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Bomb Technician: Accused Aurora Theater Shooter Set up Dangerous Explosive Device at Apartment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes rigged his Colorado apartment with a frying pan, thermos, remote-control car and dangerous chemicals in hopes that it would blow up when law enforcement arrived, NBC News reports.

The revelation was made Tuesday during the murder the trial for Holmes, a grad-school dropout.

According to a bomb technician who took the stand, Holmes rigged the equipment so a series of explosions would have spread flames through his apartment when his door was opened, NBC New wrote.

A trip wire led from the door to a thermos, which was to spill glycerine on a frying pan filled with potassium permanganate, NBC News reported.

If the two combined, a quick-spreading fire with explosions was almost certain, the technician testified.

Column: Shouldn’t We Do More to Avoid Mass Deaths By Crazed Gunmen?

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

During my visits to Israel, the idea of security was never far off. At the train station, at the bus stop, I went through a metal detector. An armed guard checked through packages and asked if I was carrying a gun.

After Sept. 11, 2001, I thought the U.S. would have second thoughts about security in public places, particularly with the threat of terrorism looming here.

I figured maybe places like malls or movie theaters might consider screening customers.

But no. That hasn’t happened. Americans have a way of conveniently forgetting or deferring such concerns until the next tragedy.

All around the country, we’re seeing all too often crazed gunmen — homegrown terrorists if you will — open fire on innocent citizens. Each incident is a reminder that we probably aren’t doing enough.

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Column: Law Enforcement Needs to Take On Mental Illness If It Wants to Reduce the Chances of More Mass Shootings


Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Looking at the mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years, from Tucson to Aurora, Colo. from  Columbine to Oak Creek, Wisc., two things become apparent: The gunmen all had easy access to guns and they all had severe psychological problems.

I won’t address the issue of the guns. Not in this column.

But I want to address the issue of mental illness.

Law enforcement has to recognize this as a crime problem.

Law enforcement needs to partner with social services and psychiatric agencies and address mental illness in this country that is being played out in such deadly ways these days.

When states cut budgets, social services and mental health facilities often take hits. That means more untreated mental illness or people going without their meds.   That potentially opens us up for the next Aurora or Sikh temple shooting. That should be unacceptable.  Law enforcement should let that be known.

As early as elementary school, we can often identify problem children. Teachers and counselors need to play a bigger role in identifying those kids.  Law enforcement needs to make sure funding and  treatment is there.

In junior high, I could already see that some of my classmates were destined for trouble. One ended up being fatally shot during an armed robbery right after high school graduation. Another had the distinction of being known as “the west side rapist.”

Not to suggest addressing mental illness is the end-all solution.  But it is  part of the solution.

Law enforcement needs to recognize that.  Responding to the massacres  isn’t good enough.  We can’t keep watching these massacres unfold and simply wonder why.

 

Former US Attorney Probes University Response to Shooter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Robert Miller, former U.S. Attorney for Colorado, has begun conducting an internal review of the University of Colorado’s actions and procedures related to the deadly Aurora Theater shootings, according to the Denver Business Journal.

James Holmes dropped out of the school’s graduate neuroscience program June 10.

Holmes’ school counselor, Dr. Lynne Fenton, tried to discuss the student with campus officials, according to the

“We are committed to evaluating every step in the process to ensure it worked properly,” Chancellor Donald M. Elliman Jr. said in a statement, according to the Denver Business Journal. “We want the community — especially the loved ones of those who lost their lives and the individuals injured in this senseless tragedy — to know our resolve rests with understanding all the facts so we can assist law enforcement and other authorities in ensuring that justice prevails.”

University president Bruce Benson pledged to cooperate with the independent probe.

Colorado Killer Sent Letter to University Before Massacre

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before unleashing a deadly attack at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado, killer James Holmes outlined his murderous plot to a psychiatrist in a letter, New York Post reports.

The notebook detailed how Holmes planned to kill people and included illustrations, according to the Post.

Authorities found the letter, which included Holmes’ return address and was delivered Monday, after Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

The Post said it’s unclear whether Holmes knows the psychiatrist, who also is a professor at the University of Colorado.

FBI Probes Link Between Shooter and Adult Dating Website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a potential link between an adult dating website and the man accused in the Aurora, Colo. massacre, the Washington Post reports.

Authorities said they found an account on Adult Friend Finder, called Classicjimbo, that resembles the shooter, James Holmes.

On the account on the site, which is for people to meet potential sex partners, the questioned is posed on Classicjimbo’s account: “Will you visit me in prison?,” according to the Washington Post.

While the account hasn’t been verified,  the idea that Holmes was anticipating a life in prison may be another indication that he was planning an attack.

The account spooked one woman.

“Please do not take it personally if I am hesitant to talk to anyone,” she wrote, according to the Washington Post . “I just found out that someone I friended on this site shot 71 people.”

Homeland Chief Napolitano Issues Statement on Colo. Shootings

Janet Napolitano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a statement following the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater early Friday morning, saying “I am deeply saddened by the terrible shooting.”

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies continue to respond to this horrific event and I have directed the Department of Homeland Security to provide any support necessary in the ongoing investigation. We are committed to bringing those responsible to justice. Our hearts and prayers go out to anyone impacted by this tragedy, especially the family and friends of those killed or injured.”

The Denver Post reported that about 50 people were shot — at least 12 fatally — at an Aurora theater during a premiere of the new Batman movie.

The paper reported that a 24-year-old man James Holmes is in custody and an apartment building in north Aurora connected to Holmes was being evacuated to search for explosives.

 

 

Colo. Man Charged With Supporting Overseas Terrorist Group

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a Colorado man over the weekend at Chicago O’Hare Airport on charges of providing and attempting to provide support to a Pakistani-based terrorism group.

Jamshid Muhtorov, aka Abumumin Turkistony, aka Abu Mumin, 35, of Aurora, Colorado, who is a refugee of Uzbekistant.

Authorities charged that Muhtorov indicated that he planned to travel overseas and fight on behalf of the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), a designated foreign terrorist organization, based in Pakistan.

Authorities said the IJU, “adheres to an anti-western ideology, opposes secular rule in Uzbekistan and seeks to replace the current regime with a government based on Islamic law. In addition to conducting suicide attacks in Uzbekistan, the IJU has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan.”

Authorities alleged that Muhtorov had sworn allegiance to the IJU, and that he was ready for any task, even with the risk of dying.

Federal authorities pointed out that the activities of Muhtorov “highlight the continued interest of extremists residing in the United States to join and support overseas terrorists.”

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