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FTR #191 Update on America’s Political Assassinations

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A civ­il court recent­ly found that there had been a con­spir­a­cy behind the assas­si­na­tion of Dr. Mar­tin Luther King Jr. (some­thing seri­ous researchers of the event have known for years). Although the sto­ry was objec­tive­ly report­ed in the for­eign press, the Amer­i­can print media slant­ed the cov­er­age in a biased fash­ion, focus­ing on (among oth­er points) an alleged­ly pas­sive defense in the case. Begin­ning with a com­par­i­son of the rel­a­tive­ly objec­tive cov­er­age of the case by The Finan­cial Times with the gross­ly biased cov­er­age by The New York Times (Amer­i­ca’s “paper of record” and the CIA’s num­ber one pro­pa­gan­da asset), the broad­cast ini­tial­ly focus­es on the grotesque­ly pas­sive “defense” of James Earl Ray. Ray’s so-called defense was con­duct­ed by a mix­ture of white-suprema­cist and intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty-relat­ed lawyers, who induced Ray to plead guilty in exchange for a share in the prof­its of a book by one William Brad­ford Huie.

Huie also attempt­ed to get Ray to con­fess his “guilt” in exchange for the prof­its from a book when the House Select Com­mit­tee on Assas­si­na­tions was formed in the 1970s! Inter­est­ing­ly, Huie wrote a notice to Pres­i­dent Kennedy in 1961 that eeri­ly fore­shad­owed some aspects of the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy two years lat­er. In par­tic­u­lar, the piece referred to an assas­sin resid­ing in Mex­i­co, where some aspects of the con­spir­a­cy were hatched. The sec­ond half of the pro­gram begins with dis­cus­sion of a tape of some­one imi­tat­ing Lee Har­vey Oswald while call­ing to the Sovi­et embassy in Mex­i­co City. The tape of the call was report­ed­ly destroyed sev­er­al years ago. New infor­ma­tion sug­gests that it has sur­vived. This call was obvi­ous­ly an attempt by some­one to frame Oswald by try­ing to link him with the KGB.

The rest of the pro­gram doc­u­ments efforts by ele­ments of U.S. intel­li­gence to cov­er up the real­i­ty of the taped “Oswald” and mis­lead the pub­lic about the “KGB con­nec­tion.”  (Record­ed on 1/16/2000.)


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