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one 14.5 mm round hit the destroyer, three North Vietnamese torpedo boats were damaged, and four North Vietnamese sailors were killed and six were wounded; there were no U.S. casualties.

“The second Tonkin Gulf incident was originally claimed by the U.S. National Security Agency to have occurred on August 4, 1964, as another sea battle…

“In 2005, an internal National Security Agency historical study was declassified; it concluded that the Maddox had engaged the North Vietnamese Navy on August 2, but that there were no North Vietnamese Naval vessels present during the incident of August 4. The report stated regarding August 2:

“At 1500G, Captain Herrick (commander of the Maddox) ordered Ogier’s gun crews to open fire if the boats approached within ten thousand yards. At about 1505G, the Maddox fired three rounds to warn off the communist boats. This initial action was never reported by the Johnson administration, which insisted that the Vietnamese boats fired first.”

“and regarding August 4:

“It is not simply that there is a different story as to what happened; it is that no attack happened that night. […] In truth, Hanoi’s navy was engaged in nothing that night but the salvage of two of the boats damaged on August 2.”

“The outcome of these two incidents was the passage by Congress of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which granted President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose government was considered to be jeopardized by “communist aggression". The resolution served as Johnson’s legal justification for deploying U.S. conventional forces and the commencement of open warfare against North Vietnam.” 47

Over the next eleven years, the Vietnam War would claim the lives of 58,269 American soldiers and leave 153,303 wounded – annihilate approximately 1,100,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong combatants and leave 600,000 wounded – result in the death of 39,587 South Vietnamese soldiers – and slaughter an estimated 843,000 civilians in both North and South Vietnam. 48

Both circumstantial and hard evidence suggests that the False Flag tactic has been employed on both large and small scales by conspirators for centuries, if not millennia. The above-mentioned incidents represent only three examples of known and documented large-scale False Flag incidents in modern history, which resulted in (or, as with Operation Northwoods, would have resulted in) justification for massive shifts in civil and military policies



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