Date: January 7, 2009
Suspect: Roger Hudnall
Location: Eureka, California
Info: Hundall allegedly sent a letter with a death threat to Obama.
Title: Roger Hudnall Accused Of Threatening To Kill Obama
Date: November 25, 2010
Source: Huffington Post
Abstract: An indictment filed by a federal grand jury accuses a Northern California man of sending a letter threatening to kill President Barack Obama.
Court documents state 54-year-old Roger Hudnall of Eureka made the threat in a letter mailed Jan. 7, 2009.
It's not clear from court documents whether Hudnall has an attorney. Wednesday's indictment says he's currently in state custody on another conviction.
The San Francisco Chronicle says Hudnall previously served federal
prison time for mailing a threatening letter containing white powder to
the FBI's San Francisco office in 2002. The substance turned out to be
baby powder (Huffington Post, 2010).
2. CALIFORNIA (January 8, 2009)
Date: January 8, 2009
Suspect: Walter Edward Bagdasarian
Location: San Diego, California
Weapons: Three handguns, three rifles, two of which were a 30.06 with a telescopic sight and a Remington .50 caliber muzzle-loading rifle.
Info: Bagdasarian allegedly stated, "Fk the niggar, he will have a 50 cal in the head soon."
Title: Online Threat To Kill Obama Leads to Arrest
Date: January 9, 2009
Abstract: A Southern California man was charged Thursday with threatening a presidential candidate, for posting a racist note to a Yahoo message board in October expressing displeasure over Barack Obama’s candidacy, and predicting "he will have a 50 cal in the head soon."
Walter Edward Bagdasarian, 47, was found with an arsenal of six weapons when Secret Service agents raided his La Mesa home in November, according to court records (.pdf). He had three handguns and three rifles, including a 30.06 with a telescopic sight and a Remington .50 caliber muzzle-loading rifle.
Bagdasarian is not accused of actually plotting against Obama, and he was released last month on a $100,000 real estate bond. Bagdasarian’s attorney did not return a phone call Friday.
The post in question showed up on a Yahoo Finance board on Oct. 22, about two weeks before the election, under the handle "californiaradial." The message was titled "Shoot the nig."
"County fkd for another 4+ years, what nig has done ANYTHING right???? Long term???? Never in history, except sambos."
"Fk the niggar, he will have a 50 cal in the head soon," the message concludes.
The message thread has been deleted by Yahoo, but traces in Google’s cache show that several other users announced that they were reporting californiaradial’s comments. In subsequent posts, the author calls one critic a "crybaby," but does offer an explanation for the apparent threat. "I was drunk."U.S. Secret Service agents in Los Angeles traced the post to Bagdasarian through the IP address. When they interviewed him, Bagdasarian reportedly admitted authoring the message (Wired, 2009).
Title: What?! Court Rules Threat To Kill Obama Was Freedom Of Speech
Date: July 21, 2011
Source: News One
Abstract: The 9th circuit Federal Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of a man who posted internet messages threatening President Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign.
Walter Bagdasarian was convicted in 2009 of two felony counts of threatening a major presidential candidate. Bagdasarian posted several messages to a Yahoo Finance message board, including one that called Obama a racial epithet and another that said “he will have a 50 cal in the head soon”–a reference to a .50 caliber gun.
A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled that violent and racist creeds against Obama were “repugnant” but
not criminal. The court also said it was obvious the San Diego man
wasn’t planning to attack the candidate and that the postings were
protected by Bagdasarian’s free speech rights (News One, 2011).
Date: January 12, 2009
Suspect: Timothy Ryan Gutierrez
Location: Cortez, Colorado
Info: Gutierrez allegedly threatened to kill Obama.
Title: Cortez Man Accused Of Obama Death Threat Held Without Bail
Date: January 30, 2009
Source: Rocky Mountain News
Abstract: A Colorado man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and blow up a suburban Minneapolis mall has been ordered held without bail until his next court appearance. Twenty-year-old Timothy Ryan Gutierrez of Cortez will be held at least until Tuesday, when he faces a hearing in federal court on charges of transmitting threats and falsely threatening to use explosives.
A judge formally advised Gutierrez of the charges on Friday and assigned him an attorney. The attorney, Michael Goldman, said he didn't want anybody to rush to judgment. Gutierrez wasn't arrested the day FBI agents questioned him, and he was at his house Thursday when prosecutors announced his indictment but wasn't arrested there.
Gutierrez turned himself in at the FBI's office in Durango.
"These are all question that we all have that might suggest that there are mitigating circumstances," Goldman said.
Before turning himself in, Gutierrez told the Cortez Journal the threats were a prank.
A grand jury indictment alleges Gutierrez sent the FBI two e-mails on
Jan. 12 threatening to assassinate Obama and blow up the Mall of
America (Rocky Mountain News, 2009).
