Accuracy in Media

If the FBI wants to find Joanne Chesimard, who has just been added to the “Most Wanted Terrorists List,” it could begin by wiretapping President Obama’s friends, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, and other members of the Weather Underground. The Weather Underground helped Chesimard—a convicted cop-killer—escape from a New Jersey prison in 1979 and flee to Cuba.

Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, was involved in the “execution style” murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. The attack on Foerster in a gun battle also took the life of Chesimard’s associate, Zayd Shakur. Ayers and Dohrn named one of their children after Zayd Shakur, who now goes under the name of “Zayd Dohrn,” and is a playwright.

The doubling of the reward from $1 million to $2 million for information leading to her capture and return to New Jersey was made on the 40th anniversary of Foerster’s brutal murder.

However, Chesimard is still today being protected by a support network of “progressive” activists, lawyers and the Cuban government.

Alluding to terrorist support networks for Chesimard in the U.S, Aaron Ford, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Newark, New Jersey, said, “We would be naïve to think there’s not some communication between her and some of those people she used to run around with today.”

Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), a group that worked with the Weather Underground. The Black Liberation Army was an outgrowth of the Black Panthers, a black militant group that described police officers as “Pigs” and called for their deaths.

Her escape to Cuba was not surprising. Former FBI informant Larry Grathwohl points out that the Weather Underground was a virtual project of the Cuban intelligence service, the DGI. His book, Bringing Down America, has been updated and republished.

However, the role of the Weather Underground in helping Chesimard go “underground” for more than four years in the U.S., and then escape to Cuba, is being conspicuously ignored in most of the stories about her being named as the first woman added to the Most Wanted Terrorists List.

Raising the stakes, Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said at Thursday’s news conference on this matter that they have “reason to believe she has established associations with other international terrorist organizations.”

Hence, it appears to be the case that Chesimard has maintained her contacts with leftists and terrorists in the United States and abroad.

Fuentes said that Chesimard “flaunts her freedom in the face of this horrific crime…In 1984, she surfaced in Cuba and was given political asylum by Fidel Castro. To this day, from her safe haven in Cuba, Chesimard has been given the pulpit to preach and profess, stirring supporters and groups to mobilize against the United States by any means necessary. As a government functionary and instrument of anti-U.S. propaganda, she has been used by the Castro regime to greet foreign delegations visiting Cuba.”

The FBI has posted videos and stories about the search for Chesimard. “This case is just as important today as it was when it happened 40 years ago,” says Mike Rinaldi, a lieutenant in the New Jersey State Police and member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Newark. “Bringing Joanne Chesimard back here to face justice is still a top priority.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, said, “I would like to commend the FBI for naming Joanne Chesimard a Most Wanted Terrorist, first woman ever to make this notorious list. In addition, I would like to applaud the New Jersey state authorities for adding additional reward money for information leading to the capture and arrest of Chesimard, bringing the total reward to $2 million.”

She said naming Chesimard as a Most Wanted Terrorist “is another reaffirmation that the Castro regime facilitates and supports terrorism and undermines U.S. interests consistently.”

At the very least, it also means that the Obama Administration cannot legally justify, under any circumstances, removing Cuba from the list of states supporting international terrorism.

The additional $1 million in reward money, which would come from the State of New Jersey’s forfeiture funds, could be an enticement to people, possibly in Cuba, to apprehend and transfer Chesimard back to the U.S. “Officials did not say whether they hope someone in Cuba will capture her and forcibly return her to the United States, but they did offer that the reward is available to anyone, in any country,” noted Ryan Hutchins of the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Wiretaps on Chesimard’s associates in the U.S. could be justified, but are not likely, since Eric Holder, a former “black power” activist, runs Obama’s Department of Justice. He was deputy attorney general in the Clinton Administration and was involved in pardons for members of the Weather Underground. As Attorney General, he approved the early release from prison of communist terrorist Marilyn Buck, a member of the Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army involved in Chesimard’s escape from prison. The Obama/Holder Justice Department falsely claimed that Buck had repented for her terrorist ways.

