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April 6, 2010

MAN THREATENING SEN. MURRAY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.... After excessive amounts of overheated rhetoric during the debate over health care reform, a few too many Democratic lawmakers faced threats from unhinged activists. It's good to know law enforcement officials are taking these threats seriously, and aren't afraid to make arrests when warranted. (thanks to K.Z. for the tip)

Federal prosecutors have charged a Washington state man, Charles Wilson, with repeatedly making threatening calls to Sen. Patty Murray's district office, threatening to kill her because of her support for the health-care bill.

FBI agents say they arrested Wilson after getting telephone records and calling him to confirm that his voice matched the voice left on voice mail in Sen. Murray's office. Agents called, posing as opponents of the health-care bill, and engaged in a 14-minute conversation with him.

According to officials, Wilson began making menacing calls months ago, but as the vote drew nearer, so too did the intensity of his anger. It culminated in expletive-laced messages in which Wilson said he wanted to kill the Democratic senator, and specifically referenced his expectation that it would only take a single piece of lead.

This is, as far as I can tell, the first arrest associated with right-wing opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Last week, a Philadelphia man was charged with threatening House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), but the deranged man had also threatened a variety of other officials, and was motivated by his belief that he is tasked by God to eliminate evil -- in other words, it wasn't related to health care legislation.

Steve Benen 3:40 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (17)

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And cue Rush / Glenn / Bill / Sarah / Ann / Jonah / everyone else shrieking about the 1st Amendment in 3, 2, 1...

Posted by: smartalek on April 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

Killing is so un-health care'ish.

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on April 6, 2010 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Expect for all the expletives, his phone calls detailed in the criminal complaint sound a lot like a Glenn Beck rant.

We will not be socialized..
You've awakened a sleeping giant...
You have trashed our constitution...
Maybe I will not have to go to the end-of-life classes you have planned for us...
Thank you for signing my death warrant...

Me thinks, somebody watchs too much Fox News.

Posted by: wasa1 on April 6, 2010 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

No doubt Fox propaganda network will be out blaming the rape victim once again for being raped.

Posted by: mikefromArlington on April 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

The man is 64 years old. Further investigation needs to find out exactly what he may be receiving from "the government". Anyone care to wager SS and medicare? Waterboarding will certainly do the trick.

Posted by: flyonthewall on April 6, 2010 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

And remember how outraged and offended they were, that a report said we should beware of right-wing violence in America!

Posted by: neil b on April 6, 2010 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

The guy who threatened Cantor was declared unfit for trial and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20100406_Phila__man_who_threatened_Congressman_not_fit_for_trial.html

Posted by: redtickbeer on April 6, 2010 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

About a week ago Beck had a radio rant, telling his fans to abjure violence.

Apparently he had a heads up, and was covering his ass. . .

Posted by: DAY on April 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

flyonthewall, he is too young for medicare, but he might be receiving reduced SS.

Posted by: Ron Byers on April 6, 2010 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Lipton moment...

Another day, another teabag kook du jour.

Posted by: koreyel on April 6, 2010 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

He sure is going to feel stupid when he finds out that his premiums are going to go down.

flyonthewall:

Yeah I'm betting there's a government subsidy lurking somewhere in his portfolio.

Posted by: woody45 on April 6, 2010 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

This is just the beginning of right-wing threats and violence my friends, just the beginning...

Posted by: Archon on April 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

"law enforcement officials...aren't afraid to make arrests when warranted."

I assume that wonderful pun was unintentional?

Posted by: Algernon on April 6, 2010 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

All opponents of health care reform are murderers in waiting. Some of them just don't realize it yet.

Posted by: RH Potfry on April 6, 2010 at 7:27 PM | PERMALINK

The man is 64 years old. Further investigation needs to find out exactly what he may be receiving from "the government". Anyone care to wager SS and medicare? Waterboarding will certainly do the trick.

Anyone care to wager SS and he will be signing up for medicare shortly? Fixed myself, sorry. Anyway, he may be signing up for free healthcare and room and board for perhaps the next 10 years.

Posted by: flyonthewall on April 7, 2010 at 5:26 AM | PERMALINK

Awww these poor Democrat babies, they are playing the 'victim' card for sure. Oh yes, right-wing 'extremism' and 'insurrection' are just overhyped if not made up liberal fantasies

Posted by: Nutroots-whiner on April 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

It's becoming more clear & more undeniable that "conservatism" (at least as now manifested in the US) really is a mental illness, as the psychologists and sociologists have been suggesting.
The counterfactual nature of everything they say, claim to believe, and do, becomes more blatantly obvious with each passing day.
The most accurate representation of your basic teabeggar is a poorly-dressed upper middle-aged white guy standing in brilliant sunlight wearing a parka and holding an umbrella, screaming how the deluge of biblical proportions is at this moment pouring down on us all, and will surely drown us if we don't put him and his tribe back in charge.
If they were just screwing up their own lives, it'd be borderline hilarious. But because the corporate media treat such people as not only normal, but normative as well, they screw up everyone else as badly as, or worse than, themselves.
And (partly because of that same corporate media, partly because the Pubbies/teabeggars know they're losing, and get more psychotic in response) it's likely to get worse before it gets better.
Thank God the American people are for the most part smart enough to realize that the Publicans/teabeggars/media are lying to them. Too bad the damage had to get so severe in order for that to become so clear.

Posted by: smartalek on April 7, 2010 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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