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INTELLIGENCE REFORM: Call for Official Review of MLK Assassination


PRESS RELEASE 1/19/2009 - Veteran CIA Officer calls for Intelligence reform and full disclosure on Dr. King, Jr.’s assassination

THE OSBORNE EFFECT: Veteran CIA Counter Intelligence Officer Leutrell "Mike" Osborne, Sr. Calls for Official Review of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Iona Miller

Annapolis, MD, January 19, 2009. Over 40 years later, the American public still does not know the whole truth about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet part of his vision lives on in the timely election of Barack Obama. Perhaps in this new political era we can finally publically answer long-suppressed questions about the identities of Dr. King, Jr.’s assassins and their backers.

Post-Racial America?

In order to heal, the public needs to hear the undisclosed story from official sources. Obama’s election has popularized the term “post-racial.” But is ethnicity becoming less important or significant in society? As much as we might wish it, to declare it is not to make it so. The same can be said for the propagandized version of Dr. King, Jr.’s story.

Leutrell Osborne, Sr. rejects this “post-racial” buzzword as inherently unsound. Whatever it is supposed to mean in terms of political hope remains hopelessly relative in action. This label makes a false distinction while it is meant to conjoin. We have far to go to heal the splits and inequities in our intercultural nation.

Osborne believes that though we have obvious ethnic and cultural differences there is one human race, under a spiritual mandate to “love one another.” Our race now is for human survival, so part of Osborne’s spiritual mission is to promote this “11th Commandment.” He formed the Martin Luther King Truth Committee toward this end.

Espionage Enterprise

Leutrell “Mike” Osborne, Sr. worked in what he calls “Espionage Enterprises” for decades surrounding King’s era. This former CIA Case Officer (1957-1984) served as a “spy manager,” collecting secret information from other nation-states during 26 years of service. This type of information is analyzed for the President, who uses it to make crucial decisions.

Osborne’s top-down approach to the King case is based on professional experience and work with many prominent figures in the King investigation. Meetings with Ray Kohlman, Rev. Ed King, Mike Ruppert, former Congresswoman Cynthia Mc Kinney, Catherine Austin Fitts, Gary Revel and more insiders have helped shape Osborne’s conclusions.

The 1968 assassination of Dr. King, Jr. took place in social and political turmoil that included illegal domestic spying and dirty tricks against US citizens. Today, this policy has grown into a legalized merger between law enforcement and espionage.

In the 60s, the FBI dirty tricks program COINTEL PRO illegally targeted, surveilled and sabotaged King as an adversary and “enemy of the state.” Their mandate was to “neutralize” him. The world now honors Dr. King as the very heart of the Soul of America.

COINTEL PRO was an unconstitutional clandestine activity, manipulating the sociopolitical landscape by illegally disrupting the exercise of First Amendment rights. They suppressed speaking, teaching, meeting, advocacy, writing and publishing with vigilante-style domestic covert action and propaganda used against American citizens.

Agents infiltrated organizations, conducted “dirty tricks” psychological warfare, and used the legal system, break-ins, stalking, assaults and beatings for harassment. They inflicted physical, emotional and economic damage, and did not stop short of using assassinations to “neutralize” their adversaries.”


Osborne, who is strongly opposed to Covert Action at home and abroad, encourages us to share his conclusions about governmental dirty tricks. As the “Osborne Effect” spreads, these seed ideas may help revision the whole enterprise of the Intelligence Community:

1. COINTEL PRO is the acronym for an FBI led dirty tricks operation against US citizens especially Blacks and Native Americans. There is still active disinformation claiming that COINTEL PRO is a Counter Intelligence (CI) domestic operation and that COINTEL PRO was not part of any Government conspiracy. As a former CIA Case Officer and Counter Intelligence expert, Leutrell "Mike" Osborne, Sr. disputes both the claim that COINTEL PRO is a CI operation and that there is no Government conspiracy.

2. The mere definition of a Covert Action (CA) operation describes COINTEL PRO. Dirty tricks are CA intel operations. Often the "blowback" of such operations creates more problems than it seeks to solve.

3. J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director, had contacts with organized crime. William Sullivan before he was killed in a deer hunting accident had plans to tell the HSCA that he opposed continuance of the COINTEL PRO under his Intelligence Division, etc.

4. The FBI was not the only National Intelligence (NI) agency and department of the Intelligence Community (IC) involved in Covert Action intelligence. The DIA and CIA both conducted what I consider illegal domestic CA operations in collaboration with the FBI. Richard Ober at CIA’s CI Staff and William Sullivan at the FBI coordinated dirty tricks operations. The CIA’s MHCHAOS program with several internal Office of Security programs like HYDRA also acted in concert with the FBI’s COINTEL PRO.

