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White House Attack

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Edward Teller, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Edward Teller

    Edward Teller JF-Expert Member

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    [FONT=&quot]White House Attack [/FONT]
    [h=3]By DEVLIN BARRETT[/h] A 21-year-old man from Idaho was charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama, after authorities said he fired a rifle Friday night outside the White House and struck a window in the first family's living quarters.

    Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez appeared in federal court in Pittsburgh Thursday, following a manhunt that led to his capture a day earlier at a Pennsylvania hotel.

    Court papers said witnesses who knew Mr. Ortega-Hernandez told investigators that in recent months he had become extremely angry at the president, calling him "the antichrist" and saying he "needed to kill him."

    Law-enforcement officials said evidence gathered by investigators showed the suspect appeared to have significant mental-health problems.

    Court papers including a criminal complaint and an affidavit said friends told investigators Mr. Ortega-Hernandez believed the federal government was conspiring against him and had called Mr. Obama "the devil."

    If convicted of attempted assassination, Mr. Ortega-Hernandez faces a possible life sentence. He remained in custody Thursday while authorities prepared to send him to federal court in Washington to face the charge.

    On the night of the shooting, the president was traveling and not in the White House. According to a law-enforcement official, a witness in an airport-shuttle van saw a Honda Accord stop on Constitution Avenue and fire a burst of shots out the passenger window toward the White House more than 700 yards away. The car sped off and was abandoned several blocks down the road. Authorities said Mr. Ortega-Hernandez is one of the listed owners of the car.

    The shooting prompted an immediate response from the U.S. Park Police and the Secret Service, but investigators weren't certain shots had been fired at the White House until finding bullets on Tuesday.

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    :usa2:When will they learn:usa2: