5 Apr 2012
April 4 2012 marks the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was gunned down in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. At the time, Dr King's every move was being tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Democracy Now! speak with journalist Tim Weiner author of, "Enemies: A History of the FBI," about the fanatical zeal with which the agency pursued the civil rights leader and peace activist.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover saw King as a Communist. He ordered agents to wiretap and spy on his hotel rooms and his private home. Weiner describes how the FBI also pushed newspapers to publish sordid details about King's relations with women other than his wife just before he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
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