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Radical Muslim threatens to cut Letterman's tongue

By David Bauder

NEW YORK (AP) - A frequent contributor to a jihadist website has threatened David Letterman, urging Muslim followers to "cut the tongue" of the late-night host because of a joke the comic made on his CBS show.

The Site Monitoring Service, a private intelligence organization that watches online activity, said Wednesday that the threat was posted a day earlier on the shumukh al-Islam forum, a popular Internet destination for radical Muslims.

The contributor, who identified himself as Umar al-Basrawi, was reacting to what he said Letterman did after the U.S. military announced on June 5 that a drone strike in Pakistan had killed al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri.

Al-Basrawi wrote that Letterman had made reference to both Osama bin Laden and Kashmiri and said that Letterman had "put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter."

"Is there not among you a Sayyid Nosair al-Mairi ... to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever?" Al-Basrawi wrote, referring to El Sayyid Nosair, who was convicted of the 1990 killing of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane. Letterman is not Jewish.

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Al-Basrawi, which is likely to be an alias, has made some 1,200 postings to the Muslim website, said Adam Raisman, an analyst for the Site Monitoring Service. The private firm, part of the Site Intelligence Group, provides information to government and commercial clients on what jihadists are saying on the Internet and traditional media. Raisman said the online forum is often used by al-Qaida.

Muslim extremist groups in the past few months have increased calls for people to take violent action against certain targets in the West, he said.

"The concern is that there is someone who will read it, agree with it and say, `I want to be the Sayyid Nosair of 2011 and kill David Letterman,'" Raisman said.

The FBI is also looking into the threat, said Jim Margolin, spokesman for the bureau's New York office. "We take every potential threat seriously," he said.

Neither CBS nor a Letterman spokesman, Tom Keaney, would comment on the threat. CBS would not make available a transcript of Letterman's monologue on the killing of Kashmiri.

Letterman has been the target of criminal threats in the past. A former CBS News producer was jailed for trying to extort $2 million from Letterman in 2009 by threatening to expose the host's sexual dalliances with members of his staff. A former painter at Letterman's ranch in Montana was jailed following a 2005 plot to kidnap the TV funnyman's nanny and son.

A radical Muslim group last year warned the creators of "South Park" that they could face violent retribution for depicting the prophet Muhammad in a bear suit on the Comedy Central cartoon. Author Salman Rushdie spent years in hiding after Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged he be killed for blasphemy after writing the book "The Satanic Verses."

Filmmaker Theo van Gogh was killed on an Amsterdam street in 2004 by a Dutch Muslim angered by his film "Submission," a fictional study of abused Muslim women.

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  1. Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
    August 18, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    You mean the threat didn’t come from some white Christian?  Has anybody told Janet Napolitano about this?  What is this world coming to?  Who’d-a-thunk?

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    • SSGDaveComment by SSGDave
      August 18, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

      I’d like to be temporarily hired to protect letterman just so i can bust the “Mohammedan” who tries it. Just Think how many times the clumsy idiot might fall on the way to the patrol unit after being arrested? Just think of the Fleas exposed as the headdress comes off permanently! Just think of the force feeding of PORK he’ll get in Prison! (all types, i think, are possible-ROTFLMAO!)
      Maybe then, these Mohammedans won’t want to mess with us because they’ll know who the True BA’s are in this world! I’m just Disgusted at Mohammedan Threats to the point where i’m seriously considering going back in harness!

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  2. FlaJimComment by FlaJim
    August 18, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    As much as I’d like to muzzle Letterman, a very un-funny ignoramus, cutting out his tongue is a little overboard.  Meanwhile, disdain and low ratings will suffice.  Wouldn’t mind emptying a few magazines on a bunch of these moslem cutthroats, though.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      August 18, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

      Muslim, radical, but then I repeat myself.  Thank you for the inspiration, Samuel Clemens.
      Seeing as how New York City is a shining example of populace suicide of the West, Letterman is likely to take this threat most seriously.  He needs his “Monkey Cams” patrolling his estate and studios.

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  3. texasfarmerComment by texasfarmer
    August 18, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I never though he was that funny. Come on David, support those friends of Obama.

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  4. MSGranComment by MSGran
    August 18, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    And why hasn’t he been arrested yet? Double standard here? Are the cops afraid of the radical muslim?

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  5. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    August 18, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Ah yes, the voice of yet another practitioner of the lovely “religion of peace”.  Isn’t our tolerance to this garbage amazing?  It appears that this person is soliciting for someone to do bodily harm to another person. Why should any police jurisdiction turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to this sort of “threat”?
    What do you think might happen if this sort of threat was raised against a government official?

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  6. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    August 18, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    Sorry for the double post!

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  7. unbelievableComment by unbelievable
    August 18, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

    This is the way the extremists deal with anything they don’t like!  Nothing new.

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  8. cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
    August 19, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    Letterman should have threatened to gouge out the eyes of this Muslim.

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  9. cinbadComment by cinbad
    August 19, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    Can anyone tell me how do we know which peaceful Muslim to trust and which one is lying to us because the Koran teaches him it is OK to lie to an infidel to to decieve him and then kills us. I’m really confused and I’m not trying to be antagonistic or racist or rude or whatever….

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  10. URKiddinMeeComment by URKiddinMee
    August 19, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    This report simply HAS to be a hoax perpetrated by “Radical, Right-Wing, Christian Terrorists!”  EVERYone knows that islam is the Religion of Peace and no acolyte would EVER threaten violence.

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  11. cxComment by genesal
    August 19, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    So if they catch this guy, the best punishment would be a cell for a year where he cannot turn off old Letterman reruns.

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