Police: Batman Movie Massacre Suspect Planned The Shooting

Details emerging on the Colorado massacre suspect show a budding scientist, brimming with potential, who pursued a graduate program even as he assembled weaponry he would allegedly use in the deadly midnight rampage inside an Aurora movie theater. James Holmes planned the attack with “calculation and deliberation,” police said Saturday, receiving deliveries by mail that authorities believe armed him for battle and were used to rig his apartment with dozens of bombs.

In Aurora, investigators spent hours Saturday removing explosive materials from inside Holmes’ suburban Denver apartment a day after police said he opened fire and set off gas canisters in a theater minutes into a premiere of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” The massacre left 12 people dead and 58 injured. His apartment was rigged with jars of liquids, explosives and chemicals that were booby trapped to kill “whoever entered it,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said, noting it would have likely been one of his officers. Holmes received several mail deliveries over four months to his home and school and bought thousands rounds of ammunition on the Internet.

Holmes was in solitary confinement for his protection at a Denver-area county detention facility, held without bond on suspicion of multiple counts of first-degree murder. He was set for an initial hearing on Monday and has been appointed a public defender.

Among the deceased victims was a 6-year-old girl and a man who died on his 27th birthday and a day before his wedding anniversary. Families grieved and waited at hospitals, which reported at least seven still in critical condition Saturday and others with injuries that likely are permanent.

President Barack Obama, who called in his weekly radio address for prayer and reflection on the rampage, was scheduled to travel to Colorado on Sunday to visit with the families of victims.

What could have driven James Holmes to go on a shooting rampage during the Batman movie screening? Do you believe he is insane?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Patriots for America

Taliban attacks Afghanistan in Retaliation for bin Laden’s Death

07 May 2011 Last updated at 04:27 GMT

Yesterday, coordinated attacks by alleged Taliban fighters were carried out on the Afghan city of Kandahar. According to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the attacks were in retaliation for the recent death of Al Qaeda terrorist Leader Osama bin Laden. The insurgents first attacked the governor of Kandahar’s provincial palace, then moved on to the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) buildings in Aghandab River Valley area.

The attacks by the insurgents included RPGsr or rocket propelled grenades, and small arms fire. There was also several suicide bombers involved in the attack against several Afghan locations. According to the Afghan media, there were around 20-30 wounded in the fighting. They also reported that all of the suicide bombers in the attack were killed.

“Al-Qaeda and its terrorist members who have suffered a major defeat with the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistani territory have tried to hide this defeat by killing civilians in Kandahar and take their revenge on the innocent people of Afghanistan,” Karzai said in a statement. The attacks on Afghanistan were said to be by the Taliban because of statements made in their website about the death of Osama bin Laden. The statement read:

“The Islamic Emirate (the Taliban’s name for itself) believes the martyrdom of Sheikh Osama bin Laden will give a new impetus to the current jihad against the invaders in this critical phase of jihad. The tides of jihad will gain strength and width. The forthcoming time will prove this both for the friends and the foes.” The statement was signed by the general leadership of Al Qaeda.

U.S. Marine Corps stationed in Afghanistan stated that the fighting began around 1 pm in Saturday and continued on until late in the afternoon. Initial reports indicated that there were at least six suicide bomber stopped before they could detonate. However, the Pajhwok agency reported that at least 20 blasts had hit the city over the course of the afternoon, with two of them being suicide bombers.

The killing of Bin Laden, along with the Taliban’s announcement last week of increasing their attacks has sparked fear among the Afghans and other locals in the area.  Because of the increased likelihood of further attacks, the American soldiers who are stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and other Arab countries have been placed on high alert for any retaliatory actions against them and the local people.