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False flags are attacks intended to blame a third party. Since a 1979 conference in Jerusalem, the most common pattern in the West has been coordinated bombs attacks which authorities and the commercially-controlled media quickly blame on suicidal Muslims. This pattern promotes the overarching "war on terror" narrative, promotes fear and is used to concoct casus bellis as needed.

A False flag operation is designed to deceive about the perpetrators. They may be used as a stand alone casus belli or part of a longer term strategy of tension, such as happened the Years of Lead during which Operation Gladio terrorised the Italian population. The primary modern example is the "War On Terror" which is being waged worldwide.


Individual events may have multiple congruent purposes (for example, as covert assassinations, or to discredit a particular group by framing them for the attack,), but campaigns (such as the "war on terror" or the Italian strategy of tension) often have broader purposes, such as effecting social change by using fear as a stressor of a population.


Attribution of virtual attacks is notoriously difficult and predicted to get even harder[1][2], but increased mass communications (especially the mass surveillance carried out by intelligence agencies such as the NSA) mean that large scale false flag attacks in the real world are only feasible for secretive, influential and highly disciplined organisations. They are believed to rarely take place without the cooperation or at least the acquiescence of intelligence agencies. False flag attacks are a risky but regular tool used by deep state groups adept at coopting the machinery of national governments.


Webster Tarpley has published extensively on the strategy of false flags. While they are inevitably contain an element of risk - especially for the lower level operatives who are usually lied to about their involvement, and are often murdered as part of the cover-up - certain common strategies are employed to maximise the "plausible deniability" by which higher-ups life to fight - and kill - another day.


Full article: Rated 4/5 “Terror drill”

"Counter-terror drills" provide cover for activities as suspect as placing live explosives in a school bus.[3] Many high profile terror attacks are near simultaneous with such drills (for example, 9-11 and 7-7). Rogue employees can easily make the decision to make these drills "go live" if they deem conditions favourable, for example by remote detonation of bombs unbeknownst to other participants.

Fallback strategies

False flags are usually designed with many contingency (fallback) strategies to thrawt subsequent investigation by allowing the perpetrators to choose from a maze of official narratives and opposition narratives according to how events pan out. Additional countermeasures such as assassination or blackmail of whistleblowers, witnesses or journalists are sometimes used to try to preserve secrecy, but these counter-strategies have risks of their own. Exploitation of the target population's psychological weaknesses (such as people's fear, naivety, just world bias, cognitive dissonance and conditioning) is an essential part of the effort to minimize the proportion of people who uncover the deception.


How to Create a False Flag in 10 Easy Steps

The psychology of the the targets of terror (the general public) has been extensively studied by "terrorologists", who have gradually refined the process of how to most successfully tell the "big lie". Terror drills have been used to condition people, for example stoking Islamophobia.[4]

Public Awareness

Evidence of an increasing failure of "terrorism" to scare people - and of increasing distrust of the official narrative - was provided by a 2017 survey of the attitudes of 1207 US adults, which revealed their greatest fear to be "corrupt government officials".[5]

Washington's Blog reported in April 2013, after the Boston Marathon Bombing that interest in False Flag attacks was at an all time high, citing data from Google Trends. In 2017, a survey showed that "terrorism" was not among US citizens top 20 fears, and that #1 was "corrupt government officials" - with almost 3/4 of people either "afraid" or "very afraid".[5]

The dramatic rise in searches on "false flag" in 2013.
The geographical data showed that searches were being made on the term especially in USA, Canada, UK, Malaysia, Australia and Germany:
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September 11th, 2001

Full article: Rated 4/5 9-11

Although widely effective at the time, 9/11 changed the dynamics of false flags because after nearly 15 years of mostly online activism by the 9/11 Truth movement have lead to its being widely doubted. A 2015 survey, for example, found that 33% of Canadians were in favor of a Parliamentary review of the 9/11 Commission Report, with 26% neither for nor against, and only 19% opposed.[6][7] This has lead to a new emphasis on internet censorship and the removal of freedom of speech (notably in France in 2015) as ways to try to prevent the unmasking of false flags attacks.

Selected Recent Examples

The most active perpetrators of false flag attacks are believed to be the intelligence agencies of US, UK and Israel.[8] Operation Gladio is a good place to start in study of recent examples, since it is relatively well documented and believed to underpin a range of more modern developments (such as Operation Gladio/B).

1945? - ? Operation Gladio

Full article: Operation Gladio
The remains of the Bologna Central Station in August 1980 after an Operation Gladio bomb killed 85 civilians.

This was a large operation in many European countries which is still only partially understood. It was most clearly revealed in Italy, after bomb attacks which killed hundreds of civilians were eventually admitted to have been carried out by a team established by NATO and the CIA. This operation quite probably gave rise to the Turkish deep state. The program has continued and expanded internationality and codenamed Gladio B.

