"QAnon" Has Been Dormant Since December so Why Is the FBI Issuing a Threat Warning About It Now?

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The FBI and Homeland security have issued a new security warning about QAnon.

A new federal intelligence report warns that adherents of QAnon, the conspiracy theory embraced by some in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, could target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence as the movement’s false prophecies increasingly fail to come true.

Many QAnon followers believe former President Donald Trump was fighting enemies within the so-called deep state to expose a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring. Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden disillusioned some believers in “The Storm,” a supposed reckoning in which Trump’s enemies would be tried and executed. Some adherents have now pivoted into believing that Trump is the “shadow president” or that Biden’s victory was a sham.

The report was compiled by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and released Monday by Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat. It predicts that while some QAnon adherents will pull back, others “likely will begin to believe they can no longer ‘trust the plan’ referenced in QAnon posts and that they have an obligation to change from serving as ‘digital soldiers’ towards engaging in real world violence.”

As major social media companies suspend or remove QAnon-themed accounts, many followers have moved to less well-known platforms and discussed how to radicalize new users on them, the report says.

The report says several factors will contribute to QAnon’s long-term durability, including the COVID-19 pandemic, some social media companies allowing posts about the theories, societal polarization in the U.S., and the “frequency and content of pro-QAnon statements by public individuals who feature prominently in core QAnon narratives.”

“QAnon,” as best I can tell, is a bogeyman that keeps the left suffering from fecal incontinence while they are hiding under their beds. That means whatever faults it may have it isn’t all bad. But, due to its place in the progressive Pantheon of Terrors, the law enforcement agencies that are busily sucking up to their leftwing overlords have set out to make it into a group with a membership and an ideology rather than the 8chan prank that, like the Wuhan virus, slipped into the wild.

If you’ve paid very much attention over the past six months when the Biden bunch has had the reins of power, you’ll know that these types of  warnings are issued with monotonous regularity. They have two things in common: they predict violence on the part of people who believe Joe Biden and the Democrats stole the last election (that would constitute about two-thirds of Republicans/conservatives) and nothing happens.

Recall this?

How about this classic non-specific warning:

A new report from the U.S. intelligence community warns of future, unspecified, violence committed by domestic extremists, who have been emboldened by the siege on the U.S. Capitol and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and coronavirus pandemic.

White supremacy groups are most likely to commit mass casualty attacks against civilians, the intelligence agencies said. Militia-like organizations are more focused on targeting law enforcement and other government personnel and their facilities.

Lone offenders pose the most significant challenges to tracking and disrupting their plans, the report summary said. That’s because of their “capacity for independent radicalization to violence, ability to mobilize discretely, and access to firearms.”

The only notable thing about the report quoted above, other than making the gutsy prediction that someone might do something at some future date, was that agencies that are forbidden by law to carry out surveillance on US citizens contributed to a threat assessment of political groups comprised of US citizens. That shouldn’t surprise me as the Biden bunch is considering deputizing tech companies to keep tabs on the political activities of Americans

The Biden administration is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that would expand the government’s ability to gather intelligence but could draw criticism over surveillance of US citizens.

The Department of Homeland Security is limited in how it can monitor citizens online without justification and is banned from activities like assuming false identities to gain access to private messaging apps used by extremist groups such as the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers.
Instead, federal authorities can only browse through unprotected information on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and other open online platforms. A source familiar with the effort said it is not about decrypting data but rather using outside entities who can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help DHS identify key narratives as they emerge.

The data used to develop these domestic threat advisories seems structured to overemphasized violence by the political right while playing Sergeant Schultz in regards to the rampant acts of violence on the part of the left.

This, however, is more than Security Theater, the mere use of a perpetual state of alarm to aggrandize power and abuse civil liberties. What is unfolding is a concerted effort to demonize the political opposition to Joe Biden and to criminalize dissent. The report, which warns of “more violence” by “QAnon” followers (the report equates the rioters in the US Capitol to “QAnon” supporter despite the lack of evidence to indicate more that a few were into the “QAnon” nonsense) is nothing more than a stalking horse for a crackdown on dissent like that directed against the protesters in the US Capitol on January 6. Your mere presence in the Capitol, even if you were waved into the building by a Capitol Police officer, was enough to get you rounded up and held for months without bail on a trespassing charge. The fact that they are obsessing with “QAnon,” which hasn’t been heard from since December, is a dead giveaway that what they are doing is trying to link crimes to people who passed along a “QAnon” meme or slogan, even ironically, as a way of declaring every one who did so to be a danger to the Republic.

All they are waiting for is a single act of violence with an arguable political connection by someone who they can claim is a “QAnon” supporter and you will see another roundup.