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It’s irrational to allow rash judicial judges to sit upon court benches in judgment of their fellow citizens, especially when such a judge’s perspective is clouded by indoctrinated ideology. http://propagandaandcriticalthought.com/
Today’s world is not black and white (never was but those who cannot see shades of grey, for too long, were in charge) because critical thought is breaking through the fog of conjecture and speculation. Now subjects that were once seen as reality can be broken down and every aspect of such supposed truth can and should be analyzed before it’s considered an honest to goodness fact.
The sad narrative of today’s subject concerning male, female sexual-orientation interpretation is a perfect example of why the judges, lawmakers and legislators (OH MY) in our society should not be appointed if they cling to any kind of belief system that does not allow for critical thought. (Anthony Scalia, are you reading this?) thinkingblue
Arizona "pregnant man" to appeal ruling rejecting divorce
By David Schwartz
EXCERPT: When Beatie filed for divorce last year, the judge questioned whether he had jurisdiction since Arizona only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman.
In his long-awaited ruling last week, Gerlach said he lacked adequate information about whether Beatie was a transgender male when the marriage license was originally issued in Hawaii.
"Thus, it is not necessary to, and this order does not decide, whether Arizona law allows a person who was born a female to marry another female after first undergoing a sex change operation," the judge wrote.
He added that equating a double mastectomy to a sex change operation would be a problem under state law. (THE ONLY PROBLEM UNDER STATE LAW IS JUDGE GERLACH)
"If adopted, (it) would lead to circumstances in which a person's sex can become a matter of whim and not a matter of any reasonable, objective standard or policy, which is precisely the kind of absurd result the law abhors."
Beatie attorney David Michael Cantor said the judgment was riddled with errors and that he is confident the judge's order will be overturned.
"We're not going to stand for this," Cantor said. "The judge has made it sound as if Thomas did something wrong." (TYPICAL, I'LL VENTURE A BET THAT THIS JUDGE HAS RIGHT-WING RELIGIOUS CONFLICTS AND SHOULD NOT BE A JUDGE OF CIVIL LAW.)
He said he could seek review by the Arizona Court of Appeals or possibly the U.S. Supreme Court. MORE HERE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-transgender-arizonabre93202g-20130402,0,3299669.story
PS: The way many who find themselves holding positions of power and yet, will not use Critical Thinking in their decision making (that impacts many lives), reminded me of a poem I once heard a very long time ago.
The Charge Of The Light Brigade
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
This poem was written to memorialize a suicidal charge by light cavalry over open terrain by British forces in the Battle of Balaclava (Ukraine) in the Crimean War (1854-56). 247 men of the 637 in the charge were killed or wounded. Britain entered the war, which was fought by Russia against Turkey, Britain and France, because Russia sought to control the Dardanelles. Russian control of the Dardanelles threatened British sea routes.
Many in the west best know of this war today because of Florence Nightingale, who trained and led nurses aiding the wounded during the war in a manner innovative for those times. The War was also noteworthy as an early example of the work of modern war correspondents.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death, RODE THE SIX HUNDRED.
FIND THE WHOLE POEM HERE: http://www.nationalcenter.org/HistoricalDocuments.htmlIt’s irrational to allow rash judicial judges to sit upon court benches in... more
Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - New meetings and new initiatives for the inter-religious popular movement "Mussalaha" ("Reconciliation"), which proposes a "reconciliation from below" starting from families, clans, the different communities of Syrian civil society, tired of the conflict. While the country is torn by conflict, peace initiatives and meetings are multiplying, being born in an entirely spontaneous and independent manner: in past days a new meeting which involved civic leaders, religious leaders, moderates, Christians and Muslims, tribal leaders, Sunnis and Alawites citizens of the mosaic that makes up the Syrian society, was held in Deir Ezzor, in the province of Djazirah (eastern Syria), near the Euphrates. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43074-the-popular-movement-for-reconciliation-qmussalahaq-grows-or-to-know-syria-is-to-love-syriaDamascus (Agenzia Fides) - New meetings and new initiatives for the inter-religious... more
Corrupt Judge David P. Kreider now taints the 2012 election process from his base in "Gator Country"UPDATES:
(11/05/2012) http://current.com/technology/93952291_gatorgait-update-keepandshare-com-engages-in-unnecessary-censorship-and-in-doing-so-the-company-in-effect-aids-the-criminal-co-conspirators.htm , and
This pertains to public corruption that has extended to the 2012 election process. It once again involves Florida. The public should be aware.
The above webpage is constantly updated as new developments arise. It is the gateway to some serious corruption and a major cover-up attempt.
