The world is filled with conspiracy theories involving government operations and New World Order ideas, but the majority of people cannot wrap their heads around any of these notions actually being part of our reality. From the theory that 9/11 wasn’t actually the work of terrorists to mandatory vaccinations being part of a huge scheme to place population control on the world, there are some theories that are just too farfetched to be believed by the general public.
Yet, there are false flag operations that have come to light over the course of in-depth investigations after the fact, with many people becoming even more suspicious because of it. False flag operations consist of covert operations that are planned and executed while placing the blame on others. This can come in the form of governments placing the blame of destruction or violence of their lands and communities on other nations, but can also involve covert operations to turn a group of people against another. A false flag operation can be quite helpful in steering an entire population towards a specific train of thought, and it isn’t until the dust has settled that people begin to find out the truth behind the reality of a situation or particular event. Oftentimes, this truth doesn’t reveal itself until long after the incident, and sometimes not until decades have passed. Check out our list of the 15 photos that reveal inner workings of false flag operations, and see what we now know to be the true facts behind these major incidents in history.
15. Operation Just Cause
The Panama Canal is sometimes forgotten in how important it is to trade and transportation but it is crucial in shortening the distance between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Yet, the importance of the canal has never been lost on the United States. When Theodore Roosevelt failed in negotiations with Colombia in control of the canal, the U.S. began backing the rebels in support of a revolution in Panama. In 1903, the U.S. gained rights to the canal after negotiations with the new government. This lasted until the Torrijos-Carter Treaties that stated that Panama would again gain control of the canal after 1999. Yet, during the period between 1989 and 1990, the U.S. invaded Panama under the guise of Operation Just Cause. Dictator Manuel Noriega began having conflict with the U.S. due to the Iran-Contra Scandal and then Noriega was allegedly allying himself with other forces that were against the U.S. like Cuba, Nicaragua, and Libya. A democratic election that deposed Noriega was deemed null, and Noriega remained in power. President George H. W. Bush invaded Panama in December 1989, citing safeguarding democracy among other reasons as to why the U.S. was justified in the invasion. Yet, many believe that the invasion was because of the criticism the administration received because of the drug trafficking acknowledgement and the importance of trade and military access of the Panama Canal.
14. Contra Scandal
Following up on President Nixon’s war on drugs, the next administration had much more leeway when it came to enforcing and arbitrating drug laws in America. In 1985, the Associated Press ran a story indicating that the Nicaraguan Contra rebels were smuggling large amounts of cocaine into America. With all this talk about a war on drugs, it seemed interesting to know that they were being smuggled into the country so easily and yet nothing was being done about it. U.S. senator, John Kerry, was still in the early stages of his political career and took it upon himself to investigate deeper into this issue. However, President Reagan had already proved his popularity with the American people and within the branches of government, so any investigation that would undermine the Reagan-Bush administration would not be met favorably. President Reagan had already referred to the Contras as “the moral equals of the Founding Fathers,” so saying that the Contras were responsible for smuggling in drugs would not go over well. Regardless, the findings from the investigation showed that not only was this the factual accounts, but also that the United States government was turning a blind eye to it. Although the investigation was initially dismissed, Kerry was finally vindicated in 1998 when the CIA’s inspector general admitted that indeed Contra operatives were involved in the cocaine trade and U.S. agencies refused to prosecute and pursue because of the Reagan-Bush administration.
13. Bombing In Turkish Consulate In Greece
In early September of 1955, the Turkish consulate in the Salonica region of Greece was bombed and the Turkish government blamed it on Greece. The bombing also damaged a crucial part of Turkey’s history related to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the founding of modern Turkey. The bombing incited mass rioting and violence against the people of Greece. Over 4,000 Greek shops were broken into and stolen from, Greek churches were burned to the ground or vandalized, and even Greek Orthodox cemeteries were vandalized. The damage inflicted was between $150 to $300 million, and civilians were injured and killed during this tumultuous time. Six years after the rioting, Prime Minister Adnan Menderes was tried by a Turkish court. The court’s findings provided information regarding Menderes’ role in the bombing, and concluded that it was an orchestrated event that was used to incite the violence against the Greeks. Menderes ultimately apologized to the Greek government, but the damage was already done and thousands of Greek civilians fled Istanbul because of the rioting.
