Command Post Exercise Foxtrot (CPX Foxtrot)
Discussion of the Hypothetical Use of an OpFor False Flag Attack as a FreeFor Line of Departure
Action Date: 9:00 PM EST on Friday, 24 Feb 2012
Execution Date: (Hypothetical)
IT IS AN IMPORTANT FACET OF THIS CPX THAT DISCUSSION OF THIS CPX AND
ITS OBJECTIVES REMAIN PRIVATE, AS DEFINED BELOW, UNTIL THE ACTION DATE
Given the current escalating tensions with Iran, and the known
history of enemies of liberty in escalating and prompting crises to the
detriment of the American people, the possibility of a large-scale or
widespread false-flag attack on Americans has become a subject of
conversation in FreeFor. A growing theme among liberty oriented persons
is as follows: Given that such a false-flag attack would represent a
crime of unprecedented magnitude, perpetrated upon thousands of innocent
people (perhaps millions if executed with a nuclear weapon of whatever
scale), the various diverse and often opposing elements of FreeFor could
agree that preventing such an event would be of the utmost importance.
The conclusion, well-founded or not, of some informal discussions
appears to be the use of such a false-flag event as a common trigger for
The objective of this CPX, then, is to provide a context in which to
discuss this approach to assist in disrupting any such false-flag attack
which may already be in the planning stages, while simultaneously
exercising the capability of the FreeFor to act in concert to execute a
multi-phase distributed operation at varying levels of private and
public visibility, and across boundaries of interest. In this CPX, the
discussion of the merits of the use of such a false-flag attack as a
hypothetical FreeFor line of departure for local action plans, without
discussing those hypothetical action plans themselves, may accomplish
these objectives in a nonviolent way which is non-actionable given the
current legal environment.
1. To explore the possibility, credibility and implications of a
false-flag threat, including means by which an inadvertent
self-sustaining chain reaction of hair-trigger events might be avoided
in non-false-flag circumstances.
2. To act as a confidence-building exercise among all elements of
FreeFor across areas of interest, including those remaining within the
governmental establishment at all levels, by selecting objectives and
implementation goals of the widest possible appeal and which pose the
minimum element of risk to the FreeFor participants.
3. To assist the remaining elements of FreeFor within the
governmental establishment at all levels to disrupt/expose a possible
false-flag attack on Americans by causing the hostile (or rogue)
planners to reorient to the implications of this CPX, thus causing
increased internal chatter subject to traffic analysis or leakage,
which, in turn, increases the risk of the false-flag operation to
exposure and blowback if executed.
4. To preserve elements of FreeFor from prosecution by limiting
discussion to non-actionable hypothetical discussions of the
implications of this CPX.
5. To minimize the interpersonal conflict that often mars FreeFor
exercises by using multiple veils of anonymity and a deliberate lack of
central control or direction.
6. To demonstrate the capability of FreeFor for communications
discipline by two communication phases, one prior to the action date,
7. To preserve the anonymity of covert FreeFor participants by
masking their activities and greater number within a larger volume of
8. To thwart the desires and actions of OpFor hostiles to use the CPX for its own purposes.
9. To use the assets, desires and actions of OpFor hostiles to
discover elements of their influence on and penetration of FreeFor.
10. To develop a model of FreeFor exercises which communicate
information in a self-disciplined and self-propagating way using various
Action Date: The date and time that a planned action is to be
implemented. In particular, the action date of this CPX signals the
transition of communications about this CPX from private to public
means. See also Execution Date.
Covert Participants: FreeFor persons or elements which, for reasons of their own, wish to maintain anonymity.
Execution Date: The date and time at which an important event is to
be executed. For the purposes of this CPX, the execution date is purely
hypothetical. Within that hypothetical context, the execution date would
be the date at which OpFor implements a false-flag attack, or such a
false-flag attack is identified as such within a reasonable certainty.
FreeFor: Freedom Forces, which includes any person or group of
persons, within or without government, interested in establishing,
maintaining, or restoring the rightful place of government as the
servant of natural persons along principles embodied in the Declaration
of Independence or the Bill of Rights, or other works which promote
individual responsibility, liberty and freedom from coercive government,
even if not those specific wordings.
