US Soldiers Planned Obama Assassination: Prosecutors

4 troops plotted to overthrow government: report
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2012 12:48 PM CDT
US Soldiers Planned Obama Assassination: Prosecutors
President Barack Obama speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Four US soldiers planned to overthrow the federal government and kill President Obama, the Press Association reports. The alleged plot, whose details remain scarce, emerged during a murder case against the soldiers. One of the four, Pfc. Michael Burnett, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and gang charges today in the deaths of an ex-soldier and his girlfriend, 17. The ex-soldier, Michael Roark, was killed because he was aware of the plot, Burnett said. The quartet had purchased $87,000 worth of firearms and explosives; they intended to attack Fort Stewart as well as locations in Georgia and Washington state, the AP reports. Click for our latest story on the plot. (More President Obama stories.)

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