Saturday, March 6, 2010

Anger: Not Just For Lunatics

I commented in a previous post about the insinuation made in a news item about the Pentagon shooter and by extension, anyone who considers alternative/conspiracy theories, as a terrorist, a dangerous individual, or at the very least, suspect.

Today's paper had a new item: "Anger at government not limited to lunatic fringe." (Calvin Woodward and Eileen Sullivan, AP) Implying that the standard was only "lunatics" are angry, but nowadays. . . it's not just those that fly into IRS buildings, shoot outside the Pentagon, or opens fire on fellow academics. (And let's not forget Social Security shooting in January.) This article is a bit confusing; the title implies that a whole lot of us are angry but the short article isn't about that at all.

It tells us that John Patrick Bedell, the shooter at the Pentagon, had a history of mental illness and "not fringe-group agitation," before pointing out the hyperbole of politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike.  The piece ends with another insinuation, that of "lunatics" infiltrating otherwise decent society, by suggesting Debra Medina who gave "some very good arguments" the U.S. had something to do with 9/11 "won 19 percent of the votes in Tuesday's Texas Republican primary for governor." Yet the article also states that Bedell, even while not "fringe group" quality, did post on the Internet a "poisonous view of the government."

Instead of addressing real events affecting all of us; from global warming/climate changes to the economy and the legitimate anger and frustration anyone with half a brain and half awake feels,  the article suggests that there are just a bunch of "lunatics" crashing into buildings, opening fire, or running for office. (On that last one, that's a given in many cases, nonetheless. . . )

Juxtaposed with the above item is "Shooter's worried parents sought help," (Tracie Cone and Brooke Donald, AP) about the Pentagon shooter, John Bedell, and his history of mental illness. Bedell was manic depressive and in therapy for decades; his parents had "reached out to local authorities . . . with a warning that he was unstable and might have a gun..."

The article also points out Bedell's internet postings, which are referred to as "bizarre" :
...Bedell was fascinated with conspiracy theories, computer programming, libertarian economics and the science of warfare.
And this:
Curiously, Bedell also proposed in 2004 that the Pentagon fund his own research on smart weapons. The 28-page proposal outlined his idea for DNA nanotechnology research...
This nanotechnology would have potentially been used by the military and "the individual warfighter."


Next to those two items: White House delays 9/11 trail decision (Charlie Savage, New York Times) about the location of Khalid Shaikih Mohammed, along with four others, trial. While the Obama administration ponders location of the trail, Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization of friends and relatives of  9/11 victims, said they were "deeply troubled" about where things stand in regards to location and type of trail, and are concerned that the accused will not "receive a civilian trial after all." There is talk of Obama holding a military tribunal for the accused and not a civilian trail.

All that was the top half of the page, the bottom half: ads.

Source: The Register Guard newspaper, Saturday March 6, 2010.

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