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26th Apr '17 1:28:24 AM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': The regime slaughtered Congress and blamed it on terrorists, which gave them the pretext to suspend the Constitution, then take over.
9th Apr '17 7:27:49 PM Fireblood
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* In 1965, a clandestine group of army officers in Indonesia attempted, and failed, a coup against the military leadership. The army promptly blamed the whole incident on Indonesian communists...not the party, mind you, but ''all Indonesian communists'', leading to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965%E2%80%931966 largest mass murder in Indonesian history]] to kill every last one of them (~500,000 or more). The operation was so successful the mass murder of communists and leftists is largely still unknown, ignored, or blamed on the actual communists who were among the first of hundreds of thousands killed.

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* In 1965, a clandestine group of army officers in Indonesia attempted, and failed, a coup against the military leadership. The army promptly blamed the whole incident on Indonesian communists...not the party, mind you, but ''all Indonesian communists'', leading to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965%E2%80%931966 org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965 largest mass murder in Indonesian history]] to kill every last one of them (~500,000 or more). The operation was so successful the mass murder of communists and leftists is largely still unknown, ignored, or blamed on the actual communists who were among the first of hundreds of thousands killed.



* In June 1968, during the Brazilian Military Government, several officers of an air force rescue unit planned to blow a bank, a department store, an American embassy, a gas holder and a dam with remote explosives. One of the objectives was to blame Left-wing guerrillas. One officer denounced the attack, and the Government was less than pleased with the news.
** Latter, in April 1981, two Brazilian officers tried to bomb a musical concert and blame a group called the "People's Revolutionary Vanguard" (inactive since 1972). The bomb exploded earlier than planned, killing one of the men and injuring the other.

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* In June 1968, during the Brazilian Military Government, several officers of an air force rescue unit planned to blow a bank, a department store, an American embassy, a gas holder and a dam with remote explosives. One of the objectives was to blame Left-wing left-wing guerrillas. One officer denounced the attack, and the Government was less than pleased with the news.
** Latter, Later, in April 1981, two Brazilian officers tried to bomb a musical music concert and blame a group called the "People's Revolutionary Vanguard" (inactive since 1972). The bomb exploded earlier than planned, killing one of the men and injuring the other.



** These days basically every single high-profile violent crime, terror attack, or act of war anywhere in the world will spark claims of a False Flag Operation somewhere on the Internet. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all that will be said of the topic here]] [[note]] ...but [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag a page]] on such matters, as does [[http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/09/false-flag-3.html Washington's Blog]] [[/note]].
* A rather silly example: A Tennessee high school football coach [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/football-coach-vandalizes_n_4275209.html was fired and arrested after vandalizing his own school]] and spraypainting insults about his own players, in the hopes that a rival school would be blamed and his team would be riled up for the upcoming game.
* While it's never been proven, there's a [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories theory]] that many of the supposedly "Soviet" submarine incursions into Swedish territorial waters during the 1980's were actually done by US and British submarines. These happened after the so-called "Whisky in the Rocks" incident where an actual Soviet submarine was grounded in Swedish waters, the theory states that NATO wanted to create the illusion that the Soviets were continuing to disrespect Swedish neutrality. While the theory has never been proven, former US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger has gone on record that US did regularly enter Swedish waters during that time.
* It has been widely alleged, with evidence, that the Ukranian separatists/insurgents/fighters-against-the-government, starting in 2014, has basically been the Russian Army with some upset locals mixed in. Numerous incidents have occurred where Russian soldiers have been found mixed among Donetsk fighters, including an [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28934213 infamous incident where Russian soldiers were discovered in Donetsk, claiming to have 'gotten lost'.]] If it is a false flag operation, it is almost as much of an EpicFail as the Gleiwitz incident noted above. The Russian government has PlausibleDeniability, though, as all those soldiers are listed as being "on vacation" with all the paperwork properly filled out and signed.
* In 1956, incensed that [[UsefulNotes/GamalAbdelNasser Nasser]] had nationalized the Suez Canal, the British government conspired with France to encourage Israel to start a war with Egypt. The goal of the operation, was for Britain and France to step in as peace keepers, and to make sure that hostilities did not spill over from the Sinai Peninsula once that conflict ended, Britain and France would occupy and control the canal. This backfired spectacularly. Israel made it to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, but was forced to withdraw. Alexandria was occupied, but the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. forced Britain and France to admit that they had violated Egypt's right as a sovereign nation to take control of the canal. In Britain, Prime Minister UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden was forced to resign, in no small part because U.S. President [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] warned that the U.S. will in no way support Britain's endeavour in Suez, and warned that the U.S. would decrease military aid.

