Q – Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Panic
The deep state has tried in many ways to silence Q and limit the growth of the movement. More than 2,000 mainstream articles have been written to date about Q. Not one has had anything positive to say. Despite (or perhaps because of) the media’s hatred of Q, the movement has grown exponentially.
One tactic employed by Q’s enemies was de-platforming. The media applied pressure in the form of shaming to the companies that provided services to 8chan. That resulted in them losing their technical services and the website went offline That maneuver silenced Q for three months, but 8chan’s owner, Jim Watkins was able to create a new website, 8kun, which Q has been posting on ever since. Having failed in previous attempts, the deep state appears to be deploying a different tactic—imitation.
Because Q’s identity is unknown, it’s possible for others to imitate him. Although technically, Q posts anonymously, we know that certain posts are from him (or her) because of their tripcode. A tripcode is a hashed password used on internet message boards like 8kun. They give a user a unique identification code while allowing them to remain anonymous. When someone uses a tripcode, it appears on all their posts. Q’s unique tripcode has been carefully tracked ever since he began posting.
In 2017 and 2018, attacks and infiltration forced Q to move from one message board to another. In December of 2017, Q moved to the 8chan board /cbts/. Three weeks after he began posting there, the board owner lied about the validity of Q’s tripcode and claimed it had been compromised.
Q replied, confirming that his tripcode had not been compromised. He said it was the board that had been compromised and he told anons there would be no more posts from him on that board. Q then moved to the 8chan board /thestorm/.
One of the more well-known early Q decoders was Jerome Corsi. He drew the attention of anons after sharing his thoughts about a photo posted by Q. In November of 2017, President Trump flew to Asia. During that trip, on November 9th, Q posted the photo below. An internet search for the photo returned no results. Apparently, it was an original. Corsi insisted that it had been taken on Air Force One and it was evidence that Q must be close to the President.
A few months later, Corsi would claim that Q had been compromised. On April 29, 2018, Q warned anons to be careful who they followed. Some people were trying to profit off the movement.
Many people took this as a prohibition against receiving financial support. Jerome Corsi did, and he accused Q of being a communist. He later claimed that although the original Q was legitimate, the person currently posting as Q was not the same person. Two weeks later, Q explained the real purpose of this post.
Because the movement was growing rapidly, Q needed to expose a deceptive scheme so that new followers would not be misled. One part of Corsi’s plan was to intentionally provide false decodes. Unbeknownst to us, he was secretly collaborating with Alex Jones and InfoWars. Their goal was to discredit Q and bring his followers over to their platform. To refute Corsi’s claim and prove he was the same person who posted at the beginning of the operation, Q posted a photo nearly identical to the one posted on November 9th.
Q had anticipated that at some point, someone would claim that he was not the same person who posted at the beginning of the operation. He prepared a collection of original photos of the same scene that had been taken a few seconds apart. He could post another original photo at any time, to verify that he was the same person who began the operation.
On July 21, 2020, Twitter announced it had suspended thousands of Q-related accounts and that they planned to take punitive action against other accounts. That same day, former CIA employee Kevin Shipp claimed on Twitter that while Q had begun as a legitimate intelligence insider, the operation had since been compromised. In another tweet, he claimed that “real” intelligence insiders would soon be dropping “real” intelligence on the chans. These tweets have since been deleted, but currently, Shipp has a thread posted that explains his concerns about Q.
Note that Shipp doesn’t claim to be a Q expert. The claim that Q has been compromised is based on second-hand information from an anonymous source. In another tweet, he said he was concerned because Q is anonymous, and “Secret identity is rarely a good thing when presenting important information.”
Shipp said we should be suspicious of Q because he presents important information while remaining anonymous. At the same time, Shipp made an important claim of his own (that Q had been compromised), and we should accept his claim based on information from an anonymous source. (You can view Shipp’s Twitter thread below.)
I am a former counterintelligence investigator and handled serious espionage cases in the CIA. I have seen some complex PsyOps, which harmed good people. So, I am naturally cautious about Q. Secret identity is rarely a good thing when presenting important information. pic.twitter.com/pHQ1DrVScy
— Kevin Shipp (@Kevin_Shipp) July 29, 2020
Shipp’s tactic is no different than that of Jerome Corsi. Corsi endeared himself to anons by providing commentary on Q’s posts. Shipp endeared himself to the community by appearing in the film Out of Shadows. In that film, he discussed CIA programs like MKUltra and Operation Mockingbird. He didn’t reveal anything that wasn’t already in the public domain, but that wasn’t his objective. He needed to make a public appearance where he seemed to be on the side of patriots and truthers. He needed us to trust him. That way, when he attacked Q, we would perceive his actions as being motivated by a love for the truth.
Shipp’s error is the same one made by many political commentators. We are all entitled to our opinions about Q, but not all opinions are equal. Shipp hasn’t read Q’s posts. His opinion is uninformed and his intelligence background is irrelevant. If you’ve read the posts yourself, you have a better understanding of Q’s operation than someone who hasn’t.
