FBI Pulls Online Game Records Of Accused Tucson Shooter

The FBI on Wednesday asked for communications logs from Earth Empires, the massively multiplayer online game played by Jared Loughner, accused of the shooting Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. that left six dead and 14 wounded, including a member of Congress.

Earth Empires' administrator told the Wall Street Journal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation asked him to hand over Loughner's communications records, which an earlier Journal article revealed to be filled with messages spouting antigovernment vitriol and describing violent tendencies.

David McVittie, the administrator, told the Journal that the FBI's request covered 131 messages written between April and June 2010. McVittie said he may make the messages available to the public after they were given to federal investigators.

Loughner's posts ran the gamut of repulsive topics, covering misogyny, rape, racism and violence toward children. He was ultimately banned from Earth Empires' private forums, on the suspicion he used them to cheat at the game.

McVittie said the close-knit Earth Empires community has dealt with two suicides over the years and finds itself soul-searching over Loughner's actions and his association with the game. "Looking back, everyone had the same kind of reaction: How could we have helped? What could we have done differently to make sure this didn't happen?" McVittie told the Journal.

FBI Seeks Suspect's Web Game Records [Wall Street Journal]


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    "Loughner’s posts ran the gamut of repulsive topics, covering misogyny, rape, racism and violence toward children."

    Don't administrators have an ethical (if not a legal) responsibility to report this kind of stuff to the proper authorities? Especially if the community is so close-knit.

    The authorities would not have been able to do anything unless he stated that he was going to commit, or had committed a crime.

    For instance, 'I do hope you someday die in a horrible fire' is not illegal due to it being an opinion whilst 'Im going to burn you to death in a fire' is illegal.

    I would be looking at what psychotropic drugs were given to him by some psychiatrist without question.

    A vast majority of these types of cases that is exactly the case, these drugs cause hallucinations and a zoning out.

    These people give people dangerous drugs all based upon opinion and zero scientific fact, all for one single purpose MONEY.

    Why doesn't the media raise this issue, and why don't they interrogate the makers of these drugs and have them banned?

      You wouldn't happen to be a Scientologist, would you?

      In fact, the issue here seems to be that he'd had no contact with mental health support services.

      Before you go pushing your prejudices about psychiatrists (wherever they come from) onto a tragedy, perhaps you should do some research to see if your baseless accusations might even be plausible.

      You've got to remember that as far as Australian and American media is concerned, the only types of people that play these games are "the misunderstood", which to them, means that we get looked down upon for what conditions we were born with. If our parents experimented with drugs ever, WAM! Different for life, all in the eyes of the digital streaming, direct from America.

      Gaming needs to keep it's culture, and the only way we're going to do that is if we see Gaming as a video game, and the End-Boss as our life goal at the time; Writing+Tech.+Understanding is what the industry NEEDS.

    My understanding is that these posts were in a private "clan" forum for this game, which is hosted on a site administered by the admin. I imagine that the Admin himself did not access or know of these posts until after the shooting had occured as he would not have been monitoring the content of the Private clan site's forums, that would have fallen to whichever clan member was admin of the site.

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