After Joe Biden’s spokesperson Andrew Bates claimed the FBI identified the QAnon movement as a “domestic terrorism threat,” nearly every news outlet ran wild and scrambled to post headlines such as “Trump praised QAnon, which FBI says is a terror threat,” but unlike the rest of the media, CELEB actually contacted the FBI to see what they had to say about the Biden campaign’s statement.

When specifically asked if QAnon was indeed a terrorist threat, FBI’s National Press Office shared this statement with CELEB:

The FBI does not and cannot designate domestic terrorist groups. The FBI can never initiate an investigation based solely on an individual’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or the exercise of First Amendment rights. When it comes to domestic terrorism, our investigations focus solely on the criminal activity of individuals—regardless of group membership—that appears to be intended to intimidate or coerce the civilian population or influence the policy of the government by intimidation or coercion. It’s important to note that membership in groups which espouse domestic extremist ideology is not illegal in and of itself—no matter how offensive their views might be to the majority of society. Membership in a group is not a sufficient basis for an investigation.

Bates had said that President Trump “just sought to legitimize a conspiracy theory that the FBI has identified as a domestic terrorism threat” after Trump acknowledged and praised the group during a press conference at the White House last week.

“I’ve heard these are people that love our country,” Trump said. “So I don’t know really anything about it other than they do supposedly like me.” When a reporter brought up how the Q followers believe that he is trying to stop a satanic cult of pedophiles, Trump replied: “Is that supposed to be a bad thing?”

Since then, QAnon has dominated the mainstream media headlines.

In an exclusive interview yesterday with one of the movement’s top supporters, Liz Crokin explained that “Q is a military intelligence operation. The goal of Q is to wake the public up to the criminal activity that the cabal is involved in.”

The “conspiracy” is often mocked in the media even though Q posts intel such as alluding to Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest before it happened.

“At the end of the day, for argument’s sake, how is Q a bad thing. Q encourages people to do their own research and think for themselves,” Crokin said. “Q is exposing some of the biggest traffickers on the planet, so even if Q is fake or doesn’t turn out to be Trump or military intelligence, how is it bad? It’s uniting people to stand up and speak out against child predators. That’s not a bad thing!”

Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary Chad Wolf told CNN on Sunday that QAnon was not a significant threat. “I look at all the threats facing the homeland, this is not one that rises to a significant level,” he said, although later condemned the Q community.

When CNN anchor Jake Tapper brought up the FBI’s so-called labeling of the group as a domestic terrorist threat (before he got our memo), Wolf replied, “I don’t have any reason to believe anything different from the FBI,” he said.

Wrong.

In fact, very few articles actually citied any kind of proof, but the Chicago Tribune linked to a Yahoo News! article upload of a May 2019 FBI bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, which mainly mentions specific individuals who have been a threat. Obviously, the bulletin was greatly exaggerated and that’s basically how the fake news started.

After a follow-up email to the FBI requesting the legitimacy of last year’s bulletin at the local Phoenix office, the FBI shared another statement with CELEB basically saying that local FBI field offices sometimes share information, but no mention of confirming a threat:

“While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, FBI field offices routinely share information with their local law enforcement partners to assist in protecting the communities they serve. These products are intended to be informative in nature, and as such, they contain appropriate caveats to describe the confidence in the sourcing of information and the likelihood of the assessment. Additionally, when written at a local level, these products will note that the perspective offered may be limited to the field office’s area of responsibility.

We’re not sure why the rest of the media didn’t confirm the Team Biden statements with the FBI but hey, we’re just doing our job.

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7 Comments

  • Karl Kaiser, August 26, 2020 @ 2:50 pm Reply

    “Reports”? You mean like the “reports” that Donald Trump was being blackmailed by Putin? Yeah, how is it that he is still president after those “reports”???

  • Roger, August 27, 2020 @ 3:01 am Reply

    Well left wing ideology is mostly based on lies and distortion of reality

  • Cynthia Guingrich, August 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am Reply

    Trump knows whats going on. Don’t let him pull your leg. But people that want to continue to not believe what Q is doing for Trump, are not believers of what is being done.

  • andy, August 27, 2020 @ 9:37 pm Reply

    Q is the savior of our planet…Q+ is Donald

  • James B Newman, August 28, 2020 @ 2:52 am Reply

    As a Qanon follower, I can attest that Qanon and its followers are not a threat to anyone other than those individuals engaging in criminal acts and lascivious behavior. Qanon’s main tenant is “no violence” which includes ‘vigilantism.’ Any kind of violent acts are the antithesis of what Qanon’ites do! So if anyone exclaims they performed a violent acts as a result of Qanon influence, everybody in the group already knows it was a nutcase or someone intentionally trying to sully the Qanon affiliation in order to silence us. Qanon’s mission is always to spread information. To shed LIGHT on the acts of the elite and people of influence so that their actions are well known and documented enough to effect change. REAL change, not just what the highly biased condoning insider mainstream media says- to protect these bastards. That’s why Epstein got away with things for so long. Look how many people of influence and power were protecting him including the media. Qanon is a citizen project to disseminate information considered news because we can no longer depend upon an independent press to give us the truth, or to disseminate the hard subjects because of media insider interest. If you can’t trust the news, then form your own, and that’s what the anon’ites are really about. Q however; the one who started this movement is speculated to be a highly connected insider that disseminates insider information at the highest levels of government that we the Qanon’ites are to further investigate, and give exposure too. There are some obviously built in flaws of the Qanon culture like wild conspiracy theories that have no substance behind them. That happens with any citizen project, but only the stories that hold water and truth travel the furthest, as there are many interconnected stockpiles of information to decipher through on many many boards. When the same story ends up on multiple story boards then its usually worth looking into. The best evidence is usually attached in there somewhere and that’s why it goes so far.

  • James B Newman, August 28, 2020 @ 2:57 am Reply

    Qanon is merely Citizen Journalism. It comes from US so we can trust the source!

  • Ferdl, August 28, 2020 @ 10:47 am Reply

    Thank you, Q and Qanons!!!!
    For us People in Europe, espacially for us here in Germany,
    Q is the only way to get real Informations what happens in US. Because you get no, or wrong news. Its more important than all european gouverments. 😅
    Sorry for my bad English ☺️

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