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Old 08-26-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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Assasination attempt on Obama?

Four people have been arrested after plotting to assassinate Barack Obama.

Plot to kill Barack Obama uncovered - Telegraph
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I'm glad that this didn't develop into something nasty, or else who knows what would happen to the US - and the rest of the world.


Great job on unveiling them!
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My lungs leaped out of my chest when I read the thread title.

Luckily, they have now returned, and I only suffered mild brain damidge.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
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I don't know how to post screenshots, but this doesn't seem to be on the CNN or Fox site.

Link posted by BVS is from a UK newspaper (which I would consider reliable).

Are the US media not reporting this, perhaps to avoid any possibility of a copycat attempt?
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No, I've seen it on CNN. Last night, at least.
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I saw it on the Fox site earlier.
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Fair enough. It is not very prominent on the sites however.
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Not cool.
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I don't know how to post screenshots, but this doesn't seem to be on the CNN or Fox site.

Link posted by BVS is from a UK newspaper (which I would consider reliable).

Are the US media not reporting this, perhaps to avoid any possibility of a copycat attempt?
i wondered the same thing earlier, because i read it on the london times website but nowhere in north america. found that a bit odd.
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Hopefully they get paroled within the next year or so. That should be enough to rehabilitate them.


Damn it....wait for it......



LIFE...it should be life without parole? Death???? Hmmmm
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I have been looking at this

from different sources

and I do believe the responsible thing to do

is not to blow it way the fuck up


and take away from the attention

the DNC deserves to have on their convention.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:30 PM   #13
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Barack Obama 'ought to be shot' says racist plotter - Telegraph

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US authorities moved quickly to state there had been "no credible" threat to Mr Obama's life and any plot the men had hatched had been "crude", while his advisers sought to play down the incident. "We're not commenting on security issues," said Anita Dunn, a senior aide.
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Mr Gartrell was arrested on Sunday after he was stopped for driving erratically. His rented vehicle was found to contain two rifles - one with a telescopic sight and one stolen - along with walkie-talkies, a bullet-proof vest, licenses in the names of other people, wigs and balaclavas, as well as a quantity of the drug methamphetamine.
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I have been looking at this

from different sources

and I do believe the responsible thing to do

is not to blow it way the fuck up


and take away from the attention

the DNC deserves to have on their convention.


I agree, hopefully the Press and Media won't have a field day with it. I also hate to say it but I don't think this is going to be the last we hear of such a story and such attempts. It's a sad state of affairs this world is in. I hope this story gets squashed tho and quick.
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I have been looking at this

from different sources

and I do believe the responsible thing to do

is not to blow it way the fuck up


and take away from the attention

the DNC deserves to have on their convention.

I search in your post

for evidence of irony.

Assuming I am correct

in not finding any irony in said post,

Then riddle me this

How can a media 'softening'

regarding a seemingly plausible

assassination attempt

be justifiable

Given that it would

if anything

improve Obama's

poll ratings?
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I don't think deep wants Obama's poll ratings to increase.

They already have, by the way, but that doesn't really play well into the chicken little scenario many have embraced so happily.
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Not 'softening' the story might well increase the number of people tuning in to the convention, but would certainly also hamper the party's ability to keep the focus on laying out its agenda.

I think the sketchiness of the investigation's findings thus far (at least based on what I've read) may also be a factor. All three of the men arrested had substantial criminal records, all three were 'under the influence' at the time of arrest, their cited links to 'outlaw biker' and 'white supremacist' groups remain speculative, and there may well be good reason to doubt the credibility of some of their statements. Time will tell.
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I search in your post

for evidence of irony.

Assuming I am correct

in not finding any irony in said post,

Then riddle me this

How can a media 'softening'

regarding a seemingly plausible

assassination attempt

be justifiable

Given that it would

if anything

improve Obama's

poll ratings?
THANKS. You beat me to it.
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Not 'softening' the story might well increase the number of people tuning in to the convention, but would certainly also hamper the party's ability to keep the focus on laying out its agenda.
thanks for reading my post as I wrote it

and not just looking for a bias that was not intended and is not there
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thanks for reading my post as I wrote it

and not just looking for a bias that was not intended and is not there
Some see bias

where others see

realist pragmatism
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