The QAnon Conspiracy Theory: A Security Threat in the Making?

The QAnon Conspiracy Theory: A Security Threat in the Making?

source: https://ctc.usma.edu/the-qanon-conspiracy-theory-a-security-threat-in-the-making/

by Amarnath Amarasingam and Marc-André Argentino (Submitted by Prof. Barak Mendelsohn)

The QAnon conspiracy theory, which emerged in 2017, has quickly risen to prominence in the United States. A survey of cases of individuals who have allegedly or apparently been radicalized to criminal acts with a nexus to violence by QAnon, including one case that saw a guilty plea on a terrorism charge, makes clear that QAnon represents a public security threat with the potential in the future to become a more impactful domestic terror threat. This is true especially given that conspiracy theories have a track record of propelling terrorist violence elsewhere in the West as well as QAnon’s more recent influence on mainstream political discourse

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