Photo From the Attic: Conspiracy Queries

Posted September 29, 2010 at 3:59pm

[IMGCAP(1)]Chairman Louis Stokes (D-Ohio) leads a hearing of the Assassinations Committee in the Cannon Caucus Room in 1978. Allegations of conspiracies and illegal surveillance plagued the U.S. intelligence community in the early 1970s following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and questions surrounding the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, leading the House to establish the committee. It concluded that there was “a high probability that two gunmen fired at President John F. Kennedy” and that “there is a likelihood that James Earl Ray assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King as a result of a conspiracy.” The committee was abolished upon its final report on Jan. 2, 1979.