Boston, False Flags and the Strategy of Tension

Via orwellwasright:

The responses in the immediate aftermath of the Boston marathon bombing were predictable: the idea that this may have been a false flag event and the dismissal of such a notion with the derogatory expression “conspiracy theory”. Certainly, there are many who instantly jump to the conclusion that “the government did it” when tragic events such as this occur before waiting for all the evidence to emerge – in the current political climate of seemingly never-ending lies and deception, this knee-jerk reaction is perhaps understandable. Equally, those who dismiss these allegations are right to let the dust settle – new evidence emerges and narratives spin from the wheels of government and media, frequently changing and often contradicting one another.

It came as no surprise to anyone that firebrand radio host Alex Jones was the first to call “false flag”. But perhaps less expected was the manner in which the term itself became something of a meme – Google trends showed a major spike in searches and it even made the mainstream media (although expecting Yahoo News to deal with the subject with even a modicum of accuracy would be optimistic, to say the least). As far-fetched as the idea that the government would attack and kill civilians in order to blame it on their perceived “enemies” (or use it as an excuse to carry out a practice run for martial law) may sound to some, the use of false flag terror attacks by Western intelligence agencies has historical form. One notable example was known as the Strategy of Tension.

The Strategy of Tension was a tactic employed by the US and NATO in the post-World War 2 period when Winston Churchill and his allies established stay-behind groups in western Europe. Originally intended to act as sleeper cells to counter a Soviet invasion, these were subverted into active disruptors of the democratic process of supposedly sovereign nations, engaging in political subversion, smear campaigns and black propaganda, assassinations, kidnappings and the massacres of innocent people which were then blamed on the Communists. These groups, funded and controlled by the CIA, MI6 and top level elements of NATO, frequently used neofascist right-wing groups, sometimes with associations to the Nazis, organized crime syndicates and quasi-Masonic secret societies such as the Italian P2 Lodge, to carry out some of the worst terrorist atrocities Europe experienced in the post-war era. Operation Gladio, set up as part of the so-called “secret anti-Communist NATO protocols” represents perhaps the most well-known aspect of this clandestine network of secret services and terrorists, after its exposure to the public in 1990 and revelations of a campaign of US-backed terror and subversion spanning decades.

Some of the terrorist acts which Operation Gladio produced include the Piazza Fontana bombing in Italy, 1969, which left 17 dead and 88 wounded; the 1972 Peteano massacre, initially blamed on the Red Brigade but later discovered to be the work of the Gladio network after Magistrate Felice Casson discovered that “the explosives used in the attack came from one of 139 secret weapons depots of a secret army organized under the code name Operation Gladio”; the 1980 Bologna massacre which killed 85 people and wounded more than 200 – attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization, Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari, but widely believed to have been the work of the Gladio network, and the Brabant massacres in Belgium, where over a period of several years a number of mass shootings took place in supermarkets and restaurants – investigations suggested the culprits were linked to the Belgian Gladio stay-behind army, the right wing group WNP, and the Pentagon secret service DIA. These are just a few examples of many where either direct or circumstantial evidence of NATO/CIA/MI6 involvement in terror atrocities in Europe in the post-war period is noted.

In other countries where no such perceived Communist threat existed, the legacy of the stay-behind operations is considerably worse. The Franco dictatorship in Spain, despite its obvious brutality and anti-democractic leanings, was considered the most favourable option by NATO planners after the Second World War in a clear example of how anti-Communist sentiments superceded pro-democratic feelings. In Greece, the CIA and the NATO stay-behind forces guaranteed against the possible election of the communist National Liberation Front by actively supporting the LOK (Lochoi Oreinōn Katadromōn, i.e. “Mountain Raiding Companies”) who led the military coup d’État on April 21, 1967. Years of repression, torture and assassinations followed. When Phillips Talbot, the US ambassador in Athens, took exception to the coup, stating that it represented a “rape of democracy”, Jack Maury, the CIA chief of station in Athens, answered: “How can you rape a whore?”. Turkey, too, suffered the same fate, in which military coup followed by military dictatorship plunged the country into an era of brutality.

Naturally, there has been plenty of bluff, denials and pleas of ignorance from officials in Washington, London and from the halls of NATO regarding the validity of the claims being made about the stay-behind networks, Operation Gladio and the overall employment of a “strategy of tension” including terror and subversion. Beyond the denials and appeals to “confidentiality” and the issue “being classified, as a matter state security”, confirmation has come not only from high ranking politicians involved in investigations, but also from the very extremist groups who were involved in a number of the massacres, several of whom have explicitly stated how they received their orders from organisations such as the CIA and MI6.

