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).
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).
Title: John Turnpaugh Obama Death Threat: New Orleans Man Arrested And Charged
Date: January 4, 2010
Source: Huffington Post
Abstract: A New Orleans man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama.
In a court filing Monday, a Secret Service agent said 47-year-old John Turnpaugh dialed 911 early last Friday and told a police dispatcher that he planned to kill the president and first lady Michelle Obama.
The agent said he used telephone records to trace the call to Turnpaugh's cell phone. Police arrested him Saturday and he was booked into jail on state charges that included illegal possession of a firearm and drug possession.
Turnpaugh remained in custody Monday. He's scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court Friday.
Kathy English, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, said it wasn't known if Turnpaugh has an attorney (Huffington Post, 2010).
Title: Gregory Dale Brockman, Pennsylvania Inmate, Accused Of Threatening To Kill & Eat Obama
Date: December 17, 2010
Source: Huffington Post
Abstract: A career burglar from Pennsylvania is accused of writing a prison letter in which he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and eat his flesh.
Secret Service agents say 32-year-old Gregory Dale Brockman also threatened first lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush.
Brockman pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday before a federal magistrate in Philadelphia. His public defender, Mara Meehan, declined to comment.
Prosecutors say Brockman told Secret Service agents that his anger stems from the U.S. involvement in Iraq. The agents say he also admired cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer and other serial killers, and vowed to act on his threats if released.
Brockman, formerly of Lehighton, is serving 30 months for burglary and other crimes (Huffington Post, 2010).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, ABC reported.
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).
Title: D.C. Officer Allegedly Made Threatening Comments About First Lady
Date: July 12, 2012
Source: Washington Post
Abstract: A D.C. police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for White House officials and other dignitaries was moved to administrative duty Wednesday after he allegedly was overheard making threatening comments toward Michelle Obama, according to several police officials.
The police department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating the alleged comments and notified the U.S. Secret Service on Wednesday, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give details of the investigation.
The officer allegedly made the comments Wednesday morning as several officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against the Obamas. It was not immediately clear where the alleged conversation took place or how many officers took part in the conversation.
During that conversation, the officials said, the officer allegedly said he would shoot the first lady and then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm that he said he would use. It was not immediately clear what type of firearm was allegedly shown.
An officer overheard the alleged threat and reported it to a police lieutenant at the division, who immediately notified superiors, the officials said.
“We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments,” D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said in an e-mail. She declined to discuss the matter further.
Police officials declined to identify the officer. Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
In an interview Thursday afternoon, Kristopher Baumann, head of the D.C. Fraternal Order of Police, said he did not have details on the matter.
There was no indication of a legitimate danger to Michelle Obama.
A Secret Service spokesman declined to provide further details, saying in an e-mail that the agency was aware of the incident and “will conduct appropriate follow-up.”
The agency “respects the right to free speech,” said spokesman Brian Leary. “However, we have an obligation to determine the intent of the speaker.”
Police officials immediately reassigned the officer to other duties, the police officials said.
The Special Operations Division performs escorts for the first family and other dignitaries. Police escorts for non-dignitaries drew attention in April 2011 when D.C. officers accompanied actor Charlie Sheen from Dulles International Airport to DAR Constitution Hall when Sheen was running late to a concert (Washington Post, 2012).Title: 2 Motorcyclists Involved In Michelle Obama's Motorcade Escort Injured In Crash Along U.S. 36
Date: October 15, 2012
Source: 10TV News
Abstract: Two law enforcement officials
were injured in a crash while part of a motorcade escort for First Lady
Michelle Obama on Monday.
According to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, the motorcycles crashed at about 4:15 p.m. along U.S. Route 36/ state Route 37 and South Old State Road.
It was unknown if the motorcyclists
collided or were struck by another vehicle.
One Genoa Township police officer and one Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper were transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus with unknown injuries.
Michelle Obama spoke at about 2:45 p.m. at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.
U.S. 36/S.R. 37 was backed up because of the crash.
Obama was not
injured in the crash, and her motorcade continued on after the crash.
Stay with 10TV News and refresh 10TV>com for more information (10TV News, 2012).
Daughters' School Evacuated
Date: October 18, 2012
Abstract: Sidwell Friends, the Washington D.C. private school that both Obama daughters attend, was evacuated Thursday due to a suspicious package, police officials say.
Araz Alali, a spokesman for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, said that the scene is now clear and that there is no evidence that the threat was directed at the First Family.
According to the Washingtonian, this message was distributed to the school's emergency alert system: "This is an emergency message from Sidwell Friends School. Due to a suspicious phone call, the buildings on the Wisconsin Avenue campus have been evacuated. We will notify you when further information is available.""We are aware of the threat and are monitoring the situation, which is being handled by MPD," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told POLITICO (Politico, 2012).
Mechanical Problems Delay First Lady's Plane
Date: October 27, 2012
Source: Great Falls Tribune
Abstract: First lady Michelle Obama is returning to Washington after her plane was delayed in Nevada Friday night because of mechanical problems
A McCarran International Airport spokesman says her aircraft was held up for three hours but departed about 9 p.m. PDT.
Glenn Gardner says he doesn't know the nature of the mechanical issues that delayed her flight home.The first lady was in Las Vegas Friday campaigning (Great Falls Tribune, 2012).