A few months ago I bumped into a tweet by a citizen of the United States that was clearly a death threat against Pres Obama and his family.
Seems like people-especially younger people-have the idea that sending a threat out in a tweet makes them bad ass,bold and safe.
WRONG. Here’s the law and it’s serious:
Threatening government officials of the United States is a serious crime under federal law. Threatening the President of the United States is a Class E felony under 18 U.S.C.§ 871, punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment, that is investigated by theUnited States Secret Service. Threatening other officials is a Class C or D felony, usually carrying maximum penalties of 5 or 10 years under 18 U.S.C.§ 875, 18 U.S.C.§ 876 and other statutes, that is investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When national boundaries are transcended by such a threat, it is considered a terrorist threat. When a threat is made against a judge, it can be considered obstruction of justice. Threatening federal officials’ family members is also a federal crime; in enacting the law, the Committee on the Judiciary stated that “Clearly it is a proper Federal function to respond to terrorists and other criminals who seek to influence the making of Federal policies and interfere with the administration of justice by attacking close relatives of those entrusted with these tasks.”
There are three elements of the offense of making an illegal threat: (i) there must be a transmission in interstate commerce; (ii) there must be a communication containing the threat; (iii) and the threat must be a threat to injure the person of another. Threats can also sometimes be punished under the statutes criminalizing assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain United States Government officers or employees or assassinating, kidnapping, and assaulting government officials of the United States.
United States Sentencing Guidelines take a number of factors into consideration in determining the recommended penalty, including evidence of the person’s intent to carry out the threat; disruption to the government function; and the possibility of inciting others to violence. There is also a 6-level official victim enhancement, which makes the recommended penalty, per the sentencing table, approximately double that which would apply if an ordinary citizen were the victim. There can be many motives for making threats, including political motives or a desire to frame someone else for making the threat. The person’s intent can greatly affect the sentence.
In determining what constitutes a true threat, the courts hold that what must be proved is that a reasonable recipient of the communication would consider it a threat under the circumstances.
Let me be clear.I think Pres Obama is THE worst Pres in history.I did not vote for him in either election. So what DID i do when i came across the threat? Turned it in.
Didn’t think twice.Here’s why:
My opinion of Obama doesn’t justify his assassination. He has a wife and 2 kids too.
If you don’t like a candidate you vote for the other candidate.
If your candidate loses-life goes on. You oppose their policies in the arena of ideas.You go to the ballot box and try to elect people who will oppose them.
That’s the next point. We do a peaceful transfer of power in our country. We respect the wishes of the people when they vote-even if we don’t like the outcome.
We’re a nation of laws.
Finally,it was the right thing to do.
So let’s talk about the violent protests we’ve witnessed the last few days. There are people behind these protests. From the left to the right(sad to say).A lot of it coming from the media.
How about those Republicans putting out a false narrative of Donald Trump?
BTW. Where was the gov of the state of New Mexico when all this was going down in her state?
How about the media fueling that narrative?
To be sure they didn’t directly guide,fund and send these thugs out but they didn’t help.
There are people and groups DIRECTLY behind these rioters too.It’s time they were called out.
It’s time the media called them out. We know President Obama isn’t going to step up to the plate.His Chicago buddy was Bill Ayers;we know what Ayers thinks about the police and his past history with them*.
Obama has demoralized law enforcement so badly it’s getting to the point law and order is breaking down[he started it the day he said a police officer acted stupidly]and that’s DANGEROUS.
- unless he needs them these days, for his own safety.
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Stitched into Time
It’s strange. When i have time to write a blog entry i don’t get around to it. When i don’t have the time-and the obligations of life get in the way- I wish i had more time. Thank God husband is patient-most of the time.Today i’m holding off on some obligations figuring i can get to them before the day is over.
I was laying in bed last night, while husband crashed in the recliner[exhausted from a 2 day visit by his son]where i started taking a ‘post it note’ stock of my life. Truth is, at 63 (soon to be 64) it is,what it is. It’s not going to change much. It’s exit stage left from here.I decided it didn’t need over analyzed. It came down to a quick list of regrets and not regret.
First, i realized how grateful I am to our parents for our Catholic upbringing. They insisted we attend Mass every Sunday although we attended Daily Mass as well. They insisted we attend Catholic school. Those were the days of the Latin Mass and Baltimore Catechism. I rejected the upbringing for many years but the foundation they laid could not be undone. I came back. I can only attribute it to grace, as well as the sudden revelation that had i died at any time, i wasn’t heading for the pearly gates. IF the folks had not laid that foundation for us it might have been a whole different story.
