03. Texas (March 2, 2011)
04. Kenya (May 5, 2011)
05. Ireland (May 12, 2011)
06. Pakistan (May 13, 2011)
07. Ohio (June 3, 2011)
08. Wisconsin (June 8, 2011)
09. Puerto Rico (June 11, 2011)
10. Oregon (July 5, 2011)
11. North Dakota (July 7, 2011)
12. California (July 12, 2011)
13. Alabama (July 26, 2011)
14. Washington D.C. (August 2, 2011)
15. Washington D.C. (September 2, 2011)
Date: September, 2009
Suspect: Jay Stuart DeVaughn
Location: Aurora, Colorado
Weapons: Fake Anthrax
Info: DeVaughn allegedly mailed fake anthrax to Obama.
Title: Denver Man Sentenced For Anthrax Hoax Mailing
Date: January 31, 2011
Source: Bio Prep Watch
Abstract: A Denver-area man recently received a six year sentence for sending threatening letters, some containing a white powder, to President Barack Obama.
Members of Congress from Colorado and Alabama were also sent suspicious letters, as were Argentine consulates, according to the Denver Post.
The U.S. attorney’s office for Colorado announced that Jay Stuart DeVaughn of Aurora, Colorado, also known as Jay Paige Edwards, also received a sentence of three years supervised release.
In August, DeVaughn pleaded guilty to a series of charges that included mailing threatening communications and conveying false information to elected officials, the Denver Post reports.
According to authorities, DeVaughn’s letter to President Obama was intercepted in September 2009. The envelope contained a bag of white powder and a reference to anthrax. The letters were critical of health care reforms.
The white powder in the bag turned out to be completely harmless. It was determined to be sugar or a sugar substitute, the Denver Post reports. Nonetheless, emergency personnel were summoned when the offices received the letter. Senator Richard Shelby had his offices closed for two days in the wake of the threats.
"The emergency response required when letters claiming to contain anthrax are discovered can cost thousands of dollars," Joyce White, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Alabama, said, according to Al.com. "The people opening these letters are put in fear for their lives and have to undergo unpleasant decontamination and medical precautions" (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).
Date: February 23, 2011
Suspect: Robert Lee Berkley, Jr.
Location: Tusk, Texas
Info: Berkley allegedly made death threats against Obama.
Title: Rusk Inmate Sentenced For Making Death Treats Against Obama
Date: July 12, 2011
Source: Beaumont Enterprise
Abstract: A 29-year-old Rusk inmate on Tuesday was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison for making threats against President Barack Obama.
Robert Lee Berkley, Jr. pleaded guilty on Feb. 23 to making threats against the president, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. A federal grand jury indicted him on July 14, 2010.
According to information presented in court, Berkley wrote a letter claiming that when he was released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Hodge Unit in Rusk, he planned to travel to Washington, D.C. to kill Obama and his family.
Berkley confirmed his plan in at least two interviews with law enforcement officers, the U.S. Attorney's office said.
U.S. Secret Service investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney
Christopher T. Tortorice was the prosecutor. U.S. District Judge Leonard
E. Davis handed down the sentence (Beaumont Enterprise, 2011).
Date: March 2, 2011)
Suspect: Jeremiah Krakowski
Location: Kerrville, Texas
Weapons: AR-15 .233-caliber rifle, Glock 9mm handgun, two loaded magazines
Info: Krakowski allegedly made death threats against Obama on Facebook.
Title: Man Arrested In Obama Death Threats
Date: March 11, 2011
Source: NBC News
Abstract: A Central Texas man caught the attention of the U.S. Secret Service and is behind bars Friday morning, accused of threatening to kill the president of the United States.
Kerrville Police Chief John Young said they arrested self-proclaimed terrorist Jeremiah Krakowski because he made threats on Facebook on March 2 to kill President Barack Obama and any "cop" that came into his home.
San Antonio police tipped off the Special Crimes Unit in Kerrville about Krakowski's alleged Facebook threats about wanting to kill the president and Kerrville police officers.
"The Kerrville Police Department appreciates the cooperation from SAPD Intelligence for providing the initial information and the U.S. Secret Service for the investigative support," said Young. "We have had several occasions to conduct joint investigations with the SAPD and the Secret Service, all with successful outcomes."
The U.S. Secret Service was pulled into the investigation, and authorities arrested Krakowski at a local Kerrville bar.
Two Special Agents went to Kerrville to interview Krakowski, who they said admitted to making threats on Facebook against former President George W. Bush and Obama.
Authorities said Krakowski referred to himself as a "terrorist" and also admitted to making threats against Kerrville police.
