According to the NY Daily News, President Barack Obama‘s step-grandmother, Sarah Obama , is under 24-7 surveillance, because Al-Qaeda wants revenge for Osama Bin Laden‘s murder.
The Somali-based Al-Qaeda group, Al Shabaab, is said to be furious with the death of their leader. So much so, that Kenyan authorities had to step in to provide protection for her.
Police chief Stephen Cheteka told the African Review:
“We received reports of plans to attack the home of Mama Sarah Obama, and we immediately put in place adequate security measures.”
According to the NY Daily News, though, this particular threat is just one of many that was communicated after bin Laden’s death:
“The threat was one of many issued by bin Laden loyalists after the decade-long hunt for the World Trade Center mastermind ended with his death.”
While Sarah Obama is the second wife of President Obama‘s grandfather, and isn’t biologically related to him, President Obama has visited her in Kenya and she came to America to attend Obama’s inaugural ball.
President Obama anticipated backlash from bin Laden’s followers after announcing bin Laden’s killing, but to his grandmother? Seriously? I mean, were folks trying to get a hold of George W. Bush‘s relatives after he hung Saddam Hussein? This just seems wrong … and ridiculous.
Mama Obama is damn-near 90 years old. Do they really gain terrorism points by threatening a senior citizen? Respectable targets must be hard to come by