Written 825 pm Feb 8, 1991 by ihandler in cdpnfd.ifeatures Insight Features, 291 Book Revi

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----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Written 8:25 pm Feb 8, 1991 by ihandler in cdp:nfd.ifeatures Insight Features, 2/91 Book Review / 450 Words Book Points To Intelligence Networks: Was ML King Killed for his Antiwar Politics? By Vernon Elliott Insight Features Members of the U.S. intelligence community may have been involved in some capacity in the assassination of civil right leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That is the message of a recent book by Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU) professor Philip H. Melanson. In The Murkin Conspiracy: An Investigation into the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Melanson argues that James Earl Ray was not a :lone assassin." Rather, he says, there "was a much more sophisticated conspiracy executed by persons possessing the kind of expertise generally found within intelligence circles." Through extensive research, interviews, and intelligence documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Melanson asserts that Ray had assistance before and after the assassination "in terms of getting a cover identity, having help from a lot of people who seem to play very brief and separate roles, such as couriers, people who gave him information a kind of network." One of the more important issues Melanson investigates is Ray's use of four aliases, all of which, coincidentally, lived in the Toronto area and resembled Ray physically. The House Select Committee on Assassinations, while acknowledging the "unbelievable nature of the coincidences involved", concluded that Ray either randomly selected the names from the phone book, or obtained them through a criminal information network, a judgement Melanson considers unreasonable. Of particular interest concerning Ray's use of aliases was the name "Eric Starvo Galt," whom Melanson later discovered was actually a marksman that had worked on classified U.S. defense projects. Ray's access to this name for use an alias, according to Melanson, strongly suggests the possibility that he had assistance from individuals within the U.S. government. Melanson argues that a possible motive for killing King was his turn toward the antiwar movement. King "had planned an agenda for the springin which he was assassinatedto combine antiwar politics and the politics of poverty in these massive demonstrations. Also, memos kept describing (King) as an extremely critical problem for the security of the United States and talked about `countermeasures' in the FBI and CIA files." Melanson said that he elected to investigate the case because the official conclusions were "preposterous." He remarks that the committee's investigation failed to interview crucial witnesses and investigators, that their judgement was based on inconclusive forensic evidence and contradictory testimony, and that the committee "narrowly looked at the FBI, and never looked at the intelligence community more broadly." Melanson also criticizes the committee's 50-year ban on public access to documents relating to the case, suggesting the possibility of a coverup. -- 30 -- End of text from cdp:nfd.ifeatures Source: Peacenet Via New York Transfer News 718-448-2358, 718-448-2683 --- [ This file has travelled through the Socialism OnLine! BBS at +1-719-392-7781, 24 hours, 300-9600 bps HST/MNP/V42bis, on its way to you, the reader of this file. Please share any information you have about "big brother." Venceremos! ]

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