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Feds Say Tea-Bagger Threatened Assassination

But it's not "terrorism" when an angry right-wing white guy does it.
SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform, leaving voicemail messages at her office saying she had a target on her back and "it only takes one piece of lead."

Federal agents arrested Charles Alan Wilson, 63, without incident in Yakima, Wash., on Tuesday.

Murray's office in Seattle reported the threats amid a rash of ugliness aimed at lawmakers who supported the sweeping federal health care legislation. Some lawmakers have been spit on and several have reported receiving threatening calls.

FBI spokesman Bill Carter said Wilson is believed to be the first person in the country arrested for such threats.

The messages to Murray were left on voicemail from a blocked telephone number, FBI Special Agent Carolyn W. Woodbury wrote in a probable cause statement. Agents said they traced the calls to Wilson's home in Selah, near Yakima.

Wilson has a .38-caliber revolver registered to him and has a concealed weapons permit, Woodbury wrote.

To confirm Wilson was the caller, one agent telephoned him and posed as a member of a group working to repeal the health care legislation, the statement said.

According to an excerpt of the conversation, Wilson confirmed he repeatedly called Murray as well as Washington's other Democratic senator, Maria Cantwell. He then stated: "I do pack, and I will not blink when I'm confronted. ... It's not a threat, it's a guarantee."

Murray's office told the FBI it had been receiving harassing messages from the caller for months, but they became more threatening as Congress was voting on the health care legislation.

"There's a target on your back now," said one message on March 22. "It only takes one piece of lead. Kill the (expletive) senator! ... Now that you've passed your health-care bill, let the violence begin."

In other rambling messages over the next several days, the caller said, "I hope somebody puts a (expletive) bullet between your (expletive) eyes," and "I do believe that every one of you (expletive) socialist democratic progressive (expletive) need to be taken out."

And, he said, "I want to (expletive) kill you."

Tea Bagger? 07.Apr.2010 14:59


So he is gay too? LOL, guess the Tea Party folks are more diverse than you would think. In fact from the description in the article it would seem that the Tea Party folks are out anarchying the black bloc. Anyway they certainly have received more attention in the past 6 months than all the anti-war, pro immigration, pro gay marriage or whatever progressive protests all wrapped together.

Guy needs help 07.Apr.2010 20:45

Joe Anybody

I know the Health Care bill was bad [for not having single payer or a public option] ...but to want to kill over it?

The guy needs help... maybe the health bill he was so against, will actually help him in the long run with some mental health therapy