We’re not certain that a pack of neo-Nazi meth fiends with guns and the wacky notion that they could somehow get within rifle range of Barack Obama during Thursday night’s acceptance speech amounts to a “credible threat,” but the Los Angeles Times breathlessly reports:
More details emerging from Denver as we write this in the predawn hours on the now suspected plot to assassinate Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with a high-powered rifle on national television during his outdoor acceptance speech at Invesco Field Thursday night.
Authorities have reported a fourth arrest in the unfolding plot that The Ticket first wrote about here a few hours ago at the end of Monday night’s Democratic National Convention events at the Pepsi Center.
Tharin Gartrell, a convicted felon, one of four arrested in Denver in a reported plot to assassinate Senator Barack Obama on national TV during his nomination acceptance speech at Invesco Field Thursday night…
According to Brian Masss of Denver’s KCNC Channel 4, under questioning Gartrell implicated two other men — Nathan Johnson, who is 32, and Shawn Adolph, who is 33 — and Johnson’s girlfriend, Natasha Gromack. Johnson also reportedly confirmed the plot to FBI and Secret Service interrogators.
One of the men, Adolph, reportedly wore a ring with the Nazi swastika. He was injured when he jumped out of a hotel window fleeing Secret Service agents. All are now in custody on drug and weapons charges.
The U.S. Atty. Troy Eid declined to elaborate on Monday but said there is no credible threat to the party’s convention or to the freshman Illinois senator, who was campaigning in Kansas City Monday and traveling to Montana today.
But the television station reports that under questioning the men admitted there was indeed a plot to kill Obama during his speech before some 70,000 supporters and a nationwide television audience.
Our view: everyone is on the edge of their seats hoping something like what’s described here doesn’t happen, and certainly an abundance of caution is justified, but we see nothing to indicate that these would-be “assassins” had a serious chance of doing anything to Sen. Obama. There won’t be a single vantage point overlooking Invesco Field Thursday that isn’t swarming with law enforcement. That said, a half-baked plot to pull something like this was probably inevitable, and that’s why we have the Secret Service.