Many fear Obama may be assassinated before making it to the White HouseNovember 6th, 2008 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 6 (ANI): Within hours after getting elected to become the first Black US President, Brack Obama was under way a military style operation as many fear that the 44 th President elect may never make it to the White House.
Obama celebrated his victory with more than 160,000 supporters in Grant Park, Chicago, from behind bulletproof glass 12ft high and 3ins thick, the Daily Express reported.
Michelle Obama, running mate Joe Biden and his wife Jill were under instructions not to stray from the line-of-fire protection zone. FBI agents pointing lasers at the stage from every building surrounding the park had identified this zone.
America will have to get used to such scenes. Such are the concerns for Obamas safety that many are already voicing their fears he may not even reach the White House.
Nothing can be taken for granted that he actually will be the next President of the United States. There are people who dont want Obama in that position and some of them are powerful. There could easily be an assassination or a campaign to ruin him, said Emory Douglas of the Black Panthers rights group.
There could easily be an assassination or a campaign to ruin him before he begins his term because of what he represents. Nothing is out of the question. Until January when he is inaugurated, we just dont know if we will see a black man in charge, he added.
Fears for Obamas safety began the moment he entered the race for the White House and investigations are on going into potential threats from race-hate groups in and outside the US.
The Daily Express said as America celebrated yesterday the mood in both Secret Service and FBI headquarters was sombre as the scale of the task was analysed.
Its not the crazies who tell you what theyre gonna do that are dangerous, its the crazies that dont. And we all know theyre out there. It only takes one lunatic racist with a gun, one deranged extremist with a single bullet, one determined white supremacist, to end it all, One security source said.
And you can bet there are plenty of angry, disturbed people lining up for the chance to be that one.
Obama and his family spent the Presidential campaign with more full-time Secret Service agents a team of 10 than any other candidate in the history of the race.
That will now be increased, with a squad of six agents assigned to his wife Michelle, 44, and another six to watch over their daughters Malia, 10 and Sasha, seven.
Obamas limousine, supplied by the Secret Service, is bulletproof and reinforced to withstand bomb attack.
A team of specialist investigators from the FBI has also been assigned to work alongside the Secret Service to monitor Americas 487 known white supremacist groups.
Senior advisers have already discussed with Obama the possibility of him wearing a lightweight bullet-proof vest during public appearances a proposal he has so far resisted, but Secret Service chiefs are expected to insist upon.
Many fear an assassination attempt is simply a matter of time. Yet insiders admit the threat could come from many quarters: Pro-lifers who fear Obama will enshrine Americans abortion rights; religious fundamentalists; terrorists both foreign and domestic.
Two assassination conspiracies have already been uncovered and the plotters arrested as the special task force to preserve Obama scours the Internet and telephone calls for clues. (ANI)
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