Why write about ‘Q’ now? Trump is no longer in office, (or so it seems.) It would seem the hopes of ‘Q’ have passed by the wayside, and even ‘Q’ became radio silent since December 2020. Nevertheless the number of mainstream Republicans and Trump supporters that have been flocking to podcasts and blogs administered by the followers of ‘Q’ in January 2021 has been off the charts.
‘Q’ claimed to be a high-level government employee presumably with a military-intelligence background, and ostensibly holding Q clearance, and access to Top Secret–level information about Donald Trump, the Democrats, and the hidden behind-the-scenes intrigue and machinations of the U.S. government, and the national intelligence community. ZeroHedge aptly describes the ‘Q’ phenomenon as encompassing: “messages posted by an anonymous individual (or individuals) to image board ‘8kun’ promoting the theory that President Trump is part of a military intelligence operation by ‘white hat’ insiders to take down the deep state – arresting and prosecuting corrupt government officials and pedophiles. . .” Donald John Trump thus emerges as a protagonist hero in the world of ‘Q.’ “More than 3,000 messages later, Q has created a disturbing, multi-faceted portrait of a global crime syndicate that operates with impunity,” notes The American Thinker. “Q’s followers in the QAnon community faithfully analyze every detail of Q’s drops. . .” Q’s posts were eventually chronicled as they gained notoriety, and extracted from the Deep Web, and republished on the surface Web, manifesting more that 4,953 chronicled posts to date in archives, such as QPosts.online.
‘Q’ (and the myriad podcast personalities around him) spawned millions of fans that sport ‘Q’ t-shirts, ‘Q’ flags, ‘Q’ books, and myriad ‘Q’-related memes and motifs!
‘Q’ has postulated his own eschatology (i.e., doctrine of final things) in almost religious terms, preaching an inevitable ‘storm’ (i.e., ‘The storm is coming,’ which speaks of a future event when criminal conspirators and Deep State elements are arrested, then removed from power, and apt to face military tribunals.) ‘Q’ has a political philosophy wrought with determinism like the Marxist ideologue, but unlike the Marxism, an admirable free and prosperous society of individual liberty is the destination marker. Q repeatedly said ‘Trust the plan!’ and the euphemism emerged so that the ‘Anons’ would cheerfully invoke it! In Nov. 2020, Q stated:
Shall we play a game?Q Drop, 4,951. 12-Nov-2020
[N]othing [C]an [S]top [W]hat [I]s [C]oming
Who stepped down today [forced]?
Why is this relevant?
How do you ‘show’ the public the truth?
How do you ‘safeguard’ US elections post-POTUS?
How do you ‘remove’ foreign interference and corruption and install US-owned voter ID law(s) and other safeguards?
It had to be this way.
Sometimes you must walk through the darkness before you see the light.
The ‘hope’ that ‘Q’ fed his followers became a potent political narcotic. As so many on the political Right, probably as much as two to three million held their hopes up on the claims of ‘Q,’ it warrants a reassessment in light of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Democrats claiming both houses of Congress.
One can believe systemic election fraud was a reality in 2020 presidential election as I do, and these claims are not always mutually exclusive with the adherents of ‘Q,’ so I do not want to be misunderstood nor misrepresented. It is to be admitted many if not most ‘Q’ followers generally believe that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent, but also that the military-intel community was running a sting operation in order to catch the culprits in the act, and document the forensics of the ‘election steal.’
I even grant ‘Q’ espouses modicums of truth at times, such as inferring Trump Republicans in general stand for bringing about justice, guarding the interests of the common man, reform of government, and upholding our liberties, which stands in marked contrast to the collectivist socialistic, globalist Democrats who deal in identity politics poison, race-baiting, and hypocritical advocacy of violent paramilitary activity.