Krakowski also allegedly admitted to making threats against the Kerrville Police Department and other city officials in different e-mail forum, called Info-Wars, on Jan. 26.
The Secret Service confiscated an AR-15 .233-caliber rifle and a Glock 9mm handgun after they searched Krakowski's house, work office and car. Both weapons had two loaded magazines.
Secret Service agents also confiscated a laptop from his car and a desktop computer from his job.
Authorities said they released Krakowski and are still investigating.
The Secret Service also continues working on the case and is forensically examining his computers.
Federal prosecution will depend on what the Secret Service finds, which will be reviewed by the United States Attorney in San Antonio.Krakowski's bond is set at $50,000 (NBC News, 2011).
4. KENYA (May 5, 2011)
Date: May 5, 2011
Location: Kenya, Africa
Info: Obama's grandmother in Africa allegedly received death threats from terror group Al-Shabaab.
Title: 'Obama's Grandmother Receives Death Threats From Al-Qaida'
Date: May 11, 2011
Abstract: Al-Shabaab, al-Qaida's African affiliate, threatens U.S. President's step-grandmother, prompting heightened security and 24-hour surveillance of her Kenya home, ABC News reports.
U.S. Presidnet Barack Obama's grandmother has received death threats from the African branch of al-Qaida, prompting stepped up security around her home in Kenya, ABC News reported on Thursday.
Sarah Obama, the U.S. president's
step-grandmother, informed the Kenyan police that she had received a
personal threat from al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based branch of al-Qaida,
Security personnel were sent to guard the elder Obama's home the day after her grandson announced the killing of al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden, but the personal threat has prompted increased security and round-the-clock surveillance of her Africa home, the report said.
Sarah Obama said that the security, which a police chief told ABC was enough officers "to patrol and entire village", has not been affected in any way.
"It has not restricted my movement," she reportedly added, saying "if the government has decided to bring more security personnel, we are OK with it."
Al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for twin explosions at a crowded restaurant and a rugby club in Uganda's capital Kampala during the last moments of the World Cup final last July.The insurgent group has affiliated itself with al-Qaida since 2007, and in 2008 the United States added the group to its list of foreign terrorist organizations (Haaretz, 2011).
5. IRELAND (May 12, 2011)
Date: May 12, 2011
Suspect: Khalid Kelly
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Info: Kelly allegedly stated, "Personally I would feel happy if Obama was killed. How could I not feel happy when a big enemy of Islam is gone?"
Title: Irish Muslim Arrested In Dublin Over Obama Threats
Date: May 12, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Police arrested Ireland's most notorious Muslim convert Thursday over his reported death threats against President Barack Obama.
Police said Khalid Kelly, a 44-year-old dubbed "Taliban Terry" by Dubliners, was arrested at his Dublin residence on suspicion of threatening to kill the U.S. leader. He could be held for up to three days before being charged or released.
The arrest came 10 days before Obama's arrival in Ireland and four days after a British newspaper, the Sunday Mirror, printed an interview with Kelly. He is Ireland's most outspoken supporter of al-Qaida and its slain founder, Osama bin Laden.
Kelly was quoted as telling the newspaper that he expected al-Qaida to kill Obama during his visit to Ireland in part because the country's police force is poorly armed. The article said Kelly would like to kill Obama himself but was too well-known to police here.
"Personally I would feel happy if Obama was killed. How could I not feel happy when a big enemy of Islam is gone?" Kelly was quoted as saying.
Obama is scheduled to spend May 23 in Dublin and the village of Moneygall, ancestral home of a great-great-great-grandfather who emigrated to the United States in 1850. Ireland is already ramping up a security operation involving 10,000 police and troops to protect both him and Queen Elizabeth II, who arrives Tuesday in Ireland for a four-day visit.
Kelly, a former Catholic altar boy from inner-city Dublin, converted to Islam while imprisoned in Saudi Arabia in 2000 for selling illegal alcohol.
He since has praised al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden on Irish TV, trained with the Taliban in northwest Pakistan and married a Pakistani woman, and has named one of their two sons Osama.
He told an Irish TV documentary in March that Osama "is a name to be proud of" and now prefers himself to be called Abu Osama — "father of Osama." But childhood friends and neighbors, who knew him by his pre-conversion name Terry, have nicknamed him "Taliban Terry" instead.
Kelly appears in a 2010 U.S. documentary, "Holy Wars," inspecting guns for sale in a Pakistani border arms market. He returned to Dublin in April 2010 in murky circumstances. He claimed to have been deported from an unspecified country in Eastern Europe and lost his passport along the way.
