More than 60 percent of the threats against President Obama are made online, says the Secret Service, posing a new set of challenges for an agency under fire for a series of critical security lapses, reports the Washington Post. Members of Congress and private security officials question whether the Secret Service has sufficiently adapted to a new social-media landscape in which it must sort through a blizzard of online references to the president, investigate those that raise flags and then reconcile them with the intelligence they are gathering on the ground.
“I don't know if they've adapted to these new threats,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security. “The attacks are going to come, no matter what. Are there new and creative ways of detecting them? I'm not convinced they've tied those loops.” During Obama's first run for the presidency, the issue of clearest concern was his race, which made him a magnet for threats from people who thought it disqualified him from the office. As Obama nears six years in the White House, the number of overtly racist threats have subsided but the threats in general continue.