The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 17, 1968 · Page 170
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 170

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 17, 1968
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HATE CONTINUED Five years after the assassination of President Kennedy we are a land ridden with anxiety and torn by hate. lere are excerpts, for example, from II a telephone conversation which was monitored by a government intelligence unit in Miami on Nov. plots in time to throw a heavy guard around him. Two weeks after King's ultimate martyrdom, the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City learned that Robert De-Pugh, fugitive leader of the Minute-men, had given his storm troopers a list of prominent people to assassinate if he should be jailed. Two names on the assassination list were Dr. Martin Luther King and Sen. Robert Kennedy. Yet again, the accused slayers were in no way tied to the Minutemen. In 1965, an all-points bulletin was issued to police in Colorado to be on the alert for a member of the Minutemen, armed and dangerous, who had threatened to kill Senator Kennedy. He reportedly had read hate pamphleteer Frank Capell's wild paperback, The Strange Death of Marilyn Monroe, which accused Kennedy of arranging for the Communists to murder the movie queen to save himself from a scandal. Plot against Fulbright Other people of prominence, too, have been marked for murder by the extremists. At the 1966 trial of Robert DePugh, ex-Minuteman Jerry Brooks blurted from the witness stand: "Your Honor, I don't know if I would be out of order, but the defense attorney asked me if I was the one that promoted the idea of killing Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas ... I could name the people involved if you want me to do that." Brooks' testimony was shut off, but FBI files contain details of the plot. Three hoodlums, affiliated with the Minutemen, raised money in Kansas City to buy a getaway car and were in the midst of planning the assassination when the FBI started investigating. Indeed, the FBI has compiled a list of more than 30 people whom the Minutemen intend to knock off in case of "a Communist take-over." Among the names on the list are Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Chief Justice Earl Warren, ex-U.N. Ambassador Arthur Goldberg and Sen. Wayne Morse. In March 1963, the Minutemen warned 20 congressmen who had voted against the House Un-American Activities Committee that "cross hairs are on the back of your necks." The chilling message declared: "See the old man at the corner where you buy your paper? He may have a silencer-equipped pistol under his coat. That extra fountain pen in the pocket of the insurance salesman that calls on you might be a cyanide-gas gun. What about your milkman? Arsenic works slow but sure. Your aulo mechanic may slay up nights studying booby traps. These patriots are not going to let you take their freedom away from them. They have learned the silent knife, the strangler's cord, the target rifle that hits sparrows at 200 yards. Only their leaders restrain them." The black militants, who are even more unrestrained in their murder cries, have fingered many of the same intended victims. An informant, reliable in the past, tipped off Chicago police that a group of militants agreed at a secret meeting on Aug. 1, 1968, to "hit" Vice President Humphrey and Sen. Eugene McCarthy during the Democratic Convention. The murder assignments and weapons were handed out, according to the informant, at an Aug. 12 meeting. Puerto Rican police also reported that a group of militant students, carrying pistols equipped with silencers, were on their way to the Democratic Convention "lo kill someone." This was one reason for the stringent security measures in Chicago. The inflammatory literature, whether it comes from the far Right or far Left, preaches the same doctrine of hatred and violence. Other hate literature is downright psychopathic, sometimes illustrated with grotesque drawings. "Scientists say the Negro still is in the ape stage," declares an illustrated Nazi pamphlet. "Mongrelization of the races would destroy white Christian civilization." The propaganda put out by the lunatic Left is equally fantastic. One tract accuses FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover of controlling "innumerable crematories and concentration camps throughout the world." 'Medals' for slayers But cold print doesn't have the dramatic force of a hot harangue. After four little Negro girls were killed in the dynamiting of a Birmingham church, a rabble-rouser told a Ku Klux Klan rally in St. Augustine, Fla.: "If they can find those fellows, they ought to put medals on them. It wasn't no shame they was killed. Why? Because when I go out to kill rattlesnakes, I don't make no difference between little rattlesnakes and big rattlesnakes." Not long afterward, racial violence flared in St. Augustine. Racial trouble was whipped up in Washington by H. Rap Brown, who told a black rally: "Black people have been PARAOI NOVIMIUR 17. 1 9, 1963. The two men on the phone, whose last names must be omitted, belonged to the extremist Constitutional Party and had close ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Joe: I think Kennedy is coming here on the 18th, or something like that, to make some kind of speech. Bill: 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. Joe: Yeah, well he will have a thousand bodyguards, don't worry about that. Bill : The more bodyguards he has, the more easier it is to get him. Joe: Well how in the hell do you figure would be the best way to get him? Bill: From an office building with a high-powered rifle. How many people room noise, tape not legible does he have going around who look just like him? Do you know about that? Joe: No, I never heard that he had anybody. Bill: He has got them. Joe: He has? Bill: He has about 15. Whenever he goes any place, they not legible. He knows he is a marked man. Joe: They are really going to try to kill him? Bill: Oh, yeah, it is in the working. B - himself, B - is just as likely to get him as anybody. He hasn't said so, but he tried to get Martin Luther King. Joe: He did? Bill: Oh yes, he followed him for miles and miles and couldn't get close enough to him. . . . Joe: Hitting this Kennedy is going to be a hard proposition, I tell you, I believe, you may have figured out a way to get him. You may have figured out the office building and all that. I don't know how them Secret Service agents cover all them office buildings, or anywhere he is going, do you know whether they do that or not? Bill: Well, if they have any suspicion, they do that of course. But without suspicion, chances are that they wouldn't. You take there in Washington, of course it is the wrong time of the year, but you take pleasant weather, he comes out on the veranda, and somebody could be in a LEE HARVEY OSWALD hotel room across the way there, and pick him off just like fades out." Only 13 days later, President Kennedy was struck down by slugs from a high-powered rifle fired from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in downtown Dallas. Yet Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, had absolutely no connection with the two men in Miami. An FBI report in 1964 stated that a band of Klansmen was seeking to hire an ex-convict for $2(X)0 to assassinate Dr. King. When the civil rights leader was shot to death in April 1968, the fingerprints on the murder rifle were traced to an ex-convict named James Earl Ray. Yet no link has been uncovered between Ray and this Klan squad. On at least two earlier occasions, Klan terrorists plotted to kill King. They prepared to gun him down when he came to Monroe, La., in July 1964 to agitate for civil rights. The following February, they planned to assassinate him at his Atlanta headquarters. But both times, the FBI learned about the

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