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    Saturday
    Apr132019

    The Arrest of Julian Assange, Show Trials, and the Road to Totalitarianism  

    Embedded in the video below are snippets from two podcast episodes which explore the case of Julian Assange: the April 11, 2019 Liberty Report and the April 7, 2019 Sunday Wire.   In the Liberty Report, Daniel McAdams and Dr. Ron Paul discuss the ways they anticipate that U.S government will be gunning for Assange in the expected “show trail” that will follow his arrest.  They remind listeners of the importance of the First Amendment and speaking up against the state while you still can.  In the Sunday Wire, host Patrick Henningsen interviews the Editor-in-Chief of Consortium News, Joe Lauria.  Though this interview took place several days before the arrest of Assange, Lauria gives a thorough breakdown of Assange’s legal dilemma and reviews the series of events that have led up this predicament.  Lauria states:

    The vast majority of the public is not plugged into this story – if they understood simple principle here: that Assange is on their side, not on the side of the state.  He’s on the side of the people knowing what people in the state are doing secretly that are criminal activities, corruption, and certainly hurts the interest of the vast majority of the American people. He’s doing the job journalism is supposed to do, which is to defend the people against government malfeasance, and mispractice, and crimes, and corruption.  The establishment media is not doing nearly a good enough job exposing that because they have become succumbed to partisan point of views which they’re not supposed to have as journalists – they’re supposed to be independent and protect the people against the government and they’re not doing that. Assange is doing that.  Somehow the people have to be made to understand that, and they could come forward and defend him and put pressure on governments. 

    Thursday
    Apr042019

    Vanessa Beeley on Syrian War Propaganda, The Veto, and War Crimes

    21st Century Wire Executive Editor and Founder Patrick Henningsen interviews journalist Vanessa Beeley on the Sunday Wire podcast.  The audio excerpts in the above video are from the March 31, 2019 episode on the war in Syria, the White Helmets, and film that Ms. Beeley has made with Rafiq Lutf called The Veto: Exposing CNN, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, Western Media Propaganda War in Syria.  Ms. Beeley raises the point that many children who have been filmed with the White Helmets are still missing, and that an independent inquiry which investigates the testimony against the White Helmets into the possibility of them facilitating organ harvesting should be launched.   Additionally, Ms. Beeley talks about the increased militarization of emergency rescue operations and first response units, the White Helmets as a “global franchise,” and implications of the collapse and exposition of the White Helmet construct, namely how such an exposition would undermine the validity of those institutions that have called for the war against Syria.  Lastly, Mr. Henningsen and Ms. Beeley speak about the lack of accountability by western media news networks to own up to their lies, cover-ups, and omissions regarding their reporting on the lead up to the war in Syria.   

    Saturday
    Mar102018

    The Farce of the White Helmets and Humanitarianism as a Pretense for Military Intervention

    The opening of our new naval base in Bahrain in the next few years will, quite literally, cement the Royal Navy’s commitment to the Gulf.  It will also enable us to reach further East. Every major financial centre in Asia-Pacific is on or near the coast. Every rising power in the region is investing in maritime power.  And as the economic pull of Asia-Pacific continues to grow, so too does our commitment to security in that region…  So the hard punch of military power is often delivered inside the kid glove of humanitarian relief or the mailed fist of maritime security. 

    -Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, at the Lord Mayor of London’s annual Defense and Security lecture in Mansion House on 21 July 2016. (Sounds like a bunch of royal shit.)

    From where, you ask, hast come this war?
    We’ve spun in it out of lies.
    And what of the fate of man on Earth?
    We hurl toward our demise.

