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'Obama faces 30 death threats a day'

Last updated: 04 August, 2009
Washington: 22:27 IST

As an “over-stretched and under-resourced” US Secret Service tries to protect Barack Obama, the first African-American president is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day, a new book has revealed.

Since Obama was inaugurated on January 20, several individuals and groups have made threats against the life of the president. The rate of threats against Obama has surged by 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under former President George W Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service.

Most of the threats to Obama, whose Secret Service codename is ‘Renegade’, are kept under wraps amid fears that revealing such details would only lead to more copycat attempts, the Daily Telegraph said in a report based on the book.

According to the report, a white supremacists in Tennessee planed to assassinate the first black president late last year.

After Barack Obama secured the presidential nomination, “assassinate Obama” became a popular search term online, book said.

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