An internal congressional report questioning the ability of the Secret Service to continue fulfilling its duties was leaked to the Boston Globe. The report says the Secret Service is strained by a drastic increase in threats to President Obama, coupled with deep budget cuts. Some are speculating that the agency may need to relinquish all or part of its roles in protecting the country's financial machinery in order to focus resources on the protection of the president and other high-profile leaders.
The report, issued in August by the Congressional Research Service, claimed that if "an evaluation of the service's two missions" were to be done at this time, there's a good possibility that "it might be determined that it is ineffective...to conduct its protection mission and investigate financial crimes."
Does it make you think twice about the ugly rhetoric and its origins?
Answer by janet116 at 9:59 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
Talking Points Memo noted that Ronald Kessler, the author of a recently released book on the Secret Service's protection of U.S. presidents, recently said that threats against President Obama are up 400 percent from the number of threats levied against former President George W. Bush, while the size of the agency's staff has only increased by 5.3 percent.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says that the U.S. has seen a 35 percent rise in hate groups in recent years, and few doubt that the discontent stirred up over the election of an African-American president is fueling the rise in threats
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Answer by Anonymous at 1:46 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
Crime always goes up when the economy is in the crapper. Threats to the President were of course going to go up there are racists in America and they are angry a black man is in office. I will still speak out against Obama on the things I disagree with him on. That won't change. What I have said has not harmed him in any way. You like to generalize people and lump all people you disagree with into the same catagory. But you are a moron so it is not that shocking.
No, I don't. The threats went up by 400%...That a LOT..and when did I say ANYONE who is opposed to Obama's policy is threatening him? or racist? Right, no where...that's YOU lumping people together
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:47 PM on Oct. 21, 2009
No. by reading in betweenthe lines it is telling me NationalSecurity will be decreased in order to protect the Azzhole that is asking for real trouble on his hands. Why not continue to piss off the majority of the country at will when you know you are protected by the most capable hands in the worlds.
National security is in no danger, his approval rating is above 50 % so you say he's pissing off half, the OTHER half disagrees with you. Are you saying he DESERVES death threats because YOU don't agree with his policy??
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