Expelled Spy-Diplomat Josefina Vidal Says Cuba to Remain Safe Haven For US Terrorists & Criminals 7

Directorate of Intelligence (DI) officer Josefina Vidal, thrown out of the US in May 2003 for espionage.

Directorate of Intelligence (DI) officer Josefina Vidal, thrown out of the US in May 2003 for espionage.

Cuba Says it Has a Right to Grant Asylum to US Fugitives

By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America’s most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral ties.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has urged President Barack Obama to demand the return of fugitive Joanne Chesimard before restoring full relations under a historic detente announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro last week.

Chesimard was granted asylum by Fidel Castro after she escaped from the prison where she was serving a sentence for killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 during a gunbattle after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Asked if returning fugitives was open to negotiation, Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, told The Associated Press that “every nation has sovereign and legitimate rights to grant political asylum to people it considers to have been persecuted. … That’s a legitimate right.”

“We’ve explained to the U.S. government in the past that there are some people living in Cuba to whom Cuba has legitimately granted political asylum,” Vidal said.

“There’s no extradition treaty in effect between Cuba and the U.S.,” she added.

In a letter to the White House made public Sunday, Christie said Cuba’s asylum for Chesimard, who has changed her name to Assata Shakur, was “an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, who have tirelessly tried to bring this killer back to justice.”

Later Monday, during a live interview with a local television anchor, Christie responded to Vidal‘s statement that Cuba has the right to grant to political asylum to those who have been persecuted.

“So Joanne Chesimard, a cold-blooded cop-killer, convicted by a jury of her peers, in what is without question the fairest and most just criminal justice system in the world — certainly much more just than anything that’s happened in Cuba under the Castro brothers. She is now, according to an official of the Cuban government, persecuted,” he said.

He added, “these thugs in Cuba have given her political asylum for 30 years. It’s unacceptable.”

Feature Continues Here: Cuba to Remain Safe Haven

Editor’s Note:  Josefina Vidal was thrown out of the United States in May 2003 as part of a mass expulsion of 14 Cuban spies serving under diplomatic cover. For previous stories on this spy, use the search icon.

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7 comments

  1. The Repressive Cuban Government and its leader the Alcoholic murderer Raul Castro is not going to allow any transition in Cuba much less an extradition of any Fugitive from the US justice.We are talking here of a system that has conducted the systematic training and abetting of International terrorists by country and has trained terrorists to the particular needs of the terrorist groups.
    The Cuban regime has no intentions of any reconciliation with the US,if the Cuban regime will release to our justice system any of those most wanted terrorists living in Cuba,this process would open doors for a future political transition to freedom which the Cuban Regime fears.Raul Castro main interest was to return the three remaining spies to the Island,to use them as political propaganda and to give more oxygen to his collapsing regime and to portrait our country as a weak country submissive to the dictator’s demands.

  2. BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE, ASIDE FROM GOVERNOR CHRISTIE WHO´S RECENTLY WRITTEN A LETTER TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ON ASSATA SHAKUR´S CASE, YET WITHOUT PROPEWR DUE DILIGENCECONDUCTED BY HIM INTO THIS WOMAN´S ACTUAL CASE AS WAS TRIED BY AN ALL WHITE JURY, IN A NATION, SUCH AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, REPLETE WITH RACISM THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY TO THE POINT OF EVEN HAVING GONE INTO CIVIL WAR ABOUT IT AND SUCH PROBLEM OF RACISM BEING MORE RELEVANT TODAY IN 2014 AS IT WAS IN 1979, PLEASE READ, FIRST, THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION FILED IN A CITY OF THE UNITED STATES, BEFORE TAKING AN OPINION ON THIS MATTER:

    Here´s what Assata Shakur´s attorney had to say about the unfair trial this black woman underwent during the days of the reign of J.Edgar Hoover over the FBI, in a U.S. Court of law that made a similar unfair determination and equally unjust as the recent grand jury investigations conducted of the killings that have very recently been conducted in 2014 by policemen in the United States of America, which has serve to create widespread chaos, agony, disgust and widespread civil unrest in this nation.

    As a member of Assata’s New Jersey trial legal defense team, and her appeal lawyer, I think a correct statement of the circumstances of New Jersey Trooper Werner Foerster’s death as established by exhibits, trial testimony and forensic evidence and that conclusively repudiate the revisionist lies now being advanced by the State of New Jersey as “fact”, need to be repeated.

