Twitter user who wants to sodomize Michele Bachmann can't remain anonymous

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And you thought Michele Bachmann was extreme...
A man who proclaimed his desire on Twitter to sodomize Michele Bachmann with a machete will have his identity revealed to federal investigators, a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled.

The man -- who for now remains anonymous in public court filings, and is referred to in Chief Judge Royce Lamberth's ruling as "Mr. X" -- wrote a tweet in August 2011 stating, "I want to fuck Michelle [sic] Bachmann in the ass with a Vietnam era machete."

Arguing that the tweet was clearly meant in jest, Mr. X filed a motion to quash a subpoena filed by a federal grand jury against Twitter for records pertaining to his identity. Lamberth, however, denied the motion, reasoning that Mr. X's identity could help prosecutors determine whether the tweet really constituted a threat against Bachmann.

The judge wrote: "What Mr. X is describing is the forcible insertion of an extremely sharp, real-world weapon into Ms. Bachmann's rectum, which, if performed, would undoubtedly cause serious bodily injury -- and likely death."

Lamberth pulled no punches in his lively order, a good deal of which was devoted to castigating Mr. X's Twitter feed. Wrote the judge:
Mr. X's body of tweets is extremely crude and in almost incomprehensibly poor taste. Occasionally political but consistently vacuous, his oeuvre represents an infantile attempt at humor that brings to mind the most obscene aspects of Andrew Dice Clay, but without even the infinitesimal modicum of artistic creativity that Mr. Clay managed to possess. The page is entirely without merit, comedic or otherwise. More offensive even than Mr. X's chosen vocabulary is the pathetic transparency and vapidity of his attempt to elicit the attention on the Internet that he surely lacks in real life.
Among some of Mr. X's greatest hits of "extremely crude" tweets:
Goddamn I smacked my wife with my Dick ... Now she has a cock shaped bruise on her face... Take that take that take that

Marcus Bachmann is sponsoring a scavenger hunt in his home-town In the hopes someone finds his Heterosexuality

My dick testified in court today in the case against my left hand "He beat me, your honor every day for 25 years"
Though Lamberth noted that he has "grave doubts about the likelihood of a grand jury returning an indictment in this case," he wrote that his skepticism was outweighed by the fact that "the safety and security of those who seriously aspire to the federal government's highest office is of paramount concern to each and every citizen because threats to Presidential candidates undermine the very legitimacy of our electoral process."

In the end, however, the judge concluded that "there appears to me nothing serious whatsoever about Mr. X's Twitter page, except perhaps the severity of mental depravity that would lead a person to produce such posts."

-- SF Weekly contributed to this report.

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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Mr. X was clearly only expressing his "desires or thoughts" and NOT his intent on action.

Government = FAIL !

Misterhengel
Misterhengel

Freedom of speech? No. We cant have people say infantile attempts at humor! They must make everyone laugh.

G'ma67
G'ma67

I think when someone makes a threat against an elected official (even if she is from my home state and has caused me to grimace more than once..and I did not, nor would I ever, vote for her) the threat should be taken seriously.  Just because he appears to be someone who thinks he is incredibly funny that doesn't mean he isn't capable of hurting someone.  Who says things like that. How frequently in the news (including this week's school shooter) do we hear, "He was such a nice guy.  I never dreamed he do anything like this".  This tweeter needs to be called out.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

If someone made a legitimate threat against the president's life, yes, they should be detained, but as it stands, HUNDREDS of people every day state that they hate the president, and want to do this or that or wish this or that would happen to him.  Should they go to jail?  No, and they don't, nor should they unless the threat is legitimate.

And, on a personal note, You are a F#&(%ing A#$hole for bringing up what the kid in Ohio did and comparing it to a jovial yet offensive twitter feed.  Congrats.a distraught and young mind that is incapable of dealing with heavy emotional burdens is in no way similar to this situation.  But you're probably one of those people that compares every inconvenience you face to the Holocaust... 

