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Gerald McKnight, the FBI, the MPD, and the MLK assassination
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Gerald McKnight is the author of one my all-time favourite books, Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why, which is, for my money, the best critique of the official investigation into JFK's death ever written. So I was quite excited to come across a copy of his hard to find (in the UK anyway) 1998 book, The Last Crusade: Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI, and the Poor People's Campaign.

Man was I disappointed when I came across this passage:

"...thereis nothing in the released documents to support, and persuasive evidence to reject, assertions that the FBI and the MPD conspired to assassinate King. Had Hoover and the FBI elites actually planned to neutralize King by assassination, it is reasonable to assume theywould have called off their COINTELPRO campaign against him and destroyed these records once the decision was finalized. Any truly independent federal investigation into the King assassination uncovering this kind of incriminating evidence would place the FBI atthe top of its list of prime suspects. It is equally untenable and baseless to imagine that the Hoover FBI, a virtually independent security state within a state that had succeeded so spectacularly over almost 50 years under the operational premise that control was the name of the game, would conspire with parties outside the bureau to kill King." (pgs. 81-82)

When I read the above, I found myself saying out loud, "Are you serious,Jerry?" because I just don't see how the man who wrote Breach ofTrust could also be responsible for writing such unmitigated nonsense. There is, in my opinion, nothing about his argument that is reasonable or logical, let alone "persuasive".

Firstly, I have no idea how anyone could attempt to use Hoover's well-documented hateful campaign against Dr. King as some kind of"proof" that Hoover was not responsible for his murder. To me that's like saying you can rule out the KKK as having any involvement because they've spent a century persecuting African Americans and allegedly made numerous attempts on King's life! Seriously, does that make sense?

Secondly,despite McKnight's claim, destroying the records of its campaign would not have removed the FBI from any list of suspects. Why?Because it was never a secret anyway. Officials of the Justice Department and everyone in the SCLC knew about the surveillance and wiretaps and Hoover had been feeding his "friends" in the press derogatory information about King for years. Hell, in 1964 he publicly called Dr. King "the most notorious liar in the country."And because it was no secret, destroying records would actually have cast more suspicion on the FBI, not less. On top of that, Hoover never had to fear being investigated because he was always going tobe the investigator. He would lead the Bureau's investigation down the lone nut path and, just as they had done with the Kennedy assassination, the mainstream media would dutifully play along. And once the fix was in, the cover-up became institutional and there wasnever going to be a "truly independent federal investigation". Did anyone ever seriously believe that the HSCA would find the FBI responsible for the assassination? It was never gonna happen! Not even if the bullet that Killed King had Hoover's fingerprint on it. It was always going to be a case of the fox investigating the chicken coop and Hoover was smart enough and arrogant enough to know it.

Finally, this stuff about conspiring with "parties outside the bureau",which is presumably meant to dispel the notion of Memphis Police involvement, ignores the obvious fact that the director of the MPD, Frank Holloman, was a 25-year veteran of the FBI who, as McKnight admits, "was professionally close to Hoover, having served seven years as inspector in charge of the director's Washington office."(p. 47) On top of that, key members of the MPD investigation like N.E. Zachary and Glynn King had attended the FBI academy. So just how far "outside the bureau" was the MPD? Not very. In fact, McKnight himself writes about their special relationship: "...relations between the FBI and the MPD resembled a textbook version of cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies. There appeared to be none of the instances of paranoia revolving around issues of control, refusal to share file resources, or attempts by the bureau to shoulder aside the local police and grab the headlines that historically marred relations between Hoover's agency and local police functionaries. Frank Holloman, the Memphis director of public safety, characterized this relationship as 'unique.'" (p. 46) How McKnight can provide these details and less than 40 pages later seem to completely ignore them is quite baffling to me.

