Declassified Documents Show FBI Threats to Martin Luther King Jr.

November 13, 2014   |   John Vibes

John Vibes
November 13, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) If you were watching the news in the 1960’s you would have seen that Martin Luther King was out to destroy America and that the good policemen were only doing their jobs by beating and arresting civil rights protesters.

At that time the civil rights movement was a serious threat to the establishment, so much so that government agencies developed a program to target and silence civil rights leaders, this program was called “COINTELPRO”. It is this program that many researchers believe is responsible for the deaths of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and other civil rights activists.

Now, newly declassified documents published by The New York Times show the sickening depths that the FBI went to in their operations against Martin Luther King. The report, which was recently discovered by historian and professor Beverly Gage, shows an unclassified version of the famous letter that the FBI sent King, suggesting that he should kill himself because they had so much dirt on him.

The public had already known of this document for decades, but the version that was available was heavily censored, while the new version is a copy of the original uncensored letter.

Below you can see the censored version next to the copy that has been released this week:


As the Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed out this week, the newly released portions of the document show a deliberate attempt to blackmail Dr. King into abandoning his fight for racial equality.

As the EFF pointed out, one portion of the document mentions private information about King’s life that government agents learned through the heavy surveillance that they had conducted on him:

No person can overcome the facts, no even a fraud like yourself. Lend your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure. You will find yourself and in all your dirt, filth, evil and moronic talk exposed on the record for all time. . . . Listen to yourself, you filthy, abnormal animal. You are on the record.

Then at the end of the letter comes a thinly veiled threat. It is subtly suggested that King kill himself within 34 days or he will be ‘exposed’ or killed depending how you choose to read in between the lines:

King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do it (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.

The fact that Martin Luther King was an enemy of the state did not silence his message, and even in his death that message was not silenced.


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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at

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John Vibes joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in October of 2014. His topics of interest include agorism, anarchism, consciousness, the Drug War, and spirituality. Born in Philadelphia, he currently resides in Maryland.

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  1. It seems to me that they were threatening to expose him, not kill him. After all, as was said, after his death his message lived on; however, if they had released information like that whilst he was still alive, that would have really hurt his message and the reception of it. I see how this could look like a death threat (and certainly may seem like a threat for him to kill himself) but I think it would a big stretch. In fact, all the newly-released version of the letter shows are more threats to his character, which reinforces the idea that they were threatening to expose him as a sex fiend of sorts.

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  2. Are you stupid? This is a blatant message MLK to stop the protests or he be killed by the CIA. He was murdered.

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  3. Shaun Carr I don't know, but at least I tried to explain my opinion based on the evidence presented instead of just resorting to ad hominem remarks. Not only that, but I never once said that I didn't think he was assassinated, which means that your comprehension skills probably need improvement.

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  4. This is not in your history books…

    THE COURT: In answer to the question did Loyd Jowers participate in a conspiracy to do harm to Dr. Martin Luther King, your answer is yes. Do you also find that others, including governmental agencies, were parties to this conspiracy as alleged by the defendant? Your answer to that one is also yes. And the total amount of damages you find for the plaintiffs entitled to is one hundred dollars. Is that your verdict?

    THE JURY: Yes (In unison).

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  5. Where is the proof that this is a fbi document? ???

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  6. are you dull…..that clickable link in red….up above your comments… a link to the source of this article, and that article links all of its sources…just in case you cannot see the RED clickable link… is the pasted link….. …… its no wonder we are in the predicament we are in today… one has the common sense to look at things before they comment………I bet you are an avid voter!

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  7. Shaun Carr Well first the document was from the FBI……..not to say that the FBI or CIA didn't assassinate him……but there is really no evidence that could justify this letter as a death threat…….its amazing how they worded it as if someone uneducated wrote it……I wonder if that was done on purpose, or that the particular agent that wrote that was just a moron…neither would surprise me.

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  8. Mlk was killed by the government and his family was paid a undisclosed amount of money for it. Just so everybody knows.

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  9. the government was convicted in the killing of MLK they got convicted for the killing sometime in the 90s

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  10. MLK in 2014. The would kill him for jaywalking in cold weather because they thought he was reaching for a gun with his cold hands in his pockets. Sad state of america today.

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  11. These UNIFIED SNAKES OF APARTHEID Will Never Change For The Devil Can Not Be Reformed!
    Why? Because It Is In His Nature To Deceive!
    To Threaten A Person's Content Of Character Based On Devious Tactics Of Exposing Unknown And Hidden TRUTHS Is Within Itself EVIL!

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