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An American flag or for that matter any flag flown upside-down is considered a sign of distress...

US Code:T36 Ch10.176

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

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Mutiny, piracy, sinking, coup, rebellion of the people/government.

The fact that any flag flown upside-down means distress is not the whole story however... flags flown upside-down can and are used as a form of protest.

The flag is a symbol of control and superiority. The use of such in any other way is considered "desecration."

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It is a sign of distress. SOS.

The flag should only be flown upside down when you are in need of urgent help.

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