News reports from Fox and other networks that Loughner is a US Army combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan are false. That such information, easily verified in seconds, was released to the world, was extremely irresponsible and highly prejudicial to veterans. Veterans Today finds this type of journalism despicable.
The weapon, reportedly a 9mm semi-automatic pistol with an extended “hi-capacity” magazine was recovered at the scene. Thus far 18 are reported wounded or dead.
News reports that say Loughner is a military veteran are false. By his own admission, he was in recruit processing in Phoenix, part of a controversial program meant to bring substandard inductees into the military.
Charges of “mind control” and “Manchurian Candidate” are already filling the internet.
In it he describes lack of sleep, thoughts of terrorism, discussions of currency and processing into the US Army.
Most frightening of all is the music. This is really bad music, indescribably inane, enough to drive anyone from an elevator or a shopping mall.
There is no proof that this is the right person, though this certainly looks like a suicide note from someone preparing to die in a terrorist attack, someone with issues about the bible and impending military service.
30 MINUTE EMS RESPONSE!!
From Adrien Chen at www.gawker.com:
“We spoke to an eyewitness, Steven Rayle, who was on the scene at the time of the shooting and helped to hold the suspect down while waiting for police. Here’s what he said:
“The event was very informal: Giffords had set up a table outside the Safeway and about 20-30 people were gathered to talk to her. The gunman, who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Giffords in the head first, “point blank”. According to Rayle, who is a former ER doctor, Giffords was able to move her hands after being shot.
“After shooting Giffords, the gunman opened fire indiscriminately for a few seconds, firing 20-30 rounds and hitting a number of people, including a kid no older than 10 years old. Rayle hid behind a concrete pole and pretended to be dead. When the gunman apparently ran out of ammunition he attempted to flee, but a member of Giffords’ staff tackled him. Rayle helped hold the gunman down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-to-20 minutes later. The EMS came about 30 minutes later. Rayle said he was “stunned” by how long it took medical help to arrive. …”
Pauline Arrillaga of AP released the following description after consultations with local law enforcement:
“The man, who was photographed by a security camera, was described as white with dark hair and 40-45 years old.”
Jewish news services, Israel and America, are reporting that Gifford was now a practicing Jew, after her visit to Israel in 2001. The JTA Jewish Global News explanation is below. There are a number of questions that are quite legitimately brought up in the article and some carefully avoided, such as the strong Israeli ties to PalinPac, the group that, with funding from Israeli American billionaires has pushed a strong Zionist agenda. With Israel backing both Gifford and financing those threatening her also, an avenue of possible investigation may need to be opened.
Giffords was elected to Congress in the Democratic sweep in 2006. The first Jewish woman elected to Congress from the state, she made her Jewish identity part of her campaign.
“If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it,” said Giffords, a former state senator, said at the time. “Jewish women — by our tradition and by the way we were raised — have an ability to cut through all the reasons why something should, shouldn’t or can’t be done and pull people together to be successful.”
Giffords, 40, was raised “mixed” by a Christian Scientist mother and Jewish father, but said that after a visit to Israel in 2001, she had decided she was Jewish only. She attended services at a local Reform synagogue.
In one of her last photos, she posed with the new U.S. House of Representatives speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) at her swearing in; her hand is on the “Five Books of Moses.”
Giffords fought a hard election this year, against the national anti-incumbent, anti-Democratic mood. She tacked to the right of her party on immigration, saying border security was of primary consideration.
The election was called in her favor weeks after the vote.
Giffords’ office had been vandalized in March, after she voted for health care reform. Friends said she had received threats for her positions on health care and for opposing her state’s new law allowing police to arrest undocumented immigrants during routine stops.
The National Jewish Democratic Council suggested that the heated rhetoric of the last year contributed to the climate that led to the attack.
From Arutz Sheva, the Israel News Service:
Giffords once began an op-ed piece for the Arizona Jewish Post with a proud recital of her family roots, explaining that she is the grandchild of Akiba Hornstein, who was “the son of a Lithuanian rabbi.” Her grandfather changed his name, she said, as did so many others who came to United States, to Giffords “for reasons of anti-Semitism.” More than 50 years later, “like my grandmother, I am a lifetime member of Hadassah and now a member of Congregation Chaverim,” she wrote.
The Congresswoman supports direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, believing that “peace between Israel and her neighbors can only be achieved by direct talks between the parties. Until the Palestinian leadership and other hostile regimes are willing to accept Israel’s right to exist, it will be impossible to achieve peace,” she wrote in 2006. “I believe that the United States can help by providing a mediator who can be trusted by both sides… “
During her tenure in the Arizona State Senate, Giffords had the opportunity to visit Jerusalem. “It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” she said.
“I got to see firsthand the sacrifices that Israelis make in the name of security because of the dangerous state of affairs there. I will always be a strong supporter of Israel.”
BIZARRE “MIND CONTROL” VIDEO SLIDE
On a darker note, there are other videos with references to mind control. We will continue watching the story and see what is released to the press. We have learned to note such things.
PALIN ORGANIZATION BEING WIDELY BLAMED FOR SHOOTING
“PalinPac” called for Congresswoman Giffords to be “targeted” in a campaign that made more than casual reference to gun violence. Reports are coming in from Arizona that few are surprised by the shootings. Locals report that the recent campaign against Giffords by Marine veteran Jesse Kelly, the ‘Tea Party” candidate, was one of the most acrimonious in American political history. Advertising, outlined below, advocating the election of ultra-nationalist Kelly, could easily be considered support of terrorism and is believed by many to have contributed to today’s holocaust.
VIOLENCE AND THREATS, ATTEMPTS TO OVERCOME FINANCE SHORTFALL
Giffords, a Democrat, showed surprising financial support, particularly from PAC’s (Political Action Committees) during the 2010 campaign. The chart below outlines the curious imbalance in an election year where many other Republican candidates were able to outspend their Democratic opponents handily.
CONTROVERSIAL FEDERAL JUDGE, UNDER 24 HOUR PROTECTION BY US MARSHALS KILLED
John McCarthy Roll, the Federal Judge who died, born in Pennsylvania, University of Arizona degrees, appointed in 91 by George H.W. Bush. In 2009, he received 200 death threats in a single day for a ruling on immigration and put under protection by US Marshal’s. Judge Roll may well have been the intended target. Where was Judge Roll’s security detail?
The editors and staff at Veterans Today give our best wishes and sympathy to all those who suffer from today’s events.
IS THIS THE INTRODUCTORY SLIDE OF A YOUTUBE SUICIDE NOTE?
VERY CREEPY “FAVORITE” VIDEO FROM YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK
The following video was tagged a “favorite ” by the alleged shooter.