Skip to comments.Death threat made against SC Gov. Nikki Haley—by Occupier
Posted on 11/26/2011 2:21:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Remember all those columns by lefty commentators following the Tucson massacre providing evidence of the Tea Partys penchant for violence against politicians? Their authors probably wish you didnt remembernot with the acts of real violence by Occupiers now part of the public record.
And definitely not now that one of the movements own has taken a page out of the Tea Party handbook and threatened the life of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. For 26-year-old Nathan Shafer, however, crosshairs (aka print registration marks) on a map simply didnt cut it. Instead, he made his threat in words. In a Facebook post addressed to the governor, Shafer wrote, I hope someone murders you before I do.
Columbia, South Carolina, station KLTV reports that Shafers post was a reaction to a post by Haley herself, which was made after the arrest of 19 Occupy Columbia members outside the State House last Wednesday. On her Facebook page, the governor wrote:
I appreciate freedom of speech. I do not appreciate mattresses on the grounds, urinating in the bushes and damage of state property. Occupiers were given until 6:00 to move off the property. They are welcome to picket during daylight hours. We respect the Rule of Law in South Carolina.
Shafer claims the purpose of his post was to make a point about freedom of speech. But the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division evidently takes a differentand dimmerview of the limits of free speech.
The [day after Shafers Facebook post] two agents visited him in Charlotte to discuss the comment. Shafer says he retracted and deleted his statement, promised he wasnt serious and apologized to the Haley family.
None of which was sufficient to get the state to back off. Notes KLTV:
Threats against public officials are naturally taken very seriously, even when a comment was supposedly made in jest. Accordingly, SLED agents informed Shafer that he faces prosecution for his alleged threat, prompting him to respond, I just think the whole situation is completely ridiculous and blown out of proportion.
At issue now is whether a reasonable person would view the statement in question as a genuine threat. The article notes that a federal court ruled in July that a man who posted online statements calling for President Barack Obamas assassination was exercising his free speech rights. Specifics of the case in question are not given, but suffice it to say that threatening the life of a U.S. president is a class D felony punishable by between 5 and 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
In the most famous case to date involving an assassination threat against President Obama, Brian Dean Miller, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to 27 months jail time after posting on Craigslist:
People, the time has come for revolution. It is time for Obama to die. I am dedicating my life to the death of Obama and every employee of the federal government. As I promised in a previous post, if the health care reform bill passed I would become a terrorist. Today I become a terrorist.
Cant be true! We have been told repeatedly by the oh so truthful media that the occupiers are the sweetest, nicest people you can ever meet
Throw his rear in a jail cell with Big Bubba as his cellmate. This Occupy idiocy must end.
Someone should ask the loser astronaut if she was in the OWS crosshairs.
Obviously Sarah Palin’s fault.
And definitely not now that one of the movements own has taken a page out of the Tea Party handbook and threatened the life of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.And just what page would that be? I don't recall anyone in the Tea Party threatening anyone's life.
The article notes that a federal court ruled in July that a man who posted online statements calling for President Barack Obamas assassination was exercising his free speech rights. Specifics of the case in question are not given, but suffice it to say that threatening the life of a U.S. president is a class D felony punishable by between 5 and 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
OK, now what about all those calls for the assassination of George W. Bush? Oh, well, those were just made in jest as well? Does the law not apply equally?
Ol Laz would certainly be the hit man.
I believe it was old Ben Franklin who said:”The right to swing your fist ends at the point of another persons nose.’’
After all this is what they accused the Tea Party of doing, but now they are silent since it's coming from OWS?
This is how you know the OWS movement funded by the Tide Foundation, funded by George Soros is a fraud and distraction.