My present concern is about the comment he made in his deleted tweet regarding “real intelligence insiders” dropping “real” intelligence on the chans. Shipp has essentially warned us that infiltraitors are coming. Their goal is to fool us with fake intelligence drops. At the same time, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube seem intent on removing long-time Q decoders from their platforms. If experienced Q analysts are removed, how will new followers know which posts are from Q? The timing of Shipp’s announcement and the social media purge of Q accounts almost seems to be coordinated.
Now more than ever, it’s important to know how to determine which posts are from Q and which are not. Q has never posted on any social media platform and he never will. He does not communicate with anyone privately. If someone claims to have a source that is in contact with Q, you can regard their claim as false.
Messages from Q are only posted on 8kun under the tripcode Q !!Hs1Jq13jV6. If someone claims that a new post is from Q, and this tripcode is not visible on it, consider it to be fake. (Q has used other tripcodes in the past. You can find them on sites like qanon.pub where the posts are displayed.)
Whenever Q changes his tripcode, he warns anons ahead of time and verifies the change on the board. (Note in the image below, there is one tripcode prior to the change (Q !CbboFOtcZs) and a different one after (Q !A6yxsPKia).
It’s easy to photoshop a real Q tripcode onto a fake post. If you cannot find a particular post by searching for it on a website where Q posts are displayed, consider it to be fake.
I would expect that if a new threat is about to emerge, Q has already anticipated it, and has countermeasures in place. If the deep state is, in fact, about to unleash a pack of phony intelligence insiders, we might consider it a sign of how much damage Q is doing to their operations. Imitation is the sincerest form of panic.
Thank you for your efforts to inform and protect
Great post and thanks for taking the time to educate and protect the woke.
Excellent points and good tips to know some places where it CAN’T be Q.
They grow more desperate, blatant, and irrational by the day.
Need more firings.
Need to not be distracted from the upcoming election as the smoke and mirrors are meant as further cover for what should never be.
Peace and blessings to you fren.
Thanks for the heads up and also the tips to verify!!! Appreciate the info and the insight!
I wondered if you had seen his 180. Thanks for the info. Sharing it.
As always, I appreciate your thoughtful, measured commentary. Thank you.
The devilry of imitating Q w/ a plethora of new “insiders” is both insidious and predictable. The devil creates nothing new, but twists and perverts the good already created by God.
Just clicked the link to qmap.pub. What happened to the grey interface with the menu bar down the left? It now looks like a message board. Does anybody else see what I’m seeing?
I see the menu bar of which you speak. Try refreshing?
Looks same as always to me now. 12:35 am sun night/ mon am.
Thank you. My journey started Feb 2019. An article in a Norwegian non-msm paper mentioned Q. I found your site, which Sid Roth gave credit. I have been a member of the movement since. Only God has ways like this; fight for freedom, justice and truth.
@Gary: the left narrow vertical strip with icons is still present on qmap.pub.
@Dave: you have a typo. [Corsi insisted that it wad been…]
Thanks. Fixed it.
No, it’s still “wad.” Try again, Dave! 🙂 Please keep the eastern seaboard in your prayers, everyone. We need the rain, but we don’t need the wind. Love to you all.
I thought you were referring to a different typo regarding Corsi. Both have been fixed. Thanks!
Not yet correct. Instead of changing “wad been” to “had been” it now says “was been”
Why… whatever do you mean?
As always, thank you for the time you spend in clearly explicating complex material.
Alex Jones & Zack tried to – become another (equal to) Q. Regardless, I will forever be grateful for Alex Jones – I learned a lot, years ago, from him and his team.
I feel the same about Beck….when he had his 5 pm show on FOX, it was an eye-opening education….one might say an awakening g.
This is a good heads up. And a logical conclusion regarding cornered rats!
Thanks, Dave! I knew Shipp was full of it & quit following as soon as he posted those tweets. I only followed him bcuz of Out Of Shadows.
When the enemy comes in like a flood, the LORD lifts up a standard! Thanks, PM for being that standard!!
Great post, I read Kevins posts as well. This makes sense
Strangely Kevin suddenly flipped and without providing evidence, joined the ranks of those that divide or seek to divide the patriots. It does smell strong of a psy-op and setup and if discernment means anything, his spirit is different. I wonder if Kevin Shipp has been replaced?
Thank You Dave for informing the patriots, both old & new! ?
Is there any formal debunking of the ridiculous claims by STEINBART that I could point curious patriots to? I’m tired of explaining and dealing with people that are being fooled into taking him seriously.
Thank you very much for this, PM. I only came across Corsi recently, and although what he said was initially attractive, there was something ‘off’ about his incessant self-promotion. Also, his guesting on shows like RDS whose bizarre behaviour is disturbing. You filled in the background perfectly.
I guess filling the Net with distorted phony messaging is the flip side of the smearing by association we have seen, Q violent alleged-followers.
I am disappointed by the compromising of Out of Shadows, which I thought at the time was a good piece. I guess that the only way to find reliability now is (a) going to the original message boards and the distribution sites like qmap, and (b) trying to stay in touch with precisely those people like yourself who are *actually* being deplatformed, as opposed to just *claiming* to have been. Everything else should be treated with deep suspicion. What I like about your work is that you never go beyond the original posts, you simply contextualise and clarify them. You don’t speculate, you don’t predict the future, you are not a false prophet. Thanks for all that.
