Monday, January 10, 2011
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Update: According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the person of interest is a cab driver with no connection to Jared Lee Loughner. The man told police he drove Loughner to the Safeway grocery store where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot yesterday.
The FBI and local law enforcement in Pima County, Arizona, are looking for a second man wanted in connection with the shooting of Rep. Giffords and the murder of a federal judge and five others.
The man is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 40-50 years old with dark hair, who was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark blue jacket. Fox News reported early Sunday that the man may have given the accused assassin, Jared Lee Loughner, a ride to the supermarket. Is it possible he acted as Loughner’s handler in a larger assassination plot?
Early in the Oklahoma City bombing case, the FBI sought a second man, described as John Doe 2. Police sketches of the man were released to the media.
By the time the government was ready to prosecute Timothy McVeigh, however, John Doe 2 slipped into the background. Justice Department officials told the corporate media that the three witnesses at a truck rental business might have been confused when they were originally interviewed and said a second man accompanied McVeigh. “And finding out otherwise was impossible for most reporters, because the witnesses in Kansas were under intense pressure by the FBI not to talk to the press,” J. D. Cash wrote for the McCurtain Daily Gazette in 2004.
“Regardless of the fact the witnesses at the truck rental were holding firm, by the time the much-anticipated murder and conspiracy trials for McVeigh and Nichols began in Denver in 1997, the government was working overtime trying to dismiss evidence that there had ever been a John Doe 2, or any other suspects that might muddy their cases against McVeigh and Nichols,” Cash writes.
The FBI later admitted it had withheld evidence about informants who claimed Timothy McVeigh had additional accomplices. “Filings in the case also revealed the existence of at least four informants who were part of the Oklahoma City bombing investigation, including the one working undercover and another under an explicit confidentiality agreement,” J. M. Berger wrote for Intelwire in 2006.
Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the Christmas non-bombing patsy who attempted to light his underwear on fire, was delivered to the airport and placed on the plane by a “sharp dressed man” who had pull with airport authorities. Kurt Haskell, a passenger on the flight, told Alex Jones last year that the man was detained and handcuffed following Mutallab’s stunt. Since the event, however, the corporate media has ignored the participation of this Indian man, who was apparently Mutallab’s handler and managed to get the dim-witted Nigerian on the flight despite the fact he did not have a passport. He was also suspiciously removed from a terror watch listprior to the flight.
It is very early in the Giffords shooting case. The FBI and Arizona law enforcement say they are looking for a second man connected to the murders, but this may fade into the background as the government prepares to prosecute Loughner.
The official story that will become gospel for the corporate media is in the process of formulation. A second man may not be part of that narrative.
By TIMOTHY W. MARTIN And MIKE ESTERL
Several states across the South braced Sunday for a major winter storm that was expected to bring snow and freezing rain, disrupting air travel and inaugural activities for Georgia's new governor.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings from eastern Texas to North Carolina, with ice-storm warnings for Mississippi and Alabama. The bad weather approached just over two weeks after a heavy storm brought rare Christmas Day snow to many parts of the region.
Governors in both Alabama and Louisiana issued emergency declarations. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley asked residents to avoid leaving their homes, unless necessary, Sunday night and Monday. Officials across the Southprepared snow and salt trucks and power crews prepared for outages common in ice storms. Many schools canceled Monday classes.
Mississippi officials said Sunday that ice had already accumulated on roadways, bridges and overpasses in several counties.
In Atlanta, a morning prayer breakfast and evening black-tie gala planned around Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's inauguration on Monday were canceled, amid predictions of two to four inches of snow Sunday night followed by steady freezing rain on Monday. Mr. Deal will still be sworn in Monday afternoon, but urged Georgians to stay off the roads.
The expected precipitation triggered hundreds of flight cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport and the biggest hub of Delta Air Lines Inc.
Delta said it canceled about 330 flights scheduled to depart Sunday night. Delta also canceled 1,400 flights Monday, or about a quarter of its daily global departures at this time of year.
The latest travel disruptions follow on the heels of thousands of flight cancellations around the U.S. between Christmas and New Year's because of extreme winter weather. Delta canceled about 3,100 flights between Christmas and New Year's, including more than 500 in Atlanta on Christmas Day.
AirTran Airways has canceled 270 flights for Monday. The unit of AirTran Holdings Inc. has about 700 daily departures across the U.S., including more than 225 out of Atlanta. A spokesman predicted only a couple dozen flights would be able to depart from Atlanta on Monday.
Delta and AirTran expect operations to begin returning to normal Tuesday and are waiving itinerary change fees for customers.