“I'm gonna actually have you participate with me in repeating some words from a leader by the name of Assata Shakur!” -- NAACP V.P. Jamal Watkins opening the We The People conference this week.
“[The conference speakers] included 2020 Democratic White House contenders Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Beto O'Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Jay Inslee and Kirsten Gillibrand.”
Now regarding that “leader” whose words seemed worthy of opening a conference showcasing the entire roster of the Democrat party’s Most-Likely-to-Succeed:
On May 2013 the FBI announced a $1 million reward for "information leading to the apprehension" of Joanne Chesimard (also known as Assata Shakur) whom they named a "Most Wanted Terrorist." Chesimard is the first woman to make the FBI’s list. The New Jersey State Police Dept., which also wants her, added another $1 million to the pot.
You see, amigos, convicted killer of a New Jersey State Trooper and bona-fide "domestic terrorist" Chesimard (Assata Shakur) has been living in Cuba since 1984 as a Castro-coddled celebrity. But it’s not like bounty hunters can operate freely in a Stalinist country. So the $2 million was probably for show. Obama’s Justice Dept. was probably putting on a game face and saying, "Look Castro, we’re serious here! You better turn Shakur over, or…or--or ELSE!”
Or else WHAT? Well we know the answer to that: or else we’ll take you off the State Dept’s list of terror sponsors, open relations with you, return your convicted (all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court) murderer/spies, and then gift you with more U.S. dollars via travel expenses and remittances than what the Soviets used to gift you! HA! So TAKE THAT!
Which, of course, is exactly what happened as Assata Shakur remained snickering from her celebrity exile in the Castro Family Fiefdom.
More outrageous still, some of those heart-warming Obama-opened “educational” tours of Cuba by U.S. students seem to actually include inspirational visits with the U.S. convicted cop-killer.
In the early 1970’s Chesimard belonged to a Black Panther offshoot known as the Black Liberation Army. "This case is just as important today as it was when it happened 40 years ago," said a press release from Mike Rinaldi of the New Jersey State Police when the bounty was placed on Shakur. "Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army, a radical left wing terror group that felt justified killing law enforcement officers...This group conducted assaults on police stations and murdered police officers."
More than a mere member of these domestic terrorists, Chesimard was described by former assistant FBI director John Miller as "the soul of the Black Liberation Army."
In 1973, while wanted for multiple crimes from bank robbery to murder, Chesimard and two accomplices were pulled over for a tail-light violation on the New Jersey Turnpike. As the troopers were routinely questioning them, Chesimard -- in the passenger seat -- and her pals opened up on the lawmen with semi-auto pistols (no word on whether these were properly registered).
As trooper Werner Foerster grappled with the driver, Shakur shot him twice -- then her gun apparently jammed. As Foerster lay on the ground wounded and helpless, the honored commencement-speech composer for last week’s Democrat conference grabbed the wounded trooper’s own gun and blasted two shots into his head, much in the manner of her Cuban idols Che Guevara and Raul Castro murdering hundreds (always defenseless at the time) of their own "counter-revolutionary" enemies.
She escaped but was captured in 1977, convicted of murder and sentenced to life plus 33 years. Then in 1979 she escaped from prison -- with some ultra-professional help, probably by Cuban or Cuban-trained terrorists. "Two men smuggled into the prison, took guards hostages and broke her out," explained John Miller to CBS News.
Chesimard’s 1979 escape from prison was well planned, Rinaldi explained in his press release: "Armed domestic terrorists gained entry into the facility, neutralized the guards, broke her free, and turned her over to a nearby getaway team."
"In 1984, they smuggled her to Mexico. Using a network of Cuban intelligence officers who worked with American radical groups, they got her into Cuba," added Miller.
Since then, according to New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, Chesimard "flaunts her freedom... To this day from her safe haven in Cuba Chesimard has been given a pulpit (by the Castro regime) to preach and profess, stirring supporters and groups to mobilize against the United States by any means necessary. She has been used by the Castro regime to greet foreign delegations visiting Cuba."
"Joanne Chesimard is a domestic terrorist," declared FBI agent Aaron T. Ford, during a news conference of the time. "She absolutely is a threat to America."
Along with Chesimard, Castro’s fiefdom has provided haven for over 70 fugitives from U.S. law, including several on the FBI’s most wanted list. Cuba also harbors convicted cop-killers Michael Finney and Charlie Hill, along with Victor Gerena, responsible for a $7 million heist of a Wells Fargo truck in Connecticut in 1983, as a member of the Puerto Rican terrorist group Los Macheteros. All requests by U.S. authorities for these criminals’ extradition have been rebuffed, often cheekily by Fidel Castro himself: "They want to portray her as a terrorist, something that was an injustice, a brutality, an infamous lie!" Castro himself answered a U.S. request for Chesimard on May 3, 2005.
But was featuring the ravings of a rabidly, murderously anti-American, Castro-coddled cop-killer/terrorist at a Democrat conference a faux pas or fluke? Or was it perfectly—almost immaculately—appropriate?
Well, regarding the cop-killer herself, Democrat luminary and power-broker Maxine Waters regards her as an “activist” who fled from “political persecution” in the mean ‘ole U.S. and graciously received “political asylum” in Stalinist/terror-sponsoring Cuba.
And regarding Shakur’s savior from “political persecution,” Maxine regards him as "a bully, an egotistical maniac, a liar… the most deplorable person I've ever met in my life." OOOPS! Sorry, amigos! That’s Maxine Waters regarding the current freely-elected President of her homeland.
Now here’s Waters regarding the Stalinist mass murderer whose lifelong craving was to nuke her homeland and who jailed and tortured the most and longest–suffering black political prisoners in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere:
“VIVA FIDEL! VIVA FIDEL!” The occasion was the joyous, delirious, rafter-shaking reception for Fidel Castro upon his visit to Manhattan’s Riverside Baptist Church, a place he almost nuked.