Go Code: A pre-arranged signal or event which initiates action.
Hotline: An emergency communication path, whether secured or not,
which remains covert prior to use, but which, once used, is likely to be
Line of Departure: A pre-arranged location or set of circumstances
from which operations transition from the preparation phase to the
execution phase. Starting execution of a plan is known as “crossing the
line of departure”.
OpFor: Opposition Forces, typically those hostile elements in
domestic or foreign governmental positions opposed to the objectives of
Overt Participants: FreeFor persons or elements which are already
well-known to the governmental establishment, and who are taking on
little additional risk by participating in this CPX during both the
private and public phases.
Private Communication: Any and all exchanges of this CPX and
discussions about it which remain limited to peer-to-peer or
peer-to-peers (blast) email, voice and personal conversations.
Specifically excluded from private communication as defined here are
postings on the Internet, blogs, social networking sites, etc.
Public Communication: Any and all exchanges of this CPX and
discussions about it using an unrestricted variety of communication
media and channels, including, but not limited to, blogs, posted
articles, advertisements, flyers, posters, etc.
Specific Actions Requested of Participants
1. Participate in widely disseminating the text of this CPX using
communication channels and networks normal and customary to a given
participant during the private communication phase as defined below.
2. Participate in widely disseminating the text of this CPX using
communication channels and networks normal and customary to a given
participant during the public communication phase as defined below.
3. Monitor, to the extent of the individual participant’s capability,
the emergence of the following, which may indicate potentially
disruptive attempts by OpFor elements:
a. Any premature public dissemination of the text of this CPX prior to the action date, as defined below.
b. Any attempt by participants to generate interpersonal hostility or to
act as provocateurs to goad creation, revelation or implementation of
line of departure plans.
c. Any attempt by participants to transmit or encourage the transmission
of the text of this CPX through hotline or other secure channels.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS CPX INVOLVES THE DISCUSSION OF THE
IMPLICATION OF A FREEFOR CROSSING OF THE LINE OF DEPARTURE IN REACTION
TO A FALSE FLAG ATTACK UPON AMERICANS, AND NOT THE PROMOTION OF SUCH A
LINE OF DEPARTURE CROSSING.
1. That hostile elements within the governmental establishment,
through various means of data collection and analysis, already have
complete knowledge of this CPX. Accordingly, this CPX is structured in
such a way that existing hostile knowledge is not only not harmful, but
beneficial to the objectives of the CPX.
2. That these hostile elements desire to act in ways which will
disrupt or discredit this CPX, including, but not limited to,
provocateurs, misinformation, early triggering and initiation of
3. That these hostile elements will seek to apply traffic analysis to
the execution phases of this CPX to both discover previously unknown
FreeFor linkages, or discover previously unknown covert participants or
confirm suspected covert participants.
4. That FreeFor elements answer to no one, but instead apply their
own judgment and discretion in taking or not taking any action.
Accordingly, portions of this CPX written in the form of orders are
merely suggested as recommendations for unified action.
1. This CPX is divided into three phases:
a. A private communication phase prior to the action date and time.
b. A public communication phase after the action date and time.
c. A hypothetical execution phase which would commence after the implementation of a false-flag attack by OpFor upon Americans.
2. Although this CPX is assumed to be completely known to hostile
forces from inception, division of the CPX into two communication phases
allows FreeFor to demonstrate an understanding of communication
discipline principles. This two-phase approach also provides multiple
opportunities for hostiles to expose themselves through the initiation
of early triggering in the private phase, or other disruptive activities
in either phase, and in ways which can be detected and noted by FreeFor
participants, overt and covert, through passive means and without
3. The execution phase is purely hypothetical, and discussion of this
phase by participants within the context of this CPX is restricted as
detailed below for the protection of all FreeFor participants.
II. Private Communication Actions Prior to the Action Date.
1. During the private communication phase, overt participants are
encouraged to communicate as widely as possible with other participants,
overt or covert, about the content and implications of this CPX using
only private communications. To deny hostiles additional information
beyond that which they possess prior to this CPX, and for the protection
of covert participants, these communications are to use only those
linkages which are normal and customary for the participant. Hotline
resources are to be specifically prohibited for this CPX in both phases.
