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Martin Luther

King Demonstrations


WASHINGTON, Aug. 21—Pow-
erful leaders in Congress are
rolling up their big guns for
their coming confrontation with

| Dr, Martin Luther King,

‘ Their Big Bertha—the contents
of the FBI’s file on King — has
been examined and readied for
firing by a House Appropria-
tions subcommittee headed by
Representative John J, Rooney,
D-N.Y., a strong civil rights

Subcommittee members are
now discussing with House lead-
ers how and when this untold
part of the intriguing King story
should be released to the Ameri-
can people, This story includes
details of those directing and in-
fluencing his activities. ~s

4 Se legislators are taking
the position that King’s public
declaration of war on Congress
leaves members no other course
than to throw the spotlight on

some unpublicized aspects of the ~
militant civil rights leader’s life

own only to a few high

officials and a handful of FBI

\ “The subcommittee members.
have told the House leaders, who
are King’s main targets, that

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e U. S, than in the plight o

either the Negro or the war- —

| weary people of Vietnam,
“Aecording to these legisla-
\_tors. the FRI has carefully docu-

Angered House Leaders; Subcommittee Plan To Counter

By Throwing Spotlight on Aspects of His Life and


By Robert Allen & Paul Scott

King’s Record

nent Investigating Subcommittee
plans a full-scale probe of re-
cent race riots, reports that the
inquiry will go into King’s ac-
tivities, Several ex-FBI agents,
familar with the background of
King and also of the officials of
SNCC, will be employed by the

With these and other bomb-
shells fused to ignite, congres-
sional leaders are privately pre-
dicting the ‘‘Second Coming’’ of
King, as his Washington diso-
bedience campaign is being call-
ed, could be a nasty, violent

The legislators also believe
the fireworks could explode a lot
of myths about King.

munist leaders in Hanoi are tak-
ing an interesting view of next
month’s presidential elections in
South Vietnam,

While Johnson administration
officials here are contending that
the elections should help solve.
or ease South Vietnam’s politi-
cal crisis, the Communists take
just the opposite view,

Their analysis, beginning to
appear in official Communist
publications, takes the line that
the September 3 elections will
actually deepen the political
crisis in Saigon.

“These elections,” a recent
article in Hanoi’s daily Nhan
Dan states, ‘‘will further exas-
perate internal contradictions
plaguing the ranks of U, S, of-
ficials in South Vietnam and will

mented that this adviser of King

has been one of the Communist
Party’s biggest money raisers
in this country. ak
_ The confidential FBI file, they
report, cites instances of ma-
terial this adviser has prepared
for King’s vicious attacks on
Congress and the U, S, in gen-
eral, The adviser is credited
with drafting King’s statements
describing Congress as ‘‘wild
with racism’? and describing the
U. S. as ‘‘the greatest purveyor
of violence in the world today,’’

ported in this column on August
4, eleven days before King re-
vealed his new strategy in his
headline~making attack on Con-
gress in Atlanta, the Nobel Prize
winner is planning to lead mas-
sive demonstrations and ‘‘sit
ins’’ here this fall,

The attacks against Congress
are part of King’s over-all cam-
paign to establish a political
“third force’’ by 1968 composed
of militant civil rights, peace,
student, and labor groups.

Significantly, the Rev. James
Bevel, another ¢ heutenant
organizing his civil disobedience
campaign for Washington, is
described in the FBI file as
King’s li ith the Student Non-

King’s link with the St
violent Coordinating Committee
r e officials of this

( militant group are urging

Negroes to follow the path of
\.violent revolution in the U. S,
Ki who preaches non-
violence, continues with
these SNCC officials whenever
Bevel sets up the meetings, ac-
cording to the FBI files. It also
_quotes King as telling a group
of left-wing students, ‘‘We don’t
need to talk mean, we need to
act TMean,”
~ AidéS~6f Senator John Mc-
Clellan, D-Ark., whose Perma-

force Washington to look for a
way out,’’

As the Communists see it,
the elections will widen the dif-
ferences between U, S, military
and political objectives in South

The Nhan Dan article, being
carefully studied by U, S, in-
telligence, puts it this way:

“The elections will highlight
the inconsistent attitude of the
Americans in Saigon, where the
military group of General Wil-
liam Westmoreland supports the
Thieu-Ky military and Ambas-
sador Bunker and his group op=
pose them because of the need
for a political settlement.’’

According to U, S, intelligence
sources, the Nhan Dan article
is significant because it spells
out Hanoi’s new belief that the
U. S, will use the elections to
find a way out of Vietnam,

In the past, Hanoi’s official
line was that the U. S, planned
to step up the war after the
elections, including a possible
landing north ofthe demilitarized
zone, This possibly now is being
played down.

than 100 suspected Communist
agents, including a number on
the government’s payroll, have
been arrested in Saigon within
the past six weeks by South
Vietnamese security officials,
Among those picked up were a

,Viethamese army officer who

headed the biggest government
ordnance depot in the country.
The arrested Vietnamese officer
confessed he was planning to
blow up the depot before the
September elections, He alsore-
vealed that his communications
with Hanoi were sent via Paris.
The South Vietnam security of-
ficials were assisted in tracking
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