RFK: Not Allowed to Win
the 1968 peace candidate killed before the election
On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy made the following comments in Indianapolis:
Ladies and gentlemen: I’m only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening.
Because … I have some very sad news for all of you, and I think sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in.
For those of you who are black — considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible — you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.
We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization — black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.
But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.
So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, yeah that’s true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love — a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.
We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We’ve had difficult times in the past. And we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it’s not the end of disorder.
But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much.
photos from Robert F. Kennedy's grave, Arlington National Cemetery, the 1968 quote is from an impromptu speech RFK gave in Indianapolis upon hearing that Martin Luther King had been assassinated
Coalition on Political Assassinations
June 6-8, 2008 (Friday - Sunday)
"The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Killing Hope"
40th anniversary of his murder at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles
Regional Meeting of COPA in Los Angeles, CA
Speakers: Paul Schrade and many others
LAPD veteran Mike Ruppert talks about the Los Angeles police involvement
"ask yourself what you believe about the existence of democracy in this country and what you believe about the fate of ANY Presidential candidate not sanctioned by the powers that be before the "race" is run."
from Jamey Hecht, assistant managing editor at From the Wilderness, scholar, humanitarian, activist
Sirhan Says "I didn't kill RFK" - and why he is probably telling the truth
Lisa Pease's articles on RFK
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
My RFK assassination articles back online in full
Because of the recent BBC Newsnight segment featuring Shane O'Sullivan's allegations that George Joannides, David Morales, and Gordon Campbell, three CIA agents, were at the Ambassador Hotel the night Bobby Kennedy was killed, and the barrage of disinformation certain to be unleashed in the next couple of years as we approach the 40th anniversary (2008) of the Robert Kennedy assassination, I wanted to republish my full RFK articles online.
In 1998, after several years of research, I wrote and published a large two-part article on the key facts and allegations surrounding the assassination of Robert Kennedy in Probe Magazine. For a few years, the full versions were available online. When they were published in the book The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcolm X (Feral House, 2003), I truncated the online versions in the hope that people would buy the book. Many did. Thanks!
There is a great amount, sadly, of bad, inaccurate, misleading, and incomplete data on the Web regarding just about any subject, but especially where alleged CIA operations are involved. Bear in mind that if the CIA was behind the assassination, they would make certain they had mouthpieces all over the blogosphere and the Web decrying any who would suggest a conspiracy. Trust no one. Read as much as you can and make up your own mind.
Sirhan and the RFK Assassination
Part I: The Grand Illusion
From the March-April, 1998 issue (Vol. 5 No. 3) of Probe Magazine
By Lisa Pease
Sirhan and the RFK Assassination
Part II: Rubik's Cube
From the May-June, 1998 issue (Vol. 5 No. 4) of Probe Magazine
By Lisa Pease
In Part I of this article, we saw that Sirhan could not have shot Kennedy. Indeed, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that Sirhan was firing blanks. If Sirhan did not shoot Kennedy, who did? Why? And how is it that Sirhan’s own lawyers did not reveal the evidence that he could not have committed the crime for which he received a death sentence?
RFK and the CIA: November 2006 update
A new BBC documentary claims to have found evidence that key CIA personnel were present at the scene of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Lisa Pease thinks that the BBC report may be disinformation:
Monday, November 20, 2006
Did the CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? Probably - but not with THOSE guys
People who have read my work, published in the volume The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcolm X (Feral House, 2003) are well aware that I believe strongly that the CIA was deeply involved in the JFK and RFK assassinations and investigations that followed.
But when I got this story in my mailbox today, my heart sank. Because I believe this will result in the discrediting of the notion that the CIA killed Kennedy. I think it will be shown that the photos and videos do not show David Morales or George Joannides.
Turner, William W. and Christian, Jonn G. The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: The Conspiracy and Coverup. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1993. 397 pages. First published in 1978 by Random House.
Not only did the earlier edition fail to make it into paperback, but Random House stopped shipping this book because of one letter from a person with links to organized crime. Twenty thousand copies were printed in 1978, and eleven thousand of these were sent to the incinerator in 1985. Though not named, it's obvious that this person is Eugene Hale Brading (aka Jim Braden), who was detained by sheriff's deputies at Dealey Plaza minutes after the JFK assassination. He was also in Los Angeles when RFK was killed.
But Brading is mentioned on just three pages, so the Random House bonfire probably had more to do with senior editor Robert D. Loomis, who edited a "lone nut" account of the RFK assassination in 1970, as well as Gerald Posner's "Case Closed" in 1993, in which Oswald is also a lone nut. "They do that with books," Loomis replied when asked about the incineration. When contacted by Publishers Weekly about the Posner book, Loomis had this to say: "All the conspiracy theories have undermined the public's belief in government. They believe that everybody's in cahoots, that we have murderers in the CIA. That's what has been accepted, and that, to me, is a crime." Posner himself acknowledged the influence of Loomis: "His effort on this one was beyond the ordinary assistance.... His imprint is evident throughout."
Rigorous Intuition has an excellent commentary on the RFK case and the poisoning of dissident KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko:
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Bobby and Alexander
Beyond "Bobby": Exposing the continuing conspiracy and cover-up of the RFK assassination
By Larry Chin
Online Journal Associate Editor
Nov 27, 2006
With the film Bobby, director-writer Emilio Estevez captures a snapshot of 1968 America, and the many hopes and dreams lifted and crushed on the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. But the real story that still begs to be told begins where Bobby leaves off: with the assassination itself.
For it is only through investigation of the assassination and its cover-up, the murder’s direct connection to the other 1960s assassinations (JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and others), and its relevance to subsequent (and also directly connected) wars and political crimes (Nixon/Watergate, Iran-Contra, and both Bush administrations) -- that the soul of the American Empire is truly revealed.