Gerald McKnight may be right and there maybe "persuasive evidence" to reject the idea that the FBI and MPD conspired to kill Dr. King. But you won't find it in his book.
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Hey its great to have you here mate. What's really sad about all of this is that Stu and Larry have done some great stuff in the JFK field. But overshot the mark on this one. Having had the privellege of reading you're draft it's a very good piece. Some of the errors you pointed out had me gob smacked.
"In the Kennedy assassination we must be careful of running off into the ether of our own imaginations." Carl Ogelsby circa 1992
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Seamus Coogan Wrote:Hey its great to have you here mate. What's really sad about all of this is that Stu and Larry have done some great stuff in the JFK field. But overshot the mark on this one. Having had the privellege of reading you're draft it's a very good piece. Some of the errors you pointed out had me gob smacked.

Cheers mate.

Hopefully my review will be up soon. I'm looking forward to finding out whether knowledgable folks agree with me or not.
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Martin, I have McKnight Breach and appreciate its serial revelation the players knew they were acting a farce. My favorite piece is the end note re the AEC Oak Ridge Lab confirming the Dallas paraffin test, and showing seven known M-C shooters positive.

Indeed how could the same unmasker posit such flimsy screens for FBI complicity.

You spotted the enormous water buffalo crouched behind the couch: Frank Holloman, a quarter-century in the Gestapo and a favorite of Himmler.

In fact it would be the FBI intimidators driving King to move from the white hotel to the black motel, where the inside first-floor room was mysteriously changed to the second-floor exposed location.

Who else but the FBI asset Holloman to thank for the security stripping.

Somehow the police cancelled their earliest APBs and BOLOs and settled on one of the two Mustangs, the one with the patsy.

And thanks to William Pepper, Orders to Kill, and other researchers we know military intelligence agent and later CIA employee Marrell McCollough arrived in the lot and remained in a car (perhaps radioing the arrival on the balcony of the target), and subsequently dashed up the stairs to check King's vitals.

In Brothers we are told CIA spied on Bobby (killed two months after King), while FBI spied on King.

Did a Jamie's Wall prevent their collusion?

Is there a reason beyond accident for the shooting of Sullivan, the Angleton opposite in the Bureau and one of Hoover-Himmler's devils (as opposed to Holloman the angel)?

Since McKnight's elimination of FBI we have its sniper Lon Horiuchi, its dark agency in OK Bomb and TWA 800.

And the current POTUS has extended the tenure of Director Mueller by two years.

Not only was FBI not provably innocent then, it is assuredly, actively not innocent now.
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Thanks Phil. I couldn't agree more; the FBI remains top of my list of suspects for sure.

I've often wondered if Hoover let James Earl Ray escape. When they picked up the obviously planted bundle from the doorway of Canipe's, they had evidence that should have led them straight to Ray - a radio with his Missouri State Pen inmate number on it. They could have traced the serial number on the radio, found out where and when it was sold, and then the inmate number would have given them Ray's name. But they didn't. Instead they searched for Eric Galt, surely knowing that it was an alias, until Ray was safely out of the US. And then they made only a half-assed attempt to extradite him, supplying the British court with little more than Charlie Stephens' "identification" and the promise of some fingerprint evidence that the bureau never delivered. And I can't help thinking that the FBI were hoping the UK would refuse to extradite him on such flimsy evidence so that they wouldn't have to try him with such a weak case and could continue convicting him in the press.
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Martin Hay Wrote:[T]he FBI remains top of my list of suspects for sure.

I've often wondered if Hoover let James Earl Ray escape. When they picked up the obviously planted bundle from the doorway of Canipe's, they had evidence that should have led them straight to Ray - a radio with his Missouri State Pen inmate number on it. They could have traced the serial number on the radio, found out where and when it was sold, and then the inmate number would have given them Ray's name. But they didn't. Instead they searched for Eric Galt, surely knowing that it was an alias, until Ray was safely out of the US. And then they made only a half-assed attempt to extradite him, supplying the British court with little more than Charlie Stephens' "identification" and the promise of some fingerprint evidence that the bureau never delivered. And I can't help thinking that the FBI were hoping the UK would refuse to extradite him on such flimsy evidence so that they wouldn't have to try him with such a weak case and could continue convicting him in the press.