2. The private communication phase is to be limited to communication
means which lack permanence beyond the control of the individual
participants, hostile recording, interception and storage excluded.
Email, texting, handwritten notes, phone and personal conversations are
examples of private communications. Blogging, tweeting, discussion with
media, or posting of the CPX on social media sites, which have a public
and stored nature, are specifically excluded during the private
3. The sole exception to the use of public communications prior to
the action date are teaser mentions of the CPX on public media, and then
only by the single and complete phrase “CPX Foxtrot”, with no other
detail about the CPX content or intentions provided. Those persons
inquiring about these mentions of “CPX Foxtrot” should be provided its
content during the private communication phase if those persons are
within the normal and customary sphere of influence for a given
An example of a public mention during the private communication phase
is a blogger or commenter posting text similar to the following:
“And be sure to participate in CPX Foxtrot.”
“Remember, CPX Foxtrot is coming up.”
“Are you ready for CPX Foxtrot? I am.”
If a prospective participant then asks about details for the CPX,
other participants should provide the prospect with the CPX using
private communications if that prospect is within the normal and
customary reach of the provider. If not, then an appropriate response
“Thanks for asking about that. Ask someone you know about CPX
Foxtrot. If they don’t know, ask them to ask. When you get CPX Foxtrot,
you will know why it has to be this way.”
Examples of providing the text of this CPX to others within the normal or customary scope of FreeFor communications include:
“A friend sent this to me. It is an interesting concept that probably should be discussed further.”
“I am concerned that this idea might have unintended negative consequences. Worth a read.”
4. The lack of public storage of the CPX Foxtrot details during the
private communication phase will assist in not only generating
additional teaser interest in the CPX, but will also make it easier for
specific covert FreeFor assets to identify potential hostile infiltrants
during the private communication phase. If in doubt, don’t post. Also,
do not assist hostile traffic analysis by providing details of the CPX
beyond those prospective participants with which you normally and
customarily communicate. Avoid being ensnared by hostile fishing
5. Prospective participants are to be treated with respect and
encouraged. An “us-versus-them”, or “clique” mentality is to be avoided
at all times by all FreeFor participants. FreeFor participants are also
encouraged to apply their own traffic analyses to identify potential
hostile provocateurs attempting to disrupt the CPX through the
incitement of interpersonal discord or discouragement of prospects.
6. During the private communication phase, the text of this CPX is to
be distributed as text attachments (word-wrap off) where practical, or
as inserted or printed text otherwise. Other file formats, such as PDFs
or DOCs, contain tagging information which reveals personal information
or transmits viruses.
7. Within these restrictions, then, during this phase the CPX should
be distributed as widely as possible, encouraging the recipients to in
turn widely distribute, in chain letter fashion, to ensure as large a
participation as possible on the action date.
III. Public Communication Actions On or After the Action Date
1. All participants are encouraged to publicly post the CPX content
simultaneously on the action date and time in as many media, blogs, etc.
as possible. Original postings with the CPX content, or with the CPX
text content attached where possible, are more desirable rather than
chain-linking back to a single source blog.
2. During the public communication phase, exposure of the CPX content
is encouraged on all communication forms without restriction, other
than the hotlines as discussed previously, which are not to be used for
the purposes of this CPX at any time. An intention is to create as wide a
historical Internet footprint as possible, as well as expose means and
personnel by which hostiles attempt to minimize this footprint over
3. During the public communication phase, this CPX can be distributed in any form or file format.
IV. Principles During Either Communication Phase
1. A critical component of this CPX is ongoing discussion by
participants of the implications of this CPX during either communication
phase. However, for the protection of the FreeFor participants,
discussion of the execution phase is to be limited to hypothetical
discussions of the political/other implications should FreeFor use an
OpFor false-flag attack as a line of departure for other covert plans
which may or may not be under development. Specifically prohibited as
part of this CPX is the initiation, discussion or exploration of such
plans. All participants should be alert for potential hostiles who may
try to use this CPX to discover or incite specific planning for line of
departure actions within the context of this CPX.
