And now, because the UFO and conspiracy theory communities don’t have enough kooks and crazies loudly representing their causes, news comes in that political assassin Jared Loughner was a frequent poster on the hugely popular conspiracy forum Above Top Secret. According to The Tuscon Citizen Online, Loughner posted in possibly thousands of threads under the name “erad3.”
The Washington Post reports that Jared Loughner, the man accused in the shooting massacre in Tucson on Saturday, may have posted on the UFO and conspiracy website, Abovestopsecret.com (aka, ATS). The staff of the website alleges that Loughner made these posts under the username ‘erad3′.
Bill Irvine, chief executive of the website’s parent company, said that he’s 99% sure that the posts were made by Loughner. Irvine added that, “He [Loughner] seemed just . . . way, way out there, from some of his ideas.”
As a result, a statement was posted on ATS:
We here at AboveTopSecret.com, our owners, staff, and membership find ourselves in the unfortunate position of apparently being one of the largest (if not the largest) repositories of online postings by someone who has been classified as a “monster” (among other things) due to his (accused) actions of two days ago. Online research that began on Reddit, and continued here on ATS has resulted in an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence to support the notion that the “erad3″ member account here is Jared Loughner. Indeed, the content found in more than 4,000 Google search returns (including some pages in the mainstream press) have drawn the same conclusion.
This is a rather unique situation, to say the least. I and our staff have been considering if we should provide a public statement, and if we do, what should we say? Especially since we’re already being contacted by the media for comment and more information.
The postings of “erad3″ reveal someone who clearly has many questions for which answers have been elusive if not outright impossible to obtain. And despite the best efforts by many of our members, it seemed there were no answers to be found here for which he was satisfied.
As is often typical, recent analysis in the media is rampant with all manner of conclusions, second-guesses, exaggerations, distortions, and missing information. The opinion of the staff and owners of AboveTopSecret.com is that it serves the public interest to provide an easy method to access every post made here by erad3 (normally, visitors must be logged-in to view such information).
Those who are interested in reading the posts of ‘erad3′ can follow this link to the ATS website.
Loughner is accused of the shooting spree in Arizona on Saturday, January 8th, killing six people and injuring 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.