March 2, 2009

Ethiopian Muslim Arrested For Sending HIV-Infected Letter to Obama

CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A man with a history of mental illness has been arrested in connection with a letter containing what he said was HIV-tainted blood. It was addressed to then President-elect Barack Obama.

The incident triggered the evacuation of a state government building in Springfield last December.

Investigators say Saad Hussein told them he admired the president and the letter was his way of seeking help from the government.


This is the case of a disturbed refugee from Ethiopia reaching out for help from a person he thought might be able to offer powerful assistance -- the president of the United States. But Saad Hussein's letter -- and subsequent mailings to Obama staff and government workers -- have landed him in custody, facing charges of knowingly mailing dangers substances with intent to injure or kill.

Saad Hussein posted a picture of himself as well as rambling notes splattered, according to his brother, in Saad's HIV-infected blood. They were mailed to the state's Office on Aging in December, 2008, and they contained an orange powdery substance, according to information contained in the federal complaint filed in Springfield by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Receipt of the December 27 letter two days later led to the evacuation of the building. Three-hundred employees were affected. The powder was later determined to be Crystal soft drink mix.

"What we were told by Springfield police, Chicago police do have the individual in custody and are questioning him," said Bob Reside, Springfield Fire Department.

The letter also contained a Christmas card, a return address and a ticket to the president's election night rally in Grant Park.

With concern for Obama's safety a national priority, the FBI and Secret Service, along with postal inspectors, quickly came to Hussein's apartment in Edgewater. He was placed there by a refugee resettlement agency.

With his brother acting as interpreter in his apartment, Hussein said the letters asked for tickets to the president's inauguration and that no more letters had been sent. But, two days later, nearly identical mailings were received at the same office in Springfield, one of which was addressed to Rahm Emanuel, the president's chief of staff. That's when Hussein was taken in.

"The two years he was living here, very quiet, always smiling, never violent, never even a sign of violence. He walked around, didn't talk a lot of English, but he kept his apartment clean and there was no indication that he would do something like that," said David Zuger, property manager.

Hussein is in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Complex. A spokesperson for U.S. attorney in Springfield says his mental state is being assessed and a report on that is due March 29.

After that assessment is made, presumably the complaint would go to a grand jury to determine the laying of charges. But Hussein has the right to challenge the findings of the mental health assessment.

If found guilty of the mailing crimes, Hussein could go to jail for 20 years.

Man was first arrested in 2006: Fox News
Hussein was arrested by police in 2006 after starting a fire in the middle of a crowded Chicago intersection. When officers arrived on the scene, he was waving the Koran in the air and yelling"Allah Akbar," or "God is Great" in Arabic.

Court documents say he was transported to a hospital, where he called President Bush a terrorist and criticized American foreign policy. He was not formally charged, but he did spend time in the mental health unit of the hospital.

The latest case marks the second time HIV-infected blood has been sent through the U.S. mail. In 2006 a "disturbed individual" placed a plastic vial of HIV-infected blood in the mail, according to Rendina. The unidentified individual was arrested and charged, and is now receiving psychiatric treatment at a federal medical detention center, Rendina said.
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

የለመደች ጦጣ ሁል ጊዜ ሸምጠጣ፡

ዱሮሰ ምን ይጠበቃል ከነሱ ኢትዮጵያ ዉሰጥ ክርስትያኖችን በቤተ ክርስቲያን በጭካኔ እነዳረዱአቸዉና የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ዝም እንዳላቸዉ መስሎአቸዉ.....
ሲጀመር ሙስሊም ሲባሉ ለምንድን ነዉ የሰዉ ነብስ ምንም መስሎ የማይታያቸዉ
ምንኛ በጭካኔ የተሞላ አንጀት ቢኖቸዉ ነዉ እኔ በጣም ይገረመኛል
ለማንኛዉም የሰማይ አምላክ ይፋረደን፡፡

Anonymous said...

are u ok? a person with mental problem nothing to do with Islam, open your eye don't insult Islam because u don't know what you are writing about "besebebu Memre tesabu"

Anonymous said...

the story olde but the person has a muslim name so DEJE SELAM is doing the usual spin... creating fear among ethiopians. but let me tell u loud and clear as ethiopians will remain united that is our history..that is our hope that is called the Ethiopiann way. God bless Ethiopia.

