Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cop killer fugitive in Cuba named Most Wanted Terrorist by the FBI

"Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong but of the weak." - Mohandas K. Gandhi

Forty years after the cold-blooded murder of a New Jersey state trooper, the fugitive convicted of the killing, Joanne Chesimard a.k.a. Assata Shakur, has been named a Most Wanted Terrorist by the FBI—apparently the first woman ever to make the list.

Unfortunately, she is not the only American woman to have links to Cuba and terrorism against the United States. Marilyn Buck engaged in terrorist actions including murdering three police in 1981 and bombing the U.S. Capitol in 1983to protest the invasion of Grenada. Buck also helped to break Joanne Chesimard out of prison. Buck died of uterine cancer at home at age 62 on August 3, 2010 and the Cuban government controlled media refer to her as an "activist and former political prisoner." Will they defend Joanne Chesimard a.k.a Assata Shakur in the same manner?

Joanne Chesimard and Marilyn Buckon FBI wanted poster
Joanne Chesimard was a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army which as a Maoist revolutionary movement advocated carrying rifles and shotguns in public demonstrations, and whose members on numerous occasions engaged in shoot outs with the police. Chesimard was arrested, tried, and convicted for murder for the shooting death of police officer Werner Foerster. Joanne Chesimard escaped to Cuba in 1979 emerging there in 1984 as Assata Shakur and remains there a fugitive from justice. Unlike everyday Cubans who are unable to obtain easy access to the internet Ms. Shakur has her own website. On her website , based in Cuba, Shakur continues to advocate revolutionary violence. The fugitive has reproduced on her website the Mini-Manual of the Urban Guerilla by Carlos Marighella which has a chapter on terrorism and in its 1969 introduction states:
The accusation of "violence" or "terrorism" no longer has the negative meaning it used to have. It has acquired new clothing; a new color. It does not divide, it does not discredit; on the contrary, it represents a center of attraction. Today, to be "violent" or a "terrorist" is a quality that ennobles any honorable person, because it is an act worthy of a revolutionary engaged in armed struggle against the shameful military dictatorship and its atrocities.
The Cuban dictatorship published copies of the Mini-Manual in numerous languages and distributed copies worldwide in an effort to encourage urban guerrilla action and terrorism. Many on the left consider Joanne Chesimard a political prisoner because the murder of the police officer was politically motivated. However, she is not a prisoner of conscience because of the acts of violence she committed and continues to espouse to the present day.

This is also one more reason why the government in Cuba should remain on the list of state sponsors of terrorism

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