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Now, About Jared [Lee] Laughner . . .


COMMENT: In the wake of the shoot­ing in Ari­zona, many unan­swered (and often unasked) ques­tions sug­gest them­selves. To do jus­tice to the event will require more time and analy­sis than can be put into a Food For Thought post.

Suf­fi­cient analy­sis and dis­cus­sion will nec­es­sar­i­ly have to wait for a For The Record pro­gram and atten­dant descrip­tion.

In the mean­time, some of the salient ques­tions and points of inves­ti­ga­tion can be gleaned by fol­low­ing the links below:

1. Was there more than one per­son involved (per­haps a sec­ond shoot­er or “han­dler” [1])?

2. Was the  tar­get­ing of Gif­fords, who is Jew­ish, par­tial­ly or whol­ly inspired by Laugh­n­er’s alleged con­tacts with anti-Semit­ic online infor­ma­tion [2]?

3. Much pub­lic­i­ty has been afford­ed Ari­zon­a’s immi­gra­tion laws, which (despite much offi­cial con­dem­na­tion) have inspired sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion in oth­er states. Ari­zona neo-Nazi ele­ments [3] have gar­nered pub­lic­i­ty “enforc­ing” the bor­der with Mexico–some of these ele­ments are asso­ci­at­ed with Ari­zona politi­cians [4] who helped craft the immi­gra­tion law [5].

Was  Laugh­n­er per­haps inspired [6] by racist/an­ti-immi­grant phi­los­o­phy [7]?

4. Inter­net chat­ter has–predictably–featured Laughner/mind con­trol dis­cus­sion, alleg­ing that Our Boy [8] may have been a vic­tim of the mind con­trol pro­grams [9] that were under­tak­en and real­ized  by U.S. and oth­er intel­li­gence agen­cies.

In that con­text, it should be men­tioned that var­i­ous racist/­Naz­i/white-suprema­cist groups have been used as foot sol­diers by ele­ments of our nation­al secu­ri­ty estab­lish­ment [10]. (Arti­cles from the mid-1980’s in the main­stream press report­ed that groups of that kind were seek­ing to acquire mind con­trol tech­nol­o­gy. This was in the pre-Inter­net era.)

Laugh­n­er’s attor­ney of the moment [11] had pre­vi­ous­ly defend­ed Unabomber Ted Kaczyn­s­ki [12], who may well have been a vic­tim of phas­es of fed­er­al mind con­trol pro­grams exe­cut­ed under the aus­pices of Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty.

5. Is Laugh­n­er actu­al­ly fak­ing men­tal ill­ness [13] in order to escape pros­e­cu­tion for his crimes?

6. Accounts of Laugh­n­er’s ide­o­log­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion have pro­duced what appears to be some­thing of an “ide­o­log­i­cal piz­za,” fea­tur­ing an amal­gam of pri­mar­i­ly right-wing views, mixed in with what are viewed as pri­mar­i­ly “lib­er­al” stances. One of the more intrigu­ing con­sid­er­a­tions con­cern­ing Laugh­n­er involves his appar­ent inter­est in the Zeit­geist movie [14], a 9/11 “Truth” pro­duc­tion that mix­es some valid infor­ma­tion with vari­ants on the tra­di­tion­al “Inter­na­tion­al Bank­ing Con­spir­a­cy” i.e. “Da Joos.”

A big hit on the Inter­net and gar­ner­ing a large fol­low­ing with­in the so-called “pro­gres­sive” polit­i­cal sec­tor, the doc­u­men­tary fea­tures promi­nent fas­cists and right-wingers, includ­ing Antho­ny Hilder (who fig­ures in the inves­ti­ga­tions [15] of the Kennedy broth­ers and Mar­tin Luther King) and G. Edward Grif­fin [16], a John Birch Soci­ety offi­cer who’s oth­er polit­i­cal cred­its include work­ing for George Wal­lace and the Amer­i­can Inde­pen­dent Par­ty.

7. Debate has cen­tered large­ly on whether Laugh­n­er was real­iz­ing the agen­da of the Sarah Palin/Tea Par­ty branch of the GOP or whether he was insane. One need­n’t be sane in order to be moti­vat­ed by a polit­i­cal agen­da.

As many have point­ed out, the rhetoric of the GOP [17] has been point­ed­ly incen­di­ary and elim­i­na­tion­ist. Although that may not have pushed Laugh­n­er over the edge, it may well have deter­mined his selec­tion of a tar­get.

In what Bill Clin­ton accu­rate­ly described as a “fact-free envi­ron­ment,” com­men­ta­tors have pre­dictably remained blind to the GOP’s his­tor­i­cal link [18] with Nazi and fas­cist ele­ments. The most salient of those is the Nazi wing of the GOP’s eth­nic out­reach appa­ra­tus–a repos­i­to­ry for unre­con­struct­ed Third Reich alum­ni. [19]

Our jour­nal­is­tic estab­lish­ment con­tin­ues to remain blind to the lega­cy of polit­i­cal mur­der in the Unit­ed States. With “lone nuts” hav­ing sup­pos­ed­ly authored the mur­ders of the Kennedy broth­ers, Mar­tin Luther King and many, less­er-known Demo­c­ra­t­ic and pro­gres­sive polit­i­cal fig­ures, we have cho­sen to be “Not-Sees,” to the great delight of the Nazis.

The poseurs of the right who claim that the GOP is not an advo­cate of polit­i­cal vio­lence are giv­en the  lie by irrefutable links between the GOP and our major polit­i­cal assas­si­na­tions [20], the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy [21], in par­tic­u­lar.