Why do we keep hearing the media prattle on about the threat of possible “Tea Party” terrorism when they haven’t even been able to convict a Tea Partier for jaywalking, when the supermajority of actual domestic terrorist attacks come from Muslims and left wingers or a combination of the two?
Joanne Chesimard, who killed a New Jersey cop 40 years ago today, then escaped prison and fled to Cuba, has been labeled a terrorist and had a $2 million bounty put on her by the FBI, authorities said Thursday.
Chesimard was serving a life term for killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 when she escaped prison. After hiding out in a New Jersey safe house for several years, Chesimard managed to flee in 1979 to Cuba, where she has been living for decades under the name Assata Shakur.
“Joanne Chesimard is a domestic terrorist,” Aaron T. Ford, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark division, said at a press conference Thursday. “She absolutely is a threat to America.”
Chesimard, a member of the radical Black Liberation Army, shot and killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster execution-style on May 2, 1973, after she and two others were pulled over for a routine traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike, about an hour south of New York City.
If captured and returned to the United States, Chesimard faces the possibility of a White House welcome home dinner with President Barack Obama and First Lady, along with the presentation of a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
I may have made that last line up. I think.