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Wednesday 6 May 2015

Obama assassination bid fears - aircraft carriers on standby off Irish coast during G8 summit

US officials are taking the personal security of Barack Obama so seriously that they will be positioning two aircraft carriers off the coast of Donegal.

Presseye.com -17th June 2013
Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall.
Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye DRD Minister Danny Kennedy taking a picture of US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
Presseye Northern Ireland - 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams does the Mexican Wave as Sammy Wilson and Alasdair McDonnell watch before President Barack Obama arrives at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye.com -17th June 2013 Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye 16 year old Hannah Nelson from Methody College, Belfast, gets a hug from the First Lady Michelle Obama at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast as he arrives in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Hannah Nelson, Methodist College introduces The First Lady Michelle Obama during her visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye NIO Ministers (l-r0 David Forde, Alex Attwood, Stephen Farry and Danny Kennedy waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye NI21 Basil McCrea and John Mc @Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye NI21 Basil McCrea and John McAllister before the arrival of US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye NI21 Basil McCrea taking a photograph before the arrival of US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Culture Minister Carl N Chuiln and Minister for Education, John O?Dowd MLA waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Culture Minister Carl N Chuiln and Minister for Education, John O?Dowd MLA waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Finance Minister Sammy Wilson waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.

It is understood  that a contingency plan is in place for the unlikely event that an attempt would be made on the President’s life.

The Secret Service also have diplomatic immunity which will allow them to shoot to kill a would-be assassin without fear of prosecution.

As part of the “evacuation route” plan, they would be able to spirit the President by chopper to one of the carriers where a jet is on standby to take him back to the United States.

A source said: “It sounds like James Bond stuff but the Americans treat the personal protection of their President with the utmost seriousness.

“They have plans in place for all possible incidents, despite how unlikely they might seem or how much security is already in place.

“They have moved the aircraft carriers in place as a precautionary measure as part of those plans.” The warships are no stranger to Irish shores — a US aircraft carrier was filmed at Culdaff Beach in Inishowen, Co Donegal just last Christmas, with the footage posted on YouTube.

President Obama will be staying at the Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen in a suite for the G8. His wife Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha will accompany him to Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Monday morning before they travel to Dublin.

It isn’t yet known if the family will do a short walkabout and greet the public in Belfast tomorrow.

While in Dublin, with Secret Service agents guarding the family, the US First Lady will visit Trinity College where she will explore archives documenting the Obamas' Irish ancestry.

Mrs Obama will also view the world famous Book of Kells.

Later that day, she will meet with the staff and families of Embassy Dublin and join young people for a special performance by the Riverdance company at the historic Gaiety Theatre.

On Tuesday, the First Lady will visit the picturesque Wicklow Mountains National Park. The Obamas will then travel to Germany on Wednesday.

The Secret Service was directed to protect the President of the United States after the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

On their website they state: “The Secret Service is world-renowned for the physical protection it provides to the nation's highest elected leaders and other government officials.

“In general, permanent protectees, such as the president and first lady, have details of special agents permanently assigned to them. The protection of an individual is comprehensive and goes well beyond surrounding the individual with well-armed agents.”

As part of their meticulous planning ahead of G8 the Secret Service even bought tractors so that agents can pose as farmers in the Fermanagh countryside.

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