The First Question to Ask After Any Terror Attack: Was It a False Flag?

George Washington's picture

Governments from around the world admit they’ve used the bully’s trick … attack first, and then blame the victim:

  • Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”.   The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found:  “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the “Incident” was to afford an excuse for the occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….”    And see this
  • 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 in 1933, and then falsely blaming the communists for the arson
  • Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev admitted in writing that the Soviet Union’s Red Army shelled the Russian village of Mainila in 1939 – while blaming the attack on Finland – as a basis for launching the “Winter War” against Finland. Russian president Boris Yeltsin agreed that Russia had been the aggressor in the Winter War, and Putin
  • 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)
  • 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
  • The Turkish Prime Minister admitted that the Turkish government carried out the 1955 bombing on a Turkish consulate in Greece – also damaging the nearby birthplace of the founder of modern Turkey – and blamed it on Greece, for the purpose of inciting and justifying anti-Greek violence
  • The British Prime Minister admitted to his defense secretary that he and American president Dwight Eisenhower approved a plan in 1957 to carry out attacks in Syria and blame it on the Syrian government as a way to effect regime change
  • 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 NSA admits that it lied about what really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 … manipulating data to make it look like North Vietnamese boats fired on a U.S. ship so as to create a false justification for the Vietnam war
  • A U.S. Congressional committee admitted that – as part of its “Cointelpro” campaign – the FBI had used many provocateurs in the 1950s through 1970s to carry out violent acts and falsely blame them on political activists
  • The German government admitted (and see this) that, in 1978, the German secret service detonated a bomb in the outer wall of a prison and planted “escape tools” on a prisoner – a member of the Red Army Faction – which the secret service wished to frame the bombing on
  • 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 in 1999 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”
  • Senior police officials in Genoa, Italy admitted that – in July 2001, at the G8 summit in Genoa – planted two Molotov cocktails and faked the stabbing of a police officer, in order to justify a violent crackdown against protesters
  • Similarly, the U.S. falsely blamed Iraq for playing a role in the 9/11 attacks – as shown by a memo from the defense secretary – as one of the main justifications for launching the Iraq war. Even after the 9/11 Commission admitted that there was no connection, Dick Cheney said that the evidence is “overwhelming” that al Qaeda had a relationship with Saddam Hussein’s regime, that Cheney “probably” had information unavailable to the Commission, and that the media was not ‘doing their homework’ in reporting such ties. Top U.S. government officials now admit that the Iraq war was really launched for oil … not 9/11 or weapons of mass destruction (despite previous “lone wolf” claims, many U.S. government officials now say that 9/11 was state-sponsored terror; but Iraq was not the state which backed the hijackers)
  • 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.

  • Undercover Israeli soldiers admitted in 2005 to throwing stones at other Israeli soldiers so they could blame it on Palestinians, as an excuse to crack down on peaceful protests by the Palestinians
  • Quebec police admitted that, in 2007, thugs carrying rocks to a peaceful protest were actually undercover Quebec police officers (and see this)
  • 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
  • Egyptian politicians admitted (and see this) that that government employees looted priceless museum artifacts in 2011 to try to discredit the protesters
  • 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 highly-respected writer for the Telegraph Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says that the head of Saudi intelligence – Prince Bandar – recently admitted that the Saudi government controls “Chechen” terrorists
  • High-level American sources admitted that the Turkish government – a fellow NATO country – carried out the chemical weapons attacks blamed on the Syrian government; and high-ranking Turkish government admitted on tape plans to carry out attacks and blame it on the Syrian government
  • The former Ukrainian security chief admits that the sniper attacks which started the Ukrainian coup were carried out in order to frame others
  • Britain’s spy agency has admitted to (and see this) that it carries out “digital false flag” attacks on targets, framing people by writing offensive or unlawful material … and blaming it on the target

So Common … There’s a Name for It

Painting by Anthony Freda

The use of the bully’s trick is so common that it was given a name hundreds of years ago.

“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


“A history of false flag attacks used to manipulate the minds of the people! “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche


“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

People Are Waking Up to False Flags

People are slowly waking up to this whole con job by governments who want to justify war.

More people are talking about the phrase “false flag” than ever before.

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BullyBearish's picture

It's a FALSE FLAG whether the ones who benefit do it or create the conditions for someone else to do it...

SmittyinLA's picture

How many of these false flag state pension checks go to Israel?

Has the US and Russia ever reconciled pension payments to Israel?