Upon his return to Dublin he declared his interest in founding an al-Qaida support group called Islam for Ireland, an idea denounced by the city's Muslim community leaders.Kelly says he seeks the imposition of strict Sharia law in Ireland, with public beheadings of drug dealers on Dublin's main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street (Fox News, 2011).
6. PAKISTAN (May 13, 2011)
Date: May 13, 2011
Suspect: Osama bin Laden
Location: Abbottobad, Pakistan
Info: Osama bin Laden allegedly wanted to assassinate Obama prior to 2012 election.
Title: Kill Obama: Bin Laden Plotted To Assassinate President Before 2012 Election
Date: May 13, 2011
Source: Daily Mail
Abstract: Osama Bin Laden wanted to assassinate
President Obama as in the run up to the 2012 presidential elections,
the terror leader's journal seized by U.S. forces reveals.
The mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks wanted to kill the President in a follow up mission, 10 years after the devastating 2001 attack.
U.S. intelligence officials are currently analysing over one million pages of data taken from the terror leader's compound, including his handwritten journal.
The documents reveal that the Al Qaeda leader was still plotting attacks against the U.S. and wanted to find a way to kill Obama.
Bin Laden's own writings indicate that he had urged followers to assassinate Obama as a way of disrupting the 2012 presidential election.
Former intelligence officials said that Bin Laden was focussed on killing the President.
would say this is probably very personal on Bin Laden's part, to kill
[Obama] that he believes has violated the Muslim faith,' Brad Garrett, a
former FBI profiler, told ABC News.
'He is incensed, inflamed, obsessed about killing the President.'
Video footage of Bin Laden watching TV in his hideout showed that whenever Obama came on the screen, the terror leader would quickly try to change the channel.
The seized documents could be the most valuable find of all - a written record that takes readers inside the mind of America's greatest enemy.
Osama Bin Laden's handwritten journal was found at the Pakistan compound where the terror chief was killed in a dramatic U.S. raid more than a week ago.
In it, he
directed Al Qaeda operatives to not only focus on New York City, but
spread their operations to target smaller cities such as Los Angeles.
discovery shatters previously held beliefs that Bin Laden was a 'has
been' - acting simply as Al Qaeda's spiritual leader rather than its
journal, as well as hundreds of computer 'pen' drives also containing
directives, will only add to the heightened threat level across the U.S.
Among the edicts, one particularly macabre note reveals a mathematical calculation of how many people Al Qaeda would have to kill to finally force the U.S. out of the Middle East - concluding it would take another 9/11 at least.
U.S. officials said the Al Qaeda leader's diary is filled with planning ideas and details of operations.
Among them were the notes for the potential plots against the U.S. rail system which prompted an advisory from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last week.
In the journals he tells his disciples that only a body count of thousands, something on the scale of the September 11 attacks in 2001, would shift U.S. policy.
He also schemed about ways to sow political dissent in Washington and play political figures against one another, officials said.
They give a clear indication that Bin laden was communicating with other extremists.
'There are strong indications there is back and forth with other terrorists,' an official said.
The handwritten journal included significant dates bin Laden noted as preferred for attacking American targets, including the Fourth of July and the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a U.S. official said.
No imminent plots have been discovered in the journal, which officials have been pouring over since the raid, officials said.
The journal was part of a huge cache of intelligence that included about 100 flash drives and five computers taken by a U.S. Navy SEALs assault team after they swept through the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Officials said that the terror leader had become fixated on attacks on the U.S. - a drive which had alienated some of his followers, who were more focused on regional issues.
The notes also reveal Bin Laden's sinister plans to target non-Muslim blacks and Hispanics in the U.S. who had felt oppressed.
And rather than reducing his role, Bin Laden had worked frantically to direct Al Qaeda operations from his secret hideout.
One official said Bin Laden had worked like a 'crime boss'.
But the 51-year-old killer had become so arrogant that he believed he was virtually untouchable - plotting destruction by day and bedding down with his wife at night.
'Bin Laden got lazy and complacent,' a source told the Washington Post.
'I don’t think he thought he would meet his maker in that house. And he certainly didn’t make any preparations.'
Another raised the possibility that he may not have been restricted to his compound.
'There are strong indications there is back and forth with other terrorists,' the official said.
Questions were raised about why Bin Laden did not attempt to escape the building during the raid or hide in a secret compartment, but it now appears that he never feared he would be caught there.
Bin Laden has long been known to record his thoughts, but the discovery of his journal is a real coup for American intelligence chiefs.
His son, in a memoir, has described his father
as recording his thoughts and plans, spending hours speaking into a Dictaphone.
The diary may also reveal more about the psyche of the man - his secret fears and terrors.
