Gag Order Sought for Tucson Shooting Victims’ Autopsies

(uh… what? Guess they don’t want anyone knowing about all those other kinds of bullets dug out of the people that day. Just more “CHANGE” )

from Fox News

Federal prosecutors are seeking to bar the release of the autopsy results for six people killed in a Tucson rampage targeting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Court records show the request to U.S. District Judge Larry Burns for the gag order was filed Monday by prosecutors who say the families of five of the victims objected to the release of the reports.

The prosecutors also are seeking to prevent Pima County’s deputy chief medical examiner, Dr. Eric Peters, and his staff from talking to the media about the case.

Jared Loughner is accused of shooting Giffords and 18 others.

Killed in the January shootings were 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Greene, federal Judge John M. Roll and Giffords aide Gabriel Zimmerman. The other three were bystanders Dorothy Jean Morris, Phyllis Schneck and Dorwan Stoddard.

Conscience Dreaming:Was Jared Loughner Trying to Tell Us Something?

by Scott Creighton

Conscience is an aptitude, faculty, intuition, or judgment of the intellect that distinguishes right from wrong. Moral evaluations of this type may reference values or norms (principles and rules)

At this point it’s impossible to understand what went through the mind of Jared Loughner in the lead-up to his Saturday morning attack on Gabrielle Giffords . When the event first took place, I like many others, immediately made the connection between Giffords and a poorly thought out campaign run by Sarah Palin called “Take Back the 20!” in which 20 congressional districts and their incumbant democrats were “targeted” for removal in the 2010 mid-term elections.

Though I certainly don’t condone the use of violent metaphors in the political sphere, especially at times like these (and I certainly think these choices, this divisive and angry fear-mongering rhetoric, are being made specifically with the intention to cause a wave of violence in America similar to what happened in India) I have to say, given more information on the subject and on the life of this deeply troubled young man, I don’t believe he was influenced by Sarah Palin at all.

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Exclusive: Loughner Friend Explains Alleged Gunman’s Grudge Against Giffords

by Nick Baumann, Mother Jones

… Tierney, who’s also 22, recalls Loughner complaining about a Giffords event he attended during that period. He’s unsure whether it was the same one mentioned in the charges—Loughner “might have gone to some other rallies,” he says—but Tierney notes it was a significant moment for Loughner: “He told me that she opened up the floor for questions and he asked a question. The question was, ‘What is government if words have no meaning?'”

… Tierney believes that Loughner was very interested in pushing people’s buttons—and that may have been why he listed Hitler’s Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books on his YouTube page. (Loughner’s mom is Jewish, according to Tierney.) Loughner sometimes approached strangers and would say “weird” things, Tierney recalls. “He would do it because he thought people were below him and he knew they wouldn’t know what he was talking about.”

In college, Loughner became increasingly intrigued with “lucid dreaming,” and he grew convinced that he could control his dreams, according to Tierney. In a series of rambling videos posted to his YouTube page, dreams are a frequent topic. In a video posted on December 15, Loughner writes, “My favorite activity is conscience dreaming: the greatest inspiration for my political business information. Some of you don’t dream—sadly.” In another video, he writes, “The population of dreamers in the United States of America is less than 5%!” Later in the same video he says,  “I’m a sleepwalker—who turns off the alarm clock.”

[read the rest, here]

With No Supporting Evidence, DHS and Fox “News” Claims Motivation of the Arizona Attack to be Anti-Semitism

by Scott Creighton

Well, it didn’t take long for the spin doctors to figure out their angle on this one.  In what can only be described as pure, unadulterated propaganda, Fox News is reporting that the real motivation behind yesterday’s attack on Congresswoman Giffords is anti-Semitism. This conclusion of theirs is based on a DHS memo reportedly released to a Fox News contributor named “Griffin”.

In this memo, listed in its entirety below, the DHS makes it perfectly clear that they have absolutely no tangible reason to come to this conclusion, but they do so anyway.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Targeted by Sarah Palin’s “Take Back the 20!” Campaign, Shot at Point Blank Range

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: The Army has issued the following statement:

“The Army has confirmed that the suspect was never in the Army. He attempted to enlist in the Army but was rejected for service. In accordance with the Privacy Act, we will not discuss why he was rejected.”

UPDATE: It is being reported that Loughner’s removed MySpace Page had listed the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf among his favorite books… and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is Jewish.  Also reported by William Rahn of The Daily Caller, Loughner was an atheist who rejected fiat currency and called for a new currency backed by gold and silver.   The only thing that appears to still be around is a YouTube channel video with just text and no sound which goes on and on about literacy and “new currency”. Loughner’s Youtube profile lists several books as his favorites.  What is being set up is the “godless communist/socialist” threat of the old McCarthyism all over again.

UPDATE: Jared Lee Loughner’s video allegedly includes the following statement: “”If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon. I define terrorism,” he wrote on the video.”

UPDATE: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is out of surgery and expected to recover.

UPDATE: The spelling of the suspects name, “Jared Laughner” may in fact be wrong. It seems that there is a Jared Lee Loughner from Tucson, Arizona with a Youtube account under the name “Classitup10” who is being reported as the actual shooter.


In a breaking story, Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Arizona a few hours ago holding a meet and greet type event in a parking lot. She was reportedly shot in the head at close range by a young man who was clearly there targeting Giffords. The assailant is being reported as a man identified as 22 year old Jared Laughner.

Federal Judge John Roll was apparently killed in the same attack.

A child has also been identified as one of the fatalities.

Giffords was the only one of three congress members who had been targeted in Sarah Palin’s “Take Back the 20!” campaign to have won her election this past year.

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