4 May 2005

Four Dead in Ohio

On May 4th, 1970 - 35 years ago today - National Guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of unarmed students at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others wounded.

No one was ever punished and the remaining and unanswered questions are many.

Was there a conspiracy at Kent State?

Previously undisclosed FBI files reveal that:
  1. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover felt the victims deserved to be shot;

  2. Hoover eagerly followed Nixon's instructions to "knock down" (that is, discredit) accurate news reports that the shootings were not necessary and that the Guardsmen could be prosecuted; and

  3. After Hoover relayed that order, one of his top aides boasting of "scotching" those accurate news accounts.


Kent State, far from being an anomoly, is the norm. Look up info on the Ludlow massacre, or the Bonus Army attack by President Hoover, Eisenhower, Patton, and McArthur.

Did you know that May Day, which is celebrated around the world (but not in America, including in Ukraine honors a labor union fight here in America where several union protestors were killed?

Kent State is only one of dozens of violent actions by the public in Americas history.
May Day:

The holiday is most often associated with the commemoration of the social and economic achievements of the labor movement. The May 1st date is used because in 1884 the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, inspired by Labor's 1872 success in Canada, demanded an eight-hour workday in the United States, to come in effect as of May 1, 1886. This resulted in the general strike and the U.S. Haymarket Riot of 1886, but eventually also in the official sanction of the eight-hour workday.

More here at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

I think all of the conservatives, who are so anti-union, should be required to work an entire month in a sweet shop which has none of the protections that Americans enjoy today.

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