The ‘QAnon shaman’ who stormed the Capitol building during last week’s riot wearing a fur hat with horns and face paint was kicked out of the Navy in 2007 for refusing to take an anthrax vaccine, it has been revealed.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, is a well-known supporter of the QAnon conspiracy in his home state of Arizona, where he is a failed actor and lives with his mom.
He surrendered himself to the FBI in Phoenix on Saturday January 9 for his role in the violent riot protesting the certification of the presidential election.
He was charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.
It has been revealed that Chansley had a short-lived career in the Navy, where he enlisted out of Arizona as a supply clerk on September 26, 2005 before he was given the boot about two years later for refusing to take a vaccine, according to Task and Purpose.
‘QAnon shaman’ Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, was kicked out of the Navy in 2007 for refusing to take the anthrax vaccine, according to a new report
Chansley is one of the MAGA rioters who turned himself in to the FBI for his part in storming the Capitol building last Wednesday. Chansley above wearing a fur headdress with horns and his chest bare during the Capitol siege Wednesday
Jacob Anthony Chansley is pictures as he occupied the Senate dais at the US Capitol last week
He completed recruit training and Military Occupational Specialty school and was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk in March 2006.
He stayed there until September 29, 2007, when he was transferred to a Transient Personnel Unit in Puget Sound in Washington state.
He was processed out of the Navy on October 11 that same year as a seaman’s apprentice, meaning he got out of the Navy as a boot E-2 after two years and 15 days of service, about 15 years before the Capitol protest.
Navy officials have declined to provide the characterization of his discharge.
The anthrax vaccine fights against a rare, but serious bacterial illness. The military was vaccinated against it because anthrax spores have been used as biological weapons.
The federal government mandated the military should be inoculated with the BioThrax anthrax vaccine and more than 8million doses of the vaccine were administered to more than 2 million US military personnel from March 1998 to June 2008.
However, the vaccine was a controversial one because it is effective against bacterium that’s acquired through the skin, but not when the bacterium is inhaled. Due to concerns about the safety of the vaccine in October 2004 a judge ruled that it was illegal for the federal government to mandate anthrax vaccinations.
According to Chansley’s military record notes he received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon but no personal awards.
He enlisted out of Arizona as a supply clerk on September 26, 2005. He completed recruit training and Military Occupational Specialty school and was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk in March 2006. A file image of the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation at sail in the Arabian Gulf in April 2003 above
He stayed there until September 29, 2007, when he was transferred to a Transient Personnel Unit in Puget Sound in Washington state (above)
Two other service members have been identified a people killed in Wednesday’s Capitol siege.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after he was hit in the head by a rioter with a fire extinguisher. He had been part of the Air National Guardsman.
On the other side of the confrontation Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was shot and killed after storming the Capitol building.
Chansley, who is also known as Jake Angeli, made his initial appearance in a Phoenix federal courtroom on Monday. He’s being held in a quarantine section of a detention facility.
Chansley’s mother, Martha, said that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know’
Chansley has been living with his mother Martha, 56, (left and right) since January 2019
A public defender who was representing Chansley said that his client was on an extremely restrictive diet, possibly for religious reasons.
He explained that he had not had anything to eat since he was taken into custody.
Upon hearing the news, the judge said that it was ‘deeply concerning’ and ordered Chansley’s public defender to work with U.S. Marshals on his dietary concerns.
According to his mother, has not eaten since being detained because the detention facility won’t feed him all organic food.
‘He gets very sick if he doesn’t eat organic food – literally will get physically sick,’ his mother Martha Chansley said.
Chansley has been living with his mother Martha, 56, since January 2019.
His mother, Martha Chansley told ABC 15 that her son was a ‘patriot’ and the ‘gentlest person I know.’
He surrendered himself to the FBI in Phoenix on Saturday January 9 for his role in the violent riot protesting the certification of the presidential election
He was charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds. A view of pro-Trump supporters storming the Capitol building January 6 above
Protests he attended include one in July where he filmed himself ranting that Covid-19 is a hoax. He was also part of a rowdy crowd of Trump supporters chanting ‘Stop the Steal’ who showed up at a tabulation center in Maricopa County on November 5
Jacob Chansley is known to have been a frequent participant in Trump rallies in Phoenix over the past few months and is known as the QAnon Shaman, often appearing in the same fur headdress, horns and tan pants with no shirt that he sported at the Capitol riot.
Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet
In November he was spotted protesting the election results outside of the Maricopa County election center in Phoenix.
In that photo, Chansley held a sign that read, ‘HOLD THE LINE PATRIOTS GOD WINS.’
One of his tattoos is said to show the symbol of Wotanism, an acronym for ‘Will of the Aryan Nation.’
The FBI identified Chansley by his distinctive tattoos, which include bricks circling his biceps in an apparent reference to Trump’s border wall.
During Monday’s hearing, Chansley addressed the judge but did not make any statements regarding the charges against him.
‘I’m not really all that worried about it because, in all honesty…I didn’t break any laws. I walked through open doors,’ he said in an interview last week.
‘I obey the orders of the president of the United States,’ he said.
Chansley faces two federal misdemeanors.
According to court documents, Chansley called the FBI field office in Washington and confirmed to an agent that ‘he was the male in the face paint and headdress in the Vice President’s chair in the Senate.’
He told the agent that he and other ‘patriots’ had come from Arizona at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6th, the documents state.