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AP: Feds Disrupt Plot to Assassinate Obama

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President Barack Obama will sign new hate crime legislation into law today.

Just in from the Associated Press:

Federal agents have broken up a plot to assassinate Democratic 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.

Previous Comments

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139812
Comment

Sarah Palin had better take heed and realize that all the hatemongering can motivate some really ugly stuff.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T14:53:33-06:00
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139814
Comment

Oh, and lest we forget, it was ATF agents whom McCain's pal G. Gordon Liddy was instructing his radio listeners how to kill—to shoot for the head so they would miss their vests.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T14:56:22-06:00
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139816
Comment

You beat me to it, Donna. Wow, things are getting really crazy. Election Day can't get here fast enough for me.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2008-10-27T14:59:03-06:00
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139819
Comment

This is McCain's warning sign: He has GOT to step out in front of this and stop the hatemongering, or he is going to have blood on his hands. And if Palin won't stop the red/race-baiting, he needs to remove her from his campaign. These actions—stirring up the hateful—have real consequences. We know that well here in the state of Mississippi, and McCain-Palin act like they are out there playing a board game, when lives can be at stake. Imagine if both Obama and a school of young people had been killed. McCain has to speak out, and apologize for hatemongering. I don't even think he has apologized for the Republican role in spreading the Ashley Todd rumor, yet. He gets smaller as a man every day.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T15:02:08-06:00
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139820
Comment

I'm leaving for gun practice. I've always been surprised some nuts hadn't tried this before.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-10-27T15:02:59-06:00
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139821
Comment

Here are more details, frm the Commercial Appeal: Two Mid-South men have been charged by federal authories with illegal possession of firearms and making threats against Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama after allegedly talking about going on “a killing spree.” Last Monday Coward traveled from Tennessee to Arkansas to pick up Schlesselman to carry out the plan that included attacking a predominantly black school and attempting to assassinate presidential candidate Obama. Before the plan thwarted, the men also had bought nylon rope and two ski masks.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T15:03:51-06:00
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139822
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They won't speak out except to say vote for them and Obama lives. They can't willingly or calmly down in history as the two majority members the Lawd's change put the smack down on.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-10-27T15:06:14-06:00
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139823
Comment

Link to full press release from U.S. Dept. of Justice

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2008-10-27T15:11:36-06:00
ID
139825
Comment

I rather doubt these bozos would have gotten to Obama, but they could have killed some children had the feds not caught them. McCain, ball is in your court. Reach down and find your balls, and speak up. Some things are more important than winning elections; your campaign is fueling hatred that can get people killed. This is the way the Klan worked in Mississippi; all the "good" citizens had their meetings about how awful, and how "communist" or "socialist" the black people and their defenders were, and voila, people ended up floating in the river or buried under a dam. Words matter, people. And Palin out there telling people that Obama supports policies that "free" countries don't are fighting words to people like this. Even if it's a damn lie.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T15:19:50-06:00
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139826
Comment

Aamzing that it happened the same day a Palin fan yelled out "n*gger" at a rally, and she didn't call them out. Mighty symbolism there.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T15:20:42-06:00
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139828
Comment

Sounds like a couple of ignorant rednecks. Blaming McCain or Palin for their actions is ridiculous, and McCain has been very vocal in speaking out. However, asking him to concede the elction because he is "fueling hatred" is one of the most ludicrious things I have ever read.

Author
QB
Date
2008-10-27T15:36:14-06:00
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139831
Comment

Harry, McCain has been very vocal. So vocal the microphone almost heard him the one time he so reticently spoke out. Don't worry Harry, your party is still trying desperately to pull it off.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-10-27T15:43:57-06:00
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139838
Comment

Harry, the same thing happened in our state. The politicians would stand up and race-bait in order to get votes; the "rednecks" would then take matters in their own hands. This was predictable that something would happen; in fact, John Lewis predicted it. His words now sound prescient, don't they? "What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history," Lewis said in a statement issued today for Politico's Arena forum. "Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse." "George Wallace never threw a bomb," Lewis noted. "He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama." "As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all," Lewis said today. "They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better." I didn't ask McCain to concede, by the way. I said he should make a statement and condemn the hatred and apologize for their role in it. Frankly, I think his chances would be helped if he acted like a leader with a conscience right now. All the hate, and Palin, is killing his chances. Not being a leader at this stage of the game would be the most ludicrous thing I have ever (not) heard.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T16:01:34-06:00
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139839
Comment

No, Baquan, I've always believed that ending racism in America, and white supremacy, is up to white people. It is our time to show that we're not who history says we are. I pray that will happen. So I couldn't have agreed with you on that. Why do I suspect it was the *way* you said something that I objected to? ;-)

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DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T16:03:28-06:00
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139848
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CBS is reporting a new source of robo calls using one of McCain's fellow serviceman talking about Democrats and Obama are not fit or qualified to run the country. The republicans certainly have proved themselves qualified to govern. If the republican stay in office it won't be long before we're in more wars and are in soup lines. We're going to receive some of the world-wide big payback it we don't reverse our self-destructive ways.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-10-27T16:40:02-06:00
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139849
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Walt, I am absolutely sure that this has happened before but this is the first time we've heard about it.

