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Obama has more threats than other presidents-elect

November 14th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Obama has more threats than other presidents-elect

WASHINGTON (AP) – Threats against a new president historically spike right after an election, but from Maine to Idaho law enforcement officials are seeing more against Barack Obama than ever before. The Secret Service would not comment or provide the number of cases they are investigating. But since the Nov. 4 election, law enforcement officials have seen more potentially threatening writings, Internet postings and other activity directed at Obama than has been seen with any past president-elect, said officials aware of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue of a president’s security is so sensitive.

Earlier this week, the Secret Service looked into the case of a sign posted on a tree in Vay, Idaho, with Obama’s name and the offer of a “free public hanging.” In North Carolina, civil rights officials complained of threatening racist graffiti targeting Obama found in a tunnel near the North Carolina State University campus.

And in a Maine convenience store, an Associated Press reporter saw a sign inviting customers to join a betting pool on when Obama might fall victim to an assassin. The sign solicited $1 entries into “The Osama Obama Shotgun Pool,” saying the money would go to the person picking the date closest to when Obama was attacked. “Let’s hope we have a winner,” said the sign, since taken down.

In the security world, anything “new” can trigger hostility, said Joseph Funk, a former Secret Service agent-turned security consultant who oversaw a private protection detail for Obama before the Secret Service began guarding the candidate in early 2007.

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Obama has more threats than other presidents-elect

“In the security world, anything “new” can trigger hostility” they say??

Quite honestly, I don’t think *new* has a thing to do with threats against Obama. It is MY opinion that the threats are made by those that know no better, you DO NOT make threats against the president, or president elect, regardless of your personal feelings, racial prejudices, political views or any perceived dangers that you may feel that particular person may present to the United States! It doesn’t work that way!

Of course there will always be those that just don’t get it. There are some ignorant meat heads that think they can say anything they want to, even to the point of making death threats, and they believe that is their right under the 1st amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

You CAN say whatever you like, but the 1st amendment doesn’t guarantee that there won’t be some dire consequences if you threaten the life of the president or president elect. And quite frankly, I don’t know why anyone that was serious in their desire to harm ANY public official would be so stupid as to announce it.

In this day and time it is impossible to hide, email, blogs, phones, journals, none of it is so secure that you can make ridiculous threats. There are guys out there that have the ability to track you down, no matter where you are, and a threat against the POTUS is all the reason they need.

Here’s something that most folks already know, it’s NOT the idiot that goes on line making threats that the Secret Service is truly worried about, most, not ALL, but most of those people are making a desperate scream for attention, and they don’t care HOW they get it. It’s the ones that are deadly serious in their intentions, no pun intended, the ones that fly way under the radar.

I would truly HATE to be a Secret Service agent at any time, that is one job I never had ANY desire to take on, but to be one on the presidential detail of Barack Obama?? That would be a living and breathing nightmare!

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3 Responses to “Obama has more threats than other presidents-elect”

  1. comment number 1 by: Patrick Sperry

    As I noted the other day at CLO
    http://patricksperry.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/obama-and-my-crystal-ball/#comment-9114
    I damn sure would not want to be in the Secret Service right about now, or in the near future. That aside, as I remember from a course at the School of the Americas that we affectionately called “Assassination for fun and profit.”

    Never, ever, let the one that is to be whacked know that he is going to get whacked.

    It falls squarely into the stupid is as stupid does catagory…

  2. comment number 2 by: Syd

    I want Obama to live to a ripe old age and die peacefully of natural causes as God intended. I just want to make sure he doesn’t accomplish anything in the meantime.

  3. comment number 3 by: Basti

    If you’re smart you never telegraph your punch. IMO, most of these ‘threats’ are from attention seekers and/or goofy kids. People with a real political agenda to grind will be much more circumspect.