False Flag, Anyone?

Once relegated to internal shop talk among intelligence types, the term “false flag” has become widely used among the general public, and often included as a plot twist in television and movies. Most recently, the term hit headlines after some groups claimed the insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January was a false flag operation by left-wing extremists masquerading as right-wing extremists to smear former President Trump and the right. But what exactly is a false flag, really, and how does it work? The origin of the term dates back to pirate days when marauders displayed flags of the [...]