Washington: An angry California man has used
Facebook to make a profane threat against President Barack Obama, prompting the US Secret Service to launch a probe.
"Assassinate the f------ n----- and his monkey children,"
Jules Manson, 48, a onetime candidate for the Carson,
California, City Council, wrote on Facebook Sunday, the a news channel
reported on Thursday.
Manson told CNN affiliate KTLA station that he was angry
when he wrote the post, "and I just wanted to spew out the
most vile, hateful things toward him. That`s all I was doing."
"We are aware of this matter and are taking appropriate
follow-up," Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said. He would
not comment on the investigation.
Manson was reacting to a post about Obama signing the
National Defence Authorisation Act, KTLA said.
The act outlines defence spending priorities. Manson, a
Libertarian, believes the law tramples citizens`
constitutional rights in the name of fighting terror.
"There was no substance behind what I said," Manson said.
"I`m not the least bit racist at all. I was just trying to
muster the most hateful words I could find."
He told KTLA that Secret Service agents showed up at his
mobile home and searched the residence, his car and a
computer, and were interviewing his friends and relatives.
"I was not in the right state of mind," when he made the
posting, Manson told the station. "I was very angry when I
made those statements." Asked what he has learned, he said,
"to think before you talk. ... Never make statements unless
you`re in the right state of mind."
Manson ran for the city council seat in March and
finished last out of five candidates running for two available
seats. During the campaign, he had apparently criticised the
city`s "fascist policies," the report said.