How False Flag Operations Are Carried Out Today

Authored by Phillip Giraldi via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

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.  


TheSilentMajority Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:09 Permalink

All is true in the article.

However, ZH’ers are already well aware of all this. 

The writer needs to get himself on to the MSM outlets to educate the sheep on this important matter.

Bitchface-KILLAH TheSilentMajority Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:26 Permalink

I think the agencies scan social media profiles...  search for plausible suspects...  Loner (check) Poses with guns (check) Has a big mouth or weird ideas (check)...  Come to your house and whack you and leave your lifeless body at the scene of the latest "shooting" incident.

(EDIT: I know "they" obviously read this site.  Wakey wakey boyz... it's falling out of the news cycle again.  Time you do a new "school shooting" with umpteen trillion "innocent victims" carried out by one pencil-necked mad man with an AR15 and 400,000 rounds of ammo slung around his neck like MechaRambo).

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Helena Bonham-Carter BennyBoy Fri, 04/27/2018 - 05:43 Permalink

"if an incident looks like it has no obvious motive behind it, there is a high probability that it is a false flag."

This is an oversimplified view. There are powerful strategies that begin with taking seemingly nonsensical actions. One strategy proceeds to developing (or merely leveraging the development of) false flag narratives among the subjects of the (real or imagined) false flag perpetrator — leading to powerful disagreements about the meanings of events within families and between populations, the wasteful expenditure of enormous amounts of time and energy, erosion of mental health as people spiral into questions of reality vs fantasy, and ultimately destabilization. One can argue we're seeing this attack on the US right now from a foreign power like Russia, but it's also possible that we're witnessing the totally unplanned effects of a real US false flag on an awakened population, or that the US is destabilizing itself intentionally using a semi-transparent false flag. It's difficult to distinguish which one(s) of these scenarios is/are taking place. The safest assumption is all of the above.

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Chupacabra-322 jin187 Fri, 04/27/2018 - 08:20 Permalink

False Flag - (N) Definition: When Governments or organizations (usually the former) stage highly sophisticated attacks on their own foreign soil with the purpose of placing the blame on a desirable enemy foreign or domestic, one who has otherwise done no wrong. Essentially a setup, it provides the government entity with an excuse via fabricated evidence in complicity with media to fulfill its various agendas. (IE: War or Law Making.)


False Flag - (N) Definition: 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 other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than owns own. False Flag Operations are not limited to war and counter - insurgency operations, and have been used in Peace time.

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NiggaPleeze stant Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:25 Permalink

Polish border incident in 1939 was not a false flag but a manufactured event that didn't even happen.  Well, one farmer was found dead, but the cause of his death is entirely inconsistent with either a Polish attack or a German false flag of a Polish attack.

The whole exposure of the alleged Gleiwitz incident was during the Nuremberg trials, which featured the testimony of various tortured German prisoners whose families had also been threatened with death to coerce testimony.  The witnesses often revealed the duress of their testimony by making their testimony patently absurd (e.g., Hoess' original claims of the number killed at Auschwitz).

What was absurd about the alleged Gleiwitz incident?  First, the "false flag" had Germans dressed up as Poles attack a German radio tower and broadcast an anti-German message in Polish.  Well, why would you broadcast a message in Polish to Germans?  It's a totally different language, it's like Chinese taking over a US radio station and broadcasting an anti-US message in Chinese.

Second, the farmer killed was sympathetic to Poland - so why would the alleged Polish aggressors murder him?  Also, he killed by lethal injection, given gunshot wounds, and left dead at the scene.  Why would the Germans kill him by lethal injection first?

The whole thing seems entirely fabricated by the Nuremberg "witness" in order to make it appear that Germany fabricated reasons for invading Poland.  The Gliewitz incident never happened.  Germany invaded Poland because of actual and massive anti-German pogroms being conducted by Poles in parts of Poland treacherously stolen from Germany after WW I.

IN other words, the real "false flag" in the Gleiwitz incident is the allegation that it happened at all.  It's in effect a double-false flag.

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UncleChopChop Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:13 Permalink

simples. Cui Bono. Who benefits.

"they" want you to believe that "terrorists", russians, syrians, etc. are these moronic non-sensical morons with no capacity to connect cause-to-effect or think about consequences of even the most flagrant actions.


this is of course absurd, as watching ANY interview with for instance Assad will tell you. Will you think he is a brilliant pathological liar? perhaps. But you CANNOT listen to him speak in an interview and reach any conclusion other than that he DOES have a reasonable modicum of intelligence (very much so actually) and clearly CAN think about actions and consequences. not a daffy-duck character bouncing and whooping off walls like an idiot.



khnum Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:22 Permalink

It was the British empire,a British spy and a British company, that interfered with the US election and British hysteria pushing for war with Russia and its Britain insinuating a future war with with China and trying to drag the US into conflict with more than likely a British funded false flag.I dont mean the UK I men the City of London and its elite Vaticanesque nobility that control about 1/2 of the worlds finances they see a multipolar threat to the only things they care about power and money and Trump seems to be going along with it unfortunately.

amanfromMars khnum Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:29 Permalink

Howdy, khnum,

That makes their corrupted and perverse systems legitimate targets for all manner of attack and destruction, khnum, and would be incontrovertible proof of a lack of greater intelligence supply with prime applications to, what in both any reality and virtual reality, are just sub-prime lead actors with conspiring media mogulled accomplices ..... whose role is defaulted and denigrated to be ignorant and/or arrogant lackey aiding and abetting the concealment of the real truth which constantly haunts and taunts their every future planned move  ..... and if you are able to understand and believe it, against SMARTR Algorithms which are parsing and presenting stealthily shared tales as breaking news.?!

