David Letterman is being targeted for assassination by online jihadist. SITE intelligence group revealed on Wednesday, August 17 that a Muslim militant issued a death threat against the host of "Late Show with David Letterman" on an extremist networking site where messages from Al Qaeda frequently appear online in the United States.
Accordingly, the commenter who goes by the name Umar al-Basrawi was angered by the joke David made about the death of one of Osama Bin Laden's lieutenants, Ilyas Kashmiri. While the talk show host isn't a Jewish, Umar called on Muslims in the United States to "cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever."
"He showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims, and said that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed and he joined bin Laden," part of the millitant's death threat posting also read. "We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck." Stars and Stripes was first to report the news.
On the threat posted on Shumukh-al-Islam, SITE analyst Adam Raisman told EW, "It's a clearing house for Al-Qaeda material. It gets the most Al-Qaeda supporters." He added that it is "more worrisome" than those made against "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone in 2010, reasoning "This was a more explicit threat. It was direct and to the point."
David himself delivered the joke about Ilyas Kashmiri during his June 8 monologue for his "Late Show". The late night show host said at the time, "So [al Qaeda] picked a successor to Osama bin Laden and his name was Ilyas Kashmiri. Well, guess what, he was blown up by an American drone."