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Jared Lee Loughner, Arizona Shooter, Held Right-Wing Points Of View

January 9, 2011

Troubling, but not surprising.

In a series of videos, he gave a rambling account of obsessions and paranoias that appeared to be troubling him with increasing intensity up to the catastrophe. They included references to conscious dreaming, or “conscience dreaming” as he called it, a process of directing one’s own dreams that he is thought to have practised. Another was a belief in the gold and silver standard of currency – a favourite topic of the rightwing of American politics that is regularly propounded by the Fox News commentator Glenn Beck.

The tone of Loughner’s rantings is almost exclusively conservative and anti-government, with echoes of the populist campaigning of the Tea Party movement. “Don’t trust the government listener!” he said in one video, accusing Washington of mind control and brainwashing.

The US constitution, the bible of the Tea Parties, features heavily, as does the suggestion that the federal government is acting against the text. “You don’t have to accept the federalist laws. Read the United States of America constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.”

There is also a strong streak of implicit violence in the postings.

He linked to his favourite video, America: Your Last Memory in a Terrorist Country, which shows a ghostly figure burning the US flag in the desert to a heavy metal song that repeatedly chants “Let the bodies hit the floor!”

He referred to people calling him a terrorist and wrote “a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.”

One Comment
  1. SandyW permalink
    January 12, 2011 5:51 PM

    Great article and observations.

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