Issac Aguigui, alleged leader of Army plot to assassinate Obama, was a page at 2008 RNC

Aguigui allegedly plotted to kill the president and overthrow the government.
Aguigui allegedly plotted to kill the president and overthrow the government.

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Four years ago, Issac Aguigui was in St. Paul, serving as a page during the 2008 Republican National Convention. Now, he's facing murder charges and allegations he was the ringleader of an Army plot to assassinate President Obama.

Aguigui, 19, a private stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia, was the founder of F.E.A.R., short for Forever Enduring Always Ready. With the help of $500,000 in insurance and benefits payments stemming from Aguigui's pregnant wife's death (she died under suspicious circumstances last year), F.E.A.R. allegedly planned to use assault rifles and explosives to take over Fort Stewart. According to prosecutors, the group's grand ambition was to overthrow the federal government, in part by assassinating Obama.

Four soldiers, including Aguigui, are accused of murdering Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend last December, just days after Roark left the Army. One of the four soldiers, Pfc. Michael Burnett, has agreed to testify against the other three and told prosecutors that Aguigui characterized the December killings as taking care of a "loose end." Burnett informed prosecutors about the Obama assassination plot, though little is known at this point about how F.E.A.R. planned to take out the president.

Gawker found a 2008 Reuters photo from St. Paul with this caption: "Republican National Convention page Isaac Aguigui watches from the edge of the floor at the start of the first session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 1, 2008." While it hasn't been confirmed that the Aguigui in the photo and the one now accused of wanting to assassinate the president are the same person, the man in the mugshot on the top of this post and the boy pictured in the Reuters photo certainly look to be the same person.

The AP reports that Aguigui and his compatriots are adorned with "distinctive tattoos that resemble an anarchy symbol," but thus far little is known about F.E.A.R.'s political motivations.

Aguigui's former father-in-law lives in Minnesota and said he's surprised by the allegations. From The Seattle Times:

Alma Wetzker, the father of Aguigui's late wife, Dierdre Wetzker Aguigui, said the cause of her death at age 24 while five months pregnant remains "undetermined" and under investigation by the Army. Prosecutors in Georgia have called her death "highly suspicious."

Alma Wetzker, who lives in Minneapolis, called his son-in-law "one of the best people I've ever met," but who had "chosen his own path and now must live with that." He said that his daughter met Aguigui at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in 2009 and that Aguigui was headed for West Point.

"I do not know what happened," he said.

But Aguigui's apparent involvement with the 2008 RNC already has some connecting F.E.A.R. with mainstream Republicanism.

From Ex Con at Daily Kos: "What can happen in 4 years to take a young man to murderous assassination planner? Considering the modern conservative movement enshrined in the Republican Party, I'm not surprised."

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