Date: January 16, 2009
Suspect: Steven Joseph Christopher
Location: Brookhaven, Mississippi
Info: Christopher allegedly stated, "Yes, I have decided I will assassinate Barack Obama. It's really nothing personal about the man, but I know it's for the country's own good that I do this."
Title: Steven Joseph Christopher Charged With Threatening Obama On The Internet
Date: January 16, 2009
Source: Huffington Post
Abstract: A Wisconsin man was arrested Friday in Mississippi after authorities said he threatened on the Internet to kill President-elect Barack Obama. Steven Joseph Christopher, 42, was taken into custody by the Secret Service in Brookhaven, Miss., and charged with threatening to assassinate Obama for what he claimed was "the country's own good," federal prosecutors said. The criminal complaint was sealed until Christopher's appearance in federal court.
Federal Judge James C. Sumner ordered Christopher held until a bail hearing next Thursday.
"Threats against the president-elect will be taken very seriously," Dunn Lampton, U.S. attorney for the southern district of Mississippi, said in a release. "Use of Internet chat rooms to express those threats is as much a crime as uttering the words. Threats of this nature will be pursued swiftly and vigorously."
An affidavit from Secret Service Special Agent Kelly Adcox released
by Lampton's office quotes Christopher as saying he has nothing personal
against Obama and that he's not a racist.
Authorities said Christopher made the threats Jan. 11 and 15 on the Web site http://www.alien-earth.org
"Yes, I have decided I will assassinate Barack Obama. It's really nothing personal about the man," Christopher said, according to the release. "But I know it's for the country's own good that I do this."
Authorities didn't say whether Christopher had weapons, but the affidavit said he wrote in his posting that he did not own a gun and needed one donated.
A reporter was prevented from speaking to Christopher, who appeared in court Friday in shorts and a yellow T-shirt full of holes, or his attorney as they were escorted from the courthouse by authorities.
A message left with prosecutors seeking further comment and contact
information for the defense attorney wasn't immediately returned.
Christopher faces up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines if convicted on the charge. Authorities say the man was arrested without incident.
It is unclear if he was living in Mississippi or just visiting. No hometown was given.
But online court records in Wisconsin show someone by that name and with the same birthdate was charged last February in Walworth County with knowingly violating a domestic abuse restraining order. A hearing in that case was scheduled next Wednesday, records show.
He used his chat-room postings to also solicit funds for bus fare to Washington, D.C., authorities said."And I'll need a leak in the secret service to get a close up shot, somewhere close to the podium, since I've never fired a gun, so I need to an easy shot off," Christopher was quoted as saying. "Wattdysay fellas? Any help?" (Huffington Post, 2009).
5. ILLINOIS (February 27, 2009)
Date: February 27, 2009
Suspect: Saad Hussein
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Weapons: HIV Infected Letter
Info: Allegedly, Hussein, "Purposely cut one of his fingers with a razor so he could bleed [HIV] on the letter" to Obama in an attempt to infect him.
Title: Man Held After Mailing HIV-Tainted Blood To Obama
Date: February 27, 2009
Abstract: An Ethiopian immigrant with a history of mental health problems is in custody after being accused of mailing a letter with HIV-tainted blood to Barack Obama when he was president-elect, according to court records.
Saad Bedrie Hussein told investigators that he is an admirer of Obama and that the letter -- containing his photo, an admission ticket to Obama's election night victory party in Chicago's Grant Park and six index cards containing writing and reddish stains -- was his way of seeking government help and tickets to Obama's inauguration.
Hussein, who has HIV, said he "purposely cut one of his fingers with a razor so he could bleed on the letter," according to an affidavit by Terry L. Cullivan, an investigator with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
The letter, postmarked December 27 and written in an Ethiopian language, was addressed to Obama at the Illinois Department on Aging in Springfield, Illinois. When the letter was opened two days later, it was found to contain an orange powder, Cullivan said. A state employee then took the letter to another state office, resulting in a two-hour lockdown of the building, affecting more than 300 people, the affidavit says.
During an interview, Hussein was unable to remember what the orange powder was, but tests revealed it to be a drink-mix powder, the affidavit says.
According to the affidavit, during a December 29 interview, Hussein denied mailing any additional letters.
But, the affidavit said, two days later, the Illinois Department of Revenue notified him it had received two similar letters, both with Hussein's return address. One was addressed to the Illinois Department on Aging, and the second to "Emanuel," which investigators believe was intended for Obama aide Rahm Emanuel. Both letters contained what appeared to be dried blood and an orange powder.
The criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Illinois alleges that Hussein "knowingly mailed" the letters containing HIV-infected blood "with the intent to kill or injure another."
