Man Who Threatened President Pleads Guilty For Threatening to "Torture and Murder" Schoolchildren

August 14, 2012 at 7:00 am (Brent Dickinson, Brent G. Dickinson, New York, President Obama, Saratoga County, Schoolchildren, Terroristic Threat, Torture)

Brent Dickinson was arrested in March for sending threatening messages about President Obama via a White House message board.

Now, the man who claimed his threats were being “blown way out of proportion” has pled guilty to making a terroristic threat.  That threat involved an expressed desire to “torture and murder” school children.

Brent Dickinson pleaded guilty Monday to sending an email threatening to “torture and murder” local schoolchildren.

Dickinson, 33, was arrested in March following a joint investigation by the Secret Service and the Saratoga Springs Police Department.

He pleaded guilty to attempted making a terroristic threat, a felony.

Dickinson also threatened President Barack Obama in the message and has yet to answer that charge in federal court.

Dickinson faces 1 to 3 years in prison, he is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15.

His threats involved taking the children hostage and then killing them.

Even more frightening, Dickinson was caught on the premises of a Saratoga County elementary school one week prior to his arrest.  He was asked to leave.

The 33-year-old local man accused of threatening to murder President Barack Obama and Saratoga County elementary school students visited an area school one week before his arrest and was told to leave the premises, police said …

… “He stopped at a school a week prior to the arrest to use the bathroom. The principal saw him and had him leave,” said Saratoga Springs Police Lt. John Catone, who would not specify which school Dickinson visited, other than saying it was located somewhere in the city.

Another report indicated that Dickinson had visited two schools before his arrest – one public and one private.

Dickinson’s problems have only begun, as he faces federal charges for his threats against the President.

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Gitmo Detainees ‘Tortured’ With Sesame Street Songs

June 1, 2012 at 7:50 am (Al Jazeera, Al Qaeda, Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay, Sesame Street, Terrorist, Torture)

Oh, the humanity!  Who knew that having to watch Barney & Friends every hour on the hour with your child consisted of … gasp … torture?!

Yahoo reports:

A new documentary alleges that detainees at Guantanamo Bay were “tortured” by being forced to listen to songs from Sesame Street for days on end.

The Al Jazeera film, “Songs of War,” features Christopher Cerf, who has worked as a composer on Sesame Street for more than four decades.

“My first reaction was this just can’t possibly be true,” the Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer told Al Jazeera.

“Of course, I didn’t really like the idea that I was helping break down prisoners, but it was much worse when I heard later that they were actually using the music in Guantanamo to actually do deep, long-term interrogations and obviously to inflict enough pain on prisoners so they would talk.”

In a report featuring the composer of the Sesame Street songs, one detainee actually says the following:

“The music was so loud,” says Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram. “And it was probably some of the worst torture that they faced.”

I wonder if all those people detained in the past by Al-Qaeda would have preferred torture by Sesame Street, as opposed to having their head sawed off of their body.

If given the choice, I’m sure Nick Berg would have been okay with it.

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