The FBI has launched on investigation to a threat made toward David Letterman on an online forum intended for use by radical Muslims. Well, the opinion expressed seemed pretty radical, as the poster urged others to “cut the tongue” of the late night funny man for a joke he made on “The Late Show.”
Whether the threat is a literal or figurative threat to the high profile TV star is not known but the FBI are taking it seriously, whether the poster wanted to gag or maim him.
The person who wrote the comment on Tuesday, identified as “Umar al-Basrawi,” instructed users of the Shumuka al-Islam forum to punish Letterman after he made a joke about dead al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ilyas Kashmiri on his CBS show June 8.
It is likely the name was an alias and not the poster’s real one. In the post, the person identifying themselves as Al-Basrawi wrote that Letterman had made reference to both Osama bin Laden and Kashmiri and said that Letterman had “put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter.”
He or she (but mostly likely he, I guess) went on to glorify Sayyid Nosair al-Mairi, who was convicted for his part in the 1990 killing of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane.
He called upon someone “to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever.”
The fact that David Letterman is Presbyterian, not Jewish, didn’t seem to matter to the poster!
Al-Basrawi has posted more than 1,200 messages on the Muslim website, according to Adam Raisman, an analyst for the Site Monitoring Service, a private watchdog group.
David Letterman has not yet commented publicly on the threats. He’s on vacation this week.