Arizona Shooter of Congresswoman Giffords was Self-Defined Terrorist

I’m pretty sure these videos are from today’s shooter. For some reason, the spelling of the name, “Laughner” that has been released is incorrect. His real name was Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson, Arizona. Today, he murdered a number of people, including Federal Judge John Roll, and critically wounded many more, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It’s a dreadful tragedy, and I was searching for anything that might give us some idea why he did what he did.

I’m still going through the videos, but he claims to be a military recruit. In another video he claims that he only has his right arm, though I suspect he was just faking a missing limb as part of that bizarre disguise. He’s thoroughly paranoid, and seems slightly obsessed with currency. He may be using it as some sort of metaphor in some parts, though he also seems concerned with it in a literal sense, regarding the gold standard. These videos are a manifesto of sorts. It ends:

In conclusion, reading the second United States constitution, I can’t trust the current government because of the ratifications: The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.

No! I won’t pay debt with a currency that’s not backed by gold and silver!

No! I won’t trust in God!

He seems to feel that the government is guilty of treason. It’s all pretty hard to understand though, especially the parts about dreams, and how grammar is a form of mind control. Is he referring to the US Department of Education? The references to the gold standard sound like typical Libertarian beliefs regarding the US currency and Federal Reserve.

More from the video, regarding terrorism:

If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.

I define terrorist.

Thus, a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.

If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.

You call me a terrorist.

Thus, the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.

I honestly have no idea what that is trying to say. It’s either way over my head, or it makes no sense.

I suspect his Youtube channel is going to get wiped pretty soon, so I’ve grabbed his profile:

Jared Lee Loughner Youtube Profile

Jared Loughner's Youtube Profile

7 comments to Arizona Shooter of Congresswoman Giffords was Self-Defined Terrorist

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  • It’s the oldest trick in psychological mindfucks. It’s akin to law enforcement using things such as double negatives to confuse you, such as “Isn’t it a lie that you didn’t litter on the corner of Park and 5th?” Whatever answer you give, you’re pretty much screwed. What this guy did was repeat the same shit, in 3-4 different ways each time. If you combine the sentence, it would be “I am a terrorist, which is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon, and you call me a terrorist, that’s an Ad hominem.” By saying he “defines terrorist,” he’s admitting he’s a terrorist.

    It’s not that you’re stupid. This asshole is just playing a psychological mindfuck on his audience.

    • That he was an evil nutter saying crazy things to mess with our heads, but also tacitly admitting that he was a terrorist, was definitely the theory I was going with.

  • I wonder if the Tea Party will own up to this and take some sort of responsibility for this man “going rogue”.

  • I honestly don’t think either part should claim responsibility over this douchebag. A group or an organization isn’t responsible for one person jumping off the deep end.

    This is part of the problem with America. Everyone forgets that thing called “personal responsibility.” A whole group of people aren’t at fault cause one guy killed a bunch of Democrats and Democratic supporters. It’s ONE GUY.

    Parents tried to blame Marilyn Manson for the Columbine shootout, and it turned out to be a bunch of smoke, mirrors, and bullshit. It’s time to put responsibility where it lies: Within that one person. It’s better we don’t get caught up in the whole finger pointing game.

    And for the record, I’m a registered Democrat.

    • I profoundly disagree. It is the failure to stand up to and denounce violent rhetoric that has gotten the US into the position it is in. Every time something like this happens, you’re told not to “politicise it”, and so nothing is done that might stop the next one.

      This is not about party affiliation. Personal responsibility is not just for some and not for others. The people who incite violence should also be held responsible for the consequences of their actions.

      We can, and should, condemn those who commit political violence such as this all we like, but that won’t actually stop it happening. Condemning those who justify and encourage it might.

    • On voit bien la limite des effets d&3nn;an9o#ce du chef de l'Etat, notamment pendant la présidence française qui n'a pas fait avancer l'Europe. Je suis bien d'accord avec vous, la construction est en panne par manque d'une vision politique pour mettre fin à la technocratie actuelle.