The real story of Kent State

Over at CounterPunch, Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserma have two disturbing stories:

The 1970 killings by National Guardsmen of four students during a peaceful anti-war demonstration at Kent State University have now been shown to be cold-blooded, premeditated official murder. But the definitive proof of this monumental historic reality is not, apparently, worthy of significant analysis or comment in today's mainstream media.

The rest of the article is pretty chilling. Here's some more:

For 37 years the official cover story has been that a mysterious shot rang out and the young Guardsmen panicked, firing directly into the "mob" of students.

This week, that cover story was definitively proven to be a lie.

Prior to the shooting, a student named Terry Strubbe put a microphone at the window of his dorm, which overlooked the rally. According to the Associated Press, the 20-second tape is filled with "screaming anti-war protectors followed by the sound of gunfire."

But in an amplified version of the tape, a Guard officer is also heard shouting "Right here! Get Set! Point! Fire!"

A search on Google News turns up almost nothing related to this revelation. This is the second scary story.

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523 hits for this item

I searched "kent state audio" on Google News and got 523 hits. What do you mean by "almost nothing related to this revelation"?

To do a random spot check, I went to the 6th page and randomly selected an article from the page. It said:

Canfora played two versions of the tape – the original and an amplified version – in which he said a Guard officer issues the command: "Right here! Get Set! Point! Fire!"

I got plenty of results for

I got plenty of results for "Kent State" but the majority of them were not related to the story above. Many more have appeared last night and today (thank goodness), though a lot of the results are still only about sports.

search kent state audio

As I pointed out, I searched kent state audio. Not just kent state. The "audio" did, and will still cut down much better to the relevant news articles. They were in plentiful supply on the same day (May 7) that Counterpunch went to press with its claim of "media silence" and "press doesn't smell it". In my judgment, Counterpunch got that part of its story badly wrong. Either the articles were there and they just didn't use good google-fu, or else the articles were not there yet but were (as we can see) about to appear, in which case they jumped the gun.

The Real Story

Hm. I heard this tape played on the radio and could not hear the command to fire at all. Did anyone here hear it with his/her own ears?

Kent State Tape

Most of the coverage I've read suggests that the tape isn't very clear, and that it's not entirely certain what was said, and by whom.

This is not the first time

People want to believe that a technological means will buttress their preconceived notions. It certainly will get a person a lot of publicity if they make such an allegation. One famous case was the police radio recording found on a Dictabelt and used to reach questionable conclusions about the Kennedy Assassination.