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Tag: Sen. John Kerry

Sen. Kerry Wants to Force FBI to Release More Files on MLK

mlkBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kerry plans to introduce legislation requiring the FBI to release more records relating to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Boston Globe is reporting.

The bill would require that all the files be “located, reviewed, and released by a review board at the National Archives similar to those established for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and for Nazi war criminals,” the paper reported.

The move is part of a broader effort to find out what the government did or didn’t do about violence against blacks during the civil rights movement, the Globe reported.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and former King aide who was brutally beaten during a civil rights march in 1965 told the Globe. “The American people have a right to know what happened.”

The paper reported that a social studies teacher researching a book about plots to kill King discovered that the FBI files included information about a Ku Klux Klan leader “who claimed to have a played a role” in the 1968 assassination, the Globe reported.

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State Cop Could Be Massachusetts’ First African American U.S. Marshal

It’s interesting that in the year 2009 they are just breaking a racial barrier in a law enforcement post.

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By Milton J. Valencia
Boston Globe
BOSTON — A 30-year veteran of the State Police who has spent much of his career in investigative units could be named the next US marshal for the District of Massachusetts, and would be the first African-American to hold the post.

Detective Lieutenant John Gibbons was nominated by US Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry to become the first permanent marshal the district has had since 2005. President Obama must send the nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation, but historically, a state’s senior senator makes the nomination.

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