Witness To History. William Pepper.

Posted February 10, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.”

– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor 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)

Lumumba, Hammarskjold, JFK, King, RFK…

Patrice E. Lumumba; Congo prime minister, prem...
Patrice E. Lumumba; Congo prime minister, premier ministre congolais, kongolesischer Ministerpräsident (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 14, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy (JFK) was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Will Americans ever know who was behind the murder, and most importantly, will the American people ever know why JFK’s hopeful voice for humanity was brutally silenced?

Let me get as basic and simple as possible. JFK was killed and silenced because he studied philosophy.

Those of you who have studied philosophy enough to become changed in important ways understand what I am putting forward. For those who have no awareness of being moved through reading philosophical writings let me try to explain. I will first point out that I am not a person who could be considered an academic in the field of philosophy. I took an introductory philosophy course in college, have since read what the average curious man or woman would, and, like the average person, have experienced moments of what could be described as “significant change” in perceptions from philosophical writings.

I remember meeting a fellow from my hometown years later, who I sat with during that introductory class, and him asking “still reading philosophy?”. Since we only coincidentally signed up for the class, and never got into any deep discussions of philosophy or spent any time together as close friends (we were acquaintances), I simply answered, “it’s a life-long thing, philosophy”, and that was that.

I break the rule “never talk about religion or politics” all the time, because there is nothing else that really interests me. But, enough about my average person’s extent of delving into matters philosophical.

JFK, Dag Hammarskjold, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy (RFK) all studied philosophy. I am not certain about Congo’s first democratically elected Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, who was assassinated shortly after he was elected in 1961. One senses that Mr. Lumumba indeed was one who studied philosophy, because, well, he was assassinated. So, you are asking yourself, what is the point? Essentially these five very popular world leaders became personally involved in the war between good and evil.

As mentioned in past posts, Dag Hammarskjold was the second (thought after his death to have been the greatest) secretary-general of the United Nations. I believe that he was intentionally murdered in a plane crash on the way to the Congo to deal with warring and fighting there in 1961. The nation of the Congo is perhaps the wealthiest on Earth with regard to natural resources. Because Mr. Hammarskjold had an undergraduate degree in philosophy, he had decided to do what he could in his secretary-general role to obtain justice in the world, the Congo being that region where his efforts cost him his life.

Dag Hammarskjold was murdered because he was on the side of good in the world.

Patrice Lumumba was the first Prime Minister of newly independent Congo. He tried to do the right things for the people of his nation, things which did not coincide with those who were greatly interested in profits from extraction of the mineral wealth in that region. Because Mr. Lumumba wanted to do what was right and good for the people, it cost him his life in 1961.

JFK became president  in 1960 and witnessed the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba and Dag Hammarskjold, saying of Hammarskjold that he was,”the greatest statesman of our time”. One could say with close to certainty that JFK and Dag Hammarskjold had deep philosophical discussions which focused on creating a better world for all people, the end of war, and coöperation between all nations and peoples on Earth.

JFK was aware of who killed Patrice Lumumba and Dag Hammarskjold, and he opposed those persons with his decision to end involvement in the Vietnam War, at the same time opposing proposed action(s) in resource rich Africa and other continents. Fifty days before his death, JFK met in Washington, D.C. with Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, whose 1963 speech at the United Nations is considered the greatest UN speech ever delivered – deeply philosophical in nature. Talks between JFK and Selassie could have been a cause of concern, intensifying the urgency to remove JFK from power (see Hammarskjold, Lumumba), for those who wanted to profit from the rich natural resources in Africa. Kennedy would have ended “covert wars” which interfered directly with the sovereignty of nations whose lands possessed resources coveted by corporations.

Jesse Ventura points out that, instead of Lyndon Johnson’s (LBJ) first cabinet meeting after JFK’s murder and his assuming the office of president being about the economy, infrastructure, etc., his first meeting was completely focused on Vietnam, and weeks later the USA and LBJ escalated the Vietnam conflict. Over 50,000 American soldiers and millions of Vietnamese people died in the war.

