Terrorism Experts Say QAnon Conspiracy Theory a Threat to National Security - 2020-08-04
Qanon is going mainstream and that's bad. More than bad, it might be a national security risk. That's the conclusion of a new report from West Point's Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) on the emergence of the conspiracy theory into daily life. The QAnon Conspiracy Theory: A Security Threat in the Making clearly explains what QAnon is, its roots in American history, and how and why some of its adherents turn violent.
The CTC is an academic institute within West Point focused on studying terrorism and ideology through research. Amaranth Amarasingam, a professor of religion at Queen's University, and Marc-André Argentino, a PhD Candidate at Concordia University, co-authored the paper, which breaks down the threat posed by QAnon and clear and simple terms. "Though less organized than jihadi or far-right extremists...QAnon represents a novel challenge to public security," the paper said.
QAnon can be confusing for the outside observer. It's like the greatest hits of American conspiracy theories from the past 50 years, supercharged, and turned into a vast online roleplaying game. It's hard to articulate what adherents believe and why those beliefs lead to violence. It has no central leader and encourages its followers to do their own research.