FYI, this matter also relates to the “Gibson Case” and the matter has grown to the point that the resultant scandal now involves several people. Some of those involved are as follows:
David P. Kreider, Alachua County Court Judge (see http://circuit8.org/kreider )
Martha Ann Lott, Ex - Chief Judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://circuit8.org/lott ) [Embattled Martha Lott resigned from her chief judge post subsequent to becoming embroiled in this scandal which has started to implode; her resignation was announced on 04/09/2012 and was reported to have gone into effect on 04/05/2012.]
*For information about Martha Lott’s resignation see
-"The Gainesville Sun” article dated 04/09/2012 at http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120409/ARTICLES/120409606
-8th Judicial Circuit of Florida official press release dated 04/10/2012 at https://circuit8.org/web/news/4-10-12%20Chief%20Judge%20Roundtree.pdf
Spencer Mann, Chief Investigator for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida’s State Attorney’s Office (see http://sao8.org/Chief%20Investigator.htm )
J.K. “Buddy” Irby, Alachua County Clerk (& Clerk of Court) / Clerk of the Circuit Court for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/Clerk/Pages/Clerk.aspx/ )
William “Bill” Cervone, State Attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://sao8.org/ABOUT%20WILLIAM%20CERVONE.htm )
Denise R. Ferrero, Alachua County Court Administrative Judge (see http://circuit8.org/ferrero )
Ted McFetridge, Court Administrator for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://circuit8.org/court-administrator )
Robert Roundtree, Chief Judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida (see http://circuit8.org/roundtree )[he replaced Martha Lott in April 2012 upon her resignation]
Pam Carpenter, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections (see http://www.myfloridaelections.com/fsasedir.php?detail=Y&County=Alachua )
Paula M. DeLaney, Chair of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (see http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/BOCC/Profiles/Pages/Delaney.aspx )
Polly Cheshire, Alachua County Court Program Specialist
Everything stated here and at the above referenced "source webpage" is true and supported by two irrefutable reports and extensive corroborating evidence that is in the possession of agencies, including those within Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (and the Chief Judge’s office and Chief Investigator Spencer Mann of the State Attorney's Office). The comprehensive reports and evidence span a total of more than 100 pages and in-depthly detail criminal activities carried out under the color of law by criminal/judge David P. Kreider and various other co-conspirators. As indicated above, serious corruption and a major cover-up attempt is in play.
Last revised 04/01/2013UPDATES: (04/01/2013)... more
What if we voted for Barack Obama, a rational moderate, and instead got one of the most irrational, secretive, and authoritarian presidential administrations of the past 100 years?
What if Ron Paul and Buddy Roemer are right about the election process and about the erosion of our core civil rights? And what if Barack Obama truly DOES think the Constitution is an outdated joke?What if we voted for Barack Obama, a rational moderate, and instead got one of the... more
The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency has numerous detainment camps throughout the United States. Some camps have been recently constructed and / or renovated and are fully staffed. The existence of the camps coupled with Presidential Executive Orders giving the President and Department of Homeland Security (of which FEMA is now part) control over ‘national essential functions’ in the event of ‘catastrophic emergency’ have resulted in concerns that the camps will be used to forcefully detain American citizens for unconstitutional purposes. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/bizzareweird/43037-us-fema-campsThe United States Federal Emergency Management Agency has numerous detainment camps... more
I made a 15 minute documentary about yesterday's civil disobedience at the Occupy Wall Street temporary encampment at Canal & 6th when a few protesters took over a privately owned lot. I got lucky and things unfolded right around me.
It follows the civil disobedience action from the initial announcement and excitement through the inevitable appearance by the NYPD. Along the way, it turns out the organizer of this action was not who he seemed to be and there is even a confrontation with an undercover NYPD officer.
I hope you get a chance to check it out. Please feel free to share it. It is registered as a part of the creative commons.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgWeeA1cRXs&feature=shareI made a 15 minute documentary about yesterday's civil disobedience at the Occupy... more
POLICE vs MOOR - Who do you think is right? Plz share ur Opinon.
http://instinctmagazine.com/blog/breaking-capital-tonight-reports-ny-senate-now-has-the-necessary-32-votes?directory=100011More sources out of Albany (including David Mixner) are reporting that the New York Senate now boasts the 32 votes necessary to pass marriage equality legislation. Details follow.
Writes David Mixner on his Twitter account:
"Inside sources say 32 vote is found! Won't reveal name to protect him/her from pressure from outside."
Mixner's source corroborates what Capital Tonight reported earlier Wednesday.
