An 81-year-old “birther” was arrested today and charged with threatening President Barack Obama’s life, according to federal court records.
Prosecutors allege that Elwyn Nels Fossedal was in a post office near his Wisconsin home last month when he announced, “If President Obama was here I would shoot him right there and kill him right now.”
When Secret Service agents confronted Fossedal about the threat—which was relayed to law enforcement by witnesses—he would not recant the statement and “repeated the threat using different words. He also made a number of additional threats towards the President,” according to a felony complaint.
Fossedal, a retired Pfizer employee, appears to be a “birther” based on comments he has posted online. A Rush Limbaugh fan, Fossedal has also called for Obama’s impeachment over the Affordable Care Act and declared that, “We need to throw the Muslim in the White House, OUT.”
In a funeral home obituary for his wife, Fossedal is reported as having resigned from the Lions Club International because the community service organization purportedly “would not allow the worship of Jesus Christ” so that it could “be accepted by Islamic Nations.”
WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.
“I’ve hit a bottom where I realize I need help. And I have aggressively pursued that help,” Radel said, as he admitted in District of Columbia Superior Court that he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine.
I will say this for him, it’s probably the best handling of a situation like this that I’ve seen. No weaseling, no “the B# set up me”, just admitting that he has a problem, take a plea, and then move on.
Radel was caught buying drugs Oct. 29 from an undercover police officer, according to a statement filed in court by prosecutors and signed by him. The statement explains that agents investigating cocaine trafficking in Washington learned from an informant that Radel “had on several occasions purchased, possessed, and used cocaine.” After he was caught, Radel invited federal agents to his apartment where he turned over a vial of cocaine he had there.
This is a guy with a serious problem, and having fought my own inner demons I can only wish him the best. From what I’ve read at other sources, his behavior wasn’t unknown to both the authorities and the press had gotten wind of it also. It was only going to be a matter of time before it broke one way or another.
As an aside, he represents the part of Florida that my dad has moved to. Love my Pops, 85 years old, still checking out the ladies, and more liberal than I am. I’m just afraid that he’s going to get mixed up with some young 65 Y/O hussy and spend all my inheritance :)
Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), who pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine on Wednesday, will hold a press conference at 10:30pm ET tonight at his Cape Coral office.
House Speaker John Boehner’s office (R-OH) is not expected to call for his resignation or any further disciplinary action.
After becoming a right wing hero for killing a black teenager, George Zimmerman has now been arrested three times since his acquittal: George Zimmerman Arrested Again.
WESH-Channel 2 reported that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend.
The Sheriff’s Office, in a short news release, reported that the agency had arrested Zimmerman after being called to a disturbance on Topfield Court in western Seminole County near Apopka.
A good source has told me the #Zimmerman disturbance involves his new girlfriend and a gun.
— Karla Ray (@KRayWFTV) November 18, 2013
Oh no. Here we go again: 3 Shot at Pittsburgh Brashear High School - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Three people were shot at Pittsburgh Brashear High School in Beechview this afternoon, an Allegheny County dispatch supervisor said.
Police and K-9 units are searching the nearby woods for the shooter, the dispatcher supervisor said.
Several streets nearby have been closed, including Crane Avenue at Fallowfield Avenue and Dagmar Avenue. Traffic was at a standstill just before 3:30 p.m.
The latest information on the news wires about LAX shooting suspect Paul Ciancia reveals that Ciancia went to the airport with the intention of killing as many TSA agents as possible. And he brought a lot of ammunition.
In court documents and interviews, authorities spelled out a chilling chain of events, saying Ciancia walked into the airport, pulled a .223-caliber assault rifle from his duffel bag and fired repeatedly at 39-year-old TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez. He turned back to see Hernandez move and returned to finish him off, according to surveillance video reviewed by investigators.
He then fired on two other uniformed TSA employees and an airline passenger, who all were wounded, as he moved methodically through the security checkpoint before airport police shot him as panicked travelers hid in stores and restaurants.
It wasn’t clear why Ciancia targeted TSA officers, but what he left behind indicated he was willing to kill any of them that crossed his path, authorities revealed.
The shooter’s duffel bag contained a handwritten letter signed by Ciancia stating he’d “made the conscious decision to try to kill” multiple TSA employees and that he wanted to “instill fear in their traitorous minds,” FBI Agent in Charge David L. Bowdich said.
“Black, white, yellow, brown, I don’t discriminate,” the note read, according to a paraphrase by a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
The screed also mentioned “fiat currency” and “NWO,” possible references to the New World Order, a conspiracy theory that foresees a totalitarian one-world government.
The letter also talked about “how easy it is to get a gun into the airport,” the law enforcement official said. When searched, the suspect had five 30-round magazines, and his bag contained hundreds more rounds in boxes.
“Fiat currency” and the “New World Order,” we should point out, are long-standing conspiracy theories out there on the fringe where the Alex Jones/Ron Paul libertarians dwell.
Another new detail: apparently, all the weapons carried by Ciancia were purchased legally.
Authorities believe the rifle used in the shooting was purchased in Los Angeles. Ciancia also had two additional handguns that he purchased in Los Angeles, but which weren’t at the crime scene, a law enforcement official said. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.
The purchases themselves appeared legal, although authorities were still tracing them, and it’s unclear if the shooter used his own identification or someone else’s, the official said.
“He didn’t buy them on the street. He didn’t buy them on the Internet,” the official said. “He bought them from a licensed gun dealer - the rifle and the two handguns.”
According to multiple sources, the suspect in the LAX shootings has been identified as 23-year old Paul Anthony Ciancia, from Pennsville, New Jersey.
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) November 1, 2013
Ciancia was shot in a standoff with police, and is in critical condition at this point. But he’s being described as having “strong anti-government views” based on written material in his possession at the time of the shooting.
One eyewitness described the shooter coming up to him and asking, “TSA?” before moving on, which suggests he may have been targeting TSA agents in his rampage. One TSA agent was killed, and several wounded; the actual number of wounded isn’t clear yet.
KCAL 9 in LA is running this photograph of the suspect:
The police chief in New Jersey was alerted by Ciancia’s father that he was worried about his son, because he had made a reference to suicide in a text message.
Here we go again, folks: LAX Evacuated After Gunman Fires at TSA Agent.
(CNN) — A suspect has been shot and is in police custody after Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, a law enforcement source close to the investigation tells CNN’s Miguel Marquez.
A person with a firearm at Los Angeles International Airport approached a checkpoint at Terminal 3 and opened fire Friday morning at a Transportation Security Administration agent, a former Los Angeles Police Department ranking officer who was at the scene told CNN.
Reports of gunfire Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport prompted evacuations of portions of LAX and led to a “ground stop” for arriving planes, said police and the Federal Aviation Administration.
No further details were immediately available on the gunfire, police said.
Airport officials said a police incident began about 9:30 a.m. at Terminal 3 at LAX, airport spokeswoman Nancy Suey Castles said.
UPDATE: One TSA employee killed, one wounded in LAX shooting
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 1, 2013