Friday, March 5, 2010

Pentagon Shooter a Stoner 'Troofer'

The nutjob who tried to get into the Pentagon and who ended up being shot to death by security wasn't just a conspiracy-obsessed "troofers". He was a habitual cannabinoid-using conspiracy-obsessed troofer. From the Wall Street Journal:
...Mr. Bedell's user page on Wikipedia, which he wrote under the name "JPatrickBedell," said that he was "determined to see that justice is served in the death of Colonel James Sabow, as a step towards establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions."
Col. Sabow had been found dead outside his California home in 1991 in what authorities said was a suicide, but his family and friends have long argued that he was killed to cover up government-sanctioned drug smuggling and secret military operations in Central America.

Mr. Bedell gave a detailed explanation of his world view in a Nov. 25, 2006, podcast called "Directions to Freedom, Part Two." He said the "seizure of the United States government by an international criminal conspiracy" was a "long-established reality." Those shadowy forces used the powers of the federal government to safeguard the shipments of their own drugs into the U.S. while crushing their would-be rivals, issued trillions of dollars of new debt to expand their wealth, and launched "political and military" disasters like Vietnam and Iraq to divert attention from their true activities, he said.

Mr. Bedell criticized the military and the nation's intelligence services, which he said had become tools of an oppressive, illegitimate regime. "This criminal organization would use its powers to convert military, intelligence, and law enforcement bureaucracies into instruments for political control and the domination and subjection of society, while discrediting, destroying, and murdering honest individuals within those services that work to root out corruption and faithfully serve their fellow citizens," Mr. Bedell said. "This organization, like so many murderous governments throughout history, would see the sacrifice of thousands of its citizens, in an event such as the September 11 attacks, as a small cost in order to perpetuate its barbaric control."

In his writings, Mr. Bedell also railed against U.S. drug laws, particularly the prohibition on marijuana cultivation.

"My desire for justice led me to violate what I think is one of the most unjust laws, cannabis prohibition, by growing 16 cannabis plants on my balcony," he wrote on the Wikipedia page.

Mr. Bedell's page on Cannabis Wiki, a user-generated Web site, includes digital copies of the court records from his June 2006 arrest in Orange County, Calif. According to the records, Mr. Bedell was charged with illegally cultivating and harvesting 16 four-foot-high marijuana plants, as well resisting a police officer. An official at the court confirmed that the records were authentic.

Mr. Bedell's ambitions went beyond seeing marijuana legalized. On his Wikipedia user page, he wrote of his hopes of seeing "billions and billions of carefully cultivated, highly valuable cannibis plants growing through the United States with complete security of property." He envisioned the plants being used as a part of a new monetary system tied to the value of a gram of cannabis...
M'kay. His ideas sound a bit like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion--had it been written by Cheech and Chong.

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