Palin death threat: Slightly more intense than unidentified flying literature.
posted at 7:56 am on October 12, 2010 by Diane Suffern
It was a startling breach of security when the now-infamous shoe thrower got as close to President Bush as he did. Equally sobering was Sajid Ali Khan‘s “daring, courageous, lunatic” book plugging on Sunday. While the image of something nearly sailing over an oblivious Obama’s head arouses immature giggling in some (read: me), we certainly should take these incidents seriously and protect public officials at all costs. Most people harbor no ill intentions, but it only takes one deranged person to inflict maximum harm—and they only have to be successful once.
Sarah Palin has received her share of threats from maniacal individuals, the most recent (and curiously underreported) being a death threat prior to speaking at the Combat Vets for Congress fundraiser last Saturday. Since only a handful of local news outlets mentioned the threat against the former Governor, details are limited. San Diego’s 10 News reports:
A death threat against her before the event caused organizers to beef up security.
Combat Veterans for Congress Chairman Joseph John said the group was “very concerned about her security.”
Sheraton hotel manager Warren Nocon told the newspaper the hotel had planned to have security at the fundraiser even before the threat was revealed.
See the additional security in this related newscast, via PalinTV:
This level of protection seems non-negotiable at this point, doesn’t it? Creepy camera guy at the airport, anyone? It’s time. While part of her appeal is her endearing willingness to engage everyone she meets, she needs vigilant security from now on. I don’t think this will inhibit her much, though. If anyone can still reach out to others beyond a tight security detail, it’s Sarah Palin.
h/t to Hot Air commenter Hellrider.