Declassified Documents Show FBI Threats to Martin Luther King Jr.

(ANTIMEDIA) 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