False Flag Operations
There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a
terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.
In the following 42 instances, officials in the government which carried out the
attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admits to
it, either orally or in writing:
(1) 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
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
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
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) The Russian Parliament, current Russian president Putin and former Soviet
leader Gorbachev all admit that
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin ordered his secret police to execute 22,000 Polish
army officers and civilians in 1940, and falsely blame it on the Nazis.
(6) The British government admits that
– between 1946 and 1948 – it bombed 5 ships carrying Jews attempting to flee the
Holocaust to seek safety in Palestine, set up a fake group called “Defenders of
Arab Palestine”, and then had the psuedo-group falsely claim responsibility for
the bombings (and seethis, this and this).
(7) Israel admits that
in 1954, 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).
(8) 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.
(9) 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
(10) 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.
(11) The former Italian Prime Minister, an Italian judge, and the former
head of Italian counterintelligence admit that NATO,
with the help of the Pentagon and CIA, carried out terror bombings in Italy and
other European countries in the 1950s 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” (and see this)
(Italy and other European countries subject to the terror campaign had joined
NATO before the bombings occurred). And watch this
BBC special. They also allegedly carried out terror attacks in France,
Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the UK,
and other countries.
(12) In 1960, American Senator George Smathers suggested that
the U.S. launch “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]“.
(13) Official State Department documents show that, in 1961, 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 plans were not carried out, but they were all discussed as serious
(14) As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show
that in 1962, 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.
(15) In 1963, the U.S. Department of Defense wrote a paper promoting attacks
on nations within the Organization of American States – such as Trinidad-Tobago
or Jamaica – and then falsely blaming them on Cuba.
(16) The U.S. Department of Defense even suggested covertly
paying a person in the Castro government to attack the United States: “The only
area remaining for consideration then would be to bribe one of Castro’s
subordinate commanders to initiate an attack on Guantanamo.”
(17) 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.
(18) 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
(19) A top Turkish
general admitted that
Turkish forces burned down a mosque on Cyprus in the 1970s and blamed it on
their 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”.
(20) 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.
(21) A Mossad agent admits that,
in 1984, Mossad planted a radio transmitter in Gaddaffi’s compound in Tripoli,
Libya which broadcast fake terrorist trasmissions recorded by Mossad, in order
to frame Gaddaffi as a terrorist supporter. Ronald Reagan bombed Libya
(22) 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.
(23) 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).
(24) An Indonesian fact-finding team investigated violent riots which occurred
in 1998, and determined that “elements
of the military had been involved in the riots, some of which were deliberately
(25) 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
(26) 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.
(27) The well-respected former Indonesian president also admits that
the government probably had a role in the Bali bombings.
(28) As reported by BBC,
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
(29) 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.
(30) Although the FBI now admits that the 2001 anthrax attacks were carried out
by one or more U.S. government scientists, a senior FBI official says that the
FBI was actually told to
blame the Anthrax attacks on Al Qaeda by White House officials (remember
what the anthrax letters looked
like). Government officials also confirm that the white House tried
to link the anthrax to Iraq as a justification for regime change in that
(31) Similarly, the U.S. falsely
blamed Iraq for playing a role in the 9/11 attacks – as shown by amemo
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).
(32) 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.”
(33) United Press International reported in
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
(34) 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
(35) Quebec police admitted that,
in 2007, thugs carrying rocks to a peaceful protest were actually undercover
Quebec police officers (and see
(36) 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.
(37) Egyptian politicians admitted (and see
this) that government employees looted priceless museum artifacts in 2011 to
try to discredit the protesters.
(38) 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.
(39) 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.
(40) 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.
(41) The former Ukrainian security chief admits that
the sniper attacks which started the Ukrainian coup were carried out in order to
(42) Britain’s spy agency has admitted (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
In addition, two-thirds of the City of Rome burned down in a huge fire on July
19, 64 A.D. The Roman people blamed the Emperor Nero for starting the fire. Some
top Roman leaders – including the Roman consul Cassius
Dio, as well as historians like Suetonius –
agreed that Nero started the fire (based largely on the fact that the Roman
Senate had just rejected
Nero’s application to clear 300 acres in Rome so that he could build a
palatial complex, and that the fire allowed him to build his complex).
Regardless of who actually started the fire, Nero – in the face of public
opinion accusing him of arson – falsely
blamed theChristians for starting
the fire. He then rounded up and brutally
tortured and murdered scores of Christians for something they likely didn’t
We didn’t include this in the list above, because – if Nero did start the fire
on purpose – he did it for hisown reasons
(to build his palatial complex), and not for geopolitical reasons benefiting his
So Common … There’s a
Name for It
The use of the bully’s trick is so common that it was given a name hundreds of
“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
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. 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.
History Have Acknowledged False Flags
Leaders throughout history have acknowledged the danger of false flags:
“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
– 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
– Josef Stalin