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Secret Service Debunks Potok, Globe

Yesterday, we were treated to this report from the Boston Globe:

The SPLC and Huffington Post’s Mark Potok

Secret Service strained as leaders face more threats

Report questions its role in financial investigations

By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff  |  October 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – The unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama, a rise in racist hate groups, and a new wave of antigovernment fervor threaten to overwhelm the US Secret Service, according to government officials and reports, raising new questions about the 144-year-old agency’s overall mission.

The Secret Service is tracking a far broader range of possible threats to the nation’s leaders, the officials said, even as it also investigates financial crimes such as counterfeiting as part of its original mandate.

The new demands are leading some officials, both inside and outside the agency, to raise the possibility of the service curtailing or dropping its role in fighting financial crime to focus more on protecting leaders and their families from assassination attempts and thwarting terrorist plots aimed at high-profile events.

“If there were an evaluation of the service’s two missions, it might be determined that it is ineffective . . . to conduct its protection mission and investigate financial crimes,’’ according to a internal report issued in August by the Congressional Research Service…

“This is a discussion going on not only in some quarters in Congress, but inside the Secret Service. Should there be a re-look at the mission?’’ said a government official, who like others was not authorized to speak publicly about security matters or reveal details about the number or nature of the threats.

Already, there are signs of strain on the agency, officials said. Budget documents submitted to Congress this year said the agency lacks the necessary technology to keep up with threats…

“The service’s protection mission has increased and become more urgent, due to the increase in terrorist threats and expanded arsenal of weapons that terrorists could use in an assassination attempt or attacks on facilities,’’ according to the congressional report.

The domestic threat is also growing, fueled in part by Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president, according to specialists who study homegrown radical movements.

Obama, who was given Secret Service protection 18 months before the election – the earliest ever for a presidential candidate – has been the target of more threats since his inauguration than his predecessors.

Two days before Obama’s appearance at San Francisco fund-raisers on Thursday, a 59-year-old Northern California man was indicted on charges of sending a racist, profanity-filled e-mail threatening to kill Obama and his family. The rambling e-mail included specific references to Michelle Obama and the phrase, “do it to his children and family first in front of him,’’ according to the indictment.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that antigovernment militias and white supremacist groups have strengthened in recent years, responding to an increasingly diverse population and what they see as an expanding government.

A center study released in August found a nearly 35 percent growth in racially based domestic hate groups since 2000 – from 602 to 926. The center concluded that opposition to Obama’s election has only increased the phenomenon.

“A key difference this time is that the federal government – the entity that almost the entire radical right views as its primary enemy – is headed by a black man,’’ the report said. “One result has been a remarkable rash of domestic terror incidents since the presidential campaign, most of them related to anger over the election of Barack Obama.’’

Threatening language has also found its way into talk radio broadcasts and social networking websites, raising fears that individuals not normally considered threats to the president could be incited to violence.

For example, the Secret Service in recent months has investigated a poll posted on Facebook about whether Obama should be killed. It has interviewed a Florida radio talk show host after a caller mentioned ammunition, target practice, and the president, and federal officials have raised concerns about several instances in which protesters carrying weapons showed up at Obama events, including a man at an August town hall in New Hampshire.

“The racist extremist fringe is exploiting themes that strike a chord in the mainstream more than we have seen in the recent past,’’ said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino, citing several elected leaders who have questioned whether Obama is a US citizen eligible to be president

Once again we see the fantasies of Mr. Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s ‘Intelligence Project’ being presented as news:

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that antigovernment militias and white supremacist groups have strengthened in recent years, responding to an increasingly diverse population and what they see as an expanding government.

Indeed, Mr. Potok’s mendacious hand is visible throughout:

A center study released in August found a nearly 35 percent growth in racially based domestic hate groups since 2000 – from 602 to 926. The center concluded that opposition to Obama’s election has only increased the phenomenon.

Never mind that there is no indication anywhere that there has been a rise in hate groups.

In fact, as we have often noted before (see the related links below), online hate groups (which Potok uses as his barometer) are actually in decline.

“A key difference this time is that the federal government – the entity that almost the entire radical right views as its primary enemy – is headed by a black man,’’ the report said. “One result has been a remarkable rash of domestic terror incidents since the presidential campaign, most of them related to anger over the election of Barack Obama.’’