    -Walter Lloyd Waterson, Journals of Late-Victorian European Military Expeditions: from the Pyrenees to Lower Saxony

     

    [Preface/Aside:  Most of the following transcript has been transcribed from the February 7, 2018 Liberty Report episode titled, “The NGOs Pushing a New War. With Guest Vanessa Beeley.”  I thought I was clever in devising a new method of transcription which involved me using the dictation function on my computer, listening to the audio of the podcast on my phone, and then dictating the interview to the computer. (Previously I would always transcribe audio by typing what I was listening to.) This method worked mediocrely (there were plenty of dictated typos which had to be corrected), but took much longer than I thought.   I did not “transcribe” the Liberty Report show in full – I stopped about 85% of the way in.] 

    The issue of the true nature of the White Helmets is important on several levels.  Although they are a relatively unknown organization (I’d wager that over 90% of Americans don’t even know that there is an organization called the White Helmets) and may or may not present a threat to a small fraction of the global population (“Why bother to waste your time on researching them if they’re harmless, praised as heroes, and confined to the tiny country of Syria?”), if allegations that they are a front for terrorists and murderers are true, then the White Helmets are symptomatic of far greater, more tenacious and nefarious threats which relate to pretexts for wars, mainstream media and Hollywood propaganda campaigns, and the brainwashing of millions of people into thinking that possible criminals and murderers are heroes.  If ostensible search-and-recuse organizations are able to galvanize interventionist military and regime change operations on the basis of humanitarianism, not only will such interventions result in the senseless deaths of myriad people, but these conflicts will invariably broaden and spiral out of control, and in the worst case scenarios evolve into nuclear weapons crises and possibly nuclear war.  As disturbing as propaganda-based pretexts for military intervention and the ensuing potential for nuclear war are, I am somehow (and this may be disturbing in its own right) less irritated by that than the latter of the aforementioned reasons why it is important to search for the truth on matters related to duplicitous entities: that men and woman who are actually performing evil deeds will not only get away with them, but will be lionized and praised by the public and often rewarded by financial institutions for their apparently heroic actions and seemingly pacifist inclinations, and business will proceed as usual.  If the White Helmets truly are a comprised of murderous sociopaths whom collaborate with fanatical terrorist organizations, and instead of being exposed and reprimanded they are glorified, venerated, and cheered-on by the public, then this speaks to a larger, ongoing societal dilemma of lionizing wolves in sheep’s clothing and being hoodwinked into thinking that bad people are actually good people.  Yet if the White Helmets are not the selfless volunteers they claim to be, and they are exposed as terrorists, then there is a chance that other inveterately evil entities engaged in similar charlatanism (those pushing for war, overthrowing democratically elected governments, facilitating weapons sales, ordering drone and missile strikes, supporting proxy-wars in which civilians are slaughtered, crafting secret torture and rendition programs, aiding terrorists, and occupying foreign lands – all to the mirth of weapons corporations and the military-industrial-complex) may also be called out and revealed, and perhaps eventually come toppling down, leading to a general subsiding of human madness in the world, which would in turn become a safer place for all creatures to live.

                Because mainstream and progressive news organizations fail to report with any critical analysis on the questionable activity of the white Helmets, we are left to rely on independent journalists like Vanessa Beeley and independent news programs like the Corbett Report and the Liberty Report, and even the frank opinions of the humorous Syrian citizen who goes by Treka, all of whom are included in the videos embedded below, to cobble together a more comprehensive overview of the supposed truth.  The below text excerpts are from a Corbett Report piece (which I have copied and pasted from 21st CenturyWire) titled, 'The White Helmets Are a Propaganda Construct,' as well as the Vanessa Beeley Liberty Report interview (which I have transcribed myself by dictating the interview to my computer).   The point that Corbett makes about the humanitarian-rescue model as “template” to be applied in other countries is crucial to understanding where the White Helmets fit into the bigger picture.  Vanessa Beeley commentary about this topic follows the Corbett Report excerpts.

