In another terrific journalistic scoop, Nation of Islam historian and broadcaster Lance Shabazz has secured a rare interview with the former captain of Springfield Mosque #13, John X Peters (known today as ‘Minister John Muhammad’). Another one of the would-be Malcolm X assassins who has successfully reinvented himself as a pillar of his community, this ruthless thug was involved in various attempts on Malcolm’s life including having played a possible role (along with Louis Farrakhan’s half-bother, Alvin X Walcott) in the 14 February 1965 firebombing of Malcolm’s Queens residence. Peters, along with Boston FOI captain Clarence 2X Gill, had also conspired to procure a pistol silencer from one Leon 4X Ameer for use in an assassination attempt on Malcolm X and had used Walcott’s residence as a base of operations for that murderous plot.
Throughout the interview, Peters denies and sidesteps his way through questions about his role in various plots to murder Malcolm X and instead falls back on the NOI’s pro forma pseudo-theological denials of any involvement in the assassination, resorting to the oft-heard assertion that NOI leader Elijah Muhammad had instructed his ministers to “leave Malcolm alone” – a directive that quite plainly went unheeded, not least by Peters himself.
2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the brutal assassination of Malcolm X and we are calling on President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to publish all federal government files and records, without alteration or redaction, relating to the 1965 crime.