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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

White Supremacist 'Plot' To Kill Obama

Daniel Cowart pleaded guilty yesterday to plotting to kill then-candidate Barak Obama in October of 2008.

Cowart, a white supremacist, met a like-minded individual, Paul Schlesselman, on the Internet, according to Cowart's guilty plea. They discussed going on a killing spree during which they would kill 88 people. The number 88 is used by white supremacists as code for "Heil Hitler" (H being the eight letter of the alphabet, so HH=88). They also discussed beheading 14 African-Americans (14 is another indirect reference to white supremacist ideology, link).

According to a criminal complaint, they also discussed killing black schoolchildren and eventually decided that the coda to their spree of violence would be to assassinate Obama while wearing white tuxedos and top hats.

After discussing plans for armed robberies to financing weapons purchases, the two men and a female friend cased the home of an elderly they had picked out for a home invasion, but backed out at the last minute, opting instead to go on a vandalism spree.

Instead, they loaded up their car with weapons and decorated it with white supremacist and neo-Nazi symbols including a large swastika and the words "Honk if you love Hitler" written on the bumper. The brilliant idea here was to drive around until they provoked a confrontation with a random person, whom they would then shoot. This plan brought them to the attention of the local sheriff, resulting in their arrest.

Criminal complaint, Daniel Cowart

Indictment, Daniel Cowart

Guilty plea, Daniel Cowart

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