Skip to comments.U.S. Capitol Police investigating e-mailed threat to Cohen; FBI alerted
Posted on 04/06/2010 7:04:52 PM PDT by Sybeck1
WASHINGTON The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating an E-mailed threat to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen's campaign committee, and the FBI in Memphis is aware of the threat and is taking it seriously, spokesmen for both agencies said today.
Someone with a Yahoo.com address sent the message to a Cohen for Congress website saying, "If our tea parties had hoods, we would burn your ass on a cross on the White House front lawn." The reference to hoods followed a Cohen interview last week in which he described TEA Party activists using racial epithets "without robes and hoods" of the Ku Klux Klan.
The law enforcement scrutiny occurred on the same day federal agents arrested a Yakima, Wash., man for making death threats against Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., for her support of health care reform. No arrests have been made in connection with the Cohen threat.
"The FBI takes seriously any threat to a congressman and would definitely investigate to the fullest," FBI spokesman Joel E. Siskovic said this afternoon.
But he said the FBI, relying on guidance from the Attorney General, has to take into consideration "constitutionally protected freedom of speech and any other protected activities under the Constitution" and "is not going to initiate any kind of investigation that's based solely on that kind of activity."
Beyond that, Siskovik said he could not comment on "any potential or ongoing investigation with regard to the threat to the congressman."
U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the threat is being handled as "an open case."
Probably emailed it to himself.
Donut gets you a dollar the perp is a leftist.
“Donut gets you a dollar the perp is a leftist.”
I am sure there will be plenty of bogus mails and threats
made by leftist.
I would not be surprised if Cohen sent it to himself.
I’ll send one of my staffers to send you death threats if you send one of yours to spray-paint a swastika on my district office...
All part of their plan, folks.
More empty headlines to stir with.
Sounds more like a ‘leftist’ than a tea partier.
Yup. I’ll bet they’re busy even now having their interns cut and paste letters from magazines.
I kicked a bees nest.
....they’re stinging me? What the....???
‘Tain’t the tea party, folks. There is a long and distinguished tradition of lib AA’s mailing threats to themselves. Makes ‘em feel important.
This’ll turn out to be a bunch of bull-Obama.
Why go to all this trouble to make up fake racial slurs?
If its from the KKK they should check over at Robert Byrds office.
Give me a break. Liars.
Oh sure, the tea partiers aren't any smarter than to threaten a U.S. Congressman, in writing, and making that extra special effort to ID themselves that written threat.
This is felony stupid which means it has to be a Democrat.
That's a threat?? THAT'S no threat!
A straight-up rendering in standard English reveals the unmistakable intent to imply that the inverse is actually the truth. Roughly: "The very reason, Mr. Arrogant Congressman, that your ass ISN'T going to be burnt on a cross on the White House front lawn, is NOT that we don't have hoods, but that we're NOT the kind of people your persistently-racist heart thinks we are. We are not guilty of racism; YOU are guilty of slander. We are not the haters; YOU are the hater. We don't need to go away; YOU do."
This is probably bogus - all part of the strategy to marginalize and besmirch the Tea Party movement further.
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