False Flags–Whodunnit?

What Are False-Flag Ops, and Why?

False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as if they are being carried out by someone else. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own.

The term comes from the days of wooden ships, when a ship would fly the flag of its enemy before attacking one of its own navy’s vessels, with the aim of creating a provocation to justify a false counterattack. Because the enemy’s flag was displayed it was called a “false flag” attack. Flash forward a couple of centuries. The term “false flag” has become a metaphor for any attack carried out clandestinely on one’s own forces and cloaked in the colors of an enemy in order to justify an unjustifiable “counter-attack,”–an intentional own goal, if you will.

People who denounce these events are frequently called “conspiracy theorists,” derided as being paranoid, fear mongers, and irrational, sometimes rightfully so. But when it comes to being suspicious of a potentially deceitful authority, that skepticism should be warranted; especially if there is a historical precedence. Often theories about government operations that sound the most heinous or absurd are those where the most scrutiny should be applied. (Source: Gaia.com.)

In this article we’re going to discuss two kinds of false-flag operations, those that have been confirmed and acknowledged later by their authors and those which show all the
symptoms of false flags but whose authorship is still in doubt. The former will serve to establish the veracity of the phenomenon. The latter are more interesting.

Who Does It? A Prime Example

Due to the clandestine nature of their work, we can’t really produce a definitive list of the false flaggers in the world, past and present. But, given the opacity, low cost and terrifying efficiency of basic false-flag jobs, it’s safe to assume there are many.

Here we’re going to confine ourselves to those carried out by our very own British and American “intelligence” services, MI6 and the CIA. We can trace their modus operandi from the end of World War II and follow it down to our own days.

As the war was ending in 1945 Churchill’s secret service, foreseeing possible future dangers, created secret arms caches and clandestine military organizations–so-called “stay-behind units”–all over Europe against the possibility of a Russian military takeover attempt. These groups included all sorts of anti-communists, including recently-recycled high-ranking Nazis. The CIA got involved early on, first with financing, then eventually spearheading the project. On 27 January 1949 Sir Stewart Menzies, head of MI6, set out the grand strategy in a top secret and personal letter to Paul-Henri Spaak, the Belgian Socialist Prime Minister who was later to become secretary-general of Nato. It was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that assumed command of the stay-behind movement and its derivatives.

This sounds like a boring story of corporate restructuring until we consider the unspeakable atrocities carried out over the following four decades in the name of
“anti-communism” during Operation Gladio, as the NATO-run terrorist enterprise came to be known. What was the rationale for all this mayhem in the middle of the world’s most civilized continent? The thinking went that blaming all the senseless bloodshed on left-wing extremists would convince European citizens to reject Communist election candidates, who had gained credibility for their role in the fight against Nazism. This was particularly the case in Italy and Greece. It sounds ridiculous, but there you have it. As we shall see, the same twisted ideology could have been at work 30 years later in the United States.

Operation Gladio

Operation Gladio was one of the most egregious terror campaigns of the 20th century.Bologna_massacre2 Though it was massively important for its extension all across Europe, for its long
lifetime, its heinous tolls in human life and its authorship under the umbrella of NATO, the operation was virtually buried in international news coverage, especially in the United States. For example, did you ever hear of it?

Among Gladio’s most notorious operations was the Bologna Massacre, the suitcase bombing of the Bologna train station in summer of 1980 which resulted in 80 dead and some 200 wounded. Vicious, seemingly senseless assassinations were also carried out in other countries, notably in the Brabant province of Belgium between 1982 and 1985 where 28 men, women and children were murdered at random. The attacks included senseless gun killings in supermarkets, whose victims on one occasion were a whole family of five.

The Gladio terrorist attacks remained inexplicable mysteries and rumors for years, until 1990, when Italian president Giulio Andreotti revealed the existence and structure of the Gladio group, which included right-wing terrorists of all stripes, as well as elements from the Italian–and other European countries’–armed forces. At the head of the operation, according to Andreotti, were NATO and the CIA. Andreotti’s declarations were confirmed by an Italian judge and the former head of Italian counterintelligence.

Why wasn’t this seemingly earth-shaking news–NATO, the world’s most important international military security organization organizing terrorist attacks against civilian European objectives–lavishly disseminated by news organizations around the world? Not only was it not disseminated; it was hushed up. Power has its ways and means.

What’s Going on Here?

Vincenzo VinciguerraInevitably, the question arises: What possible reason can there be for such horrendous and apparently random violence, perpetrated under the auspices of NATO and the American and British clandestine services? It is the Italian terrorist, Vincenzo Vinciguerra, author of some of Gladio’s most sanguinary actions, who gives us the most convincing answer from his prison cell:

When you were on the Right you were not supposed to attack the State or its representatives. You were supposed to attack civilians, women, children, innocent people from outside the political arena. For one simple reason: To force the Italian public to turn to the State, turn to the regime and ask for greater security. This was precisely the role of the right in Italy. It placed itself at the service of the State which created a strategy aptly called the ‘Strategy of Tension’ insofar as they had to get ordinary people to accept that at any moment over a period of 30 years, from 1960 to the mid-eighties a State of emergency could be declared. So, people would willingly trade part of their freedom for the security of being able to walk the streets, go on trains or enter a bank. This is the political logic behind all the bombings. They remain unpunished because the state cannot condemn itself. Source: Gladio Timelines

(In April of 2018 I posted a four-part article on Operation Gladio, which you can find here.)

