Sunday, April 21, 2013

Anatomy of a False Flag

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

False flags are an American tradition. They go way back. The Boston bombings appear the latest. More on that below.

Notable earlier false flags or incidents approximating them include:

In 1845, America lawlessly annexed Texas. It was Mexican territory. President James Polk deployed US troops. A future president led them. General Zachary Taylor paraded them along the disputed border.

In May 1846, Polk told cabinet officials that if Mexican forces retaliated, he'd ask Congress to declare war. He wanted it whether or not Mexico attacked.

After an incident occurred, Polk told Congress:

"Mexico has passed the boundary of the US and shed American blood on American soil." The Mexican War followed.

Half of Mexico was annexed. Included were California, Utah, Nevada, as well as parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming and Colorado. The Rio Grande became the Texas-Mexico border.

In 1898, Cubans neared freeing themselves from Spanish colonial rule. US President William McKinley promised to respect its sovereignty.

In January 1898, the USS Maine entered Havana harbor. Allegedly it was to protect US Consul Fitzhugh Lee and other American citizens.

On February 15, a huge explosion sank the Maine. Doing so killed 266 crew members. The Spanish-American war followed.

At the time, publisher William Randolph Hearst hyped the big lie. He claimed Spain sunk the Maine. An internal coal bunker explosion caused it.

Notably Hearst told his Havana illustrator: "You furnish the pictures, and I'll furnish the war." Big lies launch them. Doing so enlists public support.

America became Cuba's colonial power. The Philippines, Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and other territories were annexed.

In May 1915, a German U-boat sank the Lusitania. It carried US munitions for Britain. Over 100 Americans on board died. US newspapers expressed outrage. Congress authorized increasing US military forces.

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson was reelected after pledging: "He Kept Us Out of War." Straightaway he planned US involvement. The Lusitania incident and British allegations about Germany seeking to ally with Mexico to regain lost territory were used advantageously.

In April 1917, Wilson established the Committee on Public Information (CPI or Creel Committee). It operated through August 1919. Its mission was enlisting public support for war.

Undermining opposition sentiment was essential. It succeeded. He turned pacifist Americans into raging German haters. Propaganda worked as intended. Wilson got the war he wanted.

Franklin Roosevelt manipulated Japan to attack Pearl Harbor. Doing so let him wage war. He had to convince Congress and a pacifist public to go along.

What better way than by manufacturing terror. Japan's fleet was tracked across the Pacific. Pearl Harbor's Admiral HE Kimmel wasn't warned. He was denied intelligence. Waging war demanded mass casualties. WW II followed.

Complicit with Washington, numerous 1949/1950 South Korean cross-border incursions provoked Pyongyang's June 1950 response. Truman got the war he wanted.

In 1962, Kennedy rejected a proposed US Joint Chiefs of Staff false flag. Operation Northwoods was part of a covert anti-Castro scheme. Called Operation Mongoose, a document titled "Justification for US Military Intervention in Cuba" explained.

Plans included assassinating Cuban Americans, manufacturing fake "Communist Cuban terror" in US cities, shooting down one or more US commercial airliners, blowing up a US ship in Cuban waters, attacking Guantanamo, and blaming Castro for what happened as reason for war.

Full-scale war against North Vietnam followed the fake August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Doing so authorized war without declaring it.

In October 1983, US forces invaded Grenada. Allegedly it was to rescue American medical students. Operation Urgent Fury's mission reflected US imperialism, Cold War politics, and replacing the leftist New Jewel Movement government with a pro-Western one.

In December 1989, manufactured incidents precipitated America's Panama invasion. Former US ally Manuel Noriega was deposed. At issue was forgetting who's boss.

Operation Just Cause killed thousands. Crimes of war and against humanity included mass murder, indiscriminate destruction, extrajudicial assassinations, illegal weapons use, arbitrary detentions, and replacing Noriega with pro-American Guillermo Endara.

In August 1990, Washington colluded with Kuwait's al-Sabah monarchy. Saddam Hussein was entrapped to invade. In January 1991, the Gulf War followed. Over two decades of sanctions, war, occupation, and destruction of the "cradle of civilization" followed.

The 9/11 false flag launched over a decade of imperial wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, parts of Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Palestine allied with Israel, as well as numerous proxy wars and homeland ones against Muslims, Latino immigrants and working Americans.

Post-WW II, CIA operatives targeted over 50 foreign leaders for removal. Some died. Others lived. Fidel Castro survived hundreds of assassination attempts.

Hugo Chavez replaced him as America's top hemispheric bete noire. His death likely wasn't accidental. America had opportunity and motive.

CIA rogues operate globally. They're expert killers. They've had decades of experience.

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen said the Agency "pioneered" cancer-causing agent experiments. Focus was on infecting victims multiple ways. They include "injection, inhalation, (and) skin contact through contaminated clothing, especially underwear."

On April 19, America's latest black ops ended. Boston police discovered Dzokhar Tsarnaev's whereabouts. He was shot, seriously wounded and hospitalized.

Media scoundrels rejoiced. A Washington Post headline was typical, saying: " 'WE GOT HIM.' " Post editors said:

"….Americans and their homeland security forces are better prepared to respond to terrorism than they were a decade ago." Surveillance camera videos enabled "singl(ing) out the Tsarnaev brothers in just three days…."

