Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A direct consequence of McInsane and Palin's speeches meant to stoke racial animosities?…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 10:03 AM Permalink

…From the LAT:

Federal authorities in Tennessee announced Monday that they had arrested two alleged white supremacists who were reportedly planning a killing spree that would end with the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of West Helena, Ark., were charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn., with the illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun, conspiracy to rob a gun store and making threats against a major presidential candidate -- the Democratic senator from Illinois.

"They said that would be their last, final act -- that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama," said James Cavanaugh, special agent in charge at the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Tennessee. "They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying."

"Both individuals stated that they would dress in all-white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt," Weaks said. "Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt."[…]

Campaign officials for Obama, the first African American presidential nominee of a major party, declined to comment about the allegations or arrests. Secret Service agents began protecting Obama on May 3, 2007, less than three months after he announced he was running for the Democratic nomination -- the earliest that such protection has been authorized for a candidate.

Although it was unclear how much, if anything, the Obama camp knew about the allegations, his security personnel were certainly aware of them. "The United States Secret Service takes all threats against presidential candidates seriously and is actively investigating the allegations," said Richard Harlow, special agent in charge of the agency's Memphis field office.[…]

According to Weaks, the two men met a month ago on the Internet through a mutual friend. They claimed to have "very strong beliefs regarding white power and skinhead" leanings, Weaks said.
You would think there would be at least some decent Republicans of authority whose words would carry weight that should have advised the McCain/Palin's campaign to stop the incitement of hatred and violence, and use of "code words" towards that effort, which have no place in todays America anymore than they did in the days of history passed. America should have long ago stopped engendering hatred against persons of other races, religions, or sexual preferences, but the GOP is, and remains, the party of old white men and such discrimination will ever stop until a new generation takes over.

Disgusting people these Republicans.

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