Who knew Twitter was a haven for would-be assassins? Apparently, 140 characters is all you need to hatch a plan that involves murdering the president. What happens now to the two men who took to the social networking site to post their disturbing messages remains to be seen, but the Secret Service is now launching an investigation.
A conservative blogger is being investigated by the Secret Service after he called for the assassination of President Obama on Twitter, hours before the House of Representatives passed the controversial health care reform bill.
"ASSASSINATION! America, we survived the Assassinations and Lincoln & Kennedy. We'll surely get over a bullet to Barack Obama's head," wrote one Twitter user, who goes by the handle Solly Forell, and identifies himself as a conservative blogger and "'authentic' African American."
Soon after the first post, Forell tweeted another message actively encouraging someone with a "clear shot" to kill the president. …
Another Twitter user who called himself THHEE_JAY and was identified as Jay Martin, tweeted "You Should be Assassinated!! @Barack Obama."
Martin, who is black, followed his tweet, writing "If I lived in DC. I'd shoot him myself. Dead f***ing serious."
SOURCE: ABC News
Gawker says it caught up with Martin via Facebook yesterday. "I was just being irrational and speaking on raw emotion," said the self-described free-thinker and Hip Hop aficionado.