Following the arrest of Jared Lee Loughner, the 22 year-old suspect in the tragic Tucson shooting, Loughner’s creepy YouTube channel has surfaced. Could the channel, with it’s highly politically charged rambling rants and claims, have been an indicator of the terror that Loughner was waiting to unleash on Congressman Gabrielle Giffords and her supporters?
The YouTube channel, Classitup10, which was opened just months ago on October 25, 2010, lists Loughner’s interests and conscience dreams and his favorite books, which include The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf. The channel features five videos, all which were uploaded over the past month or so and also links to Loughner’s Myspace page, which appears to have been removed.
For me the creepiest part, though, is that Loughner refers to himself in the past tense throughout his channel profile. He writes, “I attended school”, “I had favorite books”, and “My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar.” He even uploaded a video called ‘Introduction: Jared Loughner’ that he begins with the words, “My Final Thoughts”. It’s clear that he knew what he was going to do and expected that he wouldn’t survive it.
I have to admit that I was a little bit afraid of watching the entire video above, lest there be some sort of subliminal messages in the music or text (yeah, I know…paranoid, right?) but I did skim through with the volume muted. Loughner says things like, “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,” and “A terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon. If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem. You call me a terrorist. Thus, the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.”
These seem to represent the ramblings of someone who is not quite there, yet understands that people would have, or will have reason to call him a terrorist. It seems like Jared Lee Loughner was preparing this YouTube channel in an effort to explain himself and justify his actions after the fact, which is supported by the fact that envelopes with notes were found in his home that said things like, “I planned ahead”.
Loughner’s YouTube channel has now amassed nearly 3 million views, though of course nearly all have been since the shooting. What if people had seen these videos and Loughner’s profile beforehand? Could someone viewing his YouTube channel have foreseen what he was planning? Could it have been prevented? Do you think that there should be more analysis and surveillance of YouTube and other social media sites in order to prevent violent crime and terrorism?