Examples of acceptable discussions within the context of this CPX include:
“Is OpFor planning a false-flag, and if so, would the possibility of
that as a line of departure for FreeFor be likely to disrupt those
“How might OpFor use crossing of the line of departure to its own ends, and how might that be mitigated?”
“How might inadvertent triggering of the execution phase be avoided for legitimate emergencies?”
“What effect does the existence of CPX Foxtrot have on the police? On the military?”
“How might FreeFor identify a false-flag so that it can be used as a
valid go-code? Would the rapid availability of “perfect knowledge” be a
“Does even the discussion of this CPX have a disruptive effect on OpFor?”
“What other CPXs might we develop to continue to disrupt OpFor?”
“What benefits does FreeFor derive from exercises like CPX Foxtrot and how can we amplify that effect?”
“Outside a false-flag attack by OpFor, what other signals might FreeFor pay attention to?”
“How can FreeFor overt participants use OpFor infiltration and
disruption policies and procedures to assist hostiles in exposing
themselves to covert FreeFor participants?”
“How can FreeFor use traffic analysis and other techniques to hamstring
the actions of OpFor by making them depart from establish procedures and
thus resort to error-prone improvised operations?”
Examples of unacceptable discussions within the context of this CPX include:
“What are you planning to do when crossing the line of departure?”
“What should I do when crossing the line of departure?”
“I know a guy/place where you can get X, Y, or Z illegal things to help implement this plan.”
“Who do you know who might cross the line of departure?”
There is a certain amount of subjectivity as to the dividing line
between acceptable discussions within the context of this CPX, and
discussions which are specifically outside the context of this CPX. It
is expected that OpFor will use provocateurs to attempt to goad
participants into unacceptable discussions. CPX participants who stray
beyond this imaginary line should be gently and respectfully encouraged
to review the CPX. FreeFor participants who have been so admonished
should exercise diligence in withdrawing to a suitable degree to
illustrate their intentions, again, with due respect to all
participants. In this way, we create an environment in which hostile
provocateurs have ample opportunity to expose themselves, by violating
either side of respectful admonishment.
Remember at all times, the discussion of the implications and
practicality of a line of departure crossing in response to a false-flag
is the topic of this CPX, not those line of departure plans themselves.
2. Participants are encouraged to remember that the rules of
interpersonal conduct are merely for the purposes of this CPX, and that
normal interpersonal squabbles are to continue unabated outside of this
3. Within the CPX itself, all participants should be alert to
potential hostiles who insist on remaining outside its rules. Detection
of potential hostiles who have infiltrated FreeFor is a key objective of
this CPX as it uses OpFor’s existing policies and personnel limitations
to the benefit of FreeFor.
V. Ongoing Actions
1. Participants in CPX Foxtrot are encouraged to continue to
promulgate this CPX and its discussions on an ongoing basis. There is no
2. Participants in CPX Foxtrot are encouraged to use the term “CPX
Foxtrot” as a signal at any time in the future to crack through
interpersonal squabbles when discussing the premise of this CPX, which
is the hypothetical crossing of the FreeFor line of departure in
response to a false-flag attack upon Americans by OpFor.
3. Participants in CPX Foxtrot are encouraged to use this template to
generate their own CPXs in the future. An objective of this CPX is to
improve upon the techniques employed here to inculcate and evolve, over
time, a credible counterforce to unrestricted hostile action upon
Hypothetical Frequently Asked Questions About CPX Foxtrot
Q1. Why should this CPX be transmitted in text form?
A1. Simple text form is immune to transmission of viruses and other
detrimental side-effects. In addition, simple text lacks any potential
Q2. Why should this CPX not be transmitted using secure or hotline channels?
A2. Two reasons. First, to deny OpFor knowledge of the existence, nature
or scope of such channels. Second, a common means to break encryption
is to encourage the transmission of a known plaintext through a given
secure channel, followed by comparison to the resulting ciphertext.
Q3. Why is the CPX divided into private and public communication phases?
A3. Several reasons. First, as a confidence builder and to generate a
sense of esprit de corps among the participants. Second, to force OpFor
to remain dormant during the private communication phase, or else risk
exposing some of their covert assets. This alone requires that OpFor
react to FreeFor initiative, causing elements of OpFor to recognize
their lack of omnipotence which plants the seeds in their minds of the
potential consequences of failure of false-flag missions. Finally, to
assist in generating interest in this CPX by teaser mentions of “CPX
Foxtrot” during the private communication phase without the text being
publicly available until later in the private communication phase.
