A New York man, Benjamin Smith, who had a rifle, numerous boxes of ammunition, a machete and a container full of gasoline was arrested and charged on Friday after he allegedly made threats to kill former President George W. Bush. He planned to do this because he explained he had romantic feelings for one of the president’s twin daughters, Barbara, stated federal prosecutors. He was discovered sitting inside his car with a loaded Rossi .38-caliber rifle after the United States Secret Service tracked him down. Numerous agents had been looking for him for over 12 hours.
Smith, age 44, who lives in Pittsford New York, which is in the upper part of the state, allegedly threatened to “kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm” onto President Bush, stated the criminal complaint which was filed in federal court. He was taken into custody in Manhattan by the Secret Service.
Smith allegedly was yelling that President Bush “would get his” as he was being arrested by the police. The U.S. Secret Service was informed of the threat against the president after Smith’s mother discovered a letter inside the house that they shared in which he supposedly wrote in that he was planning to go to work for President Bush and the Pentagon, explained the complaint. During his questioning, Smith explained to agents that he was divorced and was not currently seeing anyone but that he was working on a relationship with the president’s daughter, Barbara Bush.
Smith had written that he was going to kill a dragon and then Barbara Bush would be completely his. He also wrote that America was finished. Peggy Cross-Goldenberg, Smiths defense attorney, refused to make any comments over the case except that the note and also all of Smith’s outbursts did not make any sort of actual threats. It was unknown if Smith was still in custody on Saturday night or not.
Smith’s mother told police that she had a rifle missing from her home and that she had no idea of where to locate her son. So the Secret Service used cell phone tracking and was able to find Smith, who they state had traveled down to Manhattan. It was unclear why Smith decided to travel to New York City in his quest or even where President Bush and his family were at that time.
One of the federal judges presiding over the case stated that it was very unsure that any jury would actually find Smith guilty. The judge said that it was certainly odd to believe in the idea that the way to obtain the affection of Barbara Bush would be to kill her father. One of President Bush’s spokespeople stated that the former president did not have any knowledge of Smith or the alleged threats he had made.
Any threats that are made against current or former presidents of the United States are considered federal crimes, and this New York man has allegedly committed one against past President Bush by threatening to kill him.
By Kimberly Ruble