David Letterman Becomes a Jihadist Target
David Letterman has been targeted by an online jihadist according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a company that tracks extremist websites.
The CBS late-night host was threatened by a frequent online commenter who called on Muslims to kill Letterman after being upset that the on-air personality made a slashing motion across his neck while discussing the death of senior al-Qaida member Ilyas Kashmiri, the NY Daily News reports.
The poster, who goes by the name Umar al-Basrawi, reportedly wrote "Is there not amongst you a Sayyid Nosair al-Masri (may Allah release him) to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever. Just as Sayyid (may Allah release him) did with the Jew Kahane.”
Letterman is not of Jewish decent.
Sayyid Nosair al-Masri was acquitted of the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League, in 1991. He was convicted of assault and possession of an illegal firearm.
This is not the first time the late-night host has been threatened. In 2009, police uncovered a plot to kidnap Letterman's then 5-year-old son Harry and hold him for a ransom of $5 million.
CBS declined to comment.