New York, NY, January 11, 2011 … A series of messages written by Arizonashooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner reveal a person with a generic distrust of the government and a vague interest in conspiracy theories, according to an analysis of his online writings by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The writings, often disjointed and rambling, offer a window into the mindset of Loughner in the months and weeks leading up to the January 8 shooting rampage in Tucson, in which U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically wounded and six people, including a federal judge and congressional staffer, were killed.
Using the screen name "Erad3," Loughner, 22, returned repeatedly to certain topics, including grammar, literacy and "logic," his distrust of the government and dislike of religion, according to ADL. The writings appeared on the conspiracy-oriented Web site "Above Top Secret," a forum dealing with conspiracy theories, which includes anti-government extremists in its membership.
"While there is still much we don't know about Loughner, his online footprint offers one window into his mindset in the months leading up to the killings," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The writings that have come to light so far suggest someone who probably was not associated with any extremist group or movement, but who has a generic distrust of government and a vague interest in conspiracy theories."
While few in number, Loughner's online writings and videos on sites such as MySpace and YouTube reveal an ongoing interest in several topics, including:
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