Four racists arrested in Denver for plot to assassinate Obama.

As exciting as the prospect of the first black man to be elected President is, it would be a mistake to think it’s a sign that violent racism is dead. Proof of that comes in a news report about four bigots who were arrested in Denver. They’re being investigated under suspicion of planning to shoot Obama:

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.

[…] 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. I don’t want to say no,” he said.

The mugshots of two of the suspects (above left) don’t do anything to dispel the “redneck idiot bigot” stereotype at all. Nathan Johnson in particular, on the right in that pic, looks like the result of too much inbreeding. The good news is these yahoos are off the street and any threat they may have posed appears to be over and done.

The next question is: Is there anyone else out there with similar goals?

30 thoughts on “Four racists arrested in Denver for plot to assassinate Obama.

  1. Holy shit, the Aurora police did something right for once!  It’s still good to see two less racists on the streets.

  2. These guys loook too goofy to actually accomplish anything. I presume Obama already has some private or government security?

    Don’t they realise that killing Obama would hand the election to the Dems?

  3. Don’t they realise that killing Obama would hand the election to the Dems?

    How so? Then it would be a race between Hillary and McCain, and whatever slim lead Obama has had would vanish because having the Clintons to criticize would clarify the McCain campaign by allowing them to pull out two decades worth of attack ads and just polish and dust them off.

    I don’t really think there are THAT many moderates out there who’d go “Well! Now that the nigger is dead I guess I can vote Democrat with a clear conscience.” Those are the same people who hate Hillary’s vagina and are jealous of her husbands mad skills in scoring with skanks.

  4. The fist thing that came to mind when I saw these two morons was “inbred hicks”. People really are getting desperate around election time what with that puma group or whatever you call it still trying to get Hillary elected and then these two (four?) douche bags. “Hey Lee I gots an idea, lets kill the nagger then the white guy will be president” yep hicks sure are smart.

  5. Damn, too bad they were caught. That would be awesome if he is shot BEFORE being elected!

    Biden and Clinton are people I might actually WANT to vote for.

  6. All Presidential candidates have Secret Service protection if I’m not mistaken. 

    I wonder how long it will take some of the nuttier people on the far right to decide this was part of a plot to raise sympathy for Obama.

  7. All Presidential candidates have Secret Service protection if I’m not mistaken. 

    They don’t. At some point when a canidate looks “promising” (i.e. popular enough) and when the threat level looks high enough, they can get it.

    Not sure who makes the decision, though.

    Quotes below from Wikipedia (that section lacking references, so take with a bit of care):

    In 1968, as a result of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, Congress authorized protection of major presidential and vice presidential candidates and nominees (Public Law 90-331). Congress also authorized protection of the spouses of deceased presidents unless they remarry and of the children of former presidents until age 16.

    Interestingly enough, the article also states:

    The Service also investigates forgery of government checks, forgery of currency equivalents (such as travelers’ or cashiers’ checks), and certain instances of wire fraud (such as the so called Nigerian scam) and credit card fraud

    Scope creep, anyone?

  8. Ah, okay, they only became a protection agency later on. So the bodyguard bit is the scope creep, not the other way around.

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

    You’d think that would be a dumbass thing to say before you go to trial, but it likely guarantees him admission into one of the white prison gangs without being somebody’s bitch. 

    Sadly, racism ain’t dead.  Still too many homes with lead paint on the walls. 

    44 grams of methamphetamine

    Doesn’t help either.

  10. Goofy-looking does not reassure me that they wouldn’t carry out their crime.

    What DOF said. Come to think of it, not looking capable is probably an asset in the assassination biz.

  11. Ragman, it’s not the lead paint that’s the problem. It’s the parents. Hate is often a learned response.

  12. Hate is often a learned response.

    True, but learning disabilities can keep you from getting past that.  I grew up hearing racism, and had I not the brains to figure it out for myself, I likely would have ended up racist myself. 

    Not to make an issue out of the lead paint, I wrote it more in humor than seriousness. 

    I really blame the meth – not for the racism, but for the attempt.  That shit really screws people up.

  13. Crystal Meth is one of the drugs that make me doubt my conviction that drugs should be legalized. I still think they should be, but damn that one is a nasty problem.

  14. Not a difficult problem at all, Les.  Make the severely dangerous drugs illegal (especially selling) and the less dangerous ones legal.  A simple test: anyone ever die of a marijuana overdose?  Now how about Crystal meth?

  15. A simple test: anyone ever die of a marijuana overdose?

    No.  Anyone ever die of an alcohol overdose?  Happens every day.  So should alcohol be outlawed?

    There are no easy answers.

  16. The SimpleTest™ is a rubrick for legalizing certain drugs right away.  The others will require a bit of analysis.  For instance, what is the ratio of overdose deaths alcohol/CM?  Which is socially acceptable or politically untenable?  We have that discussion after legalizing the far less-dangerous drug.

