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Radio Host Threatens to Murder Half of Congress

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This is one of those things that has to be read to be believed. Does flabbergasted cover it? No. How about batshit insane? Not even close. Wait, I know something this moron might understand: domestic terrorism. Yes that fits very well, very Timothy McVeigh'ish, don't you think? A post written by radio host Hal Turner dated October 27, 2006, starts with this:

As the November 7 Election approaches, I decided to write a few lines to my fellow Americans about the state of our nation and the ugliness that may have to occur if the people who caused these problems are re-elected: They may have to be assassinated.

The list of "wrongs" committed by our government is long, so I'll limit my chat with you to just the really BIG things they've done that may warrant killing them.

If that isn't clear enough that this man intends to murder members of Congress, and is actively recruiting and inspiring others to violence, than perhaps this more recent call to arms will clarify things just a little bit.


These are the deranged rants of a potential serial killer, and it seems that neither the Secret Service nor the FBI have any intention of dealing with this threat of domestic terrorism.

Asked about procedures involving suspected threats to members of Congress, the U.S. Secret Service told WND that it would be interested only if the threat involved someone the Service protects. All other cases would be referred to local police jurisdictions. [...] In the earlier situation FBI spokeswoman Debbie Weierman said such circumstances generally are turned over to a "duty agent" to review, but she couldn't provide other information until and unless a charge would be filed in any case.

So there you have it people, wear a tee-shirt to the airport that says the Transportation Security Agency chief is a moron, and you'll be detained, threatened, and nearly arrested. If a six-year-old draws a picture of the president about to be crushed by an anvil -- road runner style -- he's going to get tasered, hand cuffed, and arrested (not necessarily in that order.) They'll be taken out of school, questioned without legal or parental representation or even notification.

Who knows, that little kid may even end up in Gitmo never to be seen again. The President doesn't believe he is bound by law, and for all you know just looking at him funny may result in deportation and subsequent torture. How would you ever really know when everything can be neatly hidden away behind the guise of national security? Maybe your neighbor, old girlfriend, or whomever really did "just disappear", right into a prison camp for political dissidents.

But threaten to kill every liberal member of Congress and probably quite a few Republicans as well, and you're apparently solid.

When President Bush tells us that we're still not safe from terrorism, he's telling the truth. We aren't safe as long as we have white supremacists (Media Matters words, not mine) like Turner running around threatening to finish the job Osama Bin Laden started (remember that third plane heading for the Capitol? Gee I wonder what that was going to crash into.) What does it matter who is doing the killing when the end result is the same: murder.

What some conservatives and Republicans never seem to be able to understand is how threats emerge from all places and directions when your first response to dissent is force, and inevitable violence. They can't accept that members of Congress don't see the world the way they do and may choose to legislate in ways they don't find acceptable. I think they need to get used to it, and realize that what they feel now is what the other half has been putting up with for the past twelve years. How do you think liberals felt when conservatives passed laws that made the most disgusting act of mankind there is -- torture -- legal for the U.S. military.

I certainly understand the feeling, I wanted to take every member of Congress who voted for that law and personally oversee them having to endure at least ten to twelve straight hours of water boarding, along with their entire families, to make sure they understand the consequences of their actions. The difference is instead of calling for that to really happen, I went to a voting booth and threw their stupid asses out of Washington. That's the difference between civil discourse and barbaric acts of fanaticism and irrational rage.

Read all about this criminal and tell me that we haven't got this country figured all wrong. You can't make a video game without being accused of making a murder simulator, but you can threaten and incite others to murder half of Congress and not hear so much as a peep about it. You can't make fake boarding passes for planes to demonstrate how fake our transportation security really is, but you can get on the radio and incite your audience to terrorism.

If you want to know the gravest threat America faces in 2007 and beyond, it's going to come from within, when our own extremists decide to take matters into their own hands.

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