On March 25, 1965, Viola Gregg Liuzzo was murdered in Selma, Alabama. The following day, President Lyndon Johnson announces on national radio and television the capture of her killers.
The story of the Klu Klux Klan in pictures: racism, civil rights and murder
THE Klu Klux Klan was once powerful. The Far Right, anti-immigration, anti-Catholic, anti-black, anti-Jew, anti-anything not white and Protestant and lately pro-Nazi group has been a fixture of the US political lanscape ever since it was founded in 1865.
This is a history of its members and those who opposed its racism in photos. The captions are of their time:
Ku Klux Klan members parade past the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C. in 1925. (AP Photo)
Members of the Ku Klux Klan, wearing traditional white hoods and robes, stand back and watch with their arms crossed after burning a 15-foot cross at Tampa, Fla., Jan. 30, 1939. (AP Photo)
Louisiana Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and his wife Chloe arrive at the Destrehan, La., High School where they placed flowers near the flag pole, Oct. 9, 1974. A 13-year-old boy died following racial unrest and a shooting at the school on Monday. (AP Photo)
Benjamin L. Hooks, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, talks to reporters at a press conference in New York, Jan. 12, 1981. Hooks said the NAACP would establish a national “Klan Watch” to monitor, catalogue and report all incidents involving the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Unit of the Ku Klux Klan, as they appeared on the auditorium stage of the Bargaintown, New Jersey, Klavern to welcome 6,000 South Jersey Klansmen to the annual Fall rally held September 21, 1929. U.S. Senator J.Thomas Heflin of Alabama was the principal speaker.
James Meredith, center, marches through rural Oakland, Miss. June 27, 1967 seemingly unaware of a fading Ku Klux Klan sign painted on a store front during the fourth day of his walk through Mississippi. Newsmen recalled that the sign was freshly painted during a march last summer when Meredith was gunned down but noted this year that the letters are now fading with time. (AP Photo)
Demonstrators scuffled with Meriden police at the base of the steps of City Hall in Meriden, Connecticut on March 23, 1981 as they sought to confront members of the Ku Klux Klan who were holding a rally there. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
About 25 people gathered outside of KIRO radioÂ¬Ãs downtown Seattle offices on Oct. 30, 1980, to protest the stationÂ¬Ãs interview with David Duke, former Grand Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo)
A member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the United Klans of America, Inc., holds her young daughter, also robed in a Klan suit, at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Atlanta, Ga. on June 5, 1965. Some 600 persons attended the rally. The woman did not want to be indentified. (AP Photo)
The scene at the German-American Bund camp, Camp Nordland, at Andover, N.J., August 9, 1940, as the New Jersey Realm of the Ku Klux Klan burned a large cross during rally staged in the interest of
An unusual photo depicting the Ku Klux Klan in their regalia parading through the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 21, 1923, while the former Sheriff Bill McCullough, whose efforts to stop the parade were fruitless, can be seen to the left of the hooded horse, note the uniformed police marching alongside the Klansmen. (AP Photo)
Dr. Samuel Green, center, Georgia Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, in opposing President Truman’s Civil Rights Program, speaks at a Klan demonstration in Wrightsville, Ga., March 2, 1948. In his speech, Dr. Green said,
David Duke shouts to his supporters “we won” as he arrives at his Metairie, Louisiana campaign headquarters, Feb. 18, 1989. Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard running as a Republican, squeezed out a 224-vote victory over David Treen, for a seat in the Louisiana Legislature. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, attired in his Klan robes, poses in front of the House of Parliament in London, March 7, 1978. Although banned, Duke, a 27-year-old American, entered Britain last week by way of a Skytrain flight from New York. (AP Photo)
Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, of Metairie, La., arrives at a roadside rendezvous with newsmen in Dulzura, Calif. to detail how Klansmen are dispersed along the border looking for illegal aliens entering the country, Oct. 26, 1977. (AP Photo/Harold Valentine)
Former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan Samuel H. Bowers of Laurel, Miss., is escorted by lawmen from the Forrest County Courthouse, in Hattiesburg, Miss., in this Friday, Aug. 21,1998 file photo following his conviction on murder and arson charges stemming from the 1966 firebombing death of black Hattiesburg businessman Vernon Dahmer Sr. Bowers, who was serving a life sentence for the 1966 bombing death of the civil rights leader, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006 in a state penitentiary, officials said. He was 82.(AP Photo/Rogelio Solis, File)
In this April 30, 2008, file photo Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Robert Byrd., D-W.Va., bangs the gavel on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to a joint meeting of Congress. Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and a one-time opponent of civil rights legislation, is endorsing Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination and says Obama has the qualities to end the Iraq war. In a written statement, Byrd called Obama “a shining young statesman, who possesses the personal temperament and courage necessary to extricate our country from this costly misadventure in Iraq.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this Jan. 29, 2007 picture, James Ford Seale is escorted to a waiting prison van at the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 overturned the conviction of the reputed Ku Klux Klan member serving three life sentences for his role in the 1964 abduction and killing of two black teenagers, Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, both 19. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
Florence Mars poses with her book “Witness in Philadelphia” in this Jan. 6, 1989 file photo in Philadelphia, Miss. Mars, whose work on a book about the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers won praise from many but made her the target of the Ku Klux Klan, has died. She was 84. Mars suffered from Bell’s palsy and other ailments and died Sunday, her Godson, Mark Howell, said. (AP Photo/FILE)
Members of the National Socialists Movement and the White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan march Saturday April 21, 2012, at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. At least 70 law enforcement officers were present to control a crowd of 150 to 200 demonstrators when a group of neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members rallied against illegal immigration on the steps of the Kentucky Capitol. (AP Photo/John Flavell)
Donna Smalley, 24, a divorced mother with two children, lives outside of New Orleans, La., shown July 22, 1982. She says she became an active member of the Ku Klux Klan for the positive feedback she gets from other women. When you ask most of these Klansladies why they don robes and burn crosses, most will say it’s for their children. They feel horror at society’s decaying morals. (AP Photo)
An unidentified couple wearing robes of the Ku Klux Klan kiss after wedding ceremony at the Paulding County Courthouse in Dallas, Georgia on Dec. 11, 1982 after a Klan march through the town. The couple refused to give their names. The march was held after the Klan was denied use of the high school gymnasium for a rally. (AP Photo/Ben Baxter)
Unidentified Ku Klux Klan security guards armed with rifles stand near the speaker platform during a rally in Preston, Maryland on Nov. 8, 1981. (AP Photo/Tom Keating)
Helmeted Boston police officers work to restrain an unidentified man at Boston’s City Hall Plaza on Oct. 16, 1982 as an onlooker holds up his hands after demonstrators clashed with police during a Ku Klux Klan rally. (AP Photo/Bill Polo)
These two young boys raise their arms as a white power T-shirt is held in front of them during a rally held near Benson, North Carolina on April 20, 1980. About 50 Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and right-wing sympathizers attended the rally. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)
Robert Shelton, Ku Klux Klan grand dragon his wife, Betty, center, and Mrs. Carol Long sit in the hearing room of the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington on Oct. 19, 1965 after refusing to answer committee question about the Klan. Mrs. Long is alleged to be a secretary employed by the Klan at Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (AP Photo/CPG)
Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Robert M. Shelton, wearing a white sombrero, denounces as an inquisition the current probe of the KKK by the House Committee on Un-American Activities at the end of the session in Washington on Oct. 21, 1965. Shelton and Klan leaders from both North Carolina and Virginia have refused to answer committee questions on constitution al grounds. Shelton said the hat was a gift from former friends of LBJ in Texas because he once called President Johnson a liar. (AP Photo/CPC)
Robert M. Shelton, Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard, displayed records, which he said, disproved implications that Klan funds bought him a diamond ring. In his hotel room Shelton talked with newsmen while the House Committee on Un-American Activities continued investigation of Klan leaders Oct. 25, 1965. Shelton said the ring, on left hand, was a present from his wife. He accused congressional investigators of a devilish conspiracy to smear him. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)
An Atlanta policeman grabs his head after he was hit by a rock thrown by counter-demonstrators at a Ku Klux Klan parade protesting observance of the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Atlanta Saturday, Jan. 21, 1989. About 2,000 officers and National Guardsmen protected six Klan marchers from rocks, sticks and bottles from about 1,000 counter-protesters. (AP Photo/Curtis Compton)
About 30 Ku Klux Klan members march towards the U.S. Capitol in Washington Sunday, Oct. 29, 1990 after walking from the Washington Monument. Forty anti-Klan demonstrators were arrested by District of Columbia police for disorderly conduct and other infractions. (AP Photo/Bill Kalis)
Members of the Greensboro Coalition for Unity and Justice show their banners during an anti Ku Klux Klan rally in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina Saturday, June 6, 1987. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)
