Aniruddha Sherbow sent an email to the FBI on August 2 threatening to decapitate Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
“I, Aniruddha Sherbow, with the Divine as my witness, do hereby solemnly vow to find Tulsi Gabbard, wheresoever she may be, and to sever her head from her body,” he wrote.
Gabbard obtained a three-year restraining order against Sherbow in 2011 after she told the media he threatened and harassed her. At the time, Gabbard was serving on the Honolulu City Council.
However, Sherbow told Hawaii Reporter in an August 6 email: “I was never actually served with the restraining order. There was no bail and no case. Thrown out. I actually tok Tulsi to task about her lack of responsiveness, which many people have complained about. But she couldn’t say that, so she made it sound like I threatened her.”
Sherbow, who said he has a philosophy degree and is a professional writer, claimed he is “attempting to achieve the good life for the people.”
“… I really was born into the same obscure Western-Hindu tradition as Tulsi, the Hare Krishna Movement, also known as the Brahma Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya. Because of this last connection, I think she is counting on me not hurting her. And she is right to count on it, because it is in fact very difficult for me to hurt her. However, we all have our limits, and I have reached mine. At this point, if you stuck Tulsi’s head in front of me, I’d have it off in two seconds flat. … I hoped the whole thing might have some good ending somehow, but I’m not seeing one.”
Sherbow told Hawaii Reporter, “Sometimes I also think that Tulsi just needs a bad guy in her life, and I am the one who has been chosen, and resistance is futile. You know, what she did basically took my entire life, and it has had repercussions all around me, to everyone connected to me. I want my life back, I don’t like being tortured, and I don’t like those connected to me having to suffer. Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that I don’t think people elected her to character assassinate people, or to pick on people. She is in a trusted position.”
Gabbard, who was elected to Congress in 2012 as “one of the first two female combat veterans, first Hindu and first female of Samoan ancestry to ever serve as a member of the U.S. Congress,” did not respond to Hawaii Reporter’s inquiries about Sherbow’s threats or comments.
Gabbard has extensive military experience. Her biography recounts how she “voluntarily deployed to Iraq with her fellow Soldiers of the 29th Brigade eventually serving two tours of combat duty in the Middle East. … and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan’s Officer Candidate School, and was the first woman to ever receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military on her second overseas tour.” Gabbard is currently a Captain in the Hawaii National Guard’s 29th Brigade Combat Team.
FBI Special Agent Tom Simon told Hawaii Reporter: “The Honolulu FBI is aware of the threat, and we are investigating.”
However, Sherbow may be difficult to find. After an article was published in The Honolulu Advertiser about their dispute two years ago, Sherbow said he had to leave Hawaii because of threats he received, and now, he “has even left the country.”
Sherbow said the FBI has not contacted him since he sent the letter on August 2.