    Excerpts from the Corbett Report:

    In the end, the point is no more that we should uncritically accept every statement made in opposition to the White Helmets than that we should uncritically accept every statement made in their favour. The point is that in a world where people were concerned about the real truth of the matter we would not be forced to rely on the on-the-ground reports of Beeley, Bartlett and the handful of other independent journalists who actually bother to visit Syria and talk to actual Syrians about what is happening in their country. In such a world, there would be many different journalists, researchers and citizens all trying to get to the bottom of what was really happening in the country.  But we do not live in such a world, and one thing is perfectly clear: we cannot rely on outlets like The Guardian and their fellow travelers like BBC News, Channel 4, CNN and other mainstream establishment outlets to report the truth on these matters.

    But the issue here is not merely one of PR and propaganda, as appalling as the uncritical reporting about the White Helmets has been. What is worrying is that the so-called Syrian Civil Defense is, as we have seen, not Syrian at all. Founded, funded and promoted by foreign governments, foreign contractors and foreign lobbyists and PR agencies, the White Helmets are not a spontaneous Syrian search-and-rescue operation, but a template. A template that, if successful, can and will be employed anywhere and everywhere that those same foreign powers want to destabilize targeted governments in the future.

    But I think what is interesting, why is this organization being protected to such an extent? I think it’s because the imperialist apparatus is defending the concept. We’ve already seen [White Helmets founder] James Le Mesurier recruiting in Brazil. We know that the White Helmets have appeared in Malaysia and in Venezuela, and in the Philippines. So you know, because this went through my head so many times, these are only 3,000 criminals and thugs that have emerged from the terrorist ranks or the Free Syrian Army “moderate extremist” ranks to become the White Helmets in order to continue to get paid doing the same job but under a different auspice.  Why are they being so heavily protected? But I think it’s more to do with the concept. It’s more to do with the importance of this concept going forward. As James Le Mesurier said very recently, who would you trust more than the fire brigade or a first response NGO? There you have it. That’s the key to why this group is so important.

     

    Daniel McAdams: You had a piece recently in 21st Century Wire about this new film glorifying the white helmets, the so-called “Syrian Civil Defense.”  Why don’t you let us know a little bit about what you wrote about, what the controversy is, and where you see things right now.

    Vanessa Beeley:  I think it’s important to break this down into two parts as I did with the articles myself.  First of all you’re quite right, this is another film like the Netflix White Helmets documentary that is showcasing this organization, and as you say promoting the fraudulently named Syrian Civil Defense - because there’s an existing Syrian Civil Defense that was established in Syria in 1953 - that’s number one.  But it’s also actually glorifying, or let’s say whitewashing at the very least the role of  Nusra Front in East Aleppo. Throughout this film as I’ve described in the article that I’ve just written reviewing or critiquing the film… throughout this movie the role of Nusra Front and associated terrorist entities who were occupying the areas of East Aleppo four and a half years, incarcerating Syrian civilians, using them as hostages, human shields, imprisoning them,  crucifying them according to civilian testimony particularly from children who had to witness these atrocities.  According to Last Men in Aleppo, Nusra Front don’t exist, the terrorist entities don’t exist, they’re never described, they’re never talked about.  The only criminal described by Last Men in Aleppo is of course the Syrian government and its allies, despite the fact that when I actually went to East Aleppo -  January this year -  I walked around the area where this film was made predominantly which was in Al Insari district of East Aleppo where the White Helmets Center featured in the movie is located.  And I’ve actually produced a film myself showing that that White Helmet Center is next door first of all, to the Nusra Front Center in that district of East Aleppo, right next to Abu Amara, which was another terrorist brigade -  actually the security agents for Nusra Front. There’s the usual graffiti showing the ISIS flag, showing the Free Syrian Army – so-called moderate extremist – flag  in the surrounding buildings to the White Helmets Center.  But then more importantly almost, if you walk from the White Helmet Center featured in Last Men in Aleppo, about 200 meters down the road you arrive at the Al Mashad Circle or area where in fact Nour Al Din Zenki - extremist organization supported by the United States government - beheaded the 12-year-old Palestinian child Abdullah Issa in July, 2016


