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  •  Waste of Secret Service Time, Lame, Weak, Useless (2+ / 0-)
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    Bensdad, subtropolis

    The Secret Service needs to protect the president from real threats.  Wasting their time on this for political posturing is lame- The Dean should pay the bill himself for any time they waste "investigating".

    Last I looked the country was still the USA where you could say what you want to say, obnoxious as it may be.  Whats next, investigations into anyone who worries that Obama could be killed ?   Oopps, I just bought myself one !

    I thought the GOP was a bunch of bedwetters- we going the same route ?  

    Out of my cold dead hands

    by bluelaser2 on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 06:44:23 AM PST

    •  True that (0+ / 0-)

      While this ought to keep the guy from getting elected again--but in SW Ohio, it might not--it really fails to rise to the level of a threat.

      If saying shit like this was actionable, every poster at Stormfront would be in jail. And probably half of Redstate, for that matter.

      "All that serves labor serves the nation. All that harms labor is treason. -Abraham Lincoln

      by happy camper on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 07:01:54 AM PST

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      •  Wrong, wrong, wrong! (6+ / 0-)
        All assasination threats need to be investigated by the Secret Service, PARTICULARLY when local law enforcement is involved.  Here, a sleazy prosecutor with a shady background is alleged to have taken part. Corruption and criminal conspiracies cannot exist without local law enforcement turning a blind eye, if not active participants.  

        If these incidents are quickly investigated, it sends a message.  But if they are tolerated, that laissez-faire attitude sends a different, more dangerous message.

        Thankfully, the Internet is also going to change how these fascist bigots operate.  Instead of legitimate law enforcement relying on chance or confidential informants to uncover threatening behavior, now they also have millions of citizens armed with cellphone cameras and digital skills who are the eyes and ears of democracy.  

        This is our country and our President.  We need to do our civic duty to take care of them.  Our tragic history proves we can't trust bigots with police powers to protect democratic (small d)interests and abide by the law.

        Sorry, I don't date Republicans.

        by wiseacre on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 10:09:40 AM PST

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        •  wrong again (1+ / 0-)
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          happy camper

          This information should be used to ensure that this shitbag's behaviour is made public. That is all. There is nothing here that the SS needs to investigate.

          "They're telling us something we don't understand"
          General Charles de Gaulle, Mai '68

          by subtropolis on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 10:57:57 AM PST

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          •  If they agree, then I guess (2+ / 0-)
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            they won't investigate. But when a government official is reported, in a publication by a white supremacist publication, of joking about the assassination of an African-American president, I'd rather have the Secret Service make the determination that it's not worth investigating than have you make that determination.

            Do you doubt that every K-K-Klone or neo-Nazi org in the country is playing with the notion of assassination? Do you doubt that they prefer to couch it in terms of "jokes" or "specuation," but that in some cases it is more than that?

            I do not advocate investigating them because of their beliefs. But "jokes" that advocate assassination, or suggest that it is a next step, should be at least brought to the attention of those whose Numero Uno job is to prevent just such an occurrence.

            Relax - the adults are in charge now.

            by NWTerriD on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 01:10:03 PM PST

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