May 7, 2011
By Stephen Lendman

Wikipedia defines false or black flags as “covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities.”

They’re “big lies,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “deliberate gross distortion(s) of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic.”

America’s decade from September 11, 2001 to May 1, 2011 was punctuated by the (big) lie of our time and (big) lie of the moment.

Put another way, the official stories are falsified, myths, widely believed fantasies contrary to reality.

In his exhaustive research and writings, David Ray Griffin provided convincing evidence that 9/11 was an inside job and that bin Laden died of natural causes in mid-December 2001.

The former spawned a decade of overt and covert “war on terror” lawlessness at home and abroad. Policies and events following the second have yet to unfold, but expect little at best to be positive.

Past US false flags provided pretexts for militarism, wars, occupations, domestic repression, and national security state extremism, antithetical to democratically free and open societies. Allegedly removing America’s “Enemy Number One,” in fact, may intensify, not diminish, Washington’s scheme for unchallengeable global dominance. More on him below.

With or without bin Laden, bogymen threats are plentiful. Since WW II alone, America’s had numerous ones, including communists, Al Qaeda, WMDs, the Taliban, Gaddafi, and a host others yet unnamed, as well as numerous “foiled” domestic ones.

Among others, they include:

– a fake shoe bomber;

– fake underwear bomber;

– fake Times Square bomber;

– an earlier one there;

– fake shampoo bombers;

– fake Al Qaeda woman planning fake mass casualty attacks on New York landmarks;

– fake Oregon bomber;

– fake armed forces recruiting station bomber;

– fake synagogue bombers;

– fake Chicago Sears Tower bombers;

– fake FBI and other building bombers;

– fake National Guard, Fort Dix and Quantico marine base attackers;

– fake 9/11 bombers; and

– others to enlist public support for the fake war on terror and very real ones it spawned..

On May 5, New York Times writer Elisabeth Bumiller headlined, “Pentagon Breaks Silence on Pakistani Role,” saying:

A “top Pentagon official said….Pakistan would have to work hard to rebuild relations with the United States Congress,” including a commitment “to fighting terrorism….”

It suggests what some analysts suspect: namely, planned destabilization, confrontation, and balkanization for greater Eurasian control, as well as future terrorist false flags.

On May 5, Times writers Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane headlined, “Data Show Bin Laden Plots; CIA Hid Near Raided House,” saying:

Alleged “computer files and documents seized at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed,” reveal “considered attacks on American railroads, (but) there was no evidence of a specific plot.”

Perhaps no files and documents either. For sure, no bin Laden.

Nonetheless, “(s)ince Sunday night, counterterrorism officials have been alert to (possible) new attacks from Al Qaeda to avenge its leader’s death,” especially at airports, rail facilities, and other strategic locations. “American officials and terrorism experts have warned that this is not the end of Al Qaeda,” not, of course, if they’re blamed for planned false flags to intensify US imperial wars.

Another May 5 Bumiller Times report ran cover for shifting official accounts about what really happened on May 1 headlined, “Raid Account, Hastily Told, Proves Fluid,” saying:

“(I)t was a classic collision of a White House desire to promote a stunning national security triumph – and feed a ravenous media – while collecting facts from a chaotic military operation on the other side of the world. At the same time, White House officials worked hard to use the facts of the raid to diminish Bin Laden’s legacy.”

She continued, quoting an unnamed Pentagon official claiming no “intent to deceive or dramatize,” adding that “Everything we put out we really believed to be true at the time.” She also quoted Victoria Clarke, Bush Pentagon spokeswoman, saying, “First reports are always wrong. It’s a fundamental truth in military affairs.”

In other words, it was OK first to claim a fierce firefight in which no US forces were killed or hurt, then 24 hours later call the battle one-sided, Navy Seals quickly dispatching bin Laden’s guards and “Enemy Number One,” shooting him unarmed in the head.

Notably, however, there’s no body, no photos, no video, no evidence, and no truth, just the media regurgitated big lie.

In fact, more lies compounded it, including about:

– Pakistan’s alleged knowledge of his presence;

– claimed evidence confirming it and assault specifics; and

– fabricated bad theater, explained in a slapdash, keystone cops manner.

Appearing on CNN May 5, former Pakistani intelligence chief, Hamid Gul, told “In the Arena’s” host Eliot Spitzer that bin Laden died years earlier, saying:

“Yes, I think he died – he perished some years ago, and I think this was a story which was created (because) nobody would want to believe this version….I (don’t believe) the story which was given out by the American media and by the American administration.”

Whoever was killed May 1 “was probably somebody else….(American authorities) must have known that he died some years ago….were keeping this story on the ice and they were looking for an appropriate moment” to announce it.

“(P)eople simply not in Pakistan alone but around the world….don’t believe the stories that have been put out.”

In other words, the entire account was fabricated, the event staged, Western media, including The New York Times, running cover for the big lie. Gul politely called it “a huge intelligence failure.”

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