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Prominent Capitol Rioter Found Guilty on 7 Charges

Doug Jensen was one of the first rioters to breach the building

(Newser) - Update: One of the first rioters to enter the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has been found guilty on seven federal charges, including five felonies. Doug Jensen, who led a group that chased Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman up stairs near the Senate chamber, was arrested two days after the...

Michigan Man Killed Wife and Dog. Daughter Blames QAnon

Igor Lanis, 53, had no criminal record, but daughter says he was deep in 'Q rabbit hole'

(Newser) - The daughter of a man who was killed in a shootout with police in Michigan said her father "had been struggling with mental issues after embracing conspiracy theories," according to the Detroit News. Police were called to the Walled Lake community in Oakland County around 4am Sunday, where...

After Going Dark in 2020, 'Q' of QAnon Is Back

Posts 3 messages on 8kun, the message board where he was last seen

(Newser) - "Q," the mysterious leader behind the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, has emerged online for the first time since December 2020. The "Q" account, which the New York Times reports contains the same unique identifier used on previous posts, posted on the anonymous far-right message board 8kun Friday...

At Border, QAnon Is First to Greet Some Children

Food, prayer, and a 'Let's Go Brandon' T-shirt for all

(Newser) - QAnon adherents have positioned themselves in the Arizona desert to intercept unaccompanied minors, ostensibly to protect them from child traffickers. Jason Frank and his pals carry sidearms and Bibles, and they offer food, prayer, and “Let’s Go Brandon” T-shirts. According to the New York Times , Frank focuses his...

QAnon Believer Texted Wife Day He Allegedly Killed Kids

Wife said Matthew Coleman grew 'significantly more paranoid' before murders: affidavit

(Newser) - California surfing instructor Matthew Coleman, accused of stabbing his two young children to death with a spearfishing gun on the belief that they had "serpent DNA," grew more and more paranoid as he went down the QAnon rabbit hole, court documents allege. Wife Abby Coleman told investigators that...

Butterfly Center Targeted by QAnon Partially Reopens

But Texas sanctuary is members-only for now

(Newser) - A butterfly center in Texas has partially reopened, more than a month after it said it was temporarily shutting down because of threats from QAnon conspiracy theorists. The National Butterfly Center in the border community of Mission said in a tweet this week that it reopened for members only on...

Tech Sleuths: We Know Who 'Q' of QAnon Is

Two separate analyses suggest it's Ron Watkins of the US and Paul Furber of South Africa

(Newser) - The QAnon movement got its start in 2017 when somebody known as "Q" began posting conspiracy-laden messages online. Now, two independent teams of linguistic sleuths say they have settled the question about Q's identity, reports the New York Times . Both have concluded that Q is actually two people....

Butterfly Sanctuary Shuts Down Over QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Harassment, threats at Texas' National Butterfly Center led to sanctuary's 'difficult decision'

(Newser) - For most, the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, is a gathering place for nature lovers. For a group of QAnon conspiracy theorists, it's a site rife with human trafficking—a debunked suspicion that has led to so much harassment and threats that the sanctuary has now announced it'...

Judge Disagrees With Rioter About Who the Patriots Were

Nicholas Languerand attacked police at Capitol

(Newser) - A man who identified himself as a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory was sentenced on Wednesday to three years, eight months in prison for assaulting police officers at the Capitol during last year's riot. Nicholas Languerand called himself a patriot, but the judge who sentenced him said the...

As Q Fades Away, QAnon Carries On
QAnon Carries On
With New Leaders

QAnon Carries On With New Leaders

Analysts see the movement as becoming stronger as it decentralizes

(Newser) - It's been more than a year since QAnon received any direction from Q, the otherwise nameless online account whose conspiracy theories the movement was built on. But QAnon appears undeterred, the New York Times reports, evolving rather than fading away like its leader. It's so far survived Q'...

