A U.S. federal intelligence report has warned adherents of conspiracy theory QAnon movement it could attack Democrats and other political opponents with violence, as the movement’s false prophecies do not come true.
The report was compiled by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and released Monday by Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat who dit had requested a “public assessment of the threat posed by QAnon” in December last year.
The report says that while some QAnon supporters will withdraw from the movement, others “will probably begin to believe … they have an obligation to move from serving as” digital soldiers “to real-world violence.” .
Many QAnon followers believe that former President Donald Trump was chosen to defeat a cabal of “deep state” liberals who are also cannibals who worship Satan who operate a circle of child sex trafficking.
In December 2020, nearly a month before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, I asked the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to provide a public assessment of the QAnon threat.
Here it is. pic.twitter.com/th15nMQnUN
– Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) June 14, 2021
From Trump loss against President Joe Biden in last November’s presidential election, he disappointed some believers in “The Storm,” an alleged estimate in which Trump’s enemies would be tried and executed.
The majority Adherents of QAnon bought Trump’s repeated false claims that Biden won for election fraud, while some now I have pivoted into believing that Trump is the “shadow president” or that Biden’s victory was an illusion.
As major social media companies suspend or remove QAnon-themed accounts, many followers have shifted to lesser-known platforms and debated how to radicalize new users on them, the report also reported on Monday. .
The report said several factors would contribute to the long-term sustainability of QAnon, including the COVID-19 pandemic, some social media companies that allow posts on theories, social polarization in the U.S., and the “frequency and content of pro-QAnon statements of public persons which appear prominently in the basic narratives of QAnon ”.
The report does not identify any of these public figures.
But Trump, who while in office praised QAnon supporters as “people who love our country,” continues to echo a circle of advisers who give credibility to the movement, according to research by Media Matters for America, a surveillance organization.
Advisers “have demanded their complaints about election fraud and … continue to suggest that Trump can and should reinstate himself in office based on these false claims,” the senior Media Matters researcher found , Alex Kaplan.
Media also reported that 33 congressional candidates have expressed support for QAnon’s theories “to some degree.”
Heinrich, the New Mexico senator, had pressured FBI Director Chris Wray in April to publish an assessment of how the QAnon government sees itself.
“The public deserves to know how the government assesses the threat to our country of those who would act violently according to these beliefs,” he said at the time.
The movement around QAnon has already been linked to political violence, especially during the January 6: Uprising of the United States Capitol.
At least 20 QAnon followers have been charged with federal riots related to the riot, according to a review of the Associated Press court records.
The U.S. Department of Justice has arrested more than 400 people in connection with the insurgency, during which pro-Trump riots stormed the United States Capitol, caused about $ 1.5 million in damages and sent lawmakers running for life.
Five people were killed and dozens of police officers were injured in the incident.
Some defendants have argued that Trump himself spurred them on, while others said they followed the crowd, that law enforcement allowed them to enter, or that they were victims of disinformation caused by right-wing media.
Lawyers for some of the defendants have argued that their clients were specifically mistaken for QAnon.
In one case, defense attorney Christopher Davis argued that his client, Douglas Jensen, is the victim of an internet-driven conspiracy promoted by “very intelligent people, who were uniquely equipped with a light, if not ‘there is, moral or social consciousness’.
Jensen “fell victim to this rain of information on the Internet and came to the Capitol, in the direction of the President of the United States, to prove that he was a” true patriot, “his lawyer said. reported by the newspaper Law & Crime.