Obama Security Concerns Include White Supremacists’ “Rage”


The coming inauguration of Barack Obama marks a critical time for federal law enforcement officials, who must tailor an elaborate security plan to fit the new president and his family. In Obama’s case, that involves consideration of his race, says USA Today. Obama received Secret Service protection 18 months before the election, the earliest of any candidate, in part because of concerns about racially charged rhetoric that had been directed at him. The inaugural security plan, says Washington, D.C., assistant police chief Patrick Burke, will include an intelligence-gathering operation involving “the entire intelligence community.”

Washington’s police department is coordinating with 96 police agencies across the nation that are sending 4,000 officers to help secure the event. A former FBI agent says Obama’s election has the potential to reinvigorate the radical right, a mix of militia and patriot groups that thrived during the Clinton administration. In the wake of Obama’s election, white supremacist leaders claim a surge in membership. “There is a real fury out there; a boiling rage,” Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Jesse Jackson, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate who says his campaigns drew scores of threats, says the nation’s “legacy of violence” requires a large security presence. Obama “must be careful,” Jackson says. “He just can’t be wandering into any crowds.”

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-12-14-obamasecurity_N.htm

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