Yahoo News has released a document that they previously obtained, but never published, that confirms some alarming information. For the first time in history, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has officially designed a new form of terrorism—that of fringe conspiracy theories and theorists.
The document in question, dated May 30, 2019, originated as a bulletin within FBI intelligence from their Phoenix field office. The document states that "conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists" are indeed a growing threat on the nation, and says that the FBI report is the first of its kind. Listed within the report are a number of arrests, which include many that were never publicized, that are stated to be motivated by fringe beliefs ending in violent incidents.
Several conspiracy theories are touched upon in the document, including the mention of QAnon—which is a shadowy network that believes a deep state conspiracy exists against the current President, Donald Trump. There is also the mention of "Pizzagate"—a theory in which former President Clinton's associates are involved in a pedophile ring that is allegedly run out of the basement of a pizza restaurant in Washington D.C.—a basement that does not exist at that.
The documents state: "The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts."
The document goes on to hypothesize that there will be an increase in conspiracy theory-driven extremists during the upcoming 2020 presidential elections. Fueling this uptick in extremists and their intensity is that of the uncovering of real existing conspiracies that prove to involve illegal, harmful or unconstitutional incidents by both leading political figures as well as government officials.
This most recent form of intelligence comes when the FBI is finding itself facing increased pressure to explain its criteria for whom it considers an extremist, as well as how the government intends to prosecutes those found to be domestic terrorists.
Although the current FBI director has gone so far as to address multiple times the issue of domestic terrorism, he failed to mention this newest perceived conspiracy theorist threat publicly. With the FBI already heavily under fire for its current approach to dealing with domestic extremism, it would seem that the bureau is going to make sure that all its "I"'s are dotted and its "t"'s crossed before taking this newest form of conspiracy theorist based terrorism to the public arena.
So, what's the verdict—you decide.
Are we really supposed to believe that this a recently immerging threat, and not one that has been around since the days of Roswell?