WASHINGTON — Air Force veteran William Mattison, 70, of Amarillo, said the Secret Service has come calling, but he did not threaten to assassinate President Obama in a recent letter to West Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry.
“I said I was considering it,” Mattison said in a telephone interview. “That was not a threat. If I said I was going to, that would be a threat.”
Secret Service Agent Oscar Rosales of the Lubbock field office said the Secret Service is investigating the matter, but he can’t comment further on a “protective intelligence case.”
“You can’t make a threat against the president, or really anybody,” Rosales said.
Mattison said the Secret Service is deciding what to do.
“If they want to arrest me, I’m right here, easy to find,” he said.
Wednesday, Mattison e-mailed a copy of the letter he said he has sent to Thornberry’s office.
In the letter, Mattison said “acting President Barack Hussein Obama still refuses to make public a copy of his long form Hawaiian birth certificate to prove that he meets the requirements of our Constitution of being a ‘natural born Citizen.’ ”
Mattison went on to urge that Thornberry, a Republican from Clarendon, demand Obama make the long form birth certificate public.
There might be millions of people also wondering why “acting President Obama” has evaded presenting it, Mattison wrote.
“After all of this, I am considering assassinating him in fulfillment of the oath I took in September of 1958 when I was sworn into the Air Force,” Mattison wrote in the letter’s final paragraph. “I made a sacred promise to my God and no power on earth can make me abandon that oath.”
He said he served four years and nine months in the Air Force and was honorably discharged.
Thornberry spokeswoman Alison Lynn said the congressman’s office takes threats very seriously.
“It is mandatory that any threat is reported to the appropriate authorities, which we did in this case,” Lynn said. “Beyond that, we won’t comment on specifics or any ongoing investigation.”
“Birthers” have called into question whether Obama is a natural born U.S. citizen, pushing a fringe theory that he was born in Africa.
After the controversy arose, Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate was posted on the Internet, and the White House considers the matter settled.
Abilene Congressman Randy Neugebauer is among co-sponsors of a House bill requiring future presidential candidates to produce birth certificates to prove they meet constitutional requirements to be president.
Neugebauer has said the bill wasn’t politically motivated, and that though he doesn’t have any documentation one way or the other about Obama’s citizenship, Neugebauer assumes the president meets constitutional requirements.
Texas regional reporter Trish Choate can be reached at (202) 408-2709 or email@example.com.
Text of a letter recently sent to 13th District Representative Mac Thornberry by one of his constituents.
I am wholly dissatisfied with your evasion of my question: After four years, I wonder why acting President Obama still refuses to make his long form Hawaiian birth certificate public.
After thousands, possibly even millions of requests by people of the United States; After court suits, even after military personnel, including a Lt. Colonel Army medical doctor, have refused to obey his orders, acting President Barack Hussein Obama still refuses to make public a copy of his long form Hawaiian birth certificate to prove that he meets the requirements of our Constitution, Article II, Section 1, of being a “natural born Citizen.” It has been asserted by those who defend acting President Obama’s right to evade presenting his long form Hawaiian birth certificate that the government of Hawaii has certified that he has one. I, for one, am not satisfied with that claim by some unknown person in the Hawaiian government that acting President Obama has a long form birth certificate and the announcement of his birth in Hawaiian newspapers can be made by practically anyone just by calling them and asserting a birth.
You took an oath to “defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That oath is not just a willy-nilly, may or may not promise, it is a solemn promise to the people of the United States, and even, if you believe in God, a Sacred promise to God. I call on you to contact acting President Obama and demand that he make public his long form Hawaiian birth certificate so that those of us, who respect our Constitution (not the government) as the Supreme Law of the Land, can be certain that its requirements are being obeyed.
Is the legislative branch of our government, Congress, inferior to the Executive branch, the President? No, it is not, in fact, in my understanding of the original intent of our Constitution it was that the Congress be superior to the President. If acting President Obama continues to refuse to make his long form Hawaiian birth certificate public then it’s time for Congress to subpoena it. If he does not have one, he is a usurper and if he refuses to resign, I demand that Congress impeach him. I would not be so assertive in this demand except that thousands, perhaps millions, of other people also wonder why acting President Obama has spent so much time and money evading presenting his long form Hawaiian birth certificate to us.
After all of this, I am considering assassinating him in fulfillment of the oath I took in September of 1958 when I was sworn into the Air Force. I made a sacred promise to my God and no power on earth can make me abandon that oath.
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