The False Flag Formula – 15 Ways to Detect a False Flag Operation


This false flag formula list includes 15 ways to detect false flag operations, either with real victims – or fake ones (false flag hoaxes).

A false flag formula is becoming readily apparent

in the face of so many mass shootings and bombings in the US. The phenomenon has become so commonplace in the last 3 years that it’s becoming more American than apple pie. According to, there have been 353 mass shootings in the USA for 2015 so far. However, as scary as that number is, the good news is that you don’t have to be afraid of them like you may think. A very large number of them – and all of them with any mass media significance and attention – are false flag staged terror events.

Some have real victims, some do not, but either way, the most criminal of all institutions – the Government – is the orchestrating force behind them. They are scripted, pre-planned operations which are definitely not the result of random gun violence. Just as Obama stated (by hiding the truth in plain sight), there is a pattern behind these mass shootings. The Controllers are following a definite false flag formula. Below is a list of the top 15 elements of this formula, which you can now use to detect a false flag operation as it occurs:

As Obama revealed, there is a “pattern” to all this – the false flag formula.

False Flag Formula #1: Drill at the Same or Nearby Time and Place

The exercise or drill – at the same time, at the same place – has became the sine non qua or indispensable element of the recent false flag operation. Sometimes there are slight variations on this when the Government plans a drill nearby (a few miles away) rather than at the exact place, or plans a drill earlier on in the day, so it can just coincidentally “go live”. There was a twist in the case of the recent San Bernardino shooting: the Government planned regular drills in the building where the shooting took place every month! (Think about it – what are the chances of a real mass shooting occurring in a building used for mass shooting drills?)

As Captain Eric H. May, a former US Army military intelligence officer, stated:

“The easiest way to carry out a false flag attack is by setting up a military exercise that simulates the very attack you want to carry out.”

In the case of 9/11, there were no less than 46 drills occurring simultaneously during the event, according to Webster Tarpley, author of Synthetic Terror: Made in USA. In the case of the London 7/7 bombings, Peter Power admitted on radio that he was leading a team who were training for that exact scenario when it unfolded! There were active shooter drills in all of the false flag attacks of Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon, Charleston, San Bernardino, the Norway attack, the 2nd Paris attack of 2015 and many many more.

What’s the point of having a drill at the same time and place? Here are a few of its purposes:

  1. Distract and remove key personnel who would otherwise be at the scene to contain and investigate it;
  2. Confuse other personnel who will treat the whole event in a different way if they think it is a drill rather than a real event;
  3. Slow down, reduce or eliminate an effective response, especially of police and other law enforcement, given the removal and confusion of personnel;
  4. Distract and confuse witnesses, the media and the public in general;
  5. Provide a great cover and period of lower defenses and security to carry out an attack, which would otherwise be difficult or impossible if defenses were at their usual or optimal operating level.

False Flag Formula #2: Foreknowledge

Another way you can tell that a mass shooting is a false flag op is if you find proof of foreknowledge of the event. As it so happens, all of the notorious and publicized mass attacks of late have had evidence of foreknowledge. Going way back in time, there was foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack of 1941 that got the US into World War 2. There were many aspects of foreknowledge on 9/11, including the BBC reporting WTC7 falling before it actually did, and mysterious calls to people like author Salman Rushdie and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown advising them not to fly to NYC on Sept. 11th. Sandy Hook had blatant foreknowledge (with various webpages put up days before the event), as did the Boston Marathon.

An element of the false flag formula is conflicting eyewitness accounts.

False Flag Formula #3: Eyewitnesses Have Conflicting Accounts

You can also spot a likely false flag operation when you see or hear of multiple conflicting witness accounts. In the case of the Aurora Colorado “Batman” mass shooting, eyewitnesses claimed they saw an entire team of shooters, rather than the single shooter James Holmes of the official narrative. With Sandy Hook, we saw multiple scenes of law enforcement chasing men into the surrounding forest, yet the official narrative declares the only shooter was Adam Lanza. In San Bernardino too, witnesses stated they saw 3 white athletic men, not the 2 brown husband-and-wife team we were told did the shooting.

