Two men with strong white-supremacy beliefs are in custody after planning a state-to-state killing spree, targeting black citizens and ending with the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ar., hatched their plan after they met on the Internet last month and discussed their shared interest in “White Power” and “Skinhead” philosophies, officials said.
The two men had accumulated a sawed-off shotgun, pistols and a .308-caliber rifle and planned to attack an unnamed, predominantly black school and end with an attack on Obama. A fedeal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives agent said that the men “stated they would dress in all-white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt. Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt.” Last week, Cowart reportedly shot out a window at a 60-member black church.