    But then if we move onto the second part of my article series, what I’ve done is to delve into those who are enabling, processing, producing both of these movies on the White Helmets.   This comes to an organization called Doc Society, what used to be called BRITDOC.   This organization is responsible for the production of a huge variety of documentaries showcasing geopolitical events from a particular perspective.  But in the case of the White Helmets we’ve seen the Netflix documentary now Last Men in Aleppo that had, without question, lobbied for, advocated, and endorsed this organization without ever addressing the multitude of accusations being levied against  this organization – predominately by the Syrian civilians who have lived under their occupation and have described them as Nusra Front Civil Defense, but also evidence that’s been produced through their own video footage and the video footage coming from the Nusra Front  and affiliated organizations described in western media as “moderate rebels,  freedom  bringers,  democracy supporters etc.”   And so this organization Doc Society, which followed the whole process of the promotion in the production of these films, their founding partner is Channel 4, one of their major partners is the BBC, the Bertha Foundation, and Sundance Institute which most people in the United States were recognize as being Robert Redford’s organization.   Now these organizations have therefore been instrumental in this lionization of this organization, and fundamentally the white washing of the connections and affiliations to extremist groups inside Syria.

    DM: You know it’s interesting especially looking through your most recent article: there’s such a tangled web of NGOs and pseudo-NGOs, there’s this foundation in that foundation, is this by design and who’s really behind it?  I noticed you point out that the Sundance Foundation does have Open Society money this must be a massive operation why do you think they’re doing it?

    VB:   I’ve been considering this for a long time: why is the White Helmets as an organization being so dramatically defended and protected by these organizations -  by corporate and state-sanctioned media outlets,  by NATO- aligned NGOs including the UN,  and actually probably what will come up in the third part of the series is the Sundance connections,  not only to Open Socity Foundations, but Sundance sort of handed the baton over to an organization called Grasshopper Film, which is part of Grasshopper Global.  Now Grasshopper Global has clear connections to the UN Foundation, also to Walt Disney, I hasten to add.  But the UN Foundation, again, having done my research, that leads me actually directly back to the Clintons – to Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and their foundation, to the Clinton Global Initiative.   So it’s very clear to me that the White Helmets is not just the 3,000 volunteers inside Syria that come from extremists and terrorist organizations themselves.  This is a concept, and it’s a concept that I believe will be repeated globally.   We’ve seen James Le Mesurier, the creator of the White Helmets, recently recruiting for the intermediary that acts as a sort of conduit for the British government funds to go to the White Helmets, and that organization is called Mayday Rescue.  He was recently in Brazil, for example, recruiting for Mayday Rescue, so we know that was potential of them establishing a similar organization in Brazil.  We know that they’ve appeared in Venezuela, we know that they’ve appeared in Indonesia, and in the Philippines.  So were seeing the creation of a construct which is recognized to be a phony first response organization, but which is portrayed as a real first response organization, and as James Le Mesurier said, will gain the trust of the societies into which has been introduced.  So the construct is I believe it’s very important for the imperialist machine.

    DM:  Well, James Le Mesurier himself is a spook, isn’t he, isn’t that his background?  Sorry to be so crude about it but here’s a guy, he’s a spook, and it looks like what he’s coming up with is really Regime Change 3.0.  We saw very early on, we saw the Color Revolutions, and then we had to turn up a notch where you develop things like Otpor! for Serbia and the other various closed-fist organizations they trotted in Belarus and elsewhere, and now this seems to be a new iteration, it gets, unfortunately, more and more violent with each one. Am I right, is this sort of a new way to do regime change? 

