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Quick News: Threats against US Lawmakers on the Rise

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TEHRAN, April 29 (ICANA) – Lawmakers received more threats of violence in 2010 than any other year on record, according to interviews and FBI documents obtained by The Hill.
Friday, April 29, 2011 7:27:52 PM
Quick News: Threats against US Lawmakers on the Rise

The surge of threats is mostly attributable to the contentious healthcare reform debate last year.

Last March, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) got a call from a man who said, "I'm going to come down there and put a bullet in you’re a** when you leave."

Around that time, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) staff in Washington received a call from someone in California who said, "I'm going to kill you and your senator and your staff."

Former Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) received numerous threats last year, including one from a man who promised to come to her home. He warned the Democrat, who voted yes on healthcare reform, that her "offspring will pay." Dahlkemper subsequently requested an increase in police patrols around her house.

These threats are some of the more than two dozen detailed in a series of FBI records recently released to The Hill under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). According to the records, the FBI opened, investigated and closed at least 26 instances involving alleged threats against lawmakers last year.

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