April 23, 2009, - 12:31 pm

Death Threat From the Anti-Semitic Far Right: Man Already Convicted in 14 Anthrax Incidents “Warns” Me

By Debbie Schlussel
As longtime readers know, in the past several years, I’ve gotten a lot of death threats, ALL of them from Muslim residents of the United States a/k/a the “moderate” ones. Three of the four have been prosecuted, but the Justice Department refuses to pursue the most scary and frequent of the death threat perpetrators (Lola Elzein, who contacted me six times with escalating threats of rape, torture, and death to myself and my family members).
But yesterday, I got a not-so-veiled threat from a man named Chad Castagana, who is on the right . . . the far, far, nutty right. He was, in the past, an alleged frequent commenter on Free Republic under a fake name (not to say Freepers are like him, most are not), and he has a far-right blog.
Mr. Castagana was upset that I wrote about Pat Buchanan’s history of anti-Semitism and his latest–a column on how the Jews (he says) killed Christ, and now they are “killing” Nazi mass-murderer John Demjanjuk–and how Sean Hannity continues to promote Buchanan’s anti-Semitic screeds, including a pro-Hitler book.


Mr. Castagana told me that if I continued to write about Buchanan’s anti-Semitism and his alliance with Sean Hannity, that I would end up like Irv Rubin, the now-deceased head of the Jewish Defense League (JDL). Mr. Rubin was mysteriously assassinated in federal prison while he was awaiting trial. Here is an excerpt of his e-mail, from which I’ve redacted his pro-Buchanan/Hannity vitriol:

From: Chad Castagana zopix2@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 7:22 PM
Subject: Sean Hannity an antiSemite ? You’ve got to be kidding!
To: Debbie Schlussel
. . . . Remember what happned [sic] to JDL founder Irv Rubin?
I offer that not as a comparason, but as an example where . . . views can take an individual. . . .

Castagana’s e-mail became all the more frightening after I googled him and learned that he has already been convicted in federal court of anthrax hoax threats–he sent envelopes containing soap powder to Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”, talk show host David Letterman, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC, Democrats Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, and Sen. Charles Schumer of New York. Since this nut, Castagana, is now on probation (he was ordered to get psychiatric help) and believes I’m somehow a liberal because I’ve written about Pat Buchanan’s well documented anti-Semitism and his well-documented promotion by Sean Hannity, I certainly hope I won’t be the victim of a similar crime by this loon.
It’s no coincidence that each of those who sent me death threats are anti-Semites and that the one on the far right–the only non-Muslim–is a Pat Buchanan/Sean Hannity fan. There is a lot in common with Pat Buchanan’s followers and extremist Muslims. They all hate Jews and Israel.
I’ve already contacted the FBI about Castagana’s e-mail, which I take very seriously.

27 Responses

It would seem appropriate for Hannity and Buchanan to disaaociate themselves from these followers. Hopefully they will do so, but I’m not holding my breath.

c f on April 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Love ya, Debbie. Its frightening when nuts like Chad Castagana start e-mailing death threats out of the delusional belief your opposition to anti-Semitism makes you a “liberal.” The problem is that guys like Pat Buchanan and Sean Hannity have given conservatism a bad name by associating with racist and anti-Semitic cranks. Responsible conservatives need to say they and their ilk are not welcome and death threats aren’t to be countenanced as a means of silencing those whose opinions the Far Right fringe disagrees with. As Debbie will observe, that fringe is happy enough to climb into bed with Far Leftists and Islamists because loathing of Jews and Israel bind them more than any ideological differences that exist between them. And their support for American values is more a matter of convenience than one of principle.

NormanF on April 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Debbie, there is a bad craziness (as Charles Johnson puts it) developing on the right. FOX is leading the charge, with Hannity and his pals like Napolitano. If this continues, the Republicans will be a far-right fringe party, like the European neo-fascist parties VB, National Front, BNP, Swedish Democrats, etc. Of course, Buchanan is tight with the Eurofacists, and I have no doubt Hannity talks with them too.

sonomaca on April 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Congrats on getting that concealed carry license and pistol. It should serve as notice of sufficient deterrence and making it public will give your enemies pause. In a free country, its not the police’s job to protect individuals and can’t be. That’s our job and that’s why the Second Amendment is very important. Without it, Debbie wouldn’t be in a position to exercise her First Amendment rights. When one can protect one’s own life, one protects freedom as well. G-d bless you Debbie and may we enjoy your wonderful work for many, many years to come.

NormanF on April 23, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Sonomaca, not all European parties are anti-Israel. Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party is anti-Islamist and pro-Israel. It just got the Dutch Parliament to pass a ban on dialogue with Hamas. To the MSM, any party that opposes Islam will be characterized as “far rightist.” They are not neo-Nazis or fascists. Just the opposite.