Questan1913's picture

Great article George.  Equivalent to a college level course in government employment of these kinds of events used to acquire power or consolidate control over a subject population; or destableize competitor regimes in order to steal their resources.

Questan1913's picture

Governments descended from the packs of roving brigands who terrorized, raped and plundered the early human settlements, eventually changing their modus operandi to settling down and taking over permanently the juiciest prizes.  They were and always have been criminal, sociopathic organizations of thieving murderers ruling over ":their" subjects.  It should be obvious to that rare person with even half a brain left that the US is ruled by just such an organisation of malefactors. Once you understand that everthing around you starts to make sense.  For the best written insight into the US version of this phenomenon read Lysander Spooner;  "A letter to Grover Cleveland".  It's free on the net, and will never be surpassed.


honest injun's picture

This has been going on since the inception of the country.  In the Boston tea party, white colonist dressed up as Indians to throw tea off of a British ship because they did not want to pay a tax.  The Boston massacre occurred when colonists threw rocks at armed British soldiers who returned fire.  The "civil war" was fought over taxes.  The South paid 90% of the taxes (import duties) and Lincoln said he was going to double them.  Fort Sumter was a tax collection station that was intentionally made vulnerable.  Once it was attacked, the North could take the moral high ground saying that the South was filled with violent barbarians who attacked peaceful people.  The Maine, Lusitania, Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, 9/11, Waco, OK city, and others all are some form of deception to further the goals of the power behind the throne.

semperfi's picture

The $US is supported by terror & war.

q99x2's picture

Hell ya the NWO is behind it. Why do you think they all showed up for a photo op together. They are not crazy to appear in public like that and they certainly aren't decent people. They are actors, TOTNWO each in their own right. Contractors that get paid to risk their lives. You better learn the duck and cover technique before the mushroom clouds appear. They are at the end of the line with the stock market and money printing (financial terrorism). The next move is physical.

Mike Honcho's picture

Joseph Kony comes to mind.

silverer's picture

False flag or not, what you have to look at is what is orchestrated as the follow-up. The initial threat is over, most perpetrators are dead.  Calling up 10,000 troops? Really?  A false flag has a goal or purpose other than the event itself.  Watch carefully to what happens next, and keep in mind when a ferry sinks and 150 people drown, they don't call up 10,000 troops.  Where are the marches of politicians for safer ferrys?  In a healthy country with freedom and liberty, an armed and trained population protects itself.  The government's job is to provide the citizens with necessary (truthful) information, and help coordinate a proper response.  Thomas Jefferson: "Every citizen should be a soldier".  Want to see the proper role of citizens and government?  Watch the old science fiction 1950's B movie, the Monolith Monsters.  Note the mindset back then, and the role of citizens and the government.  Watch how the citizens are the heroes, and the Sheriff does his job of providing support. It's amazing!  And it never gets above the local level!!  A must watch for home schoolers!

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

seeds planted long ago produce violence..look up british setting up states in ME after 1900.

no real need for false flags to be produced by a nation state it's the outcome of policy , our policy just stirs up hate and fear.

but when violence happens after years of injustice and war can be used to further goals of the elite

some events like JFK murder, 911 fall into the state sponsored actions - listed above..but much of what the world sees as terrorism: is just the evil fruit of years of crime and lies.

CFR Davos Bilderberger's international banks and central banks, MIC, produce the evil fruit of terrorism as planned. Smart fuckers have made it so peoples of the earth hate and kill each other while rarely going after those at the top..too bad.

SoDamnMad's picture

After Sandy Hook I look back at many of the USSA false flags.  I AM surprised that Bibbe was able to attend the march of support and turn the whole thing into an Attack on Jews. That quickly made me start to look at the false flag issue (which started when people examined the photos of the Arab policeman being shot in the head on the sidewalk and no blood seemed sprayed over the sidewalk.) Then I went Hmmmmmm

Funny that on Monday at 10 AM Europe time, I got the State Department "Security Message for US Citizens, Worldwide Caution"  warning in my mailbook.  Take your time guys. I know you don't show  until then at the Embassies.

mayhem_korner's picture



I hope you don't think Sandy Hook was a false flag.  If so, I'm more worried about being attacked by you and the other paranoid CTs following around GW.

Grouchy Marx's picture

The second question to ask is: could it be a "double false flag?"

