WHAT: Digging Deeper LXXIX: The politics of assassination
WHO: Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN: Monday, April 13 & 20, 2009 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405
United for Peace
of Pierce County
April 13 & 20, 2009
UFPPC study circle
DIGGING DEEPER LXXIX: The politics of assassination
On two successive Mondays, April 13 and 20, at 7:00 p.m., UFPPC's study circle, Digging Deeper, will examine recent books on the politics of assassination in the 1960s.
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis, 2008) by Ground Zero co-founder James W. Douglass makes a strong case in studying the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that "the evidence we have points toward our national security state" (p. 370) and that Kennedy was killed because he was "locked in a struggle with his national security state" (p. 96). E. Snyder called Douglass's book a "credible, coherent, and convincing narrative for the events surrounding JFK's assassination. [Douglass] uses resources from U.S. and Soviet archives, firsthand accounts of people now willing to talk, dogged researchers over the years challenging the Warren Commission, and others. One hundred pages of fine-print footnotes back up 400 pages of text. Douglass establishes a clear motive and case for CIA involvement. He also paints a complimentary picture of Kennedy's courage and conviction in bucking the power and prestige of the CIA and the Joint Chiefs. This book implicitly raises the question of whether today's politicians are willing to risk proposing far-reaching changes in war/peace policies that challenge the ‘unspeakable.’”
In An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, English barrister William F. Pepper looks closely at the 1997 trial of Loyd Jowers and other co-conspirators and concludes that "the U.S. government shut down a movement for social change in its tracks" (book cover). Booklist called the book "passionate, disturbing, and well researched." -- "Forget everything you think you know . . . Pepper attempts nothing less than a rewrite of history, and a spurring of further investigation . . . it is heartfelt, and honors Pepper's commitment to King's legacy." —Publishers Weekly. -- "We recommend it highly to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King's assassination." —Coretta Scott King.