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Thursday, September 24, 2009

What happens if President Obama gets Assassinated?

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No one wants to contemplate it. No one wants to discuss it. No one wants it to happen. However it is on the minds of everyone.

What happens if President Obama is assassinated by someone from the radical right? Could this fragile economy be thrown into more turmoil? How would such an event affect your retirement funds, the markets, your safety? What happens after such a tragedy occurs?

Recent Secret Service reports indicate that, President Obama has had three times more death threats from crazies, racists, and far right wing nut balls, than any other President in history. This is not to mention the many terrorists who want to do harm to America. The Washington Post ran a story last month lamenting the fact that United States Secret Service agents are worried that cutbacks to their budget and ranks may add to the possibility of an assassination of President Barrack Obama. (Heaven forbid)

Since President Obama took the oath of office in February, the U.S. Secret Service has received an average of 30 death threats, every single day.

In his new book, In the President's Secret Service Ronald Kessler claims that despite a 400 percent rise in the number of death threats from the 3,000 annually under Bush, Obama's Secret Service team is over-stretched and under-resourced.

Kessler says he was told by a Secret Service agent that "We have half the number of agents we need, but requests for more agents have fallen on deaf ears at headquarters,".

If true, those words should send a chill through every American, and every freedom loving country in the world. Think of the fallout if such an event were to occur.

In just the past month alone, news agencies reported widely on three different men who showed up near where President Obama appeared, with firearms. One had a sidearm in a holster in full view of security officers, and was never arrested. During the Presidents next appearance, two men (let me repeat that) two different men, showed up with "semi automatic assault rifles" strapped to their backs. As I understand it, they too were not arrested. These were only three incidents reported on by the national news agencies. Now just imagine, what "other" events occurred away from the national spot light that we were not made aware of!

Before I retired I worked for our national police force for 36 years. During that time I was privileged to have helped provide body guard services and site security services to 7 different Canadian Prime Ministers, two U.S. Presidents, 2 U.S. Ambassadors, the U.S. Secretary of State, Charles and Dianna and Pope John Paul II. I am no novice in understanding the difficulty of protecting heads of state, but I was flabbergasted at the events of last month. Not one arrest of either of those three men. I couldn't believe it, and neither could my former colleagues.

Were these events a "test" by potential assassins, of the security measures of the Secret Service? (A possibility we would certainly have looked at) Were they "statements" by angry far right radicals, and if so, exactly what was the statement? Were these guys "decoys" for another person or group to elude security personnel? (Another possibility we would have entertained). Or were these three simply individuals from the radical fringe, acting on their own and the coincidence is just that, coincidence!

As a former security officer, I don't believe in coincidence. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is probably a duck!

The historical significance of this Presidency dictates that, if such an event were to occur at such a fragile time in the history of America, there won't be many safe havens for your investments. The ensuing fallout of such an event would test the very limit of democracy, of freedom, of safety and of civilization within the boundaries of the USA.

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