- See also : Alleged Plotter Against Obama Was Member of Supreme White Alliance, Mark Potok, Hatewatch, October 28, 2008 | Skinheads In Obama Assassination Plot, Feds: “White Power” duo planned “killing spree” of African Americans (contains FBI affidavit and mugshots), The Smoking Gun, October 27, 2008
Daniel Cowart, 20, of Tennessee, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of Arkansas, have been arrested and charged with plotting to kill. And kill. And kill…
Authorities describe the two as neo-Nazi skinheads, and an affidavit from a federal agent says they devised a plot to kill 88 people — beheading 14 of them.
The numbers 14 and 88 are symbols in bonehead culture, authorities said, referring to a 14-word phrase attributed to an imprisoned white supremacist: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” and to the eighth letter of the alphabet, H. Two “8”s or “H”s stand for “Heil Hitler.”
The killing spree was initially to target a predominantly black school, which was not identified in court documents. It was to end, authorities said, with the two suspects — dressed in white tuxedos and top hats — blasting guns from the windows of a speeding vehicle aimed at Obama…
At this point, there does not appear to be any formal assassination plan, Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said.
“Whether or not they had the capability or the wherewithal to carry out an attack remains to be seen,” he said.
The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible, Cavanaugh said. He said there’s no evidence — so far — that others were willing to assist Cowart and Schlesselman with the plot.
White tuxedos. Top hats. And blasting guns from the windows of a speeding vehicle aimed at Obama…
Like tens of thousands of other neo-Nazis, Paul Schesselman has a YouTube page — iampaul88 — and a myspace page — illslapyouwithmyballs. He even made a video to the tune of The Teaches of Peaches (which is strangely appropriate). Paul’s friend Daniel also has a myspace page. (Top hat tip to politicsinarkansas, Accused Obama plotter’s YouTube page, October 28, 2008.) Both myspace and YouTube have a theoretical commitment to not hosting neo-Nazi, fascist or racist material, but seldom enforce their TOS. A case in point is genocidal88‘s channel: it hosts neo-Nazi muzak videos, Jesse’s most recent contribution being a video for his Spatter Pattern project titled ‘Choke: live at Aushwictz ’44’.
A previous threat to kill Barack Obama was apparently dismissed by authorities: “Federal authorities say [Shawn Robert Adolf and Tharin Robert Gartrell’s] rants while on a methamphetamine binge do not meet the legal standard for filing charges, despite their possession of rifles and sniper scopes” (Men’s threat to kill Obama is downplayed, Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2008).
One case that hasn’t been dismissed yet is that concerning William ‘Bill’ White, everyone’s favourite Hollywood Nazi. According to the FBI: SELF-PROCLAIMED WHITE SUPREMACIST WILLIAM WHITE INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SOLICITING VIOLENCE AGAINST HALE JURY FOREPERSON. Note that Sid ‘The Squid’ Wilson, formerly (July 2007) the Führer of the New Zealand National Front, at one point wished to establish a branch of Bill’s former party, the National Socialist Movement, in New Zealand. Its current Führer, Kyle Chapman, is also President of a quasi-comical, para-military organisation called ‘Survive Club’. A chilling portent of the future: “Mental Panic will kill many people as they do crazy things to try and survive. Chaos will take over and the remnants of civilisation dissolve as people get further from their last meal and drink.”
In the meantime…
According to the indictment, White created and maintained a website, “Overthrow.com“, which was publicly accessible on the Internet. The website purported to be affiliated with the “American National Socialist Workers Party” (ANSWP), and claimed the organization was comprised of a “convergence of former [white supremacy] ‘movement’ activists who grew disgusted with the general garbage that ‘the movement’ has attracted and who formed the ANSWP under the Command of Bill White.” Members of the ANSWP were described as “National Socialists…who fight for white working people.”
Between Sept. 11 and Oct. 11, 2008, White allegedly used the website to solicit another person to injure Juror A on account of Juror A’s role as the foreperson of the jury that convicted Matthew Hale, the leader of a white-supremacist organization known as the World Church of the Creator, who was found guilty and sentenced to 40 years in prison for soliciting the murder of a federal judge in Chicago.
The indictment alleges that as part of the solicitation, inducement and endeavor to persuade a person to use, attempt to use or threaten the use of force against Juror A, White caused derogatory comments and personal information about Juror A, including Juror A’s home address and phone numbers, to be posted on the Overthrow.com website on September 11. The solicitation allegedly occurred under circumstances strongly corroborating White’s intent that another person engage in criminal conduct using, attempting to use or threatening the use of force against Juror A.
White allegedly was aware that individuals associated with the white-supremacist movement, who were the target audience of his website, at times engaged in acts of violence, directed at non-whites, Jews, gays and persons perceived by white-supremacists as acting contrary to their interests.
Prior to the alleged solicitation against Juror A, White on multiple occasions allegedly caused postings to the website disclosed what purported to be the home address and/or personal identifying information of individuals who were targets of criticism on the Internet. Certain of these postings during the same time period expressed White’s desire that acts of violence be committed against these specific individuals, including author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, individuals known as the “Jena 6” and a Canadian civil rights lawyer…
If convicted, White faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The Court, however, would determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed under the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.