Obama Assassination Plot Foiled
Two skinheads who were planning a national killing spree, culminating with a drive-by shooting of Barack Obama, have been arrested.
In all, the two men whom officials describe as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people — 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community. The spree, which initially targeted an unidentified predominantly African-American school, was to end with the two men driving toward Obama, “shooting at him from the windows,” the court documents show. “Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt,” the court complaint states. “Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt.”
Sheriffs’ deputies in Crockett County, Tenn., arrested the two suspects — Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark. — Oct. 22 on unspecified charges. “Once we arrested the defendants and suspected they had violated federal law, we immediately contacted federal authorities,” said Crockett County Sheriff Troy Klyce.
The two were charged by federal authorities Monday with possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed gun dealer, and threatening a candidate for president.
Cowart and Schlesselman are being held without bond. Agents seized a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and three pistols from the men when they were arrested. Authorities alleged the two men were preparing to break into a gun shop to steal more.
At this point, there does not appear to be any formal assassination plan, Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said. “Whether or not they had the capability or the wherewithal to carry out an attack remains to be seen,” he said. Zahren said the statements about the assassination came out in interviews after the men were arrested last week. The Secret Service became involved in the investigation once it was clear that an Obama assassination attempt was part of this violent far-reaching plot. “We don’t discount anything,” Zahren said, adding that it’s one thing for the defendants to make statements, but it’s not the same as having an organized assassination plan.
From the sounds of it, Obama was in little danger. He’s well protected and unlikely to be endangered by morons. Schoolchildren and other random civilians, however, are not so lucky.