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January 23rd, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Jewish newspaper’s editor resigns over Obama assassination column

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - A Jewish newspaper owner who attracted U.S. Secret Service attention for a column suggesting that Israel consider assassinating an American president has resigned as the paper’s editor, employees there said Monday.

The resignation comes after a firestorm over the column and after a tearful apology from the editor-in-chief of Georgia’s Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler.

The JTA reported Monday that Adler is selling the newspaper, but the office manager, Jerry Farkas, said that was incorrect and that Adler hadn’t announced plans to sell.

The paper’s newly named interim editor-in-chief, John McCurdy, said in an e-mail that he had not talked with Adler about whether he planned to sell the paper.

Adler wrote a January 13 column about the threat of Iran to Israel, posing three options for the Jewish state. One was a "hit on a president in order to preserve Israel's existence."

The column attracted interest from the U.S. Secret Service, with spokesman George Ogilvie saying Saturday, "We are aware of it. We are taking the appropriate investigative steps."

In an interview with an Atlanta TV station on Saturday, Adler broke down as he apologized for the column.

“All I could do now is let President Obama, the State of Israel, everybody affected in Atlanta’s Jewish community … (know) that I’m sincerely sorry for what has transpired,” Adler told Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Inc., straining to choke back tears.

“It’s storming outside as we speak, and I’ve always felt that when a storm happens that God’s angry with me,” Adler said.

Farkas said the paper is working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta to find a permanent managing editor.

The federation had said that it was suspending its relationship with the Atlanta Jewish Times until Adler apologized, agreed to stop writing and gave up editorial control.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Georgia • Judaism

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  1. Rob Hannigan

    Well it is actually illegal for some one to suggest such a thing under treason. Just cause calling some ones mom a bad word doesn't meen. You aren't getting punched in the face. Cause and Effect and this is an example. If desired charges could be pressed. Not that I will come to this.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  2. FACT

    When the Jews got their own country in 1948, they may have hoped that that would legitimize them somehow, that they would no longer be a wandering tribe of swindlers and liars. In other words, having an official state would somehow make them “normal.” But of course the Jews are the same oily people that they were before they got Israel, only now they have nuclear weapons and the protection of America:

    January 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Bozobub

      Albeit not as oily as you.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • sharkfisher

      You sound just like Adolf Hitler in 1933.Blame all your SELF caused troubles on the jews.Use the jews as a scapegoat for your own weakness and inability to achive your own goals. I pity you.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  3. Frank Rizzo

    Treason in Plain Sight.The mental preparation is well advanced. The missing ingredient is another mass murder. Strongly provoked emotions are critical when staging psy-ops designed to displace facts with what “the mark” can be deceived to believe. Plus, of course, it helps to muster some evidence that plausibly links the attack to Iran or Pakistan. That will suffice.
    Or perhaps not. This time around, those who took an oath to defend this nation from all enemies—both foreign and domestic—may well have better tools to do their job.
    There is but one possible source able to sustain such operations with impunity inside the U.S. Only one nation has the requisite intelligence capabilities to operate from within our government in plain sight yet non-transparently.

    As yet, few dare speak its name. Instead, four-fifths of those in “our” Congress recently proclaimed themselves loyal to a foreign nation and insisted that our commander-in-chief maintain an “unbreakable bond” with what the facts confirm is an enemy within.
    Will the U.S. again be attacked? If so, will we focus our forces on the real enemy? Our veterans’ community is 27 million strong. Let your voice be heard. Our nation is at stake.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Bozobub

      Oh, FFS, go back to your anti-Zionist pamphlets and stop bothering people. You're getting spittle everywhere.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  4. Frank Rizzo

    The mental threads have been laid. For example, in March 2005, author Jerome Corsi published Atomic Iran urging that either the U.S. or Israel kill the “mad mullahs” of Iran.
    In July 2006, Corsi released Minuteman. Citing the president’s “failed immigration policy,” this Israeli asset claimed that Iran-supported terrorists are “invading from Mexico” to stage another 911. “We have definitive proof that we have Hezbollah—the terrorist group that Israel is fighting today—sleeper cells that are here.”

    This prepare-the-minds publication appeared two weeks after Israel invaded Lebanon to combat “Hezbollah terrorists.” Where was the book launched? If you answered Ground Zero, the 911 site in Manhattan, you understand how psy-ops experts deploy the power of association to displace facts with fictions.
    Such “associative” duplicity can only succeed in plain sight. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broadcasts from “The Situation Room” with its White House-associative branding. What “the most trusted name in news” fails to tell you is that Blitzer worked 17 years for The Jerusalem Post and authored a sympathetic book on Israeli master spy Jonathan Pollard.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  5. littlelibwithabib

    freedom of speech? guess not. the dude didn't say he was going to go and kill obummer, he just listed it as an option that israel could take, i remember comments like this constantly when W was running things, libs wanted him dead or at least in prison more than anything else....i even remember a rap music video which portrayed a W look alike getting shot – what was the verdict then? oh yeah........freedom of speech/expression/artistic creativity. you dumb self hating white liberals are digging your own graves. have fun! but yeah i'm glad he resigned too cuz he obviously has no juevos to stand up for what he wrote.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  6. Frank Rizzo

    The Next Provocation-With chilling consistency, the Myth Makers responsible for this latest corruption of U.S. intelligence have proven adept at inducing serial conflicts that hollowed out our economy, damaged our credibility and undermined our faith in our own government.
    There was no Gulf of Tonkin incident, the rationale that took us to war in Vietnam. Israel was not endangered in 1967 when it began the Six-Day war. Phony intelligence rationalized a massive land grab guaranteed to provoke antagonisms that undermined our security.
    In rationalizing the war in Iraq, who deceived us? Who had the means, motive and opportunity? Are our minds again being prepared to wage yet another war that is not in our interest? Are we again being subjected to a seductive psy-ops as a prelude to war, awaiting only the emotional catalyst of another mass murder?

