Posted Aug. 28, 2008 – Law enforcement officials said Tuesday that three racist, convicted “meth heads” – who cruised around Colorado with a pickup truck laden with guns, ammo and bullet-proof vests – never really posed a serious threat to Sen. Barack Obama, even though one of the men allegedly talked about killing the Democratic presidential nominee.
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"A bunch of meth heads put together; I don't know what they do," U.S. Attorney for Colorado Troy Eid said at a news conference. "There is no credible threat right now, and there was no credible threat."
Still, there was apparently enough of a threat for prosecutors to file federal charges against Shawn Robert Adolph, 33; Tharin Robert Gartrell, 28; and Nathan Dwaine Johnson, 32, including possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of body armor by a violent felon, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
According to the criminal complaint, Adolph discussed killing Obama in Denver and during his “inauguration.” Authorities said they were not sure if Adolph was referring to Obama’s acceptance speech when he said “inauguration.” The three men allegedly referred to Obama with racial epithets, saying he should never be allowed to occupy the White House and that they "could not believe how close he (Obama) was to becoming president."
But that does not mean Obama was really in any danger, Eid said.
"The alleged threats, hateful and bigoted though they were, involved a group of … methamphetamine abusers, all of whom were impaired at the time," he said. "The evidence involving the alleged threats does not warrant federal charges now. I must tell you though that the investigation is still ongoing and we are all keeping an open mind."
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