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Published on: October 1, 2009 02:18 PM
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Washington - When a poll was posted to the popular social networking site Facebook asking if President Obama should be killed, the Secret Service launched an investigation.

Today they announced the results: Turns out a kid was behind the poll. And no criminal charges will be filed against him or his parents, according to the Associated Press, citing a Secret Service spokesman.

The poll, posted to the site over the weekend, asked, “should obama be killed?” The possible answers were “yes,” “maybe,” “if he cuts my health care” and “no.”

At least 730 people took the user-generated poll before it was removed by Facebook. Results were not available because the third-party application used to post the poll was disabled.

Facebook said at the time that the person behind the poll had been banned from using the service.

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan did not identify the child who posted the poll or release his or her age. He said agents had determined that he or she was not a threat to the president.

“Case closed,” Donovan said, according to the AP. “I guess you could characterize it as a mistake.”

In an email, Barry Schnitt, Facebook Director of Policy Communications, said, “we commend the Secret Service on their quick and thorough action and have complete confidence in whatever conclusion they have reached as a result.”


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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:03 PM Petrified!!! Says:

Makes it that much scarier! A kid is so influenced that he can make such a poll!! Whether you like Obama or not, it'll be a disaster if anything happens to him! Let's hope and pray that he finishes his term in good shape!! As it says in the Mishna in Pirkei Avos "Hevei Mispalel Bishloma Shel Malchus" you should pray for the peace of the government...

And let's not forget to pray to Hashem that he bring Moshiach ASAP so we won't have to worry about these stuff anymore!!!

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 07:50 PM moishe Says:

whats wrong with such a poll, it only reveils reality!

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 08:08 PM Milhouse Says:

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Petrified!!! Says:

Makes it that much scarier! A kid is so influenced that he can make such a poll!! Whether you like Obama or not, it'll be a disaster if anything happens to him! Let's hope and pray that he finishes his term in good shape!! As it says in the Mishna in Pirkei Avos "Hevei Mispalel Bishloma Shel Malchus" you should pray for the peace of the government...

And let's not forget to pray to Hashem that he bring Moshiach ASAP so we won't have to worry about these stuff anymore!!!

The system of law and order which prevents people from swallowing each other alive does not depend on any one person. Obama's death would make no difference to it. He is not a king, and we are NOT told to pray for him. The only reasons why his assassination would be bad are that it would turn him into a martyr, and that we would be stuck with Biden as president.

And there is nothing at all scary about a kid or anyone else conducting such a poll. Let people express their opinion, one way or the other; there's nothing wrong with saying that he ought to be killed, if that's your opinion, and there's certainly nothing wrong with simply finding out what people think about it. No charges will be brought against this kid for the simple reason that s/he broke no laws so there's nothing to charge her/him WITH.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 08:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Kids today are so computer literate...THAT is scary! This kid could grow up to be a hacker!

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 09:06 PM Milhouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Kids today are so computer literate...THAT is scary! This kid could grow up to be a hacker!

Huh? Creating a poll on facebook requires no particular hax0r skilz! Even you could do it.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 09:01 PM bigwheeel Says:

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Milhouse Says:

The system of law and order which prevents people from swallowing each other alive does not depend on any one person. Obama's death would make no difference to it. He is not a king, and we are NOT told to pray for him. The only reasons why his assassination would be bad are that it would turn him into a martyr, and that we would be stuck with Biden as president.

And there is nothing at all scary about a kid or anyone else conducting such a poll. Let people express their opinion, one way or the other; there's nothing wrong with saying that he ought to be killed, if that's your opinion, and there's certainly nothing wrong with simply finding out what people think about it. No charges will be brought against this kid for the simple reason that s/he broke no laws so there's nothing to charge her/him WITH.

I used to have respect for your opinions even if they had a touch of (free) radicalism (my own definition of same). Sorry if I get the same feeling when reading your pieces, as reading about Dr. Kevorkian describing his philosophy of life (or the methods of taking it. A retired Pathologist speaking (or posting) with an air of "cool detachment".

