The term, “False Flag,” dates back centuries to ships flying flags of different colors to represent nationalities or signals (permission to board a ship (green flag), danger (red flag), disease, piracy, or surrender (white flag)) when sailing the high seas. Often times, before attacking ships, pirates would fly one flag to indicate to the other ship that it was approaching with good will. Then, the as the pirates approached the ship the pirates would raise its true colors or pirate flag before it attacked. The purpose of raising a false flag was to first trick, then to scare opponents into surrendering without resistance. The False Flag tactics then became used as tactical naval warfare maneuvers.
Naval warfare False Flag maneuvers are well documented, as are land actions; most notably those used during World Wars I and II. They were also the precursor to espionage and modern-day intelligence tactics used worldwide.
Nazi leader Hermann Goering famously remarked:
Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
Soviet leader Josef Stalin said, “The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.”
False Flag events are largely possible today because the global media narrative is controlled by six corporations with less than 200 executives. The country orchestrating the False Flag event is powerful enough to intimidate other countries from not exposing what are known as “inside jobs.” Only a few countries have the means to do this– one of which is the United States.
Modern-day False Flag events are used to “discredit or implicate rival groups, create the appearance of enemies when none exist, or create the illusion of organized and directed opposition” that a society may not like.
False Flag events are one of the most effective ideological weapons used on a massive scale today. Manufacturing an enemy among a people who believe they have inalienable rights so that they will be willing to give up those rights requires a sophisticated propaganda system that several intelligence agencies have employed.
Here are a few examples of confirmed False Flag events:
1953 OPERATION AJAX by America against Iran
In 1953, under the leadership of President Dwight Eisenhower and the Dulles brothers, the CIA, working with Britain’s MI6, overthrew Iran’s democratically elected leader, Mohammed Mosaddiq, and replaced him with a brutal dictator. The U.S. government destroyed Iran’s democratic republic in order to de-nationalize Iran’s Anglo-Persian oil company and replace it with five U.S. oil companies, and take over Iran’s oil fields. They did this by creating propaganda, riots, and complex political maneuvers that caused public revolt. In response, the CIA and MI6 put the Shah in power to control him and Iran’s oil supplies.
Listen to learn more about America’s involvement in overthrowing Iran’s democratic republic:
tyrants and aspiring tyrants that the world’s most powerful governments were willing to tolerate limitless oppression as long as oppressive regimes were friendly to the West and to Western oil companies. That helped tilt the political balance in a vast region away from freedom and toward dictatorship.”
1954: OPERATION SUSANNAH by Israel against Egypt
One year after Operation Ajax, Israel launched a false flag operation to create a war with Egypt. It’s code-name was “Operation Susannah” and involved Israeli agents who planted bombs in Egyptian, American, and British-owned cinemas, libraries and educational centers, and a U.S. diplomatic facility, who framed eight Egyptian Muslims.
But their plan was exposed after one of the bombers was caught and a public trial exposed the Israeli spy ring Operation Susannah. The trial led to conviction and two executions and Israel’s Defense Minister, Pinhas Lavon, was forced to resign. The Lavon Affair, as it became known, achieved something else that otherwise might not have been possible. A Stanford University CISC Journal article points out that the operation caused a chain reaction to occur:
A retaliatory military incursion by Israel into Gaza that killed 39 Egyptians; a subsequent Egyptian–Soviet arms deal that angered American and British leaders, who then withdrew previously pledged support for the building of the Aswan Dam; the announced nationalization of the Suez Canal by Nasser in retaliation for the withdrawn support; and the subsequent failed invasion of Egypt by Israel, France, and Britain in an attempt to topple Nasser. In the wake of that failed invasion, France expanded and accelerated its ongoing nuclear cooperation with Israel, which eventually enabled the Jewish state to build nuclear weapons.”
1960’s – 1970’s OPERATION COINTELPRO by America against Americans
The False Flag COINTELPRO projects were created by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FB) in order to first “infiltrate domestic political organizations” and then discredit them. These groups included Vietnam War critics, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and many activists and journalists.
The FBI used psychological warfare, slander, forged documents, created false reports for the media to air, harassed and wrongfully imprisoned American citizens, and some claim committed assassinations.
