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Only “Lone Wolves” Commit Terror?

Just before the opening of the London games, a former Olympic Committee executive declared in a New York Times interview that he had confidence in how this year’s spectacle would unfold:

“I think in the end London will more than hold its own against any previous Games. The only black cloud for me is the security agenda and whether there is some crazy, as they say, lone wolf out there.”

As they say…some lone wolf.

If that gives you chills, you aren’t alone. We’ve had enough experience to know that these statements shouldn’t be taken lightly. Nor should the underlying principle go unchallenged: that only deranged individuals provoke mayhem by design.

Media reports and government statements pretty much reduce terror sponsors to two types:  the “lone wolf,” and countries and entities in current ill repute. To be sure, for many, the archetype of Olympic terror is the organized attack: Palestinian Black September members taking the Israeli team hostage at the 1972 Munich games, and the bloody climax. Since then, we’ve also had our share of lone (or allegedly lone) gunmen and bombers, and of (allegedly) sponsored terror by identified enemies.

Certainly, Western countries are quick to accuse disfavored regimes, with uneven levels of accuracy, of atrocities that those regimes quickly deny. Recently,  Iran has been accused of fomenting numerous acts of terror, including bombing a bus full of Israelis on vacation in Bulgaria, and unverified allegations of planned massacres and mass rapes have been effective tools in building public support for war in Libya and Syria.

History has shown us, however, that acts of violence, with or without declared sponsorship, are not the exclusive province of crazy loners or renegade regimes. In fact, we know from experience that, as horrendous as it sounds, those in power have sometimes terrorized their own populace while blaming the violence on others. The reasons for this vary widely, but include justifying retributive acts abroad or domestic repression.

One classic technique of creating disorder to justify subsequent repression or military action is the “false flag” attack, so named to describe a ship’s flying an enemy flag while attacking one of its own country’s vessels. The cases in which such attacks were intended to become the basis for a severe reaction could fill a book. Here are a few:

-The Reichstag fire, Berlin, 1933: blamed on Communists but most likely instigated by the Nazis to justify their power grab and subsequent suspension of basic liberties

-Operation Northwoods, Washington, 1962: a plan proposed by high government officials, involving American forces masquerading as Cubans attacking American targets. Deaths and injuries of U.S. citizens anticipated. Rejected by President Kennedy.

-Deaths of civilians during Buddhist protests in Hue, Vietnam, during June, 1963, caused by plastic explosives. Allegations that only the CIA possessed such explosives, and that they were thrown by a Captain James Scott. The bombing campaign, blamed on the government of South Vietnam, increased unrest in the country, destabilized the Diem regime, led to a coup, and contributed to the escalation of American involvement in that country.

-Gladio: The CIA-sponsored. clandestine “stay-behind” NATO network in post-World War II Europe, believed to be tied to right-wing terror attacks that were blamed on the Left. (see the book Puppetmasters on political terrorism in Italy.)

-The Apartment House Bombings: A wave of bombings in Russia, 1999, that justified Moscow’s intervention in Chechnya, and paved the way for Vladimir Putin’s presidency. (see Chapter 2, Darkness at Dawn)  

-Contacts between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudi elite, described in an exclusive WhoWhatWhy report, which you can read here.

As should be clear from this list, the use of deadly “false flag” operations to gain strategic political advantage is not exclusive to regimes of any particular ideology. The lone wolves, meanwhile, are certainly out there, but they’re not all as solitary as they might appear.

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  • http://digwithin.net/ Kevin Ryan

    Good post, thanks.

    There are many similarities between such crimes.  Recently I wrote about the paths of some of the people involved in Operation Nrothwoods, and how they went on to be in position to lead Gladio and iniate “Team B.”

  • z1Patriot

    Of course wolves travel in packs…
     

  • eddieleaks

    The Fort Hood shooter was reported dead the afternoon of the shooting but later recovered.  