In January, a federal judge ordered a mental evaluation of Hussein, saying "there is reasonable cause to believe [Hussein] may ... be suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent [and] unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him."
According to court records, Hussein was arrested March 29, 2006, by Chicago police after setting a fire in the middle of a Chicago intersection, waving a Quran in the air and yelling "Allah[u] Akbar" -- Allah is great -- and other words. Hussein "created a standstill in the traffic and refused to comply" with police commands, Cullivan's affidavit says.Hussein's attorney, public defender Robert J. Scherschlight, could not immediately be reached for comment (CNN, 2009).
Title: Obama Assassination Attempt: Give Him AIDS
Date: February 28, 2009
Source: Politics Daily
Abstract: An apparent would-be assassin who mailed Barack Obama a letter smeared with HIV-infected blood was arrested in Chicago yesterday.
There are a few problems with the story, though: the man, an Ethiopian immigrant named Saad Hussein, included his own picture and mailing address in the letter, along with a note saying that the red substance inside was his own blood, infected with the HIV virus.
Also, the letter was mailed to Obama in Springfield, IL, a place where he has not lived or worked since 2004. Oh yeah, and the perpetrator was also arrested in 2006 after setting a fire in the middle of a busy Chicago intersection.
Probably not a vast, organized criminal conspiracy to kill the President. (Politics Daily, 2009).
6. NORTH CAROLINA (March 21, 2009)
Date: March 21, 2009
Suspect(s): Kody Brittingham, Daniel Hanke,
Age: 20, 20
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Info: Brittingham and Hanke allegedly shouted threats at Obama.
Title: Marine Duo Accused Of Threatening Obama
Date: March 21, 2009
Source: Marine Times
Abstract: Less than three months into his term, President Barack Obama’s life allegedly has been threatened twice by people who swore an oath to obey his orders.
Pfc. Nicholas Daniel Hanke and Kody Brittingham, a former lance corporal who was separated from the Corps in early January, both face criminal charges stemming from recent threats authorities said the men made against the commander-in-chief.
Hanke, 20, a student at Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, N.C., was arrested March 10 for allegedly shouting threats, including one against Obama, after boarding a plane at Wilmington International Airport in Wilmington, N.C., about 50 miles south of Lejeune.
His arrest came two weeks after a federal grand jury indicted Brittingham for allegedly threatening Obama’s life. Two days after Brittingham’s Feb. 25 indictment, Obama visited the base, where he received a warm reception from about 2,000 Marines, sailors and Coast Guardsmen.
If Hanke was at the school house that day, he was several miles from Goettge Field House, where the president announced his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.
On March 10, Hanke boarded a US Airways flight about 6 p.m. Before the plane’s aircrew had a chance to taxi on the runway, Hanke started shouting there was a bomb on the plane, Gary Broughton, the airport’s director of operations, told the Wilmington Star-News. Hanke allegedly pushed a flight attendant and the captain, and then ran from the plane.
Airport security chased him down and, as they were cuffing him, authorities say Hanke head-butted an officer and shouted more threats, including some against Obama.
“He was just yelling everything he could think of to yell,” Broughton told the Star-News.
Airport officials notified the FBI and the Secret Service. Local authorities charged Hanke with making a bomb threat, resisting arrest, assault and battery, communicating threats, and three counts of assaulting government officials, according to a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. He was placed in the local jail on a $5,000 bond and released March 11.
Brittingham remains in Onslow County jail under a $40,500 bond.
Brittingham, 20, was with Headquarters and Support Battalion, 2nd Tank Battalion, when he allegedly made the threats against Obama, president-elect at the time. Brittingham was administratively separated from the Corps on Jan. 3.
Brittingham’s legal troubles began in mid-December, when he and three other Lejeune Marines were arrested by Jacksonville police in connection with attempted robbery. He was charged Dec. 16 with attempted robbery, breaking and entering, and conspiracy. His bond was set at that time.
After his arrest, Naval investigators found a journal allegedly written by Brittingham in his barracks room, containing plans on how to kill the president and white supremacist material, a federal law enforcement official told The Daily News of Jacksonville.
However unlikely it may be that such threats would be carried out, they conjure up an unfortunate historical connection coming from Marines. The alleged shooter in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination Nov. 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, enlisted in the Corps in 1957.
The Corps currently has more than 201,000 Marines, so two separate incidents “shouldn’t be considered a trend,” according to a spokesman with Marine Corps headquarters in Washington.“We consider these to be isolated incidents involving two Marines who allegedly made inappropriate comments or threats,” Gunnery Sgt. Frederick Zimmerman said. “We have and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in these matters (Marine Times, 2009).