Chesimard is living in Cuba, under the protection of the Castro brothers. But The New York Times once reported that she has been so open about her life in Cuba that she was once listed in the Havana telephone book under her new name, Assata Shakur.

With close connections to the “progressive” movement that worked for Obama’s election as President, Chesimard has been thumbing her nose at federal law enforcement officials who want to bring her back to the U.S. She thinks she can’t be touched. She certainly doesn’t fear a drone strike.

As we noted in a 2011 column, Chesimard gives interviews to American radicals who visit Cuba, such as the late Manning Marable, the professor of history and political science at Columbia University whose biography of Malcolm X was released after his death.

Rather than crack down on Cuba, Obama has facilitated travel to the Communist island through such venues as the Venceremos Brigades, a means by which the Castro dictatorship recruits Americans as agents of influence, trains them in guerrilla warfare tactics, and puts them in touch with international terrorists.

Bernardine Dohrn arranged Veneceremos Brigades trips to Cuba.

Chesimard has an American attorney, Soffiyah Elijah, who serves as Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School and has traveled to Cuba on many occasions, including as a member of the Venceremos Brigades.

The Director Emeritus of the Criminal Justice Institute is Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. He mentored both Michelle Obama and Barack Obama during their respective periods at Harvard.

In a move that ignited controversy among law enforcement, the White House in 2011 hosted a rapper who had performed a song praising Chesimard.

The lyrics of rapper Common’s “A Song For Assata” include:

In the Spirit of God.

In the Spirit of the Ancestors.

In the Spirit of the Black Panthers.

In the Spirit of Assata Shakur.

We make this movement towards freedom for all those who have been oppressed, and all those in the struggle.

Clues as to how to find Chesimard were on display on November 13, 2010, when a memorial tribute was held for “Comrade” Marilyn Buck in New York City after she passed away. The sponsors highlighted a Chesimard recording in praise of Buck that had been smuggled out of Communist Cuba and played at the service. Soffiyah Elijah gave the eulogy. Former members of the Weather Underground and the Puerto Rican terrorist group, FALN, showed up to praise Buck as a great freedom fighter.

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn paid tribute to Buck in an announcement in the booklet distributed at her memorial service.

Chesimard also has supporters in the media, such as HuffPost Live anchor Marc Lamont Hill, who regularly appears on the Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” program.

Chesimard is the most prominent communist terrorist still on the loose. But she is not the only one. Other fugitives on the FBI list include members of the May 19th Communist Organization.

Joel Gilbert, director of the film, Dreams from My Real Father, describes the May 19th Communist Organization as “an above ground support group for the Weather Underground” that was based in New York City from 1978-1985. He says Obama was “likely” a member of the group during his time at Columbia University in the early 1980’s.

The major media have consistently refused to cover the indisputable evidence of Obama’s communist connections, including a relationship with Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, featured in the film.

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  • Still citing Joel Gilbert’s utterly discredited work, are we, Cliff?

  • John Hazelwood

    Just ask those upstanding members of the Congressional Black Caucus to bring this lady back with them the next time they visit her in Cuba. I would imagine a couple of them have her on speed dial, have her address in Cuba and probably take her to dinner on the taxpayers dime every time they are there.

  • Uncle Bill

    When I see some neo-Com using the word “discredited,” I think of this:

  • I”m not a “neo-Com,” so I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • you can bet that the clown is in there some where. what good is the fbi or cia if they dont serve and protect the people. and not hide crap and lie for the lier and cheif.

  • donald reid

    That fits OBUMMER just right.


