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Arizona Sheriff Contacts Senator Who Received Death Threats from Sarah Palin Fans
Pima Sheriffs Investigate Death Threats Senator Yee Received from Palin Fans
State Senator Yee (D-CA) was contacted by Pima, Arizona Sheriffs who are investigating the massacre in Arizona. The sheriffs felt the faxed death threats Senator Yee received from Palin fans last year were similar to faxes in the Arizona massacre case. Senator Yee received the threatening faxes (along with phone calls) after he requested information regarding Palin’s speaking fees. We reported on the death threats against Senator Yee last April, which included faxes that read (note: due to offensive language some words have been *):
“An expletive-laden fax received yesterday in the Senator’s San Francisco and Sacramento offices says, “To: JoBama Rectum Sniffer Fish Head Leland Yee” and then in all capital letters, “WERE YOU TO EXTRACT YOUR HEAD FROM TREASONOUS MARXIST NIG**R HUSSEIN OBAMA’S RECTUM, YOUR BRAIN WOULD STILL FUNCTION AT ITS PRESENT MUCH DIMINISHED LEVEL BUT AT LEAST THE NIG**R SH*T SMELL WOULD EVENTUALLY DISSIPATE.””
The fax, which included a graphic of an American flag adorned pickup truck dragging a noose, also states “FIGHTING The Marxist Nig**r Thug Hussein Obama” and “Safeguard the Constitution, Death of all Domestic Marxists!”
ABC Local reports:
“A staffer for Democratic State Senator Leland Yee says he was contacted by a detective from the Pima County sheriff’s department in Arizona earlier this week.
The detective wanted to know about the death threats the state senator received last spring, after he tried to uncover the perks that Sarah Palin was receiving for speaking at a Cal State Stanislaus fundraiser.
The CHP is investigating those threats, and says even though there are some similarities to the threatening notes found in the Tucson case, it doesn’t believe the two are connected.”
The political climate is changing and the police obviously see a pattern in right wing violence, though they are not finding a connection between these specific threats and the Arizona massacre. They are clearly looking at something specific in the California case. It will be interesting to discover what prompted a connection of the Arizona investigation to the Palin fans’ death threats against Senator Yee last April.
Update: The Mercury News reported: “(The Arizona detective) said, ‘In our situation we’re seeing very similar faxes and wanted to follow up on the status of your investigation,’ ” Keigwin said Thursday.
Keigwin gave the detective information about the Palin-Yee conflict and eventually the Arizona police official ended up on the phone with California Highway Patrol investigators. The CHP’s Capitol Protection Section has since taken over the Yee threats…
It’s unknown whether any of the same people behind the Yee threats could have been connected to the messages sent before the Giffords shooting. No suspects have been identified in the recent threats against Yee. ”