In other words, could it have been done by people openly, but made to look like it could have been another group trying to frame the group that actually perpetrated the crime?

russwinter's picture

Francois Hollande Says Illuminti Behind Paris Attacks:

graveheart's picture

There seems to be flagging support for true flag operations

dreadnaught's picture

remember OPERATION NORTHWOODs The CIA/MOSSAD used it as a template for the 911 attacks-they themselves invented it back in 1960---and the NeoCONs have kept it alive ever since/




NuYawkFrankie's picture

re Was It A False Flag?

It was a "Good Day" for Nut&Yahoo. Draw your own conclusions.

Jano's picture

during the last 5000 years we have seen in politics of every period FFs to be used as a pretext to war, or blackmail.

Just needs to follow up the elementary school history books.

SO what a surprise, that this methodology is being used also in the 20-th and 21-st century.


Only a moron will belive the narrative of politicians and state media.

Platypus's picture

There is always a possibility of a false flag. The problem is that anything involving muslims comes with a big possibility of been true. If muslims were peaceful people, minding their own business, and not trying to force their beliefs on others nobody would think plausible for them to do something like that. Now islam being this whole bunch of maniacs, brain washed people, it makes the life of a hoaxer easier.

Ohne Deckung's picture

Aslong there are running false flag operations you will have left time to hope for the better. They still fear the public.

How deep we had to dig to come to the point were wars were performed purley for subjugating, robbing, raping and murdering with a fresh, naked pleasure on the job, were to hide this fact was not a matter of concern.

In Orwell's classic novel, it has astonished me how much the government there had to act upon exactly this question, in, if you try the math, economically devastating figures.

Why things can't be that easy:

"You listen, speaks my sword"

robnume's picture

double post. Two is better than one!

robnume's picture

Yes, Paris was a false flag event. Seemingly, there were two events, but Israel and the USSA can't have Palestine recognized as a state so their "intel" agencies had to make it look good, hence two, two , two mints in one!

jm's picture

And we're supposed to believe you hook line and sinker because, unlike everyone who disagrees, you have no agenda.

Give it a rest.  People are tired of being sheep and you aren't helping.

George Washington's picture

I just found a new one:

  • A top Turkish general admitted that Turkish forces burned down a mosque on Cyprus in the 1970s and blamed it the enemy.  He explained: “In Special War, certain acts of sabotage are staged and blamed on the enemy
    to increase public resistance. We did this on Cyprus; we even burnt
    down a mosque.” In response to the surprised correspondent's incredulous
    look the general said, “I am giving an example”
JoJoJo's picture

No The First Thing You Do is hunt down the attackers and stop pretending
  that the Joos are behind every massacre and calamity on earth. (ZH is not very tablet friendly for posting)

blindchicken's picture

"tablet friendly"

*shakes head in disbelief&disgust*


nightwish's picture

Like the joos seen dancing and reveling right after the plane hit the world trade center? They really fucked up. They couldnt contain their joy the second they realized their operation was a success. I doubt they are still associated with mossad.

TurdOnTheRun's picture

El George Washington

The BBC documentary on false flag terror attacks across Europe by NATO countries attacking themselves to scare the sheeple was released about 1992ish. In the documentary are interviews with political officials that confirmed the terrorists were trained, supported and equipment for their attacks on their own people. Any reason to believe times or tactics have changed?

Operation Gladio in operation

Funny Money's picture

Don't forget the Beslan school attack.

falconflight's picture

Are you alleging that the Russian government perpetrated an attack killing and wounding hundreds?

falconflight's picture

I guess that applies, the Progressive Wilson wanted war regardless of his campaign promises to the contrary.  I don't know if US politicos were aware of the British use of civilians to shield their arms movements via civilian vessels.  

Grouchy-Bear's picture

France; I am as quiet as I may be, for from the onset, it was as a little bird snuck upon by an Eagle. So all the Kings horses and all the Kings men, could not put France together again and again and again...

falconflight's picture

half truths, lies by omission and commission, and opinion; a patchwork clumsily cobbled together....typical propaganda from the extremists of the in point:

  • 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

This isn't an example of false simple, if not dishonest.  I could go through most of this typically bias in the extreme propaganda, but it's just not that important to me.  

WalterWhite's picture

Get ready for the solution.

Problem:Homegrown terrorists that are being radicalized by these "radical websites".

Solution: We must monitormore to stop these centers of radical thought.Lets start with GW. He is clearly attempting to radicalize his readers.

Beware...its coming

jm's picture

GW is more often than not full of it.  Most stable people are smart enough to discern this without help.

Paveway IV's picture

Don't 'stable' people usually watch CNN or read the NYT for their news?

