October 6, 2010
By Laurel Krause
The final Kent State Truth Tribunal convenes in NYC this weekend on October 9 & 10. Watch our livecast on MichaelMoore.com from 10-5 EST. Witness an audio forensic scientist examining the 40-yr-old Kent State Tape and making history as he unearths the long-denied order to shoot at unarmed protesting college students on May 4, 1970.
Kent State Tape
Since the beginning of 2010, the Kent State Truth Tribunal
has been focused on collecting and understanding the truth about the
circumstances that surrounded the killing of four students and the
wounding of nine others at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970.
As new evidence emerges that supports the belief that the Ohio National
Guard was following orders to shoot when they fired into a crowd of
peacefully assembled students, we are reminded that this tragic chapter
in American history has left an indelible mark on the civic freedoms
that define this country.
One of the students shot was my sister Allison Krause and at the
moment she died, Allison was protesting the invasion of Cambodia and the
escalation of the Vietnam war at a noon peace rally on her college
campus. Some of those shot were fellow protestors while others were
students simply walking to class.
Like many college students at that time, the protesters at Kent State
were fighting the draft and opposed the war in Vietnam. At this peace
rally on May 4th at Kent State, they were also protesting the
Ohio National Guard's occupation of their campus that had begun days
earlier. When the shots were fired, the U.S. government robbed the Kent
State students of their right to exercise the First Amendment. It also
sent a chilling message to young people across the country: If you
protest against the government, you could be killed in the process.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was profoundly
devalued by this criminal act. This amendment prohibits our government
from "interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting
the petitioning for a government redress of grievance."
Until the truth about the Kent State shootings is known and laid bare
before the public, the value and meaning of our First Amendment
continues to be compromised. The words written and preserved in the
Library of Congress have very little to do with citizen's rights in
Fast-forwarding 40 years to May 4, 2010 and with the help of
heartfelt Kent State supporters like Michael Moore, as well as many
present at the original peace rally at Kent, the Kent State Truth
Tribunal began to record and preserve the truth, broadcasting our
findings at MichaelMoore.com. The buried truth about Kent State and the
continued cover-up that surrounds the Kent State killings has begun to
unfold before us.
We now see how that the calculated acts of President Richard Nixon,
Ohio Governor James Rhodes and the Ohio National Guard commanders
seamlessly silenced and damaged the psyche of the sixties generation,
robbing us of our civil rights. The consequences of their violent
actions against students still reverberate today.
I was 15 years old on May 4th 1970. Through the eyes of a
teenager I felt the deeper personal angst and pain of losing my only
sibling Allison as my family and our home was torn apart. Allison's
death and the harassment that followed will never be forgotten. When I
lost Allison I was outraged but realized quickly that there was little
that a 15-year-old could do.
My parents, Arthur and Doris Krause, pursued redress through the
courts, seeking justice the American way. In each and every litigation
the shooting guardsmen, along with their commanding officers, claimed there wasn't an order to shoot
~ that the guardsmen reacted with their shots because they felt their
lives were in danger, despite the fact that many eye-witnessed
remembered clearly hearing an order to fire. By taking this position
and stating this under oath, the government forced everyone pursuing
truth and justice in the Kent State killings to look for proof that an
"order to shoot' existed.
Back to the present, just days after we closed the doors at the Kent State Truth Tribunal at the 40th anniversary of the killings in Kent, Ohio, important news was published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Read it here: bit.ly/aM7Ocm
The Plain Dealer arranged an examination of an audio tape recorded by a
Kent State student from his dorm window ledge. Two, expert forensic
audio scientists, Stuart Allen and Tom Owen, independently confirmed an
order was issued to the Ohio National Guard. Mr. Allen found that the
order "Prepare to fire," can be heard on the audio cassette "as clear as
As we turn our attention to the approaching Kent State Truth Tribunal in New York City on October 9 and 10 http://TruthTribunal.org/event
, Mr. Allen will present this new evidence so that everyone watching at
MichaelMoore.com can judge for themselves. We hope you will tune in to
witness this important moment that will prove an order was issued, that
the guards followed a command and that there was homicidal intent on the
part of our government to kill unarmed, protesting students
We have invited the federal government to send an official to audit and witness our interview with Mr. Allen.
Additionally, we will be interviewing participants and witnesses of
the Kent State shootings to hear and preserve their truth, as well as
some notable guests with meaningful connection to the prelude and
Daniel Ellsberg will participate in our first Skype interview at this
KSTT in New York City. You may remember that Mr. Ellsberg precipitated
a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon
Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making
about the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other
newspapers. He will be giving us background into the political context
and key elements of the Vietnam war at the time of the killings at Kent
Mr. Lawrence Dowler, founder of the Kent State collection in the Yale
Library where he was chief archivist (now retired), will share his
truth on the collection he personally assembled, a collection revered to
be the most extensive and accurate archive of the Kent State shootings.
You are invited to share in this important moment in history by watching our live broadcast at www.MichaelMoore.com on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10, from 10AM to 5PM est.
You hope you'll join us as we continue to uncover the truth at Kent State.
To learn more about KSTT and support our efforts, visit http://TruthTribunal.org
Laurel Krause ~ Co-founder and Director of KSTT
Laurel Krause is a writer and truth seeker dedicated to raising awareness about ocean protection, safe renewable energy and other environmental issues. She publishes a regular blog on these topics at MendoCoastCurrent http://bit.ly/aOfPp0 Laurel is co-founder (with filmmaker Emily Kunstler) and director of the Kent State Truth Tribunal. www.TruthTribunal.org Before spearheading this effort for her sister Allison Krause, Laurel worked at technology start-ups in Silicon Valley for more than 20 years.