Monday, October 27, 2008

MSNBC: "ATF says it disrupted skinhead plot in Tenn., Ark. to assassinate Obama"

Only minimal details are available on this shocking headline from MSNBC.

Plans to secure firearms were apparently involved. It is not clear that any actual steps were taken in furtherance of a "plot" that was in planning stages. Criminal charges are apparently pending.

An Associated Press report indicates:

WASHINGTON – Federal agents have broken up a plot to assassinateDemocratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree, the ATF said Monday.

In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name.

CBC News has a similar report:

"They said that would be their last, final act — that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama... They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying."

The Democratic candidate, meanwhile, delivered what he called his "closing argument" in Ohio today.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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