- Timothy Charles Holmseth is one of the main people behind the viral conspiracy that claims thousands of children are being rescued from underground tunnels
- Holmseth, a wanted fugitive, claims he is a journalist for the “Pentagon Pedophile Task Force” who is leading the underground rescue mission
- In a statement to discuss, Department of Defense spokesman Lt Col Uriah L. Orland said there is no such thing as the Pentagon pedophile Task Force
- Holmseth makes a long list of fictional claims in order to convince his audience to give him donations to continue his work with the bogus task force
The COVID-19 lockdown has created the perfect atmosphere for online conspiracy theories to thrive on social media. One of the darker conspiracies claims there is an ongoing underground war between the U.S. military and a child trafficking elitist cabal. At the center of this viral conspiracy is a scam artist by the name of Timothy Charles Holmseth.
Over the years Holmseth has created a fictional online world where he is a hero responsible for helping President Donald Trump rescue thousands of children from underground tunnels and aiding in the arrest of countless high-profile pedophiles. In reality, Holmseth is a wanted fugitive who pushes fictional conspiracies on social media to scam people out of donations. Holmseth currently receives $664 a month from 39 people on Patreon, just one of his many social media outlets. When you consider Holmseth has gained over 20,000 subscribers with his clickbait titles on YouTube, it quickly becomes clear how lucrative his career of being a pathological liar could potentially be.
Along with his social media accounts, Holmseth also has the website TimothyCharlesHolmseth.com which he uses to support his claims. Articles from his site are often pushed upon the public in the description section of his videos. Holmseth basically uses his own website as a “credible” source to back the fictitious claims in his videos in order to keep asking for donations for his “work.” He formerly worked with fellow online conspiracy theorist and scammer Field McConnell. McConnell was recently arrested and extradited to Broward County, Florida where he is awaiting trial for making threats against attorney Kim Picazio. Holmseth has falsely claimed Picazio is involved with trafficking children through the Ukrainian Embassy for almost a decade without ever providing evidence to support his claims. He is currently wanted for violating an injunction placed against him by Picazio for his relentless harassment over the years.
On Tuesday, Holmseth posted a video to his YouTube channel—The High Command—titled “HOW I HELPED TAKE DOWN JEFFREY EPSTEIN etc.” Holmseth has long claimed he is a journalist for the “Pentagon Pedophile Task Force,” a task force he made up to make his unfounded claims sound more credible. According to Holmseth, the Pentagon Pedophile Task Force has been rescuing thousands of trafficked children from underground tunnels in America. He claims he is “one man away from President Trump.” The “one man” between him and Trump is believed to be David Straight, a sovereign citizen scam artist known for targeting parents with open Child Protective Services cases.
Discuss reached out to the Pentagon for comment on Holmseth’s claims related to the fictional Pentagon Pedophile Task Force. Department of Defense spokesman Lt Col Uriah L. Orland replied to the request. “There is not a Pentagon Pedophile Task Force,” Orland wrote. Orland went on to say, “The only child rescue service that we are aware of is the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Child-Rescue Corps, which is a program developed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and DOD’s U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), in conjunction with the National Association to Protect Children.”
According to ICE, the HERO program “is designed for wounded, injured and ill Special Operations Forces to receive training in high-tech computer forensics and law enforcement skills, to assist federal agents in the fight against online child sexual exploitation.” In other words, the program has absolutely nothing to do with fighting an imaginary underground battle for trafficked children. In the past, Holmseth has claimed Trump, the Pentagon, and other government officials cannot publicly comment on his bogus task force because it has to remain top secret. So apparently government officials are not allowed to speak of or confirm the existence of the task force but Holmseth is allowed to while asking his audience for donations.
