Wednesday, December 28, 2005

An Introduction to False Flag Terror

It is widely known that the Nazis, in Operation Himmler, faked attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland.

And it has now been persuasively argued -- as shown, for example, in this History Channel video -- that Nazis set fire to their own government building and blamed that fire on others (if you have trouble playing the clip, it is because the website hosting the clip requires you to download the clip before playing it). The fire was the event which justified Hitler's seizure of power and suspension of liberties.

And in the early 1950s, agents of 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). Israel's Defense Minister was brought down by the scandal, along with the entire Israeli government. See also this confirmation.

And the Russian KGB apparently conducted a wave of bombings in Russia in order to justify war against Chechnya and put Vladimir Putin into power.

The Turkish government has carried out bombings and blamed it on the PKK in order to justify a crackdown on that group.

This is called "false flag terrorism", where a government attacks its own people then blames others in order to justify its goals

But NOT the U.S.

It is logical to assume that, even if other countries have carried out false flag operations (especially horrible regimes such as, say, the Nazis), the U.S. has never done so.

Well, as shown by this BBC special (which contains interviews with some of the key players), it is probable that America knew of the Japanese plan to attack Pearl Harbor -- down to the exact date of the attack -- and allowed it to happen to justify America's entry into World War II. See also this short essay by a highly-praised historian summarizing some of the key points (the historian, a World War II veteran, actually agreed with this strategy for getting America into the war, and so does not have any axe to grind). The Pearl Harbor conspiracy involved hundreds of military personnel. Moreover, the White House apparently had, a year earlier, launched an 8-point plan to provoke Japan into war against the U.S. (including, for example, an oil embargo). And -- most stunning -- the FDR administration took numerous affirmative steps to ensure that the Japanese attack would be successful.

And, as confirmed by a former Italian Prime Minister, an Italian judge, and the former head of Italian counterintelligence, NATO, with the help of U.S. and foreign special forces, carried out terror bombings in Italy and blamed the communists, in order to rally people’s support for their governments in Europe in their fight against communism. As one participant in this formerly-secret program stated: "You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security."

Moreover, 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. If you view no other links in this article, please read 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.

Therefore, before you dismiss as a tinfoil hat conspiracy claims about 9/11, please take a look at the historical record.

Postscript: the examples discussed above are only a small handful of the many potential examples of false flag operations. Just two more examples:

Australia's largest newspaper quoted the well-respected former Indonesian president as saying that the government had a role in the Bali bombings (apparently, Muslim governments play this game as well)

And according to the London Times, "The man accused of supplying the dynamite used in the al-Qaeda train bombings in Madrid was in possession of the private telephone number of the head of Spain's Civil Guard bomb squad . . . . The revelation has raised fresh concerns in Madrid about links between those held responsible for the March bombings, which killed 190 people, and Spain’s security services". See also this article showing that two of the bombers appear to be government informants.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I enjoyed the article. But regarding what you wrote concerning Operation Northwoods:

"[in the 1960's, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan] commit terrorist murders against U.S. citizens on American soil..."

It's been a while since I read the Northwoods documents, but I don't recall reading where the plan specifically called for murdering U.S. citizens. If I'm wrong about this, please correct me and quote that specific excerpt from the documents.

(Sorry if I come off as being technical about these horrendous plans - please understand that I'm not trying to say that Operation Northwoods wasn't horrendous. But I think you should correct your article if I am correct.)

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ George: Well done. But you should add the 1993 WTC bombing.

Due to Emad Salems tapes we knew this already:

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Operation Northwoods can be found at:

Yes, it did call for the murder of US citizens (to be blamed on the scapegoat de jour, Cuba). Here is one of many potential scenarios outlines in the document:

8. It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner en route from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama or Venezuela. The destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan route to cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college students off on a holiday or any grouping of persons with a common interest to support chartering a non-scheduled flight.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Die for the Elite, here is the entire excerpt:

"8. It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner en route from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama or Venezuela. The destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan route to cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college students off on a holiday or any grouping of persons with a common interest to support chartering a non-scheduled flight.

a. An aircraft at Eglin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary organization in the Miami area. At a designated time the duplicate would be substituted for the actual civil aircraft and would be loaded with the selected passengers, all boarded under carefully prepared aliases. The actual registered aircraft would be converted to a drone.

