Last Friday New York State lawmakers were sent an anonymous e-mail from an individual, claiming to be a state employee, who threatened to “pull a Gabby Giffords” style of attack against New York politicians, school children, and the press. According to local reports the e-mail had the subject header: “Time to Kill.” The writer states: “I need to incite people to violence. In a day where those in power are bold enough to eliminate labor unions and the government conducts surveillance on Americans whenever they speak out, the response must be violence.”
The e-mail message goes on to say:”My group is going to do everything possible to provoke terrorist attacks on New York by al-Qaida, and by Tea Party nut cases, and by religious extremists, lone wolves and anyone else we can provoke into picking up a gun. We want to create anarchy.”
Saturday we caught up with Maziarz to discuss the email sent by someone who expressed his dissatisfaction with the state budget.
“Both the Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader, and the Governor are taking it seriously,” said the Senator. “They referred the email to the State Police to see whether or not it was a credible threat, but they’re taking it seriously as well they should.”
The entire e-mail is reported to be 6-paragraphs long, and containing 450-words. According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI is also investigating this case but will not comment on this.
Assemblyman Sam Hoyt once received a threat against him 12-years ago. He calls this one very disturbing.
Below is the entire e-mail: (bolding is mine)
It is obvious to me that the wealthy in this country are so well insulated that nothing will pull them off task and that, in order to deal with them, I need to incite people to violence. In a day where those in power are bold enough to eliminate labor unions and the government conducts surveillance on Americans whenever they speak out, the response must be violence. When broadcast and print journalists do the bidding for those in power and side against unions and the working class in favor of pro-corporate nonsense, it is obvious that they too must be the target of violence as well.
It was really something to see the fools marching around the Capitol to protest the budget and taking orders from the State Police. My favorite remark came from the legislator who said he saluted their participation in democracy. Their weakness, their impotence and their ineffectiveness must make him very happy.
At this point, I don’t care what happens with the New York State budget. My group is going to do everything possible to provoke terrorist attacks on New York by al-Qaida, and by Tea Party nut cases, and by religious extremists, lone wolves and anyone else we can provoke into picking up a gun. We want to create anarchy. I personally am going to use my position and contacts in State government to gather information about the vulnerabilities of public and private targets in New York. The idiots that I work with don’t have the slightest idea about my extracurricular activities.
At first I thought I might pull out a gun at my State office and kill a bunch of these dummies that I work with. But I doubt that would provide me with the satisfaction I am looking for. Understand with whom you are dealing. I am not crazy. I am a terrorist. I stand for all of the people who don’t have a voice. Truly, I hope the Governor harms and enrages a great many people. They will supply soldiers for my war.
If we attack a school bus full of kids, it may have no effect on the hardened criminals who rule Albany, but it will put the public in an uproar. Our goal is to create anarchy. You’ll have to kill us to stop us.
There is one legislator who should immediately recognize the writer of this message because 3 years ago, I spoke to him in person and warned him about these very topics, including the school attacks. But you know what - I bet he wasn’t paying attention. We’re going to get his attention. Come visit my agency. Give me a chance to pull a Gabby Giffords.
This e-mail has surfaced on the heels of a Wisconsin woman who was charged on Thursday with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts for allegedly sending death threats to Wisconsin GOP legislators during the stand off in Madison over Republican Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill that would limit public union collective bargaining power (H/T: Journal Sentinel).