Loughner Failed Drug Test in Attempt to Join Army
He attempted to enlist in December 2008
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2011 2:50 PM CST
This March 2010 photo shows a man identified as Jared L. Loughner at the 2010 Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat)

(Newser) – More background on Gabrielle Giffords' would-be assassin: Jared Lee Loughner was rejected from the US Army in 2008 because he failed a drug test, says a military official. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he wasn't sure what drug Loughner tested positive for. The Army has confirmed publicly that Loughner tried to join in December 2008, but never was allowed to serve. Click for more on Loughner and his creepy backyard shrine.