"David Wright and several other members of the Black Liberation Army (BLA) commandeered a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to Miami -- Wright boarded the flight dressed as a priest, with a gun hidden in the cut-out pages of a Bible. His fellow members of the Black Liberation Army (BLA) also boarded with weapons, and 88 passengers were held hostage. It was one of the most daring hijackings in U.S. history, and also one of the most humiliating for the FBI. Agents were forced to wear bathing suits to deliver a suitcase of cash to Wright and his fellow hijackers on a Miami runway. The hijackers wanted to be sure they weren't carrying weapons".
NEWARK, NJ—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service, and New Jersey Department of Corrections jointly announce that George Wright, a fugitive for over 41 years, was arrested yesterday by Portuguese authorities, pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States. The United States is seeking his extradition from Portugal to serve the remainder of a 15- to 30-year sentence for a New Jersey state murder conviction.
On November 23, 1962, George Wright and three associates were involved in the commission of multiple armed robberies. During the second of these robberies, Wright and an associate shot and killed Walter Patterson, a World War II veteran and Bronze Star recipient, during the robbery of the Collingswood Esso gas station in Wall, New Jersey.
Wright was arrested two days later and was indicted on state charges along with his associates on December 13, 1962. On February 15, 1963, Wright entered a plea of “no defense” to the charge of murder. Wright was subsequently sentenced to 15 to 30 years’ incarceration.
On August 19, 1970, George Wright and three other men escaped from Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, New Jersey. Subsequent to his escape, Wright traveled to Detroit and became affiliated with the Black Liberation Army, cop killers.
According to a Justice Department report on BLA activity, the Black Liberation Army is suspected of involvement in over 60 incidents of violence between 1970 and 1976. The Fraternal Order of Police blames the BLA for the murders of 13 police officers nationwide.
On July 31, 1972, five adults, accompanied by three small children, hijacked Delta flight 841 en route from Detroit to Miami. Subsequent investigation indentified Wright as one of the hijackers.
Upon landing in Miami, Wright and his associates demanded a $1 million ransom in exchange for the passengers—the largest ransom of its kind at that time. After releasing the passengers, Wright and his associates forced the plane to fly to Boston for refueling and the addition of another pilot, and then proceeded across the Atlantic to Algeria where they sought asylum. At the request of the United States government, the money and plane were eventually seized and returned by Algeria to the Unites States. Wright and his associates were briefly taken into custody but were eventually released after a few days.
On May 26, 1976, Wright’s associates were located and arrested in Paris, France by the French National Police. The four adults were tried and convicted in French court. Since that time, George Wright has remained the lone fugitive, on the run since his escape on August 19, 1970.
Gary M. Lanigan, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections, also added; “Inmate George Wright was convicted of killing Walter Patterson, a gas station owner, 48 years ago. The crime left two young girls without a father. Despite the passage of time, justice has been served, and George Wright will pay for his crime. I commend members of the U.S. Marshals Service and our Special Investigations Division’s Fugitive Unit, as well as the F.B.I. and the many other law enforcement bodies in the United States and Europe, for their untiring efforts in following leads over the years and locating this fugitive.”
BILL AYERS AND HIS WIFE BERNARDINE DOHRN COP KILLERS IN THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND...On Oct. 20, 1981, Sgt. Edward O’Grady, Patrolman Waverly Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige were gunned down in Rockland County, N.Y. by heavily armed terrorists. The half dozen gunmen — all Americans — were members of the Weather Underground, a faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black Liberation Army (BLA), formed from members of the Black Panther Party and the Republic of New Afrika.
The Black Liberation Army (BLA) was an underground, black nationalist-Marxist militant organization that operated in the United States from 1970 to 1981. Composed largely of former Black Panthers (BPP), the organization's program was one of "armed struggle" and its stated goal was to "take up arms for the liberation and self-determination of black people in the United States."The BLA carried out a series of bombings, robberies (what participants termed "expropriations"), cop killing and prison breaks.
The UHURU Movement in St Pete Fl run by ex-Black Panther Joe Waller aka Chairman Omali Yeshitela appears to be carrying on the tradition of the Black Liberation Army. Cops Targeted by Uhuru Black Power Movement, Africans Have A Right to Resist The Police Claims Black Panther Joe Waller aka Omali Yeshitela. Three St. Petersburg police officers and one security officer have been shot and killed in the line of duty this year, as were three Tampa officers in the past two years all by black thug gang members.
Nationally, 37 officers have been killed by gunfire this year, a rise of 57 percent over the same period last year. UHURH Movement led by UHURU Boss Omali Yeshitela aka Joe Waller’s program of “Africans Have a Right to Resist the Police” is sure working in St Pete, dead law enforcement officers are piling up.
Begining in Jan 2011 the UHURU Movement began posting articles on their website stating that “Shooting of police in Florida part of growing trend of African resistance to occupation“ and defending cop killers like Hydra Lacy. 60′s Radical Penny Hess Leader of Omali Yeshitela’s APSC In St Pete Writes “The bullet not the ballot is the best way for the black man in America to gain power”.
The BLA was active in the US until at least 1981 when a Brinks truck robbery, conducted with support from Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, left a guard and two police officers dead. Boudin and Gilbert, along with several BLA members, were subsequently arrested. Following the collapse of the BLA, some members - including Ashanti Alston, Donald Weems (aka Kuwasi Balagoon) and Ojore N. Lutalo- became outspoken proponents of anarchism. Weems died in prison of an AIDS-related disease in 1986. Alston remains active in prison support and other activist circles.
The Black Liberation Army (BLA) appears to be alive and well in St Pete Fl with the UHURH Movement led by UHURU Boss Omali Yeshitela aka Joe Waller.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at http://www.wbipi.com/