Title: Former Marine Gets 8 Years For Obama Threat, Robbery
Date: June 15, 2010
Source: JD News
Abstract: A former Camp Lejeune Marine who told investigators he was going to shoot President Barack Obama was sentenced Monday to more than 8 years in federal prison, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.
Kody Ray Brittingham, 22, formerly a lance corporal with 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, was arrested by the Jacksonville Police Department in December 2008 for his role in the attempted armed robbery of the My Motel in Jacksonville.
Upon his arrest, Naval investigators discovered a journal in Brittingham’s barracks in which he had written plans on how to kill then-President Elect Obama. Investigators also located several documents in Brittingham’s wall locker related to Obama’s upcoming inauguration ceremony. The documents included maps of the area around the Capitol building, Wikipedia results for “Inauguration Day” queries and photographs, according to the release.
Brittingham’s sentence includes time for the assassination threat and his role in the attempted robbery.
Two other former Marines involved in the attempted robbery were also sentenced Monday, according to the release.
Charles Lee Anderson, 21, formerly a lance corporal with Combat Logistics Regiment-27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, was sentenced to 12 and a half years in federal prison for his role in the attempted robbery as well as involvement in the November 2008 armed robbery of the Liberty Inn Hotel in Jacksonville. Before fleeing My Motel, Anderson and the hotel security guard exchanged gunfire, according to the release.
Natalie Denise Byrdsong, 22, formerly a lance corporal with Combat
Logistics Regiment-27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, was sentenced to 17
months in federal prison for driving the getaway car for the attempted
robbery of the My Motel (JD News, 2010).
7. TURKEY (April 6, 2009)
Date: April 6, 2009
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Info: Allegedly, a plot to assassinate Obama with a knife was foiled in Turkey.
Title: Plot To Assassinate Obama Foiled In Turkey
Date: April 6, 2009
Abstract: U.S. officials have taken "very seriously" a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama involving a Syrian man who was arrested late last week in Turkey, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
But the officials strongly cautioned that American presidents are frequent targets of threats that are all watched very carefully, and in this case the alleged plotter did not appear to get anywhere close to Obama during his European tour.
The officials also noted that while Obama gets more threats than usual as the first African-American U.S. president, this particular threat did not force any change to his schedule.
"Life goes on," said one of the officials familiar with the matter, who suggested the threat may be getting more attention because there has been a heavy international focus on Obama's first overseas trip since taking office.White House officials declined to comment on the matter, citing a policy of not talking about security and threats around the president. U.S. Secret Service officials spoke only briefly about the case."We work closely with the host country whenever there is an arrest, which we are doing in this matter," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. The plot was first reported by the Saudi Arabian newspaper al-Watan, which revealed that Turkish security services arrested a man of Syrian origins Friday in connection with a plan to kill Obama during his visit to Turkey. Obama was in Strasbourg, France, on Friday for a NATO summit and did not arrive in Turkey for the final leg of his trip until Sunday.
The Saudi paper reported the suspect, who was carrying an Al-Jazeera TV press credential in the name of "M.G.," confessed to authorities after his arrest that he and three alleged accomplices plotted to stab Obama with a knife during the Alliance of Civilizations Summit in Istanbul, which Obama attended on Monday evening. The U.S. officials confirmed those allegations, but stressed to CNN that the information provided by the man is still being verified.
Al-Jazeera's bureau chief in Ankara, Turkey,
Yucef al-Sharif, told the newspaper his news organization knew nothing
about the man and suggested he may have obtained a forged press
credential. According to U.S. officials, it's unclear whether the man, a
permanent resident of Istanbul, had obtained a real press credential.
On Sunday, U.S. and international journalists covering Obama's trip did
face more extensive searches of their baggage than usual by the U.S.
Secret Service before boarding a press charter flight from the Prague,
Czech Republic, region to Ankara.
The same extensive searches were conducted Monday before a flight from Ankara to Istanbul.
8. NEVADA (June 6, 2009)
Date: June 5, 2009
Suspect: Daniel James Murray
Location: Laughlin, Nevada
Weapons: 8 guns
Info: Murray allegedly was on a mission to kill Obama.
Title: Man Who Threatened To Kill Obama, Arrested At Nevada Casino
Date: June 6, 2009
Source: Daily Contributor
Abstract: Authorities have arrested the man who went to a bank and allegedly made threats against President Barack Obama.
The Secret Service said Daniel James Murray, 36, was arrested at a casino in Laughlin, Nevada on Friday, ending a nationwide manhunt.
Murray, who owns at least eight guns, allegedly told authorities he was part of a mission to kill Obama. He is facing felony charges and is due back in a Nevada court on Monday.
At Zion First National Bank on May 19, Murray opened an account with an $85,000 check. He then asked if the bank was solvent and predicted chaos if citizens were to lose their money, according to a criminal complaint filed today in federal court in Salt Lake City.
