One of those is Charles Hill, who is wanted in the murder of a New Mexico state police officer.
Hill and two other members of a black separatist group met the officer on Nov. 8, 1971, on a New Mexico highway. Police say one of the three suspects shot officer Robert Rosenbloom, killing him. The men hijacked a plane and forced the pilot to fly to Cuba.
In a 2009 interview, Hill told me that police targeted blacks in the 1970s. He said:
They went after us. If you had an Afro hairdo and got stopped by a cop, they went after you. We were being persecuted. There's no doubt about it.He said he didn't agree with the label "domestic terrorist." He said:
Back in those days, we were considered 'black revolutionaries.' Now we're considered 'black terrorists.' That's a whole misconception.
Basically, if I had an opportunity to go back to the States and be free on the streets and I couldn't come back to Cuba, that would be a tough choice. Right off the top of my head, I don't think I would leave my son and my daughter and my grandson here and not be able to come back to Cuba.
No, no, I wouldn't give it up, man. You know, I'm too old now. I don't have any retirement plan back in the United States.He said the socialist government had made mistakes, but was "constantly trying to work for the people." He said:
See, this is the basic difference. I don't think the United States government works for the American people.