He Arrived in DC Too Late for the Riot. He Still Got 28 Months

Cleveland Meredith threatened to shoot Nancy Pelosi on live TV

(Newser) - A Georgia man whose family says he fell "hook, line, and sinker" for the QAnon conspiracy theory has been sentenced to 28 months in prison for threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Authorities say Cleveland Meredith Jr. drove from Colorado, where he had been on a skiing vacation...

Prosecutors Want to Make an Example of 'QAnon Shaman'
'QAnon Shaman' Gets One
of Longest Sentences Yet
UPDATED

'QAnon Shaman' Gets One of Longest Sentences Yet

But not the 51-month sentence prosecutors wanted for Jacob Chansley

(Newser) - Update: Prosecutors didn't get the 51-month sentence they wanted, but Jacob Chansley was still handed one of the longest sentences yet in connection with the events of Jan. 6. The "QAnon Shaman" was on Wednesday sentenced to 41 months in federal prison by Judge Royce C. Lamberth, reports...

QAnon Follower Charged With Killing Kids Over 'Serpent DNA'

Matthew Taylor Coleman charged with Mexico murders of children aged 2 and 10 months

(Newser) - Update: The alleged QAnon follower accused of killing his two young children because he believed they had "serpent DNA" was indicted Wednesday. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, of Santa Barbara, Calif., was charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of US nationals, making him eligible for the death penalty,...

'QAnon Shaman' Pleads Guilty
Horned Rioter Pleads Guilty

Horned Rioter Pleads Guilty

Jacob Chansley has distanced himself from QAnon and Trump since Capitol riot, lawyer says

(Newser) - An Arizona man who sported face paint, no shirt, and a furry hat with horns when he joined the mob that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge and wants to be released from jail while he awaits sentencing. Jacob Chansley, who was...

Parkland Shooting Survivor: My Dad Thinks It Was a Hoax

Teen tells Vice that QAnon conspiracy theories are ripping his family apart

(Newser) - One of the last people you'd expect to believe the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., was a hoax is the parent of a child who experienced the trauma firsthand. But one 18-year-old survivor says the father who once refused to wear the same color shirt as the shooter...

Lawyer for 'QAnon Shaman': Tests Show He's Mentally Ill

Tests reveal multiple diagnoses for Jacob Chansley, and plea deal is in the works

(Newser) - One of the most recognizable members of the mob that stormed the Capitol has been diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses that include transient schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, his lawyer tells Reuters . Psychologists with the Federal Bureau of Prisons made the findings after testing Jacob Chansley , aka the QAnon Shaman, says...

Judge Orders 'QAnon Shaman' to Take Competency Exam

Lawyer argues months in prison have caused client to deteriorate

(Newser) - The man who wore no shirt, a fur-lined hat with horns, face paint, and carried a spear with a flag on it into the US Capitol Building during the Jan. 6 attack has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. You may know Jacob Anthony Chansley as Jake Angeli...

FBI Issues New Warning About QAnon
FBI Has a New
Worry About QAnon

FBI Has a New Worry About QAnon

Intelligence report says some members may become violent in the real world

(Newser) - Some of the bedrock conspiracy theories of QAnon failed to materialize because of the defeat of former President Trump. And while that's causing some members of the group to pack it in, others might go in the opposite direction and turn their online threats into actual violence, the FBI...

Michael Flynn Clarifies His Comments About a Coup
Michael Flynn
Clarifies His
Comments
About a Coup

the rundown

Michael Flynn Clarifies His Comments About a Coup

After viral clip, former general says media misinterpreted his response to a question

(Newser) - Michael Flynn wants to make it clear: He is not advocating a military coup in the United States. The retired general and former national security adviser issued the clarification after a viral clip surfaced over the weekend and led to headlines and criticism. The details:
  • Original words: At a right-wing
...

Poll: 23% of Republicans Are QAnon Believers

Movement is as big as some major religions, pollsters say

(Newser) - "These are words I never thought I would write into a poll question, or have the need to, but here we are," says pollster Robby Jones. A new poll from the nonprofit he founded, the Public Religion Research Institute, found that 15% of Americans agree with the core...

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