Murray returned eight days later to withdraw $12,698 from his savings account, but failed to provide proper identification, tellers told the Secret Service. He then allegedly threatened if he didn’t receive the money, someone would die. A bank manager was summoned and the suspect was allowed to withdraw the money without proper ID.
After receiving his cash, Murray added: “We are on a mission to kill the President of the United States,” the complaint states.
The next day, he withdrew the remaining $72,000 and closed his account.
Federal authorities found it strange that the 36-year-old upstate New York native had visited to close a savings account he had opened just nine days ago.Leighann Nastasia, a former neighbor of Murray’s in Rexford, said Murray appeared to be mentally ill. He used to walk down the street waving his arms, talking to himself. “He wore a cape,” she said (Daily Contributor, 2009).
9. WASHINGTON D.C.
Date: June 9, 2009
Suspect: Pamela Morgan
Location: Washington D.C.
Quote: Morgan jumped the White House fence and alledgedly stated, "There is a bomb 150 yards away!"
Title: Fence-Jumper Immediately Apprehended At White House
Date: June 9, 2009
Source: Washington Times
Abstract: Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said that the fence-jumper was a 46-year old white female, Pamela Morgan, who has been transferred into the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Morgan jumped the fence in the northeast corner of the compound and was carrying a back pack with her.
Secret Service apprehended Morgan immediately but left her backpack where it was so that explosives experts could examine it, which is standard procedure whenever a package of any sort is thrown or carried onto the grounds.
The White House went into lockdown mode Tuesday after a person jumped the fence around the compound and was immediately apprehended, a Secret Service spokesman said.
The north side of the compound, where the fence-jumping is believed to have occurred, was shut down, with reporters and staff unable to walk around outside.
But after the compound had been on lockdown for roughly 20 minutes, reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room saw members of the House Ways and Means Committee, a key panel in the current healthcare reform effort, walking down the driveway from the West Wing to the north gate on their way out of the compound.
The lawmakers had been at the White House for a meeting with President Obama.
Given the high stakes of the healthcare debate, members of the press wanted to speak with the lawmakers. Since they were walking down the driveway freely, I stuck my head out of the door to the briefing room and asked a uniformed Secret Service officer (different than the plain clothes Secret Service) whether we were still on lockdown.
"There is a bomb 150 yards away!" she yelled, which was an alarming claim to make, but highly dubious given the fact that members of Congress were strolling down the driveway toward the area in which the officer was saying there was a bomb.
When I pointed this out to the officer she yelled, "Step back inside sir!"I called the Secret Service public affairs office to see if there was any truth to the officer's assertion. They said absolutely not, there was definitely no bomb, and that the only information they had was that a person had jumped the fence and been taken into custody immediately (Washington Times, 2009).
10. SOMALIA (July 20, 2009)
Date: July 20, 2009
Suspect: Al Shabaab
Info: Allegedly, the terror group Al Shabaab planned to target Obama's presidential inauguration.
Title: U.S. Probes Potential Obama Inauguration Threat
Date: July 20, 2009
Abstract: U.S. authorities were investigating a potential threat, of uncertain credibility, in connection with the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said on Tuesday.The threat concerned an unspecified incident involving the Somali Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab, authorities said.
Obama was due to be sworn in as president just before noon EST and huge crowds gathered in central Washington for the event. Security was unprecedented, with tens of thousands of U.S. troops and police.
"The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security ... and the intelligence community are coordinating with other law enforcement authorities to investigate and analyze recently received information about a potential threat on inauguration day," department spokesman Russ Knocke said.
"This information is of limited specificity and uncertain credibility," he said.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department notified law enforcement around the United States of the potential threat on Monday, authorities said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The bulletin was part of regular efforts to keep local officials aware of security developments. There was no change to the overall threat level, the department said.
A law enforcement official said the United States had been tracking the al Shabaab-related threat for several days.
The Somali group is on the U.S. list of terrorist groups. It has primarily acted in the violence-wracked Muslim East African country, but U.S. intelligence officials have recently expressed concern about young Somalis living in the United States who have gone to train with al Shabaab.
Obama's transition team had been briefed on the threat warning, Knocke said.
He said the public should continue with their plans to attend the inaugural, but be vigilant.
"Inauguration events could present an attractive target due to the large public gatherings and participation of many dignitaries," Knocke said. "Authorities are constantly reviewing security measures in light of this threat information" (Reuters, 2009).
11. CALIFORNIA (September 28, 2009)
Date: September 28, 2009
Suspect: John Gimbel
Location: Crescent City, California
Info: Gimbel allegedly stated that he would, "Do it to his children and family first in front of him. Failure to comply. That'll teach him".
