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Newtown, Aurora and Columbine: Mass shootings, gun hysteria...and MK Ultra?

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One woman who called me about the Unruh piece said she's writing a book about Jared Loughner, the Arizona shooter who killed six people and wounded fourteen, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords. She informed me that Loughner, a schizophrenic obsessed with conspiracy theories himself, was also programmed to kill by the MKUltra boogeymen.

The truly sad thing here is that this isn't a new phenomenon. Nearly thirteen years ago, a similar wave of paranoia flowed around the edges of the Columbine investigation. There were rumors of a third shooter, of black helicopters, of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold having been subject to mind control, and so on. None of it had any basis in reality.

That's not to say there weren't government coverups of Columbine. We reported on plenty of them, efforts to hide law enforcement's failure to investigate complaints about Harris a year prior to the attack and to conceal the breakdown in command among the responding forces. But that's not exactly the same thing as a government conspiracy to commit murder. Yet some people would rather believe in a conspiracy than, say, the terrifying commonplace of severe, untreated mental illness.

I attended one meeting of the conspiracy crowd around the time of the first anniversary of Columbine, organized by an MKUltra devotee named Doug Millar, and was told that the government is, yes, actually a private corporation. The account I wrote then, "None Dare Call It Travesty," could have been written to my recent e-mail pal, as proof of my everlasting dupedness:

...The whole loopy story comes down to this: Harris and Klebold, Millar says, were programmed by the United States government, which is really a corporation, to attack their school and kill their classmates and themselves.

You ponder this. You ask why the United States government, which is really a corporation, would want to do such a thing.

Millar seems distressed by your naiveté. He answers your question with a question. "Does the government want our guns?" he asks.

You ponder this, too. Angry parents are filing lawsuits against the sheriff's office and various elected officials, claiming that the government failed to protect their kids at Columbine. Yet here is a man saying that the government did exactly what it set out to do, with the kind of ruthless efficiency governments scarcely ever achieve.

You consider the alternatives. On one hand, a scenario of senseless death and horror, a slaughter devised and executed by two adolescents, prompted by nothing more than their own rage and madness. On the other, a government plot concocted by devious men in dark suits, designed to provoke mass hysteria and demands for gun control.

One possibility offers no clear course of action, nothing but grief and loss. The other gives you an enemy to fight against, an enemy right out of a stinkeroo Mel Gibson movie.

Given a choice between horror and absurdity, you begin to see why some people would choose the latter. You begin to see why, in a country afflicted by spectacular eruptions of terror and bloodshed, absurdity might seem attractive, even plausible.

More from our News archive: "Columbine to Newtown: A tragic list of school shootings since 1999."



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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Conspiracy Theories Explained ***

Paranoid schizophrenics are prone to delusions, tales in which random events become deeply meaningful. Some believe in complex conspiracies; others think they are Jesus Christ.

These stories sound crazy, but they may be the brain's efforts to make sense of its own internal messages, suggests Shitij Kapur, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and vice president of research at the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In addition to other brain abnormalities, schizophrenics have too much dopamine. Just as addicts' desensitized dopamine systems make them feel that nothing matters, high levels of the neurotransmitter make schizophrenics believe that everything is significant.

Because the addict's dopamine-driven salience system keeps telling her that something very important is happening, ordinary events appear intensely meaningful. That police car? That song on the radio? That man with a cigarette walking by? They must be part of a massive international conspiracy.

Kapur calls it "biased inductive logic"—a top-down effort to explain the feeling that everything seems important. The cognitive parts of a schizophrenic's brain create the paranoid tale in an effort to explain the constant red alert blaring from the dopamine circuits, using any stimuli available. This is why delusions are culturally appropriate. African schizophrenics may fear they've fallen under the spell of a shaman, while Kapur's patients in Toronto think that the Mounties are after them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Same imbeciles believe in an invisible sky-daddy who rules the universe.

dcCU
dcCU

Prendergast, you say given the choices of horror and absurdity...do you have a logical, cognitive, rational explanation? you do not! you just blast those with an opinion when all you ever seem to do is knock people's opinions, where is your insight? you are a drone, a puppet, a slave then? You have let others think for you for too long, evaluate yourself please.

dcCU
dcCU

If you haven't read or you if you have, re-read Jim Marrs'  Rule by Secrecy:  the hidden history that connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids. That is history you wont learn at any university because it is the truth that the socialist universities want to remain hidden. Marrs has reputable credentials. Check it out if you think you can handle the truth! if not, well, I pity the fool...

