From the LA Times:
We knew then that authorities in suburban Aurora had stopped a pickup truck for swerving between lanes early Sunday morning in what they thought was a routine drunk driving incident.I guess a right-wing Republican U.S. Attorney who has survived being fired by the highly politicized Bush Department of Justice would be loath to admit that there really is a right-wing conspiracy to assassinate the Black Democratic nominee for President, wouldn't he?
But in the rented vehicle of Tharin Gartrell, a 28-year-old convicted felon, they found two high-powered scoped rifles, ammunition, sighting scopes, radios, a cellphone, a bulletproof vest, wigs, drugs and fake IDs.
According to Brian Masss of Denver's KCNC Channel 4, under questioning Gartrell implicated two other men -- Nathan Johnson, who is 32, and Shawn Adolph, who is 33 -- and Johnson's girlfriend, Natasha Gromack. Johnson also reportedly confirmed the plot to FBI and Secret Service interrogators. [Snip]
The U.S. Atty. Troy Eid declined to elaborate on Monday but said there is no credible threat to the party's convention or to the freshman Illinois senator, who was campaigning in Kansas City Monday and traveling to Montana today.
But the television station reports that under questioning the men admitted there was indeed a plot to kill Obama during his speech before some 70,000 supporters and a nationwide television audience.
Notice also that the arrest was not because the Secret Service were somehow "On top of the situation." Instead is was because a cop in Aurora, CO made what he thought was going to be a routine Drunk Driver stop, The driver's license turned out to be expired, the truck was rented by someone else, which led to the guns and walkie-talkies being discovered.
Of course the TV media are all over this right-wing conspiracy to murder Senator Obama, so I don't even need to write anything here, do I?