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Quantify Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:25 Permalink

The lies are the same just the mode in which it is carried out has changed over the centuries. Humans are intrinsically warriors. And the rewards are Earths natural resources. I perfectly understand why people fight over resources, it makes perfect sense. But why a leader like Merkel in Germany would turn against her own people is what baffles me. Those people deserve the worst kind of torture and suffering. 

dunce Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:32 Permalink

I did not believe that the gas attack was real based on past actions by lying muslims. Trump had to pretend to believe his lying intel sources, or be trapped into false charges that he did not care about children being gassed. He squandered hundreds of  millions blowing up worthless buildings and did not start WWIII. He  was lucky. Good for him and us.

Baron Samedi Fri, 04/27/2018 - 03:57 Permalink

Great Book:  Desperate Deception (T. E. Mahle) about how the Brit. secret service (abetted by FDR's white house - and the banxters behind it) engineered a 180 degree switch in Americans' willingness to go to war with Germany in the face of determined isolationism of the time. Of course the job was finished by FDR (Day of Deceit - Stinett) arranging a "surprise" on December 7, 1941.

All coordinated with Churchill - acting for  h i s  banxters across both wars:

"Should Germany merchandise (do business) again in the next 50 years we have led this war (WW1) in vain." -- Winston Churchill in The Times (1919)

... and we know: The Lusitania was loaded with munitions, German warnings to passengers were suppressed, and that the ship escorting the Lusi was pulled off duty in waters known to be stalked by u-boats.

But I am cheered by the (increasing) speed with which the www has facilitated taking down the current crop of false-flags, as observers and reporters have refined their techniques.   


ExPat2018 Fri, 04/27/2018 - 04:58 Permalink

The ZioNazi Jews are the Masters of the False Flag, with the biggest one being 911 which they conjured up.

Of course lots of idiot Americans believe the  official story.

Because Muslims did it so the USA would have an excuse to bomb the crap out of their country /s

Motive is a word that Americans don't have a clue about what it means.

chewtheredpill Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:36 Permalink

Without waiting for all the evidence, the Toronto van mass killing seems like it fits into this category. In their relentless attack on men, the elites' next target is the growing online community of MGTOWs (men who no longer participate in the system of indoctrination that teaches them to be disposible slaves). Do a search for Alek Minassian, the driver, and the top hits (Vox, TheVerge, USAToday, Canadian newspapers) will present elaborate theories about how this act was committed in the name of incels (involuntarily celibate men) and that there is a growing movement of men who are sexless and might act out their frustration with senseless random killings. It harkens back to the propaganda about Muslim men commiting acts of terror with the promise of 72 virgins in heaven. It is an attempt to pathologize the male sex drive and cast it as a risk factor for mass murder. 

Just like post-911, when Ehud Barak and others were conveniently present to immediately present us with a complete ready-made theory about who was responsible and why, these articles are attempting to implant a narrative that incel/MGTOW=terrorist narrative in the minds of sleeping public.

When one understands the grand plan and how agendas are being pushed by the elites through high-profile events occuring at seemingly regular intervals, this attack becomes highly suspect. First, cars can be hacked and controlled remotely so that the driver loses all control over the vehicle. Second, the suspect is almost always a patsy who was manipulated by intel agents either psychologically, pharmacologically or through hypnosis, voice-to-skull, etc...

The MGTOW movement arose bc men started waking up to the conspiracy to deprive men of their happiness, livelihood, sexual fulfillment, masculinity and every other part of their existence. The elites want nothing more than to tie this natural growing resistance, to the threat of terrorism since all civil rights can be ignored in the pre-crime pursuit of any men who is a "potential threat." 

1033eruth Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:46 Permalink

If you want to know just exactly how ugly our government is and what they are willing to do, note the now declassified Operation Northwoods.

"Operation Northwoods was a proposed false flag operation against the Cuban government that originated within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, blaming it on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The plans detailed in the document included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.[2] The proposals were rejected by the Kennedy administration.[3]

Some idiot/s will exclaim that because this proposal by the JCS was rejected, that these type of clandestine operations are never done.  

Anytime Uncle Fraud plans something devious, criminal and corrupt, ITS CLASSIFIED!

Its 100% guaranteed that Uncle Fraud has a classified gun control agenda and they are actively pursuing it.  The number of mass shootings is not coincidental as they are used to beat the American public over the head that guns are dangerous.  Females eat this up because they want to protect their children and they always delegate this responsibility to government.  They are the majority of voters in this country.  

Count Cherep Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:05 Permalink

Mossad Black Ops and False Flags


A Brief history of Mossad Black Ops and False Flags, Mossad: a shell organization for Jewish/Israeli terrorism all over the world. False Flags: Committing an atrocious act, and blaming another party or nation for it. The point is to turn public opinion against an entity, and have someone else fight your battles for you.


Beans Fri, 04/27/2018 - 16:21 Permalink

The MOSSAD controlled false flag attacks of September 11, 2001. A crime committed on live tv before the entire world and to this day not a single one of those dual citizen 'pieces of shit' have been brought to justice.