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The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List today. In addition, the state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million to the FBI’s $1 million reward for her capture. Shakur becomes the first woman ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the list.
Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. She was convicted in the May 2, 1973 killing of a New Jersey police officer during a shoot-out that left one of her fellow activists dead. She was shot twice by police during the incident. In 1979, she managed to escape from jail. Shakur fled to Cuba where she received political asylum. She once wrote, "I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color."
1. The finger print analyses of every gun and every piece of ammunition found at the scene showed there were no fingerprints of Assata found on any of them. (The official analyses admitted into evidence)
2. Neutron Activation Analysis taken immediately after Assata was taken to the hospital that night showed there was no gun power residue on her hands. Effectively refuting the possibility that she had fired a gun. (The official analyses were admitted into evidence)
5. A surgeon testified that “it was anatomically necessary that both arms be in the air for Ms. Chesimard to have received the wounds she did.”
However, Assata was not convicted of firing the shot that killed Trooper Foerster. She was convicted as an accomplice to his murder under New Jersey’s “aiding and abetting” statute. Under New Jersey law, if a person’s presence at the scene of a crime can be construed as “aiding and abetting” the crime, that person can be convicted of the substantive crime itself.
I would like to ask those who intend to do that to first answer:
Let's assume she is guilty and did in fact kill that police officer, does that make her a terrorist?
This particular case aside, are we comfortable allowing terrorism to be defined this way?
Systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective.
…an underground, black nationalist militant organization that operated in the United States from 1970 to 1981. Composed largely of former Black Panthers (BPP), the organization's program was one of "armed struggle" and its stated goal was to "take up arms for the liberation and self-determination of black people in the United States." The BLA carried out a series of bombings, murders, robberies, and prison breaks.
This is the same list that Osama bin Laden was on, are these two people equatable?
Originally posted by GermanShep
Why on Earth would they do that? That is RACIST!!
You are quite the apologist.
She didn’t become a terrorist because she killed a cop; that made her a murderer. She became a terrorist because of her continued involvement with the Black Liberation Army.
Do you ever get sick of using buzz words to shut people down?
She was acquitted of all other crimes she was charged with or charges were dropped. Also she wasn't convicted of killing the officer she was convicted of murder because New Jersey law allowed for someone involved at the scene to be convicted of the greater crime.
Furthermore are all BLA members on the terrorist list? Nope. Did they do terrible things? It sounds like they did, but I can't say with absoluteness that I believe they did, the FBI has quite a track record with dissenters, don't you think?
she's in Cuba not on the run here at home
also nothing she was accused or convicted of doing (by the way you should read the links I provided that pretty much prove she did not kill that officer) are acts of terror.
Because the rules change when someone is labeled a terrorist it should be of great concern to every American.
But perhaps you approve of a heavy handed government that gets to ignore the Constitution whenever they feel like.