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Killing Truth

You won't believe what I'm about to tell you


One of the hardest things I have to do is admit I've been wrong when I learn something disturbing about someone I had previously admired. But truth is truth, and it is my conviction that by ignoring a truth, as disturbing as it might be, we are doing a great disservice to our prospects for a just future. I can't believe that a viable culture can last for long when it is built on lies.

Which is why I have decided to release the following information. I cannot divulge how or from whom I got it, and by the time you've finished reading this column, you'll understand why.

There are 51 documents in all, sent to me in a large, untitled file. Each are stamped with the imprimatur of either the FBI or the National Security Agency, with references to additional material from law enforcement in Dallas, Memphis and Los Angeles. Though unredacted, they are marked "Classified" and they deal with the investigations of the murders of President John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. It is clear to me that few people, in or out of our government, must have seen all the material, for the narrative within those 51 documents is the disturbing and inescapable revelation that MLK was behind the assassination of JFK, that RFK had King killed in retaliation and "Bobby" was slain by a shadowy faction within the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

I must relate only a simple outline of what happened, but the evidence is irrefutable: King realized early in Kennedy's administration that any civil rights agenda would move ahead with more speed and authority if Lyndon Johnson were president. Johnson's strength as a congressional arm twister was legendary, and King rightfully understood it would take such leadership to get anything substantial accomplished.

Through channels King had established with various clandestine organizations—including the "Southern Mafia" centered in New Orleans, the notoriously anti-Catholic John Birch Society and at least three separate branches of the Ku Klux Klan—he arranged for the separate components of the assassination to fall into place without anyone but he and his closest allies knowing the full picture. It is unlikely Lee Harvey Oswald or either of the two riflemen positioned on the infamous grassy knoll had any idea from whom their orders were really coming when they opened fire on President Kennedy's passing limousine.

However, unbeknownst to the American press and people, both of the grassy knoll shooters were apprehended by Secret Service agents and whisked away for intense interrogation. Compared to what they went through, Oswald may have been lucky he was nabbed by Dallas police, but his fate was sealed. Overlooked by most subsequent investigations was Jack Ruby's lifelong membership in the NAACP—an organization that, at the time, was wholly in the control of King and his cadre of enforcers, known in the SCLC as the "Dream Bringers."

As United States attorney general, Bobby Kennedy had access to what the real investigation had uncovered, as opposed to the Warren Commission's whitewash. His first instinct was to indict King openly, but members of his own family—notably, his mother, Rose—persuaded him to keep quiet, arguing that justice in such a crime would be more complete, more satisfying, if delivered by those who loved John the deepest.

From then on to April, 1968, when King was cut down in Memphis, the wheels of vengeance were turning. James Earl Ray, the killer, had been led to believe he was being contracted by an underground white supremacist group from Atlanta, when in reality, the agents he met with were hand-picked by RFK (from a security force under contract to the Kennedys) to find a racist assassin, supply him with the means to kill King and arrange for his capture after the deed was done.

Two months later, Bobby was himself murdered in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel after winning the California primary in his bid to succeed Johnson as president. Sirhan Sirhan had been approached by what he thought were black Muslims, but were actually members of the militant "Dream Bringers." At that time, those MLK loyalists couldn't be certain Kennedy was behind their leader's death, but having been involved with the plot from the beginning, they assumed, correctly, that King's assassination had been an act of personal revenge, and that the only just response was another act of personal revenge.


Everything you've just read is a big lie. Yes, I made it all up. See how easy it is? It took me about 45 minutes to concoct a story that, in the right hands, could circulate for years and years.

I know—at least, hope—most of you didn't believe it from the moment I told you Dr. King masterminded JFK's murder. But if those reading it were a typical cross section of American society, enough did believe it to keep the lie alive. That's all a big lie needs: a few idiots who want to believe. Hence, we have words and phrases like "Benghazi," "Birther," "Climate change is a hoax," "Obama is a Muslim" and "The Clintons can't be trusted" in our modern lexicon.

Oh, I didn't make everything up. I honestly, emphatically, regard one statement to be true: I can't believe that a viable culture can last for long when it is built on lies.