1954 Lavon Affair

Full article: Lavon Affair

In 1954, Israel used Egyptian Jews as a fifth-column to attack US and UK-owned targets in Cairo and Alexandria. In 1954, one such saboteurs was caught planting a bomb. Israel blamed antisemitism in Egypt for the accusations and anyone who dared repeat them, silencing almost all western comment. However, it finally ended five decades of denial in 2005, presenting official citations to surviving agents, saying: "This is historic justice for those who were sent on a mission on behalf of the state and became the victims of a complex political affair."[9]

The motive is still not entirely clear, though Israel wished to induce the British government to retain its occupying troops in Egypt's Suez Canal zone. Israel also urgently needed manpower to work and defend the land it had seized in 1948, so inducing antisemitism, pogroms and expulsions of Jews was to their advantage. The Wikipedia article on the Lavon Affair is detailed and largely complete, but it claims that the affair was "disastrous for Israel in several ways" - while omitting the serious effects on Egypt and Egyptian Jews.

1967 USS Liberty Incident

Full article: Rated 4/5 USS Liberty Incident

The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty illustrates what can happen when false flag attacks fail. Had the USS Liberty been actually sunk according to plan, Israel might have succeeded in plausibly denying culpability. As it was, the survivors report the planes as Dassault Mirage IIIs and Super-Mystere jets, which could only have been Israeli.[10] The torpedo boats were correctly marked as being Israeli. The survivors all state that the USS liberty was flying the US flag, rendering highly implausible the official Israeli narrative that "we made a mistake". Other evidence includes the lack of markings on the Israeli planes and the jamming of US distress frequencies to try to stop the ship radioing for help. A high level cover up and a subservient US corporate media prevented major repurcussions at the time.

September 11th & Amerithrax

Full articles: 9/11, 2001 Anthrax attacks

On September 11, 2001, an attack occurred in the eastern US which killed thousands of people. The US government asserted that it was perpetrated by 19 Hijackers under direction of Al Qaeda. Numerous anomalies, such as the collapse of WTC7, a third tower in the World Trade Center which was not hit by an aeroplane, suggest that this event was a false flag. Many eye-witnesses report that explosives were involved in all three tower collapses. FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has revealed a U.S. intelligence alliance between al Qaeda starting in 1997 and ongoing to present time. An attack was launched against the Pentagon, which was subject to a military stand down. The official narrative fails to explain the innumerable deviations from standard operating procedure before, during and after the attacks. Wikipedia editors rapidly censor any evidence which contradicts the official narrative.

Admitted False Flag Attacks

Nation states rarely admit to carrying out False Flag attacks, even when clear evidence exists that is unaccounted for by any other version of events. Some recent attacks which have been admitted, from wikipedia's list of false flag attacks:

  • 1978 Celle Hole one bombing carried out by a West German secret service to further implicate the Red Army Faction, an active terrorist group. Revealed to be a not very serious (nobody hurt, no prison escape) case by the German government in 1986.
  • 1970s In Italy right-wing elements are accused of carrying out various terrorist acts as part of a broader Strategy of tension. There do not appear to be any of the elements of a false-flag element, though the 1972 killing of three Italian police Peteano bombing blame was initially blamed on their ideological opponents, the Lotta Continua ("continuous struggle", far left extra-parliamentary organization). Officers of the carabinieri were later indicted and convicted for manipulating the investigation in false directions. An Ordine Nuovo ("New Order" far right Italian cultural and extra-parliamentary political and terrorist organization founded in 1956) member has been named as the bomber.
  • 1962 Operation Northwoods was a series of proposals for false-flag attacks, blaming Cuba for attacks carried out on US people/assets rejected by the Kennedy administration. In the same year Operation Mongoose was 12 proposals devised by the Department of Defense and against the same target. James Bamford wrote in his well-cited 2002 book "Body of secrets" that Northwoods "had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff".
  • 1944 Panzer Brigade 150 wore American uniforms as they attempted to seize bridges ahead of the Ardennes Offensive, a German counter-attack. Their success was slight though the tactic caused the Americans great alarm. A Wikipedia article on the "Kommandoverband Jaguar German army unit" was deleted when it was discovered to have been largely taken from (and hence a copyright violation of) an article on a Russian web-site here, claiming that Germans in Russian uniforms spent 6 hours in Soviet occupied territory. It is unclear whether this is a true false-flag attack/operation (as intended at both Wikipedia and Wikispooks). It is known that SOE agents sometimes wore German uniforms behind enemy lines and, in 1944, German soldiers were sometimes wearing the better-quality American uniforms. Debatable false-flag, treated here as covert.
  • 1939 The Gleiwitz incident in which Germans dressed as Polish briefly seize a German radio station. They briefly broadcast in Polish and left behind the body of a freshly murdered German Silesian known to have been sympathetic to Poles. Genuine false-flag. Pretext for the German invasion of Poland, official start of WWII.
  • 1939 The Shelling of Finland by Joseph Stalin and USSR in order to get pretext for 'justified' war of aggression named Winter War.
  • 1933 The Reichstag Fire was Hitler's pretext for suspending the Weimar Constitution and could have been false flag. Historians disagree as to whether Van der Lubbe acted alone or whether the arson was planned and ordered by the Nazis.