Also, the Associated Press (among other outlets) speculates that a vote on marriage equality could come up as early as this evening.
"Democrats and Republicans emerged from meetings with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and said there is progress toward proposed additional religious protections that could bring a gay marriage bill to the Senate floor for a vote as early as Wednesday night. No deal had been struck as of Wednesday afternoon."More sources out of Albany (including David Mixner) are reporting that the New York... more
This is a teaser from an article I wrote on Examiner.com:
From Public School, to church, to the movies and the major media and elections themselves, the American public is induced to believe that the Judges of America are men of integrity beyond reproach.
So with all of those credentials and long years of propaganda and censorship one faces a mighty steep mountain of indoctrination, propaganda and goodwill in exposing the true nature of Minnesota and the Country's Judiciary.
With the Judiciary's reputation reputation for integrity and honesty firmly embedded in the minds of WE THE PEOPLE, what standing do I have to challenge their reputations. In my estimate, what ever I might say would be easily dismissed, for what is my word to the word of these prestigious Judges.
To overcome this handicap, I will use the American Legal Systems own words to expose the true nature of their character.
Let us begin with the words of former FBI director J Edgar Hoover:
"The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.''
Whatever could the former director of the FBI, with all of the domestic intelligence information at his disposal, have meant by such a statement? I leave it to the reader to reach their own conclusion.
Next, I am going to use the words of Judges themselves. Judges have a strange little way of reaching conclusions allegedly using case law and jurisprudence. This effectively means they theoretically use the findings of previous judges to base their decision on the current case. Most of these rulings are reduced to short citations of a single sentence or a paragraph along with the case caption and where it is publicized (When judges do bad things and don't follow the law, they just don't publish their rulings - You see the secret is, Judges just censor from the general public most of the bad, unjust things they do.)
I recently had cause to research various rulings on immunity for Judges and State Governments. And I was astonished and devastated to learn the liberties they had taken and leaps of logic they had used to write the rules in their favor.
Using their own words, the first case I will cite is Wiggins v Hess (1976, CA8 Mo) 531 F2d 920 and Harley v Oliver (1976, CA9 Ark) 539 F2d 1143
"Judicial immunity applies even when judge acts maliciously and corruptly; judge loses his immunity from liability for damages in violation of 42 USCS &1983 ONLY if he acts in clear absence of jurisdiction."...
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Examiner. com Legal Evil? In their own words - Part 1 of 3 http://exm.nr/jhsah8
Those were my thoughts.
The Cynical Patriot
http://twitter.com/dmashakThis is a teaser from an article I wrote on Examiner.com: From Public School, to... more
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Living , as we seemingly are, in interesting times and under the rule of [governments and corporations without conscience because they are led by men without conscience] which eerily resemble -and even surpass- those of which Thoreau speaks of in his Civil Disobedience essay, I though it extremely appropriate to bring [back?] to our attention this timeless literary work.
I do so in the hope that it will awaken those still asleep in their manufactured world of superficial comforts and shallow pursuits, as well as strengthen the resolve of those already speaking up and taking action in their quest to make ours a better world, and who wish to make of those actions and words our greatest legacy to future generations, just as Thoreau left us his.
What follows is part 1 of 3; to read the entire document (which I hope you do) click here:
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I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — "That government is best which governs least";(1) and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it. Witness the present Mexican war,(2) the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for, in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure.
 This American government — what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have. Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed on, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage. It is excellent, we must all allow. Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. For government is an expedient by which men would fain succeed in letting one another alone; and, as has been said, when it is most expedient, the governed are most let alone by it. Trade and commerce, if they were not made of India rubber,(3) would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way; and, if one were to judge these men wholly by the effects of their actions, and not partly by their intentions, they would deserve to be classed and punished with those mischievous persons who put obstructions on the railroads.
 But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men,(4) I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.
 After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it. Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? — in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable? Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience. Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys,(5) and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart. They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined. Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power? Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts — a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniments, though it may be
"Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
As his corse to the rampart we hurried;
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
O'er the grave where our hero we buried."(6)
 The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus,(7) etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it. A wise man will only be useful as a man, and will not submit to be "clay," and "stop a hole to keep the wind away,"(8) but leave that office to his dust at least: —
"I am too high-born to be propertied,
To be a secondary at control,
Or useful serving-man and instrument
To any sovereign state throughout the world."(9)
 He who gives himself entirely to his fellow-men appears to them useless and selfish; but he who gives himself partially to them is pronounced a benefactor and philanthropist.Living , as we seemingly are, in interesting times and under the rule of [governments... more
While I do not know what millions upon millions of Americans think about the current status of our political system, I personally have had it. I am tired of the political strategists, pundits, politicians who have no chance of being elected president, Democrats and Republicans, people who so easily refer to the states in which voters reside as red, blue, or in some cases, purple. As a matter of fact, the last time I checked my own political ideology and party affiliation, no color of any sort was associated with my being an American first.