  • Susan_ol

    For this election, I would suspect that Netenyahu will increase the pressure and accusations against Iran’s nuclear program, in the hopes that American voters see Obama as “soft on terror”. Inspectors have been in Iran a long time searching for any traces of a weapon, and they have found no evidence. Perhaps the nuclear weapon excuse is a potential casus belli, if the sanctions fail to bring down Iran’s rulers. The US and Israeli people would be frightened enough to support such action if they felt they were being protected against nuclear attack.The US has overthrown “unfriendly” regimes to install rulers, even brutal dictators such as the Iranian Shah, that allow western corporations to access their country’s valuable resources. The Islamic Revolution renationalized Iran’s oil fields and ousted the oil companies. Dick Cheney, for one, has never forgiven Iran for the huge loss of profits he and his oily friends have suffered. The Iranians have been vilified as evil extremists by the US propaganda machine since then. The “nuclear bomb” accusations may offer a “justification” to more aggressively overthrow the mullahs. Whether Iran has ANY nuclear weapon project is debatable, since there is no evidence. Our own government is not being honest with us about what it knows, for its own secret and manipulative reasons.

  • Susan_ol

    For this election, I would suspect that Netenyahu will increase the pressure and accusations against Iran’s nuclear program, in the hopes that American voters see Obama as “soft on terror”. Inspectors have been in Iran a long time searching for any traces of a weapon, and they have found no evidence. Perhaps the nuclear weapon excuse is a potential casus belli, if the sanctions fail to bring down Iran’s rulers. The US and Israeli people would be frightened enough to support such action if they felt they were being protected against nuclear attack.

    The US has overthrown “unfriendly” regimes to install rulers, even brutal dictators such as the Iranian Shah, that allow western corporations to access their country’s valuable resources. The Islamic Revolution renationalized Iran’s oil fields and ousted the oil companies. Dick Cheney, for one, has never forgiven Iran for the huge loss of profits he and his oily friends have suffered. The Iranians have been vilified as evil extremists by the US propaganda machine since then. The “nuclear bomb” accusations may offer a “justification” to more aggressively overthrow the mullahs. Whether Iran has ANY nuclear weapon project is debatable, since there is no evidence. Our own government is not being honest with us about what it knows, for its own secret and manipulative reasons.

  • MJ

    Mukden/Manchurian  Incident, Remember the Maine, Gulf of Tonkin, USS Liberty incident…the
    victim and culprit are usually from the same side.  If you aren’t in the club you’re just a pawn.

  • http://www.911Blogger.com/ Orangutan.

    Bruce Ivins is one of these supposed “lone wolves”.  Before him it was Steven Hatfill and before him it was radical suicidal Muslim terrorists.  Funny how these stories change and demand investigation.

    Thanks Russ!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1044074293 Paul E. Smith

    Anarchy: absence or denial of any authority or established order.  Sounds like government is the major sponsor of, “anarchy.”  At least the bad kind!

    • Kevin Schmidt

      You don’t know the definition of anarchy. You seem to think the word is synonymous to chaos. Nothing could be further from the truth.

      Here is the correct definition of anarchy:

      …a system of governance, mostly theoretical at a nation state level…
      …the political philosophy which holds the state to be immoral, or alternatively as opposing authority in the conduct of human relations.
      Proponents of anarchism (known as “anarchists”) advocate stateless societies based on non-hierarchical voluntary associations.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchy#Anarchy_and_political_philosophy

      • jimmmmmy

        Good post , I see these words, Anarchy and Chaos, annoyingly used as synonyms in discussions on other sites . I usually respond with the old saw , “Out of Chaos comes change.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.e.nevin Bruce E Nevin

        Or as the old graffito has it, “Anarchy is self control.”

  • Mr. M.

    Excellent post.  Reminds me of the Vidal quote: “”Apparently, ‘conspiracy stuff’ is now shorthand for unspeakable truth.”

    A well done post Mr. Baker.  

