Sunday, January 18, 2009

Martin Luther King: On U.S. Radicals

Around five months before Martin Luther King was mysteriously eliminated, he made the following reference to U.S. radicals in a talk he gave over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation network—which U.S. broadcasting network executives have not been very eager to re-broadcast in recent years:

“There is a second group of young people, the radicals. They range from moderate to extreme in the degree to which they want to alter the social system. All of them agree that only by structural change can current evils be eliminated, because the roots are in the system rather than in men or in faulty operation. These are a new breed of radicals…Their radicalism is growing because the power structure of today is unrelenting in defending not only its social system but the evils it contains; so, naturally, it is intensifying the opposition.

“…Whether they read Gandhi or Frantz Fanon, all the radicals understand the need for action—direct self-transforming and structure-transforming action. This may be their most creative collective insight…”

(Downtown 4/27/94)

CIA Spied On Martin Luther King

Although it’s supposed to be illegal for the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on U.S. citizens within the United States, the CIA spied on Martin Luther King prior to his mysterious elimination in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. According to Southeastern Massachusetts University Professor Philip Melanson’s book, The Murkin Conspiracy: An Investigation Into The Assassination Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “As the CIA’s own documents demonstrate, Martin Luther King, Jr. was perceived to be one of the most dangerous domestic threats to U.S. national security” by the CIA and “despite the restrictions of its 1947 charter regarding domestic spying the CIA had an active operational interest in King.”

The Murkin Conspiracy book also revealed that at least “134 pages of CIA documents pertaining to the rubrics of `Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’ and `Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC]’ are secretly locked away in the CIA file rooms and “In the late 1960s the CIA infiltrated black groups participating in the Resurrection City encampment in Washington, D.C., photographed the participants at a Malcolm X day rally in the Capitol, and had an informer planted inside the Washington, D.C. school system to report on increasing militancy among black youths.”

(Downtown 12/16/92)

477 African-American FBI Agents In 1991

Although the Militaristic U.S. Establishment’s FBI has not been too popular with African-American political activists, historically, 477 African-Americans, ironically, worked as special agents for the FBI in 1991, according to the book Alien Ink: The FBI’s War On Freedom Of Expression by Natalie Robins.

(Downtown 3/31/93)