Johnny
Johnny

I do believe that the mandatory ISP tracking, anti-privacy, and arrest provisions of the signed-by-Obama NDAA combined with recent court statements by a (Muslim) judge in New Jersey should have Mr. X, a few terminally-offensive posters in these boards, and VVM itself VERY concerned.......

Busterfoot
Busterfoot

i think someone who says they want to hurt someone grievously should be arrested,  period,  esp.  someone who threatens to hurt a woman sexually. women are indeed raped and killed every day.. Girls are in PRISON for shoplifting,  but a man can say he wants to tear open a woman with a machete using her anus as entry point,  he gets to say o just kidding. 

    the world keep reducing to the lowest common denominator and even that keeps dropping

Steve
Steve

I definitely don't condone those type of comments, but Shelley, what goes around comes around...

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

Being an asshole is (unfortunately sometimes) protected by the constitution.  But I think the larger question is:  Is anonymous speech protected? 

Chuck
Chuck

It will soon be revealed that "Mr. X" is a composite person comprised of the staff of City Pages.

HotLunch
HotLunch

Well, she IS a quite the freak...

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

Any person who puts into writing the violent acts described in the tweet needs their head examined. Any person who supports a violent act also needs to see a doctor.

Violence against woman needs to be eliminated from our society. (Period)

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

My people were 2nd on the Holocaust list, right behind the jews. I take offense at you even mentioning it. You are not worthy. I did not find one thing funny in the twitter feed.

Of course for a liberal progressive democrat who finds it "jovial" to take a "machete" up a womans a$$ proves how small minded, sexist and biggoted you are. You obviously support beating woman, as long as it is a republican woman.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

That's the difference here, He didn't threaten her.  He said he would like to do something.  And last I checked, that wasn't illegal.

When I am angry sometimes, I want to hit some people, this is the truth.  I have never acted on those desires of mine, nor would I, but am I still guilty of assault for stating that I wanted to do it?

Joe
Joe

 Oh for christ's sake.  Read some of the other tweets.  You know damn well he has no intention of actually doing it.  In fact he probably doesn't even really want to do it.

Would you be so indignant if it were a DFL politician?

atrupar
atrupar

In most cases, anonymous speech is protected... but not when that speech conveys a legitimate threat against someone. That's the whole crux of the controversy. 

HotLunch
HotLunch

so, you're volunteering for a head exam? explain.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

MN Worker "I bet the secret service would have taken the jokester to gitmo"You called it a joke before I came along.I also called it offensive, I never once said it was funny.  The anonymous twitter poster said "that the tweet was clearly meant in jest"My comment was in response to his direct quoteYou kinda went 0-3 there, wanna try again?Also, How do you know I'm not worthy, I may be Jewish?

pswan
pswan

I want to curb stomp your face. The masturbation joke was funny.

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

Hey Joe, would you like it if it was a democrat like Obama or klobuchar. I bet the secret service would have taken the jokester to gitmo. Hell even that witch huffington is spewing hate towards the catholics allowing "comic" writers to openly display their Bigot feelings toward the catholics.  Why do liberal hate and have closed minds?

Everyone thought the boy wouldn't do it either. Now there is sadness in Ohio.  

Joe
Joe

 I wouldn't like it any more or less than I do this.  I find it crude and distasteful, but not illegal.

Tell me... Exactly how do your other references have anything to do with this discussion?

Also, I could just as easily ask you why conservatives hate and have such closed minds, but I will not.  I am not a fool.  I know that most of my fellow citizens, be they liberal or conservative, are not mean spirited or close minded.  People vote and support what they support because they believe it is the right way to do the right thing.  There is very little, in terms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that I think most Americans would disagree on.  However, there are disagreements and both politicians and media alike agitate those disagreements for self gain.  They prey on the emotions and values of American citizens, until we are at the point of demonizing each other.

You are a fool if you think we (you and I, liberals and conservatives) are so different.  And you're playing right into their hands.

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