Presidential Protection

Archive Report

Concern Over 1976 Campaign Risks

New Reality of Political Assassination In U.S.A.

The harsh reality of political assassination refuses to go away. The approach of another presidential campaign year, with all its perils to the candidates, has forced the nation once again to ponder ways of providing for their safety without undermining the political process or eroding the constitutional rights of citizens. Two attempts on President Ford's life in September flooded America with memories of assassinations it would prefer to forget.

Many of the old debates resurfaced. How can public officials be better protected? How can potential assassins be singled out and deterred? What is the proper role of the press in its coverage of assassination events? In the aftermath of the assassination attempts on Ford, new ...

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