12. Jabłonków Incident
In August 1939, Adolf Hitler had put into place a series of events that would allow him to invade Poland. Yet, the planned invasion day became complicated by the fact that Britain had aligned itself with Poland and signed a treaty to promise military support. Rather than proceed with the invasion as planned, Hitler devised a series of covert operations to take over strategic points prior to the full invasion. One of these points was the Jablunkov Pass. This was the railroad tunnel that connected Warsaw and Vienna. Set between the Moravian-Silesian Beskids and Silesian Beskids mountain ranges, this was a key strategic point because it offered the shortest connection en route at the border between Poland and Czechoslovakia. German soldiers dressed as “robbers” and attacked the railway station at Mosty in connection with the Jablunkov Pass. However, the group was not successful in their endeavor, and were repelled by the Polish Army. Although the incident was made to look like it was an outside force, many have said that the Jabłonków Incident was the first strike in World War II.
11. Iran-Contra Affair
On November 4, 1979, a mob descended on the American Embassy in Iran and captured 66 Americans as hostages. Although a few were released, 51 hostages remained and the incident gained international attention as the Iran Hostage Crisis. It lasted for over 400 days, but the real story came out of the presidential scandal that became the Iran-Contra Affair. Without the approval of the United States Congress, President Ronald Reagan used his administrative role to supply weapons to America’s enemy, Iran, in the attempt to exchange arms for hostages. Yet, it wasn’t just a simple trade negotiation, since money from the arms sale was used to fund the “Contra” guerrillas in Nicaragua. Arms were to be sent from Israel to Iran, and then additional arms missiles were to be transferred for the exchange of hostages in Lebanon. In 1986, President Reagan addressed the nation and stated that this weapons transfer did not occur. Yet, an in-depth investigation revealed the role Oliver North, a member of the National Security Council, had in the arms proceedings. North was initially used as a scapegoat. Yet, during the trial, damning documents were revealed where he stated that everything he did was on direct orders. In 1987, President Reagan again addressed the nation and ultimately took responsibility for his role and stated that he indeed authorized the trading of arms for hostages.
10. Nixon’s War On Drugs
In 1971, President Nixon declared a war on drugs, citing the deplorable conditions drug-fueled communities were in and the crime associated with the drug trade. In a televised speech, President Nixon addressed the nation by stating, “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.” Yet, the real reason behind his increased focus on being on the offensive towards drug use was to undermine the forces against the war in Vietnam and oppress the African American community. Former domestic policy chief for the Nixon administration, John Ehrlichman, gave an interview with Harper’s Magazine where he stated, “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.” So, it wasn’t about getting drugs off the streets and uplifting these communities, it was about making arrests, breaking up groups with differing political views, and turning the American people against the rallying forces.
9. The Katyn Massacre
The relationship between Russia and Germany was a complicated one, with both sides untrusting towards one another throughout World War II. While the atrocities committed by the Nazi party are most remembered when looking back on the war, the Soviet Union also did their fair share of deplorable acts. In April and May of 1940, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin appointed a secret police organization entitled, NKVD, otherwise known as the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs. This group ultimately executed 22,000 Polish civilians and military personnel in the event that is known today as The Katyn Massacre. While it’s named after the Katyn Forest where most of the mass graves of the killed were found, the mass executions were carried out in a variety of different locations at the behest of the Soviet Union. Ultimately, the executions were blamed on the Nazi party, rather than take responsibility for their role in the attempted complete genocide of an entire population.
