Saturday, September 19, 2009

Action Alert: Protect President Obama

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The right-wing hate speech polluting the debate over health care is generating more and more threats against President Obama, some truly frightening.

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez reports that when President Obama visited Phoenix, Ariz. on August 17, local minister Steven Anderson of the Faithful World Baptist Church, who strongly expresses hatred for Obama in many of his sermons, told his congregation that he wished him dead. In a disturbing twist, it was discovered that Chris Broughton, the man who brought an AR 15 assault rifle to the Phoenix rally where Obama spoke, had attended Anderson's sermon. In a later interview, Broughton said he concurred with his pastor's wish to see Obama "die and go to hell." As many as twelve men were seen walking around the Phoenix Convention Center with guns on that day.

President Obama faces 30 death threats a day, a 400 percent increase from former President Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, a veteran investigative journalist and conservative who recently authored a book about the Secret Service.

Kessler notes that funding cutbacks have already left the first African-American president in U.S. history particularly vulnerable. The book, which alleges that the cash-strapped Secret Service is endangering the president by cutting corners, has sent shockwaves through Washington. "There's no question his life is in danger." "Tomorrow, Obama could be assassinated ... simply because the Secret Service was not doing what it used to do, " said Kessler.

"We have half the number of agents we need, but requests for more agents have fallen on deaf ears at headquarters," a Secret Service agent told Kessler.

"There's a tremendous feeling within the Secret Service that they are risking an assassination," Kessler told Canadian TV.

As CNN's Rick Sanchez said on the air, "This looks serious. This almost looks like this is coming to the point where we are even beyond maybe where this nation was on November 22 of 1963, when JFK was assassinated, when there was also an environment of hate in this country."

As racist attacks increase and protestors continue to bring guns to presidential events, it is strikingly clear that President Obama is vulnerable to harm. Are the Secret Service and FBI doing enough to protect him? Will they confront and investigate those who threaten our president so that they can be prosecuted and jailed?

We cannot allow funding problems to weaken the organizations charged with protecting the life of our nation's president. In 2003, the Secret Service and FBI became part of the Department of Homeland Security and now must compete with 20 other agencies for oversight from their chief, Janet Napolitano. She must use her authority to ensure that the Secret Service and FBI put more agents on the ground to protect President Obama and confront and investigate those who threaten him. It is time for Americans of every stripe to insist that the Secret Service and FBI operate at the highest levels of effectiveness.

Sign your name to this petition so that Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security hears the message loud and clear. And please pass this message on to your friends and colleagues. It is a difficult time in America, and we have to stand up and make sure our president is safe… [emphasis added]

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Sue said...

isn't ironic, Bush was the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths from his wars, was a horrendous president yet president Obama is getting death threats for wanting to better our country and our reputation around the globe. It shows the utter hate and fear of change from the right-wing. I pray every night for the Obamas safety!

Annette said...

I am with Sue.. it is ironic that Bush was one of the most, if not the most hated president we had.. and yet Pres. Obama is now faced with this threat level. Of course, being AA is a large part of it.. some people want to kill him just because of the color of his skin. No matter what the media wants to say or lead people to believe.. They are even trying to make manufacture an argument between him and Pres. Carter now.. They are really just stupid... I get so sick of all of them.

Randal Graves said...

Maybe Obama should have chosen to be white, it's his own fault, at least that's what American's Foremost Performance Artist says.

Fran said...

The levels of hate are so ratcheted up and it is very scary. He is coming to Albany on Monday, the security is going to be so intense. I really fear for his life.

Jack Jodell said...

This is great info. I'm signing that petition NOW!

TomCat said...

Sue and Annette, here the difference. Although Bush was hated by far more Americans than Obama ever will, prople on the left do not have the same culture of violence that the right does. We tend to fight with ideas, because our positions have a strong rational basis. They tend to fight with threats, fear and violence, brcause there positions do not have a strong rational basis.

Randal, at least he made it half way. ;-)

So do I, Fran. That's why O posted this. I'm old enough to remember how the forces of intolerance disposed of both Kennedys and King.

Thanks, Jack. I hope everyone does.

Mauigirl said...

TomCat, thabks for posting this, I will certaibly fo sign. This is a big concern to me as well.

Mauigirl said...

Pardon the typos, am on my blackberry!

Jolly Roger said...

If these idiotic racists continue to threaten the President, then all of the provisions of the PATRIOT Act (which I despise) should be used to the fullest.

These McVeigh admirers are a menace to civilized society.

TomCat said...

You're welcome, Maui, and thank you. No problem. I make bad typos on a keyboard. :-)

They are, JR. But why spy when they're so obvious about it?