Most people are completely unaware that covert US government agencies were found guilty in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1999.
I have to admit that I was also completely unaware of this fact until last Martin Luther King Day when I happened to see a news article pertaining to it online. The blanket of oblivion surrounding this topic is presumably due to the pitifully inadequate media coverage of the event. Apparently it is considered unimportant to all major media outlets in this country that government agencies in the United States would conspire to assassinate the leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a man widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest speakers on civil rights and human equality.
“What then is, generally speaking, the truth of history? A fable agreed upon.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
The public, in general, may be shocked to learn that there never was a criminal trial of James Earl Ray, the supposed trigger-man behind the assassination of Dr. King. He claimed that his government appointed lawyer told him to sign certain paperwork in order to get a trial. It was, however, a guilty plea that agreed to forgo a jury trial. In short, he says he was tricked into signing a plea agreement. Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have been eligible for the death penalty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain a new trial. Because there was never a criminal trial, the US government has never presented any evidence subject to challenge that substantiates their claim that Mr. Ray assassinated Dr. King.
If you remember the OJ Simpson trial, he was found innocent in his criminal trial but was retried in a civil trial and found guilty of wrongful death. Similarly, under Criminal Law, the US government is not legally guilty of the murder of Dr. King, but just as O.J. Simpson was found guilty in civil court of wrongful death of his late wife, the government agencies involved were also found guilty for killing Dr. King under Civil Law. The difference between criminal and civil law are often overlooked by the public, because most people (thankfully) will never have the need to try to show the guilt of a murderer after they feel that the criminal court system has failed to adequately address it.
At a time when every celebrity court case that went to trial was “the trial of the century”, the 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, was completely overlooked and bypassed by the media. Only two journalists were there every day through the whole trial. Compare that to the O.J. Simpson trial just a few years earlier:
Media coverage of the Simpson trial, which began in January 1995, was unlike any other. Over two thousand reporters covered the trial, and 80 miles of cable was required to allow nineteen television stations to cover the trial live to 91 percent of the American viewing audience. When the verdict was finally read on October 3, 1995, some 142 million people listened or watched. It seemed the nation stood still, divided along racial lines as to the defendant’s guilt or innocence. During and after the trial, over eighty books were published about the event by most everyone involved in the Simpson case.
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 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.
If you are interested in seeing the evidence presented in this case, please watch this six-minute video of the evidence from the trial, and this eight-minute video on the FBI’s disclosures of covert operations against Dr. King, including confirmation from his closest friends and advisers.
After hearing and reviewing the extensive testimony and evidence, which had never before been tested under oath in a court of law, it took the Memphis jury only one (1) hour to find that a conspiracy to kill Dr. King did exist. Most significantly, this conspiracy involved agents of the governments of the City of Memphis, the state of Tennessee and the United States of America. The overwhelming weight of the evidence also indicated that James Earl Ray was not the trigger-man and, in fact, was an unknowing patsy.
Anyone interested can obtain a transcript of the trial on the King Center website and consider the evidence, so they can form their own unbiased conclusions.
The King family believes the government’s motivation to murder Dr. King was to prevent his imminent camp-in at Washington, D.C. until the Vietnam War was ended and those resources directed to end poverty and invest in US hard and soft infrastructure.
Predictably, when the US Department of Justice issued a report in 2000 it explains that their investigation into their own possible guilt in the assassination found no evidence to warrant further investigation.