Did extremists really hack the Planned Parenthood website? Did anyone?
A “false flag attack” is when someone attacks his own people in order to blame an enemy. You might dress up your soldiers in the uniforms of the enemy or you might simply detonate a bomb and plant evidence that frames someone you want to have an excuse to attack.
“Wag the Dog” was a movie about a president setting up an entire fake war in order to get support from the public. Fake wars aren’t really possible, though there have been times when people have suspected that some reports from the battlefield were not really coming from the battlefield.
However, when it comes to a website, a wag-the-dog false flag attack is possible. And it looks like Planned Parenthood tried to pull one off. Thus, we find Barbara Boland’s headline at the Washington Examiner: “Planned Parenthood changes story on website ‘hack’”
Planned Parenthood proclaimed on Thursday that its websites were “not available because of an extremist attack,” but seemed to change its story throughout the day after many people pointed to inconsistencies about the alleged hack.
At around noon, the message on the group’s homepage was changed to read that “our normal site is currently undergoing maintenance.”
At the start of the day, Planned Parenthood claimed it was the victim of a cyberattack. “200,000 people a day are now being blocked from information and care by the attack,” the first iteration on the PlannedParenthood.org site said. But many noted on Twitter that it didn’t look like a regular attack, as the homepage still seemed to be controlled by the group, and included links to parts of the group’s website.
Viewed Thursday morning, the source code for the page indicated it was a page put up in response to a cyberattack, and the site asked users to donate to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political action fundraising wing of the abortion giant.
So, we have an attack but no real evidence other than Planned Parenthood’s own statement. They would have easily understandable motives for staging such an attack. First, they would garner sympathy for themselves. Second, they would besmirch the character of their opponents, especially those who participated in the sting videos. Third, they could have an excuse to ask for, and receive, money.
More reasons to be suspicious of the claim to have been hacked are found in the way Planned Parenthood seemed to change their story.
Later Thursday, the original message was taken down and replaced with a note that made no mention of the hack at all. “Our normal site is currently undergoing maintenance,” it said. “Below you will find information to help you find a Planned Parenthood health center, book an appointment, and get involved with Planned Parenthood.” Instead of redirecting users to another page on the site, the button now provides a phone number for donations.
I suppose we will never learn what really happened unless someone is able to get a statement while using a hidden camera…