How False Flag Operations Are Carried Out Today

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How False Flag Operations Are Carried Out Today

Written by Philip M. Giraldi; Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

False Flag is a concept that goes back centuries. It was considered to be a legitimate ploy by the Greeks and Romans, where a military force would pretend to be friendly to get close to an enemy before dropping the pretense and raising its banners to reveal its own affiliation just before launching an attack. In the sea battles of the eighteenth century among Spain, France and Britain hoisting an enemy flag instead of one’s own to confuse the opponent was considered to be a legitimate ruse de guerre, but it was only “honorable” if one reverted to one’s own flag before engaging in combat.

Today’s false flag operations are generally carried out by intelligence agencies and non-government actors including terrorist groups, but they are only considered successful if the true attribution of an action remains secret. There is nothing honorable about them as their intention is to blame an innocent party for something that it did not do. There has been a lot of such activity lately and it was interesting to learn by way of a leak that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has developed a capability to mimic the internet fingerprints of other foreign intelligence services. That means that when the media is trumpeting news reports that the Russians or Chinese hacked into U.S. government websites or the sites of major corporations, it could actually have been the CIA carrying out the intrusion and making it look like it originated in Moscow or Beijing. Given that capability, there has been considerable speculation in the alternative media that it was actually the CIA that interfered in the 2016 national elections in the United States.

False flags can be involved in other sorts of activity as well. The past year’s two major alleged chemical attacks carried out against Syrian civilians that resulted in President Donald Trump and associates launching 160 cruise missiles are pretty clearly false flag operations carried out by the rebels and terrorist groups that controlled the affected areas at the time. The most recent reported attack on April 7th might not have occurred at all according to doctors and other witnesses who were actually in Douma. Because the rebels succeeded in convincing much of the world that the Syrian government had carried out the attacks, one might consider their false flag efforts to have been extremely successful.

The remedy against false flag operations such as the recent one in Syria is, of course, to avoid taking the bait and instead waiting until a thorough and objective inspection of the evidence has taken place. The United States, Britain and France did not do that, preferring instead to respond to hysterical press reports by “doing something.” If the U.N. investigation of the alleged attack turns up nothing, a distinct possibility, it is unlikely that they will apologize for having committed a war crime.

The other major false flag that has recently surfaced is the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury England on March 4th. Russia had no credible motive to carry out the attack and had, in fact, good reasons not to do so. The allegations made by British Prime Minister Theresa May about the claimed nerve agent being “very likely” Russian in origin have been debunked, in part through examination by the U.K.’s own chemical weapons lab. May, under attack even within her own party, needed a good story and a powerful enemy to solidify her own hold on power so false flagging something to Russia probably appeared to be just the ticket as Moscow would hardly be able to deny the “facts” being invented in London. Unfortunately, May proved wrong and the debate ignited over her actions, which included the expulsion of twenty-three Russian diplomats, has done her severe damage. Few now believe that Russia actually carried out the poisoning and there is a growing body of opinion suggesting that it was actually a false flag executed by the British government or even by the CIA.

The lesson that should be learned from Syria and Skripal is that if “an incident” looks like it has no obvious motive behind it, there is a high probability that it is a false flag. A bit of caution in assigning blame is appropriate given that the alternative would be a precipitate and likely disproportionate response that could easily escalate into a shooting war.

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  • alejoeisabel

    US master in false flag operations.

  • Alexander Lyapunov

    And of course The Choosen Ones are the masters of this sophisticated form of deception. The same way they’ve done throughout history from time to time.

  • Merijn

    False Flags…The Traitor-Way…They are All Snakes!!! Cowards that have no Honour!!! If you come for War, just Say so Satanic Demons…I want WAR with Traitors and thus Piss Against Your Castle Walls…I am Your Enemy!!! And at least I Am Honest You Fucking Backstabbing Demons..that Kill Your Own Citizens…!!! I ain’t Scared of them Devil!

  • Garga

    With the sloppiness of the Empire of Evil recently, it somehow became easier to recognize false flags. They usually follow a distinct pattern. Here are some pointers which I can think of. Please add to them:

    1- Like always, “Qui Bono”. If the alleged perpetrator doesn’t benefit from it but it helps a great deal the accusers, it’s better to doubt the validity of the incident until further “real” investigations.

    2- Investigations are hard and time-consuming, week and weeks. If immediately after the incident the alleged perpetrator is identified, specially by finding an ID on the scene or by reports of known terrorists, it suggests that it’s bullcrap.

    3- If the incident is real, the security and intelligence organizations do their best not to publicly identify the perpetrators so they’re not spooked and can be caught alive, at least some of them for interrogation. If all the perpetrators are killed shortly after in a “gunfight”, well, we all know what that means.

    4- If the incident is followed shortly by a aggression, military or political when the above points are observed, it’s certainly suspicious.

    5- If the government makes new laws which limit it’s people’s rights and freedom severely and indefinitely, the kind of law that they cannot pass under normal circumstances, it’s not a genuine incident. In a genuine incident, the emergency situations loosen up after passing some times, a few days or a week.

    6- False flags usually create media hype and hysteria. In real incidents, governments try to calm their frightened population, not making everything worse.

    How many terror attacks and incidents in the last couple of years were genuine? Not many.
    Oy, too bad that the most democratic and humanitarian governments of the world are afraid of logic and questions like a rabid dog is afraid of water.

    • Barba_Papa

      These should be chiseled in stone and inscribed in every parliament and news organization around the world.

    • goingbrokes

      There are even more indicators.
      – FFs are often organised around iconic locations, the photographic impact is calculated to be greater;
      – FF events have often some well known people hanging around there, as if they had foreknowledge, strange that;
      – after FF events the police/authorities behave bizarrely, victims are not identified, numbers of victims is very unclear, contradicting accounts confuse things, the story changes (not develops) by the hour,
      – FF events curiously lack sharp video and photo evidence even though almost everyone these days has a smart phone capable of high def pictures and video; official footage looks grainy and inferior; CCTV systems are frequently not operational in those locations where a FF happens;
      – even significant events (if they were true) tend to disappear from mass media suspiciously quickly (Las Vegas shooting);

    • You can call me Al

      I absolutely agree with you, I find that they have become predictable now as well.

      I think your first comment sums it up perfectly in stating “sloppiness of the Empire of Evil recently” – do they think we forgot the reasons they stated the illegal war in Iraq, we believe the likes of Syria attacking (with chemical weapons) an area that the day later they would take anyway, the alleged chemical attack on the Skripals, a week before the Russian Presidential election + the immediate proportioning of blame before any investigation…..or even the bombings and shootings in Europe and the US, where the perpetrators leave their bloody passports behind.

      It is all absolutely inane and insane.

  • Rob

    The chosen ones are all head choppers.

  • What pees me off most about US/UK false flags today is that they don’t even bother to try to make them believable any more.

    That shows a vast and remarkable contempt for their own people – and on top of that – I’m no longer sure their own people don’t deserve that contempt. Far too many of them swallow up the lies and pound them vociferously as the new gospel while the rest …. go about their business as though it doesn’t really matter.

  • Cyriak Papasissis

    What the Greeks did with the ”Trojan Horse” , or such other events , was subterfuge. What we are today naming ”false flag op” goes far beyond that , since it involves psychologically manipulated perpetrators/ actors , possiply acting under a sort of hypnosis /brainwashing.

  • Ewan

    Well, you can see the result of the French FF’s – it “allowed” short shit Macron to “enter” the Syrian war to fight made in USA “ISIS”