False Flag is a concept that goes back centuries. It was considered to be a legitimate ploy by the Greeks and Romans, where a military force would pretend to be friendly to get close to an enemy before dropping the pretense and raising its banners to reveal its own affiliation just before launching an attack. In the sea battles of the eighteenth century among Spain, France and Britain hoisting an enemy flag instead of one’s own to confuse the opponent was considered to be a legitimate ruse de guerre, but it was only “honorable” if one reverted to one’s own flag before engaging in combat.
Today’s false flag operations are generally carried out by intelligence agencies and non-government actors including terrorist groups, but they are only considered successful if the true attribution of an action remains secret. There is nothing honorable about them as their intention is to blame an innocent party for something that it did not do. There has been a lot of such activity lately and it was interesting to learn by way of a leak that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has developed a capability to mimic the internet fingerprints of other foreign intelligence services. That means that when the media is trumpeting news reports that the Russians or Chinese hacked into U.S. government websites or the sites of major corporations, it could actually have been the CIA carrying out the intrusion and making it look like it originated in Moscow or Beijing. Given that capability, there has been considerable speculation in the alternative media that it was actually the CIA that interfered in the 2016 national elections in the United States.
False flags can be involved in other sorts of activity as well. The past year’s two major alleged chemical attacks carried out against Syrian civilians that resulted in President Donald Trump and associates launching 160 cruise missiles are pretty clearly false flag operations carried out by the rebels and terrorist groups that controlled the affected areas at the time. The most recent reported attack on April 7th might not have occurred at all according to doctors and other witnesses who were actually in Douma. Because the rebels succeeded in convincing much of the world that the Syrian government had carried out the attacks, one might consider their false flag efforts to have been extremely successful.
The remedy against false flag operations such as the recent one in Syria is, of course, to avoid taking the bait and instead waiting until a thorough and objective inspection of the evidence has taken place. The United States, Britain and France did not do that, preferring instead to respond to hysterical press reports by “doing something.” If the U.N. investigation of the alleged attack turns up nothing, a distinct possibility, it is unlikely that they will apologize for having committed a war crime.
The other major false flag that has recently surfaced is the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury England on March 4th. Russia had no credible motive to carry out the attack and had, in fact, good reasons not to do so. The allegations made by British Prime Minister Theresa May about the claimed nerve agent being “very likely” Russian in origin have been debunked, in part through examination by the U.K.’s own chemical weapons lab. May, under attack even within her own party, needed a good story and a powerful enemy to solidify her own hold on power so false flagging something to Russia probably appeared to be just the ticket as Moscow would hardly be able to deny the “facts” being invented in London. Unfortunately, May proved wrong and the debate ignited over her actions, which included the expulsion of twenty-three Russian diplomats, has done her severe damage. Few now believe that Russia actually carried out the poisoning and there is a growing body of opinion suggesting that it was actually a false flag executed by the British government or even by the CIA.
The lesson that should be learned from Syria and Skripal is that if “an incident” looks like it has no obvious motive behind it, there is a high probability that it is a false flag. A bit of caution in assigning blame is appropriate given that the alternative would be a precipitate and likely disproportionate response that could easily escalate into a shooting war.
PHILIP M. GIRALDI | 26.04.2018 |
Intel Fake News Psy-op: ‘Dead Anti-Putin Journalist’ Turns Up Alive at Press Conference
By all accounts, this looks like another elaborate psy-op designed to reinforce US-led narrative that Moscow murders journalists.
On Tuesday, the western corporate media went into overdrive when reporting on the alleged ‘murder’ of the “anti-Putin Russian journalist,” Arkady Babchenko, claiming that Moscow was behind the murder.
Today, Sergey Gritsak, head of the SBU, Ukraine’s state security agency, revealed that Babchenko was indeed alive and well, and that the whole murder story was merely ‘a ruse’ designed to prevent a $30,000 ‘planned contract hit’ on the journalist – based on information the SBU had received about an assassination attempt on Babchenko. Naturally, the Ukrainian officials claim that their elaborate hoax had somehow derailed the nefarious plot.
Critics are now accusing mainstream western and Ukrainian news outlets of obfuscating the real scandal of dead journalists in Ukraine following the US-backed coup d’etat in February 2014.
I can’t stop thinking of 11+ journalists actually killed in #Ukraine since the West-backed #Maidan Putsch. All of them critical of resulting new regime. Remember the collective display of trauma by Western journalists over killing of Buzina, Rocchelli & Stenin? Yeah, neither do I https://twitter.com/MiriamElder/status/1001850191325155328 …
“I want to congratulate his family, all of us and the entire world, which is watching it, and congratulate Babchenko with a third birthday,” Gritsak wrote on his Facebook page, referring to the term, ‘Third Birthday’, referenced previously by Babchenko years ago.
The change of Babchenko’s status from murder victim to SBU agent didn’t stop Kiev from still accusing Moscow of planning to kill the journalist. Gritsak insists that there was a hit on Babchenko ordered by the Russian intelligence. He claimed the contract to kill was worth $30,000 and that the organizer of the crime was arrested.
Incredibly, Babchenko is now claiming that the Ukraine staging of his death was part of a wider SBU operation to prevent “massive terrorist attacks” in Ukraine.
“As far as I know, this operation was in the pipeline for two months. I was let in the loop a month ago. Over this month I say the guys worked really hard. They were constantly in contact with me. We deliberated, thought things out, acted. And this covert action was the result,” said Babchenko at the press conference.
Babchenko is best known for his war coverage, and for his previous military experience fighting with the Russian Army in Chechnya.
The Independent reports…
Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was reported killed in Ukraine, has shown up alive at a news conference about his own death.
Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), told reporters the agency faked Mr Babchenko’s death to catch those who are trying to kill him.
According to Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian MP with close links to the police and security services, the “brilliant special operation” was a success and led to “the killer” and the “organiser of the murder” being detained.
Kiev and national police had said Mr Babchenko, a strong critic of the Kremlin, was shot multiple times in the back at his apartment building and was found in a pool of blood by his wife.
Mr Babchenko showed up at the news conference on Wednesday and thanked everyone who was mourning his death. With tears in his eyes, the journalist said he had “done his work, and was still alive”.
“To friends and family, apologies for putting you through this,” he said. “I’ve buried my friends… I know the feeling of revulsion. Apologies to my wife. Olga dear, sorry. There was no other way.”
Mr Babchenko thanked the SBU and said the operation lasted two months. “The most important is that they saved my life and stopped a bigger terrorist attack,” he added, without elaborating.
The SBU said it had received information about the plot and had managed to prevent it.
Russia’s foreign ministry said it was happy Mr Babchenko was still alive, but accused Ukraine of using his story as propaganda…
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