Cuba removed from terror sponsor list. Still harboring cop-killer/domestic terrorist Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur. http://t.co/A8HH0l39Kj— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 30, 2015
I'm glad Chris Christie is making an issue out of Obama's decision to remove Cuba from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Christie specifically cites Assata Shakur, the cop-killing, domestic terrorist Marquette University chose to honor.
Gov. Chris Christie on Friday denounced President Obama's decision to remove Cuba from the federal Department of State's list of state sponsors of terrorism as "an unacceptable offense" to the family of a fallen New Jersey state trooper whose escaped killer, Joanne Chesimard, remains at large on the island nation.Yes, Obama and his administration are morally bankrupt.
The decision also drew rebukes from other New Jersey political leaders and officials, including Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, who called it a "dangerous and misguided policy."
Now known as Assata Shakur, Chesimard was convicted on murder charges in the execution-style killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster 42 years ago this month. She later broke out of jail and escaped to Cuba, where the Cuban government employed her as an anti-American propagandist. The Cuban government has been resistant to handing over Chesimard, refusing to return her as recently as this spring.
Christie faulted what he termed President Obama's "failure to require justice" as an affront to Foerster's family.
"The condition for which Cuba is able to join the rest of the civilized world must rest on the country's commitment to hand over every terrorist currently being harbored, starting with Joanne Chesimard," Christie said in a statement.
In a statement released to media, New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes said he couldn't see a meaningful distinction between a nation sponsoring terrorism and a nation harboring terrorists.
"Lists and labels can change, but the fact remains that Cuba still gives sanctuary to fugitive terrorists who are responsible for the murders of U.S. citizens," Fuentes said.
The same can be said of Marquette University.