Thanks Dave: Yes there is panic if they bother to mimic Q post. All this does is validate Q more than ever.
Thank you Dave. Your timing is awesome as always. They must be really scared to put this much effort into discrediting what they insist doesn’t exist.
I’ve always liked to “learn something new every day,” and while I’ve been “lurking” (and writing about) Q and his posts for a couple of years, this explanation re tripcodes (plus Corsi/Shipp et al) is an absolute gift. Understanding tripcodes, and Q’s in particular, now means I can separate the wheat from the chaff. Many thanks…and for your book too:-) Michael Knight.
God Boess you for all of your work Dave? I bought and read your calm before the storm and it was excellent ! I’m am anxiously waiting for your next book to come out. I was very concerned about Shipps posts about Q. I’ve read his CIA background and what they put his family through. My gut instinct told me he was spreading Misinformation. Thanks for the clarification that confirms that. I have not trusted his info since he was confronting Dave Janda and his reporting on the parralel platform and The Hammer.
I hope patriots heed your warning and do as Q suggests… be careful who you follow
I listen to your supernatural healing videos and have some of your other books in my library. They are all excellent! Sitting here this morning reading your Hearing Gods voice made simple and am Thankful God has put you and your work in my path! God bless you and Denise ?❤️
Very helpful. Thank you, PM. ???
THANKS from all us “older folks” not savvy! WI
Dave, I’ve been an avid fan yours an Q’s almost from the beginning. I’m concerned about your move to a different platform, where I may be lost because of the technology. And now, fear over infiltration from enemy forces. What’s a Grandmother to do?
Yeah, I suspected this, Dave. I also noticed that Awakening Greatly was also sucked into the Q Imitators through that shill Steinlarp. It was very disappointing as I very much enjoyed their first video that Q had linked us to originally. Shame they decided to fall victim to that disinfo. Not sure if you mentioned that in any of your other posts, but I thought I would mention it here. Shalom!
The truly disappointing thing about Shipp is that he pretended to be a believer trusting in the Lord Jesus. This passage from Revelation 2:8-10 comes to mind when I read Shipp’s effort to lead people astray:
Revelation 2:8–10 (LEB): And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
8 “This is what the first and the last says, who was dead and came to life: 9 ‘I know your affliction and poverty (but you are rich), and the slander of those ⌊who call themselves Jews⌋ and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and you will experience affliction ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Thanks SO much for this thorough explanation! It is SO clear to me that Shipp doesn’t KNOW enough about Q & Qanons to make ANY substantial claims about the Q movement. I am still in disbelief that he would be so “sloppy” in his campaign to paint this movement in a negative light! His analysis is offensive to me! He has NO SUBSTANTIAL facts or evidence to back up any of his claims! It has disappointed me greatly as I’ve been a follower of Shipp for quite some time. Now, I know I cannot TRUST him!
Thank you, Dave. Great points and info to watch out for.
Where’s the videos or even just an audio
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Keep up the GOoD work Dave! Praying for you, your wife, Q team, POTUS etc!
Dave, As always I learn and enjoy your insights. Keep up the good work bringing glory to our Lord!
Thanks Dave. Admire your grasp of the whole thing.
Thanks, Dave, for your clear explanation. I’m a newbie and you’ve been my main decoder of Q posts since I started, so I really appreciate your calm and objective interpretation. There are a LOT of crazies out here!
Thank you so much Dave for keeping us informed. God Bless you & keep you safe.
Trust and appreciate your instructional and informed analysis. WWG1WGANN
Thank you for your dependable information and instructional analysis. WWG1WGA
I have heard Kevin Shipp talk about the Q movement on several different sites and have been suspicious, from the first time I heard him, of his honesty about what he really thought of Q and Q followers. He almost had me fooled for a while. The latest I heard him, was when Greg Hunter interviewed him recently. I think he fooled Greg as well. Wow! It appears that he is nothing but a deceiver and a sleeper and has exposed himself to be a fraud. I also bought Jerome Corsi’s book about the “Deep State” several years ago, and thought he was honest and could be trusted. Q is right when he says to be careful who you follow.
Just a personal observation… The peace of the Lord comes through your post…Thank you!
Continue your great work. It’s even better that you are a righteous man of God.
PM, you are right about MOST of the MSM negative coverage of Q; however, I would like to point out that on The American Thinker website, six articles have appeared under the pseudonym Deborah Franklin. The author does not use his/her real name out of fear of retribution from the MSM. Whoever the author is, The American Thinker gave him/her a platform and I can recommend her articles here:
I’ve read them all. (I do not consider American Thinker to be a mainstream outlet.)
Thank you for everything you do,Dave, to help us to understand Q. We want our lives back! The only hope! WWG1WGA!
Thank you for your insight and clear explanations. Your book, Calm Before The Storm, opened my eyes. I had read several Q-related books but they didn’t really “speak to me”. Thanks to you, my wife and I are now Qanon Patriots. I am in the process of reading all your books and look forward to your Q updates.
Thank you and God bless you!