By Jack Minor – -
Margaret Hemenway with the American Patriot Foundation said the organization which was created to support Lt. Col. Terry Lakin during his legal proceedings has received dozens of threatening letters, emails and phone calls since its inception.
Hemenway says many messages criticizing Lakin contain vulgarities and reveal a high level of hatred. She only occasionally responds to them with remarks like “your mother would be ashamed of you for using such language.” However she has said that she has received some comments that rose to a level of concern.
One letter postmarked Columbus, Ohio was investigated by the Postal authorities as it contained a direct threat against Lakin.
“This is to inform you that LTC Larkin (sic) is a F—— COWARD who should be put in front of a firing squad and shot. If I see his a– on the streets of Washington I will save the government the expense of a trial, I’ll dip a bullet in — and shoot him in the head. This — off deserves to die on the streets of America.”
Hemenway told the Gazette that postal authorities were unable to locate the sender, however authorities told her the letter was prosecutable. Among the hate mail was a header featuring the word birthers in the crosshairs and the words “load em’ up.”
“I get so tired of liberal members of the media calling us hate mongers for wanting to see proof of Obama’s eligibility. We have never advocated violence in any form. Those on the left exhibit the most hate-filled rhetoric I have ever seen.” She went on to say that since the conviction of Lakin “they seem to have become unglued. I believe they know things are coming to a head and they are beginning to realize they cannot suppress the truth much longer.”
The threats are part of a pattern against conservative organizations following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.
The alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner had a history with Arizona law enforcement including a traffic stop just hours before the shooting. Loughner had an occult shrine in his backyard. He also stated his favorite books included Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto.
Attorney Judy Clarke is representing Loughner. Clarke has a history of representing nefarious figures including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Zacarias Moussaoui who was a co-conspirator in the attacks on Sept. 11.
Several members of the media have continued to portray conservatives as responsible for Loughner’s actions.
Rush Limbaugh made the media reaction the entire subject of his show on Monday. Limbaugh asked “what if the shooter’s name had been Muhammad?” He pointed out that immediately following the shootings at Ft. Hood by Major Nidal Hasan, a muslim who shouted Allah Akbar as he opened fire on fellow soldiers. Hasan killed 13 and wounded 30 others before being stopped by an armed woman. Hasan is still awaiting trial for the shootings.
Limbaugh also pointed out heated the language Obama made since running for office. Statements have included saying if opponents brought a knife he would bring a gun, and talking about punishing enemies. Obama also compared the Republicans to terrorists saying they were “hostage takers” during the debate over tax cuts.
Following his remarks Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik blasted Limbaugh for defending conservatives from accusations they motivated Loughner. Limbaugh “attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences.”
Dupnik had previously blamed Sarah Palin and other conservatives in the hours following the shooting.
The media’s attempt to blame conservatives appears to have prompted a death threat by one of the shooting victims in Arizona. The remark at a town hall meeting when tea party founder Trent Humphries objected to ABC News Christiane Amanpour ‘s attempt to start a discussion on gun control. Humphries objected saying the topic should be held off until after all of the funerals for the victims. J. Eric Fuller who was shot in the knee told Humphries “you’re dead.”