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Sat Sep 8, 2012, 06:48 AM

Secret Service says number of threats against president 'overwhelming' [View all]

This makes my heart hurt.

http://mynorthwest.com/11/728028/Secret-Service-Number-of-Obama-threats-overwhelming

Secret Service says number of threats against president 'overwhelming'
By Brandi Kruse
97.3 KIRO FM
The U.S. Secret Service field office in Seattle responds to threats against the President of the United States daily. They call the sheer number "overwhelming."



When a Federal Way man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama makes a scheduled appearance in court Monday, the Secret Service in Seattle will likely be busy responding to new threats against POTUS, and others under their protection.

According to the U.S. Secret Service field office in Seattle, agents here respond to multiple threats each day.

"Our goal and our mandate is to immediately respond to any direct threat against the president, the first family, any other Secret Service protectees such as the vice president, or visiting heads of state," said Bob Kierstead, assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle field office.

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Kierstead said many of those who make such threats are mentally ill, and it is the goal of the Secret Service to find them help. It can be "sobering," he said, when agents show up at their door.

"It can be upsetting, but any type of threat against the president is a violation of federal law," he said.

According to the Secret Service, the president is the most threatened person in the U.S., regardless of political party. He is not made aware of all threats against him, however, because Kierstead said the "sheer number would be overwhelming and, frankly, distracting."

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