Micheal Voris speaks to that revelation. He also got it.In the video he mentions that had he died before his reversion to the faith, he was damned. It is the revelation i was given too.You could call it the scenario of having one foot on a banana peel and the other over hell itself.
I do regret dating all the people i did. My gosh what a list of” it would never have worked out”;from the gentleman who was very nice but had dreams of an idyllic-to him-life on a farm right up to the one i shared a love of football with-and nothing else.
I don’t regret not marrying my son’s father. This is one i struggled with for years. I could never reconcile the decision. Was it the right of the wrong one?
Chances are it would not have worked out.I was very immature. He was a vet who suffered from what i now realize was very likely PTSD. He was back from Vietnam trying to fit into civilian life. I can’t say anything bad about him. He served his country as a Marine. He was awarded a purple heart. I was a young lady out of high school with more brass than brains.Yes,we could have married. Would it have lasted? Have doubts. Would it have been a good marriage? Don’t know,but doubt.Would it have been good for our son? Questionable.I think perhaps for awhile. My parents,God bless them,were very supportive. Shocked but supportive.
I was proposed to 3x in my life and declined all. I got that run for the hills feeling each time. Something just did not click, until i met the one i could finally say yes to.It’s been 23 yrs and believe me it has had its moments. GRACE found its way. I keep the details private, as it should be.
I do regret not looking at options when i was younger. There was no reason to stay so stuck in one spot for so long. My husband and i were floored when we ended up having no choice but to move.Now we are so thankful we had the opportunity to pick up our roots.We didn’t see it that way when it happened. There was a life outside the hometown. I wish I would have had that courage when i was in my 20’s. What a difference it might have made.
On the other hand, had i done that, maybe i would not have been around when my parents needed the help.It was the chance to get to know them after so many years of not really knowing them at all.
A friend of mine once told me that the 4th commandment has no conditions. It reads,honor thy father and thy mother. PERIOD.
She got the point across.
I TOTALLY regret not attending my mother’s funeral. I won’t get into the reasons anymore-yes,i’m to blame. It was always up to me to decide whether to go or not.Nobody twisted my arm. Wrong decision. Husband recently told me he’s sorry he didn’t get me there and believes he should have. True,but too late.
I also regret not staying with dad longer that day he passed. Mom called at 3:00 a.m. and told us. We went over. I wish i had spent more time there that day instead of thinking it was time to go home. Same with mom. I wish i had gone over to see her the night before.Brother called at 11:15. a.m.on a Tues. with the news.
Sometimes you regret more what you DON’T do.
On the lighter side,i have no regrets for my vote for Donald Trump in our primaries. I take the vote very seriously.
I have no regrets at all for moving to our new area-it’s quiet,peaceful and the weather is perfect for us-if i had not made the stupid decisions i made in the first place we would never have been here.
The only drawback is getting good doctors. Husband is all set because most of his are located nearby[specialists] and some he’s got right in town. There’s only one he has to go some distance to see. Fortunately it’s only once in a month.Mine are all back in the old hometown and it’s been a struggle finding good ones here.
Other than that ,what we believed was a catastrophe was actually a God send.This is a good thing to remember when you think what is happening to you is not so good. I always say mom is putting in a good word for us.
Bottom line: When you’re young LISTEN to your parents. One day you’re 20 and the next day you’re 60. People will tell you life goes too fast. You will not believe it.You will be anxious to grow up. Don’t rush. You will think you know so much when you’re young too.
At 60 you will say to yourself-what do i know?
Your friends may not always be your friends.Circumstances can change. Often on a dime. Your parents will always love you. I remember my friends and i saying(a lot),
“they just don’t understand us.”
They probably didn’t. Now i see it was not their job.
Finally,I am glad that i said YES to my husband. Would i do it again? Most likely,but i would be lying if i said i didn’t have doubts, when we had problems. We’ve both changed over the years. It doesn’t always work that way. I think our having health problems has humbled both of us. We have had no choice but to be more dependent upon each other.
We learned how vulnerable we are and how blessed we’ve really been.You could put it another way and say life has slowed us down. I could sum it ALL up by saying ‘it is,what it is.’
sometimes she can be Ms Silly
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