Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory have been long-suffering in waiting for some (actual) evidence to confirm the existence of the elusive ‘Q’, or some confirmation or proof from official (ie. Trump-connected) sources. So, many were excited in October last year when a rather senior retired military man, General Paul E. Vallely (Major General, USA, Ret.), was quoted on a radio show as saying that the ‘Q drops’ (the sporadic, cryptic internet posts by QAnon) were based on information gained from a group of military intelligence specialists:
QAnon [uses] information that comes out of a group called ‘The Army of Northern Virginia.’ This is a group of military intelligence specialists, of over 800 people that advise the president. The president doesn’t have a lot of confidence in the CIA or even the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) as much anymore. So he relies on these real operators – most of them are Special Operations type of people. This is where ‘Q’ picks up and gets some of their information, as I understand it.
Paul Vallely was no mere grunt: he retired in 1993 as deputy commanding general, Pacific Command, so he’s definitely no random internet dude with an opinion. In the decades since he retired though, he has gone on to work in far-right think tanks and appear as a pundit on right-wing chat shows – and, not surprisingly, is a fan and defender of Donald Trump (and a promoter of some related conspiracy theories like Birtherism).
So for many QAnoners, this was a big deal – a guy who is likely plugged into senior military circles, and also the orbit of the Trump administration, saying Q’s information was not only legit, but from intelligence sources connected to the president himself. There is just one – rather synchronistically hilarious – problem for QAnoners, which I’ll have to give a little background on first.
Last month here on the Grail I wrote about a new YouTube documentary that had gone viral (now over 13 million views), exploring many of the conspiracy themes covered by Pizzagate and QAnon, Out of Shadows. The documentary spent substantial time discussing both government mind control operations, as well as Satanism, and tied the two together through Michael Aquino – an occultist, political scientist, and U.S. military intelligence officer who, after leaving Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, formed his own order, The Temple of Set.
Out of Shadows points out that Aquino “wrote a paper called ‘Mind War’, and ‘Mind War’ was about psychological operations against populations, including the American domestic population, using Satanist techniques and tools.”
Michael Aquino did in fact write the paper mentioned. The mind-blowing part, in the context of this post, is that he was asked to write it by the commander of his unit (and who thus has a co-writing credit on the paper)…Paul Vallely (his name is misspelled in the cover credit).
Speaking to a Tea Party group late last year, retired Army general and Fox News pundit Paul Vallely insisted that he doesn’t want to see a revolution take place…but if a revolution does happen then he will be happy to lead it.
Vallely reminisced about how he once discussed plans to “surround the White House and surround the Capitol building” with 250,000 marines, adding that “it’s going to take physical presence” to make elected officials heed their demands.
“I’m not inciting a revolution but we’ve got to get more physical and stand up and protest,” Vallely insisted. “I don’t want to be criticized for starting a revolution, but I’d certainly head it if we had to. We all love a good fight if it’s worth it, right?”
All these strange links got me thinking. Seeing as the dominant QAnon narrative – that Q drops are a secret way of informing the public that Trump is the literal saviour of the world, taking down the evil cabal of Satanist paedophiles that currently run the show – is based on only tidbits of suggestive evidence and links, I thought I’d put forward a counter-narrative – similarly backed by just suggestive evidence and links, because hey if that’s the standard of proof needed…
What if there is a secret, far-right group consisting of an association of white supremacists, Nazis, mobbed up millionaires, and generally fascist-leaning RWNJs – and QAnon is a psy-op they created to build an army of useful idiots, who would help spread their message so that eventually a large portion of the population would be compliant when the American putsch goes down?
It would explain why the senior presidential advisor has a life-long association with white nationalism. Why the president talks about there being “very fine people on both sides” when talking about the violent protests against a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Va. The reason for the constant dog whistling and other odd moments over the past four years (Hail Hydra!)…
Okay, I’m going a bit over the top. This is all very unlikely to be true…I’m free associating between a lot of crazy ideas. I’m just saying though, if QAnoners want to believe in a narrative based on fairly flimsy evidence and a network of random connections, mine is probably more likely than a lying narcissistic man-baby being selected to save the world from an evil cabal of Satanic paedophiles – who since being arrested have been let out on day release with ankle monitors. (Not to mention that the good guys decided to release hints about what was happening to the public through 4Chan, but in cryptic clues so that they didn’t give the game away, but also hoped people would solve the clues anyhow…wut?)