WHAT IS A 'FALSE FLAG?'
False flag operations are covert operations which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are
being carried out by other entities. 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. *
False flag operations can be used to incite a war while making the country guilty of the false flag appear as if they are engaging in justified
retaliation, to get out of peace treaties (in the fact they make the other side look like the one who originally broke the treaty), or to rally
support from citizens to engage in an offensive.
False flags personally intrigue because nothing gets under my skin more than being falsely accused. Additionally, having to pay for something you have
not done is a gross injustice. Essentially, in a false flag operation, an innocent party is falsely accused of committing the act. It is an act of
propaganda in that the alleged guilty party is often demonized, wrongfully held responsible, and the public is manipulated into accepting action being
taken against the 'offending' party.
Since the concept of false flags and the suspicion of several incoming news events being false flags is popular ATS speculation, I thought it might be
a fun project to take a look at false flags throughout history.
EXAMPLES OF HISTORICAL FALSE FLAG OPERATIONS
THE MANCHURIAN INCIDENT (1931).
This event began when stretches of Japanese owned railroad were destroyed via dynamite in the Chinese region of Manchuria. The explosion was blamed on
Chinese rebels and allowed the Japanese to invade and take control of the area. The incident is still debated to this day, with Japanese military
officials remaining prime suspects.
THE REICHSTAG FIRE (1933).
The Reichstag building is the now defunct German parliamentary building that was set on fire in February of 1933. The arson was immediately pinned on
a communist immigrant who was eventually sentenced to death by beheading. He was posthumously pardoned in 2008. Many suspect the Nazi party set the
fire themselves in order to justify their crusade against an alleged communist plot to overthrow the German government. As a result of the fire, the
Nazi party gained momentum due to their propaganda and fear campaign and rapidly rose to power.
THE SHELLING OF MAINILA (1939).
In an attempt to be free from a peace treaty made with Finland, Soviet Union military agents opened fire on The Russian border village of Mainila.
Finland was then accused of firing the shots and was declared an act of aggression by Russia, thereby releasing them from their peace pact. Four days
later, the Soviets launched an offensive against Finland under the guise of retaliation. Thus began the 'Winter War' between Finland and Russia.
OPERATION HIMMLER (1939).
Another false flag executed by the Nazis to gather support for an invasion of Poland. It mainly consisted of German soldiers dressing up in Polish
uniforms while carrying out acts of vandalism and violence. They would also take concentration camp prisoners, dress them in Polish uniforms, kill
them, and leave their dead bodies at the scene to make it appear the attacks were carried out by Polish soldiers. Thanks to the Nuremberg Trials, the
truth behind the attacks surfaced and German forces were shown to have been behind the attacks.
OPERATION SUSANNAH (1954).
This was a false flag operation undertaken by Israeli intelligence agents who attempted to detonate bombs throughout Egypt (Including American and
British ally sites) and frame Arabs as the guilty party. The operation failed when one of the bombs prematurely detonated and one of the real culprits
was caught. At first Israel denied responsibility but too much evidence came to light that this was indeed a false flag operation. The scandal became
known as the Lavon Affair, named after Pinhas Lavon, Israel's defense minister at the time, who was forced to resign although he was later absolved.
In 2005, the Israeli government officially admitted responsibility.
OPERATION NORTHWOODS (1962).
Fortunately, this plan never came to fruition. It was kept concealed until the records were released to the public in 1997. The proposal is eerily
similar to 9/11 conspiracy theorists who believe 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation carried out by the U.S. government to support a war in the
Middle East. Operation Northwoods proposed engaging in terrorist acts against U.S. civilians on U.S. soil and then blaming the acts on Cuban
EXAMPLES OF SUSPECTED RECENT FALSE FLAGS
Because the following events happened in the last ten years, they are still subject to immense and divisive debate. Many conspiracy theorists suspect
the following attacks to have been false flag operations. Note: I personally do not believe the below are false flags (although I do believe some
foreknowledge was held by the governments above). I'm simply including them in this piece since there are many who do believe they were false flag
operations and welcome any and all disagreement.
RUSSIAN APARTMENT BOMBINGS (1999).
In 1999, four mid-rise apartments were bombed which killed over 300 civilians. Other bombs were found but defused. A militant group took
responsibility for the attacks but various Russian military and political personnel object to this. They claim it was a false flag in which the
Russian government bombed their own civilians in order to gather support for a war with Chechnya.
SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS (2001).
A very popular conspiracy theory is that the United States (and in some circles, the Israeli Mossad) orchestrated the attacks to justify various
levels of Middle East involvement. To a lesser extent, some claim the United States, at the very least, had foreknowledge of the attacks. Some
theorists notice the startling similarities between the never executed Northwoods Operation and the attacks of 2001 in that our government proposed
terrorist attacks on U.S. soil as well as the hijacking of commercial airliners to engage Cuba back in the 1960's.
MADRID BOMBING (2004) & LONDON BOMBING (2005).
In Madrid Spain, over 2,000 individuals were either wounded or killed in the explosions of passenger trains. In the London attacks, over 750 were
either wounded or killed in the explosions of the underground commuter system. In both cases, the attacks were officially declared the actions of
Islamic terrorist organizations protesting Western involvement in the Middle East. In conspiracy circles, theorists speculate the bombings were inside
jobs of their respective governments to instill fear in the people and to increase support for the war on terror.
BLACK PROPAGANDA TACTICS
WHAT IS 'BLACK PROPAGANDA?'
Black propaganda is false information and material that purports to be from a source on one side of a conflict, but is actually from the opposing
side. It is typically used to vilify, embarrass or misrepresent the enemy. *
Similar to false flags which are generally action-oriented, black propaganda usually takes form in printed material or radio broadcasts where the
material appears to come from another source. For instance, a radio personality claiming to be a broadcaster for 'Side A' spewing insults towards
'Side B' but in reality the host is a member of 'Side A.' In essence, it is a type of false flag as the material is presented as coming from an
opponent. It is the opposite of 'white propaganda' that comes from the claimed source.
EXAMPLES OF BLACK PROPAGANDA
BRITISH POSTCARD CAMPAIGN OF WORLD WAR II
During WWII, Britain circulated a wide range of printed material presumably of German origin that portrayed Britain and its people in an extremely
negative light. The material came in the form of post cards, book order forms, and other material purported to be the works of famous German authors.
THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION
Possibly one of the most famous examples of black propaganda, PEZ was presented as evidence of a Jewish conspiracy to secretly control the world
through media and finance. It was later revealed to be a hoax perpetrated by Russian agents.
It is unknown exactly how many false flags have occurred throughout history. Some have been proven and admitted while others still fall into the gray
area of conspiracy. It's still a topic that I find fascinating and which is fun to speculate on.
Please feel free to critique any of the above information or disagree if you do or do not believe any of the above fit the description.