Two cop killers brazenly living in Cuba must be returned to the United States now that new diplomatic relations have been established with the communist island, says Joe Connor, an anti-terrorism advocate.
Connor — whose dad died in the notorious 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing in New York City — told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV
that Joanne Chesimard and Willie "No Hands" Morales are living freely and openly in Cuba.
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"Joanne Chesimard was a heinous, heinous individual [who] goes by the name of Assata Shakur now. She killed Officer Werner Foerster on the Jersey Turnpike in 1973. She's a terrible person and she needs to be brought back and face justice," Connor said.
"William Morales is no better. Morales was the chief bomb maker for the FALN, a group that blew up 130 bombs in the U.S. between 1974 and 1983. On what would have been my dad's 37th birthday, Morales blew himself up in his Queens safe house."
Morales was arrested, tried, and convicted of being a terrorist and sentenced to 89 years in prison.
"He has no hands and part of his face was destroyed. He was sent to Bellevue Hospital to be fitted for prosthetic devices when he somehow shimmied down a rope made of sheets, something like out of a movie, and escaped," Connor said.
"The people that helped him escape were none other than those who were involved in the Brinks robbery from the … Weather Underground and Black Panthers. Morales turned up in Cuba, was involved in a gunfight with Cuban police in 1985. He ended up in Mexico, I'm sorry, there was a gunfight. A Mexican cop was killed.
"He was sentenced to prison in Mexico in 1988, [but] he was sent to Cuba while [President Ronald] Reagan was fighting that. He's been in Cuba since 1988 as a guest of the Castro brothers."
And Morales has flaunted his freedom, too, according to Connor.
"He's done interviews [with] the Cleveland Plain Dealer … There were pictures of him with Joanne Chesimard. He has not been shy, but he is a wanted terrorist … The FALN was a Marxist group and they were financed by Cuba," he said.
"So we're talking about a Cuba that not only harbors terrorists, but they finance terrorists, they train terrorists, they are bloody with terror."
The FALN — the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation — claimed responsibility for a horrifying blast at the Fraunces Tavern that killed four people, including Connor's father, Frank, and injured at least 50 others — although no one has been prosecuted for it.
Connor disagrees with the possibility of removing the terror label from Cuba, as hinted by Secretary of State John Kerry.
"He doesn’t really know the real world and how it works and [how] Cuba has been," he said.
"This goes back to the early '60s when they were planning to blow up our department stores in Manhattan around Christmastime … They've been a sponsor of terrorism for an awfully long time.
"I've been sending letters to our government since 1992 about William Morales to have him returned. So this has been going on a long time … Let's get these terrorists returned. They've been convicted, there is no doubt about their guilt, let them serve, and give some justice to my dad, please."
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