In Monday’s video, Holmseth says he is coming forward with information related to his involvement with Epstein’s arrest because “Obamagate has cut loose. President Trump tweeted it and it’s on.” It is not clear what Holmseth meant by “it’s on,” but he apparently missed when Attorney General William Barr said both former President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Joe Biden are not expected to be criminally investigated following a review of the Russia probe that began in 2016. “Whatever their level of involvement based on the level of information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead a criminal investigation of either man,” Barr said at a press conference on Monday.
Holmseth goes on to refer to his 2018 arrest for violating the injunction placed against him by Picazio. He refers to the arrest as a “kidnapping,” but court documents show he violated the injunction at least 320 times in roughly six-months. Picazio explains that Florida has an active arrest warrant for Holmseth, “but since Contempt is a nonextraditable offense, I continue to be victimized by [Holmseth’s] unwavering obsession with me.” Included in the documents are over 200 pages of injunction violations from Holmseth. Picazio accuses Holmseth of tapping into the online extreme conspiracy theorist community with clickbait related to QAnon, Pizzagate, and false flags to pull views to his website and monetize his YouTube channel. Holmseth now caters to extremist conspiracy crowds while pushing for donations to his PayPal account to continue his “reporting.” Apparently working for the Pentagon Pedophile Task Force and being one man away from Trump does not pay, so he must depend on crowdfunding.
Holmseth references the arrest because he claims there is an altered version of his mugshot circulating online that shows his death. He says the reason the picture was altered is that “they” want him dead. Of course, there is no evidence of who “they” are or that “they” do indeed want Holmseth dead. Holmseth also claims there is a “mysterious death list” that is growing but goes on to say “we” haven’t released that yet. He then encourages viewers to go to an article on his website linked in the description. The article attempts to demonize and link the legal practice of surrogate mothers in Ukraine to a fictional black-market baby-selling operation ran through the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington DC. No evidence is provided to support any of the claims made in the article, which then goes on to incoherently refer to Holmseth’s obsession with the disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings and baseless claims that YouTuber William K. Murtaugh is a serial killer. As with the majority of the articles on Holmseth’s site, the writings are extremely disorganized and leave more questions than answers.
In both the article and the video, Holmseth makes reference to Scott Rothstein, a prominent Florida lawyer who was arrested in November 2009 for running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Rothstein’s scheme fell apart following a downturn in the economy. After attempting to flee to Morocco, Rothstein returned to Fort Lauderdale and began working with federal authorities. Rothstein was formally arrested on December 1, 2009, and plead guilty in January 2010. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison later that year.
In December 2011, after disappearing for 18 months following his sentencing, Rothstein appeared for depositions where he gave information that resulted in dozens of his former acquaintances being convicted for a slew of charges, none of which were related to child trafficking. Rothstein’s lawyer, Marc Nurik, said “nobody to my knowledge has provided as much cooperation,” in regards to his client’s testimonies. Before he cooperated with the federal government, Rothstein was facing a 100-year prison sentence. Rothstein’s lawyers requested a 30-year sentence while prosecutors sought a 40-year sentence. U.S. District Judge James Cohn rejected the requests for leniency when he handed down the 50-year sentence. In other words, if Rothstein had information on an international child trafficking ring, chances are he would have used it to try and lower his final sentence.
Holmseth vaguely references the decade-long civil dispute between Epstein and Rothstein. In the linked article on his site, Holmseth falsely twists a scheme by Rothstein into an “extortion” plot against Epstein. As Rothstein was watching his Ponzi scheme fall apart in 2009, he came up with a plan to use Epstein’s legal problems as a means to keep his fraud alive. Rothstein persuaded investors to purchase interests in fictitious multimillion-dollar civil settlements set up between Rothstein’s firm and Epstein’s victims. He told investors there were young women suing Epstein that would settle for lesser amounts because they wanted immediate lump-sum payouts. Investors believed they would be getting great returns after Epstein settled the phony lawsuits later for higher amounts. Rothstein made the claims appear valid by showing that one of his partners, Bradley Edwards, then represented three victims of Epstein who were abused at his Palm Beach residence.
