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Pentagon Shooter Was Pothead Truther

From a strangely circumspect Associated Press:

Gunman killed after shooting 2 Pentagon police

By Matt Apuzzo And Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writers

March 5, 2010

WASHINGTON – The gunman who shot two Pentagon police officers was heavily armed and spent weeks driving to the Capital area from the West Coast, authorities said Friday. Resentment of the U.S. government and suspicions over the 9/11 attacks have surfaced in writings by the Californian identified as the man fatally wounded in a hail of return fire.

John Patrick Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., was identified as the shooter and authorities said he’d had previous run-ins with the law.

Investigators have found no immediate connection to terrorism, and the attack at the massive Defense Department headquarters appears to be a case of "a single individual who had issues," Richard Keevill, chief of Pentagon police, said in an early morning press conference.

Keevill described Bedell as "very well educated" and well-dressed, saying Bedell was wearing a suit, armed with two 9 millimeter semiautomatic weapons and carried "many magazines" of ammunition. There was more ammunition in Bedell’s car, which authorities found in a local parking garage, Keevill said.

Bedell, 36, died Thursday night from head wounds received in a volley of fire with police. Keevill said the two injured officers and another officer who came to their assistance fired upon Bedell at the subway entrance into the Pentagon building in Arlington, Va…

Signs emerged that Bedell harbored ill feelings toward the government and the armed forces, and had questioned the circumstances behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In an Internet posting, a user by the name JPatrickBedell wrote that he was "determined to see that justice is served" in the death of Marine Col. James Sabow, who was found dead in the backyard of his California home in 1991. The death was ruled a suicide but the case has long been the source of theories of a cover up.

Keevill said Friday that authorities had not made "a final determination" that the shooter was the same Bedell.

The user named JPatrickBedell wrote the Sabow case was "a step toward establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions."

That same posting railed against the government’s enforcement of marijuana laws and included links to the author’s 2006 court case in Orange County, Calif., for cultivating marijuana and resisting a police officer. Court records available online show the date of birth on the case mentioned by the user JPatrickBedell matches that of the John Patrick Bedell suspected in the shooting…

Hatred of the government motivated a man in Texas last month to fly a small plane into a building housing Internal Revenue Service offices, killing an IRS employee and himself…

Ronald Domingues, 74, who lives next door to Bedell’s parents in a gated golf course community in Hollister, said he doesn’t know the family well. But he said Bedell sometimes lived with his parents and struck him "like a normal young man."

He was 36, which strikes us as a little old to be living with your parents.

In any case, it’s clear the media will try to develop a theme that this is all part of a dangerous movement of anti-government haters. Which only the heros like Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Intelligence Project and ‘grassroots’ movements like the Coffee Party can stop.

For the record, besides Matt Apuzzo And Devlin Barrett, Associated Press writers Eileen Sullivan, Christine Simmons, Pauline Jelinek, Anne Gearan, Mike Gracia, Nafeesa Syeed, Philip Elliott and Kasey Jones contributed to this report.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Pentagon Shooter Was Pothead Truther”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    I am surprised nay, shocked that the msm would connect pot with a truther – here I thought that the Lie-brals wanted pot legalized -this won’t do that any good at all.

    Should just kept using the phrase – Right wing loser truther gone extremist – would have made for a better story and kept in with the msm propaganda agenda of the week.

    Pot smoker and living with his parents – now how come that sounds so familiar?

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “He was 36, which strikes us as a little old to be living with your parents.”

    You see SG, he was really an outstanding member of society until the Bush recession cost him his job, his home, and his health insurance. And if it weren’t for those evil GOP obstructionist the benevolent Mr. Obama would have provided all those things for him and prevented this tragic loss of a liberal voter.

    Back to reality, since when is two 9 mm pistols “heavly armed?”

    • Right of the People says:


      You have to remember in the lame stream media’s mind, possessing a pocketknife is considered to be “heavily armed”. Of course because he used a firearm instead of some other means of attack, he HAD to be a “right-winger”. Everyone knows only us crackpot “right-wingers” have guns.

      A couple of thoughts;
      Where did he acquire the 2 9mm’s?
      Why didn’t he practice more? I mean, all those shots and only wounding?

      Like many of my friends say: “Aim high, go for the head shot.”

  3. proreason says:

    Driven mad by George Bush.

    But the oceans will begin to recede soon.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    the Truther Movement has yet to lear the lessons adults learn early on …. words have meaning and produce consequences.

    Banned … headline written by the same inflammatory mush-heads who wrote that Randy Weaver was holed up in his ‘compound’ in Idaho.

    Compound … plywood shack barely fit for habitation …http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/weaver/rubyridgehome.jpg

    A real compound … http://lise2cc.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/kennedy_compound.jpg (Kennedy)

  5. U NO HOO says:

    heavily armed…wounded only three people…poor shot even when heavily armed

    Thank God.

  6. U NO HOO says:

    “Richard Keevill, chief of Pentagon police”

    Isn’t the pentagon a military facility and shouldn’t the “police” be MPs?

    Just asking.

  7. jobeth says:

    This guy is waaay out there.

    The following are some of his ramblings…


    The last line is as follows….However I don’t think he’s still looking for ‘collaborators” (/sarc)

    “I am looking for collaborators for ongoing commercial and intellectual efforts. Email to jpbedell at mises.com is welcome!”

    One more note: click on the discussion tab at the top of his page to view Wikipedia’s notes to him where it addresses his comments. If Wikipedia’s comments were printed out it would be as tall as I am.

    This guy was really disturbed.

  8. silver charm says:

    Hollister? OMG, ROLFLOL. Hollister is the bunghole of the central coast (California).

    The happiest day of my life was when I left that area for the Puget Sound.
    I’m surprised about the pot smoking though, the town is neck deep in crank and heroin users and overhead in gangbangers. Ugh what a place. Sadly, if you took out the illegals, gangbangers, cranksters and heroin addicts it would be a nice little town of about 400 instead of 36,000 plus.

    Gads what a loser from a loser place.

  9. joeblough says:

    Yes … yes … Let’s see, pothead, truther, um conservative … ? Don’t think so.

    Hmmm… Ultra-nationalist militia man type? Uh … well, if he owned a bunch of ultra-nationalist paraphernalia I think the MSM would have been rubbing our noses in it already.

    Need one say this?

    All, or nearly all the politically related violence in America is committed by the left.

    Everyone likes to talk about how there are nuts on “both sides”. But somehow it’s almost always a leftist of one description or another who does actual property damage or attacks somebody.


  10. canary says:

    On the bright side, Rosie O’Donnell, and Stark will be put on Dept Homeland Security terrorist level list.

    Obama might be looked at;
    1. loves marijuana, mad at state governments restrictions against it. (pot helped him lie better)
    2. strong dislike for any state government
    3. life long anger & feverish dislike for American government.
    4. strong dislike & demonizing of Republicans.
    5. strong actions that as Democrat President, Republicans cease to exist. I won, you lost, you don’t count, mentality
    6. shares growing strong dislike of schools in America, wanting soul control over which should survive or not.
    7. strong dislike of U.S. Military as a whole.
    8. alarming abnormal religious beliefs & follower of violent, Jewish hating mentors & religious organizers
    9. an abnormal cult like obsession with Islam.
    10. a dangerous alarming empathy of muslim terrorists who blow up innocent moderate muslim terrorists, no matter how dangerous the risk, or how high the cost.
    11. a obsession with the color and shades of people

  11. anthonydj says:

    C’mon, how do we know it wasn’t medicinal marij, LOL. What a nut.

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