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** These days basically every single high-profile violent crime, terror attack, or act of war anywhere in the world will spark claims of a False Flag Operation somewhere on the Internet. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all that will be said of the topic here]] [[note]] ...but But [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag a page]] on such matters, as does [[http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/09/false-flag-3.html Washington's Blog]] [[/note]].
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* A rather silly example: A a Tennessee high school football coach [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/football-coach-vandalizes_n_4275209.html was fired and arrested after vandalizing his own school]] and spraypainting spray-painting insults about his own players, in the hopes that a rival school would be blamed and his team would be riled up for the upcoming game.
* While it's never been proven, there's a [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories theory]] that many of the supposedly "Soviet" submarine incursions into Swedish territorial waters during the 1980's were actually done by US and British submarines. These happened after the so-called "Whisky in the Rocks" incident where an actual Soviet submarine was grounded in Swedish waters, the theory states stating that NATO wanted to create the illusion that the Soviets were continuing to disrespect Swedish neutrality. While the theory has never been proven, former US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger has gone on record that US did regularly enter Swedish waters during that time.
* It has been widely alleged, with evidence, that the Ukranian Ukrainian separatists/insurgents/fighters-against-the-government, starting in 2014, has have basically been the Russian Army with some upset locals mixed in. Numerous incidents have occurred where Russian soldiers have been found mixed among Donetsk fighters, including an [[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28934213 infamous incident where Russian soldiers were discovered in Donetsk, claiming to have 'gotten lost'.]] If it is a false flag operation, it is almost as much of an EpicFail as the Gleiwitz incident noted above. The Russian government has PlausibleDeniability, though, as all those soldiers are listed as being "on vacation" with all the paperwork properly filled out and signed.
* In 1956, incensed that [[UsefulNotes/GamalAbdelNasser Nasser]] had nationalized the Suez Canal, the British government conspired with France to encourage Israel to start a war with Egypt. The goal of the operation, operation was for Britain and France to step in as peace keepers, peacekeepers, and to make sure that hostilities did not spill over from the Sinai Peninsula once that conflict ended, Britain and France would occupy and control the canal. This backfired spectacularly. Israel made it to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, but was forced to withdraw. Alexandria was occupied, but the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. forced Britain and France to admit that they had violated Egypt's right as a sovereign nation to take control of the canal. In Britain, Prime Minister UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden was forced to resign, in no small part because U.S. President [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] warned that the U.S. will in no way support Britain's endeavour endeavor in Suez, and warned that the U.S. would decrease military aid.
9th Apr '17 7:19:16 PM Fireblood
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* Police forces have used (and may still use) [[AgentProvocateur agents provocateur]] during demonstrations to start riots and give their uniformed comrades a reason to crack down on the demonstrators. It has backfired occasionally, when the uniformed riot cops battered a group of protestors, [[RightHandVersusLeftHand including some undercover officers]]. It would have been hilarious, if it hadn't been for the dozens of injured protestors. Unfortunately, this also leads to people reflexively excusing bad behavior on the part of protesters [[NeverMyFault by claiming that it was done by said agents]], sometimes with the claim that real members wouldn't resort to violence.

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* Police forces have used (and may still use) [[AgentProvocateur agents provocateur]] during demonstrations to start riots and give their uniformed comrades a reason to crack down on the demonstrators. It has backfired occasionally, when the uniformed riot cops battered a group of protestors, [[RightHandVersusLeftHand including some undercover officers]]. It would have been hilarious, if it hadn't been for the dozens of injured protestors. Unfortunately, this also leads to people reflexively excusing bad behavior on the part of protesters [[NeverMyFault by claiming that it was done by said agents]], sometimes with the claim that [[NoTrueScotsman real members wouldn't resort to violence.violence]].



** Similarly, there were some account(s) of people doing these to gain sympathy from the ApatheticCitizens. These often involved exaggerating actions of the other side, accusing the other side of trying to do this to gain their sympathy, disguising as Germans or Russians and ransacking villages, or just spreading nasty rumours.
* Prior to America's entry into the WWII, German blockade runners often impersonated American merchant ships to sneak past the Royal Navy. This blew up in their face on November 6th, 1941, when the blockade runner ''Odenwald'', ostensibly the freighter SS ''Wilmotto'' out of Philadelphia and hauling badly-needed rubber from Japan, ran into a Neutrality Patrol consisting of the light cruiser USS ''Omaha'' (CL-4) and the destroyer USS ''Somers'' (DD-381). When ''Omaha'' signaled the cargo ship to heave to for inspection, the Germans immediately scuttled and abandoned ''Odenwald''. The boarding party sent from ''Omaha'' managed to save the ship, while ''Somers'' picked up the German crew (including one ''Kriegsmarine'' sailor from the battlecruiser ''Graf Spee'' who had escaped internment in Uruguay after the Battle of the River Plate, stowed away on a ship to Japan, and joined ''Odenwald'' at Yokohama to get home) and placed them in custody. It is often incorrectly cited as the last time the US Navy awarded a prize bounty for the capture of an enemy ship, but the United States was not yet at war, so the cash bonuses paid to the crews of both warships were in fact the legal salvage value of the ship and cargo[[note]] International Law holds an abandoned merchant vessel, whether sunk or afloat, and her cargo to be the property of the salvors. The previous owners can buy everything back, or the salvage can be sold at auction, as the US Navy did with ''Odenwald''. In this case, the largest payments went to the Sailors and Marines of ''Omaha'''s boarding party, but every man aboard both ships got a piece (the Navy took a generous cut as well). They just had to wait for the Maritime Salvage Court to get around to processing the case, which didn't happen until 1946.[[/note]].

