Government That Surveilled MLK in Bid to Destroy Him — Wants Us to Trust Them

by Juan Cole Among the ironies of Barack Obama trying to sell us the gargantuan NSA domestic spying program is that such techniques of telephone surveillance were used against the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in an attempt to destroy him and stop the Civil Rights movement. Had the republic's most notorious peeping tom, J. Edgar Hoover, succeeded in that quest, Obama might never have been president, or even served in Virginia restaurants. Now that MLK is recognized by all but a tiny minority of Americans (Dick [...]