    VB:   Absolutely.  I think it was the British first Sea Lord who said very recently that in future conflicts – we’ve heard about hybrid wars, we’ve heard about multi-spectrum wars, etc. -  but he made it very clear statement that in the future the military aspect of conflict is going to be... the military punch will be in the velvet glove of humanitarian organizations, he said it slightly differently but that’s pretty much what he was saying.  And you’re quite right about James Le Mesurier who has been present in most interventions arenas.   But let’s look at the parallels between also the KLA, for example, morphing to get Kosovo Security Core.  Now,  James Le Mesurier was definitely, to my knowledge and from his fairly shady, shadowy bios, was definitely present during that NATO intervention, for example.  I think we’re just seeing the development of that concept  to how it is now.   Also, interestingly, when I was in Syria this time and I was investigating the propaganda from day one, so from 2011 to 2013,  initially it was carried-out by the mainstream media itself,  i.e. CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, etc.  Then there started to be rumbles around 2013 when actually the terrorists carried out the first chemical weapons attack against the Syrian army and civilians in Khan al-Assal in March, 2013, which coincided with the Russian and Chinese vetoes on Syria, and with the creation of the White Helmets.   So for me what the media did at this point, knowing that they were probably going to be producing the chemical weapons false flags – they created the White Helmets and other embedded Al Qaeda affiliated media activists and journalists in order to provide a sort of plausible deniability for the media in using that propaganda.  

    DM:   It’s chilling and it really is kind of the marriage between the neocons who loves violent conflict overseas in the so-called humanitarianists,  and that brings in the Clinton Foundation.   This kind of thing has Hillary’s hands all over it.  It’s Hillary who weaponized the State Department and turned it into a regime change vehicle, she was a driving force behind the Libya liberation,  and she was heavily involved early on in Syria.  So this really has a mark of an unholy alliance between these two factions.

     VB:   Absolutely, and actually Clinton, as you pointed out quite rightly has her fingers in almost every one of these organizations either directly or indirectly.  I would need to go back through my research, but I believe she was involved in the Democracy Council, which in turn set up an organization called ACU, and ACU is another one of these organizations that is effectively siphoning money into the White Helmets, and into the local councils, into the Free Syrian Police, etc.

    DM:   Attacking the White Helmets is akin to attacking some sort of sacred relic – you take a lot of heat for attacking the White Helmets, yet you have so much evidence that they’re involved with people who were supposed to be against, supposed to be at war with… 

    VB:  It’s an extraordinary degree of stonewalling that goes on if anybody even raises questions about the White Helmets, and apparently that also happens if you raise questions about them in parliament itself.   Baroness Caroline Cox has been raising some very pertinent questions, for example, in the House of Lords and the responses have been at the very least obfuscating the financing of this organization, which has been basically coming from taxpayer funds within the Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund that has been putting around 200 million in the last three years into what is euphemistically called the Syrian opposition.  The recent article in the Guardian attacking those who are exposing the White Helmets as being no more than Russian trolls and agents -  I’m almost speechless in trying to describe how poorly researched this article was.  Eva Bartlett has done an extraordinarily good deconstruction of that article I would recommend reading it.   For example, yesterday the same author Olivia Solon who’s based in San Francisco -  never been to Syria to my knowledge and is a technology expert – in fact she was tweeting out about vegan dog and cat food the other day – she basically wrote another article yesterday and she’s put her twitter account again under protected status, but she wrote an article yesterday is accusing Russia of hacking the Oscars. 

    DM:   The thing that makes me the most frustrated is how just a second of reflection would seem to undermine the whole issue of something like the White Helmets.  Okay this is a story:  here’s a bunch guys, thy dress up, they put on helmets, and they rescue people that are stuck in bombed-out places.   Okay, that sounds great - a bunch of volunteers running around and rescuing people - why do they need a several-hundred-million-dollar budget?   I don’t get, are they driving around in Rolls-Royces?  Why do they need this much money?

