In a scenario that came to a bizarre and tragic end, a Muslim woman who was facing federal charges after she allegedly sent a fake weapon of mass destruction package to a politician earlier this year was killed by a police officer in Marietta, Georgia.
Jameela Barnette, a 53-year-old medical records consultant, was shot dead after she threatened a police officer with a handgun and knife at her apartment on Christmas morning. Police were called to her home by a panic alarm that she apparently triggered and when an officer arrived, Barnette attacked. In a news release, Cobb County police wrote:
“Moments after knocking on the door, (Barnette) opened it and began assaulting the officer with the weapons. Despite receiving injuries to his arm, the officer was able to use his service weapon to stop the assault.”
While this incident was odd in itself, the woman's actions earlier this year set off a series of events that led the federal government to wage charges against her. In April, she purportedly mailed a vial of perfume, a hate-filled letter and a stuffed monkey (wearing two stars of David) to New York State Sen. Greg Ball. A note apparently read, "FINAL DESTINATION: AUSCHWITZ."
According to a woman claiming to be Barnette, Ball was anti-Muslim, so the package was intended to target his biases. LoHud.com has more:
The Georgia grandmother told The Journal News in April that she sent Ball the Curious George doll with the anti-Semitic note and cheap perfume. The monkey was pinned with Stars of David and the letter, which addressed Ball as “Dead Man Walking” because he is “using Muslims to further his career.”
Barnette sent the package to Ball’s Albany office, prompting a response by state police and a hazardous materials unit, which transported it to a state Health Department laboratory for analysis.
Last month, the FBI arrested her for allegedly sending the hoax WMD to Ball. In addition to mailing the odd package to the senator, she sent Rep. Peter King (R-NY) a bloody pig's foot and an anti-Semitic letter.
In this latter case, she was angered by the radicalization hearings King held throughout 2011. The letter to King reportedly ended with "kiss my black, Muslim-American a**."
Some outlets have described Barnette as a "blogger." A woman by the same name (presumably Barnette) commented on blogs earlier this year using some pretty startling words. Here is some of the commentary:
Christians are Child Abusing, Demon Possessed, Devil-Worshipping, Cannibalized Vampires. What is the difference between a monkey, a Jew and a pig? There is no difference according to the Qur’an, which reveals Allah transformed some Jews into monkeys and swine and Genetic/DNA testing will confirm this. The Qur’an also reveals Christians will go to the Hell-fire for their worshipping Allah’s Messenger slave, whom they devour in their pagan rituals. . . .
You Christians can improve your mental health and begin thinking rationally by getting off your mind-debilitating, steady Jew diet consisting of cursed Jew (pork-flesh infiltrated with worms), Jew-god corpse and Jew-god blood.
“I feel sad for the woman, she was obviously deranged and had serious mental issues,” King said in an interview with Politico on Monday. “It shows that she was capable of violence, that with much of the hysterical coverage of the hearings, the danger is setting off dangerous people like this woman."
King went on to place blame on the media for its coverage of his hearings. "I doubt she was watching [the hearings] on C-SPAN. She was reacting to the media and its terrible exaggerations, which can set off people who have mental issues," he said.
(H/T: The Guardian)