Yesterday (1/8/2011), Jared Lee Loughner allegedly shot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others at Arizona Safeway, leading observers and law enforcement to wonder whether Loughner acted alone or whether he was part of a larger conspiracy. A controversial piece of news from Fox News suggests that Loughner could have been acting with others.
The Arizona shooting occurred early Saturday, January 8, 2011. Jared Lee Loughner was immediately taken into custody as the prime (and apparently only) suspect. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured, and 17 others were either wounded or killed in the attack. [Source: “Giffords ‘fearless’ despite threats, colleague says – CNN.com.” CNN.com. Web. 9 Jan. 2011. .]
Fox News reported today (1/9/2011) that the Department of Homeland Security has somehow linked Jared Lee Loughner to a group called American Renaissance. Jared Taylor, speaking on behalf of American Renaissance, denied that Jared Lee Loughner had any affiliation with the group and criticized the DHS for suggesting the link. [Source: Summers, Patrick. “American Renaissance Denies DHS Charges, Any Affiliation With Shooter” FoxNews.com. 9 Jan. 2011. http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/01/09/american-renaissance-denies-dhs-charges-any-affiliation-shooter]
American Renaissance was founded in 1990 by Jared Taylor and focuses on the dangers non-whites allegedly pose to white Americans. The Anti-Defamation League has stated that American Renaissance promotes “genteel racism” – avoiding the nasty rhetoric of the KKK and others, but nonetheless advocating the superiority of whites over other races. [Source: “American Renaissance (magazine) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Jan. 2011.
At this point it is unclear whether Jared Lee Loughner has any link to American Renaissance, although evidently the DHS believes he does. Also, the alleged “affiliation” could mean anything from membership in the organization (which Jared Taylor has denied, as explained above) to simply reading the organization’s magazine or attending a conference.
At an absolute minimum, though, these allegations demonstrate that the Department of Homeland Security is taking seriously the idea that Jared Lee Loughner might be part of a larger conspiracy, organization, or movement.
“American Renaissance (magazine) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Jan. 2011.
“Giffords ‘fearless’ despite threats, colleague says – CNN.com.” CNN.com. Web. 9 Jan. 2011. .
Summers, Patrick. “American Renaissance Denies DHS Charges, Any Affiliation With Shooter – FoxNews.com.” America’s Election HQ – Politics – FoxNews.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Jan. 2011. .