Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ex-hijacker rejects "terrorist" label (part 2 of 6)

Ex-hijacker rejects "terrorist" label from Tracey Eaton on Vimeo.

When William Potts hijacked a plane to Cuba in 1984, he wanted it to be a discreet affair and asked the flight crew to avoid announcing to passengers that the plane had been commandeered.
Potts told me in an interview that he even made sure passengers got refreshments.
So how does he feel when he's called a terrorist?
He replied:
Well, technically, I guess I might fall under that category. But the actions - I did everything I could to make the people comfortable. A terrorist is Posada Carriles, who lives comfortably in the United States.
Potts was referring to Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative who has been linked to a series of anti-Castro attacks.
Declassified FBI and CIA documents allege that Posada Carriles helped mastermind the 1976 bombing of Cubana Airlines, killing 73 passengers.
Said Potts:
He's unrepentant and he killed over 73 people.
In the interview, Potts also discussed his children and why he named his daughter after Assata Shakur, a black militant who was convicted of murder in New Jersey before she fled to Cuba. She is the first woman to make the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list. In May 2013, the FBI offered $1 million for information leading to her capture and the state of New Jersey added another $1 million to the bounty.

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