Conflicting eyewitness accounts can destroy the official narrative no matter what the detail is. On 9/11, various fireman told us there were bombs in the building, contradicting the official story that planes alone took down the Twin Towers. With Sandy Hook, Gene Rosen’s testimony itself was full of holes and was contradicted by that of the school bus driver and the official report.

False Flag Formula #4: MSM Quickly Name and Demonize the Patsy

Have you ever wondered how quickly the MSM (Mainstream Media) discovers the name of the patsy? They had somehow deduced that Osama bin Laden was responsible for 9/11 just hours after the attacks. Have you ever wondered why the Government is so good at telling us who supposedly executed these attacks right after they happen, with almost no time to investigate, yet can’t seem to manage to actually stop these alleged terror attacks? Without any evidence, the MSM endlessly repeated “bin Laden” like a crazy mantra after 9/11, despite the fact bin Laden himself denied involvement in the attacks and that in the end he was never formally charged by the FBI. Have you ever wondered why many of the patsies, or sorry, deranged mass shooters, are Muslim? That wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that the Zionist Government and MSM are trying to paint all Muslims as crazy and scary, would it? Nothing like a good dose of Islamophobia to take your freedom away …

In the predictable false flag formula, the patsy is always somehow highly skilled with weapons.

False Flag Formula #5: Patsy Has No Military Training, Yet Shoots Extremely Fast and Accurately

Another element of the false flag formula is the skilled and lethal patsy. According to the official narrative of false flag ops like Sandy Hook and Aurora, we are supposed to believe that skinny and non-muscular youths, without any discernible military training, were able to acquire expensive military gear (including armor, guns, ammunition and more), wear that gear without getting bogged down in speed, and shoot incredibly fast and accurately. In San Bernardino, we are supposed to believe that a young mother was strong and skilled enough to participate in killing 14 and injuring 17 people while she was strapped up with body armor and holding heavy weaponry! In these cases and more, the official story would have you believe that it’s no big deal or just a coincidence that the patsy can acquire all this high-end gear and use it so well.

The drugged-up patsy – part of the false flag formula. Above is supposed Aurora shooter James Holmes.

False Flag Formula #6: Patsy Gets Killed, Drugged or “Suicided”

It is also part of the false flag formula to ensure that the patsy, who is earmarked before the event to take the fall, cannot speak out to rationally defend themselves. This is achieved in a number of ways. The simplest is to have the patsy kill himself or herself by committing “suicide”. Another favorite way is to take the patsy out in a thrilling high speed chase, which has the added benefit of drawing clueless people in through the MSM and gushingly promoting the police state. Sometimes a patsy is killed in plain sight, just because it’s so important to suppress his testimony (e.g. Lee Oswald in the JFK assassination). A third way is to mind control and drug the patsy to such an extent that they become a zombie vegetable unable to articulate anything, as was the case with James Holmes.

False Flag Formula #7: Shooter Leaves Manifesto

In this day and age, writing a manifesto is a strange and anachronistic thing to do. Yet, for some strange reason, shooter’s manifestos seem to crop up an awful lot after mass shootings. Conveniently for the Controllers, these manifestos provide a perfect explanation for the official narrative, and help fill in the missing (non-existent) motive for the attack – which probably pushes those on the fence over into believing the Government’s version of the event. While the manifesto is not an element in every false flag operation, it is present in enough of them to be regarded as part of the false flag formula.

Another part of the false flag formula is the destruction of evidence.

False Flag Formula #8: Evidence Gets Conveniently Destroyed

Another element of the false flag formula is the deliberate destruction of evidence, so that the Controllers can cover their tracks. In 9/11, the scrap metal (in the smoldering ruins of the WTC towers) was immediately shipped off to China right from the start; with Sandy Hook, the entire school was demolished; in San Bernardino, the supposed landlord of the supposed shooters actually allowed MSM reporters into the suspects’ house to poke around and touch all their stuff, in complete disregard for what could be a possible crime scene! Could it get any more blatant?