The treasure trove of intelligence recovered from the 'safe' house is producing a new lead every hour, it has emerged.
Intelligence officials told CBS News that Bin Laden had actually been killed 'relatively early' in the 40-minute operation inside the house.
At least half the time was then spent scooping up every single document, laptop, hard drive and CD that the hit team could find.
In the aftermath of the raid, the CIA has been analysing the information - which comes in at 2.7 terrabytes of data or 220 million pages of text - round the clock.
'Home videos' of Bin Laden recovered from the compound which show the terror chief watching Barack Obama on the news and fluffing his lines in a recorded message, have already been released.
The terror journal shows Bin Laden was communicating from his walled compound in Pakistan with al-Qaeda's offshoots - including the Yemen branch that has emerged as the leading threat to the United States.
Though there is no evidence yet that he was directly behind the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner or the nearly successful attack on cargo planes heading for Chicago and Philadelphia, it's now clear that they bear some of bin Laden's hallmarks.
Officials have not yet seen any indication that bin Laden had the ability to coordinate timing of attacks across the various al-Qaeda affiliates in Pakistan, Yemen, Algeria, Iraq and Somalia, and it is also unclear from bin Laden's documents how much the affiliate groups relied on his guidance.
The Yemen group, for instance, has embraced the smaller-scale attacks that bin Laden's writings indicate he regarded as unsuccessful.
However, the real value of the intelligence is likely to come from leads to other members of Al Qaeda and an insight into the terror network, including how Bin Laden communicated with his subordinates.
The diary could play a key role in that.
Speaking in a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, President Obama described the information as a treasure trove that 'could serve us well in the weeks and months to come'.
'We've got a chance to, I think, really deliver a fatal blow to this organisation if we follow through aggressively in the months to come,' he said.
In a chilling statement posted on Islamic extremist sites last night, Al Qaeda warned the U.S. that it had made a 'big mistake' and a 'serious sin' in killing Bin Laden.
The terror group's media arm, al-Fajr, said the American people 'will pay the price' for the May 2 raid.
It acknowledges that Barack Obama 'is protected by armies', but asks Americans: 'Who will protect you from our assault?'
It also urges Muslims to use Bin Laden's death as motivation to carry out attacks, according to a transcript provided yesterday by the SITE Intel group, which monitors militant messages.
Tensions are still running high in Pakistan where politicians hijacked a parliamentary session in Islamabad to pray for the dead Bin Laden.
The group, including former minister Atta-ur-Rehman, claimed it was their duty as Muslims to carry out the action.
Maulvi Asmatullah, who led the prayers, said: 'Bin Laden was an international figure and above all a Muslim.
'I took it as my religious duty to offer prayers for him.'
The killing of Bin Laden has given Obama's approval rating a huge bounce to the highest point in two years.
It now stands at 60 per cent with more than half of Americans saying he deserves to be re-elected, according to The Associated Press-GfK poll.
Al-Qaeda has not named bin Laden's successor, but all indications point to his Number two, Ayman al-Zawahri.
The question is whether al-Zawahri, or anyone, has the ability to keep so many disparate groups under the al-Qaida banner. The groups in Somalia and Algeria, for instance, have very different goals focused on local grievances. Without bin Laden to serve as their shepherd, it's possible al-Qaida will further fragment.
Osama Bin Laden was vehemently opposed to a sadistic plot to fit rotating blades to a tractor and use it to 'mow down the enemies of Allah', on the grounds that it would cause 'indiscriminate slaughter'.
This is according to a U.S. official familiar with documents seized in the raid on the al-Qaida chief's hideout.
A hoard of documents and computer discs taken by U.S. special forces is said to have consisted more of 'strategic musings' than concrete terror plots, the official told ProPublica, the U.S. non-profit making investigative news organisation.
The documents show he was a fierce advocate of mass-casualty attacks in the west, for instance his attempts to calculate the number of Americans who would have to be killed to force the US to withdraw from the Arab world.
But, surprisingly, he appeared angry at a suggestion by the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula that a tractor or farm vehicle could, suitably adapted, be used in an attack.
The official told ProPublica: 'Bin Laden said this is something he did not endorse. He seems taken aback. He complains that this tactical proposal promotes indiscriminate slaughter. He says he rejects this and it is not something that reflects what Al Qaeda does.'
The tractor plan was mooted in Inspire, an English-language jihadi magazine, by a young U.S. convert and Al Qaeda recruit.
Bin Laden and his associates also attempted to make sure that their PR machine ran smoothly.
They repeatedly admonished leaders of affiliated groups such as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or Al Qaeda in Iraq for not paying sufficient attention to avoiding targets that could not be portrayed as "legitimate" to the leadership's target audience in the Middle East.
