Feds probing whether Nashville bomber believed in lizard people conspiracy


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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  4 weeks ago  •  9 comments

By:   Tom Winter, Michael Kosnar and Wilson Wong

Feds probing whether Nashville bomber believed in lizard people conspiracy
Investigators are aware of statements the Nashville bomber made about an internet conspiracy that powerful politicians and Hollywood figures are lizards who have extraterrestrial origins.

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Investigators are exploring several conspiracy theories as potential motives behind the Christmas Day bombing outside an AT&T building in Nashville, Tennessee, including evidence that the bomber believed in lizard people and a so-called reptilian conspiracy, two senior law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Investigators are expected to conclude their crime scene work this week, but it could take several more weeks until they determine the motive of the bomber, Anthony Quinn Warner, who died in the blast.

Since Saturday, authorities have been examining Warner's digital devices — which an official said includes a significant trove of pictures, videos and writings — looking for any clues to what drove the man to set off a powerful bomb inside his recreational vehicle, which took down communications networks and injured several people in downtown Nashville.

Specifically, investigators are looking into the suspect's previous trips to an undisclosed location in Tennessee where he would camp out in his recreational vehicle and, according to the suspect's statements to others, hunt possible aliens, the officials said.

In addition, investigators are aware of statements the suspect made about an internet conspiracy that powerful politicians and Hollywood figures are actually lizards or other reptiles who have extraterrestrial origins and are taking over society, the officials said.


Adherents of the unfounded conspiracy theory believe that politicians and other prominent people, including the Clintons and the comedian Bob Hope, who died in 2003, are actually lizard-like creatures sent to Earth and are responsible for a number of historic tragedies. Justin Bieber and the Obamas have also been named in the conspiracy theory.

Federal investigators have also asked associates and acquaintances of Warner whether he believed in equally unfounded conspiracy theories about AT&T and 5G mobile service and whether that was a motive for choosing the AT&T building as the site of the bombing.

A senior law enforcement official said investigators have cast a wide net that includes family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances and businesses where he may have bought bomb-making supplies.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake acknowledged that the department had no officers on the Nashville Joint Terrorism Task Force, a group of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose primary mission is to investigate potential terrorist threats.

Drake said he would rectify the issue and assign an officer to the task force, which would allow his department to get the latest briefings from the FBI around the world.

More than a year before the bombing, Warner's girlfriend warned police that he was building bombs in an RV parked at his home, according to police reports.

On Aug. 21, 2019, an attorney for Warner's girlfriend told officers that Warner "frequently talks about the military and bomb making," according to an incident report released by police.

The lawyer's call prompted officers to visit Warner's house, where they knocked on the front door to no avail, according to the report. Officers wrote that they spotted "several security cameras and wires attached to an alarm at the front door," the report said.


Officers said they spotted an RV parked behind a fence in the backyard, but they said they could not see inside the vehicle. Authorities identified an RV linked to Warner as the source of the Christmas Day explosion.

Police said Wednesday that the officers saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter the property or the fenced-in backyard. They also determined that the girlfriend was in need of "psychological evaluation," and she was taken to a hospital, according to police.

The day after officers visited Warner's house, an incident report was forwarded to the FBI by the police, which said they had asked the agency and the Defense Department to run a records search on Warner. Police said a search from both databases found no results.

Nashville police did not say they had asked the FBI to open an investigation into Warner, but they said their Hazardous Devices Unit followed up on the incident report with the lawyer. According to police, the lawyer told them that Warner "did not care for the police" and that he would not allow a visual inspection of the RV.

David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told reporters this week that Warner was not on the agency's radar before the bombing, except for one arrest for marijuana possession in 1978.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday they it was previously unaware of the incident involving Nashville police and Warner's girlfriend.

The spokesperson said in a statement: "To be clear, the remarks our Director made about him 'not being on our radar' were specific to our agency and not all of law enforcement."

The FBI said that unlike in other cases, such as those of the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, or Omar Mateen, the shooter at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, it was asked only to run a database search on Warner and was not asked to open an investigation.

Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Warner, 63, who was described as a "loner" by people who knew him, had recently retired as an information technology consultant, NBC News reported Monday.

Officers were responding to reports of gunfire in the area on Christmas morning when, instead, they heard a warning of an explosion coming from an RV parked outside an AT&T building. Authorities said the blast, which authorities believe was set off by Warner, went off at 6:30 a.m. Friday, rippling across several blocks downtown.

The explosion injured at least three people and damaged more than 40 businesses. Warner was the only person killed in the blast.


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1  igknorantzrulz    4 weeks ago

Were "L:izard People" ever a thing before Trump, and his alternative fax, fatass slax, pseudo faux a la reality show stoppin artery blockin goo, that Mr. Ma did spew

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1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1    4 weeks ago

Were "L:izard People" ever a thing before Trump, and his alternative fax, fatass slax, pseudo faux a la reality show stoppin artery blockin goo, that Mr. Ma did spew

I'm guessing that "Lizard people" are a spin off of "QAnon".

Trout Giggles
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1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1    4 weeks ago

I've heard about "Lizard People" for about 20 years now. Apparently the Royal Family are Lizard People

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1.2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2    4 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure Camilla is.

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1.3  Ronin2  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1    4 weeks ago

Trump had nothing to do with this, nor did QAnon, or anybody else.

Ever heard of a tv miniseries called V that came out in 1983?

Giant spaceships appear over 29 major cities throughout the world, and Anna ( Morena Baccarin ), the beautiful and charismatic leader of the extraterrestrial " Visitors ", declares that they come in peace. The Visitors claim to only need a small amount of Earth's resources, in exchange for which they will share their advanced technological and medical knowledge. As a small number of humans begin to doubt the sincerity of the seemingly benevolent Visitors, FBI counter-terrorism agent Erica Evans ( Elizabeth Mitchell ) discovers that the aliens are actually reptilian humanoids wearing pseudo-human skin, have spent decades infiltrating human governments, businesses, and religious institutions, and are now in the final stages of their plan to take over the Earth. Erica joins the resistance movement, which includes Ryan ( Morris Chestnut ), a Visitor sleeper agent who over time developed human emotions and now wants to save humanity. Their rebellion becomes a part of a larger " Fifth Column " movement of both humans and Visitors opposed to Anna's vague but seemingly menacing plans for Earth and humanity, but their efforts are challenged as the Visitors have won favor among the people of Earth by curing a variety of diseases and have recruited Earth's youth – including Erica's son Tyler ( Logan Huffman ) – to serve them unknowingly as spies. [2]

So I guess you can blame ABC if you really want to.

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1.4  Freefaller  replied to  igknorantzrulz @1    4 weeks ago
Were "L:izard People" ever a thing before Trump

Yes, this particular conspiracy theory has been around for decades

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2  Hal A. Lujah    4 weeks ago

Believe it or not, this “theory” is more popular than one would expect given how insidiously stupid it is.  My old boss’s wife would openly talk about it to anyone, claiming that she has personally met five of them.  Not surprisingly, she is a huge Trump supporter and QAnon believer.  One of the world’s most prolific conspiracy theorists, David Icke, has spread this garbage for decades.

Trout Giggles
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2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2    4 weeks ago

I've seen David Icke on Amazon Video spouting his crazy ideas.

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3  Bob Nelson    4 weeks ago



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