5. Under no circumstances accept any information alleging that James Earl Ray and Lloyd Jowers are the assassins. At the most, both of them were controlled assets handled by an unidentified agent handler or handlers that used the alias Raul, who may have been foreign born and under the control of the US Army’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). With the above as backdrop, why do public programs honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continue to implicate Ray as the assassin? This disinformation is part of the continued Government cover up using various public media resources.


Osborne wants to know “Why doesn’t the media get the truth and point the fingers in the correct directions at COINTEL PRO and organized crime?” A recent CNN documentary (2008) continues pointing at Ray and Jowers. But the bullet has never been linked to Ray’s rifle. Let's focus on telling the truth about King’s untimely death. The full story still hasn’t been told.

"The FBI dirty tricks intelligence operation COINTEL PRO was a Covert Action intelligence operation equal to if not better than one led and directed by the CIA Clandestine Service Spy Masters." CA includes both assassinations and collaboration with intelligence operation resources such as organized crime and international hit persons. That is the way CA used to be though rules of the game now state that the US Government doesn't participate in such activities today.

Based on my reading of “official documents,” much of the COINTELPRO was performed to shield the White House. Further many of the DOJ and FBI post investigations only confused matters further. My paradigm is that of a CIA Spy Manager who understands CA intelligence operations. Many departments and agencies in the Intelligence Community collaborated both wittingly and unwittingly during COINTEL PRO.

About Leutrell Osborne, Sr.

Intelligence Reform -

By Jack Devine
Monday, February 18, 2008; Page A17

It's time to take another look at the intelligence
changes made after Sept. 11, 2001, and their impact on our
intelligence capabilities and leadership at home and abroad.

It has been three years since the intelligence
community was reorganized with passage of the Intelligence
Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act in December 2004, and
the results are not encouraging. In fact, the leadership
issue has become even more muddled.

The big problem with the new, two-headed intelligence
structure surfaced again last month when Mike McConnell, the
director of national intelligence (DNI), and CIA Director
Michael Hayden traveled to Islamabad to try to persuade
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to authorize an
increased CIA presence and operational activity in the
unruly Northwest Frontier, a safe haven for the Taliban and
the presumed home of Osama bin Laden. They reportedly
returned empty-handed.

It's hard to imagine that this important
initiative benefited from having a tandem presentation by
two directors of intelligence organizations. A strong
intelligence message in a foreign setting is best delivered
by an unequivocal, single voice of authority. This
leadership dilemma was brought about by the
"reform" legislation that grew out of Sept. 11. It
needs to be fully reassessed -- and soon.

As we approach a change at the White House, it would
seem an opportune time for Congress to authorize an
independent, bipartisan audit of the progress of
intelligence reform. In the aftermath of the al-Qaeda
attacks on U.S. soil, the Sept. 11 commission released its
formal report along with a hastily put together list of
recommendations for reforming the intelligence community.
Unfortunately, it was too quickly seized upon and endorsed
by presidential candidate John Kerry and seconded,
apparently without serious reflection, by the Bush
administration. The proposed reforms were only briefly
debated in Congress and were adopted without any serious
public discussion of their merits.

Professionals who had spent their careers in the
trenches tackling the complexity of the intelligence
business were largely sidelined from the decision process.
Regrettably, the commission's report was viewed as
sacrosanct, and nobody dared challenge its recommendations,
despite the fact that many intelligence professionals
believed creation of a director of national intelligence
would only lead to additional layers of bureaucracy and lack
the teeth to bring all the diverse intelligence entities
into line.

Nonetheless, Congress easily passed the measure, which
afforded the DNI only limited authority over the 16 agencies
in the intelligence community. The legislation simply
didn't give the DNI the budgetary muscle needed to lead
the intelligence community, and it created a troublesome
confusion here and abroad regarding precisely who is in

Today, the DNI has become what intelligence
professionals feared it would: an unnecessary bureaucratic
contraption with an amazingly large staff. It certainly had
to be taken as a lack of confidence in the DNI's
viability when its first occupant, John Negroponte, stepped
down to become second in command at the State Department.

The passage of time has not significantly enhanced the
power of the DNI, but it has diminished the role of the CIA,
our nation's preeminent human intelligence agency --
much to the detriment of our national security. Despite this
situation, McConnell has, to his credit, agreed to take on
the monumental task of trying to reform the intelligence
process in what must by now be largely a thankless task.

The good news is that since 9/11 the intelligence
budget has grown significantly, to approximately $43
billion, and there has been a sizable infusion of
operational and analytical positions.

But are we getting full bang for the buck? How much
has it really improved our intelligence capabilities, and
has it helped to overcome the information-sharing obstacles
that were so frequently discussed after Sept. 11? An amount
on the order of $43 billion ought to buy a great deal of
intelligence firepower and operational influence.