    VB:  Let me give me an indication now, because one of the things I investigated this last trip to Syria was the accounts of the real Syria Civil Defense that are actually operating in over 80% of the inhabited areas of Syria.   So they’re serving 80% of Syrian civilians, when you bear in mind that probably 7 million internally displaced people are gravitating toward those areas that are government-secured.  The real Syria Civil Defense has almost exactly the same number of volunteers as the White Helmets claims to have.  It has an annual operating budget of $1.5 million.   The White Helmets has an operating budget, according to their job descriptions, of $35 million.  Now, this is just grotesque because the real Syria Civil Defense are actually doing the job at the White Helmets claim to be doing, they’re having their names stolen, they’re being targeted by the terrorists the White Helmets are working with.  I visited the real Syria Civil Defense depot in Aleppo and heard how the terrorists that the White Helmets were embedded with were targeting that center over ten times a day with mortars, with snipers.  Many of their crew members were assassinated, and if were talking about double tap, what they told me is that they would get called out to a terrorist attack on the civilians in West Aleppo, and then when they got there the terrorists would then target them as soon as they arrived.  What we should actually be seeing in western media is a complete inverse of what we’re seeing.  The double tap technology which they are constantly accusing the Syrian government of carrying-out against what are effectively terrorist organizations in Idlib - probably the biggest pocket of terrorism left inside Syria right now – there is double tap, those chemical weapons attacks are being carried out against the Syrian Arab Army and against the genuine authentic Syria Civil Defense.

    Tuesday
    Feb062018

    Alan Watts on Money and the Stock Market

    The following excerpts are from the The Veil of Thoughts, an Alan Watts lecture which explores how ideological and economic abstractions impact humanity, the natural world, and ourselves.  I’ve transcribed the first part of the lecture, in which Watts talks about money, the Great Depression, and the stupidity of American congressmen.  For the sake of adding some color to this entry, I've included three triptychs painted over 500 years ago by the incredible Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch.

    Triptych of the Temptation of St. Anthony, Hieronymus Bosch

    The subject of this seminar is The Veil of Thoughts, and following out the theme that somebody once suggested by saying that thought is a means of concealing truth, despite that fact that it’s an extraordinarily useful faculty.   But in quite recent weeks we’ve have an astounding example of the way mankind can be bamboozled by thoughts.  There was a crisis about gold, and the confusion of money in any form whatsoever with wealth is one of the major problems from which civilization is suffering.  Because way back in our development, when we first began to use symbols to represent the event of the physical world, we found this such an ingenious device that we became completely fascinated with it, and in ever so many different dimensions of life, we are living in state of total confusion between symbol and reality.  And the real reason why in our world today where there is no technical reason whatsoever why there should be any poverty at all; the reason it still exists is people keep asking the question, “Where’s the money going to come from?”  Not realizing that money doesn’t come from anywhere and never did, except if you thought it was gold.  And then of course if to increase the supply of gold and use that to finance all the world’s commerce – prosperity would depend not upon finding new processes for growing food in vast quantities, or getting nutrition out of the ocean, or getting water from atomic energy – no, it depends on discovering a new gold mine, and you can see what a nonsensical state of affairs that is, because when gold is used for money it becomes, in fact, useless. Gold is very useful metal if filling teeth, making jewelry, and maybe covering the dome of the capitol in Washington.  But the moment it is locked up in vaults in the form of ingots it becomes completely useless.  It becomes a false security; something that people cling to like and idol, like a belief in some kind of “Big Daddy Oh God” with whiskers who lives above the clouds.  And all that kind of thing diverts our attention from reality, and we go through all sorts of weird rituals; and the symbol, in other words, gets in the way of practical life…