dcCU
dcCU

I could take some fingernail polish remover and piles of dogshit and blow something a mile high! The nazis and the elite have invaded the AMERICAN PATRIOTIC GOVT and are trying to create mass hysteria for a gun grab. the elite societies that hail from the Ivy League universities are furious that LIBOR exposed them bc they love their $$ so now those who have the info are being paid back bc they threatened to expose the nefarious crooks, these guys are heroes for their sacrifices in making us aware of how our AMERICAN FREEDOMS are in imminent danger. 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I'm seeing a lot of hysteria, from the left and the right, lately. People want to ban everything from "cop killer" bullets to "assault weapons" right now, even though they cannot even define what they are, and even though doing so would not have had any impact on this crime. He could have created just as much death and destruction with a garden variety 9mm and a half dozen magazines.

dcCU
dcCU

keep your GUNS Colorado!

Mark D Eilenberger
Mark D Eilenberger

Climate change is not real. Mass murders are a Manchurian conspiracy, yada yada yada. Oh, and the earth is 6,000 years old. The Grand Canyon is an illusion. Uranium-Lead dating is a conspiracy to make us believe the earth is over 4 billion years old. Gays are in control of science to try to make you not believe in God. I'm gonna get me some guns to protect myself from the faggy government.

Joseph Crucia
Joseph Crucia

I don''t know what bothers me more, The fact that you've got all the information one could ever want at your fingertips, yet you continue to ignore some obvious truths, or that for some weak ass reason you continue to want to trust any 'official' narrative of any serious event that comes out of your governments mouth. How soon you forget the lies that brought you the mass murders of millions in Iraq. The lies the mass media told you and continue to tell you about 9/11. The fact that not one bankster has gone to jail for his crimes, yet millions of people lost everything, and that PIG Loyd Blankfein wants to further impoverish those who weren't born into the club by cutting entitlements. The undeniable truth that is the police state brought to you in the glaring sunlight by way of the occupy movement. THE FACT THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS THE HIGHEST INCARCERATION RATE IN THE WORLD, YET WE'RE BEING TOLD THAT MORE LAWS AND LESS FREEDOM IS THE ANSWER TO ALL OUR PROBLEMS, AND WILL MAKE EVERYONE SAFER. Tell me Mr. Pendergrast, is your ignorance because of bliss, or are you just a bonafide IDIOT

Mark Joseph
Mark Joseph

I watch the news on tv, so I'm well infonewsed...

Kirk Gruber
Kirk Gruber

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. -George Orwell

Anna Gingher
Anna Gingher

And sure, call me paranoid or crazy or unstable but guess what? I'm perfectly able to conceal and carry. And I still refuse to believe anymore lies.

Anna Gingher
Anna Gingher

When we start getting some god damn answers. We know more about Newtown than we do about Aurora, how?! I don't get it. I'm no theorist but c'mon America, put some brainpower into asking questions and demanding answers from these so called people who are here to "serve and protect!" I guess the only ones who do are the "nutters." Sucks to be stuck under a rock. I refuse to believe any more lies. Their secret agenda is obvious and I disagree.

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Agree with Austin Leet. Nuff said.

Jacob Ryan
Jacob Ryan

When we stop voting for political puppets controlled by big corporations in order to for fill secret agendas.

Aaron Wells
Aaron Wells

Tinfoil hats! take your tinfoil hats here! two for a dollar.

Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

These are the very paranoid Nutters who probably shouldn't be owning guns in the first place.

robertweller
robertweller

The only conspiracy is to make money, and if that means innocents die too bad.

robertweller
robertweller

my grandson, who just returned from the army in afghanistan, says they used large capacity magazines. don't know where the fellow earlier got his information.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dcCU  

HipTip: ... more tinfoil for your hat ...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Joseph Crucia Most intelligent people don't believe the government story, and they don't believe any story you concoct either. Besides, you don't need conspiracy theories to know that the government is out of control. You just have to pick up the news.

dcCU
dcCU

he is surely a bonafide brainwashed kool-aid drinking IDIOT! Prendergast, do you remember the LSD tests conducted in the 50s and 60s at Berkeley? You Prendergast are a puppet and like Pinnochio your nose must be a mile long! you are misleading many many people.

dcCU
dcCU

unfortunately intelligent people are the minority. one doesnt even need intelligence, just common sense and the ability to assk questions instead of just believing what one hears, but the schools have trained them well, to not think for self, to just take info for gospel and then spread rumor which breeds chaos so then order can be gained out of chaos, deviant wicked sickening agenda yet the camera is rolling and too many are starstruck to see thru the light.

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