NormanF on April 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Charles Johnson has become a libelblogger and a nut job (he wasn’t always this way). Don’t pay attention to him. He is falsely accusing those who have the noblest intentions of being fascists when they are not even close to that.
As for Vlaams Belang (which is what I assume you meant by VB), they are NOT fascist. In fact during the recent violent Islamofacist rallies in Europe, they were among the only ones (the only ones?) defending Jews and Israel in Belgium.

i_am_me on April 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I maintain that if Pat or others ‘on the right’ join together in hatred then they are definitely not on the right nor conservative, but have kept on going around the circle, as Rush has stated, to end up on the left with the haters. Conservatives should be standing for freedom, not bondage.

rickster on April 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

sonomaca: To characterize the Repubs as either becoming or being Far Right Fringe is (yawn) old news.
The MSM and libs have been doing this for years dispite the fact that the Dems currently in charge are about as fringe as you can get.
IMO: MOST Americans agree on MOST things. The biggest disgreement is how we “get there.”
There will ALWAYS be the FEW on the extreme ends of the poles. These types usually get most of the attention as it’s hard to shout agreement from the mountain tops.

SamAdams on April 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Only a real wimp threatens a woman. I’d love to spend a few minutes in the ring with this guy. What a wuss he is.

CobraKai on April 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Congrats on the CCL. If you haven’t already, please take a gun handling class. Learn the care and feeding of your gun and practice until shooting becomes natural. And remember: anything worth shooting is worth shooting more than once.

bouzouki on April 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Debbie, you are awesome and I wish you were the president of the USA. May G-d strike down these quivering, feeble-minded creeps and kooks who are frightened of your power and intelligence.

ObamaSlammaJamma on April 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I wish, finally, once and for all, we could just dispense with the right/left terminology. It really angers me that Jewhaters infiltrate the tea parties. It angers me when Christian churches are filled with Jewhaters. I would once like the ‘anti-Zionists’ of Presbytopia to tell me where one puts all the Jews when one has cleaned them out of ‘Palestine”….just once, please.

Jewel Atkins on April 23, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Debbie, I hope to G-d you never encounter this madman, but if you do, take my grandfather’s advice. “Shoot to kill, and don’t stop shooting
’til he’s dead”

mplumb on April 23, 2009 at 6:49 pm

This is evil and sick. If this guy is on probation, he can’t be threatening people. You can’t threaten people (stalk them) legally even if you’re not on probation.
As for Irv Rubin, I always believed he was killed by Muslim or black Muslims and prison and the government covered up its incompetence in the matter by claiming it was a suicide.

Underzog on April 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm

To Jewel Adkins, thanks for showing you have had enough (as have I) of the false left/right paradigm shown on most talk radio programs–yes that includes Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, even Savage (except Alex Jones–9/11 stuff aside!)
Sonomaca, I have heard Judge Andrew Napolitano on air with Alex Jones a couple of times. I would disagree with him when he makes his appearances on Fox News, but on Alex Jones’ show, it’s another matter.
Debbie, I guess this makes you a paleolithic conservative (PALEOCON), who supports the Constitution, 2nd Amendment, and so on.

NEPatriot on April 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Debbie, I just found out about your blog, about two months ago though FREE REPUBLIC (and have subsequently posted a few of your blog entries there as a result- You are the best conservative comentator on cultural issues I have found).
Enought hero worship ;), anyway I just want to assure that MOST CERTAINLY not all Freepers are like this deranged man.
I am a Christian, and as for who killed Christ, I can tell you that I know through personal experience “I did”, as I am a sinner, and am just as guilty for the sins He took before The Father, as the people who actually crucified Him 2000 years ago!
Keep up the good work, and here’s to your newfound protection at the end of your ‘concealed carry’!

JSDude1 on April 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Miss Schlussel, if Islamists and Nazis are threatening your life, you must be doing something right. May your hands remain steady and your aim prove accurate.

Defeat_Islam! on April 24, 2009 at 12:26 am

Miss Schlussel, if Islamists and Nazis are threatening your life, you must be doing something right. May your hands remain steady and your aim prove accurate.

Defeat_Islam! on April 24, 2009 at 12:27 am

As a NRA certified instructor for handgun safety and personal protection in the home I would highly suggest getting training in the basics, and more advance training after that too. Something from Thunder Ranch or Lethal Fore Institute for example.
I also highly suggest unarmed self-defense training. Many times you won’t have a weapon in your hand when violence hits you and you need to protect yourself NOW, without a firearm, till you can safely draw a firearm to help control the situation, if needed. It’s nice to have a concealed weapon on you, it is tough to bring into play when a sudden violent attack hits you. And if someone is planning violence against you chances are you aren’t going to have many, if any, clues before it hits you.

Wayne on April 24, 2009 at 5:53 am

The best way of self protection, is our way!!!

Daniel on April 24, 2009 at 9:46 am

Chad Castagana, you’re a coward. A p*ssy. A piece of s*it. That’s right, because instead of facing the conservative goddess like a real man and saying all this to her face, you hide behind your little computer acting like a killer.
I think in real life you are a coward. And if I ever saw you face to face, I would beat you like the coward you are. You’re a loser who likes to threaten people without showing your face.
Why don’t you and your friends start directing your death threats towards me. Yeah…come get yourself a MAN. Then we’ll see how threating you claim to be, punk.

Squirrel3D on April 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

When did being pro-israeli become more important than being pro-american in this country, and judaisim better than christianity. Are all the bloggers from israel? Where are the americans??

rams on June 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

When did being pro-israeli become more important than being pro-american in this country, and judaisim better than christianity. Are all the bloggers from israel? Where are the americans??

rams on June 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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