- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 2, 2014

A New York man sitting in a car armed with a rifle, a container of gasoline and a machete was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening to kill former President George W. Bush, according to a federal court complaint.

Benjamin Smith, 44, threatened to “kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm” on Mr. Bush, and he professed a love interest in one of the former president’s twin daughters, Barbara, the complaint said, CNN reported.

“Bush will get his,” Smith allegedly screamed as he was taken into custody. When asked about his marital status, Smith said, “I’m divorced and not currently seeing anyone, but I am working on a relationship with Barbara Bush,” according to the complaint.

Secret Service agents found Smith on Friday morning sitting in his car in Manhattan with a loaded .38-caliber rifle, two boxes of ammunition, a container of gasoline and a machete, CNN said.

Smith’s mother had alerted authorities when she found a note in their home in Pittsford that read, “I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine… America is finished. Obama, Etc.” the complaint said.

Secret Service were able to track Smith down through his cell phone.

Smith’s defense lawyer, Peggy Cross-Goldenberg, said the note and Smith’s words did not constitute a “true threat,” Reuters reported.

It is a crime under federal law to threaten presidents of the United States.



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