A frequent contributor to a jihadist website, who identified himself as Umar al-Basrawi,has threatened David Letterman (pic), urging Muslim followers to “cut the tongue” of the late-night host because of a joke the comic made on his CBS show (see also – Al-Shamika).


The Site Monitoring Service, a private intelligence organization that watches online activity, said,  on Wednesday 08/17/2011, that the threat was posted a day earlier on the Shumuka al-Islam forum, a popular Internet destination for radical Muslims (see – Web-War 06.29.11).

Umar al-Basrawi, was reacting to what he said Letterman did after the USA military announced on 06/05/2011 that a drone strike in Pakistan had killed Al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri. Al-Basrawi wrote that Letterman had made reference to both Osama Bin Laden and Kashmiri and said that Letterman had “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 was convicted of the 1990 killing of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane. Letterman is not Jewish.

Umar al-Basrawi (fro Basra in Iraq), which is likely to be an alias, has made some 1,200 postings to the Muslim website, said Adam Raisman, an analyst for the Site Monitoring Service.

Muslim extremist groups in the past few months have increased calls for people to take violent action against certain targets in the West, he said.

A radical Muslim group last year warned the creators of “South-Park” that they could face violent retribution for depicting the prophet Muhammad in a bear suit on the Comedy Central cartoon. Author Salman Rushdie spent years in hiding after Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged he be killed for blasphemy after writing the book “The Satanic Verses.”

Filmmaker Theo van Gogh was killed on an Amsterdam street in 2004 by a Dutch Muslim angered by his film “Submission,” a fictional study of abused Muslim women.
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