     Page name     DateAttributed toPerpetrator(s)Description
2005 London bombings7 July 2005 08:50:00 - 7 July 2005 09:47:00Hasib Hussain
Mohammad Sidique Khan
Germaine Lindsay
Shehzad Tanweer
2014 Ukraine coup/Odessa massacre2 May 20142014 Ukraine coup
2017 Refugee False Flag2015 - February 2017'Franco A.'?
'Mathias F.'?
'Maximilian T.'?
9-1111 September 20019-11/The 19 Hijackers
Zacarias Moussaoui
Operation Gladio/B
US/Deep state
JFK/Assassination22 November 1963Lee Harvey OswaldJFK/Assassination/Perpetrators
US/Deep state
Bologna bombing2 August 1980 10:25:00CommunismOperation Gladio
Cheonan sinking26 March 2010North Korea
Gleiwitz Incident31 August 1939PolandGermany
Alfred Naujocks
Gulf of Tonkin Incident2 August 1964 - 4 August 1964North VietnamUS Navy
J. D. Tippit/Murder
Jubilee Plot20 June 1887Francis Millen
Thomas Callan
Michael Harkins
Lavon AffairJuly 1954 - October 1954EgyptMossad
Mukden Incident18 September 1931ChinaJapan
Oklahoma City bombing19 April 1995Timothy McVeigh
Terry Nichols
US/Deep state
Operation Embarrass14 February 1947 - 1948'The Defenders of Arab Palestine'MI6
Operation Gladio/B1997 - PresentNATO
Deep state
Pan Am Flight 10321 December 1988Abdelbaset al-Megrahi
Patrick Haseldine/Suppressed Lockerbie evidence ignited 9-11 attacksAl-Qaeda
Russian apartment bombings4 September 1999 - 16 September 1999Ibn al-Khattab
Ryazan incident22 September 1999 - 23 September 1999FSB
Shelling of Mainila26 November 1939FinlandSoviet Union
Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack21 August 2013Syrian Government
USS Liberty Incident8 June 1967
Underwear bombing25 December 2009Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Anatomy of a NATO-sponsored false flag operationaudio transcript27 March 2014Leaked audio of high-level discussion of a planned Turkish false flag operation. It is an example of classic military/intelligence deception tactics in furtherance of policy already decided upon - in this case the overthrow of the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad.
Another Chemical Weapon False Flag on the Eve of Peace Talks in Brusselsarticle4 April 2017Paul AntonopoulosThe Khan Sheikoun gas attack in Idlib province, like that in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in 2013, can be a very useful means of propaganda
Bandar ibn Israelarticle28 August 2013Sharmine NarwaniThe collusion of Saudi Arabia's Bandar bin Sultan with Israel in acts of terrorist violence in the Middle East through 2013.
Charlie Hebdo déjà vúarticle14 January 2015Adrian SalbuchiAn analysis of the Charlie Hebdo event of January 2015. It connects many dots linking it to a litany of similar outrages and exposing the essentially False flag nature of all of them.
False Flags for Israelwebpage11 September 2012Deanna SpingolaAn overview of Israel's long history of False Flag attacks.
I've Been Banned From Facebook for Sharing an Article About False FlagsWikispooks Page17 November 2017Caitlin Johnstone
Peter Dale Scott - COPA 2010speech2010Peter Dale Scott
The Global Drugs Meta-GrouparticleOctober 2005Peter Dale Scott
The Spectacle of The False Flagbook1 March 2015Eric Wilson
The Terror Attacks in France. The Broader Geopolitical Implicationsinterview10 January 2015Umberto PascaliInterview with Umberto Pascali – For Voice of the People, TV Sonce, Skipje, Macedonia

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Patrick Clawson“One can combine other means of pressure with sanctions. I mentioned that explosion on August 17th. We could step up the pressure. I mean look people, Iranian submarines periodically go down, some day one of them might not come up, who would know why? We can do a variety of things if we wish to increase the pressure... We are in the game of using covert means against the Iranians. We could get nastier.”Patrick ClawsonSeptember 2012
Robert Stuart“Let me pin my colours to the mast and say that I am absolutely convinced that the BBC did deliberately and knowingly fake evidence of chemical attacks”Robert Stuart
Craig Murray
Strategy of tension“When you were on the Right you were not supposed to attack the State or its representatives. You were supposed to attack civilians, women, children, innocent people from outside the political arena. For one simple reason: To force the Italian public to turn to the State turn to the regime and ask for greater security. This was precisely the role of the right in Italy. It placed itself at the service of the State which created a strategy aptly called the "Strategy of Tension" in so far as they had to get ordinary people to accept that at any moment over a period of 30 years, from 1960 to the mid eighties a State of emergency could be declared. So, people would willingly trade part of their freedom for the security of being able to walk the streets, go on trains or enter a bank. This is the political logic behind all the bombings. They remain unpunished because the state cannot condemn itself.”Vincenzo Vinciguerra
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