Mysterious White Flags Over Brooklyn Bridge Spook Everyone

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white flags brooklyn bridgeI look over the Brooklyn Bridge nearly every day on my commute into the city, but somehow I failed to notice this amazing stunt in person. Yesterday two white flags went up on the Brooklyn Bridge in place of the American flags that usually fly there. No violent acts were committed, just this strange swap -- like something out of a movie. The bridge is guarded by police cars, surveillance cameras, and even a police boat in the waters below. Police still don't know who pulled it off or why. It's definitely made people feel uneasy.

Here's what we know so far. At 3:30 in the morning, the bridge lights that shine on the flags flickered and then went out. A span of 13 minutes went by, and then the lights went back on -- but this time they illuminated the white flags instead. Police later found large aluminum tins had been tied over the lights. Even stranger, they discovered that the American flags had actually been bleached and re-hung.

Whoever did this must have planned it out with precision. The gates to the bridge were still up and locked when Emergency Services arrived, so the perpetrators must have found a way around the gates and then climbed up the towers -- with the precisely-sized light covers and the bleach.

Police say surveillance video shows four or five individuals walking onto the bridge at about 3 a.m. They are now considered persons of interest.

"At this time there is no sign of any particular nexus to terrorism or even politics," says NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller, who oversees intelligence and counter-terrorism. "It could be someone's art project or a statement, but it's not clear what that statement is." A white flag is traditionally used to signal surrender in a conflict.

Incidentally, Mayor de Blasio is on vacation in Italy with his family. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says if it's a prank, "I'm not laughing." He's offered a $5,000 reward from his own pocket for information about the suspects.

I think what's creepiest about this stunt is how mysterious it is. No one can figure out if it's a political statement or a prank for its own sake. What does it mean?!? And what do the people who pulled it off want? Is it a warning that security on our bridges is too lax? Should we be worried that a handful of people were able to sneak onto the bridge at night and make such a dramatic gesture? Is Manhattan finally surrendering to Brooklyn?

What do you think the mysterious white flags stunt is about?


Image via Anderson/Splash News

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nonmember avatar sarah

White flags..yes,indeed

redK8... redK8blueSt8

How can they say there isn't any indication of this being a political statement?! Do they not know that flying the white flag is synonymous with surrender, and to have the American flag bleached out or painted (as some reports claim they were) white and flown is totally saying we've surrendered.

Surrendered to what though? Our nations enemies, that we spend millions of dollars to "aid"? To the Palestinians, by the US all but abandoning Israel to their slaughter? To common sense, where we can't even speak an opinion with out getting death threats and having your opinion exaggerated and added upon by the masses until your entire being attacked as hateful? 

It's definitely political, it is a clear statement that whomever did this says America has surrendered. To what though I'm curious.

SueSa... SueSahara

Lol at the white flag part that was ingenious. On another note the fact that this able to happen without anyone noticing is scary. Definitely need better and more security on the bridges

Samal... Samalama319

Are you people serious? Look at everything going on lately? Americans are tired of being at war, tired of getting involved in things that dont concern us, and tired of our soldiers coming home in boxes. The white flags are a symbol of that. We want peace. We dont want any more war or any more violance. Seriously.

nonmember avatar Kristi

I agree with Sue--you can change a flag on a bridge with no can plant a bomb on that bridge with no notice.

And really who doesn't want peace? As one of the strongest nations, we have obligations to help nations weaker than ourselves.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

@redK8blueSt8 your figures are off honey. The US gives the Israel about $3.1 Billion every year towards their military and has sent $257 million so far this year to aid Palestinian refugees.

nonmember avatar j

As a lifetime New Yorker who lived through 9/11, it never even occurred to me that this was other than a prank for prank's sake. Like the computer nerds who hack into the Pentagon just to prove they can. I really, really hope I'm right.

nonmember avatar alexandra

Prank people..

Sheesh..we neex to help weaker about that and then say why...who helps us? Who isnt gunning for US citizens? Try planting your butt in any other country and make demands and insist on staying there regardless of their laws...oh wait it would still be the U.S's fault..ummm yeah...

nonmember avatar tiredofignoranc

I think the white flags do signal defeat or surrender. The USA is no longer the "great" and we can thank our complacency and ignorance for that. We don't hold our politicians accountable for their actions. Hence, our infrastructure is failing, our kids are poorly educated compared to their counterparts in other countries, and our economy continues its downfall.

And a great big thank you LeeshaE. You pointed out that we give aid to countries that don't need it. Israel is a wealthy country and doesn't need our aid. Not to mention, left to their own devices they have managed to kill over 600 Palestinian civilians these past 15 days - and roughly ONE CHILD EVERY HOUR. Only 30 Israelis have been killed and they are part of the military complex who started a ground invasion. Our tax money funded this ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. So maybe we need do get our priorities straight and tell our politicians to stop sending our $$ abroad to kill people. Instead use it at home to fix our crap economy, build up our education system, and rebuild our failing country.

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