Absorb MLK’s wisdom for ending immoral US wars: 2-minute video from "A time to break silence"

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The US government assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King; this is the verdict of the only trial of his murder and in agreement with his late widow, Coretta Scott King, family, and Dr. King’s friend and attorney, William F. Pepper.

Their analysis is that a fascist and dominating faction within the power structure dominating both political parties assassinated the Nobel Prize-winning leader for civil and human rights to prevent his planned summer march and camp-in of Washington D.C. in the summer of 1968 to demand ending the Vietnam War and fully funding domestic programs for the economic and educational advancement of Americans.

The speech that MLK’s family believe initiated government plans to silence Dr. King was delivered a year to the day before his assassination, Beyond Vietnam: A time to break silence. The speech was recorded; two-minutes are artistically played for your consideration below. The speech link contains text and the full recorded speech.

Given the evidence that current US wars are unlawful, and therefore immoral by definition, MLK’s message resonates for Americans today.

As a history teacher, I can tell you that US history textbooks do not include MLK’s opposition to the Vietnam War or the trial verdict of US government guilt in his murder. We know from CIA and military disclosure that corporate media collude with political “leadership” to disinform the American public on strategic military, policy, and economic issues. This answers the question why corporate media have not covered the civil trial and verdict for MLK’s assassination. For comparison, please consider the media circus over O.J. Simpson’s trials.

The man who “officially” is blamed for MLK’s assassination, James Ray, claimed he was told by his attorney that signing a confession paper would lead to a fair trial. When Mr. Ray understood his signature meant he would not receive a trial, he dismissed the attorney, said what he signed was misrepresented and he did not confess guilt, and requested a trial. The King family and Mr. Ray’s efforts were denied, despite the mountain of evidence submitted in the civil trial that Mr. Ray was a patsy from an orchestrated government-sponsored assassination.

The King Center, managed by his family, provide the outline and partial transcript to the trial here. Closing statements that summarize the evidence are here.

The overwhelming evidence of government complicity introduced and agreed as comprehensively valid by the jury includes the 111th Military Intelligence Group were sent to Dr. King’s location and that the usual police protection was pulled away just before the assassination. Military Intelligence set-up alleged photographers on a roof of a fire station with a clear view to Dr. King’s balcony. 20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day. Memphis police ordered the scene where multiple witnesses reported as the source of shooting cut down of their bushes that would have hid a sniper team. Along with sanitizing a crime scene, police abandoned investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting.

“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, Dr. King's wife.

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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