Prior to obtaining his 15 minutes of fame, Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in the Tuscon, Arizona, shooting that left Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a hospital fighting for her life, shot a video last Fall on the campus of Pima Community College.
The video portions are innocuous enough, but the audio portion of the vid scared Pima College authorities enough to suspend Loughner indefinitely.
The video portion merely depicts the college campus including a shot of the local police station. On the audio portion Loughner denigrates the police station saying “This is where the whole shaboozie goes down with illegal activity.”
Loughner begins his audio diatribe by saying, “We’re examining the torture of students. We’re looking at students who have been tortured.”
Loughner shouts out to someone in the dark, “How’s it going? Thanks for the B–I’m pissed off.”
The man responds, “What’s that?”
After the brief exchange of words, Loughner laughs out loud for some time, finally saying, “I lost my freedom of speech to that guy.”
Soon Loughner starts the monologue that probably got him suspended from school, “This is what happens. I’m in a terrible place.”
“This is my genocide school…where I’m going to be homeless because of this school.”
The genocide remark would scare any school official, especially in these violent days.
As he wanders into the cafeteria Loughner says, “This is Pima Community College, one of the biggest scams in America…The students are so illiterate it affects their daily lives.”
As he wanders past the bookstore Loughner says, “They’re controlling the grammar. They control the grammar.”
Later he says, “All the teachers that you have are being paid illegally. This is genocide in America.”
Finally Loughner signs off saying, “Thank you. This is Jared from Community College.”
Despite the rambling, incoherent nature of some of Loughner’s monologue, it is for the most part little worse than what you will find on millions of blogs or video sites on the Internet. If Loughner had not said the words “genocide” or “torture,” he probably would not have been suspended from school because of this video.
If Loughner had not been so short sighted to go on his violent rampage, this video would be of no interest to anyone. So how do we know, in the future, which videos posted to YouTube are from madmen like Loughner rather than from just a somewhat confused youth?