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sdixon3171
02:54 PM on 05/03/2013
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And yet she was still convicted.

LENNOX HINDS: Yeah, she was convicted. And it was an all-white jury. The pretrial publicity was such that people in Middlesex County and people from the northern part of New Jersey believed then, and believe now, that she is guilty. The mere fact that she was in the car meant that she was guilty. And in fact, the instructions to the jury—because there was no evidence of her doing any shooting, the instructions to the jury was that if you find that she was present and supported the action of the people who did the shooting, she can be found guilty as a principal. And that is under the felony murder rule.
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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sophia33
Fight of a Revolutionary, Soul Sistah
05:58 PM on 05/03/2013
I saw this earlier today.
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sdixon3171
06:15 PM on 05/05/2013
The truth is there they just refuse to see it. Peace.
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sdixon3171
02:53 PM on 05/03/2013
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: In New Jersey. You write in the preface, "It had been and is my view that it was the racism in Middlesex County, fueled by biased, inflammatory publicity in the local press before and throughout the trial, fanned by the documented government lawlessness, that made it possible for the white jury to convict Assata on the uncorroborated, contradictory, and generally incredible testimony of trooper Harper, the only other witness to the events on the turnpike." There was one other state trooper, Harper, who survived the confrontation and who was the main witness against Assata.

LENNOX HINDS: Yeah, but Harper ran away during the shootout, came back, and his story was conflicted and contradictory. And—

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: He originally claimed that he had seen her pull out a gun.

LENNOX HINDS: That’s right, but there was no evidence to support that.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Right.

LENNOX HINDS: As I said, no fingerprints on any weapon. They claim that she fired a weapon. There were no arsenic powder marks or residue on her clothing or on her hands, etc. No forensic evidence.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And he later also admitted that the original reports and testimony that he had given was wrong on that.

LENNOX HINDS: Was wrong, that’s right. That’s right.
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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omnimax
02:51 PM on 05/03/2013
gee, if they wait a few more years maybe she will die of old age.
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Aissatou Sunjata
Absurdity, NOT the new Black!
04:08 PM on 05/03/2013
So will we all. Some will not die of old age. Such is life and death, the first one possible, the second inevitable.
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sdixon3171
02:51 PM on 05/03/2013
LENNOX HINDS: I think what Angela said was right on point. It is an open invitation, not only with respect to the United States government, but for anyone, in Cuba or elsewhere, to become a vigilante, to go there and to not only apprehend and bring her back, or to kill her. So it’s an open invitation. And, you know, when we—Cuba is accused of harboring terrorists. And when we look at the role of the United States and the United States government vis-à-vis Cuba, the United States government and the CIA have encouraged, trained, sent individuals to not only disrupt the Cuban economy by killing tourists, placing bombs in restaurants and hotels, but to assassinate Fidel Castro, and individuals who admitted that they were involved in the downing of a Cuban airliner in 1973. I’m talking about Posada Carriles. Here was a man who made the open admission, trained by the CIA, harbored by the United States. When he was found in the United States, did the United States prosecute him for those crimes? No. They, on a pretext, prosecuted him for lying to the FBI, all right? and acquitted him of that.
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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sdixon3171
02:49 PM on 05/03/2013
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Angela Davis, the government statement that she remains a threat to the United States, the implication being that she’s somehow still trying to organize attacks on the country, it really is mind-boggling. It’s one thing to say, "We have a case here of someone who’s still wanted." It’s another thing to say that they’re still a threat to the United States, when there’s been no indication over the last 30, 40 years that Assata Shakur has been involved in any type of movements or organizations directed against the United States government.http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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sdixon3171
02:48 PM on 05/03/2013
LENNOX HINDS: Right. Also in their statement that I read, the superintendent of state police claimed that Assata Shakur took the Officer Foerster’s weapon and shot him while he was on the ground. There is not one scintilla of evidence at the trial attesting to that. In fact, as I was saying before, she was incapable of lifting her hands, much less firing a weapon.

Now, you asked what is the reason for this allegation at this time. We have to remember that 10 years ago, a little over 10 years ago, the then-governor of the state of New Jersey, former Governor Christie Todd Whitman, she had issued and posted a $1 million bounty for Assata Shakur. Today it has been doubled. But we believe that putting Ms. Chesimard, putting Assata Shakur on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list is designed to inflame the public and to characterize her as a terrorist, when none of the acts alleged relates to terrorism. In fact, of all of the charges that have been leveled against her in New York, case after case, she was acquitted, or the charges were dismissed. There was insufficient evidence to support any of the charges.
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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sdixon3171
02:47 PM on 05/03/2013
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: —suddenly branding her a terrorist and also insisting that she is a threat to the United States government at this time, could you talk about the significance—

LENNOX HINDS: Yes.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: —of that declaration?

