Cuba Asserts it’s Right to Shelter US Fugitives. So Much for Obama’s “Normalization” .
With much hullaballoo, President Obama has overturned four decades of containment against the Communist regime of the Castro brothers by announcing plans to normalize relations with that imprisoned island country. As shown by the Mariel boatlift during the naïve overtures of the Carter Administration, the Castro brothers are not honorable players on the International scene, and the Communist Cuban regime’s refusal to hand over American fugitives from justice is just the latest example of their perfidy.
Havana Refuses to Turn Over American Fugitives
Throughout the diplomatic estrangement of the United States and Cuba following the latter’s enslavement by Marxist forces in 1959; the formula for Americans to escape United States justice was to "highjack a plane to Cuba." Indeed, in that time period, and for a variety of motivations, more than 100 aircraft were diverted to that Caribbean island, so that the high-jackers might elude American justice.
Efforts to normalize relationships between the two nations however, will not result in these criminals seeing the inside of an American courtroom anytime soon. According to Josefina Vidal, the head of Cuba’s North American Affairs Office, this move towards normalization has no bearing on the status of American fugitives in Cuba.
"Every nation has sovereign and legitimate rights to grant political asylum to people it considers to have been persecuted…That’s a legitimate right," according to Vidal. "We’ve explained to the U.S. government in the past that there are some people in Cuba to whom Cuba has legitimately granted asylum."
One of those so protected is a convicted cop killer from New Jersey.
Convicted Black Panther Assassin Leaving in Cuba
In the early 1970s, the Black Panther Party blazed a swath of destruction across the United States. One member, Joanne Chesimard, amassed an array of crimes and charges including kidnapping, murder, and bank robbery, which propelled her to the top of the F.B.I.’s Most Wanted List. On a stretch of the New Jersey Turn Pike in the early morning hours of May 2, 1973, a routine traffic stop of Chesimard and her Black Panther cohorts, Zayd Malik Shukur and Sundiata Acoli, for a broken tail light. In the ensuing traffic stop, the responding officer was shot in the head and killed with his own gun whle Shukar was mortally wounded. Chesimard and Acoli were wounded and apprehended farther down the road and put on trial.
Justice breathed a sigh of relief when she was convicted in 1977 for murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and sentenced to life imprisonment. With help from her Black Panther confederates, she was sprung from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey, and by 1984 has made her way to Cuba where that Communist nation granted her political asylum.
In the wake of President Obama’s outreach to that imprisoned island, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, has demanded the return of Chesimard to New Jersey custody. In that the president has refused to make Chesimard’s return a condition of normalized relations, the current president is showing the same naiveté that his Democratic predecessor, Jimmy Carter, showed back in 1980 when he allowed Fidel Castro to empty Cuba’s criminal element onto the streets of United States cities.