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The gunman killed in an attack on the Pentagon last night was acting alone and was not connected to any terrorist plot, officials said as reports emerged that he was a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who grew marijuana at his home.
He had a current permit for medical marijuana.
John Patrick Bedell, 36, from California, wrote on the internet about government conspiracies in the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, “institutionalised violence of government” and other theories.
According to media reports, Bedell was arrested in 2006 when police discovered a large number of marijuana plants at his California home.
Yesterday evening, according to officials, Bedell approached a busy entrance to the Pentagon, one of the most heavily guarded buildings in the world. Wearing a suit and calm in demeanour, he reached into his jacket as if to pull out his identification card, but drew out a 9mm pistol and opened fire.
Two officers were shot, one in the leg, another in the shoulder, and they and a third officer opened fire. Bedell was struck in the head and died later in hospital.
Surveillance video confirms Bedell acted alone, the Pentagon police chief, Richard Keevill, said today…
Keevill said Bedell, a well-educated software developer, had driven from California, and in his vehicle, found by police near the Pentagon, investigators discovered more ammunition.
Keevill declined to speculate about a motive, but in internet writings Bedell rants about property rights and his theory that a criminal organisation has taken over the US government.
“This organisation, like so many murderous governments throughout history, would see the sacrifice of thousands of its citizens, in an event such as the September 11 attacks, as a small cost in order to perpetuate its barbaric control,” he wrote in a post in 2006.
Uh, OK. I know a couple of organizations where this dude would fit in perfectly. And get the usual TV talking head wimpy coverage.
There’s no truth to the rumor he had “No Agenda” tattooed on his butt.