Justin Amash

Justin Amash Votes Against Resolution Urging FBI To Investigate QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Congress' one Libertarian member cited the counterproductive, free speech-threatening nature of the resolution to explain his "no" vote.


Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the QAnon conspiracy theory and encouraging federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to take a more proactive role in monitoring its adherents.

Dissenting from the widely supported bipartisan measure, which passed 371-18, were a small minority of Republican representatives—and Rep. Justin Amash (L–Mich.). The latter argued the resolution posed serious free speech concerns and could be counterproductive.

"The resolution threatens protected speech (absurd as that speech may be), and its prescriptions for addressing QAnon aren't appropriate for what we know about them," said Amash on Twitter following the vote. "These are conspiracy theorists who believe in a deep state that's fighting against them, so Congress's declaring that the intelligence community and FBI should be sent after them just confirms their fears."

QAnon is a conspiracy theory that the American government is dominated by a secret cabal of deep state elites who operate, according to some adherents, a Satanic child sex trafficking ring. The conspiracy theory has earned endorsements from some Republican congressional candidates, who view said Satanic deep state cabal as working against President Donald Trump.

The House resolution includes five clauses. The first condemns QAnon and associated conspiracies. A second catchall provision condemns all groups and ideologies "from the far left to the far right, that contribute to the spread of unfounded conspiracy theories" and promote vandalism and attacks on law enforcement.

More troubling is a third plank that encourages the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to "strengthen their focus on preventing violence, threats, harassment, and other criminal activity by extremists motivated by fringe political conspiracy theories."

The resolution also encourages "the intelligence community to uncover any foreign support, assistance, or online amplification QAnon receives, as well as any QAnon affiliations, coordination, and contacts with foreign extremist organizations or groups espousing violence."

Amash's "no" vote earned him scorn from people who dismissed his expressed civil liberties concerns as insincere given the non-binding nature of the resolution.

The controversy mirrors one from earlier in the year over Congress' anti-lynching bill, which expanded the number of federal crimes that could be punished with the death penalty. Amash voted "no" on that bill because of his opposition to capital punishment, but his stance earned him criticism for being insufficiently anti-lynching.

It's true that people who've expressed support for QAnon conspiracies have committed acts of violence, some of which are referenced in the House resolution. Treating it like a national security threat, however, is wildly disproportionate to any supposed threat that the movement—if it can even be described that way—poses. And siccing the security state on believers of a conspiracy that the security state is out to get them seems tailor-made to validate and inflame the fears of QAnon adherents.

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  1. Not surprising there's overwhelming bipartisan congressional support for Deep State Satanic kiddy-diddlers. The government can always be counted on to protect their own.

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  2. This is a NON-BINDING resolution only, here; it does NOT hold the force of violence imposed upon ye by Government Almighty! Keep that firmly in mind, now! So QUIT YER BITCHIN' if'n ye don't like it!

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    1. Fuck off, Sqrlsy.

  3. It is funny to get people getting rolled by 4chan and its progenitors.

  4. It’s like Epstein never existed.

  5. The resolution condemning the conspiracy theory is the absolute worst thing the cabal could have done. What were they thinking.

    1. "Hey everyone, this conspiracy theory about a cabal of powerful politicians destroying America and raping kids is somehow dangerous, so this cabal of powerful politicians is going to make it illegal to talk about"

      It's almost like they want to make people believe it.

      1. Almost, but a combination of extreme arrogance and stupidity is the explanation

  6. They have this exactly backwards. If you can't stand up for free speech by voting against a non-binding resolution, when the fuck are you going to do it? When the stakes are even higher?

  7. "from the far left to the far right, that contribute to the spread of unfounded conspiracy theories"

    So every democrat, and every member of "the press" who parroted the Russian interference conspiracy"?

    1. That's different because shut up Bot.

    2. no, that's the fourth plank of the resolution, to track down foreign interference. with a big bulletin board, newspaper clippings, push pins, and yarn.

    3. Oh look, another cultist who hasn't read the second Senate intel report on russia. You should check it out, because your talking points are out of date. Collision confirmed by bipartisan fact finding. Barr's summary of Mueller report was also ruled to be misleading by a Bush judge.

      Just thought you might want to be aware that you're in a traitor cult.

      1. It's neat how DOL, sitting there in his DNC-approved Nike Decades, can pretend everyone else is in a cult for agreeing with the attorney general and not some nutty Huffpo reporter's interpretation.

  8. These people are paranoid - we should follow them and see what they're up to.

    1. Sure, that will cure their paranoia.

      Just because you are paranoid, that doesn't mean that no one is out to get you.

      Conversely: Just because someone is out to get you, that doesn't mean you aren't paranoid.

  9. Does this nonsense die with Trump, or is Pence also part of the resistance plan?

    1. QAnon will continue on, with or without Trump. Ultra-paranoid, NWO-style conspiracy bullshit is here to stay. QAnon is simply the latest version of it, nothing more, nothing less.

