Everyone’s Talking about “False Flags … Isn’t that Another Bogus Historical Conspiracy Theory?

Forget Boston, 9/11 and Oklahoma City … Is False Flag Terror Even a REAL Historical Concept?

More people are using the term “false flag” than ever before.

Some claim that the Boston marathon bombing, 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing were false flag attacks.

Others claim that anyone who uses the phrase “false flag” is a nut conspiracy theorist.

This post does not discuss Boston, 9/11 or Oklahoma City.  It simply looks at whether there is any real historical concept regarding false flags.

What Is False Flag Terror?

“False flag terrorism” is defined as a government attacking its own people, then blaming others in order to justify going to war against the people it blames. Or as Wikipedia defines it:

False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to appear as if 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 are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time; for example, during Italy’s strategy of tension.

The term comes from the old days of wooden ships, when one ship would hang the flag of its enemy before attacking another ship in its own navy. Because the enemy’s flag, instead of the flag of the real country of the attacking ship, was hung, it was called a “false flag” attack.

Indeed, this concept is so well-accepted that rules of engagement for naval, air and land warfare all prohibit false flag attacks.

Leaders Throughout History Have Acknowledged False Flags

Leaders throughout history have acknowledged the danger of false flags:

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
– Plato

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
– U.S. President James Madison

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”.
– Adolph Hitler

“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.”
– Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

“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”.
– Josef Stalin

Governments from Around the World ADMIT that they Carry Out False Flag Terror

But don’t take our word for it.

Governments from around the world admit they carry out false flag terror:

  • A major with the Nazi SS admitted at the Nuremberg trials that – under orders from the chief of the Gestapo – he and some other Nazi operatives faked attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland. Nazi general Franz Halder also testified at the Nuremberg trials that Nazi leader Hermann Goering admitted to setting fire to the German parliament building, and then falsely blaming the communists for the arson
  • The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950′s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister
  • Israel admits that an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind “evidence” implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers, and several of the Israelis later confessed) (and see this and this)
  • As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in the 1960′s, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. See the following ABC news report; the official documents; and watch this interview with the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.
  • 2 years before, American Senator George Smathers had suggested that the U.S. make “a false attack made on Guantanamo Bay which would give us the excuse of actually fomenting a fight which would then give us the excuse to go in and [overthrow Castro]“.
  • And Official State Department documents show that – only nine months before the Joint Chiefs of Staff plan was proposed – the head of the Joint Chiefs and other high-level officials discussed blowing up a consulate in the Dominican Republic in order to justify an invasion of that country. The 3 plans were not carried out, but they were all discussed as serious proposals
  • The South African Truth and Reconciliation Council found that, in 1989, the Civil Cooperation Bureau (a covert branch of the South African Defense Force) approached an explosives expert and asked him “to participate in an operation aimed at discrediting the ANC [the African National Congress] by bombing the police vehicle of the investigating officer into the murder incident”, thus framing the ANC for the bombing
  • An Algerian diplomat and several officers in the Algerian army admit that, in the 1990s, the Algerian army frequently massacred Algerian civilians and then blamed Islamic militants for the killings (and see this video; and Agence France-Presse, 9/27/2002, French Court Dismisses Algerian Defamation Suit Against Author)
  • Senior Russian Senior military and intelligence officers admit that the KGB blew up Russian apartment buildings and falsely blamed it on Chechens, in order to justify an invasion of Chechnya (and see this report and this discussion)
  • According to the Washington Post, Indonesian police admit that the Indonesian military killed American teachers in Papua in 2002 and blamed the murders on a Papuan separatist group in order to get that group listed as a terrorist organization.
  • The well-respected former Indonesian president also admits that the government probably had a role in the Bali bombings
  • As reported by BBC, the New York Times, and Associated Press, Macedonian officials admit that the government murdered 7 innocent immigrants in cold blood and pretended that they were Al Qaeda soldiers attempting to assassinate Macedonian police, in order to join the “war on terror”.
  • Former Department of Justice lawyer John Yoo suggested in 2005 that the US should go on the offensive against al-Qaeda, having “our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers, training camps, and fundraising operations. It could launch fake terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes, helping to sow confusion within al-Qaeda’s ranks, causing operatives to doubt others’ identities and to question the validity of communications.”
  • United Press International reported in June 2005:

