Monday, January 17, 2011

An Interesting Insight into Jared Loughner's Motivations

A very interesting post by wingnut expert David Niewert at Crooks and Liars brings up the apparent fact that Jared Lee Loughner was strongly influenced by a pseudo-documentary entitled Zeitgeist.

Along with some religious nonsense and the obligatory 9-11 conspiracy theories, this film features the following (as described by Wikipedia.)

"Part III", entitled Don't Mind the Men Behind the Curtain, argues that three wars of the United States during the twentieth century were waged purely for economic gain by what the film refers to as "international bankers". The film alleges that certain events were engineered as excuses to enter into war including the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

According to the film, the US was forced by the Federal Reserve Bank to become embroiled in these wars, not with a view to win but to sustain the conflict, as this forces the US government to borrow money from the bank, allegedly increasing the profits of the "international bankers". The film then goes on to claim that the Federal Income Tax is illegal.

This section also claims the existence of a secret agreement to merge the United States, Canada and Mexico into a "North American Union". The creation of this North American Union is then alleged to be a step towards the creation of "One World Government." The film speculates that under such a government, every human could be implanted with an RFID chip to monitor individuals and suppress dissent."

In case you aren't aware of this fact, the term "international bankers" is right wing code speak for "rich Jews."

Virtually all of this is entirely consistent with a world view a step or two to the right of Sarah Palin's (at least what she's admitted to in public;) particularly the part about the Federal income tax being illegal, which is a staple of the Sovereign Citizen movement.  As I reported a few days ago, Loughner's comments made me think that he was influenced by this faction, and the above only serves to make it more likely that he is in fact an adherent (in however primitive a fashion- none of these people seems that smart, or they wouldn't fall for this nonsense) of Sovereign Citizen beliefs.  That would make him a classic wingnut, and right in the middle of the sort of people who have produced a continued string of terrorist incidents in the country for quite some time now.

I'll keep my eyes on this as we learn more.  I hope Loughner decides to talk for himself; that would be a great lesson for the country.

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