This cartoon, published by the Mexico City newspaper El Sol, illustrates a MexicanÂ¬Ãs view of announcements that the Ku Klux Klan would start trying to detain illegal aliens along the U.S. border in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 1977. The Klansman is asking President Carter, holding human rights book, Do you Need More Light? (AP Photo)
Fellow KKK members comforts 24-year-old, David Kelso, who was shot during a racial confrontation with blacks marching to support Tommy Lee Hines, 27, who was convicted earlier this year for raping a white woman in Decatur, Alabama, May 26, 1979. Approximately 100 robbed KKK 100 SCLC Marchers Lashed in Decatur. According to reports the gunfire and club swinging melee left two KKK and a Black woman wounded. (AP Photo)
A young Negro boy smiles tolerantly at hooded Ku Klux Klansmen as they staged a march in downtown Durham, North Carolina, Saturday, April 24, 1965 preliminary to a mass rally. (AP Photo)
This fake bomb, pieces of wood wrapped brown paper, was found in Montgomery, Nov. 23, 1960, at the entrance of a stadium where a controversial Negro college football game is scheduled. A Ku Klux Klan was beside it. A grim note tied to the fake bomb said:This could be thanksgiving day at Cramton Bowl. A number of race-baiting signs were found around the city. (AP Photo)
A car bearing several robed and hooded figures races through the streets of Gadsden, Ala., March 5, 1949, during an 18-car parade staged by the Ku Klux Klan. Observers said all license tags were uncovered in accordance with Gov. James E. FolsomÂ¬Ãs order. One of the cars broke the line of march to chase the car of the photographer who made the picture, but gave up the chase upon reaching a downtown intersection. No other disturbances were reported. (AP Photo)
This is part of a crowd of 2,500 masked and robed Klansmen who turned out in the Macon, Ga., city auditorium, Dec. 10, 1948, for a public initiation of 300 new members of the hooded order, Ku Klux Klan guards mingle with the spectators packing the balcony. (AP Photo)
A man attired in white robes leaves the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10, 1947, after being ordered away by police who escorted him from infront of the Un-American Activities Committee room. Lt. Marlan Wilson of Capitol Police said the man identified himself as Stetson Kennedy, 30, of Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo)
A small girl, wearing the traditional Ku Klux Klan regalia, makes her appearance at the city auditorium in Macon, Ga., Dec. 10, 1948, during a mass initiation of 300 candidates into the hooded order. About 150 women were among the masked group. (AP Photo)
James Earl Taylor and Bebbie Irene Tyson were married in Farmville, North Carolina, Saturday, May 22, 1965, in the first public Ku Klux Klan wedding in North Carolina since 1926. About 5,000 people attended the rally in the heart of North Carolina’s tobacco country. Bride wore a light blue full length, old southern style party dress. (AP Photo)
Two little mascots, equipped with their own robes and hoods, flank Dr. Samuel Green, Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, at initiation ceremonies in Atlanta, Ga., July 23, 1948, in which 700 were admitted to the hooded order and a huge cross burned. (AP Photo)
Royce McPhail, left, spokesman for the Ku Klux Klan in Texas, gives instructions to fellow Klansman before a five block march on the Texas Capitol in Austin, Sunday, Nov. 7, 1965. About thirty hooded, but unmarked Klansmen staged the march which they said was a demonstration supporting U.S., policy in Viet Nam. Building in background is Austin’s federal building, where President Lyndon Johnson has an office. (AP Photo/Ted Powers)
A helmeted Ku Klux Klan guard, fires a salute in front of a burning cross at a Klan rally near Rising Sun, Md., Nov. 6, 1965, as part of a ritual honoring two deceased Klan leaders. The salute was to honor Dan Burros, New York, Grand Dragon of the Klan two-apparently committed suicide in Reading, Pa., and Matt Murphy, a New York attorney who was killed in an auto accident. An estimated 3,000 persons attend the rally. (AP Photo)
Barber shop in Pulaski, Tennessee, Jan. 14, 1986, in the building where the Ku Klux Klan was organized in 1865. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The Florida Grand Dragon, John Paul Rogers, center, chats with fellow members of United Klans of America at a restaurant in Lake Wales, Florida, Feb. 20, 1975, in effort to bring the Klan members closer to the public and encourage new membership. The Klansmen have been surprising local dinners in area restaurants when they show up for coffee breaks in their Klan outfits and talk to anyone who is interested. (AP Photo)
A member of the Ku Klux Klan and black man struggle over possession of a stick during an encounter in downtown Mobile, Alabama, Saturday, Sept. 24, 1977. A large group of blacks disrupted the Klan’s march, resulting in at least two encounters between the two groups. (AP Photo)
An anti-Klan rally protestor holds aloft a burning Ku Klux Klan effigy at a Klan demonstration in Barnegat, New Jersey, Saturday, August 12, 1979. Several arrests were made during the demonstration as more than 100 anti-Klan demonstrators confronted 19 white-robed Klansmen. (AP Photo)
An eight-man delegation handed the above note shown May 7, 1938, to Mrs. Francaskio Rubia of Miami, Fla., wife of a Filipino cook aboard the United States Coast Guard cutter Pandora. Mrs. RubiaÂ¬Ãs sister, Mrs. Pedro Acoba, is the wife of a Filipino messman aboard the same cutter. The Pandora bases at Miami. (AP Photo)
Civil rights groups parade through the streets of Oroville, California, Saturday, Dec. 11, 1982, where they were protesting Nazi and KKK activities in the Northern California town. (AP Photo/Gary Reyes)
Robed Ku Klux Klansmen watch from sidewalk, as black demonstrators march through Okolona, Miss., Saturday, August 26, 1978, to demand increased minority hiring. There were no major incidents reported between the 36 Klansmen and some 300 black demonstrators. The marchers said they intend to continue a boycott of area stores, which has been in progress over the past week. (AP Photo/JM)
Two Ku Klux Klansmen, Collie Leroy Wilkins Jr., left, and Eugene Thomas, stand outside the courthouse at Hayneville, Ala., Sept. 18, 1978 where they were subpoenaed to testify in a new grand jury investigation of the 1965 slaying of a civil rights worker, Viola Liuzzo of Detroit, Mich. Wilkins and Thomas, who were sentenced to prison for violating Mrs. LiuzzoÂ¬Ãs civil rights, have said their accuser, onetime FBI informer Gary Thomas Rowe, was the one who killed the Detroit woman. (AP Photo)
A spectator gestures to the Ku Klux Klan marchers as the KKK paraded through the heart of Houston’s gay community Saturday, June 9, 1984. About 55 members of the Klan marched under the protection of hundreds of policemen. There was a lot of shouting between the opponents, but no clashes. (AP Photo/RC)
Members of the Ku Klux Klan gather at the San Antonio City Hall Sunday, May 2, 1983 after their 3-block march through downtown. Police escorted the Klan on their march, keeping spectators some distance from the marchers. No injuries or arrests were reported. (AP Photo/David Breslauer)
Anti-Klan demonstrators, right, express their feelings toward Ku Klux Klan members, left, who rallied on the Capitol grounds and were shouted down by as many as 1,500 hecklers in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 21, 1983. The parade turned into a rock-throwing riot as Klansmen left the Capitol. Twelve demonstrators and police were injured. (AP Photo/Daemmrich)
Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Don Black of Birmingham, Alabama, right, walks handcuffed to a police van for arraignment on charges of conspiring with nine others to overthrow the government of Dominica in the Caribbean. Escorting Black to court is Deputy U.S. Marshal Claude Mouton in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 14, 1981. (AP Photo)
Two unidentified men mix it up in what was described as an isolated incident when the two men began fighting prior to the scheduled arrival of a Ku Klux Klan contingent which drew a crowd of demonstrators in City Hall Plaza in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 16, 1982. (AP Photo/Bill Polo)
Mississippi Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon E.L. McDaniel and wife lead nearly 600 whites including over 100 robed Klansmen down the streets of Natchez, Mississippi Oct. 30, 1965, just two hours after 1000 African Americans staged a protest march along the same route. Both groups marched to the Adams County Courthouse. (AP Photo)
George Lincoln Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party holds a news conference in Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 3, 1965. Rockwell discussed the suicide in Reading, Pa., of Daniel Burros who was a member of RockwellÂ¬Ãs outfit and named by the House Committee on Un-American Activities as Ku Klux Klan leader in New York. Rockwell said Â¬Ã¬If Burros had come and told me the truth I believe we could have straightened it out. Burros killed himself after his Jewish heritage was disclosed. At left is Matt Koehl, and at right is Alan Welch, deputy commander. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)
Louisiana National Guardsmen hold their rifles with fixed bayonets at ready as they pass a group of whites watching a civil rights march en route to the state capitol at Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 18, 1967. Hundreds of guardsmen and state police are escorting the demonstrators through the Ku Klux Klan stronghold following several attacks by whites. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell)
Civil rights marchers are guarded by state troopers in a march to the City Hall in the Ku Klux Klan stronghold of Bogalusa, Louisiana on July 13, 1965. A Klan sign can be seen in the left background. (AP Photo)
Collie Leroy Wilkins, Ku Klux Klansman, Eugene Thomas and William Eaton, all defendants in the slaying of civil rights worker Mrs. Viola Liuzzo, arrive at Hayneville, Alabama courthouse on Sept. 29, 1965 to be spectators at the trial in progress of Thomas L. Coleman, charged with the slaying of Jonathan Daniels, also a civil rights worker. The Klansman’s trial is due to start later this week in same courtroom. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)
While taking her two children to Orchard Villa School in Miami, Sept. 8, 1959, Mrs. C.E. Arnold, left, hears arguments against integration of FloridaÂ¬Ãs schools from J.B. Stoner, right, of Atlanta, Ga. Mrs. Arnold’s daughter, Audrey, is at center. Stoner says he is a member of the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and is fighting integration. (AP Photo)
Members of the New Black Panthers carry their rifles through the streets of Jasper, Texas. White-hooded Ku Klux Klansmen waving Confederate flags marched Saturday in the Texas town where three white men allegedly dragged a black man to his death behind a pickup truck. Black counterdemonstrators carrying guns showed up and police kept the two sides apart, making one arrest as the Klan rally ended.