    U.S. intelligence officers are reporting that some of the insurgents in Iraq are using recent-model Beretta 92 pistols, but the pistols seem to have had their serial numbers erased. The numbers do not appear to have been physically removed; the pistols seem to have come off a production line without any serial numbers. Analysts suggest the lack of serial numbers indicates that the weapons were intended for intelligence operations or terrorist cells with substantial government backing. Analysts speculate that these guns are probably from either Mossad or the CIA. Analysts speculate that agent provocateurs may be using the untraceable weapons even as U.S. authorities use insurgent attacks against civilians as evidence of the illegitimacy of the resistance.

  • Quebec police admitted that, in 2007, thugs carrying rocks to a peaceful protest were actually undercover Quebec police officers
  • At the G20 protests in London in 2009, a British member of parliament saw plain clothes police officers attempting to incite the crowd to violence
  • A Colombian army colonel has admitted that his unit murdered 57 civilians, then dressed them in uniforms and claimed they were rebels killed in combat
  • U.S. soldiers have admitted that if they kill innocent Iraqis and Afghanis, they then “drop” automatic weapons near their body so they can pretend they were militants

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that governments from around the world have – according to their own admissions – carried out false flags.

Any discussion about a specific terrorist attack cannot start with the assumption that it couldn’t be a false flag attack, or that it must be a false flag attack.

The facts of each attack must be examined on their own merits before reaching any conclusion.

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  • Thank you very much for this article. I really like the way you wrapped it up as well. Any discussion about a specific terrorist attack cannot start with the assumption that it couldn’t be a false flag attack, or that it must be a false flag attack. Some events are just allowed to happen or are encourage to take place. At the end of the day when “official stories” don’t add up, folks need to ask questions.

  • marvin nubwaxer

    because the voices in alex jones’s head say so.

  • Like I’ve been saying: if these people in these so-called “terror attacks”, ARE participating in a staged attack…a Sandy Hook, a Boston Marathon bombing; if they are ACTORS in a staged terrorist attack: ACTING the part of bomb victims, grieving parents, military contractors, local police, etc…then they would have inside knowledge about the false flag, could be easily identified, detained and questioned, and can be prosecuted under RICO.

    All we need is a DA, any DA, from any county, in any state to move forward with an investigation. Any Attorney General from any state in the union who hasn’t drunk the Kool-aid. A new Jim Garrison, a new independent Oklahoma City bombing investigation. Someone to start an investigation, find out who these people are, haul them in front of grand jury, who planned these staged attacks, who paid them, and uncover the whole rancid under-belly of the so-called war on terror that has enslaved and
    impoverished America.

    • fred

      Have you really thought this through? have you not seen the man with his legs blown off in his hospital bed? what about the nurses,what do they say about it all. are they complicit too?. Not to say it isn’t suspicious, and I do believe it was staged, but actors? These bastards don’t care who they hurt,they don’t need actors.

      • ramblin rose

        I’ve read a theory that one bomb was fake with actors (LensCrafters), and the other bomb was real with real victims (one block from finish line). Theory from: http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/

      • GaryGoddmn

        One of the worst memes to emerge from 9/11 Truth “milleau” involved blaming and attacking the victims. Even if there was a shred of possible truth to this line, it is GROTESQUE and requires indisputable evidence, not conjecture.

        Loose Change, who became Alex Jones’ buddies, are classic examples. Jim Hoffman (engineer, above) and a friend of his (Michael Green, iirc) wrote responses to LC and another Pentagon movie, describing them as “if not produced by CIA, then aiding CIA for free” in terms of disinformation.

        Coincidence: The worst ones also take on or are associated with an anti-Satan or anti-illuminati Christian & Libertarian angle. Much like the poison memes about the economy run with a Christian Right view or the “apriori truths” (reject empirical analysis) of the Mises-Austrian econ cult.

        Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck blamed the victims’ families too … for complaining in public, with Ann offering the grotesque viewpoint that the four wives were ENJOYING their husbands’ deaths.

        9/11 – Press for Truth sifted through published mainstream news articles, books, official documents from the Pentagon etc. for their sources of facts and discrepancies, but no illuminati or bizarre rumors … no one “weirder” than award-wining journalist from the Vietnam era, Seymour Hersh.

        Since people are gullible and the web is diverse, many of the worst memes got equal footing or MORE exposure than the rational discussions.

        Then you got the chortling cookie-cutter so-called “critics” (like Dan, above) who pop up to mock anyone who challenges the mainstream line (remember the term “Party Line” in the USSR, the stories everyone was expected to accept, because the state-Party was supposedly nothing less than a dictatorship of “y’all” the people), because mockery and ridicule without solid intellectual critique is a form of ego masturbation.

      • Bill

        Regarding some anomalies of the Boston Bombing mock drill become false flag:
        In the video clip below, note the man with the cowboy hat….and the man with no legs, and hardly any blood loss?
        One comment on the video went like this:
        it was all staged. I’ve worked in the emergency field for nearly 10
        years dealing with fatal, and near fatal car accidents along the I-15,
        I-40, 395 and 57 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and I’ve seen every
        type of injury you can imagine. One thing I can absolutely assure you
        of is that the man with the missing legs would’ve been dead from blood
        loss in less than 5 minutes, and there would’ve been a massive puddle
        all around him and all over himself. His legs aren’t even bleeding! All

        Amputee actors help make Boston Bombing Hoax look real

  • half of these examples aren’t proven, have broken links… it just comes off as lazy.

    Also keep in mind what conspiracy theorists don’t see…. the entirity of the “conspiracy industry” and the amount of money people like David Icke, Alex Jones and Glen Beck have invested in misinformation and fear.

    • James Zablocki

      Hey.dumb ass. How about.you do a.little original homework, instead of just regurgin what the retard tube told you? Oh my god, people making money dispensing the truth! What’s next, are you gonna get a job and expect your employer to pay you? Outrageous I say! So, the liars on the boob can make money telling lies and help destroy this nation, but nobody else can? I see two possibilities here; you are either being paid by the government to confuse and mis-direct, or you are just flat out brain dead son! Either way, that shit don’t work anymore!! Anyone with a brain that hasn’t been hijacked can see right thru your weak ass attempt at obfuscation. You are like a thumb sucking baby who is trying to butt in on adult conversation! I think it’s past your bedtime, little one. The truth needs no babysitter! You can lead a tard to knowledge, but you cannot make him think! Common sense, it’s all I need!! “Honey, check and see if junior needs changed before you.lay him down”. Nitey nite junior

    • Rogoraeck

      I’m glad that I found on this site someone who can trust our government!
      You are right. The government is concerned & caring for the people & they have only one objective, is to make us SAFE.
      You are right! Don’t read all those loony conspiracy sites! Put your trust in MSM (actually mean man having sex with man. But Hey today it’s allowed) like FOX/CNN/NBC/NPR ect..ect..

    • colinjames71

      Those are exactly the people i don’t listen too, personally, and there’s plenty of actual, real, outstanding journalists and whistleblowers and this thing called public records to back all this up. And worse. I’d suggest starting with a bbc documentary called, aptly, “the power of nightmares”. Need to keep your mind open. Or else beat it and go catch up with the Kardashians.

    • Are we sure you’re not a shill? In very little sentences, you managed to say: “conspiracy theory”, “David Icke”, “Alex Jones”, and “Glen Beck”. And say NOTHING besides ridiculing those questioning the farcical “official story”.

  • colinjames71

    Well said thank you. You forgot Nero. 🙂

  • licksick

    Awesome Post. “The facts of each attack must be examined on their own merits before reaching any conclusion.” I completely agree. In most of these controversial events, all that can really be proven is that there was a vigorous effort to prevent any further investigation of the matter. For me, the lack of transparency is enough for me to not trust the official story. But making ignorant claims about things that cannot be proven is providing the ammo that is used to slander anyone with critical thinking skills as a “conspiracy nut”.