The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed in several reports that the FBI hired “provocateurs” from the 1950s-1970s to commit criminal and violent acts and falsely blame American citizens who were political activists. COINTELPRO was extremely effective.
For example, documents like the below, evidence that the FBI tried to convince Martin Luther King Jr. to kill himself.
COINTELPRO was technically “discontinued,” but ongoing surveillance operations mirror COINTELPRO tactics involving the FBI’s extensive and highly intrusive monitoring techniques. The Rutherford Institute points to over 12, ooo assessments of individuals over a four-month period by FBI agents that included “infiltrating suspect organizations with confidential informants and photographing and tailing suspect individuals, without having any factual basis for suspecting them of wrongdoing.” Not to mention reports of ongoing attempts to undermine activists, whistleblowers, and protesters including Occupy Wall St. protesters.
1964 OPERATION GULF OF TONKIN by America against Americans, Vietnam, and other involved nations
The incident used to call for the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War–The Gulf of Tonkin incident— never actually happened.
The U.S. government used a patently false report—to manufacture the North Vietnamese as a regional and geopolitical enemy– so that Lyndon Johnson could create a “legal justification” (the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution) for U.S. military involvement in the region.
The Gulf of Tonkin is also referred to as the U.S.S. Maddox Incident/s, which involved the U.S. Navy destroyer battleship, the U.S.S. Maddox, engaging three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats. Yet, after 58,000 Americans were killed or missing in action, a 2005, a declassified internal National Security Agency study revealed that there were no North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the gulf.
The U.S.S. Maddox fired 300 shells at nothing. In 1965, Johnson commented, “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.”
In 2005, the NSA’s own historian, Robert J. Hanyok, reported that the National Security Agency deliberately created false intelligence reports in 1964. He wrote: “The parallels between the faulty intelligence on Tonkin Gulf and the manipulated intelligence used to justify the Iraq War make it all the more worthwhile to re-examine the events of August 1964.”
1980 OPERATION GLADIO by America against Italy
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) created Operation Gladio after World War II to discredit communism. The U.K.’s MI6 could also have been involved. This was a two-decades-long operation that created a “Strategy of Tension” to fuel the Cold War and blame terrorist attacks on Marxists and Left-wing political opponents. It involved multiple bombings that murdered hundreds of innocent people, including children. One example is the August 2, 1980 Bologna train station bombing that killed 85 people.
One source, was an Italian judge Felice Casson, who presented such compelling evidence that Italy’s Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti, was forced to confirm that Operation Gladio did in fact exist. Another source confirming the reality of this operation was the testimony given by an actual Gladio operative, Vincenzo Vinciguerra.The Guardian interviewed him in 1990, and Vinciguerra explained that Gladio was designed “to psychologically coerce the Italian public to rely on the state for security.”
Author Richard Dolan has suggested ways to identify False Flag operations.
- One immediate identifier is that the mainstream media does not question the official narrative. No investigative reporting, eye-witness testimony, or research is done. Dolan points to the Patriot Act, which was written well before 9/11, but implemented immediately afterwards.
- Another is that the official narrative supports the administration in charge and provides specific advantages. Many point to the 9/11 terrorist attack as the justification for the “War on Terror,” which is used to commit numerous violations of the Constitution, including a wide-range of civil liberty infringements by the new “national security state.” This includes expansive domestic surveillance and indefinite detention, violating nearly all of the Amendments of the Bill of Rights.
- The official narrative justifies war with countries that have nothing to do with the alleged attacks. Under LBJ it was Vietnam. Under Bush ’43 it was Iraq and Afghanistan. And, like Operation Ajax, these wars allow the U.S. government and defense contractors to control natural gas pipelines and oil fields.
- The official, unquestioned narrative is designed to create fear and oppress patriotism, usually around legislation. One ongoing example concerns the Second Amendment and “gun control.” Gun-related attacks usually follow a similar pattern, which all result in the government and/or a militarized police force to declare “a state of emergency” and/or “martial law.” This is something former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul repeatedly points out, especially after the Boston Bombings.
Some investigators point to 9/11 terrorist attacks, the NORAD drills of 9/11, the 7/7 London Bombings, the 2011 Norway shooting, the Aurora shooting, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Bombers as examples of recent False Flag attacks.
This article was first published on July 7, 2016.