8. Shelling Of Mainila
In 1939, Russia and Finland engaged in what is now thought of as the Winter War. On November 1939, the Russian village of Mainila was shelled, and the Soviet Union blamed the incident on Finland. A huge propaganda campaign was launched to rally the Russian people behind the effort to invade Finland. Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, released a written document that claimed that it was the Soviet Union’s Red Army that was truly behind the shelling of Mainila, and Russian president, Boris Yeltsin also admitted that Russia was behind the start of the Winter War. Four days after the Shelling of Mainila, Russia launched the start of the Winter War. The Treaty of Tartu, the agreed treaty between the Soviet Union and Finland, was violated in this act of aggression. Ultimately, the Soviet Union was dismissed from the League of Nations due to their illegal attack against Finland through the hoax of the Mainila incident and the invasion on Finland.
7. Mukden Incident
The Japanese military has a long history of invading its neighboring countries, but it’s the 1931 invasion of northeastern China that most identifies as a false flag operation. The Manchuria area in China was of huge interest to Japan due to the South Manchuria Railway Zone. Rather than sharing this as a lease from the China Far East Railway, a Japanese lieutenant detonated a bomb near the railway line and then the incident was blamed on the Chinese. This act was later entitled, The Mukden Incident, since it was the catalyst in Japan’s reasoning to invade China. The Lytton Report in 1932 revealed that the incident was indeed created by Japan, and ultimately led to Japan being withdrawn from the League of Nations. Japan’s occupation of Manchuria after the initial invasion was put under a microscope since many of the individual incidents were carried out by individual members of the Japanese military, rather than completely sanctioned by the Japanese government.
6. Operation Desert Storm
The United States cultivated a relationship with Saddam Hussein during the 1980s. This was an alliance that began out of helping to build a sustainable nation during the Iran-Iraq war. Yet, things began to change when Hussein’s accumulation of weaponry and obsession with nuclear warfare started to change the view on his reign. Hussein allegedly asked permission from the U.S. prior to its invasion of Kuwait, and supposedly the response was that the United States was not going to intervene in squabbles among the Arab nations. However, President George H. W. Bush rallied 40 nations in a coalition to “liberate” the Kuwaiti people. One of the biggest modes of executing this coalition was the incident that involved a Kuwaiti U.S. ambassador making a televised announcement about the atrocities that have occurred at the hands of Iraqi soldiers. This was later deemed a media hoax, and the American people were led to believe that the liberation of the Kuwaiti people was the reason behind sending U.S. troops to Kuwait. Yet, there have been many that have speculated that the real reason behind U.S. intervention was due to Hussein accumulating too much power and the importance of natural resources in Kuwait.
5. U.S.-Israeli Role In Iran-Iraq War
The U.S. and Israel were both selling arms and backing differing forces in the Middle East for decades. The unrest in the Middle East included the deposing of the Iranian Prime Minister, Mossadeq, the coup that deposed the Shah of Iran Reza Pahlavi, and the ultimate reign of Saddam Hussein. During the unrest, Israel allegedly participated in Operation Seashell that sold $75 million worth of arms to Iran. Yet, this wasn’t even the highest sum of arms dealing towards Iran, and a series of attacks and negotiations occurred in the early part of the 1980s. Political scientist, Henry Kissinger, once described the backing of the differing forces by saying, “Too bad they both cannot lose.” Later it was revealed that Israel seemed to be backing whichever side was losing at any given moment. Under the guise that they were trying to enforce peace in the Middle East, the reality was that their efforts were actually helping to weaken both Iraq and Iran. This would only help to strengthen Israel and intensify the war.
