Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Two Arrested In Barack Obama Assassination Plot
Law enforcement agents have announced that they have stopped an assassination plot that would have shot and decapitated more than 100 black people and Senator Barack Obama. The plan, set up by two Neo-Nazi Skinheads, was stopped by ATF agents and the report was released today by the US District Court in Jackson, Tennessee.
According to the reports, the plan was to rob a gun store and target a mostly African American high school to go on a killing spree. The two men charged with the crime did not name the school they had in mind.
The special agent in charge of ATF's Nashville Field Office is Jim Cavanaugh. he spoke to the AP and noted that the plan was to shoot 88 black people and behead another 14. According to Cavanaugh, the numbers 88 and 14 were used specifically because they are symbolic numbers in the white supremacist community.
The two also planned on following that up by going on another killing spree around the nation, ending with their final target, Senator Obama. Legal documents revealed they "planned to drive their vehicle as fast as they could toward Obama shooting at him from the windows."
"Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt. Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt."
Cavanaugh also spoke on their intentions.
"They said that would be their last, final act — that they would attempt to kill Senator Obama. They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying."
"They seemed determined to do it. Even if they were just to try it, it would be a trail of tears around the south."
Senator Obama's spokesperson had no immediate comment on the matter at the time this story ran.
The names of both men were also revealed. Daniel Cowart, a 20 year old from Bells, Tennessee, and Paul Schlesselman, an 18 year old from Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, are both being held without bond, according to reports. A sawed-off shotgun, a rifle and three pistols were confiscated by authorities.
Sheriff Troy Klyce from Crockett County also spoke on the matter.
"Once we arrested the defendants and suspected they had violated federal law, we immediately contacted federal authorities," he noted.
Currently, the men are charged with conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed gun dealer, possession of an unregistered firearm, and threatening the life of a candidate for president. They are scheduled for a bond hearing this Thursday in Memphis.
Although Senator Obama has not spoken on the matter, he was back on the campaign trail this week. Today, he issued what his campaign billed as his "closing statement" as they make a final push toward the November 4 elections.
"We cannot let up for one day, one minute, or one second in this last week. Not now. Don't think for a minute that power concedes. We have a lot of work to do. We have to work like our future depends on it in this last week, because it does depend on it this week."