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FBI: L.A. Man Mailed Threatening Letters
Washington Post ^ | 11/12/06

Posted on 11/14/2006 6:48:47 AM PST by steve-b

A man was arrested and accused of mailing threatening letters laced with white powder to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, David Letterman and other high-profile figures, the FBI announced Sunday.

FBI agents took Chad Conrad Castagana, 39, into custody Saturday on charges of conveying false information and sending threats via the U.S. mail, the bureau said in a statement....

Authorities claim he mailed threatening letters to [Nancy] Pelosi, [David] Letterman, New York Sen. Charles Schumer, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Anthrax Scare; Crime/Corruption; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: anthrax; hoax; nut

1 posted on 11/14/2006 6:48:48 AM PST by steve-b
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To: steve-b

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1737859/posts


3 posted on 11/14/2006 6:51:38 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife
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To: FrPR

Um, why? Anyone can sign up for an account. Usama bin Laden could sign up for an account on FR. It's not like there's any vetting process.


4 posted on 11/14/2006 6:52:14 AM PST by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: FrPR

Why would you think this person is associate with FR? (I haven't read the entire article, just what was posted- is there anything in the article that leads you to believe he's one of us?)


5 posted on 11/14/2006 6:55:20 AM PST by MissEdie (Liberalscostlives)
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To: FrPR
The "Post" didn't call him "a right winger or republican or anything" so I am convinced he is a dem. They never label the libs.
6 posted on 11/14/2006 6:58:42 AM PST by ConservativeChris
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To: Steel Wolf

Actually, I think OBL is on here. I know I've read some posts eerily reminiscent of his language style.


7 posted on 11/14/2006 7:01:37 AM PST by altura
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To: Steel Wolf

I think applications for membership to FR should be accompanied by photos, but that's just me.


8 posted on 11/14/2006 7:02:25 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: MissEdie

Because the Kos kids over at DU suggest that there is a Freeper who lives in the same area that may be him.


9 posted on 11/14/2006 7:04:31 AM PST by mak5
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To: mak5

"Because the Kos kids over at DU suggest that there is a Freeper who lives in the same area that may be him."

Scary that those scumbags would have bothered to find that out.

Carry concealed!


10 posted on 11/14/2006 7:07:31 AM PST by dsc
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To: 1rudeboy

"I think applications for membership to FR should be accompanied by photos"

Mine is.


11 posted on 11/14/2006 7:09:50 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: steve-b

FR and DU


12 posted on 11/14/2006 7:12:11 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: altura
Actually, I think OBL is on here. I know I've read some posts eerily reminiscent of his language style.

I am not being here, really. Please excuse typing as camels bump laptop every time I go online here in my Tora Bora cave. I have not been able to update the MySpace page for weeks without either camels bothering me or one of the wives asking when I going empty trash. i tell must wait until Preditor drones go away and she say I am just waiting to sneek over to see Fatima in the next cave. Boy, that Fatima really fills out a burka. But really, I am not here on FR. Well, sometimes, when the DU folks tell me I am not radical enough.

13 posted on 11/14/2006 7:12:48 AM PST by pikachu (Be alert --we need more lerts!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Photos? You must be kidding. Then all the people who have so much fun trashing fat people would have to reveal themselves as major consumers of fast food.

If we can't be young and goodlooking on Free Republic, then where???


14 posted on 11/14/2006 7:15:31 AM PST by altura
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To: MissEdie
Why would you think this person is associate with FR?

Checking the article, the targets of his attacks were absolutely in line with the preferred enemies of readers of this list ("liberal" reporters, celebrities, and politicians). His politics apparently were very much in line with those here, although his tactics were obviously reprehensible.

Checking the other, much larger thread on this topic (already linked above), it appears that it's been confirmed that he was a member (now suspended). Apparently, he often posted in Katherine Harris threads, although I suspect he also had a few laughs from any threads on the fake anthrax letters.

Obviously, that doesn't mean that everyone here is a terrorist like this guy. But it might be a good idea for people to tone down the vicious rhetoric about what they'd like to see done to those that disagree with them.
15 posted on 11/14/2006 7:15:43 AM PST by proseandcons
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To: pikachu

Hah! I knew you were here.


16 posted on 11/14/2006 7:16:31 AM PST by altura
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To: mak5
Again, so what? It takes more work getting a Safeway card than it does an account on FR. If the guy's a nutjob, the guy's a nutjob. If someone robs a bank or carjacks an SUV, do they report on whether or not he's a Democrat or Republican? (Although in the case of most criminals there's probably little wonder as to how they vote)

So, how's is what websites he reads any more relevant than what magazines he reads, or where he lives, or where he banks, or what he does for a living? It's not. If there was some Watergate-like link somewhere, that would be newsworthy. Otherwise, this is a ridiculous guilt-by-association smear.

17 posted on 11/14/2006 7:16:52 AM PST by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: proseandcons

Yeah, but we usually threaten more harmless stuff like reaching through the tv and punching someone, which is obviously an empty threat because we love our TV's.

Except for those people who don't have a television and make sure you know it by mentioning it in every post relating to television.

I know what he did was wrong, but he didn't actually hurt anyone and the thought of Olberman being a big sissy baby was kinda fun.