b. Take off times of the drone aircraft and the actual aircraft will be scheduled,to allow a rendezvous south of Florida. From the rendezvous point the passenger-carrying aircraft will descend to minimum altitude and go directly into an auxiliary field at Eglin AFB where arrangements will have been made to evacuate the passengers and return the aircraft to its original status. The drone aircraft meanwhile will continue to fly the filed flight plan. When over Cuba the drone will being transmitting on the international distress frequency a "MAY DAY" message stating he is under attack by Cuban MIG aircraft. The transmission will be interrupted by destruction of the aircraft which will be triggered by radio signal. This will allow ICAO radio stations in the Western Hemisphere to tell the US what has happened to the aircraft instead of the US trying to " sell" the incident. "

This "incident" that the Northwoods document is talking about was to be a staged incident to make it appear that US civilians were killed.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plenty of Americans would have died for the lie, had this frameup of Cuba resulted in the war they sought.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Washingtons Blog said...

Here's a searchable html version of the Operations Northwoods document:

Please note the following excerpt (numbers and paragraphs deleted):

We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington. The terror campaign could be pointed at refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated). We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding in instances to be widely publicized. Exploding a few plastic bombs in carefully chosen spots . . . .

Also "We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba."

Would these schemes result in the deaths of U.S. citizens? Probably.

Although your comments are much appreciated, and I have revised the post to be more accurate.


3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... has posted my article on Treason In Wartime on their site, above.

These "False Flag/Black Terror" operations are, at times, rogue in nature as the documents blatantly show.

Copies of these documents were made available to the former Attorney General Ashcroft and Senators Kyl and Shelby of the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence witout response.

King Sihanouk is also in receipt.


8:01 PM  
Blogger John Roper said...

You need to put away your tinfoil hat and stop sipping the kool-aid. Popular Mechanics debunked every single conspiracy theory pertaining to 9/11 a year ago this month. Here's the link so you can read it yourself.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHY did Popular Mechanics fail to reveal the author was Michael Chertoff's brother (?) or relative.

You know, Homeland Security?

Chertoff himself was involved in a pre-911 terror case where he got up out of his comfy chair as Fed Prosecutor of the $40 million Clinton impeachment (hold it! I'm NOT a fan of Willy!) and took off to New Jersey to defend a doctor accused of "losing" $15 million and sending $6 million offshore ... poss. to Osama.

Case dismissed. Dr. Elamir, an Egyptian, got to keep the money.

WHY did Chertoff take this stupid piddly defense case? Bored? What's the connection?

WHY did Chertoff take the case while he was leading Operation Greenquest into tracking terror money trails, the thing his client was accused of?

WHY, in the first place, was the doctor given 44,000 patients to run through his brand new HMO, when he had never run an HMO?

WHY, if Chertoff had this shocking question mark in his background, was he given Homeland Security?

WHY has the media refused to even publish an article about it?

WHAT is a REASONABLE ANSWER to these questions? There are zillions more like this.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, don't forget this even more current nugget
The memo also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a U.S. surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Hussein.

Which shows that this administration isn't above using a Northwoods type scenario to get the people motivated.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a pretty well cut and dried case of a false flag operation, can't get much better than Operation Gladio.
Here's a snip from a Chris Floyd article posted at

Sword Play: Attacking Civilians to Justify "Greater Security"
by Chris Floyd

You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force ... the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security."

This was the essence of Operation Gladio, a decades-long covert campaign of terrorism and deceit directed by the intelligence services of the West -- against their own populations. Hundreds of innocent people were killed or maimed in terrorist attacks -- on train stations, supermarkets, cafes and offices -- which were then blamed on "leftist subversives" or other political opponents. The purpose, as stated above in sworn testimony by Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra, was to demonize designated enemies and frighten the public into supporting ever-increasing powers for government leaders -- and their elitist cronies.

First revealed by Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti in 1991, Gladio (from the Latin for "sword") is still protected to this day by its founding patrons, the CIA and MI6. Yet parliamentary investigations in Italy, Switzerland and Belgium have shaken out a few fragments of the truth over the years. These have been gathered in a new book, "NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe," by Daniele Ganser, as Lila Rajiva reports on

Originally set up as a network of clandestine cells to be activated behind the lines in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe, Gladio quickly expanded into a tool for political repression and manipulation, directed by NATO and Washington. Using right-wing militias, underworld figures, government provocateurs and secret military units, Gladio not only carried out widespread terrorism, assassinations and electoral subversion in democratic states such as Italy, France and West Germany, but also bolstered fascist tyrannies in Spain and Portugal, abetted the military coup in Greece and aided Turkey's repression of the Kurds.