    Media types will point to the most ridiculous of all beliefs and then use that brush to paint anyone who questions the official narrative as a lunatic. As though everyone who has unanswered questions believes that the entire event was a hoax cooked up in a studio.

    “Yes, we know there were victims, it was indeed tragic…. No, I’m not trying to say that nobody got their legs blown off. What I am saying is that the official story surrounding the event is dubious at best.”

    (It’s because the major media figures know that they are paid to entertain and report, NOT investigate. Critical thinking breaks the passive trance of television and forces viewers to wake up).

    • GaryGoddmn

      Instead of suppressing the more whack-job appearing rumor mill, the media routinely hands a microphone to the worst whack-job conspiracy theorists and puts THEM on camera, while ignoring the engineers and sane political analysts.

      To wit, James Fetzer on Hannity. Eric Hufscmid on any media – overt Jew-hatred. Tamerlan’s Mommy (tho she may be on to something).
      The official narrative of the Boston bombing comes loaded with human-interest stories on family and personal motivations … opinions, true or shaded or faked.

      What a DIFFERENCE:
      One of the earliest “day after” critics of the unfolding 9/11 tale was this man:
      WTC7.net or http://www.wtc7.net
      was created by Jim Hoffman to address the suspicious silence surrounding the total collapse of the 47 story skyscraper known as WTC 7, or Building 7.
      HOME subdomain – http://911research.wtc7.net/
      9-11 Research does not promote incivility, junk science, or ‘no-jetliner’ claims.

      Hoffman’s website employs his career experience in publishing scientific papers on nano-engineering, which is not quite the same as him being an architect or civil engineeer … so what.

      Trojan Horses + Nonsense as a Weapon
      An effective tool for reinforcing the loony conspiricism meme is the introduction of theories that that have no basis in evidence, such as the idea that no planes hit the towers. The association of these ideas with the careful research of investigators in the 9/11 Truth Movement stands to set back the cause of awakening the larger public to the facts of the attack.

      A series of websites have promoting more or less obvious hoaxes since the attack.
      The mainstream media has NEVER interviewed and ridiculed THIS fella. Others who are not “un-hinged” are equally ignored.

      • Bill

        Well thought out. In short, by putting out a nut-case talking about a particular incident….the entire topic is now ‘marginalized’; the dialogue is stopped dead, and the necessary investigation has lost its support.

  • gozounlimited

    An Open Invitation to critically think…… embrace life, truth, love……. One chain don’t make no prison…….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQOLciRcVlU&playnext=1&list=PLE646695BB6CB0A60

  • Well, maybe there is a ‘false flag?’ WHY is the media IGNORING West, TX.

  • amerikagulag

    Congress, BY ITS VERY NATURE, engages in conspiracy. It’s a word I’ve come to love.

    And the biggest conspiracy theory of all is always the OFFICIAL STORY. It’s the one with the most outrageous and impossible claims.

    Boston was a staged event:

  • if this kid was shot and lying in his blood, why isn’t there blood on his stomach????!!!!! Blood would soak through his sweatshirt!!!!!!!

  • Handsome James

    They not only bamboozle the people with their false flags, they lie right to their faces tht they could never consider such a thing…
    Lies, lie, lies…
    Love the blog!!!
    Check me out: who are the Real Cowards and Terrorists: http://rathbonezvizionz.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/who-are-the-real-cowards-and-terrorists-understanding-defintions-of-terror/

  • barryg

    You forgot WW!, WW!! and Vietnam and 9/11

  • Grannyaz

    Would the shootings in Conn be under a false flag? Obama is sure using it to take our guns !

    • beaglebailey

      Just curious, do you still have your guns you claim Obama wants to take say from you.

  • Richard

    The problem is that “We the People” will never know all the real facts. That makes it a false flag.

  • travis690

    And let’s not forget Eric With-Holder and the Fast and Furious ordeal.

