American Terror

October 24, 2008 Tennessee 

Two white supremacists, Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, are arrested in Tennessee for allegedly plotting to assassinate Barack Obama and murder more than 100 black people. Officials say Schlesselman and Cowart, a probationary member of the racist skinhead group Supreme White Alliance, planned to kill 88 people, then behead another 14. (Both numbers are significant in white supremacist circles. H is the eighth letter of the alphabet, so double 8s stand for HH, or “Heil Hitler.” The number 14 represents the “14 Words,” a popular racist saying.) The pair are indicted on charges that include threatening a presidential candidate, possessing a sawed-off shotgun, taking firearms across state lines to commit crimes, planning to rob a licensed gun dealer, damaging religious property, and using a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The Second Wave: Return of the Militias
Southern Poverty Law Center Special Report


3 Responses

  1. I assume you are familiar with David Neiwart’s excellent blog Orcinus. He’s moved most of his posting over the Crooks and Liars, but the blog is alive. He wrote about the militia movement, the white supremicists and a lot about the rise in eliminationist rhetoric.

    I used to follow him pretty closely; your posts on this book remind me to go re-visit!


  2. Given the seriousness of their crimes, I would be surprised to find that they had already been released. Just kidding. I’ll be surprised if they are still in jail this time next year.

    Planning to kill scores of black people just isn’t quite as much of a crime as planning to kill one white woman.


    • Especially if she’s blond!


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