A 20-year-old Virginia man, who posted warnings to the makers of animated TV show "South Park" in April, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of providing material support to an extremist group that has ties to al Qaeda, the U.S. Justice Department said.
The defendant, Zachary Adam Chesser, a U.S. citizen living in Fairfax County in Virginia, told federal agents that he attempted twice to travel to Somalia to join the al Shabaab group as a foreign fighter, the department said.
. . . The show on cable channel Comedy Central in April showed the Prophet Mohammad in a bear outfit. Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam as offensive.
The Internet postings showed a graphic picture of slain Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and warned "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker they risked meeting the same fate.
. . . Chesser said he did not support acts of terrorism or violence, but that he wanted the United States to fail in its overseas military efforts.
It's no surprise this crazy man would eventually be discovered to have ties to international fundamentalist terrorists. What is surprising is that he wasn't thrown in jail without bond after making the initial threats!
Let's review - - if one idiot in a crowd of thousands uses one bad word or holds up one offensive sign at a "tea party" rally, the tea party movement is a racist threat to civil discourse which must be monitored by the Justice Department and condemned by civic organizations. But, if you threaten to kill an artist or performer you find offensive . . . nothing, until you actually hook up with al Qaeda.
For the record: Acts of tea party violence - zero. Acts of international fundamentalist terrorist violence, death and destruction - tens of thousands. Which threat should the Obama administration be watching and condemning?