Joe Olson is an engineer with an extensive library of knowledge across multiple fields.
He joined me for a conversation about false flags.
For clarity, a false flag is a covert operation in which an individual or group carries out an action, such as an attack or sabotage, while disguising their identity or attributing the act to another party.
The term “false flag” suggests that the true perpetrators seek to create the impression that the action was carried out by a different individual or group.
For example, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (1964) involved the alleged attack on two US Navy destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats. The event served as a justification for the escalation of US military involvement in the Vietnam War. However, declassified documents later revealed that the second attack, which was used to justify further military action, did not occur.
The purpose behind a false flag operation can vary, including political manipulation, military strategy, or advancing a particular agenda.
By misleading others about the source of an action, false flags can generate confusion, shift public opinion, or justify retaliatory actions.
False flag operations have their origins in ancient times but gained prominence during warfare in the 20th century.