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Member of Veterans Group “Gathering of Eagles” Told Dodd to Kill Himself

The teabagger who appeared in the video of the Hartford, CT anti-health care rally has been identified by Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie as James Bancroft. The man made the evening news shows last night when he appeared in a video from a teabagger rally, encouraging Chris Dodd (who recently announced he had prostate cancer) to kill himself:

"How come we don’t just give Chris Dodd painkillers? Like a handful of them at a time! He can wash it down with Ted Kennedy’s whiskey…!"

Dodd is scheduled to have prostate surgery during the August recess. Bancroft said "Dodd asked if he wanted to talk to him and he declined."

Bancroft is the Connecticut Coordinator of an organization called a Gathering of Eagles, a group that was formed in 2007 to protect the Viet Nam memorial wall from being defaced during a peace march that year oppose the war in Iraq.

From their mission statement:

[W]e are adamantly opposed to the use of violence, vandalism, physical or verbal assaults on our veterans, and the destruction or desecration of our memorials. By defending and honoring these sacred places, we defend and honor those whose blood gave all of us the right to speak as freely as our minds think.

Dodd served in the United States Army Reserve. I guess that doesn’t count.

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Member of Veteran’s Group “Gathering of Eagles” Told Dodd to Kill Himself

The teabagger who appeared in the video of the Hartford, CT anti-health care rally has been identified by Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie as James Bancroft.  The man made the evening news shows last night when he appeared in a video from a teabagger rally, encouraging Chris Dodd (who recently announced he had prostate cancer) to kill himself:

"How come we don’t just give Chris Dodd painkillers? Like a handful of them at a time! He can wash it down with Ted Kennedy’s whiskey…!"

Dodd is scheduled to have prostate surgery during the August recess.  Bancroft said  "Dodd asked if he wanted to talk to him and he declined."

Bancroft is the Connecticut Coordinator of an organization called a Gathering of Eagles, a group that was formed in 2007 to protect the Viet Nam memorial wall from being defaced during a peace march that year oppose the war in Iraq.

From their mission statement:

[W]e are adamantly opposed to the use of violence, vandalism, physical or verbal assaults on our veterans, and the destruction or desecration of our memorials. By defending and honoring these sacred places, we defend and honor those whose blood gave all of us the right to speak as freely as our minds think.

 Dodd served in the United States Army Reserve.  I guess that doesn’t count.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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