UPDATE: Feds skeptical about plot
From NBC Investigates
Senior federal officials tell NBC News that the Feds are skeptical about whether there ever was a well-conceived plan to attack Sen. Barack Obama by two alleged neo-Nazi extremists in Tennessee. The officials say that there is no evidence at this early stage of the investigation that the two men, Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, had ever taken the plan beyond the talking stage.
Federal officials arrested the men Thursday in Tennessee, and unsealed an an arrest complaint about them today.
According to the court documents, Cowart, 18, and Schlesselman, 20, are white supremacists who met on the Internet a month ago and began discussing a violent plot to kill African Americans, including Sen. Obama.
Investigators say the men admitted to discussing "killing 88 people and beheading 14 African Americans." They wanted to generate money for their plot by robbing houses and a local gun dealer, to get weapons for a "killing spree." A law-enforcement official says the two described themselves as Nazis and had swastikas and other Nazi-related symbols painted on their car.
The men were in possession of a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun, the complaint states. And they had discussed using a .308 cliber rifle "to facilitate their attempt to assassinate Obama," the document adds.
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