ATF Foils Skinhead Plot to Kill Obama
Tenn. neo-Nazis would have shot, decapitated 102 blacks before going after candidate
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2008 5:21 PM CDT
Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn. Federal agents have broken up a plot by Cowart and and Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, Ark., to assassinate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Federal agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 88 black people, the AP reports. ATF agents said the pair planned to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school in a murder spree that was to begin in Tennessee, with Obama as its final target.

"They said that would be their last, final act—that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama,” an ATF agent said. “They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying.” The Crockett County, Tenn., sheriff's office arrested the men, who are 18 and 20 years old, on Wednesday. They are being held without bond.