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megimoo
10-22-2009, 07:33 AM
An internal congressional report questioning the ability of the Secret Service to continue fulfilling its duties was leaked to the Boston Globe.

The report says the Secret Service is strained by a drastic increase in threats to President Obama, coupled with deep budget cuts.

Some are speculating that the agency may need to relinquish all or part of its roles in protecting the country's financial machinery in order to focus resources on the protection of the president and other high-profile leaders.

The report, issued in August by the Congressional Research Service, claimed that if "an evaluation of the service's two missions" were to be done at this time, there's a good possibility that "it might be determined that it is ineffective...to conduct its protection mission and investigate financial crimes."

Additionally, an anonymously quoted government official said that many inside the halls of Congress and within the Secret Service itself are questioning whether or not the agency's effectiveness wouldn't be enhanced by transferring some of its responsibilities regarding the investigation of financial crimes over to the Treasury Department.

Talking Points Memo noted that Ronald Kessler, the author of a recently released book on the Secret Service's protection of U.S. presidents, recently said that threats against President Obama are up 400 percent from the number of threats levied against former President George W. Bush, while the size of the agency's staff has only increased by 5.3 percent.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts950

GrumpyOldLady
10-22-2009, 08:05 AM
Considering what Obama's been doing I'm not surprised the secret service is nervous.

I hope to goodness he gets out in 2012 in perfect health.
I don't want to have to put up with a new american holiday 'obamessiah the martyr'.
That's what would happen if he kicked off while in office.

noonwitch
10-22-2009, 08:36 AM
Considering what Obama's been doing I'm not surprised the secret service is nervous.

I hope to goodness he gets out in 2012 in perfect health.
I don't want to have to put up with a new american holiday 'obamessiah the martyr'.
That's what would happen if he kicked off while in office.


I don't know about the holiday, but if he gets assassinated, his face is going on Mt. Rushmore!

GrumpyOldLady
10-22-2009, 08:41 AM
I don't know about the holiday, but if he gets assassinated, his face is going on Mt. Rushmore!

Mt. Rushmore is made of granite and schist.
(schist ... appropriate for politicians :D )
I don't see any obsidian up there to carve up.

(oh ... did she really just say that? :eek: ha ha just kidding )

Seriously .. before he was even taking the oath (for the first and second tries at it), there were people already calling for him to be on Mt. Rushmore. You are right. They'd be demanding that as well as a holiday for 'Obamessiah the martyr'.

I hope he comes out in perfect health in 2012.
I really don't want to put up with any of that.