A 64-year-old Yakima County man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Patty Murray over her support of the National Health Care Reform Act.
The FBI and local police arrested Charles Alan Wilson at his Selah home early Tuesday. Wilson was scheduled to make an appearance in U.S. District Court in Yakima, and he will be then transported to Seattle, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to the charges, staffers in Murray's office in the Jackson Building in downtown Seattle had become concerned over a series of phone calls by an unknown man over the past several months. The calls came from a blocked number, and often were made in the evenings or on weekends.
Usually, according to a staffer identified by the initials "M.G.," the calls were merely vulgar and harassing.
But on March 22, "the caller began to make overt threats to kill and/or injure Senator Murray," according to the complaint signed by FBI Agent Carolyn Woodbury.
In that message, a man the FBI says it has identified as Wilson stated, "I hope you realize there's a target on your back now ... Kill the [expletive] senator! I'll donate the lead."
In several other vulgar and profanity-laced messages left over the next week, the caller repeatedly threatened the Democratic senator's life and said he "hopes somebody kills" President Obama as well, according to portions of transcripts in the complaint
The FBI obtained the phone number that coincided with the calls through a search warrant served on Verizon. Another agent called the number, posing as a representative of "Patients United Now," a group that has called for the repeal of the Health Care Reform act, and identified Wilson by his voice, according to the charges.
As much as the left despised George Bush and his two wars, there never was this type of violent rhetoric and actions being threatened on the lives of our politicians and police force or in any way---shape ---or form in the public square. Limbaugh and FOX News are doing their part in pushing the tea party fringers over the cliff. This can't end well.
Tell me again about how words don't matter. This incident wasn't a gang, or a bunch of young thugs with knives, as stereotypes are wont to paint threats like this. No, according to KOMO News, it went like this:
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