Blogger charged with threatening to shoot Joe Lieberman in the face
A Philadelphia blogger is free on bond Wednesday after threatening in a rambling, anti-Semitic post to shoot Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.
Dmitry Dylatov, 23, posted a blog entry calling Lieberman "one Jew who we absolutely must shoot in the face," as soon as possible, federal authorities said.
Dylatov wrote three reasons why he thought Lieberman should be shot: He is a liberal, he doesn't like the music of Marilyn Manson or Eminem, and he does not have the mental capacity to serve on the "Security" committee.
Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, is the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
Dylatov, who moved to the U.S. from his native Uzbekistan in 1998, recently completed his business degree at the University of Michigan, according to court records.
He began working in information technology in Philadelphia, working with large, global companies. In late June, Dylatov stopped showing up for work and his company contacted police. His boss began monitoring Dylatov's blog, and on Aug. 2 told U.S. Capitol police of a possible threat against Lieberman that he saw in a blog post.
According to an affidavit prepared by FBI agent Steve McQueen, Dylatov's blog post read, "Actually, there is, at least, one Jew, who we absolutely must shoot in the face (many times), ASAP: Joe Lieberman."
In the post, Dylatov, using expletives, said the country is in trouble because Lieberman is on the "Security" committee.
He then instructed his readers "but dont do it just cuz *I* said it (do it because it's the right thing to do, right now)."
In an interview, Dylatov told federal agents he wrote the post because he hates Lieberman. He told the agents he had no intention of carrying out the threats, but doesn't care if someone shoots Lieberman. He also said he feels that he is not responsible if others act upon his message.
Dylatov told police that the only weapons he owns are a hockey stick and a Swiss Army pocket knife. A records check by the FBI revealed Dylatov does not own any registered firearms.
At the end of his interview with federal agents, Dylatov told them that he hopes to break the system in order to fix it, but only through lawful protest. He later posted about his encounter with the agents on his Facebook page in a nonchalant way, saying he is now on their radar.
Other recent blog posts on Dylatov's blog include rants about the U.S. marriage system (he says women in America only marry to control their husbands, while in other "sensible" countries the woman becomes a figurehead), his relationship with his father, and Adolf Hitler. He also has links to women's Facebook profiles and his thoughts about them in some posts.
Dylatov was charged Aug. 4 with threatening through interstate commerce communications.
He was released Tuesday on $50,000 bond. He will have his computer use monitored during his supervised release.
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