Friday, April 1, 2011

Attn: "I'm all bark"

A little overstatement.

According to the criminal complaint, Windels allegedly sent an email threat to State Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) March 9. Later that evening, she allegedly sent another email to 15 Republican legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).
The subject line of the second email was: "Atten: Death Threat!!!! Bomb!!!" In that email, she purportedly wrote, "Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks."
"I hope you have a good time in hell," she allegedly wrote in the lengthy email in which she purportedly listed scenarios in which the legislators and their families would die, including bombings and by "putting a nice little bullet in your head."
According to the criminal complaint, Windels told investigators “I sent out emails that I was
disgusted and very upset by what they were doing.”
Asked if she intended to follow through on any of her threats, Windels told the investigators "No," according to the complaint.

So in 2011 if you disagree with a politician's policy position and you'd like to express it then a death threat is appropriate.  Not that you are actually threatening mind you.  Just expressing displeasure.  How is the subject of the displeasure supposed to know this, though?  Perhaps we should rethink civility.  If we define death threats as civil then overnight we will have a much more civil discourse.

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