Certainly, for those with a basic understanding of how the CIA has operated on other fronts where concern has arose over the influence of Communism (or simply nationalism motivated by a desire to share a nation’s wealth amongst the population) for instance throughout Latin America from the 1950s onwards, these tactics will hardly come as a surprise. A number of the Gladio operatives involved in European terrorism are known to have worked in America’s “backyard” for people like Manuel Noriega and the Nicaraguan Contras, passing on their knowledge of murder, terror and subversion to these brutal killers.

US Army Field Manual 30-31B serves as perhaps the most damning piece of evidence confirming the nature of the stay-behind armies and the strategies they employed, outlining a strategy of tension involving violent attacks which are then blamed on radical left-wing groups in order to convince allied governments of the need for counter-action. While official sources in the US government have predictably labeled this document a forgery (Claude Cockburn’s line, “Never believe anything until it has been officially denied” springs to mind), others disagree, including former deputy director of the CIA, Ray S. Cline, who has stated it to be genuine, and Licio Gelli, the leader of the P2 freemason lodge implicated in Gladio terror attacks throughout Italy who bluntly told the BBC’s Allan Francovich, “The CIA gave it to me”.

The Gladio revelations coupled with the CIA’s track record for subversion of democracy and support for terrorist groups and right-wing dictators elsewhere around the globe would certainly suggest that there is some truth to the notion that such a field manual does exist. The real question, given the culture of fear currently promulgated by Western governments, is to what extent is the “strategy of tension” still being employed in the present day?


33 Comments on "Boston, False Flags and the Strategy of Tension"

  1. Chaos_Dynamics | Apr 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm |


    Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt are powerful tools in the arsenal of sales, marketing, politics, and propaganda.

  2. Charlie Primero | Apr 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm |

    Dilks has forgotten about American Exceptionalism. Alex Jones is a racist lunatic because he refuses to accept that:
    Other Countries experience false flags, quiet coup d’etas, and hidden political assassinations, but such things do not happen in America.
    Other Countries have controlled media publishing directed propaganda, but this does not happen in America.
    Other Countries are rife with corruption, pay-for-play political deals, and rigged elections, but such things are virtually unknown in America.
    Americans should be thankful they live in that one, single country on earth which does not suffer such problems.

    • BrianApocalypse | Apr 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm |

      The notion of having questions, doubts and skepticism about the motives of the US government doesn’t make one a ‘lunatic’. Postulating totally baseless theories, proclaiming them as absolute fact and denouncing anyone who doesn’t agree with you as a brainwashed sheep or government agent, does. Especially if you have a long track record of failed predictions and false information that you never address.

      • Charlie Primero | Apr 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm |

        Alex Jones’ theories are not totally baseless. I agree with you that he has too low a tolerance for anyone who disagrees with him, and is often too hyperbolic. I was banned from his forum for criticizing his use of Fear Porn. Details of that are here:
        Today I support Alex Jones because his work has a net positive effect on human freedom. I wish you would too.

        • Andy Dilks | Apr 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm |

          Why are you making this about Alex Jones? Aren’t there wider issues worth discussing instead?

          • Charlie Primero | Apr 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm |

            The second paragraph in the article you linked to introduced Alex Jones. Sure there are wider issues. I would enjoy discussing them with you.

          • Andy Dilks | Apr 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

            Have I said anything derogatory about Alex Jones?

          • Charlie Primero | Apr 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm |

            I don’t know. I’ve never seen any of your writings. Have you?

        • BrianApocalypse | Apr 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm |

          I don’t think he has a net positive effect at all. The ideology and rhetoric I see from his most passionate supporters seems highly authoritarian and oppressive to me, and it seems you have experienced this first-hand (as have I). I think you’re deluding yourself if you can support a man’s message of ‘freedom’ whilst simultaneously being censored by him.

          The majority of the comments I see on Infowars are so misinformed and full of spite, hatred and intolerance that whatever ‘positive’ effects Jones has on the majority of his audience seemingly amounts to a drop of hope in an ocean of doom.

          • Charlie Primero | Apr 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm |

            Sorry for this book-length post.

