An Ethiopian man with HIV sent Obama letters tainted with the former’s blood. Officials believe the man is “mentally disturbed” (perhaps not even fit for trial). Yet, this same man “was arrested by police in 2006 after starting a fire in the middle of a crowded Chicago intersection. When officers arrived on the scene, he was waving the Koran in the air and yelling “Allah Akbar,” or “God is Great” in Arabic. Court documents said he was transported to a hospital, where he called President Bush a terrorist and criticized American foreign policy.” Then as now, “He was not formally charged, but he did spend time in the mental health unit of the hospital.”
“Chicago Man Arrested for Allegedly Targeting Obama With HIV-Infected Blood,” by Mike Levine for Fox News, February 27 (thanks to Shechild):
A man from President Obama’s hometown of Chicago has been arrested for allegedly sending Obama and his staff envelopes containing HIV-infected blood, in the hopes of killing or harming them.
It’s only the second time ever that HIV-infected blood has been sent with malicious intent through the U.S. mail system, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said.
In the weeks leading up to Obama’s inauguration, Saad Hussein, an Ethiopian refugee in his late 20’s, sent an envelope addressed to “Barack Obama” to offices of the Illinois government in Springfield, Ill., according to court documents. The envelope contained a series of unusual items, including a letter with reddish stains and an admission ticket for Obama’s election-night celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Court documents said Hussein, who takes drugs to treat a mental illness, later told FBI agents he is “very sick with HIV” and cut his fingers with a razor so he could bleed on the letter.
Hazmat teams were called in after the envelope was opened, and offices of the Illinois Department on Aging and the Department of Revenue were locked down for nearly two hours, locking 300 staffers in their offices, court documents said.[…]
Hussein, who has never held a job in the three years he’s been in the United States, was arrested last month. An affidavit filed at the time accused Hussein of “knowingly” mailing letters “containing HIV-infected blood, with the intent to kill or injure another,” in violation of federal law.[…]
After Hussein’s arrest, he was placed in a Chicago correctional facility. He has yet to be formally charged. A judge ordered he receive a mental examination to see if he’s fit for trial, but as of two weeks ago the court couldn’t locate a translator to conduct the examination, according to court documents.
A publicly-appointed attorney representing Hussein declined comment, saying he was “not at liberty to discuss pending criminal matters.”
This is not the first time law enforcement officials have had to take Hussein into custody. He was arrested by police in 2006 after starting a fire in the middle of a crowded Chicago intersection. When officers arrived on the scene, he was waiving the Koran in the air and yelling “Allah Akbar,” or “God is Great” in Arabic. Court documents said he was transported to a hospital, where he called President Bush a terrorist and criticized American foreign policy. He was not formally charged, but he did spend time in the mental health unit of the hospital…