An insane plot to kill Obama


Federal prosecutors charged two men with plotting a "killing spree" against African-Americans that would have been capped with an attempt to kill Sen. Barack Obama while they wore white tuxedos, federal officials said Monday.

The U.S. attorney's office in Jackson, Tennessee, said Daniel Cowart, 20, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, were self-described white supremacists who met online through a mutual friend.

Both men have been charged with illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun, conspiracy to rob a federally licensed gun dealer and making threats against a presidential candidate.

The men planned to kill more than 100 African-Americans, including 14 who would be beheaded, according to the affidavit. But federal law enforcement sources said there was no evidence Cowart, of Bells, Tennessee, and Schlesselman, of West Helena, Arkansas, had any details of Obama's schedule.

"We take this very, very seriously but we see no evidence these guys have the ability or the wherewithal to pull off what they say they wanted to do," one law enforcement source said.

According to an affidavit from the federal agent who questioned them, Cowart and Schlesselman planned to charge at Obama with a car, firing from the windows as they went. They would be dressed in white tuxedos and top hats during the attempt, the affidavit states.


I think their attorney should begin plea bargaining for an insanity verdict that would institutionalize these two if the allegations are true. These guys will never be hired to write the script of a thriller or a episode of 24. Their plan of attack is too improbable to have any plausible chance of succeeding.

And, that does not even begin to get at what they thought they would accomplish if they did succeed.

These two appear to meet the test of people who are a danger to themselves and others. I don't think they are smart enough to be street people. I hope no one would be willing to rent them a white tux. It would be a real mess when they got it back.


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