            Jones’ market segment is the blue-collar good old boy ‘Merca-lovin right-winger. I frequently “shoot the breeze” with these guys at campgrounds, country diners, and truck stops because I motorcycle camp as a hobby. Twenty years ago those guys would become emotional to the point of violence at the mere suggestion that anything was wrong with American Militarism, the War on Drugs, or the Police State.

            Jones’ message of liberty-oriented right-populism is changing those guys. I meet more and more of them who tell me Jones has changed their mind on things like marijuana decriminalization, upholding the 4th amendment, equal rights for gays, blind support of Israeli atrocities, and even silly stuff like a person’s right to burn a flag.

            Jones isn’t perfect. I disagree with his stand on immigration. His Calvinism is tedious. The products he sells are dodgy. Some of his guests are fascist idiots. And it’s true that too many of his fans and callers are hateful morons.

            Taking all that into account, negatives minus positives, the *net* effect he has on the minds of American hillbillies is real-world positive. There is an infowar going on for the hearts of minds of middle America. This war has existed since the days of Plato and Socrates. It is better that this segment of society consume Alex Jones than war-mongering fascist scum like Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Rush Limbaugh. This is why I support Jones.

            I’m old. It might be the case that you need to have experienced the low-brow vitriol of American “patriots” back in the 70’s and 80’s to fully appreciate how improved things are today.

          • BrianApocalypse | Apr 30, 2013 at 11:52 am |

            I have encountered the same phenomenon. People who otherwise would be typical racist/intolerant conservatives expressing views outside of their usual boundaries because of ‘conspiracy theory’. But I got the impression in most cases that they had arrived at those opinions simply because they perceived them to be anti-establishment.

            Conversely, I have also encountered people who would otherwise be progressive/liberal who have been infected with certain negative strains of conservatism (such as homophobia) because of Alex Jones.

            And in both cases, each group had also come to believe in large doses of utter nonsense as part of the package.

  3. CosmicAmazing | Apr 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm |

    It’s scary to think if that were Obama instead of Kennedy and part of the plan was the marathon bombings, the answer might be “Yes” instead of “No”. Though, even mentioning that possibility in the MSM is grounds for attack/character assassination.

    I live right outside of Boston, my colleague was running in the marathon and was only a few blocks from the finish line when the bombs exploded. I work in Hopkinton, which is where the marathon starts. I was in Boston when the bombings took place, I dealt with the “police state” situation. The 8 year old boy who was killed, his father is good friends with two of my coworkers – we were all invited to the funeral services. This attack hit my home, but that does not mean I rule out the possibility of a false flag.

    As of right now, I’m not sure what to believe. My gut tell me things which my mind refuses to accept.

  4. The thing is people don’t trust these oligarchs. Nobody gives a fuck about sacrificing so elites can remain insanely wealthy. Its a not a positive vision. So even if its not a false flag the fact that so many people think it is should be disturbing to the banksters, CEO’s etc.

    • Hadrian999 | Apr 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm |

      oligarchs don’t present themselves as the cause. The cause is always tailored to the market, it is about religious freedom, protecting american culture, protecting the “american worker”, defeating socialism, they have people serving their agenda out of greedy self interest even though what they are working towards tends to be against that self interest. programming is a powerful thing

      • Sign me up! Get some schmucks to do the dirty work, which is a detriment to them, but good for me. I could go fishing every day.

    • It’s obvious that the story we are given is riddled with holes. Some
      people want to ride the willfully ignorant band wagon until the wheels
      fall off, then they will quickly convert as soon as a critical mass of
      awareness is breached and it is no longer fashionable to be complicit in
      maintaining newly shorn illusions of the state.

      Third eyes are creaking open.

  5. BuzzCoastin | Apr 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm |

    somewhere around 350 BCE a Chinese dude wrote a book on military tactics
    Six Secret Teachings (六韬) & the chapters called The Tiger Strategy
    have a detailed explanation of the uses of psyops
    so this kinda thing has been de rigueur for over 2000 thousand years
    so if you’re just waking up to this…

  6. For me, anyone who says either that “false flag is impossible” OR that “it was definitely a false flag” without something I recognize as definitive proof takes a self-inflicted hit to his or her credibility.

    • Craig Bickford | Apr 30, 2013 at 4:54 am |

      Good point. There are many ways Gladio style operations interfered with terror networks though, such as the ‘Just let it happen’ tactic where foreknowledge is known or subtle steering of groups, so it gets rather murky and speculative without evidence. I would suggest people read Richard Cottrell’s book on Nato/Gladio/Mafia/CIA.