A hangman’s noose dangling from an automobile driven by a hooded Ku Klux Klan member is among the grim warnings to blacks to stay away from the voting places in the municipal primary election at Miami, Fla., on May 3, 1939. In spite of the threats, 616 blacks exercised their right to vote. (AP Photo)
Col. William Joseph Simmons, the Imperial Wizard of Ku Klux Klan in 1921. (AP Photo)
Bill Wilkinson, right, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan tells the crowd outside the Plains Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 1976, of his disapproval of the churchÂ¬Ãs decision to open its doors to all people. Wilkinson is from Denham Springs, La., as is Klansman, Jim Morris, left. The church, where President-elect Jimmy Carter is a member is in background. (AP Photo)
Three members of the Ku Klux Klan use a telescopic listening device and binoculars near the California-Mexico border in their search for illegal aliens entering the country in Dulzura on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1977. Dennis Campbell, center, holds the listening instrument as Jim Shea, left, scans the hilltops for movement in the bright moonlight. The man at right refused to be identified. (AP Photo/Harold Valentine)
Attention has been focused on the almost mythical Ku Klux Klan organization in the United States, following the allegations that senator black, the new Supreme Court judge, was a member of the sect. Virtually unknown, even in the U.S., a womenâs branch of the Ku Klux Klan has grown into a powerful organization in the south. These are the first pictures ever to be made of the womenâs Klan and were taken at Atlanta, Georgia in 1937. Klan meeting scene. (AP Photo)
1 &ndash The 16 th Street Baptist Church Bombing &ndash 1963
This terrible crime was the very essence of KKK evil in action. It occurred on September 15, 1963, at the 16 th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four Klan members used at least 15 sticks of dynamite in the attack. They attached the explosives to a timing device and put it below the steps of the church&rsquos east side. Overall, the bomb killed four young African-American girls aged 11 to 14. The names of the victims were Carol Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins. 22 people were injured in the blast.
Unfortunately, the level of violence that was happening in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Era meant that such a cowardly act was inevitable. In the city, even tentative attempts at racial integration resulted in violence. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described the city as &ldquoprobably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States.&rdquo In the eight years before the Baptist Church bombing, there had been at least 21 separate bombing incidents at black churches and properties. These incidents were so frequent that the city became known as âBombingham.&rsquo
The Baptist Church became something of a rallying point for civil rights activities earlier in the year which sadly made it a prime target. On September 4, three schools in Birmingham became the first to be integrated into the city. This step forward was met with extreme violence as three bombs were detonated in various parts of Birmingham. The Klan were upset at what they perceived as an inadequate response to integration.
On September 15, four members of the United Klans of America planted the bomb under the church&rsquos steps. At 10:22 am, a man called the church and was answered by 14-year old Carolyn Maull, the acting Sunday School secretary. According to Maull, the man simply said &ldquothree minutes&rdquo and hung up. Less than 60 seconds later, the bomb went off when five children were in the basement assembly. One of the victims had been decapitated, and her body was so mutilated that she was only identifiable through a ring she was wearing and her clothes.
While four Klan members became prime suspects in 1965, no was charged until 1977. Finally, Robert Chambliss was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder and convicted of one count. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and died in jail in 1985. In 2001, Thomas Blanton was found guilty of first-degree murder and received a life sentence. Bobby Frank Cherry met the same fate in 2002 but died in prison two years later. Sadly, Herman Frank Cash died in 1994 without ever facing justice. The bombing was a turning point in the Civil Rights campaign and helped gain support for the Civil Rights Act the following year.
Johnson on KKK Murder of Civil Rights Worker - HISTORY
"Tension filled the room upon his arrival. The group immediately went behind closed doors. A short time later Lyndon, anxious and red-faced, reappeared. Squeezing my hand so hard, it felt crushed from the pressure, he spoke with a grating whisper, a quiet growl, into my ear, not a love message, but one I'll always remember: "After tomorrow those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again - that's no threat - that's a promise.".
It's important to note that John J. McCloy was a member of the now discredited Warren Commission which "investigated" the assassination, appointed by none other than Johnson. Nixon himself was in Dallas on the day of the assassination.
|Dallas Morning News, November 22, 1963. The day of President Kennedy's assassination|
"At their annual meeting last June in Indianapolis, the Baptists also adopted a resolution against secret societies, which reads in part: 'we . call upon all Christians to . [avoid] any association which conflicts with clear Biblical . teachings concerning the taking of oaths, the secrecy of activities, mystical knowledge, or racial discrimination'. Dr. James Holly of Beaumont, Texas, told me this [the Lutheran ban on joining freemasonry] was aimed at the known fact that white Freemasonry is affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. "
"Threat to assassinate President Kennedy in Dallas Texas, November 22, 1963. "
A Nov 17, 1963 FBI telex details J. Edgar Hoover's cynical request to maintain updates through "logical racial hate group informants to determine if any basis for threat. " Once received, the warnings would be dutifully scrapped by Hoover, and these informants had a nasty tendency to pay dearly for their patriotic duty- their attempts to protect President Kennedy often cost them their lives.
President John Quincy Adams on the Masonic Press
President John Quincy Adams, in his Address to the People of Massachusetts, said of the Masonic press:
A Warning Against Freemasonry Unheeded
". He says maybe you shot too fast because I know they didn't want a shot coming from the front. they tried to put everything from the back side."
James E. Files, commenting on Charles Nicolletti's criticism of the hit on Kennedy.
The Zapruder Film: This film, which Specter and the Warren Commission tried desperately to keep from the American public, is the most chilling proof of of Specter's impossible trajectory. The force of the fatal head shot thrusts Kennedy's head backward, which means he was facing the shooter. What Jackie Kennedy is doing, as she leaves her seat, is attempting to recover a piece of her husband skull and brain. At Parkland Hospital, still in shock, doctors noticed she was still holding a piece of the recovered tissue. To download the Windows Media format, right click here to save.
The Worshipful Master of the Laws of Physics? Sen. Arlan Specter, above, a freemason, Pa. Coppe Mitchell Lodge No. 605, now Scottish Rite. Suppressed all evidence of multiple shooters that would challenge the Warren Commission, Specter remains the fiercest proponent of the long discredited magic bullet theory which insists on the trajectory of a shooter from the "back side." To this end, Specter has labored tirelessly to suppress physical evidence and the testimony of key witnesses who handled the body and challenged the Lone Gunman Theory by contradicting Specter's insulting assertion of an impossible exit wound.
The Worshipful Master of the Laws of Physics
Concealing the Throat Wound
King's Bullet Obeyed Laws of Physics
Here is the bullet that killed Martin Luther King, Jr. This bullet struck only one man and obeyed the laws of physics. Contrast this bullet with the one on the right. According to Specter- not only did it strike bone but it went through two people before emerging perfectly intact.
Kennedy's Missing Brain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bronze casket used to transport President Kennedy's body from Dallas to Washington was dropped from a military plane into the ocean two years after he was killed, according to assassination documents. Kermit L. Hall, a member of the now-defunct Assassination Records Review Board, said Friday that documents to be released Tuesday by the National Archives show that the casket was flown several miles off the Maryland-Delaware coast in early 1965 and dumped in an area where the military discards unstable and outdated weapons and ammunition. The reasons for the disposal aren't clear, but it fuels speculation among assassination researchers that it was discarded to hide foul play. play..
Dallas Morning News, Nov. 22, 1963
CIA Instructional Guide for Political Assassinations
". However, there are many cases in which firearms are probably more efficient than any other means. These cases usually involve distance between the assassin and the subject. "
*Note: Link above opens to web image of posted, and since removed CNN page. Links therein inactive please refer to National Security Archives for original document images. Related links in the Cold War series:
Even as President Kennedy's limo sat in Parkland Memorial Hospital, Johnson ordered the Secret Service and FBI agents to wash out the vehicle, destroying critical evidence of multiple gunmen particularly bullet slivers and slugs from rifles other than Oswald's alleged weapon. Even bullet holes in the chassis which betrayed tell-tale impossible trajectories to fit the Lone Gunman were repaneled and refurbished at Johnson's orders.
Manifest Efforts to Destroy Evidence Challenging Specter's Deceptive Theory
Specter's role? Protect Coup Lynchpin, V.P. Lyndon Johnson, and Brother Segregationist Masons implicated in the JFK Assassination
These facts are self-evident: in 1963, much of American society still supported segregation, and it wasn't just the south. The militant branch of this element found a means to undermine recent Supreme Court rulings, particularly the desegregation of public schools, in masonic lodges throughout the country. This was especially so in the south, since Southern masonry included members in law enforcement, politicians, lawyers, judges, publishers, etc.
There in the secrecy of the Brotherhood, hypocrites and pseudo-moderates whom publicly praised the popular civil rights movement were trying desperately to undermine it and its leaders inside the lodge.
Those who found the thought of black children attending public schools and universities odious enough to risk civil war over it weren't just Anglo-Saxon bigots in the Craft, some were right-wing masonic Jewish leaders like Arlen Specter, the Worshipful Master of the Laws of Physics, whose own children- being white- never faced the same type of discrimination as blacks in America, whose own children were never turned away from public schools and universities. Indeed, in 1968, when King and RFK were assassinated, over 5 million Americans were segregationist freemasons, with both Gentile and to a smaller extent, Jewish members.
All of them were white, conservative males and most of them so opposed to civil rights they would do anything in their power to secretly undermine federal law, starting at the local level and ending at the Supreme Court, where at least two Supreme Court Justices, Hugo Black and Chief Justice Earl Warren, had ties to the KKK but distanced themselves from the ideology long ago, giving us the same desegregation ruling their former kin were rioting over in the south.
Because the KKK was implicated in the JFK assassination from the very beginning, Warren- as an ex-Klan leader in San Bernadino, California- had a conflict of interest in taking over the investigation, which was precisely why Johnson chose him. Warren had a duty to recuse himself from the case. He didn't. And what we got was a mockery of justice so obscene even Nixon called the Warren Commission "the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on mankind." Worse, the true extent of the Klan's "Invisible Empire" in our executive, judicial and legislative branches of government was concealed for over 40 years, and this was due largely to segregationist and bigot press assets recruited into the same society.