Title: John Gimbel, California Man, Charged With Threatening Obama
Date: October 16, 2009
Source: Huffington Post
Abstract: A Northern California man remained in federal custody without bail Friday after being charged with sending racist, profanity-laced e-mail threatening to kill President Barack Obama and his family.
John Gimbel, 59, of Crescent City was arrested Oct. 6 by U.S. Secret Service officers and indicted two days before the president's Thursday appearances at a pair of Democratic fundraisers in the city.
He is accused of sending the message to Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, a Louisville newspaper and about 70 other people on Sept. 28.
Gimbel is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Randall Davis, a defense lawyer assigned to serve as Gimbel's co-counsel because Gimbel wants to represent himself, said he expects him to plead not guilty.
"He contends he didn't violate the law" and only was exercising his free speech rights," Davis said.
The e-mail rambled on and included specific references to first lady Michelle Obama and the phrase, "do it to his children and family first in front of him. Failure to comply. That'll teach him," according to the indictment.
A similar e-mail was sent earlier in the month, according to a criminal complaint prepared by the Secret Service.
When officers interviewed Gimbel at his home, he admitted sending the first message but said he wanted to get attention, not hurt Obama, authorities said.
He was warned that he would be prosecuted if he sent any more.
The Secret Service listed a history of more volatile e-mails directed at President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the Crescent City police chief over the past two years.In seeking an arrest warrant, authorities asked for permission to enter Gimbel's house without knocking because sheriff's deputies had found him with a loaded handgun during an earlier arrest and some of his e-mails included threats against law enforcement officers (Huffington Post, 2009).
12. NEW JERSEY (October 20, 2009)
Date: October 20, 2009
Suspect: John Brek
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Weapons: 35 rifles, 8 handguns, 50 hollow point bullets
Info: Brek allegedly stated that he would, "Cut a hole in a fence and shoot the president".
Title: Newark Airport Security Worker Pleads Not Guilty To Threatening Obama
Date: October 22, 2009
Source: New Jersey
Abstract: The 55-year-old Newark airport security guard arrested on charges of threatening to shoot President Obama could have realistically carried out those threats, a judge said today during the man’s arraignment.
"We really have to take these matters seriously," said Municipal Court Judge Amilkar Velez-Lopez, speaking in Superior Court in Newark, where John Brek was formally charged via video conference from Essex County Jail. "It was not just an idle threat."
Brek, a longtime Linden resident, was arrested Tuesday night after two airport employees alerted police to comments he made hours earlier about cutting a hole in a fence so he could shoot the president, who stopped at Newark’s airport Wednesday afternoon to campaign for Gov. Jon Corzine.
A subsequent search of Brek’s Linden home found a stash of 43 guns, including one that was stolen.
Brek, dressed in an orange jail uniform, pleaded not guilty today through his attorney to charges of making terroristic threats and possessing a rifle stolen from Alabama, both third-degree crimes and possessing hollow-point bullets, a fourth-degree offense. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted on the first count.
Velez-Lopez said he wanted more information before a request for a psychological evaluation could be granted, and added that a comment by Brek about Obama’s ethnicity might bring additional hate crime charges. The investigation continues and federal charges have not been ruled out, the U.S. Secret Service confirmed.
The judge raised Brek’s bail to $220,000, from $100,000. His next court date has not been set.
About a dozen reporters watched Brek from the courtroom’s three overhead TV screens. The proceeding lasted about 15 minutes. In a clear voice, Brek answered when the judge asked for his name, but said nothing else.
Brek’s private attorney, Moses Rambarran, called the charges against his client, "hearsay." Rambarran said to reporters after the hearing that Brek "understands the serious challenges against him." He said the case may involve constitutional questions, adding, "We are protected to make offensive, distasteful, repugnant statements. Those types of statements are not punishable as a crime."
In a press conference following the hearing, Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow, joined by members of the Port Authority police and her own staff, provided more details about the alleged incident.
During a Tuesday afternoon conversation at a coffee cart in Newark airport, Brek allegedly told another employee that he had cut a hole in an airport fence, which he would use to shoot the president.
Obama’s arrival would have been a short distance from the fence Brek is alleged to have discussed with the employee, Dow said. After describing the cut fence, Brek "simulated holding a rifle in the direction of where the president would be," she said. The employee notified police, according to the prosecutor’s office, and authorities are questioning another person who may have overheard the conversation.
No weapons were found at the airport location, outside Continental Cargo building 157, where Brek worked security for FJC Security Services Inc. He checked vehicles entering and exiting the tarmac. FJC has a contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Newark airport. A Port Authority spokesman said no hole had been cut in any fence.