I see our current political system in disarray and the only way I see America moving forward under either President Obama or the next President of the United States will depend on whether we, the American voters, demand that civility be put back into our politics. So, in an attempt to help put civility back into our politics and further my desire to change politics as usual in America, I have developed a simple guide to help voters like myself. This guide is intended to help others how to become knowledgeable of different political ideologies and includes some basic tools that can be used achieve a greater awareness and understanding of them.
Absent anyone else to my knowledge who is attempting to do I am attempting to do here, it is my hope that my efforts will serve as a catalyst to further discussions on this extremely import issue. After all, America can only be as great as the people who ultimately elect their politicians to represent their interests at the local, state, and federal levels.
And it is my belief that our individual political ideology is based on our respect for the political ideology of others regardless of party affiliation, civil discourse, a willingness to work together across party lines in the best interest of America and its people, and ultimately, exercising the lost art of legislative compromise.
I welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions that will help me further develop this guide. To view my "Guide to Political Awareness and Understanding," please visit http://philsview.wordpress.comWhile I do not know what millions upon millions of Americans think about the current... more
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The widow of a Lexington police officer killed in a hit-and-run has filed a lawsuit against her husband's accused killer.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Fayette Circuit Court, says that as a result of Bryan Durman's death his wife, Brandy, "has lost the love, affection, companionship and consortium" of her husband.
The lawsuit also says their 4-year-old son, Brayden, "has lost the love, affection and companionship" of his father.
Lexington Herald-Leader - "He was the father that everyone wishes they had," Brandy Durman, right, said Sunday of her husband, Officer Bryan Durman, left, with their son, Brayden. Brian Durman died in the line of duty Thursday.
Bryan Durman, 27, was struck in a hit-and-run while investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone about 10 p.m. on April 29. He later died.
Police have charged Glenn Rahan Doneghy with murder. Doneghy, 33, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Brandy Durman, who is being represented by Lexington attorneys Joe C. Savage and Escum L. Moore III, is seeking an undetermined amount of money. The suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages, as well as a civil trial separate from Doneghy's criminal proceedings, Savage said.
While the lawsuit mentions Bryan Durman's death, it is not currently a wrongful death lawsuit, Savage said.
Currently, "it's an injury case ... for the injuries done to the wife and the son," Savage said.
Savage said that wrongful death claims will be added to the lawsuit once Brandy Durman is named administratrix of Bryan Durman's estate.
Savage said Brandy and Brayden Durman are both still struggling with the loss of their husband and father.
"She lived day-to-day knowing that ... officers are to some extent in harm's way, but you never think this kind of thing is going to happen," he said. "It's devastating to her and her son."
Attorney Kate Dunn, who is representing Doneghy in his murder case, said she will not be representing him in the civil suit. Dunn said she did not know whether Doneghy had an attorney.
Doneghy has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit unless a written defense is prepared, the suit says. He is being held at the Fayette County jail.
Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2010/05/20/1272793/widow-sues-man-charged-in-lexington.html#ixzz0oYlFy4caThe widow of a Lexington police officer killed in a hit-and-run has filed a lawsuit... more
Officials from the White House, Justice Department and Congress are considering revisions to the criminal rights afforded defendants upon arrest.
The discussions became public this week when presidential adviser David Axelrod told CNN that the focus is on expanding the "public safety exception that allows a delay in administering" Miranda rights. The question, Axelrod said, is "how elastic is that, and do we need to make any sort of adjustment to it?"
According to White House officials, these discussions predated the failed car bombing in Times Square earlier this month. And government officials involved in the discussions say the debate is much broader than the public safety exception to Miranda warnings.
The Supreme Court established the public safety exception in 1984. The rule allows interrogators to question defendants without immediately reading their rights if public safety is at stake. Interrogators initially used the public safety exception to question suspected Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. They then Mirandized him, and he continued to cooperate, according to government officials.
Still, the question facing the Obama administration is whether the public safety exception can be expanded in order to prolong defendants' cooperation before they are told they have the right to remain silent. "Any change that would take place would have to be done legislatively," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday during a news briefing.
Former interrogators such as Mark Fallon question whether changes are necessary.
