Monday, August 10, 2009

Barack Obama faces 30 death threats a day, stretching US Secret Service

US President Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched and under-resourced Secret Service, according to a new book.

Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President's Secret Service.

Some threats to Mr Obama, whose Secret Service codename is Renegade, have been publicised, including an alleged plot by white supremacists in Tennessee late last year to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history.

1 comment:

J. Clarence said...

For the guys in Tennessee I heard it was just a bunch of drunks, and not something they really took very seriously.

That being sad, I'm not surprised and still shocked. I never realized that many people would threaten the president, and be dumb enough to go public with that essentially--though I am thankful that they did so that we can catch them.

To a certain extent I expected a bump in the number of people who make the threat because he is African-American.