David Letterman has been receiving death threats for telling jokes. What?! Scary and true, according to reports from SITE intelligence Group, a company that scans the internet for terrorist activity, Letterman has been marked for death by a jihadist group.
Letterman made a joke on his show about Osama Bin Laden and Ilyas Kasmiri, the man who was set to replace Bin Laden but was just killed during a U.S. strike in Pakistan.
The joke that David Letterman made went as follows: “So Al Qaeda picked a successor to Osama bin Laden and his name is Ilyas Kashmiri," Letterman said during his monologue. "Well, guess what? He was blown up by an American drone. It wasn't going to work anyway because they got off to a rocky start with this guy ... He botched up the story of Paul Revere.”
Apparently there are al-Qaeda message boards and a frequent poster on these message board has called for followers to “cut the tongue of the lowly Jew and shut it forever.”
Letterman, who is Protestant and not Jewish has not commented on, but has been alerted of these threats.
The internet poster, who calls himself al-Basrawi has unleashed a lot of verbal fire at the talk show host. “We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck.” He also called Letterman, “a sick Jew with defined features.”
Currently the FBI is investigating the threat, but it knows of no specific plot against Letterman.
Adam Raisman, an analyst for the organization that spotted the post says, “The concern is that there is someone who will read it, agree with it and say, ‘I want to be the sayyid Nosair of 2011 and kill David Letterman.”
A similar incident happened last year to “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker who faced threats after they depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.
The man who tipped off the terrorist group is now serving 25 years in prison. Be careful what you say on TV, even if it is just comedy.
While this may be the most serious threat posed against Letterman, he was threatened in 2009 with a $2 million extortion attempt by a CBS News producer who threatened to expose Letterman’s sexual relationships with members of his staff.
Also, in 2005, a former staff member at Letterman’s ranch in Montana was jailed for plotting to kidnap Letterman’s nanny and son.