'On the Record': Geller Reacts to Being Alleged Target of Beheading Plot
A terror suspect who was shot dead by authorities Tuesday in Boston initially talked about beheading Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.
"There was some mention of that name," said Police Commissioner William Evans, speaking on the "Today" show.
Evans also stated that he considered the suspect's talk about beheading Geller as "more along the lines of wishful thinking."
The Associated Press reported:
Geller — a combative personality known for provoking Muslims by campaigning against a mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York, sponsoring inflammatory advertisements and organizing Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas — wasn't surprised that she may have been a target.
"They want to make an example out of me to frighten the rest of the US into silence and submission," Geller wrote in an e-mail to the AP on Thursday. "This is not about me. This is about whether the US will stand for freedom or submit and cower before violent intimidation."
Usaama Rahim, 26, was killed Tuesday by anti-terror investigators who tried to question him.
Authorities told his family that they would show them a police video of the shooting before making it public. They say it shows police retreating up as Rahim lunges at them with a military-style knife, then shooting when he refused to drop it.
Geller told Greta Van Susteren tonight that law enforcement officials never warned her about this specific threat. She said that CNN called her for comment about being a target and that's how she first learned that Rahim wanted to kill her.
Van Susteren asked her if she is worried about being a target by ISIS or other extremist groups.
"Well the idea that my work in defense of freedom would warrant cutting off my head is deeply disturbing," Geller said. "And of course it's scary. But to me, it's scarier to do nothing."
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