  • this is whack job central, love it!

    if you disagree with a conspiracy theorist you:
    1. are part of the conspiracy
    2. are one of the “sheeple”
    3. must watch mainstream media
    4. don’t question anything
    5. obviously believe the government is trusting and loving

    Did I miss any? Can I be your strawman?

    • i’d like to become an adjective in the tin foil hat circuit, like “oh man, he’s Verner-ing it up!”

      • chemtrails and weather control man HAARP!

    • Bill

      yes, I have noticed that thinking is rare within the general public. Even television viewers have a tendency to be too complacent, rather than do some serious investigation on particular topics. I have posted many web pages on ‘alternate perspectives’ other than mainstream, pro-war newsfeed. Though I understand, (through the obvious evidence) that the world trade tower demolition project was used as an excuse to garner support for war on the Mid-East….I have also discovered that contrails are not chemtrails. Some topics seem to be put out there to simply mislead and screw with people’s heads. I have found that often pieces to the puzzle can be found in the oddest of places, and in reputable people coming forth to tell their personal stories.

      But, many topics are just not worth the time to push about the internet, unless of course one is just in it for some brief entertainment.

      I am careful to not enter conversations where people haven’t done their homework. What is the point? Someone who has done the research is on the same page, while someone who believes their nightly newscasts as gospel has no foundation for dialogue.

    • beaglebailey

      I guess you didn’t click on the link about Operation Northwood?
      And chemtrails are real. Search for Geoengineering then take you fat ass outside and look up.
      I have been watching at least 6 planes flying over head for 5 months.
      Get your head out od your ass and your moms basement.

  • GaryGoddmn

    At the original Boston Tea Party, colonists attacked a trading ship belonging to a Government-Corporation (Britain). They were dressed up as …. _________ .

  • loyalest


    All I need to see to prove that a “FALSE FLAG DICHOTOMY” is the following:

    1. YouTube, Search: U.N.Flag Stands taller than U.S. FLAG.

    2. Yahoo, Search: May 5 FLAG BAN DAY.

    3. YouTube, search: HILLARY CLINTON’S upside down satanic star flag

    3 $trikes they are out in the old ball game.
    What say you America?

  • oh god

    Great Article. One thing that is not in dispute is that they use the media in these events to push an agenda. Real or fake is important, but the obvious tell is the hype, the over reaction and finally the solution which always results in bad outcomes. In reality outside of the globalist ideology the ends never justify the means. Especially when you decieve, lie, overreact for an agenda.

  • david t. krall

    from : david t. krall

    Excellent article. BRAVO ! A “wind gust” of common sense! This “stuff” has been going on since the beginning of time! Even the Romans, from time to time felt compelled to give hints once in a while to one of their “client states” if got “too friendly” with say Egypt or Carthage, e.g. “missing” or “all of a sudden”
    a series of “disasters” (fires) regarding ships, shipment of trade supplies or a “temporary missing” diplomatic delegation. One of the ultimate false flags The Reischstag Fire or also the sinking of The Maine…we’re seeing one right now, a multi-pronged effort ! The slow roll-back of the Patriotic Act all of a sudden has the FBI crying for “help”…What a bold faced lie! Police depts. have had for an extremely long time direct links and pipelines (to and from) agencies like the FBI, CIA and Dod, etc. and this “whole contest thing” about “drawing” and mocking the religious icon of a major religion…what’s that really also about? cleaver way of adding gasoline to a very false flag op?
    David T. Krall

  • david t. krall

    from: David t. krall

    FYI, just to “help out”, your reference above regarding NATO, The CIA and Italian right wing thugs is known as Operation Gladdio or / aka Operation Gladdio and the P-2,,,,a long running program ( series of ops) lasting SEVERAL years involving The CIA, NATO, Right Wing/Extremists Elements within the Italian Military Intelligence Agencies…e.g. murder of Aldo Moro, blamed on “Red Brigades” in reality the perpetrators and facilitators all named within those organizations/groups named above !!!
    david t. krall