Two held for threats to kill Obama
WASHINGTON: US authorities have arrested two white
supremacists for threatening to kill Democrat Barack Obama during a
"killing spree" of some 100 African-Americans, officials said.
The two men planned to kill some 88 people and decapitate 14
African-Americans, before in a final act assassinating Obama, bidding to
be the country's first black president, court documents revealed on
Daniel Cowart, 20, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, were arrested on
Wednesday in Tennessee for possession of firearms, threats against a
candidate running for president and conspiring to rob a gun store, the
Department of Justice said.
The men began "discussing going on a 'killing spree' that included
killing 88 people and beheading 14 African-Americans," Brian Weaks, an
agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told
a Memphis court Monday.
"They further stated that their final act of violence would be to
attempt to kill/assassinate presidential candidate Barack Obama," he
added, as the two men appeared before the Federal Court.
The Obama campaign declined to comment on the case.
The pair planned to steal another high-powered rifle from a gun store
in Jackson, Tennessee, as well as a series of robberies to finance their
"Schlesselman stated that they planned to drive their vehicles as
fast as they could toward Obama shooting at him from the windows," Weaks
"Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and
wear top hats during the assassination attempt."