FBI Spied on Coretta Scott King

As per AOL.com:


FBI Spied on Martin Luther King’s Widow
By ERRIN HAINES,
AP
Posted: 2007-08-31 15:52:35

ATLANTA (Aug. 30) – Federal agents spied on the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for several years after his assassination in 1968, according to newly released documents that reveal the FBI worried about her following in the footsteps of the slain civil rights icon.

In memos that reveal Coretta Scott King being closely followed by the government, the FBI noted concern that she might attempt “to tie the anti-Vietnam movement to the civil rights movement.”

Four years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, the FBI closed its file on Coretta Scott King, saying, “No information has come to the attention of Atlanta which indicates a propensity for violence or affiliation of subversive elements,” according to a memorandum dated Nov. 30, 1972.

The documents were obtained by Houston television station KHOU in a story published Thursday. Coretta Scott King died in January 2006 at the age of 78.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who served as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – which King co-founded in 1957 – said the documents illustrate the FBI’s pattern of “despicable and devious” civil-rights-era behavior against the organization and those affiliated with it.

“The FBI kept a microphone everywhere they could where the SCLC was concerned,” said Lowery, who said the agency had a member of the SCLC’s staff on its payroll.

“Since we had nothing to hide, it was no great problem for us. But we don’t put it past the FBI; (then-FBI Director) J. Edgar Hoover hated Martin Luther King and everything that the SCLC stood for.”

Andrew Young, a lieutenant of King’s during the civil rights movement, agreed. But he said he was surprised that the government would focus on Coretta Scott King.

“I didn’t know it and I don’t think she knew it,” Young said. “If ever there was a woman that had the makings of a saint, it was Coretta. I don’t know what they were looking for, I don’t know what they were expecting to find. I don’t know why they wasted the government’s money.”

Rest of article at link above.

This can’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. After all, the FBI spied on her husband and husband’s family for DECADES. I’m sure Betty Shabazz and Myrlie Evers were spied on too. So, anyone who is shocked by this doesn’t understand the history of the United States of America.

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