This morning, the NY Times reported that the FBI is warning that "some QAnon believers could turn to violence as predictions fail to bear fruit." Congressional Republicans not only don't believe it, they are preventing America from preparing for it. Katie Bennet noted that "The F.B.I. said this month that QAnon adherents could turn to violence as some of the conspiracy theory’s major predictions, including that Democrats would be subject to mass arrest and detention, have not come to pass. The conspiracy theory holds that a corrupt cabal of global elites and career government employees who run a Satan-worshiping, child sex-trafficking ring will soon be rounded up and punished for their misdeeds; and that former Trump will be restored to the presidency. QAnon has grown online, with believers watching message boards for new information and directives from Q, an anonymous figure who posts predictions and tells adherents to “trust the plan.” But the arrests have not happened and Trump did not return to the White House as predicted this spring, sowing doubts among some believers whose once decentralized community is now a large, real-world and global movement. The F.B.I. said in a June 4 threat assessment that as people increasingly believe that they can no longer 'trust the plan,' they could be compelled to shift 'towards engaging in real-world violence-- including harming perceived members of the "cabal" such as Democrats and other political opposition-- instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred.'"
The F.B.I. detailed instances when QAnon believers have turned to violence, noting that it had arrested more than 20 self-identified QAnon adherents who participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. A popular belief within QAnon was that the election had been stolen from Mr. Trump and that true patriots would fight to keep him in office.
The F.B.I. emphasized that believing in QAnon or consuming materials related to the conspiracy theory was activity protected by the First Amendment, and that the conspiracy theory falls under the purview of law enforcement only when adherents engage in violent or other illegal activity.
But the F.B.I. also said that the fact that some of the domestic violent extremists who participated in the Jan. 6 attack identified as QAnon adherents “underscores how the current environment likely will continue to act as a catalyst for some to begin accepting the legitimacy of violent action.”
Chicagoland progressive, Rep. Marie Newman went right to the heart of the matter when we spoke this morning: "Once again, the FBI and other intelligence groups are warning that our biggest security threat is white supremacy groups, yet our Q-congress members continue to horrifyingly ignore or worse, actively support it. We must address domestic white terrorism without delay."
We're talking about people with extremely low IQs-- low enough so that we can confidently predict an inability for abstract thought and a predisposition to wild suggestion... like the moron who shot up the pizzeria looking for Hillary's child sex slave ring. How about an IQ test for gun ownership? Median IQ, by definition, is 100, far from Einstein level, but probably good enough to assume someone isn't going to believe the Clintons have a sex colony on the moon... or that it is made of cheese. Right now our society is in danger of falling apart, or at least falling into Civil War. Angry morons shouldn't be walking around with self-righteous, stoked chips on their shoulders and AK-47s. Is it time to designate the NRA a terrorist organization?