  • comon law p.a.g. Chris

    Hard to Program The Ignorant Masses Simultaneously allthough i am Sure T.P.T.B are working feverishly on IT as we speak? The  LONE WOLF scenario has been Tried and Proven effective since the Late 40′s or the Beguinning of Time [Nero Set The fire; to Fiddle toas Rome Burned!] But even The alleged Ignorat Sheeple Get WISE after 20 or 30 False Flag Agents Provocateur Spec.Ops with Psychotropic Drugged VICTIM left to Hold The bag Dribbling or Nodding Off? Recal;  Sirhan Sirhan Timy McVey, Ted Kazinsky and Gerald Loughner as welas the Columbine TWO? seems the NEW WAVE Braing infused Muzak  is especially usefull in the Programming Phase and special concoctions of PsychoActive CockTails can be Brewwed to emote the Desire projected Demetia or Pschosis that can be SCULPTED to Fit The Theatrical Production Post Script?

    • Russ Baker

      Failure to type messages in a standard format is not acceptable. Sorry. If it’s not obvious what you’re doing wrong above, then you need to ask….anyone.

  • Muddy_Road

    I’m sorry  but there must be something dreadfully wrong with ANY bill sponsored by the pure neo-con Lieberman. My guess is the government wants MORE control of the data stream and will use the law to divert more data to government data miners than even now.

    As for infrastructure, is it not  quite insane to leave the keys to a nuclear reactor, the grid, a trillion dollar spreadsheet on the internet? Can some teenage hacker really break into the Fort Knox PC?

    We aren’t hearing the whole truth and nothing but the truth about this. Of course that’s the new normal.

  • Muddy_Road

    Regardless of real or imaginary threats, the whole process should be kept quiet and out of public view. Do what you got to do and be quiet about it.

    I thought the media obsession with Olympic terrorism was absolutely dreadful and distracted attention away from the athletes and the games.

     

  • http://www.largegreenbird.blogspot.com/ Green Eagle

    I believe there is a good deal less certainty today than there was 20 or 30 years ago that the Reichstag fire was perpetrated by the Nazis.  See Richard Evans for a good treatment of currently available evidence.

    A much better example might be the Nazis dressing convicts up in Polish uniforms, murdering them and then claiming that they were attacking Germans in Danzig, which was used as a major excuse for the German invasion of Poland- this is certainly one of the classic “false flag” atrocities.

  • Dan Merritt

    Good job Russ !

  • eddieleaks

    Fresh loan wolf meat in Wisconsin today

  • Sheilarsnyder1412

    All I can think of is the old saying, “Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you”.  My friends and family are beginning to wonder if I am nuts because I am wondering what the agenda behind the Aurora shooting was and how I think that kid Holmes looks seriously drugged up when in court, not insane.  Insane people really have a lot of trouble organizing themselves to go through with plans to commit mass murder or even serial murder.  We just assume they must be insane because most of us cannot comprehend why someone would do something this evil.  But something is not right with this Aurora shooting scenario and its “lone” wolf.

    • eddieleaks

      instant cognitive dissonance

  • Sheilarsnyder1412

    I don’t know if this is making much news nationally, but here in Missouri there has been something like 12 bomb threats called in to Wal-Marts all over the state.  The FBI is supposed to be investigating.  The threats are also spilling over the state line to Kansas here in the Kansas City Metro area.  Nothing has been found in any of the stores.  I have an aunt who works in a Wal-Mart in Springfield so this kind of worries me.  

    • eddieleaks

      The FBI are responsible for coordinating most of the (fake/staged) terror attacks since 9/11 which itself was a staged event.  I think Naomi Klein describes the “why” in this short video:

      • gogetem1

        I believe it goes further than that:  Oklahoma City bombing and WTC ’93 come to mind right away.

  • None of your beezwax

    There is a snitch, or a simple minded person in every group of friends who is more than willing to tell strangers ALL about the acquaintances he has. The person who keeps to himself, is considered a threat because he is not associated with anyone who will snitch on him, through txts, emails, camera shots, ect.
    Personally, I find most peoples level of intelligence, repulsive….and avoid them at all costs.
    Much rather read a book, than watch people have drool pouring out their mouth while watching sport.

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