History has seen several assassinations, including the recent killing of a Governor in Pakistan for opposing the archaic Muslim blasphemy law. The latest assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, however, stands different as the world has been given a chance to actually enter the mind of the suspected gunman.
22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner was held immediately after the shooting at a political meeting held by Democratic Representative Giffords in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona. Media reports that five people died in the shooting including a 9-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green, while Giffords is battling for her life in a hospital.
Just hours after the arrest, the suspect’s internet presence has been dug into. While the feds are taking a look into Loughner’s “rambling Internet manifesto” accusing the government of mind control and demanding a new currency, every person across the globe with an internet connection can get into the head of the gunman through his YouTube and MySpace channels.
On YouTube account of ‘Classitup10’, the youngster wrote sometimes baffling and sometimes nonsensical tirades against the government. He describes himself as a “conscience dreamer” speaking against the American government’s alleged mind control tactics and brain washing.
The youngster, who lists Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into 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 as his favorite books, studied grammar. He urges people to get grammar “literate”.
“Secondly, my hope – is for you to be literate! If you’re literate in English grammar, then you comprehend English grammar. The majority of people, who reside in District 8, are illiterate — hilarious. I don’t control your English grammar structure, but you control your English grammar structure,” he writes white on black in video titled ‘Hello’.
“You don’t allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener?” he says in ‘My Final Thoughts’.
While his accounts provide a passage into his mind, Twitter users are using the microblogging site to vent out frustrations and share what ever information they can. Users are uploading Twitpics [See: Jared Lee Loughner/ Giffords] – giving a sense of proximity to the whole incident to anyone reading about the shooting from anywhere on the planet. Incidentally, the Congresswoman had also tweeted just before the meet inviting everyone to take part and to give feedback later through tweets.
Our hearts have sunk, the violence has rendered us speechless. We just wanted to share our observation of how internet has changed the way he get to interact with reality, no matter what the distances. The suspect’s manifesto gives us a peek into his mind. At the same time, we can gauge the responses of the people through sites like Twitter.
The following are the YouTube videos of Loughner