False Flag Formula #9: No Obvious Motive for the Mass Attack

Have you ever wondered why there is no obvious motive in any of these mass shootings? Crimes are supposed to be solved on the merit of motive and opportunity, yet to hide the reality of a false flag op, the MSM just lies about the motive part, and chalks it up to a deranged shooter. Other times we are offered the flimsiest of motives, such as people going on an all-out rampage because they had a grievance with a co-worker. In San Bernardino, we were told the young mother, with a 1 year old child, was aggressive and psychotic enough to help kill 14 and injure 17 people – at the risk of never seeing her child again! Meanwhile, the real purveyors of these operations profit immensely from the ensuing fear, yet somehow the majority of people don’t seem to see that motive …

False Flag Formula #10: Immediate Calls for Gun Control

Gun control is obviously one of the key agendas behind all of these false flag mass shootings, since a disarmed population is far easier to exploit and manipulate than an armed one. It is an obvious aspect of the false flag formula. Sometimes gun control is even pushed in the immediate aftermath of the event when people are still in a highly emotional and suggestible state. Take a look at the behavior of Andy Parker, who we were told was the father of a victim killed in the Virginia mass shooting of 2015. Within hours of hearing the news of the death of his child, Parker had already contacted and talked with the Governor of Virginia, and then appeared on TV saying he would be devoting his entire life to gun control. In a similar fashion, Richard Martinez, the alleged father of a Santa Barbara mass hooting victim, appeared on TV right after the death angrily pleading for more gun control. In both cases, the political agenda of gun control angrily dominated their reactions, rather than grief or other emotions.

The last 5 elements of the false flag formula all revolve around the false flag hoax with fake victims and crisis actors. One of Dees’ best images! Credit: David Dees

False Flag Formula #11: Fake “Victims” = Crisis Actors

The above 10 points are a useful outline of the false flag formula as it pertains to mass shootings with real victims, i.e. where real people die. However, ever since the surreal Sandy Hook event, which still contains many unanswered questions, we have entered the twilight zone of the false flag hoax. This is a term used to describe the false flag mass attacks where no one dies – where fake bodies, fake blood and fake victims are used instead. In this way, the entire operation is more tightly controlled and less messy. A hallmark of the false flag hoax is that the authorities never produce a credible piece of evidence showing an actual dead body of a victim.

The following 5 points relate to false flag hoaxes, and specifically to the people employed to pull them off – crisis actors. It is truly a testament to just how utterly fake our normal world is (the Matrix) that false flag ops have now descended to the level where we have to question whether the event even happened at all. There are organizations of crisis actors in the US (such as the IIF), and there is clear evidence crisis actors were used at Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon and many others. Government officials have been caught using the word “actor” to describe various players in these dramas; the MSM has even resorted to calling them actors too (it was one of the buzzwords of the recent San Bernardino mass shooting).

False Flag Formula #12: “Victims” Get Killed Twice

The surreal quality of the false flag hoax reached point of absurdity when it was discovered that one of the “victims” was reportedly killed twice! We were told that Noah Pozner was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, yet his picture was also among those killed in a Pakistan Taliban attack. Apparently the recycling of fake victims is another part of the false flag formula.

False Flag Formula #13: Families of “Victims” Have Elite or Acting Backgrounds

Is it just a coincidence that the families of mass shooting “victims” have either elite or acting backgrounds? At the Sandy Hook event, local CEO of the Newtown bank John Trentacosta (whose house was next to the Lanzas and had a lot of unusual activity occurring there the day of Sandy Hook) was connected to the New York Federal Reserve (and thus the international banking elite). Francine Wheeler was formerly the personal assistant of former chief Democratic National Committee fundraiser Maureen White whose husband Steven Rattner is a Wall Street investment banker and member of the Rockefeller CFR (Council on Foreign Relations)!

