As the media continues to divide and radicalize us, the fringes of our political culture are growing darker and more loathsome.
There are less than two weeks remaining until the end of the 2020 election, or so we hope. There are plenty of folks out there who believe that the election will only kick off a larger, more troublesome contest…one that requires body armor and the like.
But even further on the edges of our society live folks who think that this is their time to take action, and direct action at that. Luckily, one would-be assassin is now behind bars.
A North Carolina man searched earlier this year for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s home online, traveled near the home and wrote a checklist that ended with the word “execute,” according to federal court documents.
The information was contained in documents related to a detention hearing for Alexander Hillel Treisman, who was indicted last month on child abuse imagery charges, held in US district court in Durham. A magistrate, in an order signed 8 October, ordered Treisman to remain in custody.
An officer with the US Marshal’s Service and the Joint Terrorism Task Force testified that a search of Treisman’s electronic devices and account showed a timeline of internet searches between March and May of this year seeking information about Biden’s home address, state gun laws, rifle parts and night vision goggles.
And there’s more:
The officer also said the search turned up a meme Treisman posted in April with the caption “should I kill joe biden?” as well as purchasing an AR-15 in New Hampshire, according to the document. It also said the search determined that Treisman had traveled to a fast-food restaurant within four miles (6km) of Biden’s home, and also wrote a checklist note ending with the word “execute”.
Also in Treisman’s possession were several more firearms, as well as tannerite: An extremely explosive material used in bomb making.
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