What is a false flag? False flag operations are covert acts carried out by governments, corporations, organizations, or individuals. They are designed to deceive others into blaming the wrong party and to justify the subsequent actions taken by those who actually carried out the operation.

The term false flag is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own in order to blame the other country for what ensues. It then provides the excuse needed to attack the other country. Examples include the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Operation Northwoods, and 9/11.