Some say it was the Mafia who killed JFK, some say it was the CIA and FBI, some say the Klan, and some say it was elements of the military. Before you miss the forest for the trees, stop a moment, and consider this: Not everyone could be in the FBI or CIA, not everyone could be a general, a Supreme Court Chief Justice, a network executive, a major publisher or a mob boss. But just about anyone in the all-white FBI, CIA, Supreme Court and Mafia of 1963 could be a member of the KKK. And many were, particularly Klansmen recruited in Masonic lodges. They were told desegregation was a Communist plot, and that it was their duty to "protect Southern heritage" or "defend America" against Communism by subverting federal rulings ordering the integration of schools. Civil Rights movement and its leaders was attacking Communism, Klan leaders claimed. In reality, and obvious to everyone else, they were simply attacking and subverting federal law.
Tacit members, of course, in this segregationist "fraternity." The Klan was a Masonic society that even then was almost 100 years old, and it was its numbers which gave it the significance afforded it here..
Segregationists Use Cold War to Discredit Civil Rights Movement as Communist, Provoke Invasion of Cuba
FBI director Hoover was one of many Masonic leaders of the time to claim that the Civil Rights movement was a Communist plot. Integration, he claimed, was introduced by the Commies to destroy America and it is no mystery that he secretly attempted to smear Martin Luther King as a Communist sympathizer.
The CIA and FBI segregationists in the plot, knowing Kennedy would be mourned, also tried to pin the assassination on the Communists by creating a pro-Castro patsy in Lee Harvey Oswald. This was the element New Orleans DA Jim Garrison discovered: a segregationist plot to kill the president, blame Castro and use the public outcry to win support for an invasion of communist Cuba. This was, in fact, already a tactic in the CIA playbook:
". a) The precision rifle. In guarded assassination, a good hunting or target rifle should always be considered as a possibility. Absolute reliability can nearly always be achieved at a distance of one hundred yards. In ideal circumstances, the range may be extended to 250 yards. Public figures or guarded officials may be killed with great reliability and some safety if a firing point can be established prior to an official occasion. The propaganda value of this system may be very high. . "
The segregationists wanted a fellow mason as President, and Lyndon Johnson, as VP and as a mason, was in the position to make a coup possible. It would have been impossible otherwise, because if Johnson was true to Kennedy and his own office, there would have been no cover-up by federal authorities. Kennedy's limo wouldn't have been washed and refurbished, as Johnson ordered, destroying all evidence therein that pointed to multiple trajectories. Indeed, of all the missing evidence in the Kennedy assassination, most of it pertains to that which could be used to prove ballistic trajectories that is, evidence that substantiated witness, film, analog and photographic evidence of multiple shooters. All such evidence, including Kennedy's brain, was in the hands of people hired by, and controlled by Johnson.
Johnson had motives rooted in self-preservation to volunteer for the coup, as he was already facing conspiracy and/or murder charges in Texas for the murder of agricultural agent Henry Marshall, and he knew Kennedy planned to drop him from the ticket in '64 for that very reason- his mafia ties and the uncovered Texas murder sprees.
But he also knew that segregation would be key to uniting the segregationist conspirators in the CIA, FBI, military, etc. To call Johnson a bigot would be incorrect, he was not, but he did hate the Kennedys enough to lead him into a segregationist ambush in Dallas. Johnson, as a mason, was surrounded by segregationists, such as SR 33rd degree mason J. Edgar Hoover, and he used them to do his dirty work when it was convenient. He did, however, generally act independently once in power, making it clear to all that the segregationists he used in the coup that they would not dictate his agenda. Or did he?
Despite signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and pushing for it, Johnson, was also the lynchpin in the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. In the case of RFK, Johnson knew RFK was on to him, and should Robert Kennedy become president not only would he face justice but so would all those who helped him. As for King, then protesting fiercely against the Vietnam war, his assassination would not have been possible without Johnson's wink and nod. That is another story, however, to be covered later.
The Rise of the Neo-Segregationist on "Liberal" and Conservative Networks
Those segregationists of the 60s are still highly visible figures thanks to network executives hoping to legitimize a neo-segregationist movement which has already eliminated every black senator and congressman from the GOP. Among them is "former" Klansman Pat Buchanan, a fierce segregationist and unabashed white supremacist, Sen. Trent Lott, Sen. Robert Byrd, etc. But these are just the obvious ones. Leaders who favored segregation, secretly, you don't know. They are in both parties, and the only thing you do know is that they are not just tacit fraternal brothers in silly aprons, they are married in spirit and intentions. They are network executives in CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, they are publishers, they are businessmen, lawyers, and judges. Their secret handshake is a big middle finger to you and the rule of law.
If you don't believe it, ask yourself these simple questions:
How is it that an extremist group, with a history of terrorism ranging from the murder of political leaders to the bombing of federal buildings and churches nationwide, can do so under the banner of "free speech"?
How is it that a group which has plotted cyanide gas attacks against Americans as recently as 2003 how is it this group of extremist, anti-American terrorists can have each and every atrocity excused as "lone nut" activity far removed from the the group the "lone nut(s)" belonged to, a group which publicly threatened and promoted the same violence before it happened? How is it? One would think those in charge were sympathetic to, were members of, or once members of the same terrorist group. And one would be right.
We are, of course, talking about the Klan. We are, of course, talking about a terrorist group whose violent activities are defended by BOTH parties as an innocent and harmless cross-burning, secret fraternal brotherhood exercising their free speech, a free speech unique in that it includes a right to kill and terrorize Americans under the banner of the First Amendment.
This can only be so if both parties have members whom tacitly endorse or excuse the activity of these fellow masons, and make no mistake, the Klan is a Masonic organization and always was. They meet in the lodge, when not out burning crosses, and though many masons in other secret orders who meet therein detest them, they are in denial about the actual number of neo-segregationists in the Brotherhood as a whole.
Nor can they ignore the obvious as they hold their tongues, being oathbound to silence as a prerequisite to seeing the "light": powerful men in the highest levels of office, fellow masons, protect the Klan because secretly they share the same ideals, which if spoken aloud, would cost them their seats. Sen. Robert Byrd, a Klan recruiter and Democrat, for example, calls his own membership in the Klan a "youthful indiscretion" but if you think about it, it's a claim easily countered. If you ask Sen. Byrd, under oath, to testify against other Klansmen past and present, or answer yes or no as whether he was involved in, or even witnessed any Klan lynching or murder, you will have the true sum of his "remorse." The Democrats won't call him on it, because they know it will condemn them all. And the GOP won't call him on it because their party has even more extremists, and besides, both parties have members who meet in the same temple of secrecy.
As for the Klan agenda, if the aforementioned supposition of Klan sympathy and membership in the highest levels of federal office is true, it follows there would be a parallel agenda from its members in both parties. And that, too, is there. Clearly there.
From the very beginning, the Klan agenda was one of terrorizing blacks and depriving them of their rights formulating the Jim Crow laws that lasted well over 100 years, and waging war on Catholic immigrants, particularly Irish-Americans and their immigrant forebears. What do you see on the broadcast media and major print media today? On FOX? on CNN, ABC? etc. You see stories about white victimization, and poor and middle class whites whom are truly victimized, but not by those the media would have you think. Who placed the yoke on your backs, if not wealthy white CEOs trying to divert the attention of constituents from their own corporate misdeeds, from manipulating the price of oil to enrich election coffers, to price-gouging hurricane victims in Hurricane Katrina. Who killed your president in Dallas, and let loose over 40 years of darkness and confusion, if not the mason Johnson and the neo-segregationists crying wolf today? They point fingers at the nearest scapegoat lest you turn around and see the Washington cabals who would enslave Americans anew, but this time, the shackled will be black and white, Jew and Gentile, mason or "profane" (non-mason).
The Pat Buchanans, the Rush Limbaughs and Ann Coulters of this self-styled elite, this ancient and accepted brotherhood of domesticated, blueblood carnies literally carry on the work of their own segregationist idols who "stood up to the federal tyranny" of integration idols who lined the Central High School with the Arkansas National Guard, that nine black school children be denied an education. These fascist mouthpieces are, by design, given air time to make segregation palatable to unwary audiences who never lived through it. Don't think for one second that a show which airs their hate-mongering imbecilities do not necessarily share their ideology, because the very reason they are invited on such shows is to make that ideology legitimate. This a textbook PSYOP targeting a domestic audience, and MSNBC, FOX, CNN, ABC the most grievous purveyors.
You see attacks on immigrants, Muslim and Catholic (Hispanics in particular) with the same vitriol and ignorance of 100 years ago, with the same language you would find in Klan founder and Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Commander Albert Pikee's Arkansas newspaper, this by the same group of pseudo-Christians who burn the cross to say it honors Jesus. The agenda is the same, and the Klan has become acceptable in "civilized" debate, thanks to FOX and CNN in particular.
The broadcast and print media, in a democracy, are the eyes and ears of a nation. Without an objective media, committed to hard truth at any price, the nation is deaf, dumb and blind. As such, the people of this nation are helpless in protecting themselves against those who would destroy their rights. Masonic law now supersedes the Constitution but it does so by subversion, and no judge, lawyer, or public official who secretly honors Masonic law above the Constitution can be expected to protect your rights. Inasmuch as the Bill of Rights threatens the tacit rule of Masonic law, the Constitution will be attacked.
And is it not so today? it follows that if your rights are an inconvenience to the establishment, they will use their assets in the press and broadcast media to tell you these Constitutional rights are bad for you, bad for the nation and a threat to your security, and that you wouldn't miss them anyway. Yet they themselves are the biggest threat of all to your liberty. They will pardon each and every Klan conspiracy because the link between the neo-segregationists in the Scottish Rite and Klan is one impossible to hide, and politicians in both parties would fall in scores. Literally.
Those of you who believe them deserve the contempt they show for you behind your back.