A series of letters and emissaries were sent to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, warning him to stop attacks on local Shia Muslims and to avoid civilian casualties.One senior Al Qaeda figure close to Bin Laden told Zarqawi that he should be careful to avoid the fate of militants in Algeria in the 1990s who lost public support through indiscriminate and random violence (Daily Mail, 2011).
Title: Documents Reveal Bin Laden Directive To Kill
Date: March 16, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: U.S. officials are reviewing documents that suggest Usama bin Laden before his death urged his Al Qaeda network to attack the aircraft of President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus, Fox News has confirmed.
The directive was first disclosed in a report last summer, after a CIA-led Navy SEALs team took down bin Laden at his Pakistan compound. The Washington Post, though, reported new details of that alleged plan Friday after viewing the documents.
According to the report, bin Laden wanted Obama killed so that an "unprepared" Vice President Biden would take over.
The directive was cited as a sign that bin Laden remained determined to strike America long after the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks -- but officials also downplayed the actual threat posed by the order.
A senior U.S. official told Fox News that bin Laden "clearly had bold ambitions to kill as many innocent people as possible" but Al Qaeda's capabilities did not match the leader's intent.
"Leading up to and since (bin Laden's) death we know that (Al Qaeda's) capacity to pull off those types of complex attacks has been greatly diminished, and that Bin Laden himself spent much of his time brooding and providing guidance that often fell on deaf ears," the official said.
The official said that government analysts have spent "countless hours" reviewing documents taken from the compound last May, and that the government is working to declassify "as much of that information as possible." The documents still are not expected to be made public for months.
A Washington Post columnist reported, after viewing the documents, that they showed bin Laden instructed his deputies to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to target Obama and Petraeus.
"The reason for concentrating on them," bin Laden explained to his top lieutenant, according to the article, "is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make (Vice President Joe) Biden take over the presidency."
"Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis," bin Laden continued. "As for Petraeus, he is the man of the hour ... and killing him would alter the war's path" in Afghanistan.
A former intelligence official told Fox News that the order was taken seriously but was determined to be merely aspirational in nature (Fox News, 2012).
7. OHIO (June 3, 2011)
Date: June 3, 2011
Suspect: Michael Bradley
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Info: Bradley allegedly stated, "REVERSE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE IN THIS CITY OR YOU WILL BE DEAD! THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING. DO IT OR IT WILL BE WAR AND YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL DIE."
Title: Toledo Man Allegedly Threatens President Obama
Date: August 9, 2011
Source: FOX Toledo
Abstract: A Toledo man has been accused of making threats against President Barack Obama and his family.
The Secret Service is investigating Michael Bradley and according to documents, Bradley e-mailed threats shortly after President Obama's June 3 visit to the city's Jeep plant.Bradley was unavailable for comment when contacted by FOX Toledo
8. WISCONSIN (June 8, 2011)
Date: June 8, 2011
Suspect: Nikko Krohn
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Info: Krohn allagedly mailed death threats to the White House.
Title: Inmate Charged With Threatening Obama
Date: June 8, 2011
Source: Fox News 11
Abstract: An inmate at the Green Bay Correctional Institution has been charged with threatening President Obama.
Authorities say Nikko Krohn, 21, allegedly mailed the death threat to the president in February. They say the letter was received by the White House’s correspondence office and did not reach Obama.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service.
Krohn is currently serving a sentence for a 2007 robbery in Wood County.Krohn is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday. If convicted he faces a maximum of 5 years in prison (Fox News 11, 2011).
9. PUERTO RICO (June 11, 2011)
Date: June 11, 2011
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Info: An unnamed suspect allegedly made a death threat against Obama.
Title: Death Threats To President Obama On His Trip To Puerto Rico
Date: June 11, 2011
Source: El Nuevo Día
Abstract: Nothing new when it comes to President Obama (or any US President for that matter) and all the international trips have proven the extra security that always brings me back to the trips of India and Ireland.
Police Superintendent José Figueroa Sancha pointed out this morning that they received a phone call with a threat to murder president Barack Obama, during his visit to the Island next Tuesday.
The Police chief stated that the call was received at about 3:00 PM yesterday, and it went straight to the Headquarters of Tactical Operations in San Juan and informed that this matter was turned over directly to the Secret Service.
As El Nuevo Día found out, this threat was specifically involving a shooting against the president of the United States.
Figueroa Sancha’s statements happened when he toured along with thirteen regional commanders of Puerto Rico‘s Police on any possible routs that Obama may take, from US Muñiz National Guard Airbase towards Fortaleza and Caribe Hilton Hotel, where Obama will hold several fundraising activities for his re-election.