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** Similarly, there were some account(s) of people doing these to gain sympathy from the ApatheticCitizens. These often involved exaggerating actions of the other side, accusing the other side of trying to do this to gain their sympathy, disguising as Germans or Russians and ransacking villages, or just spreading nasty rumours.
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* Prior to America's entry into the WWII, German blockade runners often impersonated American merchant ships to sneak past the Royal Navy. This blew up in their face on November 6th, 1941, when the blockade runner ''Odenwald'', ostensibly the freighter SS ''Wilmotto'' out of Philadelphia and hauling badly-needed rubber from Japan, ran into a Neutrality Patrol consisting of the light cruiser USS ''Omaha'' (CL-4) and the destroyer USS ''Somers'' (DD-381). When ''Omaha'' signaled the cargo ship to heave to for inspection, the Germans immediately scuttled and abandoned ''Odenwald''. The boarding party sent from ''Omaha'' managed to save the ship, while ''Somers'' picked up the German crew (including one ''Kriegsmarine'' sailor from the battlecruiser ''Graf Spee'' who had escaped internment in Uruguay after the Battle of the River Plate, stowed away on a ship to Japan, and joined ''Odenwald'' at Yokohama to get home) and placed them in custody. It is often incorrectly cited as the last time the US Navy awarded a prize bounty for the capture of an enemy ship, but the United States was not yet at war, so the cash bonuses paid to the crews of both warships were in fact the legal salvage value of the ship and cargo[[note]] International Law cargo.[[note]]International law holds an abandoned merchant vessel, whether sunk or afloat, and her cargo to be the property of the salvors. The previous owners can buy everything back, or the salvage can be sold at auction, as the US Navy did with ''Odenwald''. In this case, the largest payments went to the Sailors and Marines of ''Omaha'''s boarding party, but every man aboard both ships got a piece (the Navy took a generous cut as well). They just had to wait for the Maritime Salvage Court to get around to processing the case, which didn't happen until 1946.[[/note]]. [[/note]]
9th Apr '17 6:56:14 PM Fireblood
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* The police has used (and may still use) [[AgentProvocateur agents provocateur]] during demonstrations to start riots and give their uniformed comrades a reason to crack down on the demonstrators. It has backfired occasionally, when the uniformed riot cops battered a group of protestors, [[RightHandVersusLeftHand including some undercover officers]]. It would have been hilarious, if it hadn't been for the dozens of injured protestors. Unfortunately, this also leads to people reflexively excusing bad behavior on the part of protesters [[NeverMyFault by claiming that it was done by said agents]], sometimes with the claim that real members wouldn't resort to violence.

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* The police has Police forces have used (and may still use) [[AgentProvocateur agents provocateur]] during demonstrations to start riots and give their uniformed comrades a reason to crack down on the demonstrators. It has backfired occasionally, when the uniformed riot cops battered a group of protestors, [[RightHandVersusLeftHand including some undercover officers]]. It would have been hilarious, if it hadn't been for the dozens of injured protestors. Unfortunately, this also leads to people reflexively excusing bad behavior on the part of protesters [[NeverMyFault by claiming that it was done by said agents]], sometimes with the claim that real members wouldn't resort to violence.
9th Apr '17 6:54:49 PM Fireblood
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* ''{{Series/Homeland}}'': An angry young Muslim man who'd been charged with (and cleared of) supporting terrorism is set up to look like a suicide bomber after he was released by some government officials who wanted to stop the President elect's reform.
1st Apr '17 2:57:46 PM ZimFan89
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** In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' there were a bunch of false-flag operations going on, with Klingons firing on themselves to try starting a war, then (at least in the video releases) Humans pretending to be Klingons to assassinate the Klingon Chancellor at a peace conference. (Both incidents were part of the same conspiracy: Humans, Klingons and Romulans coming together to prevent peace. Awww...)
*** Not to mention the ''Enterprise'' pretending to be a Klingon freighter in order to rescue Kirk and Spock from Rura Penthe.

