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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 10:54 AM
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Report: Unprecedented Number Of Death Threats Against Obama -- And Secret Service Overwhelmed
Edited on Sun Jan-09-11 10:58 AM by SoCalDem
Just a reminder that the "target" is not only congresspeople

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Report: Unprecedented Number Of Death Threats Against Obama -- And Secret Service Overwhelmed
Jillian Rayfield | October 19, 2009, 6:00PM
http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/10/new-re...

The Boston Globe reports that a new internal Congressional Research Service report and government sources say there are an unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama -- and that the Secret Service is insufficiently funded and staffed to deal with them.

According to The Globe, a report issued by the Congressional Research Service shows that the Secret Service is investigating more threats against government officials than ever before, and questions whether the 144-year old agency should continue probing financial crimes, as was its original mandate. In total, the Secret Service regularly protects 32 people and arranges security for high-profile events. But the election of Barack Obama has increased threats against the president's life by 400 percent from his predecessor, according to "In the President's Secret Service," Ronald Kessler's account of presidential security. The Secret Service has looked into a number of race-based threats since Obama took office, and a Facebook poll that asked "Should Obama be killed?" President Obama also had a Secret Service detail 18 months before the election, the earliest of any Presidential candidate.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report back in August that found that the number of white supremacist militia groups has spiked by 35% since 2000. The Secret Service has, in turn, increased its employees from 6,700 two years ago to a projected 7,055 in the coming fiscal year, almost entirely devoted to protecting national leaders. But that's a staff increase of just 5.3 percent -- nowhere near the 400 percent increase in threats to the president's life.


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and this from AUG 2009

SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Thu Aug-06-09 07:06 AM
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Just in case people forgot- "Secret Service blamed Palin for sudden spike in Obama death threats"



She was just a "Johnny-etta Appleseed", planting saplings back then, but the trees are bearing fruit now. The orchard-owners have sent their tenders out into the field now to spread the message.

Obama's "other-ness" is now a part of almost every newscast, and in every edition of just about every paper & magazine. It may be the birthers, the "he's a socialist", rank & file republicans, or just the millions of "low-information" voters (aka Idiots), but once the monster's out, it's awfully hard to get him back into the cage..



http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/secret-service-...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDMt7nBPFeY&eurl=http%3A ...


Secret Service blamed Palin for sudden spike in Obama death threats
By David Neiwert Sunday Nov 09, 2008 12:00pm

All of the talk about the special Newsweek report describing the backstage events in this year's presidential campaign has focused on various revelations about Sarah Palin's astonishing lack of knowledge about global and national affairs, as well as her spending sprees.

But this passage seemed at least as significant, if not more so:

The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. "Why would they try to make people hate us?" Michelle asked a top campaign aide.

Tim Shipman at the Telegraph (UK) has more:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection20...
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 10:56 AM
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1. Nobody could have imagined that three years of nonstop lunatic hate
broadcast over mass media outlets twenty four hours a day would have this sort of effect.
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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 10:58 AM
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3. Yeah. Who woulda thunk it? n/t
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 11:33 AM
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8. Duzy for wry. nt
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breadandwine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-11 01:56 AM
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12. Well said. 24/7/365. What could possibly be wrong with that? (Sarcasm.)



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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 10:57 AM
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2. Only fools stir up the mob. nt
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 10:59 AM
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4. How many agents are protecting Darth Cheney?
I'm sure they could be put to far better use.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-11 01:37 AM
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10. I don't think he has that much security these days
Edited on Mon Jan-10-11 01:37 AM by SoCalDem
He's pretty much tethered to his heart machine thingie & looks like he's dropped 100lbs or so..

and in reality, his "enemies" probably are satisfied to see Mother Nature taking care of him..
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 10:59 AM
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5. They know the President has a lot of protection
But Congresspeople, not so much. If there turns out to be anyone solid behind this shooting, you can bet they thought of that.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 09:18 PM
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9. I wonder if there is really enough, or we have just been lucky
:scared:
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 11:12 AM
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6. but the left is as bad as the right!
:eyes:
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-11 11:28 AM
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7. that's the media meme, for sure..
:puke:
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-11 01:51 AM
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11. Thank you, John McCain
Oh sure, the usual nut-talkers were spouting their hate but it wasn't until you selected your running mate that your campaign stops began to take on the character of Klan rallies with shouts of "Terrorist!" and "Kill him!" and associated signs, posters and t-shirts.

Enjoy your legacy, John.
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Mojeoux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-11 02:05 AM
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13. K&R
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-11 02:59 AM
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14. Kick
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