UPDATE: Puerto Rico’s Police Chief cleared the air, and no such death threat is dismissed at this point:
The Superintendent of the Police, José Figueroa Sancha, cleared today that “there’s no real death threats against the president of the United States, Barack Obama.”
“After an anonymous phone call received on Friday afternoon, the Secret Service as well as the police“Luego de la llamada anónima recibida el viernes en la tarde, tanto el Servicio Secreto como la Policía, investigated the matter and we corroborated that it had no merits to it” This was the Superintendent’s press release.
He’s after the Hispanic vote (at least from Florida, because he can’t really get any support from Puerto Rico-after all, they can’t vote for him.) I will upload some propaganda that’s all over possible areas that Obama may use. Nobody knows which road(s), avenues, streets and so forth. All that the whole island knows is that he will attend an event at the Caribe Hilton hotel and will discuss economic policy, plus get his donations from prominent Democrats in the island, and hit the road at about 5:00 PM EST.It is significant that Obama visits Puerto Rico, because the last president to do so was JFK (El Nuevo Día, 2011).
10. OREGON (July 5, 2011)
Date: July 5, 2011
Suspect: Darryl James Swanson
Location: Portland, Oregon
Quote: Swanson allegedly threatened to kill Obama.
Title: Portland Man Held For Repeated Threats Against Obama
Date: July 5, 2011
Source: KOMO News
Abstract: An Oregon man has been detained for a mental health evaluation after appearing in federal court Tuesday to face charges that he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and the president's family.
The Secret Service arrested Darryl James Swanson, of Portland, on Friday. Prosecutors say Swanson made threats in numerous phone calls to federal prosecutors' offices in Oregon and Washington, a county government office in Florida, and The Associated Press.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Peifer told a federal judge in Portland that he considered Swanson, 45, a flight risk and a safety risk. Swanson's arraignment was set for next month, when he'll enter a plea.
"I do consider him to be a threat to the community," Peifer told the AP afterward.
According to the criminal complaint, Swanson made threatening calls to a series of government offices, including three to the county commissioner's office in Palm Beach County, Fla., 44 voicemail messages left June 19 with the U.S. attorney's office in Portland, and three calls to the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle on June 30. He was arrested the following day.
He also had called the AP bureau in Seattle on May 2, leaving a message that said he would seek weapons for al-Qaida to shoot the president and his family. The AP told the U.S. attorney's office and the Secret Service about the call.
The day after the call to the AP, Swanson told Secret Service agent Ronald Brown that he made the call because he was frustrated that the president has not sent him a check for $70 million, which he claims he is owed from a trust fund set up at his birth, court documents show. Brown told him that no trust fund exists.
The Secret Service did not find weapons in Swanson's apartment and warned him not to make threats against the president. But authorities say he continued leaving the angry and threatening messages at the government offices.
In court Tuesday, Swanson consented through his public defender to a mental health evaluation.
Mert Rockney Jr., who described himself as a friend of Swanson's family, said the defendant has struggled with his mental health for more than a decade.
"Darryl's harmless," Rockney said. "He just needs to have someone to intervene with him so he takes the right medication."
Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said the agency doesn't comment on threats made against the president (KOMO News, 2011).
11. NORTH DAKOTA (July 7, 2011)
Date: July 7, 2011
Suspect: James V. McVay
Location: Madison, North Dakota
Info: McVay allegedly stated, "I'm going to kill and kill until I get him."
Title: Bizarre Plot To Assassinate Obama: Ex-Con 'Killed Woman To Steal Car, Pick Up A Gun And Drive To White House'
Date: July 8, 2011
Source: Daily Mail
Abstract: A man charged with the murder of a woman was allegedly plotting to kill the President of the United States, it emerged yesterday.
Prosecutors revealed the ultimate ambition of James McVay yesterday as he appeared in court accused of killing Maybelle Schein, 75, as she slept.
The 41-year-old's horrific plot included a bid to kill several others, including policemen.Mrs Schein's throat was slashed with a camping knife as she lay in her bed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
McVay is accused of taking her white Buick to Madison, where he allegedly planned to 'ambush and kill a police officer and take their guns'.
According to the charges,he told investigators "I'm going to kill and kill until I get him,' referring to the president.
The former South Dakota inmate planned to travel to Chicago or Indianapolis where he would kill again before stealing another vehicle to drive to Washington.
Once there, he allegedly told investigators he intended to shoot Obama with a rifle.
According to the complaint McVay told authorities he began developing his plan to kill the president two years ago while in a South Dakota prison.
