Steven Joseph Christopher Charged With Threatening Obama On The Internet

JACKSON, Miss. — A Wisconsin man was arrested Friday in Mississippi after authorities said he threatened on the Internet to kill President-elect Barack Obama.

Steven Joseph Christopher, 42, was taken into custody by the Secret Service in Brookhaven, Miss., and charged with threatening to assassinate Obama for what he claimed was “the country’s own good,” federal prosecutors said. The criminal complaint was sealed until Christopher’s appearance in federal court.

Federal Judge James C. Sumner ordered Christopher held until a bail hearing next Thursday.

“Threats against the president-elect will be taken very seriously,” Dunn Lampton, U.S. attorney for the southern district of Mississippi, said in a release. “Use of Internet chat rooms to express those threats is as much a crime as uttering the words. Threats of this nature will be pursued swiftly and vigorously.”

An affidavit from Secret Service Special Agent Kelly Adcox released by Lampton’s office quotes Christopher as saying he has nothing personal against Obama and that he’s not a racist. Authorities said Christopher made the threats Jan. 11 and 15 on the Web site . http://www.alien-earth.org

 

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