While ‘Q’ has became quiet, an array of vocal commentators have emerged that have embraced either ‘Q’ and/or his ideas. These include: Dave of the X 22 Report; British-born Simon Parkes who has a history of outlandish claims about extraterrestrials; Robert D. Steele, an ex-CIA officer, an activist for intelligence reform, and an advocate of open-source intelligence; Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, a retired U.S. Air Force officer and past Fox News commentator; Martin Geddes, a British IT expert; and Steve Pieczenik, a Nixon-era diplomat and intelligence official, and a ghostwriter for Tom Clancy who has appeared on Alex Jones Show. One of the earlier patrons of ‘Q’ included Jerome Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., and a prolific book writer who covers unusual and conspiratorial themes such as the abiogenic origins of petroleum. The cynic is tempted to say these guys are all being controversy magnets, and are looking for a quick buck from book and merchandise sales, or simply attention-seeking and notoriety.
Not wishing to divulge too much information, supposedly to avoid potential exposure, ‘Q’ drip fed his followers ‘breadcrumbs’ of pertinent information. The fact of these leaks seems to have escaped the Anon followers that crackable clues and data could compromise Q’s identity or more importantly the overall game-plan. But the Anons followers seem bereft of this logic and reasoning. The ‘Q’ predictions have been wrought with falsehood, a lack of prescience, and even proved comically ironic as actual events transpired. ‘Q’ said to trust Jeff Sessions, and well how did that turn out? With confirmation bias at hand, the most firebrand ‘Q’ advocate can insist that the apparent fallout between Sessions and POTUS was theatrical performance, and part of the plan. It’s more 4D chess in order to throw off the Deep State! ‘Q’ had given dates for Hillary’s arrest in 2017 among other things. ‘Q’ stated McCain would resign from office. (McCain never left until he died.) Did any of these things transpire? No.
Later when caught in his own web of tangled deceit and false prophecy, his mea culpa became that he was purposefully seeding the truth he espoused with a bit of disinformation too in order to throw off those enemies that may be watching. So what else did ‘Q’ do to solve his problematic array of false prophecies? He evolved into a sort of cryptic ambiguity not unlike Nostradamus with future utterances consisting of vague word salads, sentence fragments, and even benign statements, so as to alleviate criticism of his online persona for being so prone to either deception of his followers at worst or misjudgment at best. ‘Q’ would utilize so-called stringers in the similitude of Mr. Robot:
What happened @ these hotels?
Above ‘Q’ referenced a 2018 helicopter crash in Newport Beach, California. Instead of offering answers as to ‘who,’ ‘what,’ or ‘why,’ he merely offered anecdotes — clues perhaps. It was as though ‘Q’ was exhorting the ‘Anons’ to go sleuthing, and through their own detective work, they may gain insight, and discern what’s happening in the tangled web of Deep State intrigue. As well, ‘Q’ dealt in morale boosting motivational anecdotes as well. ‘Q’ punctuated his messages with Bible verses, and appeals to Christian morality and conceptual notions of faithfulness. ‘Q’ loves to hearken to pop culture motifs by punctuating his comments with Youtube clips from popular films like Crimson Tide and Law Abiding Citizen, or suspense-building musical soundtracks. ‘Q’ also regularly posted anecdotes boasting of Trump policy successes that were easy to discern from the news requiring no special insight nor Q security clearance for that matter.
It’s entirely possible ‘Q’ is an intelligence operative(s), but rather one running a psychological operation to pacify the political Right with ‘hope’ in the face of their seeming long-term political marginalization that’s coming. Maybe ‘Q’ was just a random Joe Blow, and intelligence operative(s) muted the original ‘Q,’ and then seized upon his influence and audience for counterintelligence purposes. The problem with its core notion ‘the government (military) will save us‘ is that it inculcates passivity among the general public that embraces the claims of ‘Q’. So why do anything as patriots? The U.S. military will save you in the end! It’s inevitable, right? ‘Nothing can stop what is coming,’ saith the ‘Q.’