It was also noteworthy at Sandy Hook how acting showed up in the resumes of so many of the key players there. Gene Rosen, David and Francine Wheeler (both professional actors) and others all had a background in acting. Father of Virginia mass shooting “victim” Andy Parker is an actor (and a politician too). This fact supports the idea that another element of the false flag formula is to watch for people with elite connections and acting backgrounds.

False flag formula giggles: laughing crisis actor Richard Martinez apparently thinks it’s pretty funny how his “son” was murdered.

False Flag Formula #14: Families of “Victims” Show Little to No Emotion, and Even Snigger and Laugh

Luckily for truth seekers, the majority of crisis actors used in these false flag events are poor actors who are utterly unconvincing in the roles they play. The majority display little or no emotion after an alleged tragedy like losing a family member child to a random and violent mass shooting. It is true that humans do vary widely with emotional response and expression. However, with many of the crisis actors, judging by their reactions, it simply strains credibility too much to believe that they have just have been through a harrowing and traumatic ordeal. Given the range of possible reaction to a tragedy like losing a loved one in a mass shooting, what are the chances that many of the “victims'” family members are so non-emotional, or so understanding, or so quick to forgive?

It’s shameful enough that the crisis actors playing these roles are perpetrating a monumental deception on the public, tugging at the average person’s heartstrings solely to trick them. However, on top of that, these actors have the gall to actually laugh – to smile, snigger and giggle – while pulling off their atrocious stunts. The only conclusion to draw from this is that it must be pretty funny to get a paid gig like this fooling millions of people …

The last of the false flag formula elements: the payout or payoff. As usual, follow the money.

False Flag Formula #15: Families of “Victims” Receive Millions in Federal Payoffs

In the US, the land of the lawsuit, people are generally pretty fast to initiate a lawsuit if they feel they have been wronged. It is highly strange, therefore, that none of the alleged parents of the Sandy Hook event decided to sue the Government for negligence or to demand redress for any other grievance. Additionally, many of the alleged parents received a total of millions in unsolicited federal payouts (check out the free houses they magically got on Christmas day 2009) – that’s right, unsolicited. The Federal Government just gave it over to them without asking! Ask yourself: is is more likely the Government would just do this out of the goodness of its heart, or that the money was more like a bribe/blackmail/payout all rolled into one, awarded to actors playing a part in a role and being sworn to silence?

Conclusion: Use the 15 Elements of the False Flag Formula to Be More Aware

These are 15 elements I noticed forming the false flag formula. There may well be more. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Meanwhile, use the knowledge you have of the false flag formula to become more aware, wise and hip to the deception, so that the next time it unfolds (as it surely will), you will be among those that spot the fakery, rather than among those who are too scared, shell-shocked and gullible to do anything other than buy the official narrative.


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Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative news / independent media site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the global conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.

























Kenny December 18, 2015 - 8:37 pm

I believe your assessment is spot on less one item. It is a multilayered point of showing the world the might of its police state and intimidating the masses with it. Interestingly enough that it the maddening irony of it when coupled with the persistent call for gun grabbing in the US.

Jim December 18, 2015 - 11:34 pm

In my opinion the biggest indicator is the “incident” is reported on the main stream media. If its on the “news” , its phony and contrived.

starviego December 19, 2015 - 7:40 pm

There is a lot of overlap with my own profile, which I developed to cover mostly the school shooter type:

–the ‘uniform’ of all black/camoflage/trenchcoat look on the part of the shooter

–previous history of mental health ‘treatment’ of the perp

–reported multiple suspects besides the named patsy

–incredible marksmanship ability on the part of the shooter

–lack of any believable motive for the shooters’ acts

–investigation taken over by the Feds, as represented by the FBI or ATF

–previous ties to the military by the shooter

–attempt by the politicians to impose new laws in the wake of the shooting

–extra guns and ammo found in the auto and at the home of the shooter

–strange expressionless look on the shooter’s face during the rampage, or an inability to remember the act afterwards, which I see as an indication of mind control

