We’re finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming
Four dead in O-hi-o...
Neil Young wrote one of the great protests songs of all time about it. And 42 years later the truth of what really happened at Kent State University on May 4 1970 remains hidden.
Many of the students involved, family members and political campaigners have long argued that the shootings were a form of state murder of student protestors with the goal of silencing anti war protests.
The families of those killed and the wounded never accepted the official version of events and have fought for 42 years to find out the truth of what happened.
Further there are claims that the FBI and Government intelligence agencies managed the operation at Kent State, including events leading up to the shootings, the actual shootings and the subsequent cover up to send a message to anti-war protestors in the US and over seas.
In an article to be published in the book Censored 2013: Dispatches from the Media Revolution Laurel Krause the sister of one of the students killed at Kent State has marshaled the evidence to shine the light on the shocking history of the the US Government involvement in the Kent State shootings and subsequent cover up.
They are now calls for an Independent Review and Justice Department investigation into the new evidence that the National Guard were ordered to fire on the students and that an FBI informant may have actually fired the first shots.For forty-two years, the United States government has held the position that Kent State was a tragic and unfortunate incident occurring at a noontime antiwar rally on an American college campus. In 2010, compelling forensic evidence emerged showing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) were the lead agencies in managing Kent State government operations, including the cover-up. At Kent State, lawful protest was pushed into the realm of massacre as the US federal government, the state of Ohio, and the Ohio National Guard (ONG) executed their plans to silence antiwar protest in America.
The new evidence threatens much more than the accuracy of accounts of the Kent State massacre in history books. As a result of this successful, ongoing Kent State government cover-up, American protesters today are at much greater risk than they realize, with no real guarantees or protections offered by the US First Amendment rights to protest and assemble. This chapter intends to expose the lies of the state in order to uncensor the “unhistory” of the Kent State massacre, while also aiming toward justice and healing, as censoring the past impacts our perspectives in the present.
This clip of the Crosby Stills Nash and Young version of Neil Young's song Ohio features chilling images from the shooting.