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An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (Updated) Updated Edition
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“Passionate, disturbing, and well-researched.” (Booklist )
“Within the first chapter, An Act of State presents enough circumstantial evidence to raise questions about Ray’s involvement as the sole assassin.” (Washington Post )
“We recommend this book to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King's assassination.” (Coretta Scott King )
“No one has done more than Dr William F. Pepper to keep alive the quest for truth concerning the violent death of Martin Luther King.” (Ramsey Clark, US Attorney General, 1967-69 )
About the Author
William F. Pepper is an English barrister and an American lawyer. He practices international human rights law from the US and from London, and has convened a seminar on international human rights at Oxford University. He has represented governments and heads of state, and has appeared as an expert on international law issues. He is the author of four other books and numerous articles.
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What this flawed but very important book reveals, based on 20 years of research by attorney Pepper, is the MO used in the '60s to eliminate an enemy of the Status Quo. Pepper's investigation determined that King was most likely killed by a hidden gunman who happened to be the Memphis police force's top marksman, and he in turn was backed up by Army Special Ops snipers posted on nearby buildings to "triangulate" the target. (Perhaps this sounds absurd --- please read the book.) A patsy, James Earl Ray, was framed to take the rap; the rifle he supposedly used was found to be woefully inaccurate, and bullets fired from it didn't match the one that killed King. Witnesses and peripheral participants in the crime were murdered. Evidence was lost or tampered with. Ray pleaded guilty on the advice of his lawyer, Percy Foreman, who had deep connections to the likely perpetrators of the assassination. A massive cover-up and disinfo campaign ensured that the public would discount any version of what happened in favor of the official myth.
Does any of this sound familiar?
John 8:32 Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The updated book is better than the original because it includes a post 9-11 Afterword.
So many people are going to consider this book to be a provocation, a conspiracy theory, revisionist, etc. I will start with three compelling reasons to take this seriously:
1. The author is a recognized barrister in England and lawyer in the US. His reputation is impeccable, and he is respected by heads of state and of international organizations concerned with human rights.
2. The author brought a civil suit in which it took the jury less than one hour of deliberation after all the facts had been laid out, to find for the plaintiffs (the King family survivors) and agree that the US Government was complicit in his murder.
3. The evidence of US Government complicity in crimes against humanity as well as high crimes and misdemeanors of all sorts, is now over-whelming within the non-fiction literature. Cover-ups are the norm.
Here are my flyleaf notes:
+ King was leading a coalition of peace and civil rights in 1967, one that expanded to address economic injustice and the rights of indigenous people's everywhere, but especially in Viet-Nam.Read more ›
The family has posted the transcript from the trial at their website, so you can follow-up and learn more after reading the book:
It is very important that everyone in the US and the world understands that it will be almost impossible for some lone-nut to kill Obama unless the Secret Service stands down.
Like the Kennedy conspiracy one learns more than one might like to know about how things really work in an incredibly imperfect world. No sacred cows here.
On a more optimistic note, especially moving in "An Act of State" is Mr. Pepper's insight into, and expression of, all that Martin Luther King stood for and believed in. And yes, Mr. King's dream does live on in each of us who internalized it, as Mr. Pepper prosaically notes in the afterword.
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No no no nono nono nono nono nono! There are much better books and DVDs on this subject about what really happened please don't waste your money on this piece of garbage!Published 26 days ago by THE BOOGEYMAN
any and everyone who is interested in history period should read this book, it corrects what we've been taught i school and still be taught about who killed martin luther king,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dejalomo Cozier
Pepper's writing is great.
The book is presented more as an unfolding investigation and is highly readable. Read more
This book provides new perspectives on events surrounding this murder.Published 10 months ago by Raymond Sean Walters