The Vault & Threats to Members of Congress

The FBI has made thousands of files available in an online resource called The Vault. There is a great deal of interesting information in The Vault.

A file called “Threats To Members Of Congress -2003″ revealed 58 threats. Here are examples of some of those incidents.

Victims: John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Edward Kennedy, and Joseph Lieberman 

A threatening letter was sent to both Lieberman and Kennedy that contained the following statement: “We Are Going To Kill You.” 

A different threatening letter sent to Kerry and Clinton contained the following message: “For you slowly trying to kill our son, we’re going to kill you…Your to die on the cross…” 

It was determined that the individual sending the letter was male but no other information could be identified through DNA analysis.

Victim: Senator Mary Landrieu

A threatening letter was sent to the home of the Senator that stated the following: “if you vote against invoking cloture against another one of President Bush’s nominees… I’m going to kill you. I will also go after your family, such as your husband and kids… I will kill them as well… If you care about yourself and your family, you’ll do what I say… If you vote against invoking cloture again, I’m going to track you, your family and even your staff down and kill them and you… I know where you live.” 

No DNA or latent prints could be retrieved from the envelope.

Victim: Congresswoman Maxine Waters

A phone threat was called into the Congresswoman’s Reno office and stated the following: “I’m going to kill you communist piece of shit.”

While being interviewed by the authorities, it was noticed that the interviewee had a book of photos in which the faces of Democratic senators and representatives had been stabbed and contained the word “dead” under each individual’s picture. Ultimately, the individual was seemingly no longer deemed a threat, perhaps due to the failing health.

Victim: Senator Mark Pryor

A letter was sent to the senator regarding an FCC rule change that stated the following: “it’s a bad idea and I’m counting on you to stop it. Do it or I’ll kill you. Really. I’m crazy. Just wait… Oh, and start an organization to save the jellyrabbit.” No additional threats were made and the case was closed. 

Victim: Senator Dan Inouye

An individual called the Senator to discuss healthcare. The individual identified himself as a medical doctor who said that he had been “illegally tormented by the FBI” and said “that if the senator did not call him back within two days, he would “take out” his family.” 

Some of the threats to members of Congress were relatively nonspecific, and some others received letters that were thought to have contained Anthrax.

So You Want To Work For The FBI

When I young (probably too young), I read John Douglas’s book [amazon_link id=”0671528904″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Mind Hunter.[/amazon_link] It was both intriguing and disturbing.  It contains stories that I will never forget, for better or for worse.

It remains probably one of the most popular books in the “FBI Profiler” genre. Special Agent John Douglas has hunted, studied or interviewed some of the most notorious serial killers and criminals including John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, The Green River Killer, Sirhan Sirhan, and many others.

Many students interested in criminology or criminal justice are fascinated by serial killers and notorious criminals. They want to work with the “worst of the worst.” Many also want to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Wanting to work for the FBI is understandable since it is one of the most respected agencies in the world.

Working For The FBI

More specifically, students often want to become FBI profilers. Interestingly, the FBI states, on their website, that there are no actual profiler jobs. That job title does not exist. Individuals who receive specialized behavioral training hold the title “Supervisory Special Agents” and are assigned to the National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime.

Too many students in the criminal justice field ONLY want to work for the FBI. You should aim high but also realize that the FBI is very rigorous about who they choose to work among their elite team. Click here to read about who the FBI is looking to hire.

Know Your Options

Even if a job in the FBI is not in your future, that is okay. There are plenty of immensely rewarding jobs in the criminal justice system. If you are considering a career in the field, it is important to familiarize yourself with your options. A great place to begin your research is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Some career options include parole or probation, working in a jail diversion program such a drug court or a mental health court, working at the medical examiners office as an autopsy tech or a crime scene investigator, or working a state agency such as the postal inspectors office, among many others.

Job shadowing programs, internships and similar opportunities can help you explore your options. Check with your college or university for further assistance.

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