Man charged with threatening to kill senator
David M. Herszenhorn, New York Times
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Federal agents on Tuesday arrested and charged a man with threatening to kill Washington Sen. Patty Murray because he was angry about her vote in favor of the major health care legislation.
According to a criminal complaint, Charles A. Wilson, 64, of Selah, Wash., made threatening phone calls to Murray's office in Seattle from March 22, the day after Congress approved the health care law, to April 4. One recorded message said, "I want to kill you."
Wilson was charged with one count of threatening a federal official, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Murray is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the Senate and the highest-ranking woman in the majority leadership. Several lawmakers reported threats and vandalism after the bill passed.
"I hope you realize there's a target on your back now," Wilson said in a voice mail message on March 22, according to the complaint. "There are many people out there that want you dead." Another message said: "Kill the bill. Kill the senator, too."
The calls were made from a blocked telephone number, but officials said they obtained records showing the calls came from Wilson's home in Selah, about 110 miles southeast of Seattle.
In the complaint, Carolyn W. Woodbury, a special agent of the FBI, said harassing phone calls had been made to Murray's office over several months, but staff members had said the messages, often laced with expletives, had turned threatening.
Special Agent Frederick Gutt, a spokesman for the FBI in Seattle, said Wilson did not appear to have a criminal record and seemed to have acted on his own.
And there is more, as Rachel Maddow reports:
As this continues, one has to realize that this is more than a bunch of yahoos reacting to right-wing bloviators on Fox News. These people had declared war on what this country has become long before Rupert Murdoch ever set foot in this country.
This is why the day that Timothy McVeigh drove a fertilizer-filled truck into a goverment building and destroyed it is so significant. It was the opening shot in the war which mostly white, education and finacially challenged "patriots" hope will "return the country to them." A country where anyone who skin is darker than theirs would be a third-class citizen. Lesbians would only be good for driving UPS trucks, gay men would only do interior decorationg, blacks and Latinos would do our heavy work...all without complaint...and at the end of the day, say "yessim," and quietly dissapear into the woodwork. Where sex does not exist, and the pnly faith would be that based on a bizarre interpretation of the Holy Bible that seemed less like the Sermon on the Mount, and more like "Clash Of The Titans." In 3-D.
Until we realize that these people are not the creations of Fox News or large corporations, that the reason they are massing is that their worst fear has been realized....a non-submissive Black President....until we realize that, we will not be able to stop them.
And for the sake of our union, they must be stopped.