- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Verso; Updated edition (April 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844672859
- ISBN-13: 978-1844672851
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8 inches
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An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King Paperback – April 17, 2008
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“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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The Memphis civil trial in 1999 is discussed in detail, as well as the corporate media's refusal to cover the event. That is, until the jury ruled that there was a conspiracy involving organized crime, the Memphis police and Military intelligence. Then the media went into overdrive to attack the King family as deluded conspiracy wackos. Gerald Posner was trotted out to do his usual disinformation show. Pepper analyzes Posner's book, KILLING THE DREAM, and its over-reliance on official denials and government documents, rather than actually interviewing real witnesses. Posner is notorious for misrepresenting evidence (as in CASE CLOSED, on the JFK assassination) and just outright lying. Loyd Jowers' lawyer Lewis Garrison wanted Posner to be an expert witness at the civil trial, but he chose not to put himself under oath.
Pepper also dissects the Justice Department's 2000 report essentially ignoring all the evidence from the civil trial and reaffirming the official story. This outcome shouldn't have surprised anyone. The official trial transcript (published as THE 13TH JUROR) is a must-read.
Surprisingly, there isn't much here about J. Edgar Hoover. I also have my problems with witnesses like Dan Marvin, Beverly Oliver and Madeleine Brown (all of whom turn up in the JFK case, where their stories are also hard to swallow). But the case for conspiracy (both MLK and JFK) does not depend on them.
I won't try to tie it in with JFK, but there are similarities and a couple of things that will remind you of that coup d'état.
This book seeks to provide actual evidence where possible, and corroborating testimony where possible, rather than just theories and "maybes". Most people in this country will not have heard this additional information. Most people in this country will not have known that there was a civil trial. Of course, most people in this country don't even know who was accused of killing King.
I disagree with some of the authors historical perspective on the swapping of religious power for economic over the ears of history, but I am no scholar, so that will just have to remain my opinion.
This book is much more than a "conspiracy theory" text. It should be regarded as historically important information that should be provided to all citizens.