Disinfo: The US is on the verge of a civil war, and militias are only a reaction against government abuse

Summary

The US is on the verge of a civil war, as shown by the case of 13 members of a militia called Wolverine Watchmen, who are accused of conspiring to kidnap the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. Top democrats, including Whitmer and Joe Biden, tried to blame Trump for it, but the events in Michigan were not an expression of crazed white supremacy, but a matter of abuse of power by the government and the feeling of frustration among a population segment who thinks that there is little, if anything, that they can do about it.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative about the United States consistent with a narrative on the imminent collapse of the Western society.

Contrary to the claim, the Wolverine Watchmen is an extremist group who aspired to cause a civil war in the US through violent action that involved kidnapping or even killing top US officials, not a reaction against alleged governmental abuses.

See other examples of disinformation on US politics in our database, such as claims that Donald Trump faced several coup attempts, that Joe Biden refused to condemn street violence out of fear of losing electoral weight, that the CIA is organising a colour revolution in its own country, or that the result of the US election doesn’t matter because the real ruler is the Deep State.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Civil war, Donald Trump, Joe Biden

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Clashes in Nagorno Karabakh are part of an Anaconda Ring plan against Russia

The events in Nagorno Karabakh are not only a confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia, but a war unleashed against Russia. The bloody massacre in Transcaucasia is part of a unified plan to surround Russia with a burning arc of conflicts in all post-Soviet space. The “Anaconda Ring” is narrowing around Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory framing Russia as the ultimate target of international events, based in a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia being encircled through a so-called “Anaconda plan. There is no evidence that 2020 military confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan was aimed against Russia.

See other examples in our database, such as claims the escalation in the Caucasus is directed against Russia, because someone wants to divert Moscow’s attention from Belarus and Syria; that the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is a cover up operation, as was the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; that Ukraine is sending weapons and nationalist fighters to this war theatre; that the US embassy in Armenia is a mini-Pentagon escalating tension in the region and the Middle East; or that the US is encircling Russia with biological labs for a future attack and is ready to carry out a false flag operation in Alaska to blame Russia.

Italy and other states have deliberately used the COVID-19 pandemic to establish sanitary dictatorships

Italy and other states  have deliberately used the COVID-19 pandemic to establish sanitary dictatorships and subjugate the population by spreading fear and terror. The virus of fear spread by governments is the most dangerous virus. The virus of fear has transformed people into slaves of  sanitary dictatorships who voluntarily give up their civil rights.  This system of terror is used to keep de-legitimised  regimes in power that have lost popular support.

In Italy, the sanitary dictatorship imprisoned the population for three months. Hidden persuasion techniques were used by the government to make terrorised citizens accept measures which were crazy and destructive of civil liberties.

In contrast to the Italian government, the political communication strategy adopted by President Putin and President Trump aimed at containing the spread of fear. Putin and Trump also supported workers hit hard by the economic crisis, while in Italy the state abandoned needy workers and even imposed the payment of taxes on them. President Putin, moreover, has restored spiritual values in Russia, thus effectively protecting the population from the virus of fear.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is given to support the article’s claims that the Italian or other Western governments have deliberately spread fear about COVID-19 in order to establish dictatorships.

This is an example of the recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Western governments have exploited the coronavirus pandemic, and have spread exaggerated fears about it, in order to abolish liberal democracies and establish dictatorships, while Russia has adopted a rational and balanced approach to handling the pandemic, aimed at preventing the spread of fear among the population.

Poland, Lithuania and Western countries directly involved in the organisation of a coup in Belarus

The Czech Foreign Ministry calls its ambassador back from Minsk for consultations after Western countries supported an attempted coup in Belarus.

The diplomat will leave Minsk in about a week. Therefore, the Czech Republic wants to express its solidarity with Poland and Lithuania. These countries were directly involved in the organisation of the Belarusian coup, so Minsk demanded that they recall their ambassadors and reduce their diplomatic presence in the Republic of Belarus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Belarusian protests.

Belarusian authorities recently demanded that Lithuania and Poland reduce their diplomatic staff in Belarus. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania held intensive consultations with other Foreign Ministries of the European Union on this demand and agreed, together with Poland, that a temporary leave of the Polish and Lithuanian ambassadors for consultations would help to reduce tensions and to maintain diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level. According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, there has been no agreement on the non-reduction of staff. However, if Belarus continues to insist, adequate “mirror” measures will be taken in response. In solidarity with their Polish and Lithuanian colleagues, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Bulgaria decided at 8th October 2020 to temporarily recall their ambassadors from Belarus.

There is no evidence that Poland, Lithuania or any other Western governments are at all involved in the protests in Belarus. Protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020 the European Council called the Belarusian elections neither free nor fair. Mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actorsopposition politicians and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement.