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January 11th, 2011
What We Know So Far:

 • He prepared a series of Internet videos filled with rambling statements on topics including the gold standard ‘mind control’ and SWAT Teams

• He had been suspended and would have to get a mental health evaluation to return to college 

• He had posted on his Myspace page at some point a photograph of a United States history textbook, on top of which he had placed a handgun

• He made a video that said debts should only be paid in currency that is backed by gold and silver

• Army officials said that he had tried to enlist but had been rejected for military service

• His YouTube page  listed a series of favorite books. Some were novels about political dystopias — including “Animal Farm” by George Orwell and “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Others were: Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, Ayn Rand’s We the Living, Plato’s Republic and Karl Marx’s and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto. Some were about falling into fantasy worlds — like “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” by Lewis Carroll.

• In a video he titled, ‘My final thoughts,’ he wrote, “If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon. I define terrorist,” he wrote. “If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is ad hominem. You call me a terrorist.”

• He purchased a firearm legally after passing an FBI background check; FBI Director Robert Mueller said that the gun used in Saturday’s massacre was a Glock semi-automatic 9-mm. gun with extended magazine.

 • From information provided by the Department of Homeland Security it suggests he may have ties to the American Renaissance group, though it’s unclear if he was directly affiliated with the publication or group

•  Loughner has multiple arrests but no criminal record; in 2007 Loughner was arrested in 2007 for possessing drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor charge.

•  He posted a series of YouTube videos that show a focus on literacy and currency — as well as his distrust in the government.

• One of the videos has these lines:  ”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!”





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