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Saturday, March 04, 2017 

Former journalist arrested for making bomb threats against Jewish centers

It turns out the culprit responsible for making recent bomb threats against several Jewish centers in the USA was a disgraced journalist named Juan Thompson (via Accuracy in Media):
A former journalist allegedly carried out at least some of the recent bomb threats against Jewish institutions across the country, according to the FBI, which described the menacing calls as part of the man’s campaign to harass a woman.

Law enforcement officials said Friday that they do not believe the man they arrested — Juan Thompson, 31 — is responsible for all of the calls to scores of Jewish centers and schools in recent months, nor do they think he was behind the vandalism of headstones at Jewish cemeteries in Missouri, Pennsylvania and, most recently, Upstate New York.

The arrest of a onetime reporter, fired last year for fabricating quotes, was a bizarre twist in the threats against Jewish facilities, which have forced people from dozens of Jewish Community Centers, schools, offices and day cares, contributing to heightened anxiety about anti-Semitism nationwide. Even after Thompson was taken into custody in St. Louis, Jewish groups and officials remained on edge about the threats that are still unsolved. [...]

Federal agents arrested Thompson on Friday morning, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. Thompson — whose Twitter page is full of rants about white people and President Trump — was charged with cyberstalking and is accused of communicating at least eight threats to Jewish Community Centers, which an FBI complaint said were “part of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate” a woman with whom he had been romantically involved.

Thompson previously drew national attention when he was fired a little more than a year ago from the Intercept, an investigative journalism website, for fabricating quotes and misleading colleagues to cover his tracks. In an editor’s note, the publication said Thompson had engaged in “a pattern of deception” and wrote that he created fake email accounts to impersonate people.
The horror of his acts aside, it proves that not only can a journalist tell a lie, he/she can also commit very serious crimes. The American Spectator notes that Thompson is a Muslim convert, something the WaPo predictably didn't mention, and the Daily Caller (via Jihad Watch) notes that he's an anti-Trump activist and a communist. Here's more on the topic at Pamela Geller's site. Update: Conservative Review has more about his mentality.

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