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** In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' there were a bunch of false-flag operations going on, with Klingons firing on themselves to kill the Klingon Chancellor to try starting and start a war, then (at least in the video releases) Humans pretending to be Klingons to assassinate the Klingon Chancellor Federation President at a peace conference. (Both incidents were part of the same conspiracy: Humans, Klingons and Romulans coming together to prevent peace. Awww...)
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) Not to mention the ''Enterprise'' pretending to be a Klingon freighter in order to rescue Kirk and Spock from Rura Penthe.
23rd Mar '17 1:12:23 PM TheNicestGuy
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* In Naval Combat using a false flag is a ''nom de guerre'', a "Name of War" and is a legal tactic ''as long you hoist true colours prior to engaging'', even if it is mere seconds before.

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* In Naval Combat using a false flag is a ''nom de guerre'', a "Name of War" and is a legal tactic ''as long you hoist true colours prior to engaging'', even if it is mere seconds before. This is the origin of the idiom "to show one's true colours".
23rd Mar '17 12:28:02 PM TheNicestGuy
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* In ''Literature/WaterMargin'', General Qin Ming fails to defeat the outlaws Song Jiang and Hua Rong and is captured. They invite him to join them, but although he is impressed with their gallantry he refuses to turn traitor, and they let him go the next day. He returns home to learn that during the night the outlaws had sent a force led by a man on his horse and dressed in his armor to sack everything outside the town walls. His wife has already been executed, and he is sent away. The outlaws did all this, nearly driving Qin Ming to suicide, with the sole purpose of forcing him to join them, and it works. Note that these are all ''protagonists'', especially Song Jiang. Apparently you're supposed to recognize that they're the "good guys" because they admit to Qin Ming exactly what they did and apologize.
20th Mar '17 11:41:49 PM isolato
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* In 1956, incensed that Naser had nationalized the Suez Canal, the British government conspired with France to encourage Israel to start a war with Egypt. The goal of the operation, was for Britain and France to step in as peace keepers, and to make sure that hostilities did not spill over from the Sinai Peninsula once that conflict ended, Britain and France would occupy and control the canal. This backfired spectacularly. Israel made it to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, but was forced to withdraw. Alexandria was occupied, but the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. forced Britain and France to admit that they had violated Egypt's right as a sovereign nation to take control of the canal. In Britain, Prime Minister UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden was forced to resign, in no small part because U.S. President [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] warned that the U.S. will in no way support Britain's endeavour in Suez, and warned that the U.S. would decrease military aid.

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* In 1956, incensed that Naser [[UsefulNotes/GamalAbdelNasser Nasser]] had nationalized the Suez Canal, the British government conspired with France to encourage Israel to start a war with Egypt. The goal of the operation, was for Britain and France to step in as peace keepers, and to make sure that hostilities did not spill over from the Sinai Peninsula once that conflict ended, Britain and France would occupy and control the canal. This backfired spectacularly. Israel made it to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, but was forced to withdraw. Alexandria was occupied, but the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. forced Britain and France to admit that they had violated Egypt's right as a sovereign nation to take control of the canal. In Britain, Prime Minister UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden was forced to resign, in no small part because U.S. President [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] warned that the U.S. will in no way support Britain's endeavour in Suez, and warned that the U.S. would decrease military aid.
18th Mar '17 3:25:44 AM isolato
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* In 1956, incensed that Naser had nationalized the Suez Canal, the British government conspired with France to encourage Israel to start a war with Egypt. The goal of the operation, was for Britain and France to step in as peace keepers, and to make sure that hostilities did not spill over from the Sinai Peninsula once that conflict ended, Britain and France would occupy and control the canal. This backfired spectacularly. Israel made it to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, but was forced to withdraw. Alexandria was occupied, but the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. forced Britain and France to admit that they had violated Egypt's right as a sovereign nation to take control of the canal. In Britain, Prime Minister UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden was forced to resign, in no small part because U.S. President Eisenhower warned that the U.S. will in no way support Britain's endeavour in Suez, and warned that the U.S. would decrease military aid.

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* In 1956, incensed that Naser had nationalized the Suez Canal, the British government conspired with France to encourage Israel to start a war with Egypt. The goal of the operation, was for Britain and France to step in as peace keepers, and to make sure that hostilities did not spill over from the Sinai Peninsula once that conflict ended, Britain and France would occupy and control the canal. This backfired spectacularly. Israel made it to the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, but was forced to withdraw. Alexandria was occupied, but the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. forced Britain and France to admit that they had violated Egypt's right as a sovereign nation to take control of the canal. In Britain, Prime Minister UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden was forced to resign, in no small part because U.S. President Eisenhower [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] warned that the U.S. will in no way support Britain's endeavour in Suez, and warned that the U.S. would decrease military aid.
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