"Suspects" for WHAT?

I swear to Christ, it's as if the Sponsor/Facilitator/Mechanic model never was presented.

Have we learned NOTHING from our studies?

"The FBI" and "the CIA" conspired to kill neither JFK nor MLK.

You conflate the hammer with the carpenter.

You conflate the carpenter with the architect.

You conflate the architect with the homeowner.

The Sponsors are wetting themselves from laughter.
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Meanwhile back at the ranch...
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#8
Donald Gibson in Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy Presidency, presents Rockefeller Morgan financial interests as a major opponent of JFK's policies.

In Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil, by Gerard Colby and Charlotte Dennett, we see Nelson Rockefeller involved in genocidal pacification of South American tribes in pursuit of minerals and oil, and the poppies of Bolivia.

David provided much of the financing of the regime-change and assassination operations and the pair maintained family and professional ties to Allen Dulles and Henry Kissinger.

In southeast Asia lay important minerals and profitable poppies. The war was the pretext for its exploitation, and the military under LBJ was the muscle, CIA remaining the more significant tactician.

The impetus for the removal of King was his opposition to this war. Just as the FBI had been integral to the pursuit of the Cold War, a business model fixed in 1945 or earlier, thus it fell to them to provide the actualization of the decision made higher, perhaps at the level of David Rockefeller.

Now we find the war on terror providing rationalization for the extraction of the Afghan poppy product, source of 90% of the world's heroin, as well as for other purposes.

The current POTUS (with whom George Soros equates Mitt Romney as someone he can work with) has extended Robert Mueller's term by two years.

The FBI has served as the faithful 20-Mule Team in the cabal's extraction of the world's borax (not to be confused with the film Borat).

Of course Martin doesn't see John Edgar Hoover sitting in the bathtub with Clyde Tolson plotting the demise of that "(expletive) King."

Rather that its presence in the form of Earl Holloman is very like the role of Hoover's provision of all the investigation for the Commission in 1963-4.

Hoover had his heart attack and Sullivan had his hunting accident.

And the band plays on.
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Charles Drago Wrote:
Martin Hay Wrote:[T]he FBI remains top of my list of suspects for sure.

I've often wondered if Hoover let James Earl Ray escape. When they picked up the obviously planted bundle from the doorway of Canipe's, they had evidence that should have led them straight to Ray - a radio with his Missouri State Pen inmate number on it. They could have traced the serial number on the radio, found out where and when it was sold, and then the inmate number would have given them Ray's name. But they didn't. Instead they searched for Eric Galt, surely knowing that it was an alias, until Ray was safely out of the US. And then they made only a half-assed attempt to extradite him, supplying the British court with little more than Charlie Stephens' "identification" and the promise of some fingerprint evidence that the bureau never delivered. And I can't help thinking that the FBI were hoping the UK would refuse to extradite him on such flimsy evidence so that they wouldn't have to try him with such a weak case and could continue convicting him in the press.

"Suspects" for WHAT?

I swear to Christ, it's as if the Sponsor/Facilitator/Mechanic model never was presented.

Have we learned NOTHING from our studies?

"The FBI" and "the CIA" conspired to kill neither JFK nor MLK.

You conflate the hammer with the carpenter.

You conflate the carpenter with the architect.

You conflate the architect with the homeowner.

The Sponsors are wetting themselves from laughter.
Charles, I wish you could make your points without being such an asshole.
"We'll know our disinformation campaign is complete when everything the American public believes is false." --William J. Casey, D.C.I

"We will lead every revolution against us." --Theodore Herzl
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#10
Lauren,

I wish you could understand my points without being such a fucking literal idiot.
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