Food for thought as the shootings in Tucson reverberate: The Northwest has had its share of political violence-tinged activity in the last couple of years, most notably in Washington. (Remember the death threats and imagery of hanging aimed last year at Senator Patty Murray?)
Add another today. The FBI has charged and arrested Charles Turner Habermann for threatening a federal official, specifically Representative Jim McDemott of Seattle. Threaten hardly begins to cover what the charges cover, though. Here's a sample from two paragraphs that don't even address McDermott (some of that is worse, and the language sinking well below what we try to maintain here), but rather a state legislator in California:
11. On March 23, 2010, a California Assembly Member received two voicemail threat messages from HABERMANN. In the first voicemail message, HABERMANN threatened to kill the assembly member. The second voicemail message started out with HABERMANN saying he wasn't going to kill anyone. HABERMANN went on to say that the Assembly Member should "watch his back." HABERMANN also said that the founding fathers, if they were alive today, would kill President Obama and other officials. The State of California, Department of California Highway Patrol, Dignitary Protection Section was notified of the threats.
12. CHP learned that HABERMANN came into the Assembly Member's office on March 18, 2010, to discuss the current health care bill. During the meeting HABERMANN began ranting about the current federal health care bill and how HABERMANN was "very well off" and did not want to support immigrants and Latinos. HABERMANN was described as agitated, paranoid, uneasy and couldn't keep still ...
As for the voice mail about McDermott, Habermann was quoted - after rants about the Federalist Papers and John Locke - as saying, "And I'll tell you something right now, I'll f--- hunt that guy down and I'll f--- get rid of him. Do you understand that? I'll get the f--- rid of him. I'll pay people. I'll pay my friends." In another message, he said that if "Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, or George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, if any of them had ever met, uh, Jim McDermott, they would all blow his brains out. They'd shoot him in the head."
Another one-off crazy loner.