Pamela Geller has been taking sensible precautions since she became prominent in the anti-Sharia law movement, but this threat takes things to a whole other level.
A British Islamic State leader tweeted Geller’s home address and apartment number, while calling on his followers to “go forth” and kill her.
“#GoForth,” the tweet urged via a hashtag on Friday, the International Business Times reported Saturday. The post revealed Geller’s New York City address, complete with apartment number.
U.S. authorities believe the Twitter account belongs to British jihadist Junaid Hussain, according to the report. His online name is believed to be Abu Hussain al-Britani.
The Twitter account linked to the Geller post has since been suspended, the IBT reports. The tweet came hours after a third man was arrested in a scheme to murder her and Boston police.
Geller, 56, heads the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which sponsored the “Draw the Prophet Muhammad” contest in Garland, Texas, last month.
Two self-described jihadists attempted to storm the May 3 event, but were shot dead after shooting and wounding a security guard. Hussain had hailed the Texas attacks on Twitter, the IBT reports.
Then on June 2, police shot and killed a Muslim man who was wielding a knife and allegedly planned to kill Geller.
Authorities believe Hussain sent out the tweet with Geller’s address not long after Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island, who went by the name of Nuh Amriki aka Nuh al Andalusi, was arrested on Thursday, the IBT reports.
He was charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts said on Friday, according to the Guardian.
David Wright, 25, who called himself Dawud Sharif Abdul Khaliq, was arrested and charged in June with conspiracy to obstruct justice. Wright was also charged on Friday with conspiracy to provide support to ISIS.
The man killed on June 2 was Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, who was Wright’s uncle. He was fatally shot by police in Rosindale, Mass.
It’s unclear how long the tweet was allowed on the Twitter website before the account was closed, but the jihadist network no doubt is flashing the information across several boards and websites. At this point, you have to think that the question isn’t if an attempt on Pamela Geller’s life will be made, but when.
Authorities know who many of these potential killers are, but there are many more jihadists not on the radar who could be a threat as well. Vigilance and a proactive approach by law enforcement should keep Ms. Geller from harm.