Threats Against the President and Successors to the
Presidency; Against Former Presidents; and Certain Other Secret Service
Several decisions have cast light on the scope of 18 U.S.C. §
and the requisite intent which must be proved in prosecutions thereunder.
that threatening words were uttered in a context such that a reasonable
would interpret them as mere political hyperbole, idle talk, or jest
that the words do not constitute a threat within the scope of the statute.
However, it is the view of the Department that an actual intent to carry out
threat is not a requisite to violation of the statute.|
[cited in USAM 9-65.200]