    It is be remember that the only surviving eyewitnesses to the NJ Turnpike shoot-out were (1) Sundiata Acoli, (2) Trooper Harper, (3) Assata and (4) the driver of a car traveling along the NJ Turnpike at the time of the incident. Zayd Malik Shakur, a passenger, was killed during the shootout.

    1. Sundiata did not testify at trial, nor did he make any pre-trial statements.

    2. Harper’s testimony and actions are contained in the following documents (admitted into evidence)

    a. The three official investigative reports prepared by Harper, in which he wrote that after he stopped the Pontiac, he ordered Sundiata to the back of the car to show his driver’s license to Trooper Foerster who had arrived at the scene. That Sundiata complied without incident. That as he looked into the inside door of the Pontiac to check the registration, Foerster yelled at him and held up an ammunition clip. He stated that at the same time Assata reached into a red pocketbook, removed a gun from it and fired at him. That he immediately ran to the rear of his car and fired at Assata, who had emerged from the car, and was firing at him from a prostrate position alongside of the Pontiac. And it was at this point that he shot her. (admitted into evidence)

    b. His Grand Jury testimony where he swore under oath to the truth of the statements he had made in his 3 official reports. (admitted into evidence)

    c. Trial transcripts of his testimony at both Sundiata’s and Assata’s trials where he admitted, under cross-examination, that he had lied in all three of his official reports and in his Grand Jury testimony. That the truth was that Foerster had never shown him an ammunition clip; that Foerster had not yelled to him; that he had not seen a gun in Assata’s hand while she was seated in the car; that Assata did not shoot him from the car; and that he had not seen a red pocketbook.

    d. Audio tapes of the official recorded NJ Turnpike radio communications between all NJ State Trooper cars traveling the Turnpike near the scene of the shoot-out, dated May 2, 1973, which revealed that two additional turnpike patrol cars, those driven by Trooper Robert Palenchar and Trooper Woerner Foerster, had been ordered to aid Harper at the stop prior to the shoot-out. (admitted into evidence)

    e. The verbatim, hand-written record of what transpired inside the NJ Turnpike Administration Building when Harper entered it at or about 1AM on May 2, 1973, to report the shoot-out to Sergeant Chester Baginski who was in charge of maintaining the official record of turnpike occurrences on that (refereed to as the Station Bible). Harper reported that he had just been involved in a shoot-out after he had stopped a Pontiac containing three Black people, two men and a woman, that he had been wounded, and that the Pontiac was proceeding South on the turnpike. He gave the license plate number, but did not mention that Trooper Foerster had arrived at the scene. (admitted into evidence)

    f. Audio tapes of the investigation conducted by Detective Sgt. First Class Richard H. Kelly in the Administration Building at 7:37AM that morning to determine why over an hour elapsed from the time Harper entered the Administration Building that night and the discovery of Foerster’s body. Statements by each of the troopers present when Harper came into the Administration Building revealed that Harper had not reported Foerster’s presence at the scene and that no one was aware of the fact that Foerster lay on the road beside his car in front of the Administration building for over an hour, when his body was accidentally discovered by Trooper O’Rourke who had left the Administration building to investigate the scene of the shoot-out, less than 200 yards away. (admitted into evidence)

    3. Assata testified that Harper stopped the car without any known reason, shot her with her arms raised at his demand, and then shot her in the back as she was turning to avoid his bullets. Almost mortally wounded, and semi-conscious, she climbed into the backseat of the Pontiac to avoid further bullets. Sundiata drove the car five miles down the road and parked it, where she remained until State Troopers dragged her onto the road.

    4. A driver traveling north along the turnpike at the time of the incident testified at trial that he had seen a State Trooper struggling with a Black man between a parked white vehicle and a State Trooper car whose overhead revolving lights lit up the area. He was unable to identify the Black man, and further stated that he saw no one else on the road or at the scene. He immediately reported what he had seen to New Jersey Police Headquarters.

    It therefore remained only forensic evidence to help determine the facts of that night as much as they could be determined. The forensic evidence examined by both the New Jersey crime laboratory in Trenton, New Jersey and FBI crime laboratories in Washington, D.C. established the following:

    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)

    3. As a result of the bullet Harper shot under her armpit, while her arms were raised in, her median nerve was severed, immediately paralyzing her entire right arm, shattering her clavicle, and lodging in her chest so close to her heart that an operation to remove it was not feasible. A neurologist testified to that fact at the trial.