Now, it is perhaps understandable that the media remain silent in the face of evidence that condemns them, but they have gone far beyond that. All the networks, at one time or another, and sometimes concurrently, attacked those who simply tried to tell the truth. And it is for this crime they will be held to account as the sleeping giant of public awareness finds the true extent of the criminal betrayal.
The illusion of consensus or fact is easily attained by a monopolized press. Only five CEOs now control everything you hear and see, and in 1963, it was three. In the 1960s, the Ku Klux Klan had led uprisings and riots which prompted federal troops to enter the south. Despite unchecked terrorism and political killings throughout the south, and Klan death threats which led to Kennedy's cancellation of a Miami visit on Nov 9, 1963 despite threats which outlined, in precise detail, the Dallas plot of Nov. 22 1963. the Klan escaped scrutiny.
Only five CEOs control what you read, see and hear.
The widespread and affiliated agency, i.e. high-level Illuminist cabals President John Adams and Winston Churchill warned us about, has this to say about the press:
"What is the part played by the press today? It serves to excite and inflame those passions which are needed for our purpose or else it serves selfish ends of parties. Not a single announcement will reach the public without our control. Even now this is already attained by us inasmuch as all news items are received by a few agencies., in whose offices they are focused from all parts of the world These agencies will then be already entirely ours and will give publicity only to what we dictate to them. All our newspapers will be of all possible complexions --aristocratic, republican, revolutionary, even anarchical. . . Those fools who will think they are repeating the opinion of a newspaper of their own camp will be repeating our opinion or any opinion that seems desirable for us. In the vain belief that they are following the organ of their party they will in fact follow the flag which we hang out for them. "
"Capital. must be free to establish a monopoly of industry and trade. This freedom will give political force to those engaged in industry, and that will help to oppress the people."
- More on the Warren Commission's Worshipful Master of the Laws of Physics.
- The Spurious Threat of Civil War Cited by Johnson Apologists for the Concealment.
- Who Gained by Helping Lyndon Johnson.
- How the Washington Post Censors the News.
Let's have a long and objective look at the man who presently judges our Supreme Court judges. It's not a pretty picture. It is Arlen Specter, the hero of the Washington Post that promulgated the findings of the most discredited and corrupt murder investigation in American history- The Warren Commission, which even Nixon dismissed as "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on mankind". It was created by the number one suspect in President Kennedy's assassination, vice president Lyndon Johnson, who would not be on the ticket in 1964, who was about to be prosecuted for the murder of Texas agricultural agent Henry Marshall in 1961. Among those who now concede Johnson was the lynchpin of this segregationist Masonic coup of 1963 is Barr McClellan, his personal lawyer.
According to Johnson's mistress, Madeleine Brown, one of the Warren Commission members, director John J. McCloy (CIA), actually met with Johnson, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, Clyde Tolson, and Richard Nixon the night prior to the assassination. Nixon was also in Dallas on the day of the assassination. Here we have eyewitness, credible evidence the Warren Commission was formed before the assassination. Actually, we have had it since the 60s. But your friends at the Washington Post and similar news assets believes you don't need to know this. Or perhaps don't want to know this.
In 1963, anti-Civil Rights, anti-Catholic segregationist Masons numbered over 5 million. Of these, many were in high office, particularly members of the Scottish Rite, whose members include segregationist Trent Lott, Fritz Hollings, Sen. Strom Thurmond and Sen. Robert Byrd, the latter a Democrat who filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As you may recall, these segregationist masons had a presidential candidate in Alabama Gov. George Wallace, and at their disposal they had a terrorist branch called the Ku Klux Klan. Indeed, through the protection of the Scottish Rite, the Klan has acted with impunity in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. (The Scottish Rite, in fact, created the Klan soon after the Civil War.) Even SR member Sen. Byrd was a high level Klansmen, a Klan recruiter, a Kleagle. Nixon's speech writer, Pat Buchanan, was so fiercely segregationist and pro-Klan it became a White House joke.
In 1963, at least two Supreme Court Justices, Hugo Black and Earl Warren, were members of the Klan. FBI records reveal that Chief Justice Warren, in fact, was a Klan leader in Bakersfield, CA. It was for this reason Johnson chose him to lead the Warren Commission, because the inherent conflict of interest would tie his hands. Exposing the Klan's role would expose his own past, hitherto concealed, and seriously threaten his right to remain on the Supreme Court on 14th Amendment grounds. The Klan, at the time, was reviled by most of the nation and even many in the South. Ironically, Warren had gone a long way in distancing himself from the Klan. In the 50s, it was his court that desegregated the schools in Brown vs. The Board of Education, a ruling which was the very thing the segregationists despised Kennedy for defending.
Warren's spurious objective in protecting Johnson, some have noted, was to prevent a civil war between the segregationists and the rest of America. But if this were true, he would have exposed the Washington segregationist cabals that were willing to risk civil war, thereby negating their political influence as criminal conspiracy charges would be leveled on a scale unseen in American history.
He didn't expose the cabals, however, because he was a member. Warren was Scottish Rite. Just like Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Allen Dulles, Gerald Ford, John J. McCloy, etc.
That segregationist masons were a powerful force in Washington DC is without question, but they were also powerful outside of it. In the broadcast and print media, closet segregationist Masons were overwhelming. They owned the three major networks of the time- ABC, CBS, and NBC and "liberal" papers like the Washington Post and the New York Times. As such, for advancement or sheer bootlicking, editors and broadcasters and were more than happy to print stories dismissing Johnson's possible role in the assassination, however obvious.
Knowledge is Power. Use it
No one likes to think their own government is capable of such profound obscenities, much less that they have done it unchecked for so long. But ignoring the problem will give you the government you deserve. Maybe you think you have no power, but you do.
You don't have to buy from GE, Disney, or Viacom, or any of the products advertised on their propaganda organs, e.g. NBC, CBS, and ABC. You choose to. You own stock in these companies, you don't have to accept CEOs bound by the Mason's cable-tow- you can unseat them. (Look what they did to Enron.) You have the power of the purse.
To these men, you are the "profane" non-mason that number in the vast majority of Americans, and if not, you are the lower ranking masonic base of the feudal pyramid, appeased by secret perks and flattery, that will never advance to any degree beyond that of a muzzled servant bound lifelong in servile obedience to masters known and unknown for ends had you known from the beginning, you would recoil in horror and disgust.
Like the Harlot on the Beast drunk with the blood of the saints and prophets, they believe you cannot touch them, that they will never know grief. They believe that they are a sovereign nation unto themselves, and their authority exceeds the Constitution's. But is this confidence truly warranted? Actually, it is anything but true. All of this immunity and power depends on your not knowing its true face, and now you know it.
You now know who they are. You know what they can do, and what they have done. And most of all, you know they are in power because you put them there, and now that you know at what cost, you can also remove them.
Dems and GOP: Designed to Serve Same Ends- how and why they unite to conceal the assassins.
If you are one to label yourself a liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, the following should give you pause for thought. All scientific methodology depends on experiments that can be reproduced, and here is a test you can try for yourself. Is our press the greatest threat to our peace, education, and political integrity?
The surest test of a monopolized or controlled media is an absence of true diversity. If you read the BBC news feeds, or Yahoo, or Google, they will often point to the same stories. The many papers linked within, as well, are going to point to AP, Reuters or UPI source feeds. That's why all of these news portals are basically carrying the same stories. Look at the left hand pane of this blog with the news feeds to Yahoo, Google, Reuters, AP. Notice how the same stories keep popping up? And usually, this stories are of little or no relevance to you because the primary purpose of the print and broadcast media is to distract, inflame or mislead the public. Informing you is incidental.
John Quincy Adams, in his Address to the People of Massachusetts, said of the Masonic press :
"I saw slander organize into a secret, widespread and affiliated agency. "
Even in his time, it had become a threat. The role of the press in undermining republics or protecting the architects of tyranny can not be overstated here. One infamous protocol describing the means of their controlling the media rings so true as to bring a chill up your spine, particularly when you consider corporate cabals such as AOL-Time Warner ((CNN), Viacom (CBS), General Electric (NBC) or Disney (ABC):
"What is the part played by the press today? It serves to excite and inflame those passions which are needed for our purpose or else it serves selfish ends of parties.
"Not a single announcement will reach the public without our control. Even now this is already attained by us inasmuch as all news items are received by a few agencies, in whose offices they are focused from all parts of the world. These agencies will then be already entirely ours and will give publicity only to what we dictate to them.
"All our newspapers will be of all possible complexions --aristocratic, republican, revolutionary, even anarchical. . . Those fools who will think they are repeating the opinion of a newspaper of their own camp will be repeating our opinion or any opinion that seems desirable for us. In the vain belief that they are following the organ of their party they will in fact follow the flag which we hang out for them.
"Thanks to such methods we shall be in a position as from time to time may be required, to excite or to tranquillize the public mind on political questions, to persuade or to confuse, printing now truth, now lies, facts or their contradictions, according as they may be well or ill received, always very cautiously feeling our ground before stepping upon it. . . We shall have a sure triumph over our opponents since they will not have at their disposition organs of the press in which they can give full and final expression to their views owing to the aforesaid methods of dealing with the press.
"Cases of the manifestation of criminality should remain known only to their victims and to chance witnesses -- no more."
"I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County. The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia . It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va . "
Sen. Robert Byrd, as a KKK recruiter, in a letter to Imperial Wizard Samuel Green of Atlanta, April 8, 1946. This letter was written AFTER Byrd claimed to have left the Klan. 18 years later, his notorious filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act was behavior consistent with other unrepentant "ex-Klansmen" who remained in office. These men publicly distanced themselves from the domestic terrorists, yet privately condoned or advanced Klan agendas e.g., killing civil rights legislation or appointing sympathetic judges.
