FBI Monitoring Conspiracy Theories (But Not the Biggest One)
Yahoo News reported this week that the FBI, the same organization that does not find Antifa a terrorist threat to the country, is monitoring “fringe conspiracy theories” that could pose a terroristic danger to the United States. And while the article goes to great lengths (and we do mean lengths – the piece is nearly 3,000 words long) to explain the kinds of conspiracy theories the FBI is looking at, there is one big one noticeably missing from the list.
The FBI for the first time has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat, according to a previously unpublicized document obtained by Yahoo News.
The FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, dated May 30, 2019, describes “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists,” as a growing threat, and notes that it is the first such report to do so. It lists a number of arrests, including some that haven’t been publicized, related to violent incidents motivated by fringe beliefs.
The document specifically mentions QAnon, a shadowy network that believes in a deep state conspiracy against President Trump, and Pizzagate, the theory that a pedophile ring including Clinton associates was being run out of the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant (which didn’t actually have a basement).
“The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories 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,” the document states. It also goes on to say the FBI believes conspiracy theory-driven extremists are likely to increase during the 2020 presidential election cycle.
So, Pizzagate and QAnon are national security threats, but the idea that the President of the United States is a Russian puppet is not? How very interesting.
In fact, Russia is actually mentioned in the Yahoo article, but you probably already know the context.
“Conspiracy theories, including Russia’s role in creating and promoting them, attracted widespread attention during the 2016 presidential election when they crossed over from Internet chat groups to mainstream news coverage,” they report. “Yahoo News’s ‘Conspiracyland’ podcast recently revealed that Russia’s foreign intelligence service was the origin of a hoax report that tied the murder of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer, to Hillary Clinton.”
Cool, Russia helped propagate the Seth Rich conspiracy theory to a few hundred thousands Facebook users. Does that even begin to hold a candle to the hundreds of millions of Americans who have been inundated with the mainstream media’s coverage of the Great Trump/Russia Affair? A conspiracy theory that was proven false so decisively that Democrats barely have the stomach to talk about it anymore?
Well, considering the FBI’s role in creating that hoax, we understand why they wouldn’t want to include it in their memo.