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Saturday, December 24, 2005

The FBI and MLK

For once I'm speechless except to say ignore the little square about the leaf-footed-bug-nymph.

From Alternet today

When the FBI told MLK to commit suicide

Posted by Evan Derkacz at 12:55 PM on December 22, 2005.

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Are you sure it's just a Leaf-Footed Bug Nymph?
It's simply too tantalizing to use unchecked spying to destroy your enemies, even when they present no actual threat. Always cloaked in the language of "security" spying has an ignominious past...

Laura Rozen notes:

"As Nixon press aide David Gergen reminded NPR listeners this morning, the FBI monitored King, and then sent the tapes to his wife to try to 'neutralize' him as a civil rights leader. It also sent him a note with a copy of the tapes suggesting he commit suicide or they would release the tapes. It's worth remembering how recently and how grossly the government has abused the civil liberties of Americans in the very recent past..."

In the words of the man in charge of the FBI's "war" against Dr. King:

No holds were barred. We have used [similar] techniques against Soviet agents. [The same methods were] brought home against any organization against which we were targeted. We did not differentiate. This is a rough, tough business.



  • At Saturday, December 24, 2005 1:19:00 PM , Blogger Worried said...

    I supposethey borrowed a page from Hitler by attempting to blackmail MLK into committing suicide, or else..
    You recall that Hitler coerced General Erwin Rommel to commit suicide or else... Rommel did. He was a brilliant man, shrewd tactician, and excellent military officer. If he had had necessary fuel, oil and needed support in N. Africa, that phase of the war might have gone a much different way. And look at the beach defenses he set up, that cost so many American and allies' lives. It was to our benefit he was removed, but on a human level, a dirty, rotten shame. Too bad the conspirators didn't succeed and remove Hitler instead.
    So the FBI tries the same tactic on MLK. Do you reckon his assassination may have had a teeny nudge from FBI agents? Wouldn't have taken much of a nudge to activate the red necks.


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