Brek, who has been described as an avid deer and rabbit hunter, gave authorities permission to search his Hampden Street home in Linden. There, they found 35 rifles and 8 handguns, all but one legally owned. One rifle had been reported stolen out of Alabama in 1998, according to the criminal court complaint. Brek received the rifle "believing it was probably stolen," the report said. Police also found 50 hollow point bullets, which are illegal in New Jersey.
Brek’s friends and relatives described him as a troubled man with a difficult past, but someone who seemed incapable of that kind of violence, and was more likely guilty of bad judgment.
His 79-year-old father, also named John Brek, said his son was a gun collector and kept the weapons to hunt. Some of the guns found belong to the elder Brek, who also lives in Linden. Their relationship grew strained over the years because of his son’s substance abuse, John Brek’s father said. The father said he threw his son out of his house years ago because of the problem. Still, he maintained that his son is not violent.
Jack Sheehy, a Linden councilman and lifelong city resident, echoed those words "He’s no wacko, no militant." Sheehy, 50, called Brek "a pretty straight guy."
An elderly couple who have rented out an apartment to Brek for 11 years described him as deeply patriotic, a longtime member of the National Rifle Association, and someone who enjoys weekend hunting trips. "It might just have been a figure of speech," said one of the landlords, who both insisted their names not be published. "He’s not violent, and I can’t even remember him being disrespectful."
But other people who knew him well said Brek appeared deeply depressed in recent years, since he lost the maintenance business he had owned for more than a decade. Brek fell into financial trouble and began borrowing money from friends he could not repay. Steve Czomko, 81, who has known Brek since he was a teenager, had advised him to see a psychiatrist.
"All these problems piled up on top of him," Czomko said. "He’d say, I can’t take it any more" (New Jersey, 2009).
13. HAWAII (December 23, 2009)
Date: December 23, 2009
Suspect: Kristy Lee Roshia
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Info: Roshia allegedly stated, "I will kill Michelle Obama."
Title: Woman 'Threatened To Murder' Michelle Obama
Date: December 23, 2009
Source: Sky News
Abstract: A woman accused of threatening to "blow away" Michelle Obama on the family's Christmas trip to Hawaii has been arrested by the US Secret Service.
Kristy Lee Roshia called the Boston office of the Secret Service and told them "I will kill Michelle Obama", according to a Secret Service document.
During the same call she threatened to "blow away" the First Lady, the Affidavit states.
The 35-year-old told agents she knew where the Obama family would be staying when they visited Honolulu for the festive season.
She was arrested just two miles from the house they had booked.
Roshia has been charged with threatening a family member of the president and assaulting a federal agent after being arrested.
She is alleged to have struck an officer in the face and arms while the officer tried to detain her.
Roshia has a history of making rambling telephone calls to the Secret Service office in Boston, according to the affidavit.
As early as 2004 she told the agency that "although her mission is to assassinate the president, she has no desire to hurt him," the affidavit said.
The Boston Secret Service office received a letter which included pictures of Roshia and a love letter she had written to a non-existent Secret Service agent on November 9 this year.
She made her alleged threat to kill Michelle Obama the next day.
Barack Obama has said he will not leave for the family Christmas break until his controversial healthcare overhaul is passed by the Senate.
A major vote on the issue is taking place on Christmas Eve (Sky News, 2009).
Title: Woman Who Threatened To Kill Michelle Obama Likely A U.S. Federal Government Employee
Date: December 24, 2009
Abstract: Kristy Lee Roshia, the 35 year old woman arrested and charged with threatening First Lady Michelle Obama, is most likely an employee of the U.S. federal government, if documents cited by the U.S. Secret Service are accurate.
Roshia, currently being held without bail in federal custody in Hawaii, was arrested Saturday December 19th less than two miles away from the house where President Obama and his family will be staying for Christmas. The rental house, which is the same one the Obamas rented last Christmas, is a 7,000 square foot beachfront home which reportedly rents for $4,000 a night.
According to media reports, on November 9th of this year Roshia sent a rambling letter to the Boston Secret Service office along with photographs of herself, and included a Hawaii return address located on Kane'ohe Bay Drive.
A public listing for one "Kristy L Roshia" states she has lived in the Massachusetts cities of Chelmsford, New Bedford, Dracut, Bedford, and Lowell, and is related to one James L. Roshia. The Boston Globe refers to Roshia as being from New Bedford, MA. Wikipedia notes that Kaneohe, Hawaii is home to nearly 35,000 people and that the "Marine Corps Base Hawaii lies across the south end of K?ne?ohe Bay from the central part of K?ne?ohe, although the town stretches along K?ne?ohe Bay Drive to the base perimeter."
