The next day President Obama, after speaking about the need to pass his healthcare reform bill and having a “shout out” in honor of one Dr. Joe Medicine Crow at a meeting of Indian Tribal leaders, finally got around to mentioning the Fort Hood shootings.
It took Department of Motherland Security head honcho Janet Incompetano until February 24th of the next year before she finally concluded that, "Violent Islamic terrorism ... was part and parcel of the Ft. Hood killings. There is violent Islamic terrorism, be it Al Qaeda in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen or anywhere else, [and] that is indeed a major focus of this department and its efforts."
This past Saturday, Jared Loughner walked into an open political event being held by Arizona Democratic Representative Gabrielle Gifford and opened fire, apparently in an assassination attempt on the Congresswoman. Six people were killed and a dozen more wounded.
Within a couple of hours, the Department of Homeland Insecurity “leaked” an internal memo to the press connecting Loughner to a group called the American Renaissance, which the Southern Poverty Law Center, always known for objectivity and accuracy, called a “white nationalist” organization.
The DHS memo states that there is "no direct connection" between Loughner and the group "but strong suspicion is being directed at AmRen / American Renaissance. Suspect is possibly linked to this group. The group's ideology is anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic." (AmRem’s president said they had never heard of the guy and he had never had anything to do with him.)
Just the facts, ma’am.
Yet, instead of, “Don’t jump to conclusions before we have the facts…” here is just a small sampling of what we get…
“Rhetorical attacks on officials have been getting tougher, and words that once would have seemed out of bounds now are almost routine. South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson. shouted ‘You lie!’ at Obama when the president spoke to a joint session on health care in 2009. Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has compared the president to Adolf Hitler. Rep. Giffords was also on Sarah Palin's ‘target list.’"
“Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Blood is on Sarah Palin's Hands After Putting Cross Hair Over District.”
N.Y. Daily News headline
“The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on the TV, that's not who we are, that's not who you are, and what we have to do is get through that and make it clear that that doesn't represent either American or Arab ideas or opinions."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
"The vitriol has gotten so elevated until people feel emboldened by this."
South Carolina Representative James Clyburn
"The rhetoric about hatred, about mistrust of government, about paranoia of how government operates — and to try to inflame the public on a daily basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — has impact on people, especially (those) who are unbalanced personalities to begin with."