The destruction of Atlanta, Georgia in 1864 signaled the beginning of the end of the first American Civil War, but the nation’s second such conflict may very well begin there.
The combat this time around won’t occur on the bucolic battlefields of the south, nor will it feature the then-unprecedented bloodshed of the War Between the States. Instead, a group of Digital Soldiers are looking to launch their 2020-minded campaign on the world wide web, believing that the fight for free speech online is one of mighty importance in this day and age.
These concerns were only exacerbated by the enormous leak of internal Google company documents this week, that demonstrate the massive online corporation’s attempts to subvert American democracy through algorithmic oppression.
The Digital Soldiers Conference is set to kick off in Atlanta on September 14th of this year, and promises to be a gathering of conservative thinkers who have felt first-hand the effects of an unchecked censorship initiative being undertaken by Big Tech and the mainstream media. The gathering, featuring the likes of General Michael Flynn, George Papadopolous, and others aims to amass an online infantry in order to restore the First Amendment online.
The concept has terrified the mainstream media, who have spent this week lashing out against the conference with redundant and repetitive liberal talking points.
Two former Trump aides — both of whom have been convicted of crimes — will speak at a right-wing conference organized by a QAnon conspiracy theorist to raise money for mounting legal bills stemming from the Mueller probe.
Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, and George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, are scheduled to speak at the “Digital Soldiers Conference” in Atlanta in September, Mother Jones reported. Both men pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
The title of that particular article even went so far as to lambast the event’s promotor, Yippy Inc. CEO Rich Granville, as a “Qanon Loon”, despite Granville’s repeated statements pointing out that there are no Qanon references anywhere within the conference’s itinerary.
Business Insider took a similar leap in logic.
President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos are to appear at a conference set to be attended by significant numbers of supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory.
In a website for the event, the pair — who were both indicted as part of the Mueller probe into Russian interference — are listed as speakers at the “Digital Soldiers” conference in Atlanta on September 14, offering training to prepare the upcoming “digital civil war.”
Mother Jones was one of the first mainstream sources to even acknowledge the all-important gathering, also tying the event to the Qanon phenomena.
Other featured speakers include Bill Mitchell, an online broadcaster and conspiracy theorist; singer and Trump backer Joy Villa; and a “mystery guest.” The event is being organized by Rich Granville, the CEO of Yippy, Inc, who has a Twitter feed littered with references to QAnon, a conspiracy theory centered around the notion that Trump is secretly taking down an international ring of pedophiles that includes high-ranking Democrats. QAnon supporters believe that an anonymous person known as Q is dropping online clues about this supposed clandestine operation. The web page for Granville’s conference prominently features an American flag festooned with a Q.
The flag logo in question features a likeness to the now-controversial Betsy Ross flag, with three extra stars added to denote General Flynn’s military rank – a distinction made repeatedly by Granville and largely ignored by the mainstream media.
Atlanta, host city of the seminal event, adopted a new city seal after being destroyed by Sherman during the waning days of the Civil War – complete with a phoenix rising from the ashes and adorned with the latin phrase “resurgens”. How appropriate that the reemergence of conservatism in America promised by the Digital Soldiers Conference would take place in a city known for such perseverance.
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