Extremely disturbing. A Chicago man with a history of mental illness is (thankfully) in federal custody after allegedly sending Barack Obama and Rahm Emmanuel—seen above in the Oval Office—envelopes smeared with HIV-infected blood nwith the hopes of killing or harming them.
The envelopes were mailed in late December. The Chicago Sun-Times quotes a criminal complaint filed in January by federal prosecutors that names Saad Hussein, an Ethiopian refugee. Hussein told investigators "he cut his fingers with a razor to bleed on the letter for Obama."
"Saad stated he is very sick with HIV [confirmed by his brother, Abdulaziz] and it was his way of seeking help from the government," the criminal complaint said.
The interview with investigators happened on Dec. 29, a day after a Springfield government building went on lockdown after an employee at the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Aging Unit opened a suspicious envelope.
The envelope contained a two-page note with writing and “orange and reddish stains,” a color photo of Hussein taken in Ethiopia, an admission ticket for the Nov. 4 election night party in Grant Park, six index cards with “reddish stains” and a Christmas card, the complaint said.
FOX News reports days after sending the letter, the troubled man sent a "similar letter with what appeared to be dried blood" to then-Rep. Rahm Emmanuel, who is now the president's chief of staff.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says this is only the second time HIV-infected blood has been deliberately sent with malicious intent through the mail system. Let's hope this is the last.
Saad Hussein is obviously a very disturbed man. Surely there are easier, less threatening ways to cry for help than sending HIV-tainted blood through the mail. What's really baffling about this case is that the defendant claims to be an "admirer" of Barack Obama. With friends like these ...