Tag: Qanon

FBI Says QAnon, Internet Conspiracy Theorists Are National Security Threats

The FBI has named some of America’s wildest and most troubling conspiracy theories as serious national security threats, citing various violent events in recent years as evidence. The internal intelligence bulletin, first reported by Yahoo News, was written by the agency’s Phoenix bureau and is dated May 2019. It names known conspiracy theories which have […]

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Pro-Trump Republican Aiming for Ilhan Omar’s House Seat Finds Herself on the Hot Seat With a Felony Case

Supporters of Donald Trump wearing “QAnon” T-shirts wait in line before an October 2018 campaign rally in Tennessee. Danielle Stella, a reported supporter of the debunked far-right conspiracy theory and also a GOP candidate for Ilhan Omar’s House seat, is facing some far-out troubles of her own.Photo: Sean Rayford (Getty) A special ed teacher and […]

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Trump Assembles His Gang of Social-Media Deplorables

Donald Trump’s war against the media reached perhaps its weirdest point on Thursday afternoon when the president hosted a “social media summit” that excluded Facebook and Twitter, but included a number of right-wing conspiracy-mongers, provocateurs, and grifters. Defending the summit earlier in the day, he argued that he would be showcasing the future of media—and […]

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Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism

At the end of 2016, in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, The Oxford English Dictionary made “post-truth” its word of the year, Merriam-Webster picked “surreal,” and Dictionary.com chose “xenophobia.” Loath to put too fine a point on it, the American Dialect Society went with “dumpster fire.” At least in recent times, official words of […]

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How YouTube Became a Breeding Ground for a Diabolical Lizard Cult

On March 25, Barbara Rogers shuffled into the Court of Commons Pleas in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, with her dark hair parted neatly down the middle. She wore a plain cardigan and skirt over stockings with flats. Lowering her head between hunched shoulders, she averted her eyes from the scrum of snapping cameras. The 44-year-old looked more […]

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