It’s an old conspiracy. A google search would have turned up a Snopes article from 2016 explaining it. Instead, Lin Wood turned straight to his social media, then got upset when he was called out for fear-mongering instead of making a minimal effort of research on his own.
Specifically, Wood shared photos he says a friend sent him, depicting large military-style vehicles stamped with UN on the sides and front. He said the photos were taken in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and asked why these would be on U.S. soil at all.
He went on to ask if they were for a movie, not quite saying directly but hinting that there might be some more concerning purpose.
It was soon clear that he’d gotten some responses he didn’t like. First, he posted to assert that his questions were legitimate and that he thought, even if there might be an innocent explanation, someone should do the research and find out. He did not address the reason that he hadn’t done the research himself.
Then he reposted a message from Brian Cates, in which the political columnist called him out for failing to make any effort to research before scaring others. “All I did was ask a legitimate question!” he whined.
What is “the 2016 article” then? Well, actually, there are multiple.
For example, there’s the Snopes debunking, that explains similar trucks seen in Virginia were not a sign that the U.N. was preparing to take advantage of imminent economic collapse, but vehicles manufactured in Virginia, purchased by the U.N., and being transported for use outside the U.S.
Or there’s a local news station, for those who don’t trust fact-checkers, WSET, an ABC affiliate, which also reported on the vehicles at that time “trigger[ing] online conspiracy theories.”
It goes on to verify that there are manufacturers in the U.S. who manufacture these vehicles for the U.N. to purchase.
As for Brian Cates, he added to his thoughts on his own Telegram page, saying that people with high visibility, like Lin, have a responsibility to ask around first, before posting to suggest that something nefarious is happening.
On Twitter, too, Wood was called out for failing to make the effort to even try a search engine.
Lin, for someone who tells others to do their own research all the time, you sure don’t do a lot of your own research. Instead you throw out wild conspiracy theories that incite the QAnon crowd. pic.twitter.com/M4atOnMiEU
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) June 2, 2021
Lin Wood has, at this time, issued no retractions or corrections, instead leaving up a question about why anyone would possibly have a problem with him asking — stopping just short of suggesting that there was anything suspicious in that itself.
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