A Wall Street Journal editorial headlined "The Brothers Tsarnaev. The terrorist suspects next door," saying:

We'll "learn more about their motives, their training and whether they acted alone or as part of a network." Journal editors suggested  their Chechen roots "turned to jihad."

It wasn't "the first time. The radicalization of young Muslims in the West….is by now a familiar story."

"The Tsarnnaev brothers may be an example….The 'homegrown' radical threat is really an argument for vigilance….This means surveilling foreign student groups in the US, certain immigrant communities….even mosques and other Muslim venues."

"As the week's events in Boston show, the cost of doing otherwise are too high."

Numerous op-eds reflected similar sentiments. None explained what matters most. Vital information was suppressed. Lies and distortion substituted for truth and full disclosure.

It's standard scoundrel media practice. A previous article explained. Tsarnaev brothers were patsies. They were set up. Reports falsely suggested they're Islamofascist terrorists.

Their father, Anzor, said his sons had nothing to do with the bombings. US "special services went after them because my sons are Muslims and don't have anyone in America to protect them."

"I'm sure about my children, in their purity. I don't know what happened or who did this….I fear for my son, for his life."

He feared police would kill him and claim he had a gun. Older son Tamerlan died that way. Younger son Dzokhar was shot and seriously wounded. It's unclear if he'll survive.

He added that neither son was trained or had knowledge of explosives or firearms.

Their mother, Zubeidat, told Russia Today (RT) both sons were set up. FBI operatives followed them for years. Her eldest son Tamerlan "was controlled by the FBI, like for three, five years," she said.

"They knew what (he) was doing. They knew what actions and what sites on the Internet he was (accessing). They used to come (to our) home."

"They used to talk to me. They were telling me that (Tamerlan) was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him."

"They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites."

"They were controlling him. They were controlling his every step (and) now they say that this is a terrorist act. Never ever is this true. My sons are innocent."

Asked if they had secret aspirations and dark secrets, she said "That's impossible. My sons would never keep a secret."

Russian Alpha Special Forces team veteran and vice president of its International Association, Aleksey Filatov, told RT much more is going on than meets the eye.

Everything was premeditated and planned, he said. He pointed fingers the right way. "Putting a young Chechen in those shoes was top-notch professionalism in distracting everyone from the true identity and motives of the planner."

"The executors were chosen to confuse the American public and simultaneously untie the White House’s hands in a way that would justify a departure from the rhetoric of non-involvement in military action on foreign territories."

Post-9/11 2.0 may follow. Perhaps greater new world order harshness will unfold. State-sponsored terror facilitates it. Forewarned is forearmed.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.


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Anonymous said...

There is one important event missing here: The Boston Tea Party. "Tea Party" ? Get it??
The Boston Tea Party is where Masons, dressed as Indians, threw containers of tea into Boston Harbor, supposedly to protest a TAX. The Marathon happened on TAX DAY.
Is the picture getting clearer??

Anonymous said...

"Franklin Roosevelt manipulated Japan to attack Pearl Harbor. Doing so let him wage war. He had to convince Congress and a pacifist public to go along."

Oh, those poor innocent Japanese!

Not that they had already invaded China and Korea and were committing atrocities. No. NO.

No. The Japanese weren't slaughtereing, chopping off heads, ripping out fetuses from the bellies of Chinese women.

It's NOT as if the Japanese were raping and taking Korean, Chinese and other Asian women AND girls, to military brothels.

And certainly, they were NOT using Chinese and Manurian and even Western prisoners, both men and women, in horrendous medical experiences,m injecting them with lethal virues, and doing vivisections on the prisoners, while they were conscious.

They weren't committing atrocites on the POWs either.

So, they didn't serve the bomb.

Oh, no, we gotta defend the Japaneses' reputation, here. Poor, widdle Japanese.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm out of my element here, but can anybody tell me why ANY Muslim would be stupid enough to enter this country at this point in history? Or why they would even WANT TO?

Jesus, how long will it be before that buttmunch Lindsay Graham demands that they be burned as witches?

Anonymous said...

There was a time when False Flags worked for Americans. During the American Revolution, John Paul Jones flew a Union Jack, dressed in a British Captains uniform and sailed straight down the English Channel with swarms of British ships all about him. It probably was the last and greatest false flag for Americans, since then the Bank of England and it's bankster cabal have used it against us.

Anonymous said...

to Anonymous who asked why any Muslim would enter this country? I have to remind you that there are Muslim Americans who were born here, live and work here. Not immigrants but American citizens. What shall we do ? How long this scapegoating, profiling and abuse go on ? Burning witches at the stake went on for a long time by Christian well as old New England. The majority of violence done in this country is not done by Muslims I urge you to is done by bombings, park bombings, govt attacks, schools, etc etc. And sadly all we know is what we are all told by our mainstream media.

Anonymous said...

I do not know what the shit to believe or to do. The govt has its narrative; the anti-govt forces have their narrative. But where is the evidence? I do not think the denial of parents is credible. But I do not trust the FBI.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I am related to one of those asshole presidents.

Anonymous said...

Why does the author believe the parents, who have a vested interest in their sons being portrayed as innocents being set-up by the big, bad American authorities? The Tsarnaevs are/were Chenchens. There is a long history of Chechen separatism from Russia - lethal like the IRA in Northern Ireland, the Basques in Spain and to a lesser extent Qubecois in Canada. Even though I don't trust the FBI myself, perhaps the author is the one being set up.

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