Hometown doesn’t recognize young man feds say plotted carnage

Daniel Cowart

“The boy you saw on TV was never the kid we saw,” said Scotty Runions, who employed Cowart at a grocery store in town. “He didn’t roam around the community like that. That’s why everybody’s so shocked.”

The Leaf Chronicle | Oct 28, 2008


BELLS, Tenn. — Folks around this small town who’ve met him paint a simple picture of Daniel Cowart: a quiet computer whiz, polite and shy.

But federal authorities who descended on this town last week cast the 20-year-old in an entirely different light.

Cowart and another man were arrested a week ago today, accused of plotting a hate-fueled rampage that would have claimed dozens of lives. Their alleged prized target: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The caper, which never came to fruition, and publicized images of Cowart holding a weapon were bizarre to local residents who know him.

“The boy you saw on TV was never the kid we saw,” said Scotty Runions, who employed Cowart at a grocery store in town. “He didn’t roam around the community like that. That’s why everybody’s so shocked.”

Those who’d never heard of Daniel Cowart before were surprised by the idea that the murderous plot he stands accused of spearheading could have roots in the small Crockett County town of 2,200, about a half-hour drive northwest of Jackson.

“It’s kind of shocking,” said Bells resident Stevie Johnson, 45. “You never think something like that is going to happen in a small town like this.”

“You think Jackson, Memphis, maybe Humboldt,” a town about 12 miles away. “But Bells? It’s really a peaceful place.”

Paul Schlesselman

News of Cowart’s arrest was kept quiet until Monday, when he and alleged co-conspirator Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark., made their initial court appearances.

The story of their alleged plans struck a nerve in tiny Bells.

“People are scared. Nobody really wants to say anything about it,” said Johnson, an African-American in a county with a 14 percent black population, according to the most recent U.S. Census.

“I don’t have no fear myself,” Johnson said. “They got up on it in the nick of time.”

The two were arrested by Crockett County deputies last Wednesday on charges of possessing illegal guns, according to court documents.

Those arrests led to an array of federal charges including conspiracy to rob a federal firearms licensee and making threats against a major candidate for the office of president.

Cowart and Schlesselman, 18, are in federal custody in Jackson. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Cowart’s mother and grandfather both live in Crockett County. Neither could be reached Tuesday to discuss his arrest. His attorney, Joe Byrd Jr., did not return a call for comment.

Federal authorities said the two men fostered a friendship on the Internet based on racist beliefs, and started discussing a spree that would have involved killing 88 people and decapitating 14 African-Americans.

Both numbers hold significance in the neo-Nazi world — 88 is shorthand for HH, or “Heil Hitler,” and 14 is the number of words in a slogan of the white supremacist movement.

Authorities say they planned to target an unidentified predominantly black school and, ultimately, Obama. Investigators say the pair said they wanted to wear white tuxedos and top hats as they gunned down the Democratic presidential candidate.

To execute the plan, authorities said, the two stole firearms from family members and hatched a scheme to rob a gun store to expand their arsenal.

On Oct. 20, authorities said, Cowart brought Schlesselman to Crockett County to carry out the plan. They were arrested two days later, after drawing racist symbols and words on Cowart’s car with window chalk.

“These men have some frightening weapons and some very frightening plans,” said Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who studies the white supremacy movement. “But with the part about wearing top hats … it gets a bit hard to take them seriously.”

Cowart and Schlesselman were “calm as they could be” when officers took them into custody, Sheriff Troy Klyce said. The sheriff would not discuss the specifics of the arrest that triggered the federal charges.

“I’m sure there had to be some thought put behind it. … They definitely had some plans,” Bells Mayor Harold Craig said.

Klyce and Bells Police Chief Ilandis Smith said police are rarely called to investigate crimes based on race.

“I’ve been here for 15 years,” Smith said. “I’ve not had any (racist) graffiti or anything of that nature.

“This is a quiet town. We don’t have that many problems.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center said on its Web site that Cowart had belonged to a group called the Southern White Alliance, which the center said was formed earlier this year. It posted a photo of Cowart at a group’s celebration of Adolph Hitler’s birthday. The center said the president of the alliance is the son of the imperial wizard of the Kentucky-based Imperial Klans of America.

A posting on a Web site for the Supreme White Alliance says Cowart had been a “probate” with the group but had been expelled.

Heidi Beirich, director of research and special projects for the Alabama-based SPLC, said there are several known neo-Nazi groups in Tennessee, including the National Socialist Movement and the Confederate Hammerskins.

