Chesimard’s 1979 escape from prison was well planned, Rinaldi explained. "Armed domestic terrorists gained entry into the facility, neutralized the guards, broke her free, and turned her over to a nearby getaway team."
"In 1984, they smuggled her to Mexico. Using a network of Cuban intelligence officers who worked with American radical groups, they got her into Cuba," adds former Asst. FBI Director John Miller.
In 1984 Since then, according to New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, Chesimard "flaunts her freedom....To this day from her safe haven in Cuba Chesimard has been given a pulpit (by Castro) to preach and profess, stirring supporters and groups to mobilize against the United States by any means necessary. She has been used by the Castro regime to greet foreign delegations visiting Cuba."
"Joanne Chesimard is a domestic terrorist," declared FBI agent Aaron T. Ford, during a recent news conference. "She absolutely is a threat to America."
Along with Chesimard’s, Castro’s fiefdom provides haven for over 70 fugitives from U.S. law, including several on the FBI’s most wanted listed. Cuba also harbors convicted cop-killers Michael Finney and Charlie Hill, along with Victor Gerena, responsible for a $7 million heist of a Wells Fargo truck in Connecticut in 1983, as a member of the Puerto Rican terrorist group, Los Macheteros. All requests by U.S. authorities for these criminals’ extradition have been rebuffed, often cheekily by Fidel Castro himself: "They want to portray her as a terrorist, something that was an injustice, a brutality, an infamous lie!" Castro answered a U.S. request for Chesimard on May 3, 2005.
By the way, just this week Raul Castro’s daughter (Fidel’s niece, Che’s god-daughter) Mariela Castro was a granted a U.S. visa to attend the "Equality Forum’s annual conference on civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people." In brief, this apparatchik of the Stalinist regime and of the same "State Sponsor of Terrorism" that fetes U.S. cop-killers-- indeed that helps them escape from U.S. jails-- will headline a sort of gay rights-palooza in Philadelphia were she’ll be honored with an award for her tireless contributions on behalf of Human Rights.
In brief, an outfit (Equality Forum) headed by Malcolm Lazin and dedicated to criminalizing "anti-gay bullying" (in the U.S.) and ferociously dedicated to prosecuting such "bullies" to the fullest extent of (U.S.) law and sending them to jails cells (in the U.S.)--this SAME outfit is honoring a high-ranking apparatchik of the only regime in the history of the Western Hemisphere to herd thousands of men and boys at Soviet gun-point into forced labor camps surrounded by barbed wire and machine gun posts for the crime of fluttering their eyelashes, flapping their hands and talking with a lisp.
And we wonder why Fidel, Raul and their guest Joanne Chesimard are all laughing heartily from Cuba?
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.