr. William F. Pepper: The New York City Ballot Initiative & the Re-investigation of 9/11 By an Independent Citizens Commission

William F. Pepper and Joe Brown on NPR - 4.4.2008

“…Seventy witnesses set out the details of a conspiracy in a plot to murder King that involved J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, the local Memphis police, and organized crime figures from New Orleans and Memphis. The evidence is unimpeachable. The jury took an hour to find for the King family. But the silence following these shocking revelations was deafening. Like the pattern during all the investigations of the assassination throughout the years, no major media outlet would cover the story. It was effectively buried.”
Taken from William Pepper’s “An Act of State” who was a personal friend of King, and the attorney representing both the King Family and also James Earl Ray (the patsy).
December 8th , 1999 the jury decided the verdict. More quotes from Pepper:
“On the evening of April 4 1968, Martin Luther King was in Memphis supporting a worker’s strike. By the end of the day, top-level army snipers were in position to knock him out if ordered. Two military officers were in place on the roof of a fire station near the Lorraine Motel, to photograph the events. Two black firemen had been ordered not to report to duty that day and a black Memphis Police Department detective on surveillance duty in the fire station was physically removed from his post and taken home. Dr. King’s room at the motel was changed from a secluded ground-floor room to number 306 on the balcony. Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim’s Grill which backed to the motel from the other side of the street, had already received $100,000 in cash for his agreement to participate in the assassination. He was to go out into the brush area behind the grill with the shooter and take possession of the gun immediately after the fatal shot was fired. When the dust settled, King had been hit, and a clean-up procedure was immediately set in motion. James Earl Ray was effectively framed, the snipers dispersed, any witnesses who could not be controlled were killed, and the crime scene was destroyed.”

Dr. William Pepper on 9/11 Truth Infiltration

Where's the full trial transcript?

Only Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the transcript seem to be available on the King Center Trial Information page. Volumes III to XIV are not there.


BTW, "JFK and the Unspeakable - Why he died and why it matters" is excellent. It's easily worth more than double the $AU46.95 I paid for a copy of the 2009 hardback edition (but please don't the publishers raise the price accordingly. I want as many people as possible to read it). I posted a brief comment aboout it on an Australian online forum here.

Jim Douglass on MLK:

For those who perfer to read, here is a link to Jim Douglass on MLK:

More stuff on the homepage of Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination:

Douglass Writing NOW on MLK and Malcolm X

I'm almost certain that James Douglass (JFK and the Unspeakable) is currently writing about the assassinations of MLK and Malcolm X.

He spoke in Dallas right after the release of JFK and told us this and will also Write about RFK's (Bobby)


That is my impression too.
When it comes to William Pepper, still for those who read quicker than they listen, I am almost certain that the link below is the transcript of the interview on Google. (Please correct me if I'm wrong):

I wonder if MLK was assassinated . . .

. . . for what his close colleague John Watkins finally revealed after 40 years of silence:

(See the last three paragraphs under the heading "DR. KING'S SPEECH.")

Whatever happened to this?

Justice Department investigating new MLK assassination claims

Yes, it would be interesting

Yes, it would be interesting to know that.