The SPLC’s blog shows Cowart’s member page on the Supreme White Alliance’s Web site — a page that has been taken down. Cowart’s profile on that page said, “I’m 19 years old, from west TN. I am easy going and easy to get along with, so long as you are White!”

Those images stand in stark contrast to the Daniel Cowart described by Harold Craig and Scotty Runions.

Mayor Craig got to know Cowart when he worked at Runions’ grocery store and also knew Cowart’s grandparents. The mayor said Cowart “came from good stock.”

“He was a quiet boy over at work. … He was a nice young man,” the mayor said. “It’s a total surprise.”

Runions said he last saw Cowart about two weeks ago; his former employee helped him fix a problem with an electronic sign at another grocery store Runions owned.

“If he’s anything, he’s a little weird — a computer geek,” Runions said. But he never pictured Cowart as a dangerous man.

“That person never existed. I’ve never seen him like that. Nobody can explain it,” Runions said.

“He was a kid trying to find himself, and he went down the wrong path.”
Bob Smietana of The Tennessean, Bill Theobald of The Tennessean’s Washington bureau and Associated Press contributed.


Alleged Plotter Against Obama Was Member of Supreme White Alliance
The SWA Ning site also carries a page showing “Daniel’s Friends,” belonging to Daniel Cowart, that lists as a friend Steven Edwards (posting as “Stevenfuckit08″), the current president of SWA. Edwards is the son of Ron Edwards, who is the imperial wizard, or national leader, of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), based in Kentucky.

Imperial Klans of America
The Ku Klux Klan is a US Supreme Court recognized and protected Christian Organization in multiple Supreme Court decisions, and has received a Charter from US Congress.

Supreme White Alliance webpage


16 responses to “Hometown doesn’t recognize young man feds say plotted carnage

  1. dude had a swastika tatooed to his shoulder.

  2. I’m not sure what you guys are trying to imply with this article. Why not come out and say it? That is unless you are to scared to admit that you actualy believe this is some sort of psy OP and that there are no rascists in America. You Europeans are sometimes quite out of touch with what the fuck is going on on the ground. have a nice day.

  3. The KKK was set up by Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

    The Nazis were inspired by the Masonic writings of Blavatsky, a Co-Mason.

    The Nazis were partially funded by the Skull and Bones, another Masonic order.

    The Fabian Society logo is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    The White Supremacist groups are controlled from the top down, just like the Mexican street gangs and the Black Power organizations, by the “Brotherhood” to divide and conquer.

    A certain amount of racism in society is almost inevitable due to the fact that races tend to congregate with their own kind and distrust others, but extreme racism such as this is always mandated from the top down.

    The half-baked plan of these two is bizarre and could never have worked, but it does do a lot in terms of social engineering.

    The psyops angle is something that is implied only because it is an indication of just more business as usual, such as OKC which was clearly a psyop.

    The point of this blog is not to tell people what to think, but to urge them to think for themselves. Information is offered so that people may make up their own minds, and once they do, they arrive at remarkably similar conclusions because the truth is the truth.

  4. I suspect these two are very high ranking masons as evidenced by their plan to wear tuxedos and top hats to ritualise the assasination…

  5. The KKK was founded and bolstered by Judeo-Masons… 33 degree mason Albert Pike led 40,000 KKK members right through Washington in the mid 1930s.
    Pikes monument still stands in Washington.
    The Italian Mafia also has links to Freemasons, how else would a bunch of immigrants have connections in high up Judiciaries and law enforcement?
    Today ‘they’ allow El Salvadorian MS-13 and other gangs to roam free, probably so ‘they’ can declare martial law quickly, when there is another staged national crisis.
    Revolution is required.

  6. The vast majority of radical groups both on the Left and the Right were spawned out of this Judeo-Christian Papist/Royal Freemasonry complex which is also the foundation of this country.

    The New World Order is just the latest phase of the Old World Order Masonic plan to gain absolute control of the entire world.

    The bigger and more centralized government becomes, the more we lose our freedoms. In America, this actually began with the institution of federalism, so we were not served any favors by the Union of the States. It was done with a long term agenda in mind.

    Therefore, secession is the only remedy, to pull out of that centralized system entirely and declare independence from it. Then, agree to defend that sovereignty at all costs, because if not, then it is all over.

    As long as people look to the Masonic District of Columbia city-state as their rightful government, they are like sheep looking to the wolves for security. It is suicide.