Among the "smoking guns" unearthed by Ganser is a Pentagon document, Field Manual FM 30-31B, which details the methodology for launching terrorist attacks in nations that "do not react with sufficient effectiveness" against "communist subversion." Ironically, the manual states that the most dangerous moment comes when leftist groups "renounce the use of force" and embrace the democratic process. It is then that "U.S. army intelligence must have the means of launching special operations which will convince Host Country Governments and public opinion of the reality of the insurgent danger." Naturally, these peace-throttling "special operations must remain strictly secret," the document warns.

Indeed, it would not do for the families of the 85 people ripped apart by the Aug. 2, 1980 bombing of the Bologna train station to know that their loved ones had been murdered by "men inside Italian state institutions and ... men linked to the structures of United States intelligence," as the Italian Senate concluded after its investigation in 2000.

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the other hand, some argue that "Northwoods was doubtlessly hatched by a foreign intelligence service and inserted into US national records."  This writer, Carol A. Valentine, Curator, Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum, , believes that 9/11 was an inside job, but that Operation Northwoods was a deliberate plant to implicate the Pentagon.

".... Here is a professional NSA flack [ Valentine is referring here to James Bamford, whose book, Body of Secrets in which the Op Northwoods memo is described.] currying favor for the NSA by blowing the whistle on the Pentagon with counterfeit documents.  The documents, presented as authentic, certainly put the Pentagon in a terrible light.

"Of course we know that elements with the FAA and the US Air Force worked in cooperation with the terrorists.  The failure of NORAD to intercept the errant planes on September 11, and the continued cover-up, proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

" But the Northwoods documents suggest that if 911 was an inside job -- and it had to be -- then the Pentagon was the ARCHITECT.  The Northwoods expose was ready and waiting for the inevitable 9-11 skeptics to show up, seize upon the plan, and point the finger of suspicion at the Pentagon.  However, the Northwoods British-isms show that another hand, not an American hand, was guiding those planes into the WTC towers, and that the Operation Northwoods documents are a misdirector. "..... [ source: accessed: 4/11/06 ]

I haven't yet read the whole piece by Valentine, and have no idea who she is. This could be a plant, just like the 1962 May 4th memo could be a plant.

Smoke and mirrors everywhere.
How in the heck are we ever going to get the truth with the level of disinformation in the propaganda war ?

I have to say, I don't think we'll ever know for sure what really happened. It's depressing as hell.

Who has time to follow all this stuff up?

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are two very good indicators of where to look for the real culprits:
1. who benefits?
2. follow the money

In virtually every major instance of 'terrorism' in the last 30-40 years, the trail leads in one very particular direction - Israel

6:16 AM  
Blogger kobwebby said...

You may like this for reference:

And: This.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:12 PM  
Blogger John Doraemi said...

To the moron pushing Popular Mechanics. No, they did not debunk "every" "conspiracy theory", and they shied away from hundreds of conspiracy facts. Their yellow journalism was exposed by Griffin's Debunking 9/11 Debunking.

And, as a treat just for you, I can debunk and discredit one of their more outrageous claims right here right now.

""In the decade before 9/11, NORAD intercepted only one civilian plane over North America..."--P.M.


"Overall, during the past 4 years, NORAD's alert fighters took off to intercept aircraft (referred to as scrambled) 1,518 times, or an average of 15 times per site per year. Of these incidents, the number of suspected drug smuggling aircraft averaged one per site, or less than 7 percent of all of the alert sites' total activity.\3 The remaining activity generally involved visually inspecting unidentified aircraft and assisting aircraft in distress."

--Continental Air Defense: A Dedicated Force Is No Longer Needed (Letter Report, 05/03/94, GAO/NSIAD-94-76)

That's the tip of the disinformation iceberg. Fuck Popular Mechanics. They are a propaganda organ on this issue, and nothing more.

Crimes of the State

1:37 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

In regards to people saying Northwoods doesnt ask anyone to be killed. The truth I think is almost more chilling, they just didnt care if anyone was killed or not. They say they would sink a boatload of cubans on route to Florida, "real or simulated". I guess they dont care which. They also give the lethal option first in their plan to create a "remember the maine" incident by only specifying in the second suggestion, point b, that they should use an unmanned drone ship. Not once did the mention any problem killing their own citizens, they only cared about how best to orchestrate their plan. If that meant killing civilians, then so be it.

And dont forget these false flag incidents propel us into a war that WILL and WOULD have killed thousands and thousands of people.


6:41 AM  

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