    The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch

    Do you remember the Great Depression?  When one day everybody was doing business and things were going along pretty well, and the next day there were breadlines.  It was like someone came to work and they said to him, “Sorry, chum, but you can’t build today.  No building can go on, we don’t have enough inches.”   He said, “What do mean we don’t have enough inches?  We’ve got wood haven’t we?  We’ve got metal, we’ve even got tape measures!”  He said, “Yeah, but you don’t’ understand the business world, we just haven’t got enough inches – just plain inches – we’ve used too much of them.”  And that’s exactly what happened when we had the depression, because money is something of the same order of reality as inches, grams, meters, pounds, or lines of latitude or longitude.  It is an abstraction.  It is a method of bookkeeping to obviate the cumbersome procedures of barter.  But our culture, our civilization is entirely hung up on the notion that money has an independent reality of its own.  And this is a very striking, concrete example of what I’m going to talk about.  Of the way we are bamboozled by our thoughts, which are symbols, and what we can do to become unbamboozled, because it’s a very serious state of affairs.  Most of our political squabbles are entirely the result of being bamboozled by thinking, and it is to be noted that as time goes on the matters about which we fight with each other are increasingly abstract.  The wars fought about abstract problems get worse and worse.  We are thinking about vast abstractions – ideologies called communism, capitalism, all these systems, and paying less and less attention to the world of physical reality, to the world of Earth and trees and waters and people, and so are, in the name of all sorts of abstractions, busy destroying our natural environment.  Wildlife for example is having a terrible problem continuing to exist alongside human beings.  Another example of this fantastic confusion is that not so long ago the Congress voted a law imposing stern penalties upon anyone who should presume to burn the American flag.  And they put this law through with a great amount of patriot oratory and the quoting of poems and so on about Old Glory, ignoring the fact entirely that these same Congressmen, by acts commission or omission, are burning up that for which the flag stands.  They are allowing the utter pollution of our waters, of our atmosphere, the devastation of our forests and the increasing power of the bulldozer to bring about a ghastly fulfillment of the biblical prophecy that every valley should be exalted, every mountain laid low and the rough places plain.  But you see, they don’t see, they don’t notice the difference between the flag and the country, or as Korzybski pointed out, “the difference between the map and the territory."

     

    The Last Judgment, Hieronymus Bosch

    The Veil of Thoughts

    Tuesday
    Jan302018

    The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King – Lingering Questions and Lines that Won’t Be Crossed

    Then, Martin was killed on April 4, 1968, but not by a gunshot wound that was fired from the bushes.  He was hit by a bullet fired by the best shot on the Memphis police force name Frank Strausser, who still is alive, who had lunch with me, but he wouldn’t eat…  And then the final straw:  Martin King was not killed by that bullet but he was seriously wounded, gravely wounded, and might have died but he was alive on the operating table in the emergency room when the head of neurosurgery, Dr. Breen Bland, came in with two men in suits and said to the operating working team: “Stop working on that nigger and let him die, and now get out of here.”  And he threw them all out of the room.  And as they were leaving the room the surgical nurse, who is the last one out, heard them gather up some spit in their mouths - that caught her attention.  She turned around and she saw the three men spit on the body of Martin King, and then she saw Dr. Bland take a pillow and suffocate him - put it over his face and deny him life at that point.  So Martin King was killed in the emergency room of St. Joseph’s Hospital, though he might have died from the bullet wound, but he was still alive at that point in time. 

                                                                                                                                -Dr. William Francis Pepper, Attorney for the family of Martin Luther King, Jr.

     

     

    Several years ago I came across a collection of audio files of the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  After listening to these speeches (some over and over again), I realized that what I had been taught in school and thought I knew about the philosophies, spiritual beliefs, and political positions of Dr. King were but a small fraction of his overall perspectives.  The audio files provided thorough insight into the mind of Reverend King, whose message of brotherhood, love, and freedom was much more revolutionary (e.g. Beyond Vietnam), visionary, and imperative that I had previously known.  I tried to distribute these speeches and sermons by burning them as MP3 files onto discs and giving them away, as well as uploading them to make available as Google Drive files available for public download.  While I still listen to the files of Dr. King, somewhere along the way I lost my vigor to disseminate his message.  (I had also come across other audio files of men I respect, and had tried to distribute those as well.  I would joke to my friends that sometimes I’d be driving along in my car and would imagine that Alan Watts, Carl Sagan, Ron Paul, and Dr. Martin Luther King were in my car too, and we’d all just be goofing around.)