–early start time to the massacre, so the story will dominate the day’s headlines

–a drill mimicking the shooting happening nearby or in recent memory

with numerous real life examples:

Peter May 30, 2016 - 8:06 pm

The Elite think we’re stupid sheeple, addicted to The Simpsons while scoffing our fat, stupid faces, while they rub their Zionist hands as they coin in the money. We’re just thick animals, to be herded around from point A to point B, where we get our ‘mark,’ or our ‘medals’ for bravery, for leaving our dear, beloved families, to go and fight and die for the Zionist cause, wherever and whenever it might be. They have a multitude of ‘medals’ for us, which we wear proudly on our uniforms, salute the appropriate ‘officer,’ and hobble home on crutches or in a wheelchair to our waiting families, who are so proud of us that we fought, and almost died, for the Zionist cause. Meanwhile, the Zionists, in their air-conditioned, multi-million-dollar ranches in Texas and Switzerland, just laugh at us. In fact, they don’t even go that far. They don’t give us any of their energy, not even to laugh at us. They concentrate on what they are good at, and what they love most – Satan. The rest of us, the sheeple, continue to believe that, one day, a political candidate will stand up for us. He won’t. Ever. He won’t be allowed to. And if he even TRIES to, or voices his opinions against the Elite, he is taken out. ALA John F Kennedy. 22 November (11) 1963 at the 33rd parallel, Dallas. Note the 11 in Dallas. Note that Dallas, Texas has 11 letters. Note that Dealey Plaza has 11 letters. I could go on, but most people won’t believe any of this. There is too much satisfaction in The Simpsons and what that psychopath Homer is up to. Turn it on. Let’s go back to Disneyland.

Dave December 20, 2015 - 1:41 am

You forgot the two biggies. We had a False Flag just last week in Picton NSW Australia.The are either a returned vet suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or A radicalised Islamist

El Buggo December 20, 2015 - 8:55 am

No one is ever killed in these operations. They do not want to become involved in a conspiracy to murder, with no statute of limitations. The national news anchors, their most valuable tools and the common denominator in all these operations, wouldn’t like that so much. Would also make it harder for the recruitment to the operation if it included a conspiracy to murder. There are also other reasons for why no one is ever killed or wounded in any of these operations.

Craig December 25, 2015 - 6:06 pm

You forgot the passport! The passport that miraculously falls from the burning building or is left behind in the car.

Alan8 January 2, 2016 - 7:44 pm

Wow! Great article! It seems like one of the motivations is to get public support for wars against Muslims.

These wars suck literally hundreds of billions of dollars from taxpayers to the 1% owners of the military corporations like Halliburton.

Sechedo December 31, 2016 - 10:10 pm

The above is absolutely a fact.
BTW binladin was smarter than the worlds best agencies (supposedly)
Yet he not only failed sooo miserably in claiming/proving he was top dog and generating zero publicity as a recruitment tool and proving America is just another defenceless nation despite being the strongest nation in the world lol.

Heather October 3, 2017 - 2:57 am

I get it and it makes sense, but what is the underlying motive behind it all? What do they stand to gain? Why is any of this necessary. This Is the question I keep asking myself. I know about MK ultra, chem trails, HAARP, human trafficking, the CIA Drug trade, etc, but I don’t understand the WHY.

Makia Freeman October 3, 2017 - 10:56 pm

It’s a way to manipulate society forward along to their ultimate goal of a totalitarian One World Government. They can’t just come out and say that’s their goal, or people would oppose it, so they stealthily manipulate people into accepting it. False flags are an example of problem-reaction-solution, or Ordo Ab Chao (order of chaos) – trick people when they are in an emotional state to do things they wouldn’t normally do in a rational state.