    If people are worried about border control and defense, it can be worked out independently state by state, by loose confederation by treaty, always maintaining full sovereignty. In this way, we avoid having a distant but all-powerful federal government breathing down our necks like a snarling beast. We might experience turmoil for awhile, but in the long run, I believe it will have been the thing that saved the American dream.

  7. #

    “I’m not sure what you guys are trying to imply with this article. Why not come out and say it? That is unless you are to scared to admit that you actualy believe this is some sort of psy OP and that there are no rascists in America. You Europeans are sometimes quite out of touch with what the fuck is going on on the ground. have a nice day.”

    I suppose what I would say is that very few human beings have the inhumane instinct to kill or harm another human being regardless of race unless some sort of severe brain washing took place. I suppose I want to feel that humans such as white Europeans are innately good, and that puppet masters from above have to intervene to force them to act cruelly. Remember that in WWII 80% of soldiers consistently misfired their guns at the enemy. It takes considerable will to act against the human instinct to torture or kill another human regardless of skin color. I think these hate organizations need a lot of help from secret societies and intel agencies to do their evil. I don’t know about these two teenage boys, but it has happened this way so many times before. I recommend you see “Full Metal Jacket” to see mind trip required to act against normal human compassion.

  8. Absolutely. I would never say that real homegrown racism doesn’t exist, but that usually the more extreme forms of it are orchestrated from the top down with a specific purpose in mind. It’s the same with political parties, at least the bigger ones. All these things involve big money, secret society manipulation and ulterior motives. Their members at the bottom are mere pawns while their leaders are actually working for the shadow government a good portion of the time.

    I recall how many in the patriot movement looked up to Bo Gritz and one of their leaders, but then it turns out he spit on 9/11 truthers by casting them as wackos, and the man is a Freemason Zionist of course, and an FBI informant. Even though he was seen as “one of ours”, he turned out to be an operative all along. Another “great patriot” leader of the revolution is Ron Paul who also publicly condemned 9/11 truthers as wackos. We find out that his wife is a member of Eastern Star which usually means the husband is a Mason. I personally do not trust him either for numerous reasons.

    We saw the same thing in Ireland where top level British Intelligence were at the highest levels of the IRA ordering bombings and assassinations. This stuff must be stopped and the only way is for people to get educated about the mind-manipulation that is designed to mislead, divide and conquer.

    This is why it is important to avoid large organizations and well-funded movements because chances are, they were set up by the Masonic intelligence agencies to begin with. A broad-based, leaderless, decentralized mass freedom movement is the only way to go. And look, if certain people want to congregate within their own race, that is their choice, but I do believe that most people want to get along with all races and generally, a principle of racial tolerance and acceptance is the healthiest for society.

  9. Very well said pj, I remember seening this video on youtube about Ron Paul using the satanic/rockstar hand sign alot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUmmef_cpfE
    Why would a guy like him use this sign ? He doesnt strike me as a big rock’n’roll type guy. Then what could it mean ? Is it just a coincidence, maybe, but after all ive seen the last few years, my bet would be that it is not a coincidence. And that it actually has a hidden meaning.
    As with these two young men, I dont know what really has been going on. But their plans seem very far out, unrealistic and suicidal – so they must have been under some heavy psychological influence in order to seriously go for this.

  10. Yes, well it doesn’t necessarily prove anything if a guy puts up the devil horns, but what it does for me is to give more confirmation of my suspicions about him.

    The thing is, all the worst most evil political creeps use the same sign: Clinton, Berlusconi, Sarkozy, Quayle, Cheney, Bush (incl the whole family) and the list goes on and on. I have seen entire webpages plastered with dozens and dozens of them basically hailing Satan. I mean, do Ron Paul fans go to the rallies throwing the horns to him up on the stage? I don’t know, but I think most of them would never use that sign because they consider it to be something sinister. Right?

    And the reason rock stars use it is because a lot of them are actually Satanists. I once heard Metallica frontman James Hetfield actually say “I like evil” with a big grin on his face and he throws the horns all the time. That is especially evident in the hardcore Satanic concerts where they have the inverted pentagram on the stage and everybody is throwing the horns. Everybody. Alex Jones’ friend Joe Rogan uses it. There is a photo of it over on Spiritually Smart where he and Stanton Lavey (Anton’s grandson) are both flashing it and on Rogan’s t-shirt it says ‘666’. It is the sign of Satan. I’m not even a Christian, but I know what it means and I would never use it. I don’t like that shit.

