News & Opinion | August 1, 2019 1:59 pm

FBI Classifies “Deep State” Conspiracy Group as Terrorism Threat

QAnon is given as an example of a group of “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists"

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A recently obtained FBI document about conspiracy theories and the organizations that popularize them identifies a group that believes there is a “deep state” working against President Trump as a potential domestic terrorism threat.

Identified in the May 2019 memo, QAnon is given as an example of a group of “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” with a message that could lead to “violent acts.”

“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, which was obtained by Yahoo, states.

The document also notes “the FBI believes conspiracy theory-driven extremists are likely to increase during the 2020 presidential election cycle,” according to Yahoo.

In addition to QAnon, Pizzagate, a conspiracy theory that claims Hillary Clinton and other top Democratic figures are running a child sex-trafficking ring beneath a pizza shop in Washington, D.C. that actually does not have a basement, is also identified in the memo.

The reveal of the document comes a week after FBI Director Christopher Wray informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that white supremacist violence has involved in the bulk of the domestic terrorism cases the Bureau has investigated in fiscal 2019.

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