David Letterman Laughs Off Death Threat

“Tonight,” David Letterman said last evening, “you people are more, to me, honestly, than an audience – you’re more like a human shield.” Last week, Umar al-Basrawi posted to a jihadist website a threat against Letterman. He urged Muslim followers to “cut the tongue” of the late-night host because of a joke and gesture the comic had made about al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan, on his CBS show on June 8th. The website contributor, who identified himself as Umar al-Basrawi, stated in his post that Letterman had referred to both bin Laden and Kashmiri and said that Letterman, in discussing Kashmiri’s death, had “put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter.” “Is there not among you a Sayyid Nosair al-Mairi … to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever?” Al-Basrawi wrote, referring to El Sayyid Nosair, who was convicted of the 1990 killing of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane. BTW- David Letterman is not Jewish. Though Kashmiri was rumored to be one of the many second-in-command choices to succeed Osama bin Laden, he wouldn’t have worked out even had he lived, Letterman cracked, pointing to Kashmiri’s “rocky start” as a front-runner: “He botched up the story of Paul Revere,” a reference to Sarah Palin’s version of the horseman’s story. He explained that earlier,” I was talking to the guy from CBS,” he explained. “We were going through the CBS life insurance policy to see if I was covered for jihad.” The FBI is looking into the militant threat against Letterman.