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Merry Christmas, Mr. President

On Dec. 15, a Tennessee man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta on six counts of issuing death threats, from prison, against George Bush and high-ranking members of his cabinet. According to the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta, James Herman Bartholomai, 34, who is scheduled to be released from prison next month, told a Secret Service agent in September that he intended to kill the president and Vice President Dick Cheney. The indictment also alleges that Bartholomai made the following statements in letters sent in August and September to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta and to the clerk of court in Comanch County, Okla.:

A darkness is upon America, a darkness with names (George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft and Colin Powell). I am the avenger -- the light of chosen. On 27 January 2005 a terror and an act of treason shall begin. These five will [be] my targets of termination, with their death my quest to bring down the American government.

... now FFNB [Foundation for New Beginnings] is informing you ... of our list of targets for termination and destructions [sic.] to begin on 27 January [20]05. Persons -- Pres. George W. Bush, V.P. D. Cheney, ... .

Bartholomai is currently serving a three-year sentence for making previous threats against the president. David Nahmias, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said of the recent indictment, "These types of threats are taken very seriously. The United States Secret Service and other federal agencies will continue to investigate, and this office will prosecute anyone who makes such threats against the president and other federal officials."

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