Most important, are we anywhere near where we need to
be in penetrating the terrorist organizations that threaten
us, as well as the nation-states that represent serious
national security challenges: Iran, North Korea, Russia,
China and an increasingly unstable Pakistan? Enough time has
elapsed since Congress legislated these changes in 2004 to
merit an evaluation of the new bureaucracy. Has this
bureaucratic superstructure enhanced our intelligence
capabilities? Does it deserve a passing grade for its

Moreover, the intelligence shortcomings that surfaced
in the run-up to the Iraq war, as well as the misreading of
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capabilities, also
speak to the value of conducting a fresh and in-depth
evaluation of precisely how well the issues of
politicization, collection and analysis are being addressed
by the intelligence community. This review can be expected
to recommend adjustments that surely are needed -- including
dismantling the DNI if necessary and reinvigorating an
authentic CIA.

Admittedly, the CIA has suffered greatly in recent
years primarily because of policy shortfalls and leadership
issues. But no one should underestimate the quality of its
staff, its foreign ties and its unique capabilities, which
are the cornerstone of the intelligence community. These
strengths remain the base for building a robust intelligence

Because Congress was instrumental in setting up the
DNI, there may be an inclination there to avoid the issue
and the embarrassment that its poor performance could cause
to those who supported its creation and who still mistakenly
point to it as the reason there has not been another
terrorist attack in the United States. But our ability to
tackle the national security challenges of this decade is
central to our survival and should trump any hesitation to
confront this issue head-on, even if it means scrapping the
ill-conceived notion of the DNI and its super-bureaucracy.

If Congress is reluctant to initiate the review, a
broad-based private-sector initiative should be undertaken
to jump-start public debate about the state of U.S.
intelligence -- a debate that never took place in 2004. The
key issues that unfold from this debate should be high on
the new president's agenda for change.

Jack Devine is a former CIA acting deputy director of
operations and president of the Arkin Group, a New
York-based intelligence consulting firm.


As Founder and Managing Director of the Dark Operative Series, LLC, Mr. Osborne is available for speaking engagements and consulting opportunities. He overcame many economic, educational and discriminatory challenges to become one of the first African American Case Officers in the Central Intelligence Agency. As a Case Officer, Mr. Osborne had the opportunity to recruit and manage spies, travel the world and fight and win the Cold War. After transferring to COMSEC in 1976, Mr. Osborne became involved with the higher echelons of the science and technology of counter intelligence. Throughout his career, Mr. Osborne displayed a passion to continually analyze and improve processes to achieve more optimal results. In 1984, Mr. Osborne took these skills into the private sector as an independent business owner and private consultant. After coming to understand the challenges facing small businesses, Mr. Osborne was hired by the Office of Personnel Management to oversee its small business contracting programs.

As an inspirational speaker and expert in national security, Mr. Osborne speaks and consults with leaders of industry and government, young people aspiring to careers in the agencies and departments of the intelligence community. Audiences find Mr. Osborne’s presentations engaging, motivating, informative and humorous. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs speaking on problems related to security and countering national and foreign threats.

As an inspirational speaker and expert in security, he speaks and consults with leaders of industry and government on making and saving money in administration, operations and finance. His skills enable him to speak on ways to reduce costs of security and countering threats while improving methods to protect people, operations and assets in business and government.


Leutrell M. Osborne, Sr. (born 1939) is a veteran of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and a leading authority on international intelligence and security issues.

Known in the CIA as "Mike," Osborne has appeared on CNN and BET, numerous speaking engagements and radio shows. Osborne is the author of the espionage thriller “Dark Operative" series, first of which is "Black Man in the CIA." Osborne has investigated the assassination of Martin Luther King, the global drug trade, 9/11, and COINTELPRO.

During his 27 years of service as a CIA Case Officer and Communications Security Osborne had contacts throughout the intelligence community and he served in over 30 countries. He supervised CIA agents, spies and assets on three continents in what historians and espionage experts have termed the most fertile period of domestic and international spying of the modern era.

Osborne also speaks four languages. While he worked CIA intelligence, his mother worked in CIA administration.

After 31 total years of service, Osborne retired and turned his attention to the private sector. Currently, he is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Leutrell Osborne & Associates and provides security consulting and business re-engineering consulting to enterprises seeking to do business with the Federal Government. Osborne also heads the International Institute of Culture, a virtual university of scholar practitioners which allows students to practice English while learning business methods. Osborne is married with grown children, and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

©2009 Iona Miller is a nonfiction writer for the academic and popular press, hypnotherapist (ACHE) and multimedia artist. She is a participant, not just commentator. Her conspirituality work is an omni-sensory fusion of intelligence, science-art, new physics and emergent paradigm shift, melding many social issues into a new view of society. She is interested in the effects of doctrines from religion, science, psychology, and the arts. Website: