Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Man Arrested for Threatening to Assassinate Barack Obama

A man has been arrested in Mississippi for threatening to assassinate President-Elect Barack Obama.

Steven Joseph Christopher, who is from Wisconsin, was arrested by the Secret Service in Brookhaven, Mississippi, after two threats were posted on the internet.

Federal prosecutors said that he was charged with threatening to kill the US President-Elect for what he claimed was "the country's own good".

The criminal complaint was sealed until the 42-year-old suspect's appearance in a federal court. A judge ordered Mr Christopher to be held until a bail hearing next Thursday.

He is said to have made two threats on Jan 11 and Jan 15.
The security scare came as Mr Obama was preparing to take office as America's first black president at his inauguration in Washington next Tuesday.

It followed the uncovering of a suspected neo-Nazi plot to kill Mr Obama last October shortly before the US election. ...

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