LENNOX HINDS: Well, I believe that we have to look at it in the context of what has just happened in Boston. I think that with the massacre that occurred there, the FBI and the state police are attempting to inflame the public opinion to characterize her as a terrorist, because the acts that she was convicted of has nothing to do with terrorism. The acts that she was convicted of, if you look at the evidence, she was convicted of aiding and abetting, and therefore was present during the shootout. The FBI and the state police’s theory was that Sundiata Acoli shot Officer Foerster. That was their theory during his trial.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: One of the people in the car with her, that—

LENNOX HINDS: One of the people in the car, yeah.
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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sdixon3171
02:45 PM on 05/03/2013
It is in that context we need to look at what happened on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. What they call Joanne Chesimard, what we know as Assata Shakur, she was targeted by the FBI, stopped. And the allegation that she was a cold-blooded killer is not supported by any of the forensic evidence. If we look at the trial, we’ll find that she was victimized, she was shot. She was shot in the back. The bullet exited and broke the clavicle in her shoulder. She could not raise a gun. She could not raise her hand to shoot. And she was shot while her hands were in the air. Now, that is the forensic evidence. There is not one scintilla of evidence placing a gun in her hand. No arsenic residue was found on her clothing or on her hands. So, the allegation by the state police that she took an officer’s gun and shot him, executed him in cold blood, is not only false, but it is designed to inflame.http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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sdixon3171
02:45 PM on 05/03/2013
Now, why today is Assata Shakur now being branded a terrorist? If we look at the definition of terrorism, what is it? It is the use or the threat of use of force against a civilian population to achieve political ends. What happened in the case of Assata Shakur? You have heard, in her own words, this woman was a political activist. She was targeted by whom? J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI in a program that was called COINTELPRO. That program was unveiled by whom? Frank Church, Senator Frank Church, in the 1970s. He chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee. That committee determined that the FBI was using both legal, but mostly illegal, methods—to do what? In the FBI’s own words, they wanted to discredit, to stop the rise of a black messiah—that was the fear of the FBI—so that there would not be a Mau Mau, in their words, uprising in the United States. And they were, of course, referring to the liberation movement that occurred in Kenya, Africa. Now, the FBI carried out a campaign targeting not only the Black Panther Party. They targeted SCLC. They targeted Martin Luther King. They targeted Harry Belafonte. They targeted Eartha Kitt. They targeted anyone who supported the struggle for civil rights, that they considered to be dangerous
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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sdixon3171
02:43 PM on 05/03/2013
LENNOX HINDS: My view on this is that this is a disingenuous act on the part of—driven by the state of New Jersey and particularly the state police. As you know, for decades, the state police have wanted and demanded that the Cuban government extradite Assata Shakur to the United States. There is no extradition policy between Cuba and the United States. Just to deal with this in context, the Cuban government, pursuant to international law—that is, particularly the refugee convention—have granted Assata Shakur political asylum. Now, what is the basis for that? It is if an individual has a well-grounded fear that if they return to the country from which they left, they would either be persecuted or prosecuted based upon their political beliefs or/and their race or religion. Now, this is not a new concept. There have been numerous individuals who have left the United States and went to foreign countries, allies of the United States, where those countries have refused to extradite them. France, for example, All of these are international agreements that require countries, host countries, that are holding individuals—who have hijacked planes—to extradite them or try them. France, after conducting their own independent review of these Black Panthers, refused to extradite them to the United States based upon France’s assessment that if they would be returned, they would be subject to political and racial repression. http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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sdixon3171
02:40 PM on 05/03/2013
One day after the exiled former Black Panther Assata Shakur became the first woman named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, we’re joined by another legendary African-American activist, Angela Davis, as well as Shakur’s longtime attorney, Lennox Hinds. Davis, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is the subject of the recent film, "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners." She argues that the FBI’s latest move, much like its initial targeting of Shakur and other Black Panthers four decades ago, is politically motivated. "It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism," Davis says. "I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues — police violence, healthcare, education, people in prison." A professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University, Hinds has represented Shakur since 1973. "This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion," Hinds says. "There is no way to appeal someone being put on the terrorists list."http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/3/angela_davis_and_assata_shakurs_lawyer
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WasteNJ
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02:31 PM on 05/03/2013
COINTELPRO. A black face delivering the FBI's claim that Assatta Shakur is a "terrorist" for promoting black liberation, pushing for revolutionary changes, empowering the powerless, and telling the truth. She was shot in the back with her hands up in the air, right here in NJ, the home of racial profiling. Wouldn't be the last time it happened to a black motorist, either.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
02:31 PM on 05/03/2013
Offer up US Citizenship and the reward for a couple of Cubans to toss her in a boat and bring her back. This has gone on too long.
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sdixon3171
03:04 PM on 05/03/2013
clueless
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Aissatou Sunjata
Absurdity, NOT the new Black!
04:17 PM on 05/03/2013
Only in the minds of those who were not there, do not care about the truth and simply see her as some Mammy who has outwitted being lynched for too long.
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aeweidman
02:21 PM on 05/03/2013
I don't think this has as much to do with capturing this woman as it is a ploy to see if Cuba will cooperate with the US in cases such as this , Our country would love to find a reason to have a business relationship and trade and visit status with Cuba if this went well it would be an act of faith and trust on Cubas part making all of these old embargos unnessary
01:45 PM on 05/03/2013
shoulda killed the B***** the same way she did the state trooper except years and years ago