Assassination plot targeting Obama disrupted in Tennessee, Arkansas

WASHINGTON (AP/WVLT) -- The ATF says it has broken up a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree.

In court records unsealed Monday, agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target an unnamed but predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads.

In a court affidavit, ATF agent Brian A. Weaks says the two men met about a month ago on the Internet and "began discussing going on a 'killing spree' that included killing 88 people and beheading 14 African Americans."

Weaks says both men claim to have white supremacist views.

The agent says, "Based upon my training and experience, the numbers 88 and 14 have special significance within the 'White Power' movement."

The pair -- Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of West Helena, Ark., -- allegedly planned to rob a Federal Firearms Licensee to get more weapons for the planned killing spree.

"Schlesselman stated that they planned to drive their vehicle as fast as they could toward Obama shooting at him from the windows." In the affidavit, Agent Weaks says, "Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt."

Agent Weaks says the pair were willing to- and planned to die while executing the plot.

Agent Weaks says the two were driving around Wednesday night when they decided to use window chalk to write "numerous reacially motivated words and symbols" on the car, including "a Swastika and the numbers 14 and 88 on the hood."

Cowart and Schlesselman were arrested Wednesday night by Crockett County Sheriff's deputies.

They face firearms and conspiracy charges in addition to charges of making threats against a major candidate for the Office of President.

You can read the entire affidavit HERE.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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  • by eli devotie Location: tennessee on Nov 4, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    John McCain rocks VOTE FOR McCAIN
  • by Stuart Location: Margate, FL on Oct 28, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    It's not the "SKINHEAD" "BONEHEADS", who are dumber THAN A BOX OF ROCKS, who have very little detectable brain activity that you have to worry about. It's that secretive and well-funded "LUNATIC-FRINGE" group that should concern you. I think an assassination of Obama would set off a SECOND CIVIL WAR in this country, a racial nightmare, and therein lies my conern.
  • by John Location: Jefferson City on Oct 28, 2008 at 07:24 AM
    My dear Pen, from Strawberry Plains, I promise you NOT all people will be living in Heaven. But you are right about skin color not being issues.
  • by Pen Location: Strawberry Plains on Oct 27, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    We are all going to be living in heaven someday. What people don't realize is that God does not look at what color our skin is. These people should be put away forever.
  • by Turbo Location: knox on Oct 27, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    some people are very ignorant and have serious mental and racial issues to work on; is Critical.
  • by claude Location: knoxville on Oct 27, 2008 at 01:36 PM
    well lordy day


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