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AZ Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot: Suspect posted anti-government messages on YouTube, MySpace

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, January 8, 2011

Suspect Jared Loughner is another “anti-government,” right-wing nut.

Tyler Ramsier, 24 graduated from Mountain View High School one year before Jared Loughner, and described him as a loner with few friends, who sometimes wore a trench coat and frequently dressed in dark clothes like the “goth” subculture.

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot: Suspect posted anti-government messages on YouTube, MySpace

The 22-year-old suspect in the shooting of U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords and others at a Tucson grocery is Jared Loughner, who lives in the same city.

On MySpace and YouTube web pages, a man who identifies himself as 22-year-old Jared Loughner posted anti-government messages that talk about mind control and suggested he will soon be adopting a new consciousness.

Videos Loughner posted on YouTube: video “Final Thoughts” | “New Currency”

“Goodbye,” Loughner posted on his MySpace account at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday. “Dear friends . . . Please don’t be mad at me.”

“Goodbye,” Loughner posted on his MySpace account at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday. “Dear friends … Please don’t be mad at me.”

Photos on MySpace show a close-up picture of an automatic handgun sitting atop a book or paper titled “United States History.” This picture is accompanied by several videos posted to Loughner’s Youtube account, including one of a masked man burning a U.S. flag and another with the words, “Don’t trust the current government, listener!”

It is unclear if Loughner is the person burning the flag in the video.

Additional pictures show a coded message, Loughner on the street and a close-up of his face.

On both the MySpace and YouTube web pages, Loughner mentions his concern over literacy rates and the fact that few people speak English. He also talks about his distrust of the government and suggests that anyone can call anyone a terrorist.

“I can’t trust the current government because of fabrications,” Loughner wrote in a YouTube slide presentation. “The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.”

According to property records, Loughner lives with his mother, Amy Loughner, in a north Tucson subdivision. She could not be reached for comment.

The scene around Loughner’s modest ranch house was chaotic Saturday afternoon, with sheriff’s deputies and FBI blocking access to the street and standing guard outside.

Officers wrapped caution tape to prevent anyone from getting near the house.

Neighbors said they were shocked by the shooting. They described Loughner as a loner and outcast with a tendency to dress in all-black “goth-type clothes.”

Grant Wiens, 22, attended Mountain View High School in Tucson with him and then Pima Community College. He brought out his 2006 yearbook with suspect’s photo.

Wiens described him as “kind of an interesting character” who kept to himself. Wiens said he hadn’t conversed with Loughner much, but that he seemed opinionated. He said he was surprised and saddened that Loughner may be implicated in the shooting.

Although Loughner rails against the government, he claims on YouTube that at one time he was a recruit with the United States Army.

Loughner wrote that while he was at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Phoenix, where military applicants are screened for eligibility, he was given a “mini Bible” before being tested.

“I didn’t write a belief on my Army application and the recruiter wrote on the application: None,” Loughner wrote.

Although Loughner makes much about the inability of residents to speak English, there is no direct discussion about immigration.

“The majority of people who reside in District 8 are illiterate — hilarious,” Loughner wrote in another YouTube slide. “I don’t control your English grammar structure.”

The web pages show that Loughner also was concerned about creating a new national currency. There are bizarre references to creating a new currency. He talks about gold, but there is no clear reference to why a new currency was needed or what he thought its impact might be.

On his web pages, Loughner says he attended Thornydale Elementary School, Tortolita Middle School, Mountain View High School, Northwest Aztec Middle College and Pima Community College. All are in Tucson, although Mountain View is part of the Marana Unified School District.

There is no indication what he studied in college. Although Loughner said he attended Arizona State University at its main Tempe campus in 2010, an extensive records check by ASU officials Saturday showed that no one named Jared Loughner had ever gone to school there.

“He is not now and never has been a student,” ASU spokesman Virgil Renzulli said.

Loughner said his “favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar,” according to his YouTube page.

He listed his favorite books as “Animal Farm,” “Brave New World,” “The Wizard of OZ,” “Aesop’s Fables,” “The Odyssey,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “Peter Pan,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “We The Living,” “Phantom Toll Booth,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Pulp,” “Through The Looking Glass,” “The Communist Manifesto,” “Siddhartha,” “The Old Man and the Sea,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” “Mein Kampf,” “The Republic” and “Meno.”

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/08/20110108arizona-congresswoman-gabrielle-giffords-shooting-suspect08brk-ON.html#ixzz1AV4KaBMT

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot: Suspect posted anti-government messages on YouTube, MySpace.

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