  • jimmy john

    What upstanding members of the Congressional Black Caucus their as prejudice as
    they come, the only thing I want to know is why in Sam hell is Obama still in
    office, A bigger liar was never born and if he had a son he would be just like
    him , And Clinton should be hung out to dry, that woman got people Killed and
    tried to start a riot did you all forget about that,

  • Richard Hellstrom

    This story sounds much like ( abt 41.50
    the Haroon_Rashid_Aswat story. A Double Agent For MI-6 who masterminded all the bombings in London 7/7 –

    Our Nazi collaboration has always runs deep in America-

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  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    John: Why not just call them all Niggers and get over with it. And, while you are singing the National Anthem, saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Thousand time a day to purify yourself, will you just look in the mirror and admit you hate Niggers, Jews, Immigrants because RUSH told you to. There was a time in America when stupid people keep their mouth shut instead of trying to ferment a Revolution based on their Monkey Constitution Ideals. Put away your guns, you seldom understood bible and the Revised Constitution that you have in your head and ask your self would you really want to live under a government that YOU DESIGNED?
    I sure as HELL WON’T!

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    Jimmy John: Heads up! The president is in office because a majority of Americans elected him. It’s not up to you and/ Lee Harvey Oswald to determine what is best for the nation.
    There are great black legislatures, and, ones that sucks. I imagine, that at times, you suck. Just as their are no good Republicans and Great Democrats.
    HATE IS EATING YOU ALIVE, brother. STOP LISTENING TO RUSH. HE IS MAKING MILLION PULLING YOUR CHAINS and millions of other America are getting jerk by this jerk wad, but, there are 350,000,000 AND YOU DON’T SPEAK FOR ANY!

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    Cliff: When I was in college in the 60’s, I met students who went to Cuba. They were young and seeking answers to the horrific thing that I saw here, in this great country, in the not to distant past.
    Are we to hold everyone accountable for every idea, every thing they might have done or thought, or implied that could be twisted as anti-America. Listen up, jerk wad. America has been Anti-America, at various times in it past. And, Right Wing Re-Puritans are anything but patriots. They are puritans that want one brand of religion, one concept for governance, one race of people in one country.
    We get it, the president, perhaps, like your own children smoked dope, had questionable friends, grew up, moved away, went on to graduate from college, law school, taught law, became a state senator, a US senator, a two time elected president of the United States and you have the tiny balls to castigate his patriotism? Cliff what have you done for your country other than throw stones at those who have worked for 35 years at making life better, more humane for others.
    Yes, people, including you have made stupid, young mistakes, but, the mature one learn from them, move on and grow. The mean ones cling to their ideals of morality as if there are set in stone, but, the only thing set in stone is the concrete THINKING and rigidity of Conservative Republicans who have done nothing for this nation but bitch, tear it down and promote themselves as God favored people because they are so called Christian.
    Give the President his due and stop looking in his shoe to define the man. Are you, a perfect soul with no one or thing in your closet, Cliff?
    Give the constant bashing of the President a rest!

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    Sure, you do – Neo Con. Nazi-Conservative Nationalist. My country right or wrong. That’s the cowards way. One never has to decide, make a stance, think for oneself, determine right from wrong. All one has to do is do what the government tells them to! That’s not patriotism, that’s is blind allegiance – the kind that allowed that monster Hitler to kill 100,000,000 people or cause their death.
    Is that the kind of America you see of us. The kind where you are in charge?
    Re-Puritan Christian Conservative Republicans sure are filled with uncontrollable HATE. Where does all of that anger come from?

  • Boetica

    Pigeon Poo, what an appropriate name.

  • Boetica

    LOL Pigeon Poo is the screen name for Chesimard. LOL

  • Boetica

    LOL Nice talking points, Chesimard Pigeon Poo.

  • Boetica

    Your words confirm that it is you and your ilk who are filled with hate, Comrade Chesimard Pigeon Poo.