"I'm not convinced that any kind of change in the Miranda system is really going to accomplish anything," says Fallon, who is now with the international consulting firm The Soufan Group. "It may, in fact, be a solution in search of a problem."
Fallon investigated many of the top terrorism attacks of the 1990s, including the USS Cole bombing. He fears that these changes may impede criminal investigations if a court finds a bigger public safety exception to be unconstitutional.
For the administration to now talk about changing some fundamental protections that have been in effect for a long time is very troubling.
- Mike German, former FBI agent now with the ACLU
"That's one of the challenges we've had with military commissions," says Fallon. "When the cases go before the final court in the land, the Supreme Court, they've overruled some of the government's procedures."
According to two government officials involved in these talks, Miranda warnings are only one part of the conversation, and perhaps not the most important.
The other major issue is known as "presentment." The law says defendants must be presented to a magistrate judge soon after arrest.
"That does interrupt the interrogation" says Benjamin Wittes, who studies detention and interrogation at the Brookings Institution. "So I think the much more significant issue than Miranda itself is whether you can, under some circumstances, delay that presentment to a magistrate in order to give yourself time to have the interrogation," Wittes says.
The proposal that the administration is working on could postpone a detainee's first meeting with a judge.
Civil liberties activists never thought they would have to fight these battles in an Obama administration.
"This administration came in with a principle that they were going to restore the rule of law," says former FBI agent Mike German, who is now with the ACLU. "For the administration to now talk about changing some fundamental protections that have been in effect for a long time is very troubling."
It is true that President Obama came to office saying he would restore rule of law. But in a major national security speech, he also said, "We are indeed at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates. We do need to update our institutions to deal with this threat."Officials from the White House, Justice Department and Congress are considering... more
From The Examiner
Martin Luther King’s family and his attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty in the wrongful death of Martin Luther King. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King. The King family’s attempts for a criminal trial were denied, as suspect James Ray’s recant of what he claimed was a false confession was denied.
The overwhelming evidence of government complicity introduced and agreed as comprehensively valid by the jury includes the 111th Military Intelligence Group were sent to Dr. King’s location and that the usual police protection was pulled away just before the assassination. Military Intelligence set-up alleged photographers on a roof of a fire station with a clear view to Dr. King’s balcony. 20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day. Memphis police ordered the scene where multiple witnesses reported as the source of shooting cut down of their bushes that would have hid a sniper team. Along with sanitizing a crime scene, police abandoned investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting.
The King Center, managed by his family, provide the outline and partial transcript to the trial here. Closing statements are here. A transcript of a talk given by Mr. Pepper explaining the trial and his book with detailed documentation, An Act of State, is here (2-page summary here). I also recommend David Ratcliffe’s review of the book, Jim Douglass’ coverage of the trial, reviewing Edward Rynearson’s resources, and watching Mr. Pepper’s talk on the subject below. I also suggest Robert Kennedy’s assassination was also a government-supported assassination to suppress war dissent.
King’s family and Mr. Pepper allege that Dr. King’s speech calling upon America to end the Vietnam War, Beyond Vietnam: A time to break silence, and his plan for a 500,000 camp-in for Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1968 were a threat to dominant and fascist political factions within US government.
Along with arranging for the assassination, CIA and military disclosure confirm that corporate media collude with political “leadership” to disinform the American public on strategic military, policy, and economic issues. This answers the question why corporate media have not covered the civil trial and verdict for MLK’s assassination. For comparison, please consider the media circus over O.J. Simpson’s trials.
“For a quarter of a century, Bill Pepper conducted an independent investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He opened his files to our family, encouraged us to speak with the witnesses, and represented our family in the civil trial against the conspirators. The jury affirmed his findings, providing our family with a long-sought sense of closure and peace, which had been denied by official disinformation and cover-ups. Now the findings of his exhaustive investigation and additional revelations from the trial are presented in the pages of this important book. We recommend it highly to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King’s assassination.” — Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s wife.
Hundreds of writers have documented US corporate media collusion with US government to disinform the American public with wars and supporting policy of fascism. Corporate media’s refusal to cover this trial and report upon it is a revealing case study.From The Examiner Martin Luther King’s family and his attorney, William F.... more
Stephen C. Neal was born in San Francisco on March 26, 1949. After graduating high school in 1966, he attended and graduated with an A.B. from Harvard University in 1970 at the age of 21. Graduating from Harvard in only three years, this young scholar early on demonstrated determination, drive, and a desire for excellence. These characteristics would be key factors in his later professional success.Stephen C. Neal was born in San Francisco on March 26, 1949. After graduating high... more