Pam Spaulding

Denver: Two arrested in Obama assassination plot

Filed By Pam Spaulding | August 26, 2008 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: 2008 Election, assassination, Barack Obama, Democrats, DNCC, Nathan Johnson, Tharin Gartrell

Nathan Johnson, 32, and 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell.

Good lord, look at these domestic terrorists. Does this mean we can now start the random profiling because of the bad blond dye job and possible inbreeding?

We certainly didn't hear anything about a plot while we were around, but the heinous lines going into the Pepsi Center this afternoon may have meant they ratcheted up the security even tighter.

According to multiple sources, Aurora police made a routine traffic stop Sunday morning at 2:38 a.m. and arrested 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell. Sources say he was driving a rented pickup truck. The Secret Service says two rifles were found in his truck along with methamphetamine. Another law enforcement source says he was told at least one of the rifles was a "sniper rifle."

A second source told CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass authorities told officers they are concerned they may have come upon a possible "assassination plot."

Authorities are downplaying the seriousness of the threat and seem to be giving these losers a pass; look at this:

The U.S. Attorney for Colorado said authorities are "absolutely confident" three men arrested on weapons and drug charges posed no threat to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

But then the Rocky Mountain News said this:

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

Law-enforcement sources told CBS4 that one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative."

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The chances of a methhead having the steady nerves needed to plink the side of a barn, let alone Barack Obama, at 750 yards, was near the realm of ballistic impossibility. That would be a feat for a military marksman, let alone a kid strung out on meth with the amphetamine jitters.

But who else would they kill or maim while attempting to carry out their plan? Feasible, practical or not, once the gun is fired, something will stop the bullet and in a crowded place that something is likely to be a person

It was one of the fears of African-Americans that if good old fashioned racism didn'r keep Sen. Obama out of the White House, an assassins bullet would.