Just a few details so far, but it sounds like some sort of Nazi Columbine fantasy with assassination as the capper. Not the first time white supremacists have had their guns out for Obama, although the immediate concern here was obviously the school:
In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name.
Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville field office for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the two men planned to shoot 88 black people and decapitate another 14. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.
The men also sought to go on a national killing spree, with Obama as its final target, Cavanaugh told The Associated Press.
“They said that would be their last, final act — that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama,” Cavanaugh said. “They didn’t believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying.”
They had a rifle, a shotgun, and three pistols and were planning to break into a gun store to grab more. Stand by for updates as local media jumps on the story.
Update: Here’s the ATF’s criminal complaint. The suspects met a month ago on the Internet, as so many terrorists do these days. Sounds like the feds decided to move in after they went looking for a house to rob.
“Both individuals stated they would dress in all white tuxedos and wear top hats during the assassination attempt,” the court complaint states. “Both individuals further stated they knew they would and were willing to die during this attempt.”…
“They seemed determined to do it,” Cavanaugh said. “Even if they were just to try it, it would be a trail of tears around the South.”