Posted February 10, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”
– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
For those who have interest in the stories of men or women who have experienced intimate contact with important events through history, the life story of William Pepper is one which rises to near the top of the list. Mr. Pepper’s time spent in Vietnam as an independent journalist, his close association with Martin Luther King (MLK), and his eventual involvement in the most consequential assassinations in American history are nothing less than fascinating.
The reason for writing about Mr. Pepper’s experiences is to let it be known that the official stories surrounding the deaths of MLK and Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) are lies. Both of these men were, at the time of their assassinations, on the verge of leading the American people in new directions that threatened the power of forces and interests – those who were determined to maintain the status-quo at such an intense level that they were willing to kill MLK and RFK.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of William Pepper’s life is the way he and MLK became associated. Mr. Pepper had some friends who knew people at the Reader’s Digest and other magazines who procured recommendation letters for him that allowed him to go to Vietnam. If these recommendation letters had not been available, Mr. Pepper may have never been able to go to Vietnam and see what he did, as well as take photos of war atrocities, which eventually had a profound effect on MLK.
If Mr. Pepper had not listened to advice discouraging him from traveling to Vietnamese leper villages to “see how the Vietnamese were treating the least among them”, he may have died in that effort, and would never have reported in the magazine that MLK subscribed to; the two men would have never met. As it turns out he listened to the warning over the trip to rate lepers’ treatment, and left Vietnam to head back to America.
When he returned to America, he began to write about his time in Vietnam and the atrocities he witnessed. His photos and writing became published in “Ramparts” magazine, a magazine that MLK subscribed to and regularly read. MLK contacted William Pepper, Pepper showed him the files of his Vietnam experience, and describes how MLK wept upon seeing the photos he had taken. Pepper describes an occasion where MLK hesitated when a friend put a plate of food on the table in front of him, the friend’s asking why he wasn’t eating, and MLK’s reply that “I cannot enjoy another meal until this (Vietnam) war has ended.”
Mr. Pepper notes that after seeing his photos from Vietnam, MLK would deliver more forceful speeches condemning the war and calling for its end. MLK received a great deal of public backlash from his anti-war speeches, as the people’s perceptions in America was one of support for the war in the days before the national mood changed dramatically. One could argue that because of the meeting of Pepper and MLK, the anti-war speeches were responsible for a significant change in public perception of the Vietnam War, and shortened the length of the fighting – the years spent in Vietnam.
Mr. Pepper comes to the conclusion that MLK was assassinated not for his opposition to the Vietnam War so much as his plans for the “Poor People’s March on Washington”. Pepper believes that the forces who ran America (who have run America for generations up until this day) foresaw a revolution coming which neither they nor MLK could control, so MLK had to die. The Poor People’s March was designed almost as an earlier version of the Occupy Wall Street tent cities many years later. The idea was for 500,000 or more people to camp in Washington, D.C. while demanding an end to the war and redirecting that funding to social spending to fight poverty.
He describes events that are very revealing, such as a quote from Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) about the ongoing war relayed to Pepper from a personal conversation, where his friend was told by LBJ, “I can’t pull out of Vietnam. My friends are making a lot of money”. He shares his experience with the editor of Look magazine, who wanted to publish his Vietnam story and photos. The editor and Pepper met to discuss the article when the editor told Pepper, “I had an interesting meeting about your article. Averill Harriman visited me some days ago and relayed a message from President Johnson. Johnson asks that you don’t publish anything by William Pepper”.
Pepper asked the Look editor what his response to Harriman was. The editor told Harriman that he would examine the information and publish if it was the truth. And to wish the president well. Pepper told this to the audience to illustrate that in today’s media world editors such as these are not found, and that consolidation of power in the media has led to complete control and blocking of stories like Pepper’s. No managing editor today will stand up for truthful journalism or the men and women who produce it.
Nine years after MLK’s assassination Pepper was contacted by Ralph Abernathy who requested his help to investigate the murder. Pepper read everything he could find on the case for months before interrogating James Earl Ray for 5 hours in 1978. He left the meeting with Ray believing he was not the shooter. He decided to become Ray’s defense lawyer, and it was tens years later that Pepper came to believe Ray was the government’s patsy.
After years of legal investigative work, HBO sponsored a dramatized trial in 1993. A real civil trial took place in 1999. That legal trial lasted 30 days and there were 70 witnesses. The jury made their decision. The trial involved the King family versus the defendant, the owner of Joe’s Grill across from the Lorraine Motel where MLK was assassinated. The jury’s verdict found that the owner of Joe’s Grill was 30% responsible for MLK’s death, and that the U.S. Government was 70% responsible.
No media organization reported on the 1999 civil trial.
William Pepper was then contacted by relatives of Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy. Mr. Pepper has investigated RFK’s murder and is certain that Sirhan was not the killer. Witnesses have come forward to testify that Sirhan was never behind RFK, so that rules out Sirhan as the killer – the three bullets that killed RFK entered his body from behind.
The bullet to the neck that killed RFK became substituted by another, an evidence fraud of historic dimension reminiscent of RFK’s older brother President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, where the president’s brain went missing.
There are far more many details which William Pepper shares with the world. Let me just say that Mr. Pepper is a walking history book. His description of historical events do not coincide with the history books that boys and girls in America’s classrooms read, however. Any man or woman who has a desire to know the true history of America would be well served by hearing William Pepper’s story. His revelations absolutely shock, amaze, astound, and disturb.
(Thank you to Joe Friendly at YouTube)