Q4. Why is it acceptable, or even desirable, to publicly mention “CPX Foxtrot” during the private communication phase?
A4. As mentioned above, to generate interest by teaser mentions.
Q5. Why is interpersonal conflict to be carefully monitored in the context of this CPX?
A5. A common OpFor disruptive tactic is to generate interpersonal
conflict. However, to avoid exposing their assets, all participants,
including OpFor elements, must maintain decorum, which once again forces
OpFor to play by FreeFor rules.
Q6. Why was the false flag selected as the topic of this CPX?
A6. This topic was selected because of the timely current interest in
potential false flag operations given the growing tensions with Iran.
Q7. Won’t I be exposing my network of contacts by sending this CPX?
A7. OpFor has likely already mapped the normal network of contacts by
each potential CPX participant. This CPX specifically requests
participants to only send this CPX to those already in that
participant’s normal and customary FreeFor discussion paths, thus
denying OpFor information about potential “emergency” communication
Q8. Could this CPX be labeled as an anti-government conspiracy?
A8. Given the lack of attention to law, justice and ethics by elements
of the government today, anything could be considered illegal. However,
as long as the First Amendment is presumed to have any relevance, this
CPX merely encourages participants to discuss the implications of a
FreeFor crossing of the line of departure in response to a false flag,
rather than encouraging participants to actually perform such actions.
In fact, participants are specifically requested to forego the latter
discussions in the context of this CPX as a means of detecting potential
Q9. Isn’t this CPX equivalent to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater?
Could it not trigger crazies in response to any perceived false flag?
A9. This CPX doesn’t introduce the concept of crossing the line of
departure in response to a false flag, it merely encourages the
discussion of this concept, which already exists in the public space.
One of the objectives of this CPX is to discuss potential unintended
consequences of such a policy, and this is beneficial to reducing the
possibility of such undesirable triggers. Stated differently, discussing
the implications of yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is not the same
thing as actually yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, nor is it
encouraging anyone to do so.
Q10. During the private communication phase, is it acceptable to
store this text on my website, and then link to that text in private
A10. No. Storing this text on a web server makes it subject to being
swept up by a search engine spider, and then appearing in search
results. This would violate the intention of the private communication
phase, which is to prevent search engines from reporting the full text
of the CPX during this phase. Once the public communication phase
begins, then this form of storage is an acceptable option.
Q11. If OpFor already has knowledge of this CPX and potential
participants, what is to be gained by the private communication phase?
A11. As mentioned previously, to demonstrate, both to FreeFor and to
OpFor, the capability to perform a decentralized operation as well as to
provide an opportunity for interested covert elements of FreeFor to
participate in uncovering OpFor moles.
Q12. If OpFor already has knowledge of the authors of this CPX, why keep their identities concealed?
A12. To minimize the negative effect of personality conflicts within FreeFor which might interfere with the success of this CPX.
Q13. Isn’t the use of “OpFor” creating deliberate conflict with the government?
A13. This CPX is not anti-government. This CPX is, however, intended to
disrupt the actions of intra-governmental or extra-governemental actors
who exceed, or who might conspire to exceed, their lawful authority,
while supporting those remaining elements of FreeFor within government
who perform their duties within lawful bounds.
Q14. What if this CPX itself is a probing attempt by OpFor?
A14. As mentioned previously, it is presumed that OpFor already has
knowledge of FreeFor participants, particularly those who are active on
the Internet. However, no prospective participant should feel, or be
made to feel, any obligation to participate. Instead, such passive, or
covert, participants also serve a role by assisting in watching the
progress and actions of other particpants and forming their own
Q15. This CPX has some errors and portions could be written better. Should I improve it?
A15. No. One of the roles of some covert FreeFor participants is to
detect at which nodes the CPX has been altered. If a participant chooses
to pass the CPX text along, it should be done with no modifications. If
it must be pasted into email, please paste from the first character
through to the last, with no intervening comments inserted.