According to the SITE Intelligence Group, a private company which follows extremist websites, an online poster called on Muslims to kill David Letterman after taking offense at a joke made by the late night host. The threat was made on Shumukh-al-Islam, a web site where messages from Al Qaeda frequently appear.
Apparently, Letterman mocked the death of accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed by a U.S. air strike in Pakistan in June. A poster calling himself ‘Umar al-Basrawi’ wrote, “He showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims, and said that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed and he joined bin Laden. We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck.”
‘Umar al-Basrawi’ also 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.”
Sayyid Nosair al-Masri was tried for the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990.
It should be noted that Letterman is not Jewish.
SITE analyst Adam Raisman says the threat is more serious than the warning posted against South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone last year: “This was a more explicit threat. It was direct and to the point.”
SITE is currently trying to find out more information about the poster, who has more than 1,200 messages on the web site. Raisman says that Letterman should take “as much precaution as he would with an obsessed fan.”
A woman claiming to be his wife stalked Letterman for years. He was also the victim of a failed blackmail attempt by a former CBS news producer whose girlfriend had an affair with the talk show host.