    4. A pathologist testified that “There is no conceivable way that the bullet could have traveled over to the clavicle if her arm was down. That trajectory is impossible.”

    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.”

    The state offered no expert witnesses to refute this medical testimony.

    6. Photographs depicting the gunshot entry wound under her armpit and the entry would of the bullet Harper shot into her back were admitted into evidence during the trial.

    Therefore, since no evidence existed that proved Assata fired the bullet that killed Trooper Foerster, why was she found guilty of his murder? There are several explanations:

    The first is that the climate of hatred, prejudice and racism that had so contaminated the Middlesex County jury pool in 1973 that a change of venue was ordered, continued to exist in 1977. The unanimous opinion of the 1973 jury pool was “If she’s Black, she’s guilty.” After three defense motions for change of venue, Judge Leon Gerofsky granted the motion, stating, “It was almost impossible to obtain a jury here comprised of people willing to accept the responsibility of impartiality so that defendants will be protected from transitory passion and prejudice.” The trial was then moved to Morris County where Assata’s trial was severed from Sundiata’s because of her pregnancy.

    In 1977 Assata began trial for the second time in this same Middlesex County, and this time jury nullification was insured: The jurors chosen to determine Assata’s guilt or innocence consisted of five jurors who were either relatives or close personal friends of state troopers or of state law enforcement officers.

    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. Judge Theodore Appleby charged the jury that they were permitted to speculate that Assata’s “mere presence” at a scene of violence, with weapons in the vehicle, was sufficient to sustain a conviction of the murder of Trooper Foerster. She was also convicted of possession of weapons – none of which could be identified as having been handled by her and of the attempted murder of Trooper Harper, who had sustained a flesh wound at the time of the shootout.

    Now, 32 years after her conviction, a new, fabricated version of Foerster’s death has emerged:

    There is absolutely no evidence to support statements made by Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, who said that “It was later determined that Werner Foerster’s service weapon was ripped from his holster as he lay wounded on the pavement, and he was executed with two shots to the head from his own service weapon.”

    But his motivation for making those statements is clear:

    1. To justify Assata being placed on the domestic terror watch list along with Osama bin Ladin. He said, “Anyone with a mindset that would execute a police officer once they were on the ground is dangerous enough to be considered a domestic terrorism threat.” But Assata is the only person convicted of a single domestic crime who has been classified a terrorist and put on the terrorism watch list, thereby nullifying the very definition of “terrorism”

    2. To justify the $1 million dollar bounty to be paid from tax payers money. He said, “The reward money should make Chesimard a much more attractive quarry for professional bounty hunters.”

    New Jersey State Assembly Speaker, Albio Sires, a longtime member of CANF (Cuban American National Foundation, representing Cuban exiles), said: “If Cuba’s citizenry could be informed of the $1 million bounty and the real story of Chesimard’s crimes, there is an increased likelihood of her being brought to Justice…. We want the Cuban people to know the real story about Joanne Chesimard and not the deceptive representation advanced by the Castro regime. We want people to realize that she is not a hero and she is really a violent criminal who is wanted for killing a State Trooper and escaping justice.”

    By falsely asserting that Assata shot Foerster in the head while he lay helplessly on the ground, killing him “execution style”, the US Justice Department hopes to strip Assata of any of the sympathy and political support she now receives in the United States and from the citizens of Cuba. By labeling her a cold-blooded cop killer, the hope is that the real circumstances of the NJ Turnpike as well as all the years prior to that event during which time Assata was relentlessly hunted with the stated purpose of killing her on sight for having committed crimes of which the government knew she was innocent, will be forgotten.

    But even as official lies are now being manufactured to convert Assata into a terrorist, so that Cuba can be accused of “harboring a terrorist” and to justify kidnapping her, there are, in fact, two well-known and admitted, convicted terrorists who are now being given safe harbor in the United States.

    The US government has refused to extradite admitted terrorist, Luis Posada Carriles, (charged with the shoot down of a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing 73 civilians and convicted of other terrorist acts including the Bay of Pigs). The US government has also refused to extradite Posada’s convicted fellow terrorist, Orlando Bosch, who escaped from Venezuela and came to Miami in 1987 with the assistance of the CANF, Jeb Bush and his father, the then US Attorney, Gonzalez, who personally approved the bounty, also approved prisoner torture at Abu Ghreb. Or that the approval came after New Jersey resident, Michael Chertoff, was named Secretary of the Department of Homeland Defense.

