Opinion by Gary Revel
When I began my investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1977 I had no idea it would lead to the vast criminal conspiracy that it uncovered. Although the Counter Intelligence Program mounted and executed by the FBI had an official bearing and mandate it was as much a criminal activity as those activities the criminals were engaged in that they investigated, arrested and sent to prison.
Partners in the overall criminal conspiracy included the FBI, US Government Officials, the CIA, the Mafia and to keep it all running smoothly a network of money laundering businesses around the globe flush with billions of dollars in proceeds from the illegal drug trade.
Established in 1956 by Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover to protect national security, prevent violence and maintain the existing social and political order it often degraded our national security, promoted violence and disrupted the social and political order.
Then again, what has ‘maintaining the existing social and political order’ got to do with the job of Federal law enforcement. The idea that anyone having an anti-social or anti-political thought was on the verge of becoming an inductee into the FBI’s most wanted list is extreme to say the least. However, the FBI went to extremes in manipulating media, publishers, the CIA, the military, state and local police departments, legislators… you get the drift. Their were no limits to their power to force upon the American people the ‘social and political order’ they believed was proper for all Americans.
Burglaries, extortion, violence, psychological operations and yes even murder was all part of their bag of dirty tricks. These were the tools they used to achieve their desired results regardless of the laws that they themselves were supposed to be observant of. They used innocent law abiding citizens, government officials, shadowy covert operatives and criminals; from the small time petty crooks like James Earl Ray to the Mafia Dons like Carlos Marcello.
The most important of the state and local government officials employed were; Mayor of the city of Dallas, Texas, Earle Cabell and Director of the Fire and Police Departments of Memphis, Tennessee Frank Holloman. These men were instrumental in the success of the murder of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. respectively and the covering up of those crimes.
The 1979 report of the House Select Committee on Assassinations went so far as to say: “Hoffa, Marcello, and Trafficante — three of the most important targets for criminal prosecution by the Kennedy Administration — had discussions with their subordinates about murdering President Kennedy. Associates of Hoffa, Trafficante, and Marcello were in direct contact with Jack Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner who killed the ‘lone assassin’ of the President. Although members of the Warren Commission, which investigated President Kennedy’s assassination, has knowledge of much of this information at the time of their inquiry, they chose not to follow it up.”
Being able to look back is illuminating in that you get history and perspective that is impossible to see when your in the middle of an era. There is no doubt that the FBI was guilty of operating as a criminal organization for many years under legal authority and doing so with the blessing of most of the American people. This is a disturbing realization to me. Could it be that we as a people are comfortable when the rights of others are trampled on as long as it doesn’t clearly upset our ‘social and political order’? How far should we allow our government to go in the pursuit protecting our individual comfort zones?
When we look at these questions with a fair, sober and rational mind we know the answers. First, we should never allow our government to trample on the rights of others, period. Second, we should all be receptive of ideas and concerns of others regardless of the effect on our individual comfort zones.
Of course then again we can just continue to kill our most promising leaders who represent the best ideals of us all and trust murderers and blackmailers like J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Baines Johnson to keep us all safe and cozy.
Updated: April 29, 2010 12:00 PM Central Time USA
More information on the project to bring the story of my investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. can be found HERE.