Plot to Kill Obama

Aug 25, 2008 11:59 am US/Mountain

Plot to Kill Obama: Shoot From High Vantage Point

Written by Brian Maass and staff

Story: US Attorney: Evidence Doesn’t Support Obama Threat

 Section: Democratic National Convention Section


Denver’s U.S. attorney is expected to speak on Tuesday afternoon about the arrests of four people suspected in a possible plot to shoot Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug or weapons charges.

One of those suspects spoke exclusively to CBS4 investigative reporter Brian Maass from inside the Denver City Jail late Monday night and said his friends had discussed killing Obama.

“So your friends were saying threatening things about Obama?” Maass asked.

“Yeah,” Nathan Johnson replied.

“It sounded like they didn’t want him to be president?”

“Well, no,” Johnson said.

Maass reported earlier Monday that one of the suspects told authorities they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a … rifle … sighted at 750 yards.”

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

The story began emerging Sunday morning when Aurora police arrested Tharin Gartrell, 28. He was driving a rented pickup truck in an erratic manner, according to sources.

Sources told CBS4 police found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the names of other people and 44 grams of methamphetamine. One of the rifles is listed as stolen from Kansas.

Aurora police alerted federal officials because of heightened security surrounding the Democratic convention, Aurora police Det. Marcus Dudley said.

“Clearly we feel that there are federal implications — otherwise we would not have notified those agencies,” Dudley said Monday night. “The weapons clearly would cause great concern.”

Subsequently authorities went to the Cherry Creek Hotel in Glendale to contact an associate of Gartrell’s. But that man, identified as Shawn Robert Adolph, 33, who was wanted on numerous warrants, jumped out of a sixth floor hotel window. Law enforcement sources say Adolph broke an ankle in the fall and was captured moments later. Sources say he had a handcuff ring and was wearing a swastika, and is thought to have ties to white supremacist organizations.

Nathan Johnson, 32, an associate of Gartrell and Adolph, was also arrested Sunday morning. He told authorities that the two men had “planned to kill Barack Obama at his acceptance speech.”

“He don’t belong in political office. Blacks don’t belong in political office. He ought to be shot,” Johnson told Maass.

“Do you think they were really plotting to kill Obama?” Maass asked.

I don’t want to say yes, but I don’t want to say no,” he said.

Johnson’s girlfriend Natasha Gromek is also under arrest on drug charges.

The Secret Service, FBI, ATF and the joint terrorism task force are all investigating the alleged plot. Dudley didn’t say what tied the men together but said more arrests were possible.

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Denver said they do not believe there is a credible threat to Obama or the convention.

“It’s premature to say that it was a valid threat or that these folks have the ability to carry it out,” said a U.S. government official familiar with the investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said the case was under investigation.

“We’re absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado,” Eid said in a prepared statement.

Gartrell, who has no known address, was being held at the Arapahoe County jail on $50,000 bail on drug and weapons charges. The jail said he was due in court Thursday.


all that evidence and its still a possible threat? oh come on, they had guns and a swastika for goodness sake. and now this is hidden and not many people know about this, (i check the front page of yahoo almost every day, and this was NOT on the front page!) but if it was the opposite, like an african american attacking a white person, it would be all over the news and on the front page of yahoo too. and i am not seeing it all over the news, what i am seeing is the palins daughter is pregnant and the other stuff.
and of course, because the people who are doing to investigations are white, they have sympathy for the white supremacy group. ITS CALLED PATHETIC AND SAD THAT WE ARE STILL LIVING IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY AND WE HAVE THE SAME MENTALITY AS WE DID A HUNDRED YEARS AGO!
if there was a black supremacy gruop in the untied states they would be considered terrorist and they would say they need to be killed.

“In Memphis, Tenn., a riot broke out between Klansmen and counter-demonstrators on Martin Luther King’s birthday. More than 100 police threw tear gas canisters and arrested 20 anti-Klan demonstrators while protecting the Klan’s right to rally and speak.”

this is not freedom of speech, its called abuse. and it shows something: it shows that instead of protecting the people like the police should be doing, they are protecting the Klansmen, which meaning they are protecting the racist, and which means America is still racist, its just hidden. like the use of BCE instead of BC to not qualify americans as “religious” and they want to be what you call it religious free, or secular, and if you look at it they havent changed the dates or anything. i mean we still use the gergorian calender, but we just changed BC and AD to BCE and CE.

2 Responses to “Plot to Kill Obama”

  1. This case is ridiculous. It is all based on heresay and speculation. Where are the facts…get real people. I know these guys and they are not hateful people, nor are they people who would harm someone because of their race. I met these guys through a mutual friend of ours who happened to be african-american. Someone is out to set up these guys and I think we better wake up to the fact it could easily be us

  2. sweetangel16175 Says:

    thank you so much for this comment. it gives supporting evidence to what democracy now said about this case, but it doesnt make sense either. if they were going to kill obama, why would they spill the beans, you know what i mean? and the police got to them before they did the deed. why didn’t they get to kennedy before the assassinator shot him?

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