According to a recent study, 39 of the 357 people who were arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6 were veterans. These findings underscore already-existing concerns about extremists in the military and raise questions about America’s veterans’ potential vulnerability to extremist recruitment. However, a lack of reliable information means many questions remain unanswered.
In the days following 9/11, antisemitic conspiracy theorists dismissed the widely accepted version of events, instead crafting alternative narratives directly implicated Jewish people and Israel in the attacks, peddling antisemitic tropes about Jews supposedly manipulating word events for their own benefit and at the expense of others. Twenty years later, these antisemitic 9/11 conspiracy theories continue to thrive.
If there is a single thread that links QAnon’s origins, its current state, and where the conspiracy theory is likely to go in the short-to medium-term, it’s antisemitism. QAnon’s antisemitism has been most visible at two points: its beginnings – when it emerged from4chan – and the present, when the most popular QAnon influencer, GhostEzra, is an open Nazi who praises Hitler, admires the Third Reich, and decries the supposedly treacherous nature of Jews.
The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) is an anti-government extremist group whose primary purpose is to recruit sheriffs into the anti-government “patriot” movement. Led by Richard Mack, the CSPOA increasingly seeks out law enforcement audiences, billing his extremist events as “trainings.” In a disturbing development, in 2021, Mack was able to win official state approval for his “trainings” in Montana and Texas, which allows attendees to receive continuing education credit for attending Mack’s events.