The State Political Directorate (GPU) of the Soviet Union ran a successful, but brutally repressive counterintelligence operation, known as Operation Trust. The late KGB defector, Anatolyn Golitsyn, referenced it in his book New Lies For Old, which I have read and possess. Chris Menahan raised the resemblance of the ‘Q’ movement to ‘Operation Trust’ in a recent op-ed on Information Liberation that Gateway Pundit further popularized in its ‘me too’ article chronicling the original op-ed. The operation entailed Soviet secret police setting up a fake anti-Bolshevik resistance group, “The Monarchist Union of Central Russia,” which served to help the Soviet authorities identify and silence real monarchists, anti-communists, and dissidents by drawing them into an elaborate honeypot trap. The designated head of the MUCR was a former bureaucrat of Czarist Russia who capitulated to cooperate with Soviets, and he was permitted to travel abroad and contact Russian emigrants. The plot had a multi-fold purpose: (1) it allowed for the identification of dissidents, (2) it allowed for the subsequent silencing and/or surveillance of those dissidents, (3) it concurrently aimed to pacify both domestic resistance and the threat of foreign intervention from abroad under the pretense that there was a significant Czarist resistance entrenched in the Red Army itself, and (4) it aimed to encourage the return of Russian émigrés abroad, particularly dissidents, perhaps with a false hope that the Bolshevik regime was about to be extirpated by the monarchists. Operation Trust achieved all of these aims under the pretense that the Soviet government would eventually be toppled in favor of a return to a traditional nationalist government by these Czarist elements in the Soviet Red Army, and its spies fed this lie to its dissident targets in a well-orchestrated psychological operation.
I have to admit even the parallels of ‘Q’ movement to Operation Trust is entirely speculative. When a friend once asked me in 2019 why I didn’t believe ‘Q’ I pointed out that one can reasonably infer much of the ranking military brass are globalists nowadays, and Trump’s populist nationalist worldview is essentially alien to them. Consider General Mattis, for instance. Thus it stood to reason the notion the U.S. military would somehow ‘save us’ from globalism (and the myriad other vices associated with globalist elites) was a bit of a misplaced hope, and certainly not a well-reasoned one. The so-called Deep State is well entrenched in military culture with its web of secrecy and intrigue.
There is no point in ‘Q’ critics being overly alarmist about ‘Q’ either as ‘Q’ separates himself from all the myriad claims of the thousands of ‘Anons’ (i.e., short-hand for ‘anonymous’: those anonymous posters that reply to his ‘Q’ drops,) and ‘Q’ has stressed that the ‘Anons’ do not speak for him. This counteracts the particularly uncharitable views of ‘Q’ and ‘Q’ followers that the mass-media and the political Left has taken up to paint them in the most extreme, dangerous, and politically radical light possible. Rather the operative descriptive monikers for ‘Anon’ followers may simply be ‘naïve’ albeit ‘hopeful.’ To his credit, ‘Q’ criticizes Nazism, Communism, and totalitarian systems in general. It’s not arguably wrong to share in the hopes of ‘Q’ followers that evil people like corrupt politicians, pedophiles and Satanic cults would be brought to justice, and such things do happen, and should not be dismissed casually. That’s the allure of the ‘Q’ movement; it appeals to the patriot’s want of a just, free, and fair society generally, and one that is free of collectivism, widespread criminality, and conspiratorial intrigue in high places.
‘Q’ inadvertently (or perhaps intentionally) nurtures “confirmation bias” in his ‘Anon’ followers. When the National Guard (who had already been snubbed by Democrats as being awash in Trump supporters) was summoned to Biden’s 20 Jan. 2021 inauguration, ‘Anon’ followers would interpret benign, anecdotal statements in light of ‘Q’ theory. For instance, an Army National Guard General Walker was interviewed by ABC News, he stated his pride for his 25,000 guardsmen that came to assist “a peaceful transition to military power.” Thus Walker’s remarks and the soldiers turning their backs to the presidential motorcade were interpreted by the ‘Anons’ that the military was speaking in code, viewing Biden’s administration as illegitimate at the onset, and the U.S. military was secretly assuming authority and power, preparing for arrests, and extirpation of the purported coup d’état within a matter of weeks.
