When Is A Plot Not A Plot?

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The three men arrested in Colorado posed no real threat to Sen. Barack Obama, according to federal authorities. Still, the fact that one of them carried a rifle, scope, bullet proof vest, and said threatening things about the candidate only adds to the worry many have over the safety, and the security around, Obama. Obviously, much of the protection (including Secret Service guards) is secret, and behind the scenes. But, we've heard assurances that both candidates are as protected as possible. As we wait on tonight's acceptance speech in front of tens of thousands at Denver's Mile High stadium, are there fears in the back of your mind for Obama's safety?

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WERE SEN. OBAMA TO BE ASSASSINATED IT WOULD REFLECT A SERIOUS DYSFUNCTION IN THE NATION'S CHARACTCTER.

Sent by jguzman | 3:53 PM | 8-28-2008

According to U.S. Attorney Troy Eid -- who is a Bush appointee -- there is no real threat to Mr. Obama.

You can bet that if they have made a threat against Bush, they would all be on there way to Guantanamo

Sent by George Koris | 3:53 PM | 8-28-2008

The thought of a potential threat on Obama's life brings me to a larger fear of how our society would handle it. Police in LA assaulted a black man who was not entirely innocent and the whole city went into riots, white men were beaten and businesses were looted. I would expect a large anti white outbreak of violence. If there is a plan to assassinate Obama, I think the motive would be chaos not just race.

Sent by John | 4:08 PM | 8-28-2008

Yes. I don't suppose it would be possible to be involved in this American experience (after having been involved in the same in 1968) without feeling some fear. God protect him.

Sent by julia | 4:27 PM | 8-28-2008

Mr. Conan,
I feel that your responses to the last caller today were poor.
First, you dismissed the heartfelt emotion the caller was sharing by seeming to pat him on the head saying "we've survived assainations before, it wouldn't be that bad".

Secondly, your response ignores the UNIQUE situation we are in now, historcially, culturally, militarially, need I go on?. The caller made the case well as to the message it would send the world. You missed it.

Sent by Robert Freeman | 4:28 PM | 8-28-2008

Neal Conan doesn't think that the assassination of Barack Obama "wouldn't be that dire."

Listen to this garbage at the end of today's program.

What a disgusting assertion.

Sent by RP Raven | 8:48 PM | 8-28-2008