Edwards did not know what Rothstein was doing or that he had been mentioned in the scheme. Epstein initially included Edwards in a lawsuit with Rothstein, and was later countersued for “malicious prosecution.” Edwards claimed Epstein made false allegations against him in his 2009 lawsuit as a way of intimidating him or to cheapen the accusations of his three clients. Just before Edwards’ lawsuit went to trial, Epstein apologized and agreed to pay Edwards an undisclosed financial settlement. The article on Holmseth’s site claims Rothstein threatened to schedule depositions with “high profile names including Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and David Copperfield.” Holmseth’s false claim makes no sense as Rothstein’s target for the scheme was not Epstein. Rothstein was targeting investors who did not have information on the phony civil cases against Epstein.
Continuing with his lies, Holmseth goes on to claim that “most of” the earthquakes around the world are actually explosions from the military blowing up “Deep Underground Military Bases,” ironically referred to as D.U.M.B.’s in conspiracy circles. Holmseth has claimed there is an “underground war taking place underneath us” for some time. He claims to have multiple sources, however, he does not provide evidence or information from those sources while claiming his imaginary task force knew about underground disturbances occurring at Area 51. Holmseth’s claim that earthquakes are explosions from an underground war is one that is easily disproven with science.
According to UC Berkley and their sister scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Library, telling the difference between an explosion and an earthquake is quite simple. There are two major differences easily detected by seismographs in elastic waves. Seismologists can perform a computation known as “moment tensor solution” where P-waves and S-waves are traced back to their origin. This process not only pinpoints the precise location of the focus, but it will also show the mechanism of the forces initially shaking the rocks. During an earthquake, rocks will break in a shear fracture. This results in the rapid sideways movement of two flanks of a vault. In an explosion, the origin is a point from which elastic pressure waves travel concentrically outward. In other words, there is no debate between seismologists over their ability to tell the difference between an earthquake and an explosion. It is incredibly unlikely every seismologist in the world would remain silent while witnessing countless unexplained underground explosions.
Holmseth goes on to make a bizarre unfounded claim that “abducted children” were rescued from underneath Area 51. For at least a year Holmseth has made the claim the military is saving children from underground tunnels without providing any evidence. Holmseth claims over 50,000 children have been rescued from these tunnels. A rescue mission of that size would be impossible to accomplish without raising red flags with trafficking organizations and medical facilities across the country. Holmseth claims marines are going into the tunnels to save the children and returning with psychological issues from what they witness. Pushing his delusions to an even stranger level, Holmseth says the children are being crossbred with animals. He says there are no pictures or videos of the 50,000 children being rescued because the scene is too horrific and the pictures would just be “porn.” It is unclear how exactly pictures or videos of severely injured children being rescued by the American military could be perceived as pornography, but it is a rather convenient excuse to avoid providing evidence to support his ridiculous claims.
Holmseth goes on to incoherently ramble about an alleged serial killer before claiming Bill Gates is a woman and his wife, Melinda Gates, is a man. Perhaps his most bewildering claim in the 13-minute video. Holmseth once again offers no evidence to support his accusation, but claims the Pentagon Pedophile Task Force has some “leads.” Holmseth then goes on a confusing rant about streaming from his vehicle and comparing his strategy to past wars. He ends the unintelligible rant by saying, “And that’s how we got Epstein.” Reviewing the video a second time, at no time during the 13 minutes of verbal diarrhea does Holmseth explain how “we got Epstein.” In reality, Epstein was arrested following a joint investigation by the FBI and the New York police. The arrest was related to incidents spanning from 2002 to 2005. The investigation alleged Epstein brought underage girls to his Palm Beach residence under the guise of receiving a massage which would then take a sexual turn. It is well-known that investigators sought to have Epstein charged since at least 2006. There is no reason law enforcement would need Holmseth’s assistance, or lack thereof, with Epstein’s arrest, which is why he cannot provide any evidence of his role in the arrest.