THREATENING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: THE STAT CONSERVATIVES DON’T WANT YOU TO READ TODAY


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As the most visible public figure in American life and having the job as the head of the Executive Branch of the American government the President of the United States is bound to acquire at least a few people who dislike him in a nation of over 315 million people. The United States Secret Service tasked with the duty of protecting the President and others keeps an amazing array of data on threats, both credible and not against the POTUS. To make a threat against the President is a class D felony under 18 USC 871:

(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
(b) The terms “President-elect” and “Vice President-elect” as used in this section shall mean such persons as are the apparent successful candidates for the offices of President and Vice President, respectively, as ascertained from the results of the general elections held to determine the electors of President and Vice President in accordance with title 3, United States Code, sections 1 and 2. The phrase “other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President” as used in this section shall mean the person next in the order of succession to act as President in accordance with title 3, United States Code, sections 19 and 20.

This is not some new law the origins date back to 1917. Clearly threats to the POTUS go back well before that. During the presidency of George W Bush the POTUS received up to 3,000 threats against his life and safety per year. President Obama, the 44th POTUS has been getting a staggering 30 death threats alone per day according to the Guardian newspaper in 2009. That adds up to over 65,000 threats against the life of the leader of the free world in his nearly five years, 2170 days, in office. The United States Secret Service holds however that while Obama gets more threats than Bush the numbers reported in the Guardian are too high to be accurate.

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In Hindsight

Our sources suggest the number is somewhere north of 50,000 for this period making the current POTUS the most threatened in US history. Mario Edward Garnett was one of those arrested in 2010 for threatening the President and he was killed over the weekend in Arizona after a multistate bank robbing spree that cost a Mississippi police officer his life.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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