Leonard Doyle
The Independent
October 28, 2008

  MSNBC report on alleged Obama assassination plot by "skinheads."

A plot by far-right extremists to assassinate Barack Obama and kill and decapitate dozens of other black Americans at a school has been broken up, US officials claimed yesterday.

Somewhat farcically, the alleged plotters planned to dress in white tuxedos and top hats and drive their car at high speed towards the presidential candidate while shooting at him. They expected to die in the attempt, the authorities said.

The possibility of assassination has hung over Mr Obama since he became a candidate two years ago but this is the first time federal agents say they have unravelled a plot. Jim Cavanaugh, head of the Nashville office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said two skinheads planned to shoot 88 black people and decapitate another 14. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic among white supremacists.

“They said that would be their final act – that they would attempt to kill Senator Obama,” Mr Cavanaugh said. “They didn’t believe they would be able to do it but they would get killed trying.”

The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible, Mr Cavanaugh said. Court papers unsealed yesterday described a plot, as well as the illegal possession of a sawn-off shotgun and a conspiracy to rob a gun store. There were few other details and it is not known how far advanced the alleged conspiracy was.

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