Loren Gatch writes:
I don't mean to make light of a tragedy like the recent Pentagon shooting, but I would point out one aspect of John Patrick Bedell's bizarre agenda was advocacy of a "marijuana-based monetary system". The following excerpt comes from Gawker.com:
Here is Bedell, also with no real emotion on his face, as he explains in a Youtube video his complex system of "information currency," which appears to have been one of his obsessions:
Bedell was clearly intelligent; he was an avid software developer and aspiring engineer who worked to develop technology he believed would lead to "liberty and justice". He was nonetheless a certifiable wackjob. Steve Huff at mediaelites has posted a summary of what can be gleaned from Bedell's Internet activity. Bedell, who had a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, believed the government was behind 9/11, and these beliefs interfaced strangely with an enthusiasm for marijuana legalization and the "Information Currency" system he explains above.
Speaking of the suicide of Marine Col. James Sabow—whom conspiracy theorists believe was assassinated by the government to cover up a 9/11 plot—Bedell wrote on his Wikipedia profile (now deleted):
I am determined to see that justice is served in the death of Colonel James Sabow, as a step toward establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions and institutions such as the coup regime of 1963 that maintains itself in power through the global drug trade, financial corruption, and murder, among other crimes.
Bedell claims these beliefs led him to attempt to devise a subversive marijuana-based monetary system based on his ideas of Information Currency. He started with a 16-plant growing operation on his balcony in Irving, CA.
How's that for a Curious Currency?
To read the complete article, see:
In Video, Audio and Writing, Pentagon Shooter Left Bizarre Internet Trail
Wayne Homren, Editor
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