The U.S. Attorney for Colorado, Troy Eid, will talk to the press at 4 p.m. Tuesday about the arrest Sunday of four suspects in a plot to shoot Barack Obama during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
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, but I don’t want to say no,” he said.
Federal agents from the FBI, Secret Service, BATF and a joint terrorism task force are involved in the investigation. Aurora Police spokesman Det. Marcus Dudley said Monday night that there could be more arrests in the plot, but federal officials continued to tamp down fears over the plot.
Monday night, Eid issued a statement: “We’re absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado,”
Maass reports Tuesday afternoon:
“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.
Meanwhile, Colorado Independent sister site the The Michigan Messenger reported a flurry of discussion over the suspected plot on white supremacist site Stormfront.org after news broke Monday night. One post, which was removed by Stormfront administrators soon after it was posted, read:
…it doesn’t hurt to make our positions clear of what we accept for our ranks to distance ourselves a little. Particularly since all of the typical stereotypes are in play. You know. Us “Nazis” are druggies, which brings up images of lacking education and living in trailers as a result. I certainly think there is a little embellishment going on.
Read Colorado Independent’s continuing coverage of the alleged assassination plot against Barack Obama.