Robert Spencer is no stranger to hate mail, death threats and backlash. He ruffles many feathers with his outspoken, unapologetic writings and speeches that highlight the dark side of Islam. Spencer believes he was poisoned in Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik, where he was giving a speech on the future of Islam in Europe. During his talk he condemned jihad and Sharia oppression.
Spencer apparently thought someone slipped drugs into his drink while he dined at a restaurant after the speech last Thursday. He said that 15 minutes after meeting a professed “fan,” he felt numbness in his face, hands and feet.
“I began trembling and vomiting. My heart was racing dangerously. I spent the night in a Reykjavik hospital,” said Spencer.
According to a report by World Net Daily (WND), a doctor confirms the claim:
The doctor states in his one-page report, dated May 12, that Spencer tested “positive for amphetamine and MDMA.”
The drug Spencer tested positive for, MDMA, is more commonly known as “ecstasy” and can cause an increase in heart rate.
According to Spencer, the doctor told him he’d had a panic attack.
“I’ve never had a panic attack in my life,” Spencer recalled. “Also, why would I have a panic attack after a successful event?”
Spencer believes the doctor knew who he was and wanted to cover the incident up, so as to not make the “Icelandic left look bad.” His visit to the island country “triggered a firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press, all based on American leftist talking points,” according to Spencer.
Spencer said that although MDMA came up in the report, the doctor didn’t talk about the drug to him. “When he spoke to me, he mentioned only Ritalin, and seemed skeptical when I told him I had never taken Ritalin.”
Spencer says the doctor “went on about” stress and told him to stop “doing what I do.” Spencer says he doesn’t find what he does stressful, however. He believes the doctor wanted him to believe he hadn’t been drugged, saying it wasn’t a “serious poisoning.”
“How much poison must one be given for the poisoning to be ‘serious’? I had most of the symptoms of MDMA overdose. That’s serious enough for me,” Spencer said. He says the police are investigating and attempting to obtain the restaurant’s surveillance video.
Reykjavik journalist Hjálmar Friðriksson, a reporter for the local news service DV, has confirmed police are reviewing Spencer’s complaint, according to WND.
Spencer is the author of New York Times bestsellers “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” and “The Truth About Muhammad.” His latest book is “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.” He also directs Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI and many other groups, including the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the U.S. intelligence community.
Spencer said that this trip to Iceland has taught him that “media demonization of those who dissent from the leftist line is direct incitement to violence.” He says speaking against “jihad and Islamization” is not what Icelandic politicians or their media want the public to talk about.
“By portraying me and others who raise legitimate questions about jihad terror and Sharia oppression as racist, bigoted Islamophobes, without allowing us a fair hearing, the media in Iceland and elsewhere in the West is actively endangering those who dare to dissent.”
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