March 5, 2010 4:20 PM

John Patrick Bedell: Rants on Wikipedia and YouTube May Have Foreshadowed Breakdown

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WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) John Patrick Bedell may have left red flags all over the internet, including blog posts about 9/11 being a hoax, and YouTube videos ranting about a complex system of "information currency," but it seems that no one was listening. Or at least no one that would do anything to prevent his alleged rampage at the Pentagon Thursday night.

Photo: A gunman opened fire on Pentagon Police Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010.

PICTURES: John Patrick Bedell, Pentagon Shooter

A Wikipedia entry apparently linked to Bedell, posted under the name JPatrickBedell, says that he intended to "see that justice is served in the death of Colonel James Sabow, as a step toward establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions and institutions such as the coup regime of 1963 that maintains itself in power through the global drug trade, financial corruption, and murder, among other crimes."

Col. Sabow's 1991 death was ruled a suicide but has long been referenced by 9/11 conspiracy theorists, and his own family, as a precursor to the "9/11 demolitions" and an effort to cover-up the government's involvement with the attacks.

A YouTube video, posted by the username jpbedell2006 lays out a theory called "information currency," which describes a "framework for information management that uses financial markets to create the economic signals (prices) that will effect complex human actions in the real world based on specified information."

In an odd parallel effort, Bedell also condemns what he calls "unjust laws, cannabis prohibition" in the Wikipedia post linked to him, and says he grew 16 cannabis plants on his balcony in Irvine, CA in order to protest those laws.

The law caught up to him that time, but it seemed to only stoke a simmering rage against the government that finally exploded on Thursday, resulting is his death.

Pentagon officials say that at around 6:40 pm, Bedell blended in with workers in order to gain access to the Pentagon. Richard Keevill, chief of Pentagon police, told a news conference Friday that Bedell then "reached in his pocket, pulled out a gun and started shooting," before officers returned fire, critically injuring the gunman.

"He walked up very cool. He had no real emotion on his face," Keevill told reporters. "[This was a case of] a single individual who had issues."

Issues that he apparently did not keep private.

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by jjfrost500 March 7, 2010 4:04 PM EST
waltzed right on into the pentegon-WOW
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by thornyinjersey March 5, 2010 1:20 PM EST
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

perhaps mr bedell believes that government has been "destructive of these ends"

I don't see them securing my pursuit of happiness. but then I don't have lobbyists and millions to pour into the political process.
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by Truth_Factor March 8, 2010 4:32 AM EST
I agree with you, Thornyinjersey; there should be something said for the truth. Certainly, there are real issues here, yet, far too many bloggers get stuck on whether or not this guy was a right-wing or left-wing enthusiast when the real question should be: Is tere any truth to his concerns and whether or not he was driven over the edge, perhap, by some form of persistent abuse; like that Colonel at the
Army post in Texas and like I, myself, experienced as a young girl in the Army; stationed in the 2d Inf. Div., Korea.

So believe me, I've been there and, yes, there are some crazies out there, but a good number of those individuals are being pushed far too hard and provoked into taking matters into their own hands.

A CNN Report noted his reference to a "seizure of the United States government by an international criminal conspiracy [as] a long-established reality," and that he said in a podcast in November 2006 - that was published online - that "such an organization would use its powers to convert military, intelligence, and law enforcement bureacracies (sic) 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."

The only thing I question is his theory of an "international criminal conspiracy" to seize the government, which I think would, certainly, be hard to prove as the implication of a home grown criminal element is far more credible in converting bureacracies into instructments of political control - here in America - while using its powers to discredit and destroy the lives of innocent people. I've experienced that myself and, again, let me tell you we are operating in an environment that is far too flawed to be legit.

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