Shooting Suspect Named: Jared Lee Loughner

Updated 9:40 p.m.

The Associated Press is reporting that Jared Lee Loughner is the suspect in the shooting of 18 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tuscon, Ariz., Saturday morning.

A Jared Lee Loughner who had a MySpace page cited Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books, according to the Huffington Post. The page has been taken down. Giffords is Jewish.

Animal New York has posted screengrabs of Loughner's MySpace page, which give us the first images of what he looks like.

A YouTube account registered to a person of the same name -- Jared Loughner -- had several videos on it ranting about currency, English speakers and mind control techniques.

The last video posted to the account, "Final Thoughts":


The convoluted language and obsessive thinking revealed by the videos have led to widespread speculation the Loughner who made them suffers from a psychiatric disorder.

Via ABC, here's what he had to say in them about terrorism:

"If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon. I define terrorist. Thus, a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon," the video, entitled "Introduction: Jared Loughner," says. "If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem. You call me a terrorist. Thus, the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem."

And about mind-control:

"In conclusion, reading the second United States Constitution, I can't trust the current government because of the ratifications: The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar. No! I won't pay debt with a currency that's not backed by gold and silver! No! I won't trust in God!" it says.

CNN has reported the suspected shooter was born in 1988. The U.S. Army issued a statement saying that contrary to early reports "the suspect was never in the Army. He attempted to enlist in the Army but was rejected for service. In accordance with the Privacy Act, we will not discuss why he was rejected."

The Arizona Star has posted a profile of Loughner.

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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