    The result of listening to all those speeches and sermons was that I developed a deep reverence for Martin Luther King, Jr.  Like many people, I came to respect him and wished that he would had never had been assassinated (if he were still alive he would be 86 years-old today).  Like many people, I did some cursory research into his assassination and learned out that the official story – that a lone gunman, James Earl Ray, was solely responsible for the death of Martin Luther King – had some holes in it, but that any attempt to bring the probable truth of this matter (that men in agencies of the American government killed him) to light was hopeless.

    Then last week I was driving to work and listening to Guns and Butter, a radio program on the ever-important publically-funded radio station KPFA.  The program, called Political Assassinations and the Criminal Justice System, featured a lecture that Dr. King’s family attorney had given at a conference last year.  The attorney, Dr. William F. Pepper, represented Dr. King’s family in the 1999 King v. Jowers trial, a wrongful death civil action which lasted for four weeks, and at the end of which the jury found that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat, and that Jowers and government agencies assassinated Dr. King.  After the trail, the wife of MLK, Coretta Scott King, said:

    There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court's unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a swift verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation. The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. I want to make it clear that my family has no interest in retribution. Instead, our sole concern has been that the full truth of the assassination has been revealed and adjudicated in a court of law.

    In the lecture, Dr. Pepper (author of The Plot to Kill King) describes what he believes occurred after Dr. King was shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel and thereafter taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Memphis.  Instead of doctors failing to successfully resuscitate Dr. King after having opened his chest, which is the official story, Dr. Pepper contends that Martin Luther King’s operation was interrupted by the head of neurosurgery, Dr. Breen Bland, who entered the room with two men in suits.  Dr. Pepper describes the death of MLK as such:

    And then the final straw:  Martin King was not killed by that bullet but he was seriously wounded, gravely wounded,  and might have died but he was alive on the operating table in the emergency room when the head of neurosurgery,  Dr. Breen Bland, came in with two men in suits and said to the operating working team, “Stop working on that nigger and let him die, and now get out of here.”  And he threw them all out of the room.  And as they were leaving the room the surgical nurse, who is the last one out, heard them gather up some spit in their mouths - that caught her attention.  She turned around and she saw the three men spit on the body of Martin King, and then she saw Dr. Bland take a pillow and suffocate him - put it over his face and deny him life at that point.  So Martin King with killed in the emergency room of St. Joseph’s Hospital, though he might have died from the bullet wound, but he was still alive at that point in time.

    I realize that it’s heresy to question our government and mainstream media opinions in this day and age, and I recognize the dangerous slide toward irrationality exhibited by those that wholeheartedly give themselves over to conspiracy theories, so I won’t go down a road that I’m unfamiliar with and call bullshit on the government’s version of MLK’s assassination until I learn more about it.  Yet, if there was a conspiracy, Dr. Pepper give his two-cents as to how and why American news networks may have swept it under the rug:

    Carl Bernstein… back in 78’ did a Rolling Stone piece which indicated that the publishing might of the Central Intelligence Agency will make sure that these cases are not brought forward, they are not heard.  So that is the reality on the media side.  It’s not just mainstream media, it’s progressive media as well.  Democracy Now, Amy Goodman, people like Noam Chomsky will not deal with these political assassinations, neither will they deal, of course, with 9/11 to the extent that they should deal with them, they just simply don’t.  And why is that?  Well, funding comes from the Ford Foundation, which has been a CIA channel for a very long time, or Bill Moyers’ entity.  And there’s a line that they don’t cross, and they won’t cross.  I’ve come to believe that these are not bad people because a lot of the stuff they put out there that is stuff the American people should know about, and it’s good and it’s useful…

    In addition to listening to the Guns and Butter lecture linked above, I would encourage you to listen to this 'Corbett Report' interview with Willaim F. Pepper: