This will get dangerous for regular people, unless it is stopped soon, it will get dangerous. The far right of the far right is getting far out of hand. The FBI certainly understands the threat, and appears to be acting on it.
According to an internal memo circulated in May of this year, conspiracy-driven domestic extremists pose an increasing danger to … well, you and me. The memo specifically calls out the Qanon group.
As Yahoo News reports, the threat “very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts.”
Unless you have researched conspiracy theories for novels, spending far too many hours on conspiracy-based websites, as I have, it would be difficult to appreciate the craziness infused into a good Qanon theory.
For those of you trapped in adulthood and real lives, Qanon is quite literally an “anonymous person,” purportedly deeply embedded in the White House, who posts cryptic messages on 4Chan (or one of those) and the posts get picked up on several other prominent conspiracy boards. Calling them “cryptic” is charitable. Whoever created Qanon makes Nostradamus look like a power point presentation.
As anyone who has read my novels knows, no one loves a good conspiracy theory more than me. Indeed, people do conspire, that’s why it is a crime in the first place. And, often, the ones most determined to get away with some master plot will sneer that accusations are a “conspiracy theory,” as if the label alone proves its falsehood. I have always believed that being a true skeptic begins with being open to the possibility that real conspiracies do exist.
However, this isn’t about that.
This isn’t even a good conspiracy theory. Unless you believe that Robert Mueller was working for Trump all along, and that his real mission was to flush out a global Ponzi-Scheme run by Obama and the Clinton, and that such a theory could be encrypted into internet posts, well, it is not for you.
It should not be for anyone, as the FBI duly notes. After all, we have already seen from Pizzagate, people do, in fact, get killed when things like this spiral out of control. The FBI also noted that we have an election coming up, imagine what can happen if it appears that Trump is about to lose? What kind of “conspiracy” can Trump drum up? How realistic can Trump make it look?
I will give you a hint. On the day that this memo was released, Trump himself had Qanon conspiracy-touting folks over to the White House, posed as real journalists.
Make no mistake, we have the single ugliest election season any of us have seen, coming, one perhaps unsurpassed since 1860. These people alone make the situation dangerous. As always, Trump can, and does, simply add fuel to a population dying to explode.
I suspect the FBI knows that, too.
My novels are here, for those interested in far more likely conspiracies …. involving aliens.
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