Despite the attempt to marginalize the concept, “false flags” are so common that U.S. officials frequently use that phrase.
For example, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell:
Former Director for Transnational Threats on the U.S. National Security Council, Roger Cressey:
Former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Mudd:
Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, a high ranking Air Force official:
The Washington Post notes that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld approved as an acceptable interrogation method
A technique known as “false flag,” or deceiving a detainee into believing he is being interrogated by someone from another country.
NBC News points out:
In another document taken from the NSA by Snowden and obtained by NBC News, a JTRIG official said the unit’s mission included computer network attacks, disruption, “Active Covert Internet Operations,” and “Covert Technical Operations.” Among the methods listed in the document were jamming phones, computers and email accounts and masquerading as an enemy in a “false flag” operation. The same document said GCHQ was increasing its emphasis on using cyber tools to attack adversaries.
Washington’s Blog asked high-level NSA official Bill Binney* if he had heard of the term “false flags” when he was with the NSA.