President Barack Obama landed in Havana yesterday, marking the first time a sitting American president has visited Cuba since Calvin Coolidge. He was accompanied by numerous dignitaries from the Democratic Party, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. While he is scheduled to discuss economic and diplomatic relations between the United States and the Communist nation, there has been no announcement that he will discuss the fact that Cuba still gives have to cop killers and terrorists who have fled American justice.
Dozens of human rights protesters and political dissidents were rounded up and jailed in the hours before Obama's arrival. Among them were the famed Ladies in White, a group of women who regularly conduct public protests to demand the release of political prisoners. Also unresolved are the many deaths of other dissidents, homosexuals, and human rights activists at the hands of Cuba's communist government.
New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes posted a message on Facebook last week in which he warned Americans about four domestic terrorists Cuba still harbors. He said that four of them are responsible for the murder of 17 police officers in the United States, five civilians and two service members, as well as dozens of bombings. "As a matter of public safety, I believe that all those considering travel to Cuba need to be aware that four dangerous fugitive terrorists are living free and protected on the island," Fuentes said.
In an earlier op-ed for the Miami Herald, Fuentes wrote "U.S. government negotiators speaking on behalf of the Obama administration seem to lack both the will and intent to press the Castro brothers for their return to the United States to answer for their crimes." 
"Tourists to Cuba, please be careful," wrote Fuentes. "You are not dignitaries with security teams or part of a pampered and propagandized political delegation fattened and flattered by the type of cuisine and accommodations most Cubans can only dream about." Fuentes warned American tourists that they will have no bodyguards or other protections on the island where “dangerous revolutionaries, disenchanted about all things Americans,” are still accorded refuge.
Among those enjoying refuge in Cuba is Joanne Chesimard. Convicted of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973, Chesimard escaped and fled to Cuba in 1979. Now 68 years old, Chesimard has lived in Cuba since the mid-1980s. She is New Jersey’s most wanted fugitive. There's a $2 million bounty for information leading to her capture.
Other fugitives in Cuba include Charles Hill, William Guillermo Morales and Victor Manuel Gerena. 
Hill is wanted for his role in the murder of a New Mexico state trooper and the hijacking of a TWA jet liner. The 66-year-old belonged to a domestic terrorist group and has lived in Cuba since the early 1980s. Also 66 years old, Morales ws convicted of multiple federal charges for making bombs in the 1970s. His bombs caused several deaths and injuries. Gerena, who is now 57, is wanted for his role in an armed robbery of $7 million heist as a member of the Puerto Rican nationalist terrorist group known as Los Macheteros. He has been living in Cuba since the 1980s. He is among America's ten most wanted criminals.
According to the Sun Sentinel newspaper, there may be thousands of escaped criminals hiding in Cuba. However, there is no record of how many there are. The newspaper says that attorneys believe thousands of fugitives may have returned there, many of whom are Cuban nationals. 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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