Threats to US Congress Reps Triple Since Health Care Bill Passed
The passage of the health care reform bill has resulted in a threefold increase in serious threats to members of Congress according to Federal police enforcement officers.
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer says nearly all of the threats are from opponents of health care reform. The threats range from the merely vulgar to death threats.
The threats, which have led to at least three arrests, have not abated since President Obama signed the measure into law March 23. The Capitol Police have contacted the FBI about such threats even more often since the law was signed, said Lindsay Godwin, an FBI spokeswoman.
On Wednesday authorities accused a man in San Francisco of making dozens of threatening calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) home and office.
In response to the threats, Capitol officials have been working to ensure that the 454 Senate offices across the country are secure.
Some of the offices, a quarter of which are in federal buildings, are receiving additional equipment to help with the screening of mail. In other instances, law enforcement officials are recommending new locks and surveillance cameras.