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October 27, 2008

Domestic Terrorists Plot to Assassinate Obama?

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Jonah Czerwinski on October 27, 2008

News reports this evening revealed that two men met during the last month over the Internet to plan a suicide mission that would result in a mass killing of Americans and an assassination of Senator Barack Obama with guns they planned to steal from a gun dealer and a sawed-off shotgun and three hand guns they already possessed.

The FBI, the ATF, the Secret Service, and state and local authorities in Tennessee are investigating charges against Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark, two self-described nazi skinheads.

Cowart – appropriately named – and his alleged accomplice, Schlesselman planned to kill 88 people, including 14 African-Americans by beheading, according to AP reports. ATF reports state that the two nazis expected to “get killed trying.”

The Anti-Defamation League explains that the numbers 14 and 88 are symbolic among hate groups like neo-nazis. The eighth letter in the alphabet, H, is repeated to represent the phrase “Heil Hitler.” The other number reflects a 14-word statement popular among white supremacists: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

Fortunately for the existence of Americans in general, Cowart and Schlesselman’s plot was disrupted. They are charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed gun dealer, and threatening a candidate for president. The investigation is continuing, and more charges are possible, said Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville field office for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

Its worth noting that the Anti-Defamation League has monitored “a significant and troubling resurgence of racist skinhead activity” during the past five years across most sections of the country. The ADL, which was founded in 1913 to “anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all”, has established what is called the Racist Skinhead Project as part of their work to end extremism in the U.S.

The ADL’s site explains that “This renewed growth of racist skinhead activity includes a rise in the number of organized racist skinhead groups as well as a rise in the number of “independent” or unaffiliated racist skinheads. It also includes a rise in the amount of skinhead-related criminal activity, primarily hate crimes but also including a few attempted acts of terrorism.”

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Comment by christopher Tingus

October 28, 2008 @ 6:47 am

The neo-Nazi groups have certainly developed their organizations in Europe especially in England, France, Sweden, Holland and in Germany where the world has seen other terrorist groups organize and collaborate with one another causing great concern. The severe recession or even worse for a German-led EU places a great burden on all government agencies as political and economic uncertainties is resulting in growing unrest.

With rumors that the Obama has received millions and millions of fiat dollars from various Middle East supporters as well as the skinheads here in the US making it quite well-known for their dislike of Obama and his aspiration to lead the free world in direct conflict with the beliefs of these individuals, Obama and his designated security personnel making every attempt to protect him and his family have their hands full and will obviously be on heightened awareness at Obama’s public appearances.

Let us not forget that DHS is further challenged by these very specific groups and individuals in monitoring activities and some are asking whether additional funding will be allotted to DHS to address the new challenges at hand now that Barak Hussein Obama has become a serious pprospective US Presidential nominee and what he and his party represent in apparently conflicting views.

The gentlemen who have been reported in the press as having planned the assassination of Obama, individuals – Americans and Europeans – sharing similar perspectives are reportedly many in reading media reports, people who surely feel threatened by the closeness of the Presidential race, though I personally do not see the US Presidential race as close as the media reportedly states. The world will see shortly.

DHS in parallel with its ambitious anti-terrorism activities focused on those who truly seek our demise with these anti-westerners apparently in their glee over seeing that they not need suicide bombers for apparently global central bankers, creating all these fiat dollars in the trillions as well as corporate greed in the west are not transferring wealth distribution, but, rather creating hugh losses in wealth among all groups.

The two year housing recession with a dubious end in sight despite the bail-out which the majority of Americans did not favor in the “form” adopted seeing the banks in effect nationalized and Wall Street bailed out while Americans fall into poverty, a prolonged recession in the credit markets and now consumer spending restraint which will become emphasized w/ depressed sales for the holidays and the dwindling net worth of not only Americans, but Europeans as well, cause unrest and insecurity which breeds groups willing to conspire and further complicates the work of DHS and other security agencies here and abroad. A very complex world indeed!

Christopher Tingus
Harwich, MA USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 28, 2008 @ 9:23 am

Interesting article and statistics on hate crimes in today’s WAPO!

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