Anonymous said...

I thought this blog is EOC oriented and work for causes of Ethiopian orthodox church. But now it becomes clear that it a venue for hate and anything against Islam especially fellow Muslim Ethiopians. Now it showed us one of its lowest faces,... by posting the history of the sick Ethiopian man who may need more help than bashing. You are more crazier than the man in the news.

Anonymous said...

Islamophobia is a neologism that refers to prejudice or discrimination against Islam or Muslims.[1] The term seems to date back to the late 1980s,[2] but came into common usage after the September 11, 2001 attacks.[3] In 1997, the British Runnymede Trust defined Islamophobia as the "dread or hatred of Islam and therefore, to the fear and dislike of all Muslims," stating that it also refers to the practice of discriminating against Muslims by excluding them from the economic, social, and public life of the nation. It includes the perception that Islam has no values in common with other cultures, is inferior to the West and is a violent political ideology rather than a religion.[4] Professor Anne Sophie Roald writes that steps were taken toward official acceptance of the term in January 2001 at the "Stockholm International Forum on Combating Intolerance", where Islamophobia was recognized as a form of intolerance alongside Xenophobia and Antisemitism.[5]

Sources have suggested an increasing trend in Islamophobia, some of which attribute it to the September 11 attacks,[6] while others associate it with the increased presence of Muslims in the Western world.[7] In May 2002 the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), a European Union watchdog, released a report entitled "Summary report on Islamophobia in the EU after 11 September 2001", which described an increase in Islamophobia-related incidents in European member states post-9/11.[8] Although the term is widely recognized and used, it has not been without controversy.[9]

Critics claim that the word Islamophobia is fallacious, as a phobia is defined as an irrational fear of something, and that fear of Islam or Muslims is influenced by the violent examples featured in the news.[10]

Anonymous said...

DeJeSeLam! don't give up serving our God & our Church! by telling the truth & the fact. we Know that Muslims will try to insult you with different strategies, one thing clear is that we should protect Ethiopia from Wehabis.
There are a lot of peace loving Muslims but don't have any voice any more. This days Fanatics are the one who control it. If you go to Ethiopia you will wonder how many Muslims watch Algaziera not Ethiopian news. They are far apart in their heart.
May God bless DEJESELAM!
We the silent majority are with you
I am sure the peace loving Muslims are with Ethiopia too.

Anonymous said...

I think you need to change your blog to DEJE TLACHA. All I read is invectives and hate-mongering. Ethiopia is not a nation of one group. You are short-sighted and uninformed because what you are doing in reality undermines your own agenda. I doubt you are a real Orthodox. You are simply using Orthodox faith to sow enmity between people. I just think you are playing some political game.

Anonymous said...

what do you want deje selam to do? Deje selam will serve our church and country with God's help forever.
GOD be with you Deje Selam.

Anonymous said...

thnxs so much deje selam for all the true info u share with us
i love every single article u wrote and i learned a lot
we the ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX follower seek peace and love for our beloved country and ppl but these Muslim ppl sick war and hate like their ppl around the world
Muslim never seek peace but war

Anonymous said...

this is the result of young democratic and intelligent meles zenawi work shop

If meles zenawi had a knowledge and an access of nuclear power , one day was a great for him
millions times he tried to convince American government that, Ethiopians with a bulk of terrorist to get acceptance for long years on power while no one is plot against him .
Now Americans understand that meles is the only terrorist and needs long time to stay on power

Anonymous said...

this is not the frist time , meles zenawi sent a terrorist to briton in 2005, automatically he contact Briton intelligence at air port . yes the terrorist were under control .but meles needs appreciation as an intelligent ant- terrorist . but today no body is fool

in the revers meles zenawi is responsible. this sending such letter is not the terrorist or any other , it is meles zenawi the economist knowledge

Anonymous said...

IN 2001 IT IS ANTRAX TODAY IT IS HIV WHAT A FOOL PEOPLE ARE YOU WHO BLIVE THE AMERICAN SATAN

Anonymous said...

who say he is fool,he is brilliant b\c he get new way to transmit aids.

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