LawbreaKING – FBI Spied On Coretta Scott King

September 1, 2007

Documents made public this week via a Freedom Of Information Request, reveal the FBI was spying on Coretta Scott King, the wife of slain world hero, Martin Luther King jr., well after his death. They did so for many years, which is another black mark on the agency. Many are furious at the news, stating the FBI was out of line. I agree. It further shows their perennially poor judgment.

Some people are flabbergasted and puzzled as to why the FBI did this. Why are you surprised? They let the country down with 9/11, among other things. After that monumental, life costing mess up, you shouldn’t be surprised at anything anymore. News also came out a few months ago that they framed 4 innocent men for murder. Yet some are surprised at the news they were spying on Coretta.

The FBI throughout its corrupt 100 year history has always spied on certain U.S. citizens and residents that were deemed influential. They don’t like that. They don’t want anyone being too influential when it comes to the public, as they’d rather influence lay with the head of state, who they are often subservient to.

I’m not talking about your run of the mill entertainers, politicians and private citizens (though they spy on some of them too). I am referring to people who have the potential to shape the country politically and or socially. The FBI doesn’t like it when too many people listen to a person that meets that description.

If Mother Teresa or Ghandi had lived here, the FBI would have made their lives a living hell. Why? they were too influential in a social realm that could influence the masses, especially politically. It’s just how the FBI is and they have no intention of changing, the law be damned. They’ve got folks under surveillance right now who don’t deserve it.

You would think they’d learn from history not to do this, but they haven’t. The Martin Luther King jr. case blew up in their faces in a way that has brought the agency unending disgrace and shame for decades.

Because Martin Luther King jr. and Coretta were so dangerous and detrimental to the nation (sarcasm). They brought the country honor, to a level few other citizens have, and are thought of in very high regard all over the world, so what did you do as the main law enforcement body for the nation – you stalked, harass, defamed, terrorized and tried to destroy them. Many even believe you killed King. The agency even admitted in the documents on King that people think they contributed to it.

The file on Coretta paints an accurate, ugly, nasty, perverted picture of the FBI. You have to have some insidious mental sickness to be spying on people to that level – especially non-violent people. It is completely condemnable and ungodly. It reveals the sick mode of operation the bureau operates under…that they are still using today.

They are still wiretapping innocent people. They are still opening innocent people’s mail. They are still digging in innocent people’s past and looking for ways to discredit them for being too influential.

What kind of cowardly, nasty, perverted man would be spying on a woman like that – reading her mail, listening to her phone calls, finding out her daily travel schedule ahead of time and sending the whole thing around to different people (see below).

She was no threat to national security and they knew it. They’re just a bunch of lawbreakers that like spying on people, as it makes them feel they are in control. Too bad someone wasn’t spying on Hoover with a camera when he was wearing his pink dress.


Inside the FBI’s secret files on Coretta Scott King

02:50 PM PDT on Thursday, August 30, 2007 – By DAVID RAZIQ / KHOU AP

HOUSTON — She had an unforgettable face: serene, beautiful and yet with a trace of sadness that few would say she did not earn. Indeed, Coretta Scott King’s life was filled with trouble and adversity caused by those opposed to her cause.

And among those opponents? J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI.

Now, after more than a year’s work, KHOU-TV in Houston and its investigative unit, 11 News Defenders, have obtained a world-exclusive first look at the FBI’s file on Coretta Scott King.

Comprised of nearly 500 pages, with some of those documents partially or totally censored, the intelligence file paints a disturbing picture.

For example: The FBI very closely spied and did surveillance on Scott King for years, keeping close track of her public appearances, speeches and especially anytime she traveled.

Why would a federal agency go to such trouble?

For most of his life FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover ruled the Bureau with a tight grip. In addition he opposed the civil rights movement as being an “un-American” and “subversive cause” and even called Martin Luther King Jr. “the Black Messiah,” saying he was too powerful. In public statements Hoover also called the leader “immoral” and accused him of being influenced by the Communists. (Regarding that last accusation, the FBI would later admit in a document submitted to Congress that “the veracity of the sources and the characterization are remaining questions.”)

Hence began an intense “counter-intelligence” campaign of surveillance, bugging, and harassment by the FBI’s “Racial Intelligence Section” that centered around MLK, his relatives, and associates.

But KHOU has found that even after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the FBI’s Scott King file shows the Bureau actually intensified their spying and surveillance of the new widow.

The newly released documents show the Bureau closely tracked and scrutinized Scott King’s comings and goings, including public appearances (“Mrs. King is due to arrive…at 10:40 a.m.”) and what was said there. Agents also kept particular notice of any of her plane flights. They even kept tabs on a King family outing to Las Vegas and what security company Scott King was using.

Far more invasive though was the Bureau’s interception of private letters she had written.

One agent even read and reviewed her 1969 book “My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.” and made a point to say Scott King’s “selfless, magnanimous, decorous attitude is belied by.. (her) ..actual shrewd, calculating, businesslike activities.”

But the file also shows that the Bureau’s real worry about Scott King was not the civil rights movement but instead her involvement with the peace and “anti-Vietnam War” movement. Government officials were afraid that she might try to complete what her husband had been doing when he died: “attempt to tie the anti-Vietnam war movement to the civil rights movement,” as one FBI agent put it.

During the late ‘60s, the anti-war movement was snowballing in strength and was considered a real danger to the war effort by both the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Adding the hundreds of thousands involved in the civil rights effort to the war protest was thus considered “a danger.”

Coretta Scott attends the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta, Ga. King in this April 9, 1968 file photo.

In fact, the file shows the FBI was copying various military intelligence organizations on her activities including the 115 th M.I. of the U.S. Army, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and a number of military bases.

Other reports also show the White House being in the loop on this surveillance. One Agent reported on then New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s phone call to Scott King after her husband’s death, offering his condolences and ongoing help. Another reported to the Nixon White House and then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about what they had learned about Scott King…

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