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.

Most however, are kept under wraps because the Secret Service fears that revealing details of them would only increase the number of copycat attempts. Although most threats are not credible, each one has to be investigated meticulously.

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

  1. Shawn Wilson says:

    I must admit that I'm not a big fan of President Obama, though I do pray for him and his family. However, I find it ridiculous that so many people can't combat the real issues. Killing someone will only promote more killing. So what happens if someone gets in that these people like and a democrat doesn't? Is it okay for even more death threats? That's what's wrong with America!! The wrong people are controlling the dialoogue!!

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