    There are the facts. Let us not forget them.

    Evelyn A. Williams
    Attorney For Assata Shakur

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Also, the City of Detroit Council members drew-up a resolution in support of this woman and you also must read this to get the facts and know morebefore you opine. Far to many cases of injustice are being committed in U.S. Courts and later reversed and this is the case here as well tried during a time when black and white divisionism and racism in this nation was rampant as it is today in 2014.

    Detroit Watson
    RESOLUTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER
    Jo Ann Watson

    RESOLUTION FOR U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO WITHDRAW THE $1 MILLION DOLLAR BOUNTY FOR THE CAPTURE OF ASSATA SHAKUR

    WHEREAS
    Pervasive and unrelenting police terrorism directed at communities of color during the 19605 made necessary the formation of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and

    WHEREAS
    Numerous dedicated and courageous young people of African ancestry enlisted in the ranks of the Black Panther Party to monitor and deter police violence, and to staff community service programs aimed at providing food, health care, legal assistance, transportation and other services to Black and other poor people living in poverty, and

    WHEREAS
    One of the committed individuals who joined the Black Panther Party was Assata Shakur, and

    WHEREAS
    J. Edgar Hoover, then-Director of the FBI, proclaimed that the Black Panther party was “the greatest threat to the internal security” of the United States, and

    WHEREAS
    The FBI commenced an illegal campaign of terror against the Black Panther Party that came to be known as “COINTELPRO” (Counter-lntelligence Program), and

    WHEREAS
    In the face of increasing government violence directed at the Black Panther Party, and other activists, Assata Shakur became one of many targets of government surveillance, harassment and Intimidation, and

    WHEREAS
    On May 2, 1973, Shakur and others in a vehicle in which she was traveling became the victims of racial profiling when they were stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike, allegedly because of a broken tail-light, and

    WHEREAS
    Shakur reported that, during the stop, she was shot twice after she had complied with the New Jersey State Trooper demand that she raise her hands, and

    WHEREAS
    During the stop, fatal gunshot wounds were sustained by a State Trooper and one of Shakur’s companions, and

    WHEREAS
    Shakur was later charged with both deaths and then tried before an all-white jury, and

    WHEREAS
    Notwithstanding the fact that defense lawyers presented objective medical and other evidence that substantiated Shakur’s contention that her hands were raised when she was shot, she was nevertheless convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment plus 33 years, and

    WHEREAS
    Shakur reported that she endured torture and continuing threats of violence while in the custody of police and prison officials, and

    WHEREAS
    Shakur escaped from Clinton Correctional Institution in 1979 after she concluded that her life was in danger and that she had no hope of receiving justice, and

    WHEREAS
    Even though Shakur was ultimately granted political asylum in Cuba, New Jersey and Federal officials have pursued her relentlessly since her escape, and

    WHEREAS
    No extradition treaty exists between the United States and Cuba, and consequently there are no legal grounds for demanding Shakur’s return to U.S. shores, and

    WHEREAS
    On May 2,2005, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it is offering an extraordinary one million dollar bounty for Shakur’s capture, notwithstanding the fact that supporters contend that she has been repeatedly denied the following and other human rights recognized under international law: freedom from arbitrary arrest, detention and exile; freedom from torture, and cruel and inhuman or degrading treatment; a presumption of innocence at trial; and the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution; and

    WHEREAS
    The bounty is likely to encourage illegal and unjustifiable kidnapping attempts that will place Shakur’s life in jeopardy, and

    WHEREAS
    Shakur’s supporters have proclaimed Sunday, July 17, 2005 as “International Hands Off Assata Day”; NOW THEREFORE BE IT

    RESOLVED
    That the City Council for the City of Detroit calls upon the U.S. Justice Department to demonstrate respect for U.S. and intemutional law by immediately withdrawing the offer to pay a one million dollar bounty for the capture of Assata Shakur; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

    That the City Council for the City of Detroit proclaims its support for “International Hands Off Assata Day” on Sunday, July 17,2005.

    July 20, 2005

    Contact Information
    JoAnn Watson
    1340 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
    2 Woodward Ave
    Detroit, MI 48226
    (313) 224-4535 (office)
    (313) 224-1524 (fax)

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    Let us not asume that because a U.S. Court of justice tried this woman was tried fairly and judged by what was an ALL WHITE JURY.

    I want people in this forum who think to know what this woman has expressed.