I remember reading a book titled “Deadly Deceits” by Ralph McGehee, who was an intelligence officer in Vietnam whose job was determining “enemy” strength. His analyses continually showed up to 80% of the Vietnamese people behind Ho Chi Minh, while his conclusions were continually ignored by his superiors, despite McGehee’s anguish at the tremendous loss of life in that human tragedy of greatest proportion. McGehee summed up the geopolitical situation on Earth at the end of that book by writing, “multi-national corporations run the world”.

The Vietnam War is now seen by any reasonable person as a profound human catastrophe. Those who gained financially from that war faced opposition by JFK. My guess is that JFK was against killing innocent people anywhere on Earth, including Vietnam and the Congo, and he was going to fight and block what he had learned through his knowledge of philosophy as – evil.

Mr. Ventura points out that no American would have ever seen the infamous Abraham Zapruder film had Jim Garrison, the prosecutor portrayed by Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone’s film “JFK”, not issued a subpoena for his trial.

The attack in 1967, during the Israel-Egypt “Six-Day War”, of the USS Liberty by Israeli defense jets, and the later cover-up by LBJ, leads me to believe LBJ was behind JFK’s assassination. For those not yet familiar with the 1967 USS Liberty incident, Israeli jets attacked the military ship for two hours, killed 34 American servicemen and wounded 170. The attack, which I believe was known about by LBJ as he colluded with military higher-ups in the Israel defense establishment, was carried out with the intent to kill every last person on the USS Liberty – a “false flag” to bring the American people to support involvement of the United States military in the Middle East region in 1967.

Israel called the attack “a mistake”. While the attack was occurring, even though the Israeli jets aimed to cut off the communications ability of the US servicemen, ingenuity of those on board allowed them to contact the nearest navy ship with their SOS and American jets were sent to help. LBJ called those jets back, the “mistake” story never seriously investigated, the survivors swore to secrecy upon threat of court-martial(s), and since 1967 no congressional committee has made any effort to investigate and set the historical record straight.

LBJ was on-board with the attempt to kill over 200 American servicemen on the USS Liberty in 1967, so a claim of him being behind the murder of JFK does not strain credulity. The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was an unsuccessful “false flag” that every American should know about. Keep in mind that the earlier so-called “Gulf of Tonkin” incident is now commonly known to have been a “false flag” that led to escalation of the Vietnam War. One could assert that LBJ was behind the Gulf of Tonkin false flag incident as well.

I believe JFK and LBJ had profound philosophical differences with regard to foreign and military policy. In the most basic terms JFK and LBJ represent the forces on Earth which every person must wrestle with: the forces of good and evil. JFK worked for the betterment of all mankind, the cessation of war, world peace, and cooperation between all nations. LBJ was about corporate profits with war and killing as an acceptable “business strategy” to carry out delivery of those profits.

JFK was killed in the battle between good and evil on Earth.

Martin Luther King (MLK) was a minister with extensive study in matters of religion and philosophy. He was a leading voice in America against the Vietnam War and once called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence on Earth”. MLK knew that the actions he was engaged in jeopardized his very life. He understood in the most profound way that “greater love hath no man than this; that one gives up his life for his friends”. Mr. King just wanted to “do God’s will”.

Martin Luther King died fighting the battle between good and evil on Earth.

Robert F. Kennedy was on his way to becoming elected president when he was murdered…

In the war between good and evil on Earth.


Jesse Ventura is viewed by Americans in varied ways. The fact that he was at one time a wrestler in the fake world of professional wrestling has led to a situation where many discount what he has to say, even before they hear it. My view of Mr. Ventura is that he is perhaps not as well-read in philosophy as Dag Hammarskjold, JFK, Patrice Lumumba, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy, but has received a great amount of “common-sense” philosophy. He seems to have had a father who was concerned enough with Jesse that he conveyed what wisdom he could.

What is admirable about Jesse Ventura is his appreciation of truth and total rejection of those who tell falsehoods and lie to others. My guess is that many men and women admire Jesse Ventura and the increasing number of men and women around the world who are devoted to telling the truth while exposing those who lie.

Let us hope that many more men and women devoted to truth, and fighting the war between good and evil on Earth, step forward and speak out… 

For the good.

(Video source: City & State / YouTube, Jesse Ventura interview with Morgan Pehme)

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