Alex Jones: Piers Morgan debater called 'the most paranoid man in America'

(CNN) -- There is a conspiracy by the U.S. and other governments, globalist banking elitists, producers of antidepressants and the mainstream media to rob you of your freedom. And the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, was engineered by the government.

This is just a brief glimpse inside the world of radio ranter Alex Jones, whom Rolling Stone called "the most paranoid man in America" in a March 2011 article.

Jones didn't like that.

His website Infowars.com answered the article with a commentary. Jones is quick to answer critics with retorts of his own.

The commentary objected to the labeling of his ideas as "paranoid."

Otherwise, Inforwars corroborated the accuracy of the Rolling Stones article, which described an extreme distrust of multiple institutions and many prominent people -- from the Gates Foundation to fellow radio ranter Rush Limbaugh -- all working together to undermine the free world.

Jones sees himself as trying to stop it.

The Anti-Defamation League sees Jones as not only more adamant than Limbaugh, but as also surpassing radio host Glenn Beck in his anti-government hostility. "His (Beck's) counterpart on the extreme fringes is Alex Jones," the ADL has said.

An official biography on Infowars cites Thomas Jefferson and George Washington as his forebearers and describes him as "a dedicated and aggressive Constitutionalist" defending the Bill of Rights.

This includes support for the Branch Davidian church, which gained notoriety during a shootout and ensuing 50-day standoff with federal agents in Waco, Texas, in 1993. Later, Jones "spearheaded an effort to rebuild the Branch Davidian church," according to his biography.

Corporations and banks are a couple of his prominent targets, which he sees as controlling the world's governments to solidify their power.

Jones, who started out on one radio station in 1996, espouses conspiracy theories on a syndicated radio show via Genesis Communications Network for three solid hours daily. His show is carried on 140 channels, Jones has said. It also streams on the Internet, and listeners can dial into a telephone number to hear it over their phones.

He also appears as a guest on "Conspiracy Theory" with former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, Fox News, Russia Today and mainstream television networks and cable stations in the United States and Britain, according to his Genesis Communications biography.

His aim is to convince and warn, intensely. "They say the pen is mightier than the sword," Genesis touts, "but in the case of Alex Jones, the microphone is mightier than depleted uranium."

He has a YouTube channel and two websites -- PrisonPlanet.com is the other one -- but it nearly duplicates Infowars in format and content, which revolves around the same topics.

Politicians are working to take away your guns, articles warn. A police state is on its way. Companies are harming you and ducking responsibility. Antidepressants are at the root of mass shootings. President Obama is using drones against Americans.

Jones recently appeared on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," where he ranted for two show segments, accusing Morgan of wanting to take Americans' guns away and hurling personal attacks at him in a raised voice. Near the end of the confrontation, Jones mocked Morgan's manner of speaking.

Since then, Morgan has occupied a prominent place on Infowars as a Red Coat eager to step on the Bill of Rights. Jones posted videos claiming that off-duty policemen tailed him and his cameraman after the show.

Jones has said that he owns around 50 firearms.

Links to articles from news agencies such as Reuters share the home pages with commentaries penned by Jones' staff, mixing information with interpretation to make a point.

Inforwars' motto is: "because there is a war for your mind." It's one that Jones is participating in. "Alex Jones intends to win!" Genesis brags on his behalf.

Jones has also cranked out more than 15 films, according to his website biography, espousing predictions for a dire future. Titles warn of a coming "Police State," the impending "Fall of the Republic" and the undermining of American society by Obama, who is paving the way for world dominance by corporations and banks.

Psychology Today commented in a September 2009 article on Jones' handpicking of facts to drive home conspiracy theories. It posed the question: "When does incredulity become paranoia?"

"Information is the conspiracy theorists' weapon of choice because if there's one thing they all agree on, it's that all the rest of us have been brainwashed," writes psychologist John Gartner.

Their theories range from "suspicion to full-on paranoia," he writes, and they see arguments to the contrary by others as attempts to cover up the evidence.

Merriam-Webster defines a paranoid person as someone with "delusions of persecution or grandeur" and with a tendency "toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness."

Jones might fit that definition, or he could just be a famous radio host, who sees things as just as they are and takes a beating for it.

Judging by the size of his audience, there are many in America who share his ideas.

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