    January 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  7. Frank Rizzo

    Israel has long been waging war on the U.S. by way of deception. To date, its operatives have worked from the shadows hoping not to be detected. Their duplicity typically includes the displacement of facts with what the American public can be deceived to believe.

    Thus the need to create a widely held belief around Iraqi WMD, Iraqi ties to Al Qaeda, Iraqi meetings in Prague, Iraqi mobile biological weapons laboratories and Iraq’s purchase of uranium from Niger. Though all five “facts” were false, only the last claim was conceded as phony prior to inducing our invasion of Iraq.
    There lies our national security challenge as the groundwork is being laid for another 911.
    The same fact-displacing modus operandi is again at work. In the parlance of national security analysts, psy-ops specialists are “preparing the mind” to accept another generally accepted truth at odds with the facts. This time the objective is Iran. Or Pakistan.
    Except that this time national security is shining a bright light in the shadows where such operations are launched.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  8. CSD

    For the amount of money we spend defending that barren rock and their thankless inhabitants, they ought to just be made the 51st state and we should tax them. I am sick of spending a billion dollars a month protecting the other side of the terrorist coin.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  9. Adam

    I like how he says that rain means his magical sky wizard is mad. Last time I checked, rain was a rather essential component of continued existence.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  10. Boogeyman

    if Israel attacked the US...we would send them aid...lol..sad but true

    January 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Who says they haven't?

      January 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Boogeyman

      oh you mean 9/11?....lol...i thought I was the only one who felt they had a huge hand

      January 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • FACT

      The Jews attacked us on 9/11/01. Google 5 dancing Israelis and how Larry "the Jew" Silverstein made off with BILLIONS in insurance money.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • DOUBLE HARD FACT

      Everything you read on the internet is true, ESPECIALLY when the results come from a Google search.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • FACT

      I know this one wait... we all watch too much James Bond right? LOL!

      January 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  11. Dreamer96

    Lesson learned...
    Don't mess with the Secret Service...
    that is a really bad idea...
    they do not take any chances...

    January 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Huh?

      Then let all the Right Wing Nut Jobs, racists, etc. beware. The Secret Service will be listening. And, if so, act accordingly.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • eibreh

      Huh?
      Oh my they are coming to take my Bible away oh my

      January 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  12. majorsdad

    HEY...whod a thunk that a blackguy would have to be President, to get the best of a jewish guy......I LOVE WHEN THEY CRY.......

    January 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Biff

      Yep. You can sense the bigotry seething behind Farkas' words. As far as he's concerned you're either a Jew or the enemy.

      January 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  13. MCJNY

    If this editor was so worried about israel, then go there and defend the nation you love. Why bother writing this nonsense when you could actually go and do something about it. Or does he believe that americans should be doing something about the "enemies of israel". Ok. but there is one small problem. israel is a foreign, sovereign nation well capable of defending itself. What do you want from us? We have problems of our own in the US. solve yours and we should solve ours.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  14. soul2squeez

    what a moron, why would you write that in this country?

    January 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  15. GunnerGA

    While the Secret Service can and should investigate anything that might be considered threatening to the President, the statements of Mr. Adler were not actionable. In Watts v. United States (1969), the United States Supreme Court ruled that mere political hyperbole must be distinguished from true threats. In other words, Mr. Adler was protected by the First Amendment as his comments, stupid as they were, were not meant written as a threat but rather as a scenario ala Tom Clancy. Although , Adler is no Clancy by evidence of the firestorm that followed, he is protected by the same laws that protect Clancy from his fiction as well.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • Dreamer96

      But Tom Clancy still had to testify before a Congressional Hearing about the magnetic silent drive system in "Hunt for Red October"...

      January 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  16. Godoflunaticscreation

    Good riddance to this inciter of terror. Now when can we book his flight to Guantanamo?

    January 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  17. SilverHair

    Jews and Israel have never been our "friend". What have they given us except a half century of world grief??

    January 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Fred Capo

      50% of all American Nobel Prices

      January 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  18. curt

    People hated Jesus when he was alive, now they love him... Isn't that too little too late?

    January 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • curt

      I bet Jesus would legalize ganja

      January 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  19. Lee

    This is treason! Lock him up, throw away the key!

    January 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Bo

      Lock him up for treason? HEY! I think all our presidents from way back have been treasonous! They won’t do anything about securing our boarders, to me that is treason! They have pledged to protect us. That is one of their first pledges: to protect the citizens of this country. As least as far back as Reagan the presidents have declined to adequately protect our boarders so that now it is almost impossible to protect us. They will pelage billions of dollars to go fight a war on foreign soil, but just a few measly million dollars to guard the boarders. So, you think because this idiot should be locked up for a stupid remark?

      January 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  20. Jim Beranis

    My....the sacrifices he's willing to make for his cause. If only someone could suggest burning the newspaper building down as a possible solution.....throw the man in jail for suggesting to kill the President of the United States of America. Bread and water in the federal pen until he's dead because his bowels have locked up.

    January 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
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