    Her case is more relevant today than ever because of the fact that people of black color in 2014 are being killed in the streets of the United States by policemen under very extenuating suspect circumstances this has moved this nation to civil unrest throughout many parts of this nation:

    Now, let us examine what this nation did with the murderous officers of the SS who were gultiy of having killed 6,000,000 jews duriung world war II. We have them save harbor and are now questioning Cuba for giving one woman of black color who was persecuted by issue of racism and wherein the facts prove she did not kill a police officer except a police officer shot her companion killed him and injured her.

    Officers from the Hitler´s SS where part of “Operation Paperclip” which was from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) program in which over 1,500 German scientists, technicians, and engineers from Nazi Germany and other foreign countries were brought to the United States for employment in the aftermath of World War II. It was conducted by the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA), and in the context of the burgeoning Cold War. One purpose of Operation Paperclip was to deny German scientific expertise and knowledge to the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, as well as inhibiting post-war Germany from redeveloping its military research capabilities.

    Although the JIOA’s recruitment of German scientists began after the Allied victory in Europe on May 8, 1945, U.S. President Harry Truman did not formally order the execution of Operation Paperclip until August 1945. Truman’s order expressly excluded anyone found “to have been a member of the Nazi Party, and more than a nominal participant in its activities, or an active supporter of Nazi militarism”. However, those restrictions would have rendered ineligible most of the leading scientists the JIOA had identified for recruitment, among them rocket scientists Wernher von Braun, Kurt H. Debus and Arthur Rudolph, and the physician Hubertus Strughold, each earlier classified as a “menace to the security of the Allied Forces”.

    To circumvent President Truman’s anti-Nazi order and the Allied Potsdam and Yalta agreements, the JIOA worked independently to create false employment and political biographies for the scientists. The JIOA also expunged from the public record the scientists’ Nazi Party memberships and regime affiliations. Once “bleached” of their Nazism, the scientists were granted security clearances by the U.S. government to work in the United States. Paperclip, the project’s operational name, derived from the paperclips used to attach the scientists’ new political personae to their “US Government Scientist” JIOA personnel files.

    Governor Christie my personal opinion is you´re a “perfect imbecile with initiative” and a “full-blown (pun intended) moron”. You´ll never be President of the United States.

  3. One close up of the defense attorney look that Assata was an beauty angels of God, but when you you read hundreds of document classifieds about the relation of Black Panther under Cuba’s command using the Cuban terrorist agent Quintin Pino Machado, Juan Moleon Cabrera, Carlos Lechuga, Roberto Santiesteban and read also the Castro’s report about this activities inside the United Stated in the Mitrokin’s KGB Files, you have another opinion.
    Cuba’s agents manipulated and recruited the Afrikan-Americans, the Chicanos, the Portoriqueans, the Muslims to make political and ideological subversion doing outlaw, clandestine and secretive organization.
    Juan Mari Brass and his Independentistas, Macheteros, and other terrorists organization has the operational center in Calle 27 and K in Vedado, Havana
    Mr. Garrido is one of them who assimilated the Cuban Red Pill according his opinion and he is very familiar with the CastroCubans arguments.
    Mr. Garrido in other comment said that Cuba voted in United Nations against the Israel State foundation but he forgot to said us, that the URSS of Stalin and Nikita promoted the Israel new state because they need to clean of Jews the Soviet Union and get another socialist country to vote in favor of URSS in the ONU.
    The General Eitan, the MOSSAD, the Kessenet are really enemies of USA, the Israel Parliament composition has a big majority of Marxist. The Israel Legislation is socialist, the agriculture is based in Sovjoses and Koljoses.
    Example: The General Eitan stolen in USA great nuclear secret and also live and has citric and container business in Cuba, the same way General Moshe Dayan has big property of citric in Jovellanos, Matanzas.
    Why Robert Vesco, Manuel de Armas and hundreds of Black Americans hickjacks airline planes to Cuba after assault banks, kill policemen, arson and other delinquent activities.
    A new relation between Cuba and Israel started after 1959 with Guevara in TelAviv in June 1959.
    I remember the American and British commercial planes of “Cubana de Aviacion” were as a gift to El Al (Israel Airline)
    The Vice Minister of Interior of Israel supplied to Cuba Armed Forces air cargo Lockheed C-130 to kill Angolans people. The Rafael rifles to Salvador’s guerrilla, military communication equipment has been supply for Israel to Cuba, those agreement was signed for Cuba for Carlos Aldana and General Patricio La Guardia. I sent the video of this conversation from Cuba in 1989
    Castro never returned delinquent refugee in Cuba to USA, because they said “They were in persecution by the America’s Law”.
    Castro support any activity against USA.

