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Nelson Mandela Removed From US Terrorist Watch List In 2008 By President Bush

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Nelson Mandela Removed From US Terrorist Watch List In 2008 By President Bush

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Dec 6, 2013 – Nelson Mandela Removed From US Terrorist Watch List In 2008 By President Bush

Ex-South African President Nelson Mandela died yesterday evening at the age of 95.

As a popular human right activist before his death, Nelson Mandela was place on the U.S. terrorism watch list until 2008, when then-President George W. Bush signed a bill removing him from it.

Then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called the restrictions a “rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterpart, the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader Nelson Mandela.”

“He had no place on our government’s terror watch list, and I’m pleased to see this bill finally become law,” then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said in 2008.

South Africa’s apartheid regime designated Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) as a terrorist organization for its battle against the nation’s legalized system of racial segregation that lasted from 1948 to 1994.

Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also described Mandela’s ANC as a “typical terrorist organization” in 1987, refusing to impose sanctions on South Africa’s apartheid regime. President Ronald Reagan did as well.

In 1986, former Vice President Dick Cheney, then a congressman, voted along with 179 other members of the House against a non-binding resolution to recognize the ANC and call on the South African government to release Mandela from prison. The measure finally passed, but not before a veto attempt by Reagan.

In 2000, Cheney maintained that he’d cast the correct vote.

[Source: Yahoo News]

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Martins

    December 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    how can the United states place such a good man on the terrorist list?
    something must be wrong

  2. prince

    December 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    they never one day trust a black man, which is very bad.

  3. Godwin Sure

    December 7, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    What kind of country is this US why will dey put such a man on terrorist list.

  4. sobowale akeem

    December 7, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    rip nelson mandela

  5. Danti

    December 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Remember that CIA aided apartheid government in capturing Madela in his hideout.

  6. red

    December 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Safe journey my hero,my lion of Africa and my face of freedom fighter,you are death today and I will celebrate your life forever.As for those that want to or did dent your name sorry,American govt was afraid of his wisdom and the he believed in and stood by it.All can i say you will live forever my hero.

  7. red

    December 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Safe journey my hero,my lion of Africa and my face of freedom fighter,you are dead today but i will celebrate your life forever.As for those that want to or did dent your name,sorry.American govt was afraid of his wisdom and what he believed in and stood for.All i can say is that you will live forever my hero.

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