A False Flag on the High Seas

Tonkin_GulfAnother on-the-record false-flag operation was The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, in 1964, a major turning point in United States military involvement in Vietnam. As a result of President Lyndon Johnson’s false announcement to the nation of August 4, 1964, that the USS Maddox had come under attack by Vietnamese torpedo ships. This seemingly insignificant lie gave rise to the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which laid the foundations for 11 more years of war, thousands of American dead and maimed—and millions of Vietnamese. The familiar pretext of the communist threat was used once again, this time to justify a despicable unprovoked war on a little sovereign country in far-off Southeast Asia. (Source: Ohio History Central.org)

The Chilean Coup, 1973

Kissingr_PinochetVeteran investigative reporter, Seymour Hersh’s 1983 book, The Price of Power, Henry Kissinger in the Nixon White House, illuminates the role played by the American government in surreptitiously sponsoring the military coup that deposed Chile’s democratically-elected president, Salvador Allende, on September 11, 1973, and gave way to a sanguinary military dictatorship that lasted 26 years. It was a classic false-flag operation. From the announcement of Allende’s electoral victory, the Nixon-Kissinger White House felt the imperious necessity to get rid of Allende. (He was to die on the first day of the coup in the takiing of the Palacio de la Moneda. It’s not clear if he was shot by the golpistas or shot himself.) Even before his first legislature convened the CIA was busily distributing arms, money and promises to right-wing elements both inside and outside the Chilean military. All of this activity meticulously adhered to the gringos’ “plausible deniability” procedures. After the coup was over and the military dictatorship installed the Americans solemnly declared that they had nothing to do with it.

How to Spot Them


  • The catalyst is typically a spectacular event, which is followed by immediate media saturation. Of course this is the nature of news, but there are a few warning signs of a plotted false flag. If the major news outlets are all in sync, reporting on the event without thoroughly vetting the information then there is cause for concern.
  • Within a relatively short period of time a scapegoat will be named, establishing an enemy with no trial nor investigation into other possibilities. The case will be closed, government action will ensue, and someone will reap a profit.
  • Be suspicious of any invasion, bombing, or “terrorist attack,” especially if it seems counterproductive for the country or entity that supposedly launched it. In all likelihood it was launched by someone else.
  • Is the attack used as justification for a fraudulent “counter-attack?”  This is usually the case.
  • Place the attack in the context of the known agendas of different countries or entities. Ask yourself who has something to gain from this attack, even if it’s only to discredit an enemy.
  • If the false-flag attack is blatantly obvious–to the point or ridiculous–from the point of view of an impartial outside onlooker, it can still be useful to a government wanting to influence its own population, either to frighten them or otherwise prepare them psychologically for the “counter-attack.” People tend to believe what the want to believe or are told to believe, not what they see.
  • These scenarios work best when the stakes are high. The greater the shock value, the less likely people are to question the authenticity of the event. If someone dares to question the mainstream’s version, they’re labeled crazy, insensitive or unpatriotic. Skeptics are denounced as conspiracy theorists who are disloyal to their country in a time of attack.

September 11, 2001 Attacks — Was 9/11 a False Flag?


Here’s a quick summary of the 9/11 attacks from The Conspiracy Project.org:

First off, for those of you entering the rabbit hole for the first time, a false flag operation is defined as: “A horrific, staged event – blamed on a political enemy and used as a pretext to start a war or enact Draconian laws in the name of National security.”

Were the September 11 attacks a False Flag Operation? Would governments really do this? The short answer is, yes. They do it all the time. So were the September 11 attacks a false flag operation?

Part one of the false flag definition: Did Americans rally against the enemy that the government said attacked us? We sure did. Everyone wanted the head of Saddam Hussein on a stick. Thousands died trying to find the “weapons of mass destruction” Bush and Cheney swore were in Iraq. Of course, there were no weapons. And it turns out Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks.

Part two: Did Americans willingly give up some of their freedoms for a little security? Sure did. Even though the Patriot Act was started before 9/11, it was continued by Bush and Obama under the banner of “National Security.”

The now infamous NSA wiretapping of every single American (completely against the Constitution) was welcomed by many citizens as, again, necessary for our protection.

President Obama decreed it okee dokee to assassinate Americans who are suspected of a crime. And Americans can now be detained indefinitely without a trial.

Where is the outrage!? The Constitution – the law of the land – is no more!

Where is the evidence of a false flag op? Well, most of it has been covered up. Or at least they’ve tried to. For a great in-depth listing of all the evidence of a coverup check out the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth website. 2,000 architects and engineers say the government explanation for the buildings collapse was impossible.

But whether or not the attacks prove out to be an inside job, the results are very clear.

We’ve been “false flagged” once again.

What Are We Entitled To?

Are we entitled to affirm that 9/11 was an inside job or that President Kennedy was murdered by a cabal of agencies from within his own country? Of course not. But we are entitled to doubt, and to keep on digging. Yes, there are conspiracy theories. But there are also conspiracies.


Read more rantings in my ebook, The Turncoat Chronicles.
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Author: Michael Booth

Michael Booth, the creator of TrumpAndAllTheRest.com, is a US-born publicist, author and online publisher who has lived in a Spanish village in the foothills of Sierra Nevada for the past five decades. Though better known abroad for his fine-art printmaking sites and online magazine, Booth's day job for the past decade and a half, until recently, was his communications agency, dedicated principally to designing and implementing Internet strategies for Spanish companies and institutions. It took him a long time to get out of publicity and into writing but it was worth the wait.

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