You guys do realize that the FBI and the Secret Service have different definitions of what constitutes a "death threat" against the President.
For the Secret Service the key is 'credible threat'. Those are actively investigated by the Secret Service and are a small percentage of the actual threats reported. There is some basis to the threat which makes it more than just idle talk.
For the FBI which does most of the preliminary investigations - anything they have to examine is reported as a threat. Because they expend manpower, time and money against it.
So for 50 threats in the FBI list, the Secret Service may see 2 or 3.
Also, with the growth of the internet, the number of incidents of web sites and forums where threats against the President are made more public - the number of incidents reported to the authorities has increased tremendously.
|Quoting Dreadnought (Thread starter):|
"I'm not sure where that number comes from," he said, adding that the number of threats against Obama "are the same level as it has been [against] the last two presidents."
The quote about the same level of threats is career bureacrat BS
|Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):|
Are you saying that the Director of the Secret Service is lying to a congressional committee
In the public session - of course they lie. They can then turn around in the closed door classified session and tell Congress that the previous statement was a incorrect and make the correction at that time. Happens everyday.
The Director of the Secret Service has testified in the past that the agency needed more people and staff, especially computer technical staff, because the level of activity against President Bush was several times greater than against President Clinton. (Don't know if it was the same guy).
Now the level of credible threats is probably at or near the same against the most recent few presidents.
But the Secret Service and the FBI have both been on record several times that they are getting many times more reports of threats because of the internet than they ever did before it became so common for people to make posts.
If you wrote a letter to the editor and said the president should be taken out in 1966, it probably got reported to the Secret Service - but if the local police chief said you were just spouting off - you were a hot head talker, but not going to do anything - it ended there.
If you posted that on a web site in 1996, it probably did not get reported to the Secret Service unless the entire web site was focused on killing the President.
If you posted that on a blog in 2006, it would get reported to the Secret Service and checked by the FBI or Secret Service.
In all three cases - it would not be a 'credible threat' and not appear in Secret Service statistics.
Right not the Director of the Secret Service is saying he has everything under control and all the people he needs - to deflect attention away from the party crasher incident. Wait until the next budget cycle and see what his story is.