Note too that the article (and presumably the CRS report) fails to cite one ‘domestic terror incident.’ Or are they calling threatening emails, polls and crackpot remarks terrorist incidents?

If so, it’s impossible to believe that Mr. Obama is experiencing more such threats than Mr. Bush did.

Moreover, we now we have this update from (the non news network) Fox News:

Secret Service Refutes Report Claiming Agency Stretched Too Thin

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The U.S. Secret Service pushed back against a report Sunday suggesting the agency may be spread too thin as it faces a greater range of potential threats against the nation’s leaders…

The newspaper referenced an internal report issued in August by the Congressional Research Service…

But an agency spokesman refuted the newspaper’s report, telling FOX News it is "not accurate and lacks a good deal of information provided to the writer."

Sources close to the Secret Service told FOX News there was a spike in threats against Obama immediately following the election, but said those numbers are now within the range of threats leveled at former presidents, like George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

So it sounds like the (New York Times owned) Boston Globe’s artfully unnamed ‘government officials’ and selective quotes from the CRS report might not have been so accurate, after all.

But given that we have been told that Fox News is not a real network, we have to go with the Boston Globe report.

After all, a couple of the top Boston Globe political reporters wrote Mr. Kerry’s campaign biography in 2004. So we know they can’t be biased.

Even though we have this:

But an agency spokesman refuted the newspaper’s report, telling FOX News it is "not accurate and lacks a good deal of information provided to the writer."

So the Boston Globe reporter suppressed information that did not suit his agenda?

How shocking!

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Secret Service Debunks Potok, Globe”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Balderdash and Bulshiite!!

    This is another attempt to stir the left fringe into hysteria over Americans denouncing the politics forced on Americans by the Obama Rouges gallery.

  2. Flession says:

    Where the hell have these racists been at the Tea Parties and the Town Hall meetings? Seriously, I keep looking for them in every single news report and video post’d on Youtube and Facebook. No men in white hoods, holding pitchforks and spouting racial messages. (They probably in the way back next to the Swastika wearers)

    Has the media already forgotten that the KKK was a creation of people in the Democratic party? And most other radical racial groups? Why not focus on the party that prefers racial separation in order to weed out the racists than the one who wants everyone to be equal?

    If they are people still like this, and that’s a big IF, let them be dealt with by the measures of the laws of our country, as well they should be for threatening the life of the President.

    Of course, that means that half of Hollywood should be dealt with in such a similar manner…which I’m still waiting to see the downside of this.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center says that antigovernment militias and white supremacist groups have strengthened in recent years, responding to an increasingly diverse population and what they see as an expanding government.

    You can’t forget this sort of “special” mindset is the same as a similar group (MIAC) who think that anyone who support Ron Paul, anti-abortion, limited government, or gun ownership of the people are militia members.

    …which then, of course, utilizing the very same logic of the Left, allows us to own guns.

  3. proreason says:

    There is no link between the Left and reality.

    They live entirely in a fantasy world of their own making.

    And that fantasy world has been created for two purposes.
    – For the “leaders”, it has been created to give them complete power
    – For the “followers”, it has been created to allow them to forgive themselves for their own sins.

  4. VMAN says:

    I love the commie uniform. Scruffy beard and hair and a suit that looks like it’s been slept it.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    A center study released in August found a nearly 35 percent growth in racially based domestic hate groups since 2000 – from 602 to 926. The center concluded that opposition to Obama’s election has only increased the phenomenon.

    Therefore, following the liberal logic applied to the growth of terrorist cells, that being the US policies and presence has contributed to it, Obama should step down and thus, the number of racially based hate groups should derease, no? Or, perhaps the One can just talk to them and have them see how righteous and fair and hopey changey he is….yeah, that’s the ticket.

    Logic, the ally of the conservative and the source of never ending frustration to a liberal.

  6. Enthalpy says:

    That there is some dissatisfaction with President Obama isn’t surprising. We should be grateful that Lindsey Graham, John McCain,Senators Snowe and Collins and a few other American patriots have seen the light on cap and trade, Obama Care, the U. N. Global Warming Treaty, and several other Obama initiatives designed strictly for the destruction of our country.

    The Administration may be using stories like this one to gauge the climate for implementation of martial law–should the need arise, of course.


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