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Like Al Qaeda, QAnon endangers America. What to do when someone is radicalized. - 2020-09-11

F0.png Like Al Qaeda, QAnon endangers America. What to do when someone is radicalized. September 11, 2020, Steven Hassan, Opinion, NBC News

Nineteen years ago Friday, attacks by the Islamist terrorist cult Al Qaeda took place on American soil, followed by conspiracy theories that the CIA bombed the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. These have been thoroughly debunked, but they have still flourished, as Al Qaeda did itself until the U.S. took the threat seriously.

Before you dismiss QAnon as another kooky ideology, consider the fact that it's gaining popularity — and quickly.

Now we face another dangerous cult that has inspired political conspiracy theories and could once again do the U.S. homeland damage: QAnon. The shadowy internet-based organization's followers believe that the world is run by a global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and child sex traffickers who are plotting against President Donald Trump and his supporters and that only Trump can save us. There is great concern that QAnon might turn violent, particularly if Trump loses the election.

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{{cite news | first = Steven | last = Hassan | title = Like Al Qaeda, QAnon endangers America. What to do when someone is radicalized. | url = https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-qanon-followers-are-dangerous-cult-how-save-someone-ncna1239828 | work = Opinion | publisher = NBC News | date = September 11, 2020 | accessdate = September 12, 2020 }}