Guy Benson
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The more we discover about alleged shooter Jared Loughner's behavior and beliefs, the more it becomes clear that he is a profoundly disturbed individual.  Katie documented Loughner's delusional online rantings on Saturday; his videos and MySpace profile are proving to be the tip of a massive iceberg of psychotic paranoia.  The AP reports:

For a time, Loughner drank heavily, to the point of poisoning himself, the friends said. Once, during school lunch break as a junior, he downed so much tequila that he came back to class, within five minutes passed out cold, had to be rushed to the hospital and "almost died," one friend said.

Mistrust of government was Loughner's defining conviction, the friends said. He believed the U.S. government was behind 9/11, and worried that governments were maneuvering to create a unified monetary system ("a New World Order currency" one friend said) so that social elites and bureaucrats could control the rest of the world.

 
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Guy Benson

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