Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Breaking: Reported Plot to Assassinate Obama

CBS4Denver reports that four people have been arrested in a possible plot to assassinate Obama at his acceptance speech:

Law enforcement sources tell Maass that one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative."

The story began emerging Sunday morning when Aurora police arrested 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell. He was driving a rented pickup truck in an erratic manner according to sources.

Sources told CBS4 police found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the names of other people and 44 grams of methamphetamine. One of the rifles is listed as stolen from Kansas...

Subsequently authorities went to the Cherry Creek Hotel to contact an associate of Gartrell's. But that man, identified as Shawn Robert Adolph, 33, who was wanted on numerous warrants, jumped out of a sixth floor hotel window. Law enforcement sources say Adolph broke an ankle in the fall and was captured moments later. Sources say he had a handcuff ring and was wearing a swastika, and is thought to have ties to white supremacist organizations.

A third man -- an associate of Gartrell and Adolph, Nathan Johnson, 32, was also arrested. He told authorities that the two men "planned to kill Barack Obama at his acceptance speech."

Johnson, along with his girlfriend, Natasha Gromek, are also under arrest on drug charges.
Continued...

Georgia10 from the DailyKos was at the same hotel, across the hall from the bust.

Ed O'Keefe from The Trail blog was right next door. Yikes.

Another article from The Rocky Mountain News reports that the Colorado U.S. Attorney is downplaying the threat:

"We're aware of the matter discussed tonight by the Aurora Police Department," said Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid in a statement late Monday night. "Federal law enforcement is working hand-in-glove with the Aurora Police Department. Because this matter is currently under investigation, there is little we can say right now.

"We can say this: We're absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado."
Sounds more like a bunch of wasted, racist wackos than an organized assasination attempt, but still alarming. A press conference is scheduled by law enforcement tomorrow.

More reactions at Memeorandum.

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posted at 12:39:00 AM by Wonky Muse

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