Calif. man charged for threatening Obama's life over Yahoo
Jeremy Gantz
Published: Friday January 9, 2009


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Nearly three months after telling a Yahoo message board that Barack Obama will "have a 50 cal in the head soon," a California man was charged Thursday with threatening a presidential candidate.

After raiding Walter Edward Bagdasarian's home in November, U.S. Secret Service agents found three handguns and three rifles, including a 30.06 with a telescopic sight and a Remington .50 caliber muzzle-loading rifle.

The 47-year-old man is not accused of actually plotting against Obama, and he was released last month on a $100,000 real estate bond, according to Wired.

The message board post in question, which appeared on Oct. 22, about two weeks before the election, was titled "Shoot the nig."

"County fkd for another 4+ years, what nig has done ANYTHING right???? Long term???? Never in history, except sambos... Fk the niggar, he will have a 50 cal in the head soon," the message concluded. Bagdasarian reportedly admitted authoring the message during an interview with Secret Service agents.

It was not the first time Obama's life had been threatened. Last August, a Florida man was charged with threatening Obama after saying "That nigger, if he gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself."

In October, two white supremacists were arrested for allegedly plotting a killing spree that would culminate with Obama's assassination. Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., near Jackson, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark., had collected an arsenal of weapons and "stated they would dress in all-white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt," according to a federal affadavit.

During last year's presidential campaign, Obama dismissed death threats made against him.

"I think what's been striking about this campaign is the degree to which these kind of hate groups have been marginalized. That's not who America is. That's not what our future is," Obama said in late October, after Cowart and Schlesselman were arrested.

Asked if he was concerned about his safety, Obama said no. "I've got the best folks in the world -- the Secret Service," he said.

The Secret Service investigated an alleged death threat made against Obama during a John McCain-Sarah Palin rally last October.

And on Election Night, police and Secret Service agents arrested a man with an assault rifle, a stun gun, ammunition and hand guns, who may have been plotting to harm the president-elect. The man was arrested in a suburb of Chicago during a routine traffic stop, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

 
 


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