Barber linked to QAnon imprisoned in parliamentary riots

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Like many Donald Trump supporters who attacked the US Capitol on January 6, Donald Trump promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory on social media. However, a judge sentenced Tuesday to 14 days in prison said it was because of his actions, not his beliefs.

In July, Bissi, 53, pleaded guilty to holding a parade, demonstration or picketing in the Capitol building. This is a misdemeanor which can be punished with imprisonment of up to 6 months.

Prosecutors argue that crowd comments need to be considered directly or on social media when making appropriate decisions. And on Tuesday, federal prosecutors cited Bissey’s online support for QAnon and other conspiracy theories. However, he also said that it was a “rare case” in which Bissi agreed to accept responsibility early and recommended probation, rather than house arrest or prison, based on the cooperation of law enforcement agencies. Rice field.

Instead, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan sentenced her to 14 days in prison and 60 hours of community service, celebrating and bragging about her involvement in the equivalent of Bissi’s attempt to overthrow the government. He insisted that he did so.


“The fact that he agrees to the strange conspiracy theory is his right, which is what he is allowed to do as an American,” Chutkan said.

A major investigation has resulted in the most serious criminal cases against leaders and members of two far-right radical groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers. Some have been accused of attempting a coordinated attack on the Houses of Parliament to prevent Congress from proving victory in President Joe Biden’s election.

However, some QAnon supporters also played an important role in the riots, and conspiracy theories activated many others who joined the crowd. Long before the attack, several experts warned of an increased threat of violence due to conspiracy theories and conspiracy theories, such as QAnon and its predecessor, “Pizzagate”.


Justice prosecutor Joshua Rothstein is an avid consumer of other conspiracy theories, including the coronavirus being a “demandemic” and the COVID-19 vaccine being part of a Jewish conspiracy to kill people. Where it seems. She also believed that the pandemic was predicted by “predictive programming” at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

“Trusting in the basement conspiracy theories is one thing. Acting on them is another.”

More than 630 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the riots. Federal officials have linked at least 27 defendants to QAnon, usually through social media posts or clothing worn at the Capitol, according to a review of court records by the Associated Press.

Guilty petitions for Parliament riots will be counted in the top 100 this week. To date, at least nine defendants related to QAnon have pleaded guilty. Before Bisse was killed in the Fifteenth Riots, both were sentenced to probation.


Meanwhile, about 70 defendants on charges of the January 6 attack have been imprisoned while awaiting trial. According to AP reviews, officials have linked at least 21 of them to right-wing extremist groups or movements, including six QAnon supporters.

The central belief of QAnon followers is that Trump was secretly fighting major Democrats, the Hollywood elite, and “Deep State” foes Satanist and child sex trafficking conspiracies. Pizzagate focused on the unfounded belief that Democrats were sexually abusing children from the pizzeria. A federal intelligence report released in June predicted that some “digital soldiers” of the QAnon movement might resort to “real-world violence” because they had lost faith in conspiracy theoretic predictions.


Some of QAnon’s followers were easy to find because they wore clothing and tote signs emblazoned with the obvious “Q” on January 6. A man with a horned furry hat and a shirtless face who calls himself “Canon Sherman” has become one of the most famous rioters.

Bissi’s lawyer said he was relieved by “a steady meal of cable news and Facebook scrolling” to distract from financial instability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawyers went to Washington to attend a rally spoken by Trump on Jan. 6 after Bissi and his friend Anna Morgan Lloyd ended their call for “exciting action.” Said only that he had joined the crowd.

“This belief was later revealed, but on January 6, Mr. Bissi was convinced that the allegations of election interference were true,” the defense lawyer wrote.


After being arrested in February, Bissi was imprisoned for two days. In a letter to the judge, Bissi said that some of his neighbors in Bloomfield, Indiana, had shunned him since the riots. He called himself “God fearing, love for country, law-abiding, hardworking patriot”.

“I am not a violent person and I never have been,” she writes.

Some QAnon-linked defendants face considerable imprisonment. According to prosecutors, the sentencing guidelines for Arizona-based Jacob Chansley’s felony “Que Anon Shaman” could require between 41 and 51 months in prison.

Douglas Jensen, who lives in Iowa and is called a “religious” QAnon supporter by prosecutors, is charged with five felony counts and sentenced to up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Jensen, who was caught on video confrontation with a parliamentary police officer, was released from pre-trial detention, but was imprisoned again for violating the conditions for his release.


Scott Fairlamb, who lives in New Jersey, also faces the prospect of imprisonment. He was found guilty of assaulting a police officer in August and will be sentenced next month. Prosecutors said Fareham’s Instagram and Facebook accounts showed he is a QAnon believer, which promoted false claims that Trump would become the first president of the “New Republic” on March 4, 2021. said.

Another riot prosecutor quoted a California man hugging QAnon, arguing that he was dangerous and should be detained before trial.

“The defendant was not just sitting in the basement and absorbing this material. He is working on it, growing it and retransmitting it,” he said.


Defendant’s lawyer, Rodolfo Cejas, said it was not illegal for Gonzales to promote a conspiracy theory online.

“Unfortunately, if people want to believe that the Earth is flat, it is not a crime. Some people do not think that someone has been to the moon. It is not a crime,” he said.

Also on Tuesday, US District Court Judge Trevor McFadden sentenced Texas-based Eliel Saarinen to one year probation and 100 hours of community service for participating in the riots. The prosecutor recommended a month’s detention and 60 hours of community service.

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