    It is very possible that these two kids were fed a message to at least think about this hair-brained plot. It could have been given directly, or more subliminally. Yes, they also could have thought it up all on their own, but again, the messages from above in the SWA would have been extremely negative on Obama. So this is coming out of, at the very least, the relentless brainwashing that goes on in these cults. I think one of the main things to get from this article is that Cowart was very well thought of and people were shocked to find this out about him. To me, it shows he has been under a bad influence which is a type of control.

  11. Both Schlesselman and Cowart are names that appear in these databases of jewish names:

    J. JewishGen Family Finder (97,391 surnames). Surnames being researched by some 60,000 Jewish genealogists worldwide. An on-going project–continuously updated. Online database

    K. Family Tree of the Jewish People (184,237 surnames). 2,000,000 persons who appear on family trees being researched by Jewish genealogists. An on-going project–continuously updated. Online database

    Of course you’ll never hear that two jewish terrorists plotted to murder 99 blacks and decapitate 14 before attempting to assassinate Obama in tux and top hats.

    This stinks like Columbine.

  12. It does stink of a psyop to me, but we need more evidence. Obama is in many ways, the best thing that ever happened to the White Power movement as he is driving up membership rates. In return, this little crazy plot is probably driving up Obama’s ratings, making him more godlike in the eyes of his sheep-like followers. It works both ways, but it ultimately benefits no one but the elite. Always ask “who benefits?”

    Schlesselman does sound Jewish, but it could more likely be German. Cowart doesn’t sound Jewish at all.

    Freemasonry is based on Kabbalah and the Temple of Solomon, and Freemasons tend toward Zionism. Therefore, it seems odd that the KKK would come out of Freemasonry until you realize that they want to create chaos. Anyone out there who is involved in these white supremacist groups, you better get out and try to live a normal life because you are being used and manipulated.

    Come back and rejoin the human race.

  13. The plot was one of mass homicide. To me, it doesn’t really matter who it was aimed at, the point being that there’s a sickness there that led to the belief that it was necessary in the first place.

    I am NOT a fan of pointless death. If they really felt the need, why not wait to see if Mr. Obama was actually elected first? And why take down so many people with him? Does anyone else see the similarities between when JFK was elected and Obama?

    I just don’t understand Americans… I was born here, I’ve spent most of my life here, but I just can’t wrap my head around crap like this.

  14. Oh, and PJ, you just pointed out a lot of misconceptions. Since when do the rock stars paint a complete picture?

    “Devil horns” have also been used by Texas Longhorn fans, to denote bull horns, and it’s a version of the “I Love You” on a single hand (difference being the thumb being folded in).

    666 was originally the number for the Sun God before Christians decided that Paganism is evil and must be destroyed. 6+6+6 = 18, 1+8=9, 9 is 3+3+3, also known as the “number of the universe”. It started out as a peaceful number, as did the swastika – which was a symbol of peace before a German man decided to use it for his own devices. Sounds a lot like the Christian cross if you think about the crusades and the numbers of people slain in the name of Christianity.

    “Paganism” is anything that is not Christianity (which would include Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, and Islam, by definition), and the “Satanism” I’ve talked to people about is really just putting oneself before God. People get a lot of funny ideas about this kind of stuff, and I just wanted to point out that you were stating a lot of the misconceptions that a lot of people not only believe but USE as their beliefs. Those people hurt the reputation more than they could ever guess.

    Also, a lot of Germans started out Jewish and denounced their faith and became Christian out of survival. I don’t understand why people like to use Jewish as a nationality – it never was and never will be. They have their own roots in Arabic nations and have mixed in with Europeans since before Christian faith was born.

  15. JFK was taken out by our own shadow government. Obama could go by the hand of a fanatic, but never by the shadow government because he is one of their own.

  16. The pagan mystery religions and the mainstream popular religions are all controlled by the same powers that be. I’m not talking about smaller tribal religions scattered around the world, but the esoteric priesthoods of the ancient world that still exist today.

    True some people who flash the horns probably have no clue that it has to do with Satanic worship originally (not “Love” or “Hook’em Horns”), but the fact is that Satanists do use it to represent that deity or Lucifer as the case may be.

    You seem to be trying to downplay the fact that the elite, globalist criminal leaders use this handsign frequently, which could only mean that you are trying to cover for them. I guarantee that when an Illuminati member uses that sign, he is not saying “I love you”. He is communicating directly to his elite brethren and subliminally implanting a message of evil into the minds of his lesser followers.

    You can play with words all you want but it doesn’t change the facts.

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