Accessibility links

US Officials Charge Two With Threatening Obama

U.S. officials in the southern state of Tennessee say they have arrested two men who had allegedly been plotting to kill African-Americans including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The men were charged with possession of firearms, conspiracy to steal firearms, and threatening a presidential candidate.

Court records unsealed Monday say local officers arrested the two men last Wednesday. They say the suspects were already armed with a sawed-off shotgun, a rifle, and three pistols, and were planning to rob a gun store for more weapons.

Officials said the two suspects had plans to attack a predominantly African-American high school.

The records say the men talked of following up with a nationwide killing spree, culminating with the assassination of Barack Obama.

If elected November 4, Obama would become the nation's first African-American president.

In August, local and federal authorities in the city of Denver, Colorado, uncovered another possible plot against Obama. They arrested four people and seized a cache of weapons and illegal drugs.

Denver was the site of the Democratic National Convention that month.