False Flag Attacks: Myth and Reality

by Mike Rothschild via Skeptoid

False Flag 8698_03_300pxOne of the terms most commonly used by conspiracy theorists when discussing “the real story” behind incidents like the September 11th attacks or the recent Sandy Hook shooting is “false flag,” meaning that it was caused or staged deliberately to use as an excuse to perpetrate something nefarious. A quick Google search of the phrase brings up an astonishing 42 million hits, with page after page of posts at conspiracy hotbeds like Infowars/Prison Planet, Natural News, Before It’s News, etc. If one were to work solely from this, it would be easy to get the impression that our recent history is jammed with prefabricated incidents designed to enable our government to grab more power, take away the rights of the common people and/or line their already fattened pockets.

Further complicating matters, false flags are a very real phenomenon. Unlike, say, free energy machines or alien abductions, which people claim to exist, yet don’t, false flag attacks have happened, many times for many different reasons. The United States has even been involved in some. In order to debunk the conspiracy theories, it’s important to define what a false flag actually is, and have historical examples of when they’ve actually happened, in order to better define when they haven’t.

In military terms, a false flag is any act of deception designed to make your opponent think you’re someone else. The term “false flag” originated with naval warfare, when a ship would run up a flag other than its designated battle ensign for the purposes of drawing an enemy ship closer. When the target got close enough, the deceiving ship would run up the real battle flag and open fire. This tactic has long been recognized as an acceptable use of deception, and has been used in numerous forms, by both naval and ground forces, for centuries. Both World Wars feature numerous uses of false flag strategies, from ships disguising themselves as other ships to soldiers wearing enemy uniforms.


Of course, the September 11th attacks are considered the granddaddy of all false flags, with a legion of truthers accusing the government of bombing the World Trade CenterFalse-Flag-300x292_250px as an excuse to curtail our rights, give more power to the global elite and kick off any number of wars. But after the truther theories are debunked, we’re left with one inescapable fact: unless and until definitive proof of the government’s involvement in 9/11 ever surfaces, the attacks can’t be called a false flag.

Which brings us to Sandy Hook. In the past few years, every time one of these tragedies takes place, be it in Arizona, Aurora, Milwaukee or now Newtown, conspiracy theorists instantly take to the internet, with cries of “false flag!” and accusations that the Obama administration either caused or staged the shootings as an excuse to grab our guns and curtail our rights. They offer manufactured “proof” and use the historical examples of other false flag attacks, both real and imagined, as “evidence” that “they” did it before, and will do it again.

And just like 9/11, and the other imagined false flags, these theories hold about as much water as a colander.

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4 responses

  1. There have been water leaks all around my neighborhood in the past few months, including one yesterday. It must be the result of false flag attacks!!! I mean, there’s just no way that 80 to 90 year old water pipes would just burst on their own…

    1. It’s the NWO!!!! New Water Order!!!

  2. Free energy devices aren’t real phenomena? Tell that to Dan Nocera at MIT. His team invented an artificial leaf that turns sunlight and water into oxygen and hydrogen potentially for use as fuels. More information here… http://bitly.com/15QpG4Y So, unless you specifically mean free, free energy devices you seem to be wrong.

    We all know there are no truly free, free energy devices but there are certainly devices that convert one type of energy to another; solar cells come to mind. Are they free? No, but once purchased they can be used to convert sunlight to electricity effectively for free.

    I live in a rural desert area and some of my neighbors are “off the grid” using solar energy to power their homes. Their systems weren’t “free” but the energy they are using is.

    I therefore conclude your statement about free energy devices is incorrect as are several other points in your “False Flag” article.

    1. I think the article refers to free energy machines (i may be wrong, i would have to re-read it), also known as perpetual motion machines. They simply can’t exist.

      The kind of free energy you’re talking about (like solar cells) is not “free” in the sense they can’t output more energy than is put in by exposure to solar energy: Energy input will always be greater than energy output. If by “free” you mean as measured against dollars spent, then yes, solar energy is free (minus the cost to manufacture, install and maintain), just as the ancient Egyptians discovered when they first built sails to harness the “free” energy of the wind or created the components of watermills to tap into the “free” energy of moving water.

      The perpetual motion machine is a common staple for conspiracists who claim the technology to make such a device is being withheld or suppressed by the [insert the name of a secret society or one world government entity] so that big oil and big corporations can continue to make profits and keep us all enslaved by debt. So the author of the article is basically saying this conspiracy idea of suppressed technology is bogus because the technology can never exist.

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