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Here come the whackos. (4 Arrested in plot to kill Obama)

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vinnypic

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Postby vinnypic » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:49 pm

CBS4 has learned at least four people are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug or weapons charges.

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass reported one of the suspects told authorities they were "going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a ... rifle … sighted at 750 yards."


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.


Aurora police alerted federal officials because of heightened security surrounding the Democratic convention, Dudley said.

"Clearly we found there are federal implications -- otherwise we would not have notified them," Det. Marcus Dudley with Aurora police said. "The weapons clearly would cause great concern."

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.

The Secret Service, FBI, ATF and the joint terrorism task force are all investigating the alleged plot.

The U.S. Attorneys Office has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. Attorney in Denver said it does not believe there is a credible threat to Obama or the convention.

"It's premature to say that it was a valid threat or that these folks have the ability to carry it out," said a U.S. government official familiar with the investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said the case was under investigation.

"We're absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado," Eid said in a prepared statement.

http://cbs4denver.com/investigates/assi ... 02827.html

Shit's getting serious.

eyp

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Postby eyp » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:55 pm

Jesus, how often do you think we're going to have to read about this ludicrous bullshit, worse then that, how long until something actually happens? People are ridiculous.
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C20Percent

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Postby C20Percent » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:58 pm

This was the reason Colin Powell's wife didn't want him running year's back. I'm sure Obama was prepared for these kind of things. It'll be interesting to see what kind of legs this story has -- it's already on Drudge -- and if this story really picks up some traction, then Obama could actually get a political bump.
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Nightfly

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Postby Nightfly » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:03 am

C20Percent wrote:if this story really picks up some traction, then Obama could actually get a political bump.

From undecideds?
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daitong

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Postby daitong » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:04 am

It's definitely a huge concern for me. :?
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NedPepper

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Postby NedPepper » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:10 am

Okay maybe it isn't a Southern thing. Fucking morons....
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C20Percent

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Postby C20Percent » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:11 am

Nightfly wrote:From undecideds?


It's the rally-around-the-president phenomenon -- only in this case the Deomcratic Candidate. Someone tries to assassinate Ronald Reagan -- the attempt fails -- and his favorability/likeability subsequently increases.

No, I don't think this sways voter's minds one way of the other, but I could see public opinion of him increase -- only if this becomes a big story though.
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Frag

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Postby Frag » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:11 am

C20Percent wrote: then Obama could actually get a political bump.


Or it could have the opposite effect.
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C20Percent

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Postby C20Percent » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:15 am

Frag It wrote:Or it could have the opposite effect.


I would think generally Americans aren't cool with people trying to kill potentional presidents. So, I can't see public opinion of Obama decreasing because of this incident.

Although, there may be people out there that equivicate that they can't vote for Obama because he might be assassinated, but I don't think those people were ever in his corner in the first place.

Spidey-Man

Postby Spidey-Man » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:47 am

Meh. there were attempted assassinations on Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and W. Bush.

Obama will get his share.

Federal and local authorities had scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon, but U.S. Attorney Troy Eid downplayed the case.

"We're absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado," Eid said in a statement.


There's no indication these guys could have come close to carrying this off. or that they were anything other than some idiots, not some master plot.

Spidey-Man

Postby Spidey-Man » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:34 pm

No Charges Over 'Obama Death Plot'


Police in the US say there is "insufficient evidence" to charge three men who were allegedly planning to assassinate Barack Obama.
The men were arrested in Denver, Colorado, in connection with drugs and weapons offences.

Sky News political editor Adam Boulton, in Denver, said one of the group is reported to have made comments alerting police to a potential assassination plot against the leader of the Democrats.

But speaking at a press conference, police said the men were drug addicts.

They said they were keeping an open mind about the investigation.

US Attorney Troy Eid said: "There is insufficient evidence that there was any kind of a plot or a threat but we'll keep an open mind as we look.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World- ... ot%2527%2B
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Crump

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Postby Crump » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:38 pm

He was driving a rented pickup truck
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lancer_man

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Postby lancer_man » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:41 pm

I love nutjobs with big dreams and tiny brains.

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Postby Spidey-Man » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:43 pm

But speaking at a press conference, police said the men were drug addicts


This line is written pretty funny.

Like "We thought they were assassins, but no, drug addicts"

You can't be both? :twisted:

Kitty_tc_69

Postby Kitty_tc_69 » Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:49 pm

WTF? "insufficient evidence"...? They had false identification, camoflage outfits, wigs, communications gear, and two high powered sniper rifles. Oh, and they said they were going to do it. What the fuck more do you need?

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