Stop what you are doing.
If you don’t want to read, I’ll explain the key bullet points, but please read them afterwords:
This is not “we didn’t protect him enough.”
This is not “the government screwed up some random detail or accidentally let his killer loose.”
The 111th Military Intelligence had a team taking pictures of his balcony during the assassination.
They brought in a Special Forces 8-Man Sniper Team from the 20th.
Memphis Police withdrew their regular protection detail from him.
A jury of 12 people, six black and six white, found the United States Government guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.
YOUR GOVERNMENT. MY GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE, SHOT AND KILLED DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. And the media never reported the case.
MLK was ASSASSINATED. By a government YOU PAY FOR.
I hate those posts where someone tries to pressure you into reblogging. I almost never ask you to reblog.
This shit is important.
Reblog this. I don’t care what kind of blog you have. I don’t care what you normally talk about.
Not fucking surprised. I knew that the FBI was conducting a dedicated smear campaign against him and that anyone lobbying for Black civil rights was officially considered a communist sympathizer, therefore a threat to national security. MLK had just led / been part of the biggest civil rights march in history (where he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech); it makes a lot of sense that the government of the day would decide he was a threat to be “neutralized in any way possible”, as the line goes.
And it makes a lot of sense that the mainstream media wouldn’t report it when the government was found guilty. Does the mainstream media report anything prejudicial to the government as a whole? They do not. They report plenty of stuff prejudicial to individual politicians, and they print a fair number of op-ed pieces saying whatever their target audience thinks about current wars etc, but something huge like this? Something that would upset the “official” view of The Great And Awesome Progress Of Civil Rights As A Government-Supported Thing From The Emancipation Proclamation To The Present Via Martin Luther King To The First Black President? NOT ON YOUR TINTYPE.
Personally, my bullshit alarm started ringing at “enemies of freedom”. Also, Source 1 is Wikipedia, whose own sources don’t make the trial look very legit from what I can tell, and Source 3 and Source 5 are both from conspiracy-theorist sites.
Hm. I have no bullshit meter – like literally, none, it did not come factory default and the people I grew up with made very sure to install none beyond “believe all we tell you and nothing else”, and I haven’t figured out how to make my own yet because apparently everything catering to college-age and beyond assumes you know a reliable source when you see one :P – so I’m very much feeling my way on ANY “fact” I didn’t already know and a good many of the ones I thought I did. (*sarcasm* Did you know the Declaration of Independence is secretly Thomas Jefferson’s anarchist manifesto? *end sarcasm* That was literally straight out of my high school history textbook, no lie.)
The FBI/Communist stuff, I’m pretty sure of, as it was attested by both a liberal college history professor I know and the aforementioned history textbook (which usually got its facts about halfway right – as I know since I spent my four accidental gap years checking some of them – its take on people’s morality COMPLETELY wrong e.g. Lincoln was thoroughly disdained while the Pizarro brothers got modified rapture :P, and its politics so skewed you could origami them into a Klein bottle) to make completely different points? That’s, like, the only metric of “probably telling the truth” that I have yet. o_O So the rest sounded reasonable. And as aforementioned, I wouldn’t know an unreliable source if it gave me a black eye. :P
If you don’t mind my asking (if you do mind, fair enough), how did you figure out that no bullshit alarm at all was better than what they installed?
(See, my bullshit alarm works by comparing incoming information to a database of known bullshit*. The problem with using this method is that you need people** to help you compile the initial database; essentially, you need to trust some people as a prerequisite to learning who to trust. Which means there’s always a little worry in the back of my mind that I picked the wrong people to start with and how would I even know.)
*Some from my parents, most from my early-mid teens when I discovered the skeptical blogosphere, tempered with respect for people who are just going about their business with weird identities and aren’t doing anyone any harm.
**…oh god, I just realised that I didn’t notice when the Bronze Blog switched host sites in March. I just thought he hadn’t posted in ages. I don’t think I’ll even bother trying to catch up; I’ll just continue from here.