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December 22, 2021

Judge Rejects CNN’s Request to Dismiss Defamation Case

U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods rejected CNN’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by family members of Michael Flynn, former national security adviser during the Trump administration.

Flynn’s brother Jack and sister-in-law Leslie are suing CNN for defamation over reports that they allege inaccurately depicted them as followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

“Whether the Flynns were QAnon followers, and in particular, whether the Flynns were ‘followers’ as that word is understood in the context of CNN’s publication, is a highly fact-intensive inquiry,” Woods wrote.

According to POLITICO, the Flynns deny “being followers of QAnon, a popular online conspiracy theory that claimed elites were sexually abusing children and that former President Donald Trump was planning to declare a national emergency to strike back at the shadowy figures engaged in the abuse.”

Lawyers for the network argued that tweets from Jack Flynn showed he promoted key tenants of the conspiracy theory, but the judge said the court couldn’t consider the tweets at this stage of the case.

“Even though the tweets express support for QAnon and are therefore evidence that the Flynns were QAnon followers, the Court cannot weigh evidence in deciding a motion to dismiss,” Woods wrote. “Instead, the Court’s task is to assess the legal feasibility of the complaint.”

Additionally, Woods said it wasn’t clear that the tweets established to a certainty that the Flynns were supporters of QAnon.

“The Flynns’ tweets do not conclusively contradict their factual allegations,” the judge wrote.


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Judge allows Michael Flynn relatives to proceed with suit against CNN

November 17, 2021

After two weeks, QAnon supporters linger in Dallas awaiting JFK Jr.’s return

Earlier this month, hundreds of supporters of the QAnon conspiracies arrived in Dallas, Texas, at the sight of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination. They gathered anticipating the return of the late John F. Kennedy Jr., who they believe faked his death with his wife and sister-in-law in a 1999 plane crash.

Two weeks later, hundreds of QAnon supporters are still milling about near the grassy knoll in Dallas, awaiting the arrival of a man who’s been dead for 22 years. The group believes that JFK Jr. faked his death to avoid being assassinated by an evil cabal of Satanic Democratic/Hollywood pedophiles.

According to Vice, supporters arrived at the Dealey Plaza on Nov. 1 at the behest of conspiracy theorist Michael Brian Protzman, better known as Negative48. Protzman has roughly 100,000 followers on the platform Telegram.

However, not everyone within the QAnon community agrees with Protzman’s predictions. One QAnon influencer, QAnon John, said that Protzman made their “entire movement look unbelievably dumb.”

Tom McKay of Gizmodo explained what happened when JFK Jr. failed to resurface on Nov. 1.

“When JFK Jr. failed to return from the grave for the Nov. 1 rally, Protzman led the crowd to a Rolling Stones concert in Dallas, where he claimed that various band members had been replaced by Michael Jackson, JFK Jr., and Prince in disguise, with one backup singer actually being the late R&B singer Aaliyah,” McKay wrote.

According to the outlet, some of Protzman’s Telegram followers are considering “founding a permanent compound in or near Dallas to await JFK Jr.’s return.”

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Two Weeks Later, QAnon Supporters Are Still Awaiting JFK Jr.’s Return at the Grassy Knoll

November 4, 2021

Hundreds of QAnon supporters gather in Dallas, anticipating the return of JFK Jr.

Hundreds of QAnon supporters gathered in Dallas in expectation of the return of John F. Kennedy Jr., who they believe would help reinstate former President Donald Trump.

According to Newsweek, a post from a prominent QAnon account claimed that after Trump is reinstated as president, he will step down so Kennedy Jr. can be president. The post also claimed former national security advisor Michael Flynn would become JFK Jr.’s vice president, in turn making Trump the “King of Kings.”

“Frankly, I’m kind of shocked at how many people turned out for this,” Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab resident fellow Jared Holt told The Dallas Morning News. “This wasn’t a widespread belief, even among QAnon followers.”

The first wave of supporters arrived in downtown Dallas on Monday night as another wave gathered the following day near Dealey Plaza, the site of former President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

JFK Jr. died in 1999, along with his wife and sister-in-law in a plane crash.

The late figure has been popular in the QAnon conspiracy community for years. According to Forbes, in 2019, some believed he would return on July 4 as Trump’s vice president.

One QAnon supporter told the Morning News she believes that both JFK Jr. and his father are still alive and the former president will help kick off the Trump-JFK Jr. administration.

“We’ll figure that something happened in the plan that made it not safe to do it,” Micki Larson-Olson said. “If it doesn’t go down how I believe it will, that’s OK. We’ll figure it just wasn’t the right time.”

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QAnon Supporters Gather in Downtown Dallas Expecting JFK Jr. to Reappear

September 4, 2021

Capitol riot defendant sent back to jail for using internet

A participant in the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot had to go back to jail after using the internet to engage with conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ordered Doug Jensen to return to jail. Kelly said Jensen had been released on July 13 contingent on strict conditions that included a moratorium on internet access and cellphone use.

A few days earlier, a federal officer found Jensen in his garage using the Rumble app, a video-sharing platform popular with conservatives, on an iPhone.

The judge noted that he had released Jensen after the 42-year-old claimed that he had an epiphany and realized the QAnon conspiracy theory was a “pack of lies.”

“It’s now clear that he has not experienced a transformation and that he continues to seek out those conspiracy theories that led to his dangerous conduct on Jan. 6,” Kelly said. “I don’t see any reason to believe that he has had the wake-up call that he needs.”

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Jan. 6 riot defendant returned to jail for using internet

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