In another letter Byrd wrote that he would never serve in the military:
Comparing the 1967 CIA Disinformation Guideline to the Nov. 2003 ABC News Release
See for yourself how ABC News is simply using a page from a 1967 CIA disinformation guideline to counter critics of the Warren Commission. Compare the ABC News excerpt below and the CIA memo to media assets (NBC, CBS, ABC, etc) on how to handle "conspiracy theorists," a derogatory term most often applied to those who simply believe Johnson was ultimately responsible. (click image to enlarge) To see the full text of this document, click here .
Nov. 20, 2003: Official ABC News-Time Warner (AOL news) assertion from "Beyond Conspiracy".
"Forty years later, there has not been a single piece of credible evidence (sic) to prove a conspiracy."
"In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful: a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. "
Still peddling the same bullshit they peddled since 1963, this is pretty glaring proof ABC News and Time-Warner/AOL have nothing but contempt for the American people. After all, since Johnson is dead, what's the worst that can happen? the chance that a slain war hero and president might find a justice which most of us take for granted? or is the possible exposure of senators, judges, legislators still in office as a result of Nov. 22, 1963 still too unsettling to the status quo?
President Lyndon Johnson's Personal Attorney: Johnson Killed JFK
Can skeptics find a more credible source?
In 1967, Jim Garrison's case against Clay Shaw wasn't just about Shaw. Shaw was a way to get to a much larger fish: Johnson. And Johnson knew this. The Garrison case implied Johnson was to blame for Kennedy's assassination, and the findings in that trial actually helped lead to Johnson's refusal to run in 1968. despite Shaw's acquittal. At the time of the assassination and until his death, Johnson was represented by a law firm partnered by Barr McClellan, the author of "Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.". So in terms of credibility, you can't get a better source: the very lawyers who defended Johnson against accusations of complicity. An interesting quote by the author, Barr McClellan: " When asked if he was concerned for the safety of his twin sons, he said: 'The Democrats are pretty much out of power, really, in the state of Texas. So. they're in good shape.'" (Barr McClellan is father of the present White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan)
If indeed, a cabal of criminals can buy up press assets of all possible complexions to direct your thinking into their own opinions, how can you tell if what you're reading now isn't propaganda too?
Simple. They will all have this in common: if they cannot avoid discussing it altogether, they will avoid discussing freemasonry in a negative light.
These are protocols written by masons, and the easiest way to determine the integrity of a newspaper or broadcast media is to see their reaction when questioned on the mere existence of a Masonic press. Like the mason's seal on the dollar bill, a Masonic press is self-evident. But unlike the seal, it is self-evident BY WHAT IS NOT SEEN. If they deny partisan, secret collusion amongst editors and broadcasters is rampant today, you know they cannot be trusted either for the outright lie, journalistic incompetence or pure gullibility. If they deny its power or influence, you likewise know you have been lied to, because if there was no Masonic press, Lyndon Johnson would have been arrested the same day Kennedy was shot. Why? The Billy Sol Estes Affair would have dominated the news stories, because a grand jury was now hearing evidence that Johnson was responsible for the 1961 murder and cover-up of Texas federal agricultural agent Henry Marshall. Johnson would be suspect number one, particularly after he destroyed evidence in a presidential assassination by immediately ordering the president's limo washed and refurbished. Why did he do it? because that limo held key evidence- slugs and trajectories that pointed to multiple trajectories, and hence, multiple shooters.
In the same protocols we read: "We must compel. action in the direction favored by our widely-conceived plan, already approaching the desired consummation, by what we shall represent as public opinion, secretly prompted by us through the means of that so-called 'Great Power' -- the Press, which, with a few exceptions that may be disregarded, is already entirely in our hands."
So the question remains.
What is it about obstructing justice in a presidential assassination that makes Specter, as lead investigator in the Warren Commission, especially qualified to chair the Senate Judiciary panel that will grill Supreme Court judges? After all, that Johnson killed Kennedy is an open secret in Washington DC. They know that enough Americans know the truth about Johnson to represent a true threat, but as long as it's kept out of the news, they also know they won't have to answer for the silence that marks complicity. It is an open secret like the one that we can never win the drug war on a prohibition model that is always linked to massive spikes in organized crime and political corruption.
I think the Washington Post owes us an answer to that. What makes Specter exceptionally qualified, as a man of no character, to judge men of superior character? Those of superior character qualifies just about 99% of the population, unless you also have blood on your hands and advanced your career in politics through it.
Incidentally, you may be interested in the phone calls Johnson made to Washington Post columnist Joseph Alsop right after the assassination as efforts were made to create a truly independent commission.
Dare we challenge the Post? Oh yes. Yes we do.
Now, kind reader, this is no call for anarchy. This is a call for you, as a voter, to search your conscience.
This particular American was murdered in cold blood, in front of women and children. He was a war hero, he was also our president.
The men who gained from this murder are not all dead, some remain in power, some know all the players: for instance, former President Gerald Ford, a member of the Warren Commission whom is also Scottish Rite. Another is Sen. Arlen Specter. But they are not the only ones alive, or the only ones protected by the establishment press.
You wouldn't vote for a murderer if you had the choice. You have that choice.
The first step must be taken by Pennsylvania constituents. But it must be taken.
ABC and AOL Revive Discredited Warren Commission on 40th Anniversary of JFK's Death Execute Textbook Propaganda Offensive
The cynical "Kennedy tributes" have nothing to do with honoring President Kennedy or healing the nation it is about keeping an industry's blood-tainted stooges in office.
They won't discuss President Johnson as his lawyers admit LBJ's pivotal role in the assassination. These are people who more than anyone, should know. That says enough about your pals at ABC, AOL, Court TV etc.
Following the lead of NBC before them, on November 22, the anniversary of Kennedy's murder in Dallas, ABC News will back the findings of a Klan leader who headed the long discredited investigation into JFK's death: the Warren Commission. It will do so knowing that in 1979, Congress, in the House Select Committee on Assassinations officially discredited the Warren Commission's "lone nut" findings. They will do so knowing approximately 80% percent of Americans believe Oswald either didn't do it or wasn't alone. They will do so knowing that the Warren Commission was headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, a Klan leader in Bakersfield, California. presenting a glaring conflict of interest because Kennedy's assassination was preceded by documented and monitored Klan death threats.
In November of 1963, numerous FBI telexes had warned of Klan threats to JFK in his planned visit to Miami and Dallas, which led to the cancellation of his Miami visit. (see document inset below) Dallas itself, at the time, was headed by a police force fiercely sympathetic to the Klan. This stunning conflict of interest made the Warren Commission a mockery of justice and this injustice will be ignored by ABC.
So who supporting the Warren Commission is still power today?
Sen. Arlen Specter, for instance, who gave us the infamous magic bullet theory, who came into power by protecting right-wing Klan members that detested Jews. Other Democratic supporters of the Warren Commission whom were in the Klan during JFK's life include Sen. Robert Byrd and Sen. Fritz Hollings. Hollings, So. Carolina's "Sen. Disney," is from the state where much of Joseph Milteer's Klan activities originated (Disney owns ABC). Around the time of JFK's assassination, Hollings raised the confederate battle flag over the South Carolina state capitol, where it would stay to spite blacks for decades. (The Klan really thought that was cool.) Sen. Byrd, another Dixiecrat, was a Klan recruiter who filibustered against the Civil Rights act of 1964 along with Strom Thurmond, opposing an act which even Johnson supported.
In 2002, the entertainment industry gave $38,299,520, or 86% of their total political contributions to the Democrats. Time Warner (CNN and AOL), Viacom (CBS, MTV), and Disney (ABC) were among the top Democratic donors. The disinformation offensive has nothing to do with honoring President Kennedy or healing the nation it is about keeping an industry's blood-tainted stooges in office. After all, even ABC admits some 80%of Americans don't believe Oswald acted alone, or if he was involved at all. And one crappy "news special" won't change that, if 40 years hasn't convinced the nation by now.
Source: Associated Press, March 28, 1999
JFK's Casket Dumped at Sea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bronze casket used to transport President Kennedy's body from Dallas to Washington was dropped from a military plane into the ocean two years after he was killed, according to assassination documents. Kermit L. Hall, a member of the now-defunct Assassination Records Review Board, said Friday that documents to be released Tuesday by the National Archives show that the casket was flown several miles off the Maryland-Delaware coast in early 1965 and dumped in an area where the military discards unstable and outdated weapons and ammunition. The reasons for the disposal aren't clear, but it fuels speculation among assassination researchers that it was discarded to hide foul play.
Adding Insult to Injury: ABC Attempts to Re-Write History
What ABC also ignored. the Warren Commission was officially debunked over 20 years ago-- by Congress itself, when it was determined Oswald could not have acted alone. ( Click image to enlarge)
In 1979, the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the most intense and public Congressional investigation into the Kennedy assassination, declared the strong likelihood of conspiracy.
"The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy."
Trent Lott's Segregationist Idol
"I wanna tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there's not enough troops in the army to force the southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigger race into our theatres into our swimming pools into our homes and into our churches."
Why the Klan Wanted Kennedy's Head
In November of 1963, fueled by a backlash against African-American voter registration drives in the Deep South and school desegregation efforts across the nation the Ku Klux Klan was at its most powerful since the 1920s. For the first time, even churches offered no sanctuary, as they were targeted with a vengeance.
In the 1960s, and at the time of the assassination, at least two Supreme Court Justices, Chief Justice Earl Warren and Justice Hugo Black, were known members of the KKK. Kennedy's civil rights stand, and his sending of federal troops to protect the first black student to enroll in the University of Alabama, was in fact declared an act of war by the Klan. Nor did it help that Kennedy was the first Catholic president the nation ever had: the KKK hates Catholics as much as it hates Jews and Blacks. To see a leaflet of what was expected from a member of the Klan, click here.
