Five conspiracy theories infecting anti-foreclosure groups – Byline Times
The Signature Intelligence Team and The citizens reveal how anti-containment groups can be easy prey for pseudo-scientific theories on the coronavirus and the impact of vaccines
A crowd of anti-vaccines demonstrators went down to ITN headquarters and Channel News 4 and journalists harassed this week. The veteran reporter Jon Snow was verbally assaulted while the police escorted him to the ITN building, with protesters calling him a “fucking rat” and “pedophile”.
Billed as a “anti-health passportâRally, protesters targeted the media – whom they see as complicit in a network of deceptions surrounding government policy on the coronavirus vaccine.
The manifestation occurs less than three weeks after anti-vaxxers drew derision after storming the “bad BBC building”.
But while much attention has been paid to the increasingly violent actions of a small number of anti-vaxx and anti-containment protesters, less attention has been paid to the growing number of organized and legitimate anti-containment groups. , aimed at gaining influence over what they see as a one-sided media and political environment in the face of the coronavirus in the UK.
TThe Health and Recovery Advisory Team (HART) is an anti-containment organization which promotes itself as “a group of highly qualified UK doctors, scientists, economists, psychologists and other academic experts” who have come together “on concerns communities regarding policy and guidance recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. âMany in the group are primarily concerned about the mental health impacts of lockdowns on children and the government’s mismanagement of the pandemic .
However, research by The Signature Intelligence Team (BITE) and The citizens, using the leaked chat logs got through Logically, suggest that it was used as a channel for disinformation.
A spokesperson for HART said Logically that in their leaked panel discussions, “HART members believed they were confidently debating their far-reaching perspectives and assumptions about the science advice informing government pandemic policies, as well as strategy. by HART. â
But whether they are involuntary, speculative or hesitant, Signature intelligence unit uncovered five well-known and debunked conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19, which have been endorsed or cited by members of HART.
Vaccines are biological weapons
Tthere has been a growing trend in online disinformation groups to present the idea that coronavirus vaccines are “biological weapons” designed to harm recipients or to spread “super strains” that kill the unvaccinated.
Tweets reveal that Dr Liz Evans, former Generalist Registrar and distinguished member of HART, shared a video in which “Five Doctors Agree COVID-19 Injections Are Biological Weapons,” telling other members of the group “to ignore the dramatic title – there was a lot of thoughtful and intelligent discussion and science in the video.”
The video in question involves a discussion between five doctors who “believe that these injections are NOT vaccines, but biological weapons designed to kill human beings.”
Viewers are urged to “share this video with as many people as possible” so that they can “be made aware of the harmful effects of these injections which are being censored in corporate media and Big Tech social networks.”
One of the “five doctors” is Carrie Madej, osteopath famous for disseminate disinformation via social networks. Madej has previously claimed that vaccines will change our DNA and âconnect us all to an artificial intelligence interfaceâ.
This theory, which suggests the complicity between politicians, scientists, doctors and policymakers to harm large swathes of the population, intersects with many other popular conspiracies taking hold in online communities. This has led to the idea that healthcare professionals around the world will be faced with a ‘Nuremberg 2.0’ for their complicity in a “global genocide”.
This idea was also circled in the HART Discussion Logs. Members urged others to “stop the genocide,” and warned doctors and nurses that “I was just following orders” was not a defense during the Nuremberg trials.
5G causes the coronavirus
A popular conspiracy theory surrounding the virus is that 5G – the next generation of technology for mobile networks – either causes COVID-19 via wireless frequencies or these signals “alter the human immune system.”
Although the theory has been demystified by major healthcare organizations, it remains popular in some online communities and may have led to arson on telecommunications masts in the UK and Europe in 2020.
Tweets of publicly recognized HART members share the work of Tomas Cowan, a San Francisco physician who gave up his medical license after promoting a range of coronavirus-related misinformation. Cowan regularly pushes the idea that 5G could be the cause of the virus.
Other HART members also discussed the “negative impact of 5G on health.” One member casually launched the idea that transmission of Covid could be reduced to “5G after all …”
THis conception that vaccines “made you magnetic” went viral on social media sites like TikTok and Instagram earlier this year. Organized under the tag #magnetchallenge, fashion involves of individuals sticking magnets to their arms immediately after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine – spreading the theory that it contains a microchip.
Although the theory has been widely cited as false – even by those who posted viral #magnetchallenge videos – the belief that COVID-19 vaccines can cause magnetism remains.
Leaks from HART chat logs reveal such interest in this particular plot that a separate channel has been created to discuss the theories. Although there is no mention of the microchip, panel members suggest that the cause of the magnetism is the inclusion of graphene oxide in vaccine doses, despite a lack of evidence.
Vaccines cause miscarriages
The exhibits daily, a UK blog, published a headline in May this year suggesting there had been a 2,000% increase in miscarriages in the UK following the vaccine rollout. The theory was widely shared, despite the fact that there is no proof suggest that the vaccine had a negative impact on prenatal health or the rate of miscarriages.
However, HART members have regularly posted links to articles and videos highlighting “anecdotal reports of menstrual irregularities / miscarriages” while questioning the validity of academic studies that contradict this theory.
The billionaire founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is often closely linked to a wide variety of conspiracy theories and the vaccine was no exception. His position as the “face of public health” due to his philanthropic work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has led to a myriad of conspiracy theories suggesting that Gates may have had a harmful implication to conceive of the virus and to benefit from its spread.
Although such conspiracies have no basis in fact and have been largely demystified, Bill Gates’ name appears more than 30 times in HART discussion logs as part of theories highlighting the “psychopathic plans” of “our overlord” which range from profit to involvement with the Communist Party of China (CCP ).
WWhile it has been easy to dismiss the anti-vaxx street protests as a disorganized mob of confused conspiracy theorists, members of more thoughtful groups like HART, risk legitimizing wild theories and allowing them to reach an audience. much wider.
The leaked chat logs also reveal a concerted effort by HART members to reach out to MPs and reporters to bring their agenda to a wider audience and access the political landscape.
In doing so, HART generally avoids drawing attention to the conspiracy theories that populate its online forums. One member specifically advised to “remove terms like genocide and Gates stuff” when HART sought to contact the University of Edinburgh, fearing it would raise concerns “about reputational risk.”
This article was produced by the Signature Intelligence Team – a collaborative survey project formed by Signing time. If you want to know more about the Intelligence team and how to finance his work, click on the button below.
OUR JOURNALISM COUNTS ON YOU
Signing time is funded by its subscribers. Receive our monthly print edition and help support fearless, independent journalism.
Thank you for reading this article
New to Signing time? Please find more information about us here
SUBSCRIBE TO THE PRINT EDITION
A new kind of newspaper – independent, fearless, outside the system. Fund better media.
Don’t miss a story …
Our main investigations include Brexit, the Empire and the Culture Wars, Russian meddling, the coronavirus, cronyism and far-right radicalization. We’re also introducing new color voices in Our Lives Matter.