      Needs more lizards, though. I propose shapeshifting, Satanic reptilians from Zeta Reticuli. Yeah, that's got a nice ring to it...

      1. It's the Epstein scandal through a 4chan filter, nothing more nothing less.

  10. LOL. It's a non-binding resolution, which means it's totally toothless. People getting pissy about this are drunk on virtue signaling. It means NOTHING.

    1. If you can't stand up for free speech when the stakes are nothing, how are you going to stand up for it when the stakes are something?

    2. I agree that the supporters of this bill are drunk on virtue signaling. Good on Amash for calling them out.

  11. Too bad Antifa doesn't really exist, or they could investigate it too, and maybe find out who is really burning stuff down.

    1. Probably the Russians, or evangelicals.

      1. It's the Amish.

    2. right wing agitators, no doubt. funded by Russia.

    3. Antifa is just a mostly peaceful idea.

  12. A second catchall provision condemns all groups and ideologies "from the far left to the far right, that contribute to the spread of unfounded conspiracy theories"

    con·spir·a·cy the·o·ry
    a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.

    Which is the more unfounded and worrisome conspiracy theory: QAnon? Or the narrative promulgated by government and media that QAnon is dangerous?

    1. Or that white supremacy is actually a thing at all in the modern day US, much less that white supremacists hold all the power.

    2. I like your post MikeP.
      This resolution begs the questions: If it's a conspiracy theory, why investigate it? Or do they plan to take it seriously and investigate for a deep state cabal of Satan worshiping child sex traffickers? The political establishment simply doesn't like Qanon because it suggests there are criminals in government, and they don't want people thinking that.

      Of note, they are again using "foreign election interference" to give government a reason to spy on Americans communicating with foreigners (again). And they also want the FBI to investigate (again). This resolution is to start the ball rolling investigating political opponents to the political establishment. The "non-binding" bit is a distraction.

  13. Yashar Ali is a poor, pathetic, stupid man.

  14. Anyone believes this q crap is a lunatic. But fbi attention will lead to entrapment to justify spending ever more resources on it.

    1. I created an account just so I could agree with you!

  15. Better if we let QAnon investigate the FBI - - - - - - - - -

  16. I know next to nothing about Qanon, although a youtuber I like occasionally mentions Qanon and has described some of the theories and ideas.
    I don't really have an opinion, I’m not a 'follower of Q' nor am I 'into conspiracy theories', but I will say, if you read John Podesta's creepy ass emails inorganically talking about 'pizza' and 'pasta' and other weird code language that pedos apparently use, it's very hard not to think something really fucked is going on with certain 'elite' types.
    Seriously read those emails, shit is bonkers.

    1. I was looking at real estate ads in Arizona and went to a satellite shot of one place. The neighboring property had a Nazca-like design made out of rocks of the pedo triangle with an arrow pointing to the house and other related designs. I wouldn't have known what they were except for an article I read on Pizzagate.

      1. Well, it's quite likely that it's just a pretty design that's simple enough to make out of rocks since it's straight lines and easy angles. What's more likely: "I'm going to let everyone who knows this easily discoverable symbol known I'm a horrible person" or "I'm going to make something pretty in the backyard"?

        To compare, the swastika was independently invented as an artistic symbol (sometimes of the sun but often just a pretty decoration) at least a half-dozen times around the world, from the Chinese, to the Celts, to the Navajo.

        1. And then the Chinese invented pizza. Coincidence? I think not.

        2. Yeah if you wander the American Southwest museums and historical sites you'll see "Nazi" symbols everywhere. Half the time they are mirrored, of course, just to throw you off.

  17. The Deep State just got the green light. What else is green?

    1. Kermit the frog?

    2. The new deal?

  18. What in the actual Fuck? Q anon is either a joke gone awry or an intelligence community red herring / psyop. They can’t be chasing down every “non-mainstream media” approved speech. This is fucking bullshit - and more than likely some sort of Hegelian synthesis by design.

    The writing’s on the wall boys, it’s only a matter of time until the boot stamps your face.

    1. Nowadays it's the Stolen Nike stamping your face.

  19. This was done on purpose. Qnuts believe the deep state is real. They have proven their willingness to use violence. They have been discredited in the eyes of the general public.

    This is a deliberate attempt to stir them up and see if they can be driven to strike out violently. Next time Congress votes on something related to them, it WILL contain state violence, to protect the public from these dangerous nutters.

    1. What the hell? You sound nuttier than they do.

  20. I am Q. 457585. Numbers. Yes or no. 2 plus 7 minus 2 = ??

    1. 23, and you know what that means.

  21. According to a Pew Research poll, the demographic that has the most members who have heard of QAnon is Liberal Democrats.


    1. Because is progressive tin foil hat shit. Proggies have gone off the rails with their conspiracy theories.

    2. Because lefties assume everyone else thinks like they do.

  22. "The first condemns QAnon and associated conspiracies. "
    Fine, they're nuts.

    "A second catchall provision condemns all groups and ideologies "from the far left to the far right, that contribute to the spread of unfounded conspiracy theories""
    But who gets to decide if they unfounded or not? The people with something to hide?

    "More troubling is a third plank that encourages the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to "strengthen their focus on preventing violence, threats, harassment, and other criminal activity by extremists motivated by fringe political conspiracy theories.""
    Again, who gets to decide which groups are "extremist" and "fringe"?

    "The resolution also encourages "the intelligence community to uncover any foreign support, assistance, or online amplification QAnon receives, as well as any QAnon affiliations, coordination, and contacts with foreign extremist organizations or groups espousing violence.""
    So, a resolution against nutball conspiracy theories buys into the nutball conspiracy theory that the Russians are behind everything?

    1. And someone appears to be covering up the fifth plank.

      1. The fifth plank is that birds are organic animals and not surveillance drones.

    2. "Again, who gets to decide which groups are “extremist” and “fringe”?"

      Not to mention who gets to decide what is a "conspiracy theory" and what isn't?

  23. Ah, Congress take time to condemn teenage 4Chan trolls; tells you all about what kinds of idiots they are.

  24. I think it proves that Amash is in on it. He doesn’t want congress to investigate Q because they will find out the truth about the baby pizza eaters who secretly control the government and the pizza industry.

  25. The house passed a resolution condemning online trolls half the country didn't even know existed, but stayed silent as the mob burned down cities.

    Yes, they all live in their ideological bubble.

    1. That caught my attention too.

      Comparatively few people have even heard of QAnon, I know I didn’t before leftists were up in arms about it, and I’ll fully admit I still don’t know much. This is what the left is upset about, but bring up the lefty violence happening in virtually every city larger than mid-size, and they’re completely silent.

  26. It's pretty clear that the nation will need a blue ribbon exploratory commission to determine the threat posed by Qanon and that guy down the street that has cardboard taped on the inside of all of his windows. They will meet on a bi annual basis and their staff will prepare a summary of their findings no later than the end of federal fiscal year 2024. Their six figure salaries and benefit packages will be included in the next continuing resolution passed 371-18 by the House of Representatives. The summary will be published in the national registry but oddly read by no one.

    1. What's he building in there? He has a router and a table saw...his lawn is dying...I heard he was up on the roof last night signalling with his flashlight.

      (tom waits)

  27. This is absurd. I am just amazed that any Republicans were dumb enough to vote for this. Q and his Anons have zero to do with the riots and burning down so many cities. That is almost entirely two avowedly Marxist groups: AntiFA and BLM. Blaming it on Q and his Anons is an epic false flag operation. They aren’t committing violence. That is 99.999% on the left , at least this year.

    It is absurd, because most of them have no idea what they voted for. There is no one known as QAnon. There is Q, and then there are his Anons, who crowd source research based on the clues he provides. And they aren’t conspiracy theorists, when the conspiracies turn out to be real. They are essentially the ones who exposed SpyGate (etc). Three to four years ago, a lot of people thought that the FBI spying on Trump was a completely crazy theory. Ditto with the Deep State going after him. Turns out, after four years, we have dates, times, names, copies of documents, and a lot of sworn testimony showing that there really was a conspiracy. We now know that the Clinton campaign was the one working with the Russians to set up the Trump campaign. It was approved by her, and briefed by CIA Dir Brennan to Obama and Biden in July, 2016. He briefed D Comey and CD DAD Strzok in early September that they Clinton campaign working with Russian govt operatives were behind the Steele Dossier. But then, a bit over a month later they were both involved in using the Steele Dossier to get a FISA warrant on Carter Page. Etc.Clinesmith, who worked directly for Strzok, who was in charge of the Woods’ Files for those FISAs, was fired for deleting that Carter Page worked for the CIA. This is not a conspiracy, but rather is a very extensive conspiracy. It happened.

    The important thing here is that this conspiracy was to a great extent exposed by Q, with the help of his Anons. At every turn, it was Q leading the way. Showing where the evidence was hidden. What to look for. And it was there.

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  29. I'm not a fan of pure libertarianism, but this sort of thing makes me glad there are libertarian voices in Congress. The FBI should investigate potential crimes and national security threats. A homegrown conspiracy theory, without some evidence of potential crime-in-the-making, should not qualify.

    1. The last time the FBI got a hair up its ass to investigate natl sec threats, they went on a witch-hunt for automobiles with Ron Paul rEVOLution stickers.

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  31. Yawn a useless resolution. Not like the unfunded liabilities of SS and Medicare need to be addressed, budgets need to get passed or any other such trivial issues to be dealt with by elected officials.

  32. Does this mean I could ens up on a watchlist for buying a "Birds aren't real" T-shirt online?

    Or am I already on one for having a "Make Orwell Fiction Again" shirt? Possibly the GOAT of libertarian political shirts, btw since leftists think it's just a shot at the right and right-authoritarians think it's a shot at the left and only real critical thinkers realize they're both correct.

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