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BREAKING: Obama Assassination Plot Foiled In Denver, Four Gunmen Arrested

Fuck. Terrifying news from Denver. A gang of four white supremacists have been arrested with high-powered rifles and have admitted planning to assassinate Barack Obama.
Police are investigating whether they have foiled an assassination plot against Barack Obama after four people were arrested near the Democratic convention in Denver in the possession of high powered rifles.

One of the suspects told police they were "going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a ... rifle ... sighted at 750 yards," Denver television station CDS4 is reporting. Police have told the television station that one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative."

The suspects were arrested on Sunday when local police arrested a man, identified by the television station as Tharin Gartrell, 28, who was driving a rented pickup truck erratically. CDS4 is reporting that in his truck police found two high powered rifles with telescopic sites, as well as camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, a bulletproof vest, a high powered spotting scope, licences in the names of various people, and the drug methamphetamine. One of the rifles is listed as stolen from Kansas.

When police accompanied Mr Gartrell to his hotel in Denver a second man, who was wanted on a number of arrest warrants, jumped from a window and was injured in a six-story fall. He broke his ankle and was arrested shortly afterwards. Sources told the television station that he was wearing a ring with a swastika, and was thought to have ties to white supremacist organisations.

A third man, associated with Mr Gartrell, was also arrested and told police that Mr Gartrell and the second man arrested "planned to kill Barack Obama at his acceptance speech." A woman has also been arrested. Denver police refused to comment on reports that they might have foiled an assassination plot, but have scheduled a press conference for today.
From CBS-4 in Denver:
The Secret Service, FBI, ATF and the joint terrorism task force are all investigating the alleged plot. The U.S. Attorneys Office has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. Attorney in Denver said it does 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.
"No credible threat"??? I'd say a cache of high-powered rifles with telescope sights is pretty fucking credible. And they only chanced on these people because they noticed an erratically driven car? Unreal. If Obama gets elected, I fear we will have four continuous years of this. This country is diseased.

UPDATE: Freepers react.

-"Staged. Like everything else at a convention."
-"I wonder how much these clowns got paid to pull this stunt."
-"This whole thing stinks of political theatre."
-"Hillary’s operatives are getting sloppy."
-"How does Obama think he could make it 4 months in the WH, let alone 4 years? "
-"It smells like a conspiracy invented by leftists to increase Obama’s popularity."

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