Late Show host David Letterman is the latest person to get targeted for assassination by a jihadist online.
A commenter on an extremist networking site often used by al-Qaida suggested to target Letterman because he was apparently not happy by the joke made by the comedian on the June 8th episode of his show about the death of Ilyas Kashmiri, one of Osama bin Laden’s lieutenants and a senior al-Qaida leader. The message, sent by the name of “Umar al-Basrawi,” encouraged “righteous Muslims in America” to “cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever.”
Al-Basrawai said that Letterman “showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims”. He added, “We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck.” Stars and Stripes was first to report the news.
Charles Strozier, director of the Center on Terrorism, told AM New York that the threat “could be a total hoax, and it probably is, but in this world of mass communication, something that seems frivolous can intensify if it gets picked up by the wrong people.”
Both the New York Police Department and the FBI are investigating the alleged threats against the comedian.