Man held for Obama murder plot
A man was arrested on Friday in Brookhaven, Mississippi after having made threats to assassinate Barack Obama on his January 20 inauguration, according to the US Department of Justice.world Updated: Jan 17, 2009 09:40 IST
A man was arrested on Friday in Brookhaven, Mississippi after having made threats to assassinate Barack Obama on his January 20 inauguration, according to the US Department of Justice.
"Threats against the president-elect will be taken very seriously," said US attorney Dunn Lampton.
"Use of Internet chatrooms to express those threats is as much a crime as uttering the words. Threats of this nature will be pursued swiftly and vigorously."
Steven Joseph Christopher, who is from Wisconsin, was arrested by the US Secret Service, with the assistance of local law enforcement. Threatening to kill the US president-elect is an offense that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a 250,000-dollar fine.
"I have decided I will assassinate Barack Obama. It's really nothing personal about the man, but I know it's for the country's own good that I do this," Christopher wrote in a posting on the website www.alien-earth.org on January 11, according to the affidavit filed by the Secret Service.
"It's not because I'm racist that I will kill Barack, it's because I can no longer allow the Jewish parasites to bully their way into making the American people submit to their evil ways."
He pointed to Jewish appointees for Obama's future administration and accused Jews of contriving the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Just days before Obama's historic election as the first African-American president of the United States on November 4, two young white supremacists were arrested in Tennessee for plotting a killing spree of African-Americans, including Obama.