  4. Mister Garrido before wrote it about ASSATA…….WOMAN´S ACTUAL CASE AS WAS TRIED BY AN ALL WHITE JURY, IN A NATION, SUCH AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, REPLETE WITH RACISM THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY TO THE POINT OF EVEN HAVING GONE INTO CIVIL WAR ABOUT IT AND SUCH PROBLEM OF RACISM BEING MORE RELEVANT TODAY IN 2014 AS IT WAS IN 1979, PLEASE READ, FIRST, THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION FILED IN A CITY OF THE UNITED STATES, BEFORE TAKING AN OPINION ON THIS MATTER:
    If any people follow the line of this statement arrive to the Conclusion that is not legal, and unfair that the President Lyndon Johnson and his administration signed the Law tor the Civil Right because all of the were WHITE Homo sapiens.
    Do not exist any country in the Planet where the WHITE Homo Sapiens have been done more for the Black that the White American.
    The black peoples in USA has TV programs only by black, Church only for Black, College only for Black, Film only for Black, companies only for black I never see “Only for White” in USA.
    Them the Jury can be perfectly can give decision because the Jury is a sample of Citizens, with legal power to said “Guilty or Not Guilty” No manipulation please…..

  5. Your commenatry is as incoherent and irrational as “calling a rabbit a donkey, because they both have big ears”.

    First of all, get your facts straight and the situations separated.

    President Lyndon B. Johnson was not part–ever–of a sitting jury in New Jersey, there to decide the fate of a black woman that had NO traces of gunpowder found in both her hands after an extensive laboratory test, as revelaed by both the FBI and the State of New Jersey laboratory forensic labs.

    You have no clue, sport, of what you´re talking about. I repeat to you, NO GUN POWDER FOUND IN HER HANDS, YET, SHE WAS ACCUSED OF KILLING A POLICEMAN. Lyndon B. Johnson was in Washington DC to enter into law several civil rights related legislation as passed by Congress, not by a jury. There was nothing to decide at the signing, but there was plenty to be decided by an all white jury in this balck woman´s case.

    Why are you so baffled or impressed–maybe both–by the fact that anybody in the United States can watch both black consumer targeted programming as well as white consumer targeted programing. That´s just a fact of the media industry in this country which is oriented to reach consumers as efficiently as posible for advertisers who do not want to waist valueable media dollars and want to focus their advertising effectively. So what is you apparent confussion and erroneous zone on this? You´re obviously not a profesional in the least in such a field, yet, seem to be babbling “nothings”, which make no sense. ESPN is a cannel for sports, there are black sports people, so whta and there are in the same cannel White sports people too, targeted for sports aficcionados. What is your point that you see the world in black and white as bigots do? You´re terribly confused and you also demonstrate to lack reasoning abilities to the max sport.

    Go watch a football or a basketball game this weekend or American idol or any other programming or Good Morning America, you´ll find the American cutural fiber of all races there. I know you don´t speak very good English–at all-and you cannot construct English phrases either. So you´re left to watch Hispanic programming where ther is DEFNINITELY NO BLACKS hardly ever shown, right! And that is how you now come here to judge others sport, you got it backwards in the worst way.

    So, you got your 2 cents worth of response you deserve, for lack of personal knowledge, poor English language skills, lack of cultural empathy with general U.S. media and media programming and worst of all for demonstrating clear personal tendencies of acute personal bigotry. Next time you decide to challenge ideas do it with knowledge please.

    Nuff said.

  6. My response is not misdirected. What was misdirected was the false accusation of this woman killing the New Jersey cop. Let´s stick to the issue at hand, which is the purpose of the story. Whether “all you did” as you indicate was to add your “editor´s notes” as you also indicate, that´s enough to conclude the story is a modification of the facts, which I presented herewith. The adding of editor´s notes is the best way to spin an already false story. This woman did not kill the New Jersey cop. Comingling a story with your own editor´s notes makes you responsible of publishing something that from the “get-go” is false. Know both the FBI lab and the New Jersey lab found no gun powder traces in her hands. She was accused to killing the cop because she was black, she was a member of the Black Panther Movement and in a racist demographic section of New Jersey. Read the court transcripts

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