"We do not accept Jews, because they reject Christ, and, through the machinations of their International Banking Cartel, are at the root center of what we call "communism" today. We do not accept Papists [Catholics], because they bow to a Roman dictator, in direct violation of the First Commandment, and the True American Spirit of Responsible, Individual Liberty. We do not accept Turks, Mongols, Tarters, Orientals, Negroes, nor any other person whose native background of culture is foreign to the Anglo-Saxon system of Government by responsible, FREE individual citizens."
Also see Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical on Freemasonry of April 20, 1884. More on the long standing feud between the freemasons and the Catholics, as most evident in northern Ireland with the Orangemen freemasons and the Catholics. The Klan was founded by freemasons.
Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC's) online "wanted" poster of Abraham Lincoln. Among its most prominent speakers was then Senate majority leader Trent Lott and Sen. Jesse Helms. ( Click to enlarge)
What the Klan Calls Treason
Note the Kennedy handbill (Click images to enlarge) :
The 4th item notes "He has given support and encouragement to Communist inspired racial riots" *
The 5th item notes "He has illegally invaded a sovereign state with federal troops." **
To many in the deep south, this was an act of war. Even though President Eisenhower had done the same earlier, Eisenhower wasn't Catholic, and Kennedy was. In fact, JFK was the only Catholic president the nation ever had. As far as the Klan and other bigots were concerned, JFK was taking orders directly from Rome.
*a.k.a. the Civil Rights movement
**enforcing the University of Alabama desegregation orders
The revival of the Klan in the early 60s was no secret. At a time when the Supremes were on the pop charts, and the Civil Rights movement accelerated, Look magazine ran this telling cover story. (click image to enlarge)
LEFT: Some of the FBI files on Klansman Joseph Milteer (click images to enlarge)
Evidence Pointing To Klan in OKC Withheld
3,000 FBI documents pointing to Klan involvement in the OKC bombing were unlawfully withheld in the McVeigh Trial., thus insuring immunity for Klan accomplices.
What's wrong with this picture?
The Klan mother above has her rights protected, particularly her right to due process, redress of grievances, free speech and assembly.
The OKC bombing victims below, however, have none of these rights or equal protection under the law. The sealing of key OKC documents, for example, made any true redress of grievances impossible.
Inasmuch as these rights threatens the interests and careers of Klansmen and sympathizers still in high office and law enforcement., these civil rights are exclusive to the KKK, and we're all second class citizens to the Klan.
Behold Milteer's "Negroes Unwelcome Wagon".
Milteer worked on both Strom Thurmond and George Wallace's campaigns, both of whom ran on fervent segregationist platforms.
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Miami Police Dept. Audio Transcript: Joseph Milteer
Unlawfully in Office Under the 14th amendment, ex-Klansmen are specifically barred from holding office. So why are several ex-Klansmen still in office?
The Klan, was in fact, tracking Kennedy's every move. The FBI informant drawing Klansman Joseph Milteer out is Willie Somersett. An excerpt from the Miami PD wire transcript. (Notes Page 121 Withheld by FBI)
INFORMANT: I think Kennedy is coming here on the 18th, or something like that to make some kind of speech. . . .
MILTEER: You can bet your bottom dollar he is going to have a lot to say about the Cubans. There are so many of them here.
INFORMANT: Yeah. Well, he will have a thousand bodyguards, don't worry about that.
MILTEER: The more bodyguards he has the easier it is to get him.
INFORMANT: Well, how in the hell do you figure would be the best way to get him?"
MILTEER: From an office building with a high-powered rifle. He knows he's a marked man.
INFORMANT: They are really going to try to kill him?
MILTEER: Oh yeah, it is in the working. . . .
INFORMANT: Boy, if that Kennedy gets shot, we have got to know where we are at. Because you know that will be a real shake if they do that.
MILTEER: They wouldn't leave any stone unturned there, no way. They will pick somebody up within hours afterwards, if anything, like that would happen. Just to throw the public off.
Earlier, in April 1963, Milteer had attended a Congress of Freedom convention in New Orleans. An informant there reported that Milteer was a director of the Dixie Clan of Georgia, a radical offshoot of the KKK. Political assassinations were discussed at the convention.
"It is his [the informant's] considered opinion that for assassination through rifles, dynamite, and other types of devices, this is the worst outfit he has ever come across." The Third Decade, Jan. 1986 see Russell, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
Somersett continued to supply reports on Milteer following the assassination:
"MILTEER advised that they did not have to worry about LEE HARVEY OSWALD getting caught because 'he doesn't know anything' and that the 'right wing' is in the clear. MILTEER further related that,
'The patriots have outsmarted the communists and infiltrated the communist group in order that they (communists) could carry out the plan without the right-wingers becoming involved'. "
Malcom Wallace, in 1951, had already been convicted of murdering Doug Kinser and was alleged by Johnson crony Billy Sol Estes to have murdered federal agricultural agent Henry Marshall in 1961. (With Johnson's legal assistance, i.e. his personal attorney John Cofer, Wallace would walk away with a five year suspended sentence for the murder of Kinser.) Now, according to the Warren Report, there was a single fingerprint lifted from the carton designated "A" in the "sniper's nest" which could not be linked with Oswald, any other employee of the Texas School Book Depository, or any law enforcement officer that had handled the carton. The fingerprint remains in the National Archives, labeled "Unknown."
However, by 1998, a 14 point match with Malcolm Wallace's prints would be made, thereby directly linking Johnson to the assassination. (Wallace's prints were, of course, on record after his conviction.)
On March 9, 1998, A. Nathan Darby, A.L.C.E., a Certified Latent Fingerprint Examiner, and a member of the International Association for Identification, signed a sworn affidavit stating that he found a positive match between the "Unknown" print from Carton "A" and the 1951 print of Mac Wallace.
For easier comparison, the "Unknown' print from the sniper's nest on the right has been duplicated and superimposed in red over the Wallace print on the left. The match becomes obvious even to the layman. (click image to enlarge)
Unlawfully in Office According to the 14th amendment, these legislators have no right to be in office. A look at the ex-Klansmen who joined the Supreme Court and gutted the 14th amendment which specifically barred them office.
Viola Liuzzo, A White Woman From Detroit, Wanted To Help
39-year-old Viola Liuzzo, who was also a mother of five young children, was an active member of her local chapter of the NAACP. When the protesters began their second attempt at the march on March 21, 1965 (this time protected by the National Guard) in Selma, Liuzzo was in the thick of the action, ferrying activists between Selma and Montgomery in her car.
Wikimedia Commons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads the march.
This time the march was a success and King was able to give a speech straight from the steps of the capitol. Later that evening, as Liuzzo was driving one of the protesters back to Selma, another car pulled up beside her, and its occupants opened fire. Liuzzo was struck in the face and killed instantly her vehicle swerved out of control and into a fence.
The person whom Liuzzo was driving, a 19-year old black teenager named Leroy Moton, had the presence of mind to realize he needed to play dead in order to stay alive, and the killers’ car eventually drove off. Liuzzo was killed instantly. Viola Liuzzo was the only known white woman killed as part of the Civil Rights struggle.
Ann Arbor News, March 12, 1983 A photo of the news article about Viola Liuzzo’s death
Liuzzo’s murder made national headlines, and President Lyndon Johnson himself made the announcement that her killers had been caught. Over 300 mourners attended her funeral, including King. Michigan Governor George Romney declared that Liuzzo “gave her life for what she believed in, and what she believed in is the cause of humanity everywhere.”
Viola Liuzzo Murder - Alabama KKK FBI Files - President Johnson Secret Phone Recordings - Download
1,575 pages of files copied from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., covering the investigation of the Viola Liuzzo murder.
Viola Gregg Liuzzo (1925-1965) was a 39-year-old white mother and a civil rights worker from Detroit who came to Alabama to help with voter registration. She was murdered March 25, 1965 en route to a civil rights meeting, after being seen riding in a car with Leroy Moton, a black man. She was the first white woman killed during the American civil rights movement.
Her murder was allegedly committed by KKK members Eugene Thomas, Collie Leroy Wilkins, Jr. and William Orville Eaton.
In May 1965, the trial of Liuzzo's killers began, but the all-white jury could not come to a decision and a mistrial was declared. At a second trial in October 1965, the men were found not guilty of murder. In a federal trial, the defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of Liuzzo and were sentenced to ten years in prison. Eaton died on March 9, 1966, from natural causes, before serving his sentence.
FBI File coverage includes a background investigation of Viola Liuzzo and her husband Accounts from informants within the Klan President Johnson's interest in the case Alabama Governor George Wallace's response to the murder.
President Johnson Phone Conversation Secret Audio Recordings
45 minutes of phone conversation audio recorded by Lyndon Johnson, containing conversations related to the Liuzzo murder. Participants include:
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
Anthony Liuzzo husband of Viola Liuzzo
United States Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach
Johnson civil rights advisor Lee White
Teamster President Lee White
Johnson advisor Jack Valenti
Congressman Adam Clayton Powell
In 1963, civil rights activists began an effort to register black voters in Dallas County, Alabama. During 1963 and 1964, although they brought potential voters by the hundreds to the registrar's office in the courthouse in Selma, they were unable to have them registered. In January and February 1965, protests were held in Selma to bring attention to this violation of rights. The protests were met by violence by Sheriff James Clark and his deputies. On February 17, a small civil rights march ended in the shooting of Jimmy Lee Jackson who died from his wounds several days later. The civil rights activists decided to hold a memorial march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery on March. 7.
Approximately 600 marchers started out on the march that Sunday morning. When the marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus bridge on the outskirts of Selma, they were met by about 200 state troopers, and Sheriff Clark and his deputies mounted on horseback, armed with tear gas, night sticks and bull whips. The marchers were ordered to turn back. When they did not, they were attacked by the law enforcement officers. The air filled with tear gas and marchers were beaten, whipped and trampled by the horses. Finally, they turned around and returned to Selma. Seventeen marchers were hospitalized.
