Assata Shakur First Woman on FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List

06/18/13 Robert Lorei
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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses the case of Assata Shakur. She is a one time member of the Black Liberation Army now living in Cuba and is convicted of murder. The FBI has now put out a $2 million dollar reward for her capture. But is she a terrorist? And is she a murderer? Those allegations are in doubt according to our guest today, journalist William Boardman.

Boardman has written: "The World's Number One Terrorist on the FBI web site, at the top of the FBI's official list of "Most Wanted Terrorists," is Joanne Chesimard, whose current name is Assata Shakur."

Shakur, 65, is the aunt and godmother of the late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. A fugitive from the U.S. since 1979, she has lived in Cuba under political asylum since 1984. In her twenties, she was a leading black liberation activist in the New York City area. Convicted of murder in 1977, she escaped from prison while her appeal was pending. In 2005, the FBI, without alleging any terrorist acts, retroactively labeled her a "domestic terrorist." And last month the FBI named her the Terrorist List's first woman, first black woman, first mother, first godmother, and perhaps even first grandmother.

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