Something disguised to seem affiliated with a group OTHER THAN the one it really is affiliated with. For example, a "false flag operation" is a terrorist act committed by one group for the express purpose
of discrediting another group, which is framed
False flag operations in warfare are usually conducted at sea. They are generally speaking illegal, although there are loopholes. The object is to disguise one's own vessel as friendly to the enemy until it is possible to engage said enemy.
In 1980, right wing neo-fascists in Italy carried out a terrorist bombing of a waiting room in a Bologna train station. 85 people were killed. At the time, it was the deadliest terrorist attack in Europe since the end of the War.
At the time, it was blamed on Communists; and indeed, soon after, the PCI was badly beaten in parliamentary elections. In reality, it was a false flag operation carried out by fascists. Members of the notorious P2 Masonic Lodge
protected the identities of the perpetrators and later interfered with the investigation.
Name of an AstroTurf
entity created by Berman & Co.
. Pretends to be a grass movement; asks for donations. Website basically explains that taxes on the rich are too high and can't be raised (statistics are wrong). Video ads claim that the health care reform bill will increase the deficit (in contradiction to the Congressional Budget Office estimate, that it will reduce the deficit).
"Defeat the Debt" is part of an anti-labor, anti-poor, anti-consumer, anti-U.S. front group that is wholly motivated by money and hatred of the working class.
So now, everywhere you go you see ads for "Defeat the Debt." What's that all about?
Oh, it's basically a bunch of rich folks trying to pull the same bullshit they've used since 1981, destroying education and infrastructure, leaving poor children to rot in homeless shelters, and terrorize workers so they'll tolerate any cruelty the managers want to inflict.