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The unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama, a rise in racist hate groups, and a new wave of antigovernment fervor threaten to overwhelm the US Secret Service, according to government officials and reports...
...The new demands are leading some officials, both inside and outside the agency, to raise the possibility of the service curtailing or dropping its role in fighting financial crime...
Originally posted by silent thunder
I find it more than a little interesting that the article mentions the agency's possible downshift or dropping of the investigation of financial crime.
I do not condone death threats made against anyone, and I believe the agency's mission involves investigating such threats. But why does this necessitate the end of investigations into financial crime, just when we need it most?
And how many of the threats are really serious? Who defines what a "hate group" is, and are they investigated even if they make no specific threats? If so, to what extent? What about "a new wave of antigovernment fervor?" Why does this need to be investigated per se?