White supremacists busted in Obama assassination plot
From Reuters, Oct. 27:
Skinheads held over Obama death plot
WASHINGTON - Two white supremacist skinheads were arrested in Tennessee over plans to go on a killing spree and eventually shoot Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, court documents showed on Monday.
Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman were charged in a criminal complaint with making threats against a presidential candidate, illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun and conspiracy to rob a gun dealer.
The plot did not appear to be very advanced or sophisticated, the court documents showed.
"We're unsure of their ability or if they have the wherewithal to carry out any of their threats," said a source close to the investigation.
The suspects met over the Internet about a month ago, said an affidavit filed by Brian Weaks, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
"The individuals began discussing going on a 'killing spree' that included killing 88 people and beheading 14 African Americans," Weaks said in the affidavit.
The men stole guns from family members and also had a sawed-off shotgun. They planned to target a predominately black school, going state to state while robbing individuals and continuing to kill people, Weaks said in the affidavit.
"They further stated that their final act of violence would be to attempt to kill/assassinate presidential candidate Barack Obama," he said.
The men planned to wear white tuxedos and top hats during the assassination attempt, which would have involved driving as fast as they could toward Obama and shooting him from the windows of the car.
They planned their first house robbery for October 22 but ended up leaving without breaking in. Instead they bought ski masks, food and rope to use in their robbery attempts.
They were arrested later that day and officials unsealed the court docket on Monday.
They wrote racially motivated words and symbols on the exterior of Cowart's vehicle, including a Swastika and the numbers "14" and "88" on the hood of the car.
ATF special agent in charge James Cavanaugh said "H" is the eighth letter of the alphabet and 88 stood for "Heil Hitler."
"The U.S. Secret Service takes all threats against presidential candidates seriously and is actively investigating the allegations," said Richard Harlow, special agent in charge of the Secret Service-Memphis Field Office. "The Secret Service does not comment on this type of investigation."
Looks like someone is taking all the assassination calls which have followed the Palin trail to heart. Interestingly, the busts come just as a tasteless Halloween display on a West Hollywood home of Sarah Palin hanging in effigy is making a media splash. The Los Angeles Times reports Oct. 27 that the LA County Sheriff's Department says it "does not rise to the level of a hate crime because it was a part of a Halloween display."
It made much less of a splash when Barack Obama was hanged in effigy at Oregon's "Christian" George Fox University a month ago. Local media like OregonLive.com (Sept. 24) were among the few to report it. And the fact that the Obama effigy incident had nothing to do with Halloween isn't the only thing that makes it far more sinister. This country has a history of lynching Black people, not Alaska hockey moms. And it is the Palin campaign trail which has occasioned a paroxysm of death threats against Obama—not vice versa.