18 posted on 11/14/2006 7:19:43 AM PST by altura
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To: pikachu
I am not being here, really. Please excuse typing as camels bump laptop every time I go online here in my Tora Bora cave. I have not been able to update the MySpace page for weeks without either camels bothering me or one of the wives asking when I going empty trash. i tell must wait until Preditor drones go away and she say I am just waiting to sneek over to see Fatima in the next cave. Boy, that Fatima really fills out a burka. But really, I am not here on FR. Well, sometimes, when the DU folks tell me I am not radical enough.

Bang!!!! Gotcha!!

19 posted on 11/14/2006 7:20:20 AM PST by Tolkien ("It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." ---Voltaire)
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To: proseandcons
I believe he's been suspended over and over- hence the multiple screen names- which means he was not wanted here, therefore not a Freeper. He posted on DU evidently, and they likely didn't want him there either but I would not classify him as a DU guy just because he may have posted there before getting banned.

He's a nut.

20 posted on 11/14/2006 7:22:49 AM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: 1rudeboy
Here's my pic...



See how easy that was?
21 posted on 11/14/2006 7:26:10 AM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: proseandcons
Checking the article, the targets of his attacks were absolutely in line with the preferred enemies of readers of this list...

I smell ozone.

But it might be a good idea for people to tone down the vicious rhetoric about what they'd like to see done to those that disagree with them.

You should give the same advice to your buddies at DU.
22 posted on 11/14/2006 7:31:57 AM PST by Thrusher ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.")
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To: proseandcons
Obviously, that doesn't mean that everyone here is a terrorist like this guy. But it might be a good idea for people to tone down the vicious rhetoric about what they'd like to see done to those that disagree with them.

Show me posts where freepers have used rhetoric on the same level as sending anthrax letters.

You're a troll.

23 posted on 11/14/2006 7:34:44 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: proseandcons

sniff, sniff

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum


24 posted on 11/14/2006 7:37:18 AM PST by Sally'sConcerns (I'm from Texas and I don't care for biscuits or country music. I do like grits though.)
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To: 1rudeboy

awwwwwww I qualify for all Freeper benefits save looks............you are a low down curry dog............lol


25 posted on 11/14/2006 7:39:25 AM PST by advertising guy (if computer skills named us,I'd be back-space delete)
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To: Sir Gawain

You're right, of course.

Besides his recent sign up date, read his past posts:

User Posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/user-posts?id=262617

They are all giving advice about how the GOP needs to be more accommodating to the Democrats.


26 posted on 11/14/2006 7:47:19 AM PST by Sam Hill
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To: steve-b

I think if any of us Freepers go nuts we should turn ourselves in to the nearest police and not hurt innocent people


27 posted on 11/14/2006 7:50:52 AM PST by woofie (creativity is destructive)
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To: FrPR
Post by Jim Robinson: "Turns out marc costanzo was also a retread troll."
28 posted on 11/14/2006 7:51:54 AM PST by DocRock
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To: proseandcons

You signed up on 11/9/06 to lecture this forum on how to express themselves?

Don't you think you should at least read the forum for a few days before you presume to know what people post and their intentions?

That's like me walking into you home and telling you how you should take care of your house because it isn't up to my standards.


29 posted on 11/14/2006 7:54:30 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Sam Hill
Honestly, he can have whatever opinion he wants to about the GOP cozing up to the Democrats. Obviously, some of the leaders of the Republican party feel the same way.

Even his post(s) contrasting Republicanism and conservatism may have some merit.

But when you say the "readers of this list" [is that the infamous anti-Dixie Chicks Mailing List, by the way?] have "preferred enemies" that are "absolutely in line" with the targets of fake anthrax letters by some bumhug nutbag, your rhetoric is halfway across the bridge to Trollville.

Maybe he's not a troll, maybe it was just an unfortunate choice of words. But I am just really sick of the f'n sleeper trolls here. Like halfway across the bridge to Opusville sick.
30 posted on 11/14/2006 7:57:39 AM PST by Thrusher ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.")
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To: Kozak

31 posted on 11/14/2006 7:58:25 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: proseandcons

Thanks for the info!


32 posted on 11/14/2006 8:10:06 AM PST by MissEdie (Liberalscostlives)
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To: proseandcons

"Obviously, that doesn't mean that everyone here is a terrorist like this guy. "


Say what???????


33 posted on 11/14/2006 8:16:28 AM PST by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: FMBass; kcvl; Sam Hill; Sally'sConcerns; Sir Gawain; proseandcons

Hmmmm. It seems he/she is a hit-and-run poster. Very troll-licious. Should we notify the authorities?


34 posted on 11/14/2006 8:26:35 AM PST by Thrusher ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.")
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To: Thrusher

Even though I love the smell of ozone in the morning, it always seems more rewarding when the trigger is pulled immediately in the next post that follows an inappropriate post.


35 posted on 11/14/2006 8:36:57 AM PST by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: altura
Actually, I think OBL is on here. I know I've read some posts eerily reminiscent of his language style.

Bin Ladin posts under an assumed identity. His posts mostly claim that Muslims are inherently evil and encourages true Americans to Nuke Mecca.

Worldwide religious warfare is certainly "his language style".

36 posted on 11/14/2006 7:35:20 PM PST by zimdog
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