After the 7 November 2020 election, the 14 December 2020 Electoral College vote, the 6 January 2021 confirmation of the electors, and the climatic inauguration of Joe Biden as President, one was left wondering whether all of the Q commentators that emphatically held that Trump would be a second-term President would just go radio silent. But they didn’t. They’d echo the ‘Trust the plan’ motto yet still. They’d act as though the plot was thickening even though some were caught in their own failed predictions that Biden’s inauguration would not be allowed to take place. They’d address their lack of prescience by pointing to exigent circumstances emerging in the course of events, thus changing expectations, strategies, and outcomes. The ‘Anons’ would even chalk it up to the genius of ‘Q’ that the conspirators are allowed to incriminate themselves even more before the military inevitably shuts them down and brings them to justice. Granted the Q commentators can make factual appeals at time. This is the allure of ‘Q’ movement; it speaks truth at times with a lot of idle conjecture, and above all, it offers hope! Dave of the X22 Report maintains that the U.S. military is obligated under Military Code 11.3 (i.e., Law of Belligerent Occupation) to extirpate an illegitimate power once it’s detected, (and impliedly election fraud would delegitimize a regime.) This really is on the books and emerged amid Cold War fears of communist subversion of our civilian government. But Dave’s appropriation of this legal code does not itself mean the actuality of an on-going U.S. military sting operation to detect, document, and reverse a purportedly stolen election, nor that the Law of Belligerent Occupation is actually being invoked to justify military interposition against a presumably illegitimate presidency and conspirators.
Kevin Shipp, an ex-CIA officer, wrote on his piece “Kevin Shipp Investigates”:
Because “Q anon” has such control over a sizable number of people, approximating two million, I decided to do my own investigation, much like those I did as a CIA counterintelligence investigator, digging into a espionage cases. Before the army of trolls or offended Q anon devotees try the accusation, “Once CIA always CIA,” I encourage you go go to the blue bar at the top of this site and read the account of blowing the whistle on the CIA, risking prison; because of the poisoning of my family. All the documents the CIA tried to black out and conceal are there. Since Q claims to be an insider with a high level “Q” clearance, that is where I started. Because I had the highest clearance in the US government and was an internal investigator for security clearances, I knew immediately Q was a fake. If an insider with such a clearance posted classified information on the dark web, the site of hard core porn, pedophilia and drug trafficking, he or she could be easily identified, in less than a week, because of data on all those with this clearance. An espionage investigation would be initiated and the person arrested in a matter of days. Of course, this has not happened with this person or persons. I think it began with just two people. If you examine 8 Chan’s history, you will see the poster started with, “FBI anon,” this did not take, so he went to, “CIA anon,” this did not take, so he went to, “White House Insider anon,” this did not take, so he went to, “Q clearance patriot.” Because these posts appealed to a wide variety of existing conspiracy theories, this worked and the perpetrator renamed himself, “Q.” I knew going in, with my first interview with brilliant journalist Greg Hunter, I would receive a significant amount of attacks from Q followers for questioning their oracle. Of course this happened. It increased with my subsequent Twitter posts exposing, “Q” and with interviews I have done since then. Real investigative journalism does not kiss up to a mob, nor is it afraid of retribution. Because Q is leading so many good people into what amounts to a digital cult, I feel duty bound to reveal my findings. For the Love of Freedom, Kevin Shipp.
At the end of the day, part of what makes what ‘Q’ posits so scary is he would have you believe that the construction of FEMA camps to hold 200,000+ detainees is somehow potentially positive outcome for liberty, patriots, and a free society. What if those camps are meant for the ‘Anons’? 😉
Alas, the optimistic Trump supporter will say maybe ‘Q’ is real. But as my skeptical friend says, “I’d believe it when I see it.” Some suggest President Trump inadvertently nurtured hope to believe in the core tenants of ‘Q’. He never denied it, though I think that calculus not to criticize more accurately reflected his wise desire to avoid alienation of the movement ahead of an election season. Perhaps in three months when ‘Q’ is vindicated, and military tribunals pronounce judgment upon ‘the swamp monsters’ and Bond Villains, then some smart-alec ‘Anon’ can come on my blog, and comment on this post: “This aged well.” Until that time, caution and skepticism is sure warranted.