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Palm Springs man arrested for alleged death threats against Seattle congressman

January 12, 2011 | 11:48 am

A Palm Springs man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly making death threats against a Seattle congressman.

Charles Turner Habermann, 32, allegedly made two expletive-laden threatening phone calls Dec. 9 to the Seattle office of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), federal officials said Wednesday. The FBI is investigating.

Haberman is expected to appear in federal court Wednesday afternoon in Riverside.

In the first call, he allegedly left a message on the office answering machine threatening to kill the congressman, his friends and family, authorities said.

In the second call, he allegedly said he will hire someone to put the congressman “in the trash.”

According to the voice messages, Habermann saw McDermott on TV and made the threats to interfere with his vote on a tax-cut proposal.

Habermann was investigated in March 2010 for allegedly making similar threats to a California legislator in the state Assembly.

“We are blessed to live in a country that guarantees and protects the freedom to disagree with our government and speak our minds,” U.S. Atty. in Seattle, Jenny A. Durkan, said in a statement. “That protection, however, does not extend to threats or acts of violence. Those actions are intended to silence debate, not further it.”

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