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Old 05-03-2013, 12:21 PM
 
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Why is she a terrorist? Is this another case of racism?

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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."
In 1998, Democracy Now! aired Shakur reading an open letter to Pope John Paul II during his trip to Cuba. She wrote the message after New Jersey state troopers sent the Pope a letter asking him to
Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Added to FBI
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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As I understand it, it's mostly a political move related to two things: Cuba's detention of US citizen Alan Gross, and Cuba's continual efforts to extradite or bring back its own "Bin Laden" - Luis Posada Carriles, accused of murdering 78 people in 1976 by putting a bomb on a Cubana airliner flying from the Barbados to Jamaica.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: VAGABUNDUS
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Racism is part of it but it's mostly political as mentioned earlier. Seriously, Wall Street Executives and the entire congress must be placed on that list ASAP. hopefully, FEMA is aware NJ has $2m reward out there which the shore communities can tap from for rebuilding.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Check out the history of the early /70's when a very paranoid President Nixon ramped up the federal law enforcement budget from 38 to over 350 million in less than three years. Remember the level of student activism (every politically active student was a terrorist in those days), and the Black Panthers, White Panthers, black muslin movement, native Indian, raging grannies and any number of groups were all being targeted, framed, destabalised and infiltrated by the feds. (with your money)!

Cops totally believed riots were "caused" by the commies, not naturally occurring events reflecting real American unresolved issues. I actually saw the Garvey Avenue riot spark right in front of me at East Los Angeles College.

While I'm not too familiar with her case I feel I have to call attention to the times in which this case belonged. Police surrounding buildings, shooting, and then "convicting" everyone inside was pretty standard in those days. Grand juries came down with inditements and juries did what they were told.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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Check out the history of the early /70's when a very paranoid President Nixon ramped up the federal law enforcement budget from 38 to over 350 million in less than three years. Remember the level of student activism (every politically active student was a terrorist in those days), and the Black Panthers, White Panthers, black muslin movement, native Indian, raging grannies and any number of groups were all being targeted, framed, destabalised and infiltrated by the feds. (with your money)!
Why IS Obama so much like Nixon?
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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never heard of her, but her story sounds similar to Robert F Williams who was a civil rights activist railroaded by federal law enforcement who wound up fleeing to Cuba. Ironically Williams had a falling out with the Cubans due to Cuban racism, and ultimately came back to the US.

It sounds like she might have been an stalwart 2nd Amendment advocate, as Williams was.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: USA
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I found it pretty interesting she was the Step Aunt of the late Tupac Shakur.


I didn't know that things were that violent at that point of the Civil Rights movement. Still pretty intrigued as to why she made the list now. Maybe she's been active again remotely or something.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:11 PM
 
Location: The Land of Reason
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Why IS Obama so much like Nixon?
Because he is as much a pawn as the presidents before him, proably except for Kennedy and you see what happened to him.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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This woman seems awesome-love what she stands for, the content of the letter she wrote to the late Pope and love how she managed to break out of jail and flee to Cuba. Welp, there goes any credibility the FBI terrorist list had, for me anyway.

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Old 06-03-2013, 09:14 PM
 
Location: USA
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I just read a different source describing a different account of events with the police officer. I wouldn't put it past our government to frame someone they wanted to silence. Pretty interesting story all around.


Great thread OP
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