Skip to comments.N.C. Marine charged with threatening Obama
Posted on 02/27/2009 6:31:43 AM PST by mnehring
A Camp Lejeune Marine has been charged with threatening Barack Obama before the president was sworn into office last month.
Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech from the base in Jacksonville today.
Kody Ray Brittingham, 20, faces up to five years in prison and three years of supervised release if convicted of threatening the president-elect, according to U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.
Brittingham also could be fined up to $250,000.
According to a news release, Brittingham told people in November that he intended to shoot Obama, among other things.
We take all threats against the president and other high officials of the United States very seriously, Holding said. The threat itself represents a disruption of the United States government, even if no actual attempt is made to carry out the threat.
In todays speech, Obama is expected to unveil his plans to withdraw combat troops from Iraq. He is scheduled to arrive on Air Force One at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air station in the morning, according to a White House news release.
Obama will speak from the Goettge Memorial Field House about 11:45 a.m., the release said.
what about all threats against Palin or Bush? Just freesdom of expression?
So what was the supposed threat?
Threats against Palin? They burnt down her church.
And obama is going to Lejeune?
He is alleged to have threatened to shoot him.. not smart at all..
I wonder if the Marine has a defense fund.
There are better people do defend, if this guy did make the statement he did, he is an idiot.
You should never make threats against a President, no matter how dispicable they are.
I despise Carter, Clinton and Zero with every fiber of my being, but I wouldn’t be stupid enough to threaten them with violence.
It’s not as if he threatened to kidnap Bush or made a film about whacking him.
Exactly, no matter what you feel about a president, an attack on him is an attack on the office which is basically declaring war on this country. You don't like him, go the legal channels.
“It was this type of conduct that may have allowed for the recruitment of Marine Lance Corporal Kody Brittingham, who, as of last December, was found to be heavily connected with the white nationalist movement and is now under federal investigation for premeditating a plot to assassinate Obama.”
Have no info on credibility on the source, but if Europe knows about this it is interesting. Nothing in the news here.
Agreed. Threatening any president with violence is over the top.
If someone is going to do something illegal it is not smart a all to go around babbling about it.
Why not start one?
Don't ask for my money though. Anybody (military or civilian) stupid enough to threaten any POTUS (elect) is too stupid to be worth it.
While I agree it wasn’t smart of him to make a threat, there may be extenuating circumstances. Perhaps the Marine is suffering from post traumatic stress, or maybe he lost his house, or maybe he is pissed that he isn’t going to get a raise while deadbeats are going to get their mortgages paid.
Like what, voting? Legal channels like ACORN?
What’s your opinion on the two officers that are questioning the CiC’s eligibility?
> There are better people do defend, if this guy did make the statement he did, he is an idiot.
It is true, he is an idiot if he said this. However, he is only a 20 year-old idiot and he is entitled to a defense. Twenty-year-olds aren’t always known for being particularly bright — they’re often overgrown teenagers.
And Obama is on his own. He runs with a rough crowd. Some of his friends among the Leftwingtards and mad bombers he pals around with will probably take care of all his (and our) problems sooner rather than later.
Frankly, I'm not concerned with that guy's safty ~ and he's obviously not either.
What a crock. Except when it was directed at President Bush, more then once, I think.
If he did say what he’s charged with he is an idiot. And any Marine that heard him say it was duty bound to report him.
When will the roundup begin of those that "think" of removing him via the ballot box?
You got that right!
sign me up. the rank/file will follow.
What does the Constitution say about the channels- Impeachment (unless other channels find he was not legally qualified).. if that doesn’t happen, then yes, elections. We have a reset button every four years.
There are some subjects that are taboo or politically incorrect.
Seems ya can’t talk of what if something were to happen to the “magic negro”.
Can’t talk about him being a black guy with a shady past.
Can’t talk about him maybe not being born in the U.S.A.
Can’t talk about him being a socialist
Can’t talk about his antiAmerican p.o.s. big ass wife.
Is this clown going to use the f.b.i. as the f-ing thought police?
Yeah, ya can’t call for action against the guy but ya can’t keep me from hoping.
Any word on catching the arsonists who torched Palins church and spread gasoline at all the church exits? Yeah, I thought not.
I think that they are very brave and, because of their unique position as serving in a potentially life-threatening function at the whim of the POTUS, deserving of being heard and taken seriously by the courts.
For threatening the president, I suggest it is incumbent upon the courts martial to show that the man in question really is the president.
Let’s see that birth certificate.
Or maybe he's just not thrilled with calling a black guy "Sir". See reply 12.
Obama will use all his resources and gain absolute control with essentially a “martial law” justification. Thereafter employing his “Janisaries” to quietly/permenantly quell dissent. Who will stop him?
I just saw on the news that an Eithiopian refugee has also been charged with threatening Zero.
Can I wish a high-pressure case of Montezuma’s revenge on “that one”, or is that verboten, as well? ;-P
Seriously, though, there have been numerous instances where Obamabots have conflated more innocent speech into threats, so I’d like to see more facts on this, or any, such threat against the Kenyan. If this Marine stated a threat, he spoke stupidly, and quite possibly illegally.
Oh that’s encouraged by the rabid left....obviously.
Double standards and all, dontcha know!
Yes. It would.
I am trying to get a feel of ex-military folks about this issue.
Two very brave individuals indeed.
Gee what happened to the first amendment?
The Marine is a moron if this is true, and the prosecution would be appropriate.
But, beyond this you will see now that the Holder and the Justice Department has more money directed to investigate civil rights violations under Obama’s new stimulus plan, you can bet that most speech against the “One” will be viewed as hate speech.
But in your heart...
If one or both were to actually refuse a deployment, which would lead to charges, then the issue would bec ome national.
“what about all threats against Palin or Bush? Just freesdom of expression?”
He’s an active duty Marine. He should have known better. I deal with this all the time with my soldiers. (I’m a Major in the Army). No matter how much you dislike the CINC, you just can’t trash him or threaten him in public.
No, not even in my heart. I don’t think that way.
“Dissent WAS patriotic”.
And if those channels are no longer available ? ...