FBI Arrests Conservative Blogger Accused Of Threatening Democrats, Celebrities. Should Coulter Be Next?
A California man has been arrested by the FBI and accused of mailing threatening letters over the last three months, along with white powder, to MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), late night talk show hosts David Letterman and Jon Stewart, and other high-profile figures.
The man, 39-year-old Chad Castagana of Woodland Hills, Calif., is a sometime conservative blogger.
FBI agents took Castagana into custody Saturday on charges of conveying false information and sending threats via the U.S. mail. He was to appear in court Monday.
Castagana has posted on several conservative sites. Earlier this year, for example, at ExposeTheLeft.com, he wrote: "Congresswoman Katherine Harris is a remarkable lady! She has perservered a lot to advance the Conservative Cause. We Red-Bloooded (sic) Americans are obligated to support her, siritualy (sic), not just politically!"
Some letters, which were sent over the past three months, included phrases like "Death to Demagogues" and pictures of victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami, authorities said. Some letters had references to Alan Berg, a Jewish talk radio host murdered by white supremacists in Denver in 1984, the document said.
The FBI said federal agents watched Castagana, of Los Angeles, walk from his home to a public mailbox Thursday and deposit several letters. One was allegedly addressed to someone previously targeted and contained the white powder.
While the FBI is still trying to identify the white powder, preliminary tests revealed it does not pose a hazard.
Now that Castagana is in custody, isn't it time for the FBI to turn its attention to another conservative, Ann Coulter?
As JABBS noted in September, Coulter admitted that she sent the New York Times an envelope with an X scrawled through it and a suspicious powder inside. The powder was later determined to be cornstarch."So glad to hear that the New York Times got my letter and that your friend at the Times thinks I'm funny," she e-mailed a journalist after the incident.
And that wasn't an isolated deathwish for the Times. In June, Coulter told Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes that she stood behind her claim that Timothy McVeigh -- who was executed for his role in bombing a federal building in Oklahoma City -- should have instead bombed the Times office, especially if the reporters were inside.
Castagana is a no-name. It doesn't matter whether he's conservative or liberal. Should he be proven guilty, he deserves a lengthy prison sentence for terrorism -- he could face 15 years, MSNBC reported last night.
But should there be two tiers of justice -- one for no-names and one for celebrities? Because frankly, I don't see much difference between what Castagana allegedly did, and what Coulter admitted to doing.