At it’s simplest, the term false flag means pretending to be the enemy.
The name comes from ships and armies that, in previous centuries, deceived their foes by displaying another country’s flag.
These days, false flag activities are much more sophisticated…and debauched. These aren’t your granddaddy’s covert operations.
Fake Terror, Deception, and Disgrace
The most commonly known false flag operations consist of an intelligence agency staging a terror attack such that an uninvolved entity gets blamed for the carnage.
Another type of false flag operation might consist of directing purposefully belligerent and trigger-happy clandestine demonstrators to mingle with peace activists in order to disrupt and discredit a passive protest event.
Yet another type of false flag activity consists of infiltrating the opposition, then making easily disproved claims which will embarrass and undermine the credibility of the organization.
An Ignorant Public Enables False Flags
When the Constitutional Convention closed in 1787, a lady asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy?”
Franklin replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Why did our forefathers think the Republic would be so hard to keep?
What foreign threat did they envisage as the United States’ most deadly enemy? Actually, the founding fathers believed one of our biggest enemies would rise from within: apathetic ignorance.
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
One hundred and forty-five years later, President Eisenhower echoed Jefferson’s fear when he left office in 1961:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Unfortunately, security and liberty were nearing death in the greedy clutch of corporate fascism by the time Eisenhower spoke those words. The world’s largest industrial military machine already needed unending war to feed the nation’s economy, and line the pockets of the war profiteers.
False flag operations, with healthy doses of propaganda and ignorance, provided a great recipe for endless war.
Two-time Medal of Honor recipient Major General Smedley Butler explains the situation better than I can. From his book, War is a Racket:
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.
False Flag Greatest Hits
And that’s where we stand today…much of the population still apathetically ignorant, if not from lack of desire to educate themselves, then by state secrets privilege and a main stream media that buries truth beneath an avalanche of corporate-advertiser-approved garbage. But as the pendulum swings out of control, the population does seem to be waking up.
So, while the world impotently waits for the next false flag…one that will likely have the remaining uninformed masses proposing a nuclear attack on Iran, let’s reminisce and countdown 10 False Flags that Changed the World. Number 10 on the list is…
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