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FTR #46 Orders to Kill

Lis­ten now: Side 1 [1] | Side 2 [2] | Side 3 [3] | Side 4 [4] | Side 5 [5] | Side 6 [6] | Side 7 [7] | Side 8 [8] (record­ed on 4/3/2018) | Side 9 [9] (record­ed on 4/3/2018)

This series ana­lyzes the assas­si­na­tion of Dr. Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. In addi­tion to ana­lyz­ing the FBI’s extend­ed efforts to polit­i­cal­ly neu­tral­ize King, the series dis­cuss­es the com­bi­na­tion of nation­al secu­ri­ty and orga­nized crime ele­ments that appear to have per­formed the assas­si­na­tion. Based on the book Orders to Kill by William Pep­per (Hard­cov­er edi­tion pub­lished by Car­roll and Graff in 1995), the series dis­cuss­es, among oth­er things: an orga­nized crime arms-smug­gling ring, which maneu­vered accused assas­sin James Earl Ray into posi­tion to take the fall for the crime; the mem­ber of that arms-smug­gling ring who boast­ed of actu­al­ly done the shoot­ing; the Army intel­li­gence pro­gram to sur­veil and neu­tral­ize black Amer­i­can lead­ers (includ­ing King); the 20th Spe­cial Forces Group “A team” that, accord­ing to Pep­per, served as a back­up sniper team poised to kill Dr. King and his then-aide Andrew Young (in case the orga­nized crime marks­man missed); and the appar­ent role of ele­ments of the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency in help­ing to set Ray up for the assas­si­na­tion. (Record­ed in Sep­tem­ber of 1995.)