In 1984, William Potts took out the pistol that he’d hidden in a cast and put on a black beret and came out of the airplane restroom and forced the jet to take him to Cuba. According to the Associated Press article, he wanted to change the world. yeah, i don’t know how that was supposed to happen either. Anyway, it didn’t work out the way he’d hoped. The Cubans put him in jail for 15 years instead. Now the disillusioned terrorist wants to come back to the US;
He said Friday that U.S. officials in Cuba are processing a passport application he submitted earlier in the week and they have told him it could be completed in a matter of weeks.
While he faces virtually certain arrest upon return, he said he believes that the time he served in Cuba will allow him to avoid a lengthy second jail term.
“Some people believe I should spend the rest of my life behind bars, but that’s not my position. I was sentenced in a recognized court of law to fifteen years in prison. I did the crime, I did the time,” Potts said. “I don’t expect to pay two times for a crime I already paid 15 years for.”
Potts said going home will help him move beyond what he acknowledges was a mistake that put dozens of passengers’ lives at risk and separated him from his siblings and parents in the U.S. in a way that’s increasingly painful as he ages.
Tough, as long as he remains in Cuba, he is in prison, so let him stay there. We have interpreters in Iraq and Afghanistan who have a legitimate need to come here, and they earned that right. This clown, not so much. If he wants to come to the US, he can make his voyage the same way he left – he can hijack a flight out of Cuba and see how that works out for him.