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    Look Boetica: I find your retort extremely amusing, witty, bright and pithy.
    In truth, Boetica, I was a bit off me rocker. It was 4 am in the morning and I was up all night with my invalid mother-in-law hauling her 86.5 year old, nearly paralyzed body back and forth to the bathroom every 45 minutes or so, just to haul her back to bed, then, back again. Please, forgive this old fool.
    Perhaps, I was a bit over zealous, but, you certainly put me in my place with the Chesimard Pigeon-Poo moniker.
    Thanks, sometime humor is much more effective that a lecture. Like most Americans, I am frustrated with the state of affairs and upset with the Rights sense of self-righteousness and Hate.
    Of, course, mine is exempt.
    But, Boetica that was priceless. BTW WHAT DOES BOETICA MEAN?

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    He is the president of the United States, Commander-in-Chief and the one responsible for giving the go ahead to kill Osama ben Laden and not the retarded one that invaded the wrong country, murder 100,000 innocent civilians, (men, women and children), and, to date has cost America’s coffers trillions of tax payers dollars. (No wonder we have a large debt.) Clinton balanced the budget and restored international respect. While the Cheney Presidency make Trillions of tax payers dollars available to his former company Halliburton and is responsible for the senseless deaths of over 5000 American soldiers Republicans and their Let Business Alone policy has resulted in the financial collapse of the world’s financial markets. The stupidity of “W” and the despotism of Cheney will surely rank with the worst in history. It is time for Republican Conservative Christian Nut Jobs to man up and admit that they have been hook-winked, again..

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    Amen, brother. Someone should have gone to jail, and Cheney should be on Trial at the Hague for War Crime and for being flat out ugly.

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    There you go again, with the Comrade Chesimard Pigeon Poo. How can I combat that wit?

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    Boetica: You are dueling with an unarmed wit. How you manage to say so much is so little words is pure, unsaturated wit. I concede.

  • Boetica

    : ) Boetica is a beautiful river on a most beautiful island.

  • Boetica

    Baaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaa!

  • Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo

    I must admit, Baaaaaaa haaaaaa! Stumps me. Will you please, friend me. I am on as Jonathan Livingston Pigeon-Poo, naturally that is not my real name, which when I am debating with you is Mud.

    On I have a column under

    You are a very witty thinker, and, I would enjoy getting the snot beat out of me with our exchanges.

    BTW: WTF does Boetica mean?

  • doktormcnasty

    First of all I think it’s quite telling that Chesimard/Shakur is being placed on the ‘Terrorist” wanted list when the only crime she was ever convicted of is not a terrorist act.

    Secondly although she may have been ‘convicted’ of murder that does not mean she received a fair trial. No one has yet been able to explain how she managed to shoot a cop without getting her fingerprints on a gun or any evidence of having fired a gun on herself as per

    Shakur is a political target and nothing more. Her asylum in Cuba is completely justified under international law.

    And if the United States wants to start talking about extradition they can begin with this list of terrorists it is harbouring:

  • MarthaMoxley

    My theory is that Joanna Chesimard IS Obama’s mother – AND I predict that before he gets out of office – HE WILL PARDON HER. Bill Ayers as Obama’s father and Joanne Chesimard as mom explains the whole ring and pony act with the birth certificate and why his personal narrative never made sense.

  • Rafael

    Rafael Pizano
    Acoli rightly failed the last parole board yet after the decision was over turned in his favor. Note also Cop-killer Chesimard is in Cuba and even though several convicted spies guilty of conspiracy and murder were release without conditions to the Castro dictatorship who has housed this cop killer to date.

    Why? Its evident this administration favors the release and safety of these copkillers.

    Why hasnt a public request for Chesimard been made by the President to the Castro regime?

  • JP Gautreaux

    I find it comical that Col Fuentes, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & many others point such righteous fingers at the Cuban gov’t for providing political asylum to Joanne Chesimard. After all the United States is doing the same thing with two people wanted for murder charges by the Cuban Gov’t. Dr Orlando Bosch & Luis Posada Carriles are responsible for numerous murders of Cuban citizens to include children & yet they live comfortably in Florida. I propose we do a swap Dr. Bosch & Posada for Chesimard. That’s only fair. Anything less is Hippocratic banter by the American gov’t.