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 09:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Parents should take this as a lesson to watch what your kids are doing on the computer, before the FBI comes knocking on your door.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 07:18 AM Allan Says:

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Milhouse Says:

The system of law and order which prevents people from swallowing each other alive does not depend on any one person. Obama's death would make no difference to it. He is not a king, and we are NOT told to pray for him. The only reasons why his assassination would be bad are that it would turn him into a martyr, and that we would be stuck with Biden as president.

And there is nothing at all scary about a kid or anyone else conducting such a poll. Let people express their opinion, one way or the other; there's nothing wrong with saying that he ought to be killed, if that's your opinion, and there's certainly nothing wrong with simply finding out what people think about it. No charges will be brought against this kid for the simple reason that s/he broke no laws so there's nothing to charge her/him WITH.

"stuck with Bidenas president" that wouldn't be as bad as who would be next in the order of who gets to be President should something happen to both Obama and Biden...Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi...now that would be hell!

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 01:34 PM Milhouse Says:

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Allan Says:

"stuck with Bidenas president" that wouldn't be as bad as who would be next in the order of who gets to be President should something happen to both Obama and Biden...Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi...now that would be hell!

And after her comes the Klansman, and then comes the Wicked Witch of Westchester. Indeed, with that lineup of horrors we're best sticking with the 0; at least we can expect that after four years of him people will come to their senses.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 02:28 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Kids today are so computer literate...THAT is scary! This kid could grow up to be a hacker!

My 9 year old cousin designs web pages and does digital graphics. To make a poll on facebook is like using a cellphone.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 04:06 PM zahav18 Says:

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Milhouse Says:

The system of law and order which prevents people from swallowing each other alive does not depend on any one person. Obama's death would make no difference to it. He is not a king, and we are NOT told to pray for him. The only reasons why his assassination would be bad are that it would turn him into a martyr, and that we would be stuck with Biden as president.

And there is nothing at all scary about a kid or anyone else conducting such a poll. Let people express their opinion, one way or the other; there's nothing wrong with saying that he ought to be killed, if that's your opinion, and there's certainly nothing wrong with simply finding out what people think about it. No charges will be brought against this kid for the simple reason that s/he broke no laws so there's nothing to charge her/him WITH.

And, if someone disliked YOU, would there be anything wrong with a poll about whether YOU should be killed? How about a poll about whether Yidden should be killed? Still okay?

Common sense people! How far in the gutter shall we sink?

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 06:12 PM Milhouse Says:

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zahav18 Says:

And, if someone disliked YOU, would there be anything wrong with a poll about whether YOU should be killed? How about a poll about whether Yidden should be killed? Still okay?

Common sense people! How far in the gutter shall we sink?

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech". What exactly is it that you don't understand about that? It's simple English.

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 Oct 05, 2009 at 01:13 PM Anonymous Says:

ITS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE OF RACISM!!!! WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE TARGETED AS RACISTS!!! ok. seriously, if Facebook was such a big deal when Bush was president, this poll would have been made as well. There will always be controversy over president's policies and decisions, no matter from what party or group. Why is it a big deal now? Maybe because this child has seen the truth or is at least questioning what his teachers and the media have been saying! Congrats to him for using his brain!
#12- Just like our current Congress and President have chosen to be dyselxic about certain other lines in our Constitution. Namely, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" (2cd Amendment) and the 10th Amendment- Any right not given over to the Federal government is reserved for the States! Get out of my pocket fed!

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 Oct 05, 2009 at 06:12 PM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

ITS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE OF RACISM!!!! WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE TARGETED AS RACISTS!!! ok. seriously, if Facebook was such a big deal when Bush was president, this poll would have been made as well. There will always be controversy over president's policies and decisions, no matter from what party or group. Why is it a big deal now? Maybe because this child has seen the truth or is at least questioning what his teachers and the media have been saying! Congrats to him for using his brain!
#12- Just like our current Congress and President have chosen to be dyselxic about certain other lines in our Constitution. Namely, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" (2cd Amendment) and the 10th Amendment- Any right not given over to the Federal government is reserved for the States! Get out of my pocket fed!

What has this got to do with racism? Jimmy Carter made such a fool of himself, by claiming that opposition to Obama is racist, that even Obama had to distance himself from it!

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