As someone who followed Qanon for a long while, I never fully believed it could be trusted, but I always knew it was “real” — and by “real” I meant “a real operation by professinals who were very good and knew a lot” and “clearly had the tacit support of people within the Trump machine.” As someone with a long history as an independent journalist and a number of contacts in a lot of areas, I was also independently verify a few of Qanon’s stories. Still, it was obviously an agitprop/propaganda operation, and you can never trust those entirely.
Now, ZeroHedge has a report and asks, Is This Intelligence Group Responsible For The Q Anon Conspiracy Theory?
Probably the most useful quote:
New research reveals that a loose network including an organization known as Joint Task Force – Make America Great Again (JTFMAGA) made up of intelligence whistleblowers, alternative media figures and individuals with a known history of virally spreading information online was most likely responsible for inventing “Q Anon.”
ZeroHedge’s story may or may not be true, and the named parties may be only part of the story, or the story may even be wrong, but in the many efforts I’ve seen published trying to explain what Qanon was/is, it’s easily one of the most plausible.
Anyone who thought Qanon was a LARP or a hoax was a fool; anyone who really looked at it knew there was real information in there, information that was coming from a very slick outfit with resources and knowledge everyday people would not have access to. And it was meant to send a message.
I suspect we will eventually find out that Team Trump was fully aware and at least tacitly involved.
One thing I always knew Qanon to be: terrifying. Because what it showed was that leements of our government were at war with other elements of our government. Qanon is the type of operation you see in a third world country undergoing a coup or soft civil war.
When it emerged, it seemed crazy to talk that way: civil war, coups, revolution.
It’s hard to say where the country is going in the next year or two, but one thing’s for certain: nobody knows who you can trust anymore. Except maybe Christ.
Who do you trust and why do you trust them? It’s the most important question you can ask these days. And you should ask it often in these perilous times.
Max D. of Michigan is a past rabble-rouser now pursuing less provocative pursuits.