Dr. King and his supporters filed a federal lawsuit requesting to be permitted to proceed with the march. On March 21, the march began again, with federal troops protecting the marchers, and proceeded to Montgomery. In Montgomery, a rally was held on the steps of the state capitol. However, within hours of the end of the march Liuzzo was killed.
The Murder of Viola Liuzzo: A Turning Point in Ku Klux Klan History
On March 25, 1965, the white worker for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Viola Liuzzo was murderedafter having taken part in a Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery. She was working as a transport driver to take the civil rights activists back home. At the end of the day, she had dropped off several civil rights activists and only the African American Leroy Moten was left to bring home. While driving towards Leroy’s home, Viola was shot from another car filled with alleged Ku Klux Klan members.
The next day, President Johnson stated on national television that the FBI had arrested four men. One of them would turn out to be an undercover FBI agent, but the other three were charged with conspiracy to violate Liuzzo’s civil rights. In his statement, President Johnson defined the Klan as a “hooded society of bigots” and expressed his resolute eagerness to fight them.
The three Klansmen were charged with conspiracy and not murder due to the fact that only state courts were, and still are, permitted to indict for murder. President Johnson recognized this problem and, in order to solve it, his administration tried to develop legislation that would “strengthen the tools with which the Federal Government may deal with organized acts of violence of this kind.”
As a result of Liuzzo’s murder, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) started an investigation into the Ku Klux Klan. An internal HUAC memorandum referring to a similar case, the murder of two African Americans by Klansmen in Mississippi, showed that the race of the victim mattered for whether or not perpetrators were convicted. Nevertheless, the Liuzzo case was the very first time in which an official investigation implied that the Klan was “Un-American,” a true turning point in the Klan’s history.
The Roosevelt Study Center sources clearly show that the Liuzzo case was an important watershed in the Civil Rights era. This was not only because it was one of the first times that Ku Klux Klan members were convicted, but also because it initiated an entirely new way of thinking about the Klan, and, perhaps more importantly, it induced President Johnson to investigate the possibilities for federal legislation to suppress violence against civil rights activists. At the same time, however, Liuzzo’s death also shows that in 1965, in spite of the adoption of the Civil Rights Act, the civil rights movement still had not fully achieved its goals, and its activists continued to be in danger of their lives. Source
12 Horrific Crimes Committed By The KKK Between 1921 And 2016
Because apparently, Tomi Lahren and people who think like her need a reminder.
The mere existence of the KKK is enough cause for both alarm and questioning of our federal government as to why an outright racist, violently hateful organization has been allowed to exist for so long, but apparently, conservative media personality Tomi Lahren didn’t get that memo.
Lahren appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Wednesday evening and when Noah shifted the conversation to her unfounded criticisms of the Black Lives Matter Movement, she foolishly tried to defend her tactic of describing the modern-day civil rights organization as “the new Ku Klux Klan.”
“When the Black Lives Matter movement is going out with signs saying ‘fry em like bacon’ and ‘f the police,’ and when they’re going out and saying, ‘if you see a White person, target them,’…that is happening, Trevor,” she said.
The most cringe-worthy moment of Lahren’s spiel came when she attempted to minimize the KKK’s violent history of racist attacks, inhumane murders and torture.
“So, when that now becomes the narrative and you’re starting to loot, burn and riot….what did the KKK do?” Lahren asked. Naturally, her bogus question was met with a barrage of ‘boos’ from the audience and a puzzled look from Noah himself.
In an effort to remind Tomi Lahren and anyone else who seems to be suffering from a slight case of amnesia with regard to the history of violent crimes committed by the KKK in America, here’s a look at just a few of them.
1. Tulsa Race Riots – Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921
Between 21 and 200 Black people were murdered after residents began rioting when a Black man was accused of raping a White woman. Tulsa KKK founder W. Tate Brady participated in the riot.
2. Murder Of Emmett Till – Money, Mississippi 1955
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old Black boy who was badly beaten to the point that his face was disfigured and one of his eyes was dislodged from its’ socket before being fatally shot, tied to a fan and thrown in the Tallahatchie River by two White men for allegedly flirting with a White woman while visiting a local store.
3. Murder of Judge Edward Aaron – Birmingham, Alabama 1957
Edward Aaron was a Black handyman who was abducted by the KKK, badly beaten, castrated with a razor and left to die in a nearby creek.
4. Murder Of Willie Edwards – Alabama River, Alabama, 1957
Willie Edwards was abducted by Klansman and severely beaten in his car before being forced at gunpoint to jump 125 feet to his death off a bridge over the Alabama River.
5. 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing That Killed Four Black School Girls – Birmingham, Alabama 1963
The KKK claimed responsibility for strategically placing bombs underneath the Black church just as Sunday school was coming to a close. The bombs later exploded and killed four Black schoolgirls between the ages of 11 and 14.
6. Murder Of Medgar Evers – Jackson, Mississippi, 1963
Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist, husband and father who was assassinated by KKK member, Byron De La Beckwith, in his driveway while returning home from a meeting with NAACP lawyers.
7. Murder Of Viola Liuzzo – Selma, Alabama 1965
Viola Liuzzo was a White civil rights activist, mother and wife. She was shot twice in the head by four KKK members who became enraged after seeing her riding in the car with a Black man, who was also an activist.
8. Michael Donald Murder – Mobile, Alabama, 1981
Michael Donald was killed by KKK members after being questionably charged with the murder of a White policeman. The Klan members beat him with a tree limb, strangled him with a rope and slit his throat, before later hanging him from a tree in a local neighborhood yard.
9. Mount Zion AME Church Burning – Greelyville, South Carolina 1995
Mount Zion AME Church was burned to the ground by KKK members before later being rebuilt.
10. Murder of Jason Smith – Eros, Louisiana, 2011
Jason Smith was a 14-year-old Black student from Louisiana who was found dead in a local lake with his organs missing. Although his death was ruled an “accidental drowning,” his father and family maintain that the killing was the doing of local KKK members.
11. Jewish Community Center Murders – Overland Park, Kansas 2014
Former KKK leader Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. murdered three people after opening fire at a local Jewish community center.
12. Stabbing Of Anti-KKK Protesters At Klan Rally – Anaheim, California 2016
Three people were stabbed by members and supporters of the KKK while protesting against their rally in California.
Before heading to Selma, Liuzzo had lived in Detroit with her second husband, an official with the Teamsters union, and her five children (two from a previous marriage). Politically and socially active, Liuzzo was a member of the Detroit chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She knew firsthand about the racial injustices that African Americans often suffered in the South, having spent some of her youth in Tennessee and Georgia, among other places.
Liuzzo’sision to go to Alabama was driven in part by the events of March 7, 1965, in Selma — also known as 𠇋loody Sunday.” On that day, approximately 600 civil rights supporters attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery along Highway 80. The group barely got started when they were attacked by state and local police officers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge using clubs and tear gas. Liuzzo had watched the brutal assault on the protesters in a news broadcast, and felt compelled to find a way to join the fight for civil rights.
On March 9, 1965, King had again attempted to march to Montgomery from Selma with more than 1,500 other civil rights advocates. King decided to return Selma, however, after encountering the state police along the way. That night in Selma, a white minister named James Reeb was beaten to death by a group of segregationists.
On March 21, 1965, more than 3,000 marchers led by King began their trek from Selma to Montgomery to campaign for voting rights for African Americans in the South. Unlike previous attempts, activists on this march were protected from outside interference by U.S. Army and National Guard troops. In addition to participating in the march, Liuzzo helped by driving supporters between Selma and Montgomery. The group reached Montgomery on March 25, 1965, and King gave a speech on the steps of the state capitol building to a crowd of approximately 25,000 people.
Norman Rockwell’s “Southern Justice” and the Murder of the Mississippi Civil Rights Workers
Southern Justice- Norman Rockwell 1965
Fifty years ago today, three young men working to register blacks to vote as part of the Freedom Summer in Mississippi were brutally murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
The men, twenty year old Andrew Goodman from New York City, was a progressive activist and Anthropology student at Queens College. Twenty-four year old Mickey Schwerner was a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Both Goodman and Schwerner were Jewish. Twenty-one year old James Chaney was from Meridian Mississippi and was a volunteer with CORE, the Congress of Racial Equity working on voter registration and education with local churches.
On June 21st 1964 the three men were in Philadelphia Mississippi where they were investigating the burning of Mount Zion Methodist Church which had been working with CORE in the town. In the wake of that many black citizens and church members were beaten by whites, and they accused Sheriff’s Deputy Cecil Price of abuse.
The three were arrested for an alleged traffic violation, jailed and released that evening without being allowed to make any phone calls. On the way back to Meridian, two carloads of Klan members forced them over, abducted them and killed them. The bodies were not discovered for 44 days. Their disappearance brought national attention and a major investigation to the town. Eventually seven men, including deputy Price were convicted of the murders. The murders and the investigation became the subject of the movie Mississippi Burning.
Rockwell, well known for his portraits of American life and the Civil Rights movement painted “Southern Justice” which is sometimes known as “Murder in Mississippi” in 1965. This was not long after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1964, which has been under attack in many southern states over the past decade and had a key provision gutted by the Supreme Court last year.
50 years ago the murders of these three young men brought national attention to the pervasive racism and discrimination in the country. So many murders, lynchings and burnings of homes businesses and that went before had been covered up by the media. I do hope and pray that we never go back to those days, but as laws are passed to limit voting rights in various states I wonder if the clock will be turned back. I don’t thing that it will in the long run, but the sacrifice of so many for those rights should never be forgotten.
In memory of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner and others of the Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights movement who died or suffered to peacefully bring about change to our society.