  17. Meth is one of the main reasons I’m for legalization, since on of the best things about legalizing meth would be pushing meth production into factories as regulated industrial processes rather than any old junkie cooking up the crap in the closet of their single wide trailer.

    If that happened I’d cheerfully call much of legalization a success no matter how many more junkies there were.

  18. A simple test: anyone ever die of a marijuana overdose?


    Just not the person who overdosed, but the innocent sap they murdered.

    My office.  I draw your attention to the last line- I have access to those files.

  19. Marijuana is certainly not harmless – an impossible standard not even met by hot dogs (choking deaths).  The point is a dispassionate weighing of the consequences of different options is needed.  We don’t do that – our legislation runs toward reactive rather than analytical.

  20. Dof, I’m in favor of legalizing marijuana too: that’s one of the easy ones.  Sometimes I think the best solution would be to legalize everything, and put the money saved, and the tax collected, into education.  But it’s hard to predict what would happen with harder drugs, such as crystal meth, if they were legalized.  Would there be more abuse?  If so, would the amount of misery caused balance out the amount of misery avoided?  Impossible to say.

    LH- for me, that link just goes to Aylesbury gaol.  And yes, I was guilty of hyperbole: marijuana can certainly be implicated in death.  So can water.  The fact remains that marijuana is a great deal less dangerous than alcohol.

  21. none of the inmates files say they committed the murder under the influence of water.

    A likely story, what with the ready availability of di-hydrogen monoxide even in restaurants and homes.  raspberry

  22. So out of maybe a few tens of millions of weed smokers worldwide, a few assholes blame their crimes on the weed, and a small percentage have negative reactions.  What a surprise.  Is there a point, or do you just like to demonize marijuana for fun?  I’ve heard that lots of gang members smoke weed…I guess we can blame weed for gang problems as well.

    I get a bit bent on this issue.  I have yet to see ANY real evidence that marijuana does any real damage at all, with the exception of possible lung issues for heavy, long term smokers.  Yet anti-drug nannies will use every single incident of misbehaving smokers or bad physical reactions as if it proved something universally.  The “Reefer Madness” mentality is the standard of the day when discussing drugs used for pleasure: logic, honesty and careful consideration go out the window.  By the numbers I’ve seen, as well as two decades of personal experience with weed and thousands of weed smokers, marijuana is as safe as aspirin, and a hell of a lot more fun.  But hey, we’re only ruining the lives and careers of thousands of people a year with our ridiculous policies and promoting hysteria to unnecessarily reduce liberty…who the hell needs pleasure, freedom, or bodily autonomy anyway?

  23. Oh yeah, DOF-  I do enjoy the occasional hot dog with mustard, onions and jalapenos, but if I were a regular hot dog eater, choking would be the last thing I’d worry about.  There are still much more likely consequences like obesity, diarrhea, high blood pressure, heart disease, gout, gastritis, flatulence, high cholesterol, colon cancer, bad breath…

    I would rather that more people smoked weed and fewer ate hot dogs.

  24. I get a bit bent on this issue.  I have yet to see ANY real evidence that marijuana does any real damage at all, with the exception of possible lung issues for heavy, long term smokers.

    I have read some articles in a German newsweekly not known for sensationalising things that point to the fact that targeted breeding (or what is the word if you do it with plants?) of weed has produced modern strains which are seriously more powerful than the traditional varieties. On a magnitude order, apparently. And there are also, as far as I am aware, indications that serious exposure can cause nerve and memory damage.

    However, I too am for legalising (almost) all drugs. Many of the ones that are forbidden have at most user-damaging effects, and to a degree, that is someone’s own choice. Punish them if they use the excuse of the drug to commit crime, not for the drug use itself (I think its ridiculous that we even allow drug use – of any kind, including alcohol – to be used as a defense in law).

  25. user-damaging effects,

    Stupid way of me trying to say it only hurts the drug user, not the people around him. Because weed smokers might babble and make a nuisance out of themselves, they rarely get serious freak-outs of the kind were people are likely to get hurt.

  26. Of course there are more of these. This sort of lunacy is FAR more common than most of us think. Here in Seattle, we’re all so smug about or supposed racial acceptance that we don’t even recognize overt racism when it’s rubbed in our faces. Out there in the endlessly-romanticized “American Heartland”, there are thousands of virulent racists like this. It’s just that sane, decent people rarely run into them. We don’t see them, therefore they don’t exist. I moved up here from North Carolina – a place I dearly love – seventeen years ago because I was sick of dealing with the closeted racist attitudes of people who don’t have the lead paint, bad parents, or social indoctrination to blame for their hateful crap. Underneath our genteel facades, Seattle isn’t all that different. There is a ton of racism here, too. But here the bigots know better than to air their views around the rest of us.

    There will be other attempts on Obama’s life. Count on it. That’s the kind of time we’re living in, encouraged by the right wing’s “Us vs.Them” mentality. Like that fuzz-nuts who shot up the church in Knoxville because “liberals ruin America”, people with grievances now find it only logical to go to extremes to address them.

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