Palladin's picture

With the MSM 24/7 coverage of a few people getting shot in Paris not a word from ZH or the MSM on this:

Is this fact or fiction. I don't know, but you would think 2,000 people getting killed would get some media attention.

The article is dated Saturday January 10, 2015 05.42 EST

And I quote from the article:

Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the “deadliest massacre” in the history of Boko Haram.


Flybyknight's picture

The mainstream media does not get press releases from the government telling them what to write in this case and also the victims weren't white. Explained it for you.

tumblemore's picture

Is this fact or fiction. I don't know, but you would think 2,000 people getting killed would get some media attention."

There's videos on liveleak of truck loads of people being shot in the head one at a time and thrown into a river.

Paveway IV's picture

Oh my GOD! Where they JEWISH???


Oh... nevermind.

falconflight's picture

It wasn't on the Yahoo News front page, whereas, some story about an Arab stopped and delayed at an Israeli checkpoint in Judea or Samaria, has been front page news at Yahoo.

U-P-G-R-A-Y-E-D-D's picture

Attention folks - we have a troll (FF).  While certainly the story that the mainstream news doesn't care about real tragedies, such as Nigeria or Yemen, is true, for you this truth is used as a tool to gain support of your reader.  That is, you're not here to provide support to increased visibility of tragedies in Nigeria or Yemen.  This is evidentiary point 1 that you're a Zio-Troll: contempt for the truth, feigned support of real victims, all with the intent to focus on yourself.

Yahoo News front page had no story about an "Arab" stopped and delayed at an Israeli checkpoint.  You've moved on to straight lies, with your tenuous introduction dragging ?????? (Fryrim = suckers) along for the ride.  There is no such front page article.  Either you should have gone for less of a blatant lie or prepped the readers before just jumping on a big one.  This is further evidentiary point (2) that you're a Zio-Troll.  A lack of understanding of the contempt that others have for outright lying for selfish purposes.  Then we add that you refer to an "Arab" at an Israeli checkpoint.  Those people, as known within non-Zionist language circles, are Palestinians.  It's really only Israelis or diaspora Zionists who refer to them as "Arabs" (which is indicative of the schizophrenia here, as almost half the population are actually "Arabs" [Mizrahi Jews], "Arab-Jews", which doesn't make sense when the word "Arab" means enemy.  Your use of "Arab" in this way pins you with evidentiary point (3) that you're a Zio-Troll.  

Evidentiary point (4) is hard for people who haven't been to the West Bank at a roadblock to understand (let's not mince words, "machsom" in Hebrew isn't exactly a "check-point", as if you were trying to get into a mall in your settler neighborhood).  It is a roadblock and being "stopped and delayed" is base-level - imagine 2-3 hours randomly stopping your commute to a shitty job - add to that the roads randomly being closed and having to give up when half the day is over because some 18 year old wants to express his Jewish power over you.  "Stopped and delayed" wouldn't be on Yahoo, just like "Gun to the head, chamber a round, do what I say" which I have personally witnessed, never made it into any yahoo feed, let alone past chain of command.  So now you're Zio-Troll selfish-lie play has started to piss me off and I hope the others here witnessing it take offense at the utterly disgusting character you display.  It only takes you one sentence to belie your baseness. 

I'm almost certain that a good deal of readers at ZH know evidentiary point (5) that you're a friggin Zio-Troll.  "Judea and Samaria"?  Lol.  Dude, a good number of people in Tel Aviv don't even use this language.  It's reserved for American Zio colonist/tourists, full blinders-on religious folks, and straight up Zio-Trolls.  

So sorry that some people caught onto the fact that ya'll are involved with the Paris shootings.  Distract all you want with your perceived victimhood.  People have reached the point where they just don't want to listen to people who act outside of the fold of humanity for their own special and chosen purposes.  

U-P-G-R-A-Y-E-D-D's picture

Sorry for the "?????".  Apparently ZH doesn't allowe Hebrew characters. 

daveO's picture

Unfortunately, the road to Syria doesn't go thru Nigeria.

Victory_Garden's picture

Evening listening pleasure with Mr Jim Willie.:


Salzburg1756's picture

The German prisoners at Nuremberg were tortured by tribesmen very severely; nothing that they said there should be taken at face value.

Torgo's picture

Agreed. I'm not impressed by testimony given by German men whose families were imprisoned at home in starvation conditions with Allied guns pointed at their heads. If many treasonous Germans were willing to assassinate Hitler and/or sabotage the delivery of supplies to the front, it's no great leap to doubt their veracity on the stand while under military occupation.