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.
Probably stated that he did not vote for him.
I have already accepted that ... that may be my fate as well.
>>>Gee what happened to the first amendment?
The First Amendment is not an absolute right. There have been limits placed on it. For example, laws against defamation, libel and slander; it is illegal to incite crowds to violence; obscenity can be regulated.
And there was people on the left who thought the exact same thing about GW Bush. But both Bush and Obama were elected according to our Constitution and the office should be respected- especially by people in the military. If this guy really threatened the president's life, I'm totally lacking in sympathy for his behavior.
He is their commander in chief. Can't have that. I hate it, but (going on what little bit is in the article), the prosecution is correct.
I might even agree with him in principle, but he needs to learn to keep his opinions to himself.
Careful Major. I advise maintaining the utmost in low profiles, even being on this site.
Very soon we all will be required to do that
I'm sorry, but expressing the opinion that you like to kill the president should be a protected right.
A conspiracy to kill the president, or a threat followed by some action towards accomplishing that goal is and should be illegal.
But merely stating (in this case probably in reaction to something the president had just said) that you'd like to kill the bastard is a right that all Free Men should enjoy.
The first amendment protects our right to say stupid things. Expressing what is in our hearts, no matter how vile those thoughts might be, should NEVER be a crime. NEVER!
Prove that Bush and Obama were not elected according to the Constituion.
The Ethiopian's case will be dismissed, he will receive a free home and will soon have his own reality show.
The Marine will be offered a final cigarette with or without blindfold.
Though I don't understand how he is a white supremacist while running around committing robberies with several black accomplices.
I guess since Lee Harvey Oswald was a former Marine, and is believed to have shot Camelot Kennedy, that this guy would have been seen as a threat, especially since he blabbed about it. Maybe he never had plans to do anything, and his actions were done just to get himself out of the service. Even though he’d end up being tagged with a dishonorable discharge and possible criminal record, some people will do anything to get out of a situation.
So, where would that place me?/Just Asking - seoul62......
It’s never been legal to threaten to kill anyone.
Thanks for the Ping to that link.
A. Your minority part is Asian, and that doesn't really count as a minority in their book (too successful, not whiny enough).
B. Forgetting "A", the Liberal term now for minority conservatives is "self-hater under the influence of Stockholm syndrome".
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