Friday, 8 August 2008

'Man arrested for threatening to assassinate Obama...'

'Raymond Hunter Geisel was arrested Wednesday for a death threat geared toward Sen. Barack Obama.

According to a Secret Service affidavit, Geisel, 22, was in a class for bail bondsmen when he "allegedly referred to Obama with a racial epithet and continued, 'If he gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself.' "

"Another person in the class quoted Geisel as saying that 'he hated George W. Bush and that he wanted to put a bullet in the president's head,' according to the Secret Service.

"Geisel denied in a written statement to a Secret Service agent that he ever made those threats, and the documents don't indicate that he ever took steps to carry out any assassination. He was charged only with threatening Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, but not for any threat against President Bush."

Geisel was interviewed on Saturday by agents of the US Secret Service's Miami field office and arrested a day later.

Geisel denied making threats against Obama or Bush but "did state, however, that if he wanted to kill Senator Obama he simply would shoot him with a sniper rifle, but then he claimed that he was just joking,"

While searching Geisel's car and house, officials found a machete, a loaded nine-millimeter handgun, a combat-style hatchet, knives, 40 rounds of 9mm armour-piercing handgun ammunition, two canisters of tear gas, and other items, according to the document.

However, officials did not determine if Geisel was preparing to make an assassination attempt.'

http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=55798&cat=5

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