Hours after leaving a community transition programme on June 30,he walked to a Wal-Mart, where he stole clothing and knives.
He later selected the nurse's house to break into and commit the crime because he saw a garage door slightly ajar and a vehicle in the garage, and he "was going to kill people whenever the opportunity arose".
The complaint stated that he needed to 'get blood on (his) hands' and to 'get experience' killing people.'
After a chase and brief stand-off with police.McVay was arrested on July 2, in Madison, Wisconsin where he has been held and attended court.
Dakota State's Attorney Aaron McGowan said he was working with the Dane
County district attorney's office to transport McVay back
to South Dakota.
He said: 'What we do here depends on what (McVay) does there,'He added that if he waived extradition he could be back in South Dakota within days (Daily Mail, 2011).
12. CALIFORNIA (July 12, 2011)
Date: July 12, 2011
Suspect: Ted Grubbe
Location: Modesto, California
Info: Grubbe allegedly made threats to kill Obama.
Title: Modesto Man Under Investigation For Making Threats To Obama
Date: July 14, 2011
Source: KCRA News
Abstract: A Modesto man who is being accused of making threats to kill President Obama was arrested on Tuesday and is being investigated by U.S. Secret Service, according to officials.
Authorities say that Ted Grubbe, 26, told a mental health worker that he disapproved of the Obama’s handling of the budget. A spokesperson for the Secret Service said that Grubbe is accused of making the death threat when talking to friends via internet.
Agents were expected to work with Modesto officials, who arrested Grubbe, to determine if federal charges are appropriate or if this will remain a local investigation.
The Secret Service is talking to Modesto police today. The spokesman was unsure if Grubbe was still in custody. Modesto Police have not responded to KCRA calls for information (KCRA News, 2011).
13. ALABAMA (July 26, 2011)
Date: July 26, 2011
Suspect: Ulugbek Kodirov
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Weapons: M15 machine gun, Grenades
I)nfo: Kodirov allegedly threatened to kill Obama.
Title: Uzbeck Man Charged Over Obama Threats
Date: July 27, 2011
Source: Radio Liberty
Abstract: A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted an Uzbek man for allegedly threatening to kill President Barack Obama and possessing illegal firearms.U.S. officials said a grand jury in Birmingham, in the southern state of Alabama, indicted Ulugbek Kodirov, 21, on July 26 on four counts of threatening Obama on four separate occasions earlier this month.
The statement gave no details about the alleged threats.It said the Uzbek was charged with "repeatedly threatening to kill the president of the United States and with possessing grenades and an M15 machine gun."
The statement said Kodirov was arrested on July 13 at a motel in Leeds, Alabama, after buying the gun from an undercover agent who was working with U.S. authorities.He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on each count of threatening Obama, and 10 years for each weapons charge.
Officials said Kodirov has been living in the United States illegally after his student visa was revoked in April, 2010, after he failed to enroll in school (Radio Liberty, 2011).
14. WASHINGTON D.C. (August 2, 2011)
Location: Washington D.C.
Info: Crudup jumped White House fence triggering a security alert.
Title: James Dirk Crudup Held After Jumping White House FenceSource: Vancouver Sun
Abstract: A homeless man jumped the White House fence Tuesday triggering a
security alert, but was quickly stopped by the US Secret Service and
The suspect, identified by the Secret Service as 41-year-old homeless man James Dirk Crudup, was swiftly arrested and taken to a Washington police station "where he will be charged with unlawful entry," Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan told AFP.
He was also to be charged with contempt of court, Donovan said, apparently for violating a stay away order from the White House.
Several police vehicles were parked outside the White House gates with their lights flashing, and security personnel could be seen patrolling the compound, including several with body armor and automatic weapons.
Reporters working at the White House were asked to leave the lawn and the platform where television journalists stand for their live shots — a standard procedure in the event of a security breach.
An AFP reporter saw several security agents with their weapons drawn, including one on the roof peering through binoculars.
Donovan said the suspect had a backpack that was confiscated and examined for possible explosives.
An all-clear was given some 90 minutes after the incident.
CNN was conducting a live shot from the outdoor platform, and aired footage of the man being detained on the grass and then led off the north lawn on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the mansion, where tourists gather to take pictures.
Protests outside the White House gates are routine and had taken place earlier in the day, but it was not clear whether Crudup had been a participant.Security breaches involving someone jumping over the White House fence have occurred multiple times in recent years, but it is rare that a major threat to the president arises from such incidents (Vancouver Sun, 2011).
15. WASHINGTON D.C. (September 20, 2011)
Date: September 20, 2011
Location: Washington D.C.