bluewater October 4, 2017 - 3:09 pm

Exactly as with THE LAS VEGAS shooting to bring in GUN CONTROL before the NWO

-Trump Talks Gun Control, And What We Will More Than Likely See From The Government
-GUN CONTROL: The fully-auto machine gun used by the Las Vegas terrorist is nearly impossible for people to own
Do not forget that STEVE WYNN and SHELDON ADELSON both are very friendly with TRUMP and all of them are JEWISH and all are part of THE JEWISH MAFIA
but as always there was SATANIC RITUALS being done on two floors of that Hotel by ELITES and it is all part of the RITUAL…HARVESTING OF SOULS before the HARVEST MOON on October 5th..
the real murders were done in secret inside the hotel..outside was just PAID CRISES ACTORS


bluewater October 4, 2017 - 4:55 pm

Las Vegas Shooting: Illuminati FALSE FLAG?/Retired “Accountant”?/FREEMASON GUN CONTROL

RDG October 7, 2017 - 10:06 am

Do a google image search for “vegas massacre” then compare the results with a google image search for “rwanda massacre” and you’ll know vegas was a false flag.

marilynn November 5, 2017 - 12:56 pm

Another “tell” of the flase flag is the pictures. Same person/people showing up in multiple photos. Cops in unnecessary poses, aiming guns when there’s nothing to aim at, photographers being everywhere at once as the action unfolds. The crowds in the background going about there business or looking at the players with confused looks. And video, trying to scare people into running by screaming or repeatedly yelling RUN RUN! If someone is shooting no one needs to be encouraged to run. And there’s often a reporter or photographer who just happened to be near by.

John C. Perez November 26, 2017 - 12:51 pm

It’s important to note the commonalities and differences between a false flag operation and a disinformation campaign.

Having seen a full fledged, no holds barred disinformation campaign after a major accidental release of highly classified advanced military technology, I can assure you that such a campaign is a work of art. Many elements are crude, blunt and laughable, as well as coercive; many others are very subtle, skilled and refined cooperative ventures. Done all at once there is a high probability that even the clearest event will be permanently muddied into uselessness.

Done properly, disinformation works.

The differences with a false flag operation is that under many, but not all, circumstances, those who carry out the operation want parts of the operation to eventually be known, for several reasons, such as “sending a message” to an enemy or ally, or enforcing organizational discipline. Importantly, such messages are rarely “actionable”, that is, even though you now know the truth, there is nothing you can do about it.

George Bush February 17, 2018 - 7:03 pm

Why the book No one died at Sandyhook banned by Amazon?Truth is not allowed or to be rarely available.It is available via fee download but most people will never do that so it limits truth to protect the guilty!

Vince October 29, 2018 - 1:12 pm

Don’t forget the number 9 and 13. It is used sometimes daily. 13 people trapped in a cave. Trump has 13 Democrats against him. He is building 13 new ships. 13 killed at a house party in Chicago. 13 shot in Florida. A 113 rear old Russian tanker found with 13 billion in gold. Baltimore shooter served 13 years in prison previously. Witness counted 13 ambulances. Indonesian plane lost contact 13 minutes after take off 9 miles away. Overturned ferry kills 13. Benghazi was 13 hours long. It goes on forever.

Jack November 4, 2018 - 3:17 am

The precursor for the modern shooting events in the US was the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania in April 1996.
Many of the elements of the above ‘false flag’ phenomenon were present in that event, to the extent of altering the eyes into the ‘weird look’ just as happened to Lanza in the Sandy Hook event.
You will find the common denominator is Dr Rebecca Peters, a protoge of George Soros, and now chair of a UN gun control NGO based in London and who under Obama was issued some sort of US medal as late as 2016. It should be noted that she was heading up a gun control NGO at the time of the Port Arthur massacre, and led to gun surrender and registration legislation being enacted immediately after the event, whereupon Rebecca Peters immediately left Australia for the US.
Anyone wishing the analyse the event, find a copy of ‘A Master Gunsmith on Port Arthur” by Stewart Beattie.

Jack November 4, 2018 - 3:21 am

Note also that the CIA issued a directive on how to debunk conspiracy theorists andy i said widely practiced now by online protagonists.
The is some info, including copy of the original ‘dispatch’, on Youtube.

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