Indiana prosecutor told Wisconsin governor to stage ‘false flag’ operation
March 24th, 2011
By Eric W. Dolan
An Indiana prosecutor and Republican activist has resigned after emails show
he suggested Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stage a fake attack on himself
to discredit unions protesting his budget repair bill.
The Republican governor signed a bill on March 11 that eliminates most union
rights for public employees.
In an email from February 19, Indiana deputy prosecutor Carlos F. Lam told
Walker the situation presented “a good opportunity for what’s called
a ‘false flag’ operation.”
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism discovered the email among
tens of thousands released to the public last week following a lawsuit by the
Isthmus and the Associated Press.
“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the
unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you),
you could discredit the unions,” Lam said in his email.
“Currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising
and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations
in the protest,” he continued. “Employing a false flag operation would
assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of
Lam resigned from his position after the Wisconsin Center for Investigative
Journalism published an article about his email.
On February 22, an alternative paper in Buffalo, New York managed to trick
Walker into taking a call from their editor posing as tea party tycoon David
When the editor posing as Koch suggested planting some troublemakers in the
protests, Walker responded that “we thought about that,” but said
it was not necessary “because sooner or later the media stops finding ‘em
“My only fear would be is if there was a ruckus caused is that that would
scare the public into thinking maybe the governor has gotta settle to avoid
all these problems,” he said.
Walker had promised to lay off 1,500 state workers if the bill to curb collective
bargaining rights for public employees didn’t pass.
In mid-February, 14 Democratic state senators left Wisconsin to stall a vote
on the bill. There are 19 Republican senators, but the Senate needs a minimum
of 20 members to be present to debate and vote on any bills that spend money.
While the 14 Democratic senators remained in Illinois, Republican state senators
removed all references to spending from the bill and passed the proposal to
limit public employees’ collective bargaining rights.
Wisconsin citizens upset with Walker’s attack on public employees’ collective
bargaining rights have launched a boycott campaign aimed at his campaign contributors.
[Related: "On Feb. 23, the Indiana Attorney General's office fired deputy
Atty. Gen. Jeff Cox after he suggested in blog posts and on Twitter that police
use live ammunition on protesters who had poured into Wisconsin's Capitol."
(from the Wisconsin Postcrescent.com)