Ad Hominem

January 10, 2011 by staff 

Ad Hominem, (AP) – A 22 year old man, described as a social outcast wild beliefs rooted in distrust of a federal court hearing Monday on the charges against him tried to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson shooting that left six dead.

A military official in Washington said Jared Loughner was dismissed from the army in 2008 because he had failed a doping test. The official spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because of confidentiality laws prevents the military from disclosing such information on the application of an individual.

The official did not know what type of drug was detected in the screening.

The public defenders asked the lawyer who defended Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh and conspirator “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski defended Loughner, who made his first court appearance Monday at 2 pm MST (4 pm EST).

The hearing in Phoenix just hours after President Barack Obama, standing with First Lady Michelle Obama on the lawn of the White House South, chaired a national moment of silence for Giffords and other victims.

The moment was marked at the Capitol of the United States and elsewhere in a nation still coming to grips with the tragedy.

Giffords brother-brother, Scott Kelly, commander of the Space Station, NASA has led to a moment of silence – and struggled with the senselessness of the shooting.

Flight controllers in Houston were silent as Scott Kelly spoke by radio from space.

“We have a unique perspective here aboard the International Space Station,” he said. “When I look out the window, I see a beautiful world that seems very welcoming and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not. ”

“These days we are constantly reminded of the unspeakable acts of violence and the damage we can inflict on another, not only with our actions with our words but also irresponsible,” he said.

“We’re better than that. We must do better. ”

In Tucson, a dozen people gathered outside the hospital half Giffords during the minute of silence.

Prosecutors allege Loughner scribbled on an envelope the words “my assassination” and “Giffords” some time before he took a taxi to a mall where the congressman was meeting with constituents on Saturday morning.

A federal judge, a congressional aide and a 9-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green, were among six people killed, while Giffords and 13 others were wounded in bursts of gunfire outside a supermarket in Tucson.

Christina at Mesa Verde Elementary School Monday morning, a memorial ribbons through a fence in front of the school was growing slowly as students arrived. Flowers, candles and cards signed by classmates and students from other schools also surrounded by the fence.

Associate Superintendent Todd Jaeger said Monday that teachers would meet with a team of psychologists to discuss how to talk to children about death of third grader.

“One thing we know is that we must be honest with their children and answer their questions. We must address these issues without adding to their anxiety,” said Jaeger.

In a hospital in Tucson, Giffords, 40, remains in intensive care Monday after being shot in the head at close range.

Neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael LeMole Medical Center, University of Tucson, said that his condition is stable. The swelling in the brain Giffords’ has been increasing, as usually occurs during the first three days of such an injury.

“So we’re much more optimistic and we can heave a collective sigh of relief after the third day, he told reporters.

He said there are other positive signs. The track of the ball is not on the nerves. “Not only do these centers of the brain work, but they communicate with each other.”

LeMole said Giffords still responds to commands to shake hands, move his toes, etc.

Among the injured in the fatal shooting Saturday in Tucson, eight remain hospitalized. One is in critical condition, five are in serious condition and two are in good condition.

A federal judge, a congressional aide and a 9-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green, were among six people killed, while Giffords and 13 others were wounded.

Authorities did not say where Loughner was detained, and officials have worked to appoint counsel for him.

The federal public defender in Arizona, asked San Diego lawyer Judy Clarke, a former federal public defender who served with the teams defending McVeigh, a coconspirator in the bombing in 1995 against Oklahoma and other high-profile cases.

Loughner is charged with one count of attempted murder of a congressman, two counts of killing a federal employee and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee. More charges are expected.

Loughner discoveries at home in southern Arizona, where he lived with his parents in a middle-class neighborhood has provided some answers to what motivated him.

Police said he did not cooperate with investigators.

Documents filed with the court charges said he had previous contact with Giffords.

Comments from friends and former classmates Loughner assignments supported by its own website painted a picture of a social outcast almost indecipherable beliefs rooted in mistrust and paranoia.

“If you call me a terrorist, the argument to call me a terrorist is ad hominem,” he wrote Dec. 15 in a wide display.

Police said he bought the Glock pistol used in the attack at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Tucson in November.

Giffords, a conservative Democrat elected in November, faced with threats and heckling over his support for immigration reform and his office was vandalized the day of the House, including Giffords, approved the measure healthcare Landmark.

It was not clear if these issues motivated the shooter.

The six dead included U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63, the third grader, Christina, 9; Giffords helps Gabe Zimmerman, 30, Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76, and Phyllis Schneck, 79.

Christina has been featured in a book entitled “Faces of Hope” as the chronicle of a baby born in each State September 11, 2001. Recently elected to student council, she went to the event because of his interest in government.

Amanda Stinnett, a parent who had tears on seeing the memorial, said her children sometimes play together.

“My youngest said:” She was so beautiful mom. She always let me play with it, “said Stinnett.

At the same time, she said Christina seemed mature for her age and with a vocabulary sharp.

“It seems as if she were a grown adult.”

Associated Press writers Pauline Arrillaga, Justin Pritchard, Terry Tang in Tucson, and Marco Sibaja in Brasilia, Brazil, Anne Flaherty in Washington contributed to this report.

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