      • Andy Dilks | Apr 30, 2013 at 7:15 am |

        Nato’s Secret Armies and Puppetmasters: The Political Use of Terrorism in Italy are also both well worth a read. If you haven’t already seen the BBC documentary embedded in the article I’d recommend that as well – believe it or not, there was a day when the BBC were capable of decent investigative reporting, before slipping into wall to wall propaganda.

  7. kowalityjesus | Apr 30, 2013 at 12:00 am |

    Reading about the CIA in such a maliciously omnipotent role makes me wonder how Ron Paul did not get assassinated just campaigning on a platform of eliminating the CIA. It is only fucking 64 years old. Get rid of it, disclose alien communications and get rid of it.

    • Craig Bickford | Apr 30, 2013 at 4:52 am |

      He is not dead because he is closet corporatist, which is to say he tacitly supports fascism in the US or what I call Green Fascism (Market Capitalism gone wrong, as opposed to Red or Black).

  8. moremisinformation | Apr 30, 2013 at 12:04 am |

    Here’s a an interesting interview series with FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and James Corbett discussing, in depth, operation Gladio. From it’s “Plan A” inception, post WWII, as indicated in the above article, all the way through to todays, Gladio “Plan B”, involving everyone’s favorite “Islamo-fascists” – this series is not for the faint of attention span.

  9. moremisinformation | Apr 30, 2013 at 3:21 am |
  10. Liam_McGonagle | Apr 30, 2013 at 10:03 am |

    The government may not have planned this thing, but they certainly didn’t stop it, either. Even though they had the dude under surveillance for 5 years.

    Any way you look at it, police are NOT heroes, and the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is a f*cking fraud.

  11. Its a fine hair to split. On the one hand…if you ask me if governments and NGOs routinely lie, distort, bluff and manipulate people…I would answer absolutely…yes

    On the other…its statistically unlikely that every single tragedy involving a gun or bomb is 100% made in the USA false flag ops. A 24/7 news cycle built on ratings hype and appearing to be the most informative channel leads to a cycle dominated by hyperbole, blather, inaccuracy and poor editing. It just does. So concluding that any anomalous info is clear, direct evidence of a cohesive plan…looks pretty silly. Second, in the aftermath of photoshop…bucketloads of altered footage hit the web within days of every event…usually with a tailored message explaining in advance who did what and why…further muddying already muddy waters.

    My cynicism for government doesn’t stop with just government…I expect most media messages to be manipulative in nature…INCLUDING messages from people who have an axe to grind and a cause they want support for…when they come to me with ‘smoking guns’ that aren’t smoking and aren’t guns. The product is fear…and its selling like hotcakes.

    So to sum up…yeah…I’m absolutely certain that many people including governments are searching for subtle ways to turn every tragedy to their advantage. But are they really so inept at it that they hire the ‘same’ actors (as suggested by some) to show up at every event? Or could it just be that a chimp with web access can make vague accusations and be believed by thousands who already desperately want to believe something of exactly that nature? There is hype and spin outside of govt…as well as in it…it serves one well to watch out for both.

  12. Well, let’s see, the FBI has a history of creating “terrorists” for fun and profit. They had these guys under surveillance for years, they had contact with them as well. The “national security state” has a clear interest in keeping people afraid. In my mind, these are more tan enough reasons to suspect that the explosions were a false flag, psyop, more than likely carried out by the FBI. I have a hard time thinking that these guys somehow “went off script.”
    What, we’re supposed to believe the MSM version that the FBI “dropped the ball?” They do love their sports metaphors.

  13. The Well Dressed Man | May 1, 2013 at 1:56 am |

    Thoughtful and timely message. I’m definitely on the skeptical side of calling the Boston attack a false flag. This piece helps to remind how frequently such tactics have been used in geopolitics.

  14. Tchoutoye | May 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm |

    The best reporting on Gladio and it’s follow-up, the Global War on Terror, is done by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. Her blog is a must read.

    Latest news on the Boston bombing: The uncle of the Tsarnev brothers was married to the daughter of a high ranking CIA official Graham Fuller and aided Chechen terrorists from Fuller’s home.
    source: ‘Uncle Ruslan’ aided terrorists from CIA official’s home

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