A private intelligence organization that watches online activity says a threat has been made against David Letterman by a regular user on a jihadist website because of things the late-night host said on his show about two months ago.
That site user, Umar al-Basrawi, posted that after a drone strike in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri on June 5th, Letterman talked about both Osama bin Laden and Kashmiri and that Letterman “put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter.”
“Is there not among you a Sayyid Nosair al-Mairi … to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever?” Al-Basrawi wrote, referring to El Sayyid Nosair, who in 1990 killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League.
Letterman isn’t Jewish but that probably doesn’t matter to this guy.
“The concern is that there is someone who will read it, agree with it and say, `I want to be the Sayyid Nosair of 2011 and kill David Letterman,’” said an analyst for the Site Monitoring Service, which watches what jihadists are saying on the internet and traditional media and reports back to government and commercial clients.
A spokesman for the New York office of the FBI says the threat is being investigated, but it’s probably a safe bet that Letterman won’t be making a Top 10 list about this situation anytime soon.