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Obama Slay Plot Suspects Plead Not Guilty

Two white supremacists have pleaded not guilty in an alleged plot to kill President-elect Barack Obama and dozens of other black people.

Twenty-year-old Daniel Cowart of Tennessee and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman of Arkansas spoke only to give their pleas Thursday morning in a Memphis courtroom.

They face federal charges of threatening a presidential candidate, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, planning to rob a gun dealer and taking firearms across state lines.

The seven-count indictment says the men hatched the plot for the killing spree sometime between Sept. 1 and Oct. 22. Court records indicate their scheme fell apart quickly.

Their arrests were made public Oct. 27 and they are being held without bond.

On his MySpace page, Schlesselman lists his occupation as "being racist" and writes "I'm white. I'm proud. I get angry. I like guns. I like weapons. I need money wiggers…be afraid," reports CBS News investigative producer Pia Malbran. "Wiggers" is a derogatory slang term used to describe a white person who emulates stereotypical mannerisms of African-Americans. He also posted a homemade video on MySpace in which he appears to be mocking "wiggers" and African-Americans.

On Cowart's MySpace page, Malbran reports, there are a series of photos showing guns displayed in different positions titled "my guns." In one photo, Cowart (left) is holding a large rifle while wearing a sleeveless shirt. A swastika tattoo, typically associated with white supremacists, can be seen on his right arm.

In another picture, he displays what appears to be an iron-cross symbol, often associated with racist skinheads, tattooed on his left chest. A message on his MySpace pages says: "Better to die quick fighting on your feet then to live forever begging on your knees." That's an ironic message from a white supremacist, given that a variation of that quote is often attributed to Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata.

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