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Monday, August 25, 2008

Possible Colorado Assassination Plot

This is really disturbing if any element of this story is true:

Authorities are investigating a possible assassination plot against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. At least three people have been arrested in connection with a possible plot to kill Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High, according to CBS4 News...

According to the TV station, one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama ... [and] he responded in the affirmative."

This is especially disturbing given the fact that an independent right-wing group is planning to run ads accusing Obama of consorting with terrorists.

I cannot make this plainer to any reasonable minds out there -- the danger of stoking ultra-right wing fears about about Obama being some kind of foreign Manchurian candidate terrorist sympathizer is that it will directly lead to a greater chance of disconnected white supremacists taking it upon themselves to hurt Obama in order to "protect America".

Fielding these swiftboat-type lies about Obama is not simply innocuous politics. Smears like this jeopardize his life! We cannot let this stand.