QAnon is alleged to be a secret group of patriotic, pro-Trump “white hats” in powerful positions in the government that have coalesced to defeat the communist conspiracy manifested by BLM, Antifa, the radical leftwing of the Democratic Party, and the swamp creatures of the deep state. QAnon called on all patriots to sit back and rely on the plan of QAnon. “Trust the plan. Enjoy the show. Nothing can stop what is coming.” As explained by Adrienne Lafrance of the Atlantic Monthly:
A promise of foreknowledge is part of Q’s appeal, as is the feeling of being part of a secret community, which is reinforced through the use of acronyms and ritual phrases such as “Nothing can stop what is coming” and “Trust the plan.”
QAnon seems to have all the hallmarks of a communist psychological operation. Indeed, Anatoliy Golitsyn, in his book New Lies for Old, explained how a program, very similar to QAnon, known as the “Trust” operation, was used by the communists to neutralize opposition to the communist regime during its most vulnerable nascent period. Golitsyn knows of what he speaks. He served undercover as a member of the apparat of the Soviet High Commission. In that capacity, he targeted Russian emigres. He was later promoted to be a deputy secretary of the party organization in the KGB residency in Vienna. He became disillusioned with the soviet communist state and defected to the West. After his defection, he wrote his book, New Lies for Old, which reveals the methods and plans of the communist international.
Chris Menahan, from Information Liberation, reported on the parallels between QAnaon and the communist “Trust” operation. While I agree with his analysis of QAnon vis-a-vis the “Trust” operation, I am not convinced about his opinion regarding the culprits. There is just too much speculation without sufficient evidence to be definitive about some of them. Particularly vexing is Menahan’s identification of Michael Flynn as being an operative. I am not sure he is wrong, but neither am I convinced that he is correct. With all the shenanigans the deep-state pulled to get rid of Flynn, I have a hard time believing he is one of them. While Flynn has said some things that are troubling, we must always be mindful that there is a big difference between an unwitting person who is duped and someone who is a willing operative.
It is no accident that the motto of QAnon is “Trust the Plan.” That is the very purpose of QAnon; to get people to forgo any efforts on their own, but to instead, trust others who are working according to a secret plan behind the scenes. In like manner, the Bolsheviks who took power in Soviet Russia instituted a “Trust” operation to convince anti-communists to forgo efforts to undermine the newly installed communist regime in Russia. Golitsyn explained how the “Trust” operation worked:
The Soviet security service was reorganized, renamed the OGPU, and given new political tasks. It was directed to mount disinformation and political operations. False opposition movements were set up and controlled secretly by the OGPU. They were designed to attract to their ranks genuine opponents of the regime inside and outside the country. These innocent persons could then be used by the regime in various ways. They could act as channels for disinformation; they could be blackmailed and recruited as agents; they could be arrested and given public trials. A characteristic, but not unique, example of this technique is provided by the so-called “Trust” operation.
In 1921, as the NEP was being launched, the OGPU created inside Soviet Russia a false anti-Soviet organization, the Monarchist Alliance of Central Russia. It had once been a genuine organization, founded by Czarist generals in Moscow and Leningrad but liquidated by the Soviet security service in 1919-20. Former members of this organization, among them Czarist generals and members of the old aristocracy who had come over to the Soviet side, nominally led the movement. Their new loyalty to the Soviet regime was not in doubt, for they had betrayed their former friends in the anticommunist underground. They were the Czarist generals Brusilov and Zaynchkovskiy; the Czarist military attache in Yugoslavia, General Potapov; and the Czarist transport official Yakushev. The most active agent in the Trust was a former intelligence officer of the General Staff in Czarist Russia whose many names included Opperput.
Agents of the Trust traveled abroad and established confidential contact with genuine anticommunist emigre leaders in order (ostensibly) to coordinate activity against the Soviet regime. Among the important emigres they met were Boris Savinkov and Generals
Wrangel and Kutepov.
These [Trust] agents confided in their contacts that the anti-Soviet monarchist movement that they represented was now well established in Soviet Russia, had penetrated into the higher levels of the army, the security service, and even the government, and would in time take power and restore the monarchy. They convinced the emigre leaders that the regime had undergone a radical change. Communism had completely failed; ideology was dead; the present leaders had nothing in common with the fanatical revolutionaries of the past. They were nationalists at heart, and their regime was evolving into a moderate, national regime and might soon collapse. The NEP should be seen as the first important concession on the road to restoring capitalism in Russia. Soon political concessions would follow. Because of this, said the Trust agents, any intervention or gesture of hostility from the European powers or the emigre movements would be ill-advised, if not tragic, since it would only unite the Russian people around their government and so extend its survival. The European governments and the emigre leaders should put a stop to anti-Soviet terrorist activities and change their attitude from hostility toward the Soviet regime to one of passive acceptance. They should grant diplomatic recognition and increase trade. In this way they would have a better opportunity to contribute to the evolutionary process. The emigre leaders should return to Russia to make their contribution.
Naturally there were doubters among the emigres, but the prestige of the leaders of the organization (particularly, of General Brusilov) convinced the majority. They accepted at face value the Trust’s disinformation and passed it on to their influential friends in the European intelligence services. By the time it had been circulated to governments as “secret” intelligence it sounded most impressive, and when as time went on the same story was confirmed by source after source, it became “secret and reliable.” The intelligence services of Europe were committed and it was unthinkable that they could all be wrong.
Golytsin, New Lies for Old, at 13-14.
The bottom line is that the QAnnon “Trust the Plan” strategy has all the markings of a communist “Trust” operation. Indeed, we can judge the tree by its fruit. The alleged secret plan that promised the arrest and prosecution of traitors in the deep state accompanied by the reelection of Donald Trump has not come to fruition. When one mistakenly puts his confidence in someone who then double-crosses him is said to be “conned.” All those who trusted the plan have been conned.
QAnon is not new, it is simply an application of the communist “Trust” operation. It applies one of Vladmir Lenin’s principal strategies in dealing with resistance to the communist takeover of Russia: “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9.