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Obama Assasination Threat!

Man held in Fla. on charge of threatening Obama

By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer 4 minutes ago

MIAMI - A man who authorities said was keeping weapons and military-style gear in his hotel room and car appeared in court Thursday on charges he threatened to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
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Raymond Hunter Geisel, 22, was arrested by the Secret Service on Saturday in Miami and was ordered held at Miami's downtown detention center without bail Thursday by a federal magistrate.

A Secret Service affidavit charges that Geisel made the threat during a training class for bail bondsmen in Miami in late July. According to someone else in the 48-member class, Geisel allegedly referred to Obama with a racial epithet and continued, "If he gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself."

Obama was most recently in Florida on Aug. 1-2 but did not visit the South Florida area.

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's court-appointed attorney declined comment. The charge of threatening a major candidate for president or vice president carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

The Obama campaign declined comment Thursday on the alleged threat.

In the interview with a Secret Service agent, Geisel said "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," according to court documents.

A search of Geisel's 1998 Ford Explorer and hotel room in Miami uncovered a loaded 9mm handgun, knives, dozens of rounds of ammunition including armor-piercing types, body armor, military-style fatigues and a machete. The SUV, which has Maine license plates, was wired with flashing red and yellow emergency lights.

Geisel told the Secret Service he was originally from Bangor, Maine, and had been living recently in a houseboat in the Florida Keys town of Marathon, according to court documents. He said he used the handgun for training for the bail bondsman class, had the knives for protection and used the machete to cut brush in Maine.

In the affidavit, the Secret Service said Geisel told agents that he suffered from psychiatric problems including post-traumatic stress disorder, but he couldn't provide the names of any facilities where he sought treatment.

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I'm kind of surprised to learn you can be charged for making threats against a senator in a random sort of way. Not sending letters, not stalking, but just spouting off in public brings in the secret service? Think

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Reference another thread about Saddam's grip on power prior to the war. SoCo, is this a sign that the Obama campaign is about to collapse? neener!

The only other person I've ever heard of named "Geisel" was Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

You cannot shoot him with a gun
You cannot shoot him on the run
You cannot shoot him here, or there
You cannot shoot him anywhere!
The talking heads are in your brain
And now you're really quite insane
We like our leaders quite intact
So think next time before you act
Now sit in jail until you rot
'Cause you deserve just what you got

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expatriate wrote:
Reference another thread about Saddam's grip on power prior to the war. SoCo, is this a sign that the Obama campaign is about to collapse? ::neener:

The only other person I've ever heard of named "Geisel" was Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

You cannot shoot him with a gun
You cannot shoot him on the run
You cannot shoot him here, or there
You cannot shoot him anywhere!
The talking heads are in your brain
And now you're really quite insane
We like our leaders quite intact
So think next time before you act
Now sit in jail until you rot
'Cause you deserve just what you got

Sure is, looks like on the verge of collapse. Oops!

From what I've heard guy sounds like a total nut case.

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I'll play along although logic is long gone.

You cannot threaten him for fun
You cannot threaten him with a pun
You cannot threaten him with a note
You cannot threaten him with a quote
You cannot threaten him here, or there
You cannot threaten him anywhere!

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