Wednesday, September 28, 2022

US Intel report warns of more violence by QAnon followers

WASHINGTON – A new federal intelligence report warns that supporters of QAnon, the conspiracy theory embraced by some in the mob that stormed the US Capitol, could target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence because the movement’s false prophecies do not come true not.

Many QAnon supporters believe that former President Donald Trump fought enemies in the so-called ‘deep state’ to expose a cabal of satan-worshiping cannibals who engage in sexual trafficking in children. Trump’s loss of President Joe Biden disillusioned some believers in ‘The Storm’, a supposed settlement in which Trump’s enemies would be tried and executed. Some supporters now want to believe that Trump is the ‘shadow president’, or that Biden’s victory was an illusion.

The report was compiled by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and released Monday by Senator Martin Heinrich, a Democrat in New Mexico. It is predicted that while some QAnon fans will retire, others will probably start to believe that they can no longer “rust” the plan referred to in QAnon posts, and that they have the obligation to change as ‘digital soldiers’ “in the direction of world violence.”

Companies respond to social media

As major social media companies suspend or remove QAnon accounts, many followers have moved to lesser-known platforms and discussed how to radicalize new users on it, the report said.

According to the report, several factors will contribute to QAnon’s long-term sustainability, including the COVID-19 pandemic, some social media outlets reporting on the theories, US society and the frequency and content of pro-QAnon statements by the public allow. individuals appearing prominently in QAnon core narratives. “

Conspiracy theory

The report does not identify any of the public figures. But Trump, who, while in office, praised QAnon supporters as ‘people who love our country’, has repeatedly refused to acknowledge that the election is over and unjustifiably said that his victory was ‘stolen’, despite multiple court rulings and a finding by his own Justice. Department that maintains the integrity of the election. One longtime ally told the Associated Press that Trump had made a conspiracy theory credible that he could somehow reinstate the presidency in August.

Heinrich pressured Chris Wray, director of the FBI, in April to give an assessment of how the government views QAnon.

“The public deserves to know how the government assesses the threat to our country from those who will act violently according to such beliefs,” he then said.

Link with political violence

The movement around QAnon has been linked to political violence, especially during the January 6 Capitol uprising in which some insurgents believed they would prevent Trump’s defeat. At least 20 QAnon followers have been charged with federal crimes related to Jan. 6, according to an Associated Press review of the court records.

Some accused in the riot wore clothes with the sign “Q” as they stormed the Capitol. One of the accused, Jacob Chansley, calls himself the ‘QAnon Shaman’ and wore a hairy hat with horns, face paint and no shirt that day. Others posted on social media before the riot over QAnon.

The Department of Justice arrested more than 400 people in the uprising, in which pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, damaging about $ 1.5 million and running out of lawmakers for their lives. Five people were killed and dozens of police officers were injured. Defendants argued that Trump incited them themselves, whether they were just following the crowd, or law enforcement allowed them, or that they were the victims of disinformation fueled by right-wing media.

Lawyers for some of the accused argued that their clients were specifically being misled by QAnon.

‘Very smart people’

Defense attorney Christopher Davis argued that his client, Douglas Jensen, is a victim of conspiracy on the Internet promoted by “very smart people, who were uniquely equipped with a low, if any, moral or social consciousness.” Jensen now realizes that he “bought a pack of lies”, his lawyer continues.

“For reasons he does not even understand today, he became a ‘true believer’ and was convinced that he was performing a noble service by a digital soldier for ‘Q.’ “Maybe it was a middle crisis, the pandemic, or the message apparently just elevated him from his ordinary life to an exalted status with an honorable purpose,” Davis wrote.

A witness told the FBI that another accused, Kevin Strong, had expressed the conviction that January 6 would usher in “World War II” and that the military would be involved. Strong, who was an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration in San Bernardino, California, had a flag with a QAnon slogan on his home and stated that he had “Q approval”, an FBI agent said. written in an affidavit.

“He recently purchased a new truck and believed QAnon would cover the debt,” the agent wrote.

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