Info: A male suspect wearing a backpack scaled the White House fence in a threatening manner.
Title: Male Suspect In Custody After Jumping White House Fence
Date: September 21, 2011
Abstract: A male suspect wearing a backpack scaled the White House fence Tuesday and "took off at a full sprint," but was chased down and arrested, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said.
The president and the first lady were not in the White House at the time, and a search of the suspect's bag revealed that he was not armed, said Secret Service spokesman Max Millen.
The fence-jumper, who has not yet been identified, complied with officers' commands to stop, was taken into custody and will be charged with unlawful entry, Millen said.It is not uncommon for people to scale a fence at the White House, only to come to a similar fate. One recent fence-jumper's short-lived jaunt was caught live on CNN, as John King was hosting his August 2 show on the North Lawn (CNN, 2011).
16. WASHINGTON D.C. (November 11, 2011)
Date: November 11, 2011
Suspect: Oscar Ortega-Hernandez
Location: Washington D.C.
Info: Ortega-Hernandez was arrested for allegedly shooting at the White House with an AK-47.
Title: Suspect In Shooting Near White House Arrested In Pennsylvania
Date: November 16, 2011
Date: Fox News
Abstract: The suspect wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred near the White House has been arrested in Pennsylvania, officials confirm.
The U.S. Secret Service said in a brief statement that Oscar Ortega-Hernandez was found by a Pennsylvania state trooper at a hotel near Indiana, Pa., shortly after noon on Wednesday. He is currently being held by the State Police.
According to a Secret Service statement earlier Wednesday, law enforcement found one bullet that smashed a window at the White House before being stopped by a second layer of "ballistic glass." Another round was found outside the White House. The Secret Service said the damage "has not been conclusively connected" to the shooting.
"An assessment of the exterior of the White House is ongoing," the Secret Service said.
Fox News has learned that the FBI joined the investigation on Tuesday at the request of the Secret Service and U.S. Park Police. The FBI has extensive expertise in evidence gathering, which could explain why the agency was called in to assist.
Law enforcement for days had been searching for the suspect, 21-year-old Ortega-Hernandez. The suspect has a record of arrests in Idaho, Utah and Texas, according to MyFoxDC, and reportedly is believed to be mentally ill.
Park Police originally obtained an arrest warrant for Ortega-Hernandez after discovering an AK-47-style rifle in an abandoned car Friday night. The car was found after Secret Service officers heard shots being fired between two vehicles about a half-mile from the White House.
U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said Sunday that officers had obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect on a felony charge of carrying a dangerous weapon, in connection with the incident.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in California at the time of the shooting, before traveling to Hawaii for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
News of the bullets' discovery broke shortly after the
president landed in Australia for a brief 27-hour visit (Fox
Date: November 17, 2011
Source: Chicago Now
Abstract: There are interesting facts surrounding Oscar Ortega-Hernandez and this case. At this point in time, we are left with more questions than answers.
Ortega-Hernandez was born on October 2, 1990. Nothing exceedingly interesting here, just added it since it's the same month I was born.
He is from Idaho Falls, Idaho. His family reported him missing from Idaho Falls last month. Incidentally, out of all the small towns in this country, the city of Idaho Falls decided to conduct a full simulated terrorism drill just two weeks ago.
He reportedly also has a tattoo of three dots on his wrist. Google "prison tattoos."
He was able to get off multiple shots AT NIGHT at a substantial distance from a car. I'm not a professional marksman, but I think it would be formidable for a reportedly mentally challenged individual to get off multiple accurate shots from his distance on a clear sunny day, much less at night.
Authorities found a Romanian Cugir SA semi-automatic assault rifle with a large mounted scope in his car. Again, I'm not a professional marksman, but I don't think this is a BB gun. I have a feeling this gun can do some damage to adult elephants. By the way, this weapon has been encountered in numbers in Iraq.
Authorities also found three magazines loaded with 7.62 x 39 mm cartridges in his car. I'm not familiar with these rounds, but I do know I don't want to get hit by one.
Bullet impacts were found on the second and third stories of the White House, which are the residence floors of the First Family. Did he know the windows to target?
How was it possible for a reportedly mentally challenged person to fire multiple high-caliber rounds into the White House from Constitution Avenue and escape the immediate security area without being detained?
Earlier in the day before he fired on the White House, Ortega-Hernandez was stopped by police officers in Arlington, VA at around 11:00 AM. At the time, the officers asked to search his car but Ortega-Hernandez refused. The officers took photos of Ortega-Hernandez and allowed him to go on his way.
More facts will undoubtedly filter out as this case proceeds (Chicago Now, 2011).