4. Gulf Of Tonkin Incident
The Vietnam war was arguably the most controversial conflict in history, with many left wondering whether or not it was the place of the United States to get involved in the first place. One event that was part of the catalyst in starting the war was the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The destroyer, USS Maddox, was on patrol in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin when they were allegedly fired upon by North Vietnamese torpedo boats. However, there were no casualties of American soldiers and only one solitary shot found on the U.S. vessel. Regardless, President Lyndon Johnson used this incident as advocacy for war against the North Vietnamese. There was already a huge communist conflict between South Vietnam and North Vietnam, so tensions were already high. The Gulf of Tonkin incident was the first real step in getting the United States involved in their fight, and yet evidence supports the fact that most likely the claims of attack by the North Vietnamese were false. In 2005, declassified information was released to reveal that it was actually the USS Maddox that fired first. Also, there may not have even been multiple North Vietnamese torpedo boats since false radar reports showed that there may not have even been a second altercation on the seas.
3. The Gleiwitz Incident
In August 1939, the Nazi regime was on a campaign to try and change the minds of the German people and bring them into the fold against the nation’s supposed enemies. The arrests of Polish activists became commonplace, and one was found a day after his arrest at the scene the Gleiwitz radio station when he was left for dead and wearing a Polish uniform. In an effort to turn the people against Poland, the Nazis came up with the plot to hijack the Gleiwitz radio station and broadcast an anti-German message in Polish. The group was led by Alfred Naujocks, who held the equivalent rank of major in the SS. Naujocks coordinated this staged event with a band of German operatives dressed in Polish uniforms. In a furthered effort to convince the people that this was indeed the work of Polish terrorists, a portion of the group wearing Polish uniforms were found dead on the scene. Yet, it was later revealed that these deceased men were prisoners that were most likely taken from a concentration camp to make the incident seem more believable.
2. Operation Himmler
Prior to the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in 1939, Adolf Hitler had to think of a way to sell it to the German people. Operation Himmler was constructed as a propaganda campaign to sway the German people to believe that it was Poland that was the aggressor in the start of World War II. The operation was named after its creator, Heinrich Himmler, a leading member in the Nazi party who held the highest rank possible in the SS. Not only was the plan to try and show Poland as the aggressors but also to alter the minds of Poland’s allies. This operation was highly intricate, and included a number of staged attacks that were made to look like Polish terrorists. Numerous stations were taken over by “Polish” attackers, and incidents were reported all throughout Germany and its borders. Yet, the biggest blow in this operation was the fact that the media was helping to convey this same message. Almost immediately after the first few incidents within these staged operations, freedom of speech was forbidden and media members had their phones tapped, letters intercepted, and desks broken into in order to ensure only the Nazi message was being spread rather than the truth.
1. The Reichstag Fire
In February 1933, Germany was already filled with the Nazi presence but the majority of the middle class wasn’t yet fully onboard with the agenda of the regime. All of that changed when the citizens of Berlin awoke to find the Reichstag building had been set ablaze. The Reichstag was Germany’s parliament, and the loss of the building was the last blow to help bring over the bulk of the middle class to side with the Nazi regime. Within a short amount of time, Marinus van der Lubbe was arrested at the scene and sentenced to death. As a young member of the communist party, the Nazis proclaimed that the fire was a symbol the communists were using to rise up and revolt in Germany. The media began immediately reporting that communists were to blame, and within a few days of the fire there were thousands of communists arrested. While the Nazis were using the Reichstag fire as a means to spread propaganda against the communist party, a deeper look into the details surrounding the fire have shown that it was most likely the Nazis themselves that set the fire in order to turn Germans against the communists. The Reichstag Fire Criminal Case in 2008 showed a number of inconsistencies in the theory that one solitary person could have started this fire, from the window that he allegedly use that was never photographed in any of the crime scene photos to the timeline of being able to set the fire in just 15 minutes. The entire scenario was recreated in order to test the allegations made in the police reports, but it was impossible to set fire to the thick velvet curtains with the jacket described in the reports. A more plausible explanation was that white phosphorus was used to set a chemical fire, and traces of white phosphorous, oil, and carbon disulfide was found at the scene. Yet, this was never brought up during the hearing. At the Nuremberg trial in 1948, a former Berlin police administration officer testified that it was Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda that first came up with the idea to set the Reichstag of fire.