Author
msgrits
Date
2008-10-27T16:44:27-06:00
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139852
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The fact that a person or persons tried to assassinate Obama isn't a surprise. I knew from the minute that he announced his candidacy and especially after he got the nomination, that he would be the target of many assassination attempts, no matter how far they got. And I did not hear about the person at a Palin rally yelling out the n-word. Someone in that campaign has got to speak up and apologize and say "Enough!"

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golden eagle
Date
2008-10-27T17:27:59-06:00
ID
139857
Comment

Here's what the head of the Tennessee GOP said, likening this to other, er, non-assassination attempts. Are these people crazy? "Hate is not a political party, policy statement, agenda or ideology - it is a pure evil that no place in civil society," said Robin Smith, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. "Whether it is neo-Nazi skinheads plotting a racist shooting spree targeting Sen. Obama, or West Hollywood liberals hanging Gov. Sarah Palin in effigy and calling it 'art,' or unknown anarchists tossing bricks through the windows of a county Republican headquarters in Murfreesboro, Americans of all political views should be outraged." This stands alone; it doesn't even have much in common with Ashley Todd's idiocy and the GOP's promotion of it. Lord.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-10-27T20:10:45-06:00
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139867
Comment

These racist nutjobs appear to be useless (but still dangerous) idiots whose plot involved ill conceived weaponry, unworkable logistics and a near impossible timeline.

Author
Jeff Lucas
Date
2008-10-28T08:08:09-06:00
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139887
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"Fear mongering at its best" is on target with the spirit of the McCain/Palin campaign. When Obama says that they are throwing everything - including the kitchen sick, he iw right. This morning I say Rev. Wright surface again. Why aren't the talking about a plan to stabilize this economy.

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justjess
Date
2008-10-28T10:59:37-06:00
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139890
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Why don't they use that cake daddy minister that was badmouthing Obama and his mother a while back from his pullpit. He'll put Revern Wright to shame with his bufoonery, booty-licking and hating on black folks? How about they use Brother Coon who told McCain to get Obama at one of the rally? One of my cousins says they finally saw him exiting his apartment two days ago dressed as a drunk, distressed and disheveled Santa Claus. They has planned to do a beatdown on him but some little boy ran up and said boo and brother Coon took off running.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-10-28T11:17:10-06:00
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139905
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Thanks Baquan for posting this interview. James "the coon" Harris knew if he attended a klan-like rally and volunteered to be a podium or stage Negro, the average republican candidate wouldn't be able to turn down a coon so thirty to stratch his head, shuffle his feet and sang the hambo song to an all white or nearly all white audience. Unfortunately, John McCain could have turned his back, bent over, and said kiss this; and brother James' lips would have grown exponentially and planted on McCain whole behind. James needs a beatdown real bad before the lack of self love kills him.

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Walt
Date
2008-10-28T13:19:13-06:00
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139915
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baquan2000, I can only take a few minutes of Amy Holmes. She gets on my last nerve. She is beautiful, smart and with eloquent tone for speaking; however, what she says is void of an understanding as it relates to issues impacting race relations. I'm sure she is paid sufficiently for her conservative commentary. At one point, I thought that she was about to join the Barack ship but, she was soon pulled back into the McCain camp. Too bad.!

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justjess
Date
2008-10-28T14:23:12-06:00
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139916
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I don't care much for sister girl Amy Holmes either. Another sister without any real knowledge of what she is , who she is, who she owes, where she came from, how she got here and why she exists. She is nice and kind though. Some tender and kind brother might just be able to bring her into the fold someday.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-10-28T14:27:38-06:00
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139928
Comment

Obama would be wise to shut Biden's careless ass up. A "crisis to test Obam last week" and today dropping the $250,000 to $150,000 who won't get a tax increase. What is wrong with Biden? He and Kerry will mess up a wet dream with the girl of your dream. This is why I can't love Biden. I like him but I can never love him.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-10-28T16:46:34-06:00

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