A 55-year-old Patrick Carlineo from upstate New York has been charged with threatening to kill Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. Carlineo, of Addison, N.Y., allegedly made the threat during a call to the Democrat’s office in Washington, D.C. on March 21. “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she’s a fucking terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her fucking skull,” Carlineo allegedly said, according to the court filing.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar spoke at a benefit entitled “Advancing Justice, empowering Valley Muslims” for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) last month in Los Angeles. The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) characterized this as another example of how President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has emboldened bigots. “The political environment, led by an Islamophobe in the White House, has normalized hate speech and emboldened bigots in their actions,” CAIR-NY executive director Afaf Nasher said. “The rising threat of Islamophobia and white supremacy must be taken seriously. We are thankful that law enforcement tracked this individual down before he could act on his hatred for Muslims.”
CAIR has a long history of affiliation with the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. CAIR members have often defended the actions of Hamas in Gaza. Further, FBI investigators uncovered evidence establishing CAIR’s place in the “Palestine Committee,” which was a Muslim Brotherhood-created network aimed at helping Hamas in the United States, according to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. In 2009, US District Court Judge Jorge Solis ruled that there is “at least a prima facie case as to CAIR’s involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas.”
So this raises the question, “Does an American citizen have the right to threaten a terrorist?” Apparently not. Carlineo made an initial appearance Friday before a US magistrate judge and is being held pending a detention hearing next Wednesday, according to the Elmira Star Gazette newspaper.