ATF: Obama assassination plot disrupted

October 27, 2008 2:35:40 PM PDT
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it's broken up a plot by skinheads to launch an attack on a black high school and to assassinate Barack Obama. According to court records, two neo-Nazi skinheads planned to rob a gun store and target an unnamed high school in Tennessee. There, it's alleged, the two planned to shoot 88 black people and decapitate another 14. The numbers 88 and 14 are said to have significance among white supremacists.

The two then allegedly planned to kill Obama, despite their doubts they could pull off an assassination.

They've been identified as 20-year old Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tennessee, and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman, of West Helena, Arkansas. Both are being held without bond. They allegedly had a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and three pistols when they were arrested.

The Obama campaign hasn't commented on the arrests.

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