The Honolulu Advertiser, in their article Woman allegedly menaced first lady, reported that on November 10th, "Roshia
called the Boston office and told a receptionist "I will kill Michelle
Obama" and "I will kill Marines," according to the affidavit, signed by
Secret Service Special Agent John Woodruff....On Nov. 10, agents
informed Kane'ohe Marine Corps Base officials of the threats and law
enforcement agents here began investigating the matter".
Nothing is noted as what to occurred, if anything, from November 10th to December 19th. Three secret service agents visited Roshia at the same Kane'ohe Bay Drive address this past Saturday December 19th and took her into custody. The report continues, "She said she had traveled to Hawai'i in September "to protect Obama" and since then has been "working the golf course at the Marine Base," according to the affidavit".
Roshia reportedly "lunged at and assaulted an agent" while in custody and made further threats to the Oval Office. The report goes on to state "National federal court records show that a woman named Kristy Roshia was arrested in Tewksbury, Mass., in November 2007 on a Washington, D.C., charge of threatening bodily harm. She pleaded guilty to the charge in July 2007 and was placed on two years' probation. According to Woodruff's affidavit, Roshia appeared at Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May 2007 and threatened to kill an agent there as well as "any woman that got in her (Roshia's) way."
MSNBC reported that the Secret Service affidavit mentions Roshia's history of strange behavior going back to when George Bush was in office: "As early as 2004, she told the agency that "although her mission is to assassinate the president, she has no desire to hurt him," the document states."
Roshia was is being held without bail for a mental competency exam with the next hearing scheduled February 9th.
The golf course in question, which Roshia allegedly claimed to work at, is Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course , part of the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS), a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is "To contribute to the readiness and retention of Marines, Sailors, and family members aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii by providing fitness and recreation programs, Marine and family services, and business activities in garrison and deployed environments."
The golf course itself is touted as "one of the world's best military golf courses, consistently voted Number One by DoD patrons. The Kaneohe Klipper is an 18-hole championship golf course with separate driving range, chipping green and putting green... Enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze as it caresses beautifully manicured fairways." The course, open 6am to 630pm in the summer, also offers a "Young Chippers" program, open to "authorized patrons aged 5 – 18".
Marine Corps Community Services offers a wide variety of services to Marines and their families,
including a 24-Hour Car Wash, 24-Hour Laundromat, Adventure Training, Auto Skills Center, Barber & Beauty Shops, Tailor Shops, Veterinary services, and recreation such as a bowling alley, movie theatre, two libraries, fitness programs, personal trainers, counseling services, etc.
MCCS offers volunteer opportunities to the public as well, encouraging those in the community to get involved: "Volunteers are making a difference in the Marine Corps! You too can make a difference in your military community by volunteering!...Volunteering allows you to: •Learn new skills or brush up on old ones.•Meet new people and make new friends. •Work flexible hours.•Learn about the different base services. •Receive on-the-job training. •Fill resume gaps. •Receive references and letters of recommendation. •Network and build working relationships with individuals within your community. •The volunteer organization you choose may require special skills for the volunteer position. Therefore a resume and interview may be requested."
Employment at MCCS facilities, on the other hand, is a different matter. An extensive background check is purportedly required for what is, in actuality, a job with the United States Marine Corps in a Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) federally funded position. Their webpage states:MCCS - Employment: Welcome to the MCCS Employment website. We are thrilled that you are contemplating employment with our organization. You will see as you browse this site, that we offer an exciting array of employment opportunities as well as a very competitive Benefits package for our regular status employees. To see the full list of vacancies available with MCCS at each Marine Corps Command click on “Job Vacancies” in the left menu and select the appropriate Command."
The MCCS employment section lists job vacancies in Arizona, California, Missouri Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virgina, as well as Japan.
The employment application for MCCS is entitled NAF EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM -MARINE CORPS COMMUNITY SERVICES (MCCS) United States Marine Corps,
and asks if the applicant has "Previous Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) & Appropriated Fund (APF) Employment", meaning previous government employment.
The question here is, if Kristy Roshia has a
several-year history of making mentally unstable and violent death
threats against presidents and government agents, why was she allowed,
if she in fact works at the Marine Base golf course, to pass the
security screening and exttensive background check, which is outlined
She also allegedly threatened Marines in November, and wasn't arrested until late December. If she was indeed employed by MCCS golf course, she had the opportunity for intimate contact with enlisted Marines and their families.
Why did it take so long to arrest her, even if she wasn't employed by the MSCC? Having close proximity and familiarity with the location of both the Marine base, their operations, as well as the presidential vacation home, would seemingly qualify as posing a legitimate threat to any competent and discerning agency.
If Roshia was on two year probation less than two years ago for her
crime in Washington D.C., did her probation officer know that she had
moved to Hawaii and was supposedly working at a Marine base? If not, why
not? Weren't all these death threats Roshia made put on the record and
available via a background check? (Examiner, 2009).