Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) made some strong statements at the Values Voters Summit recently. ISIS used some of her speech in one of its videos. It’s believed that an online threat to Bachmann may have been in response to that speech. A consequence of the threat appears to be Bachmann getting her own security detail according to a report by POLITICO:
Federal law enforcement officials are taking an ISIL threat against Michele Bachmann so seriously that Capitol Police have given the Minnesota Republican her own security detail.
An online threat against Bachmann emerged recently, according to multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the situation. Last week, Bachmann was provided a security detail in response, according to the sources.
Members of the U.S. Capitol Police’s Dignitary Protection Division were briefed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The police security will continue until Bachmann, who will retire at the end of this Congress, is no longer in office.
A police detail of this type typically means 24-hour protection when a member of Congress is on Capitol Hill or back in the home district.
Officials declined to outline the specific nature of the threat.
Bachmann’s office referred news media inquiries to Capitol Police. A Capitol Police spokeswoman declined to comment.
“The U.S. Capitol Police does not discuss law enforcement operations or security regarding Members of Congress,” spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider wrote in an email.
In 2012, Bachmann was on the cutting edge of controversy when she led a group of five U.S. Congressmen who sought an investigation of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into various federal agencies and departments. Not one of their colleagues in either the House or the Senate stood with the Bachmann Five. In fact, more Republicans stood against her.
Now, again, in 2014, her colleagues have another opportunity to show solidarity with her.
Will any of them do so?
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. – Edmund Burke