U.S.-Sponsored Terrorism: Operation Northwoods

10 False Flags that Changed the World: #3

3Most Americans can’t conceive that officials at the highest levels of the U.S. Government would murder thousands of its own citizens to advance an empirical agenda. We should all, very carefully, think again…

In 1962, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously proposed state-sponsored acts of terrorism on American soil, AGAINST American citizens. The head of every branch of the U.S. armed forces gave written approval to sink U.S. ships, shoot down hijacked American planes, and gun down and bomb civilians on the streets of Washington, D.C., and Miami.

The idea was to blame the self-inflicted terrorism on Cuba’s leader, Fidel Castro, so the American public — and the international community — would beg and scream for the marines to storm Havana. Another benefit would be the wave of patriotism that would spur American teens to join the Army, do the fighting and dying, and return home with bloody stumps in place of their limbs. But, put simply, starting a war with communist Cuba was the motivation for the Pentagon’s Northwoods plan.

Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1962

Admiral George W. Anderson Jr. (Chief of Navy Operations), General George H. Decker (Chief of the Land Forces section), General Leyyman L. Leymnintzer (Chief of the Joint Chief of Staff), General Curtis E. LeMay (Chief of the Air Force section), General David M. Shoup (Commander of the Marines)

Operation Northwoods

The public learned about Operation Northwoods 35 years later when the Top Secret document was declassified by the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. (The complete declassified Top Secret document can be read at George Washington University’s online archive: Northwoods Document.)

Among other things, Operation Northwoods proposed:

  • Faking the crash of an American passenger plane. The disaster was to be accomplished by faking a commercial flight from the U.S. to Jamaica, and having the plane boarded at a public airport by CIA agents disguised as college students going on vacation.

    An empty remote-controlled plane would follow the commercial flight as it left Florida. The commercial flight’s pilots would radio for help, mention that they had been attacked by a Cuban fighter, then land in secret at Eglin AFB. The empty remote-controlled plane would then be blown out of the sky and the public would be told all the poor college students aboard were killed.

    (Note: This was the favorite choice of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.)

  • Using a possible NASA disaster — astronaut John Glenn’s death — as a pretext to launch the war. The plan called for “manufacturing various pieces of evidence which would prove electronic interference on the part of the Cubans” if something went wrong with NASA’s third manned space launch.

  • To turn neighboring countries against Cuba, false Cuban planes would be used to bomb the Dominican Republic. The U.S. plan called for using actual Soviet bombs, and intercepting fake Cuban weapons shipments, such that the frame-up of Cuba would be complete.

  • Blowing up buildings in Washington and Miami. Cuban agents (undercover CIA agents) would be arrested, and they would confess to the bombings. In addition, false documents proving Castro’s involvement in the attacks would be “found” and given to the press.

  • Blowing up a U.S. battleship in Cuban waters when Cuban planes and ships are in the area, so they can be blamed. A fake air/sea rescue operation was planned, as well as fake funerals and fake passenger lists published in the Main Stream Media to “cause a healthy wave of national indignation.” The document actually mentions how a similar incident — the US Maine false flag operation — successfully started the Spanish American War in 1898.

  • Attacking an American military base in Guantanamo with CIA recruits posing as Cuban mercenaries. This involved blowing up the ammunition depot, and would obviously result in material damages and many dead American troops. As a last resort, the plan even mentioned bribing one of Castro’s commanders to initiate the Guantanamo attack.

    That deserves repeating: the Pentagon considered using our tax dollars to bribe another country’s military to attack our own troops in order to instigate a full-scale war.

Operation Northwoods Rejected

Operation Northwoods was only one of several plans under the umbrella of Operation Mongoose.

John F. KennedyShortly after the Joint Chiefs signed and presented the plan in March, 1962, President Kennedy, still smarting from the Bay of Pigs fiasco, declared that he would never authorize a military invasion of Cuba.

In September, Kennedy denied the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Lyman Lemnitzer, a second term as the nation’s highest ranking military officer. And by the winter of 1963, Kennedy was dead…killed, ironically, by a Cuban sympathizer in the streets of an American city.

Even more ironically, in 1975 President Ford appointed retired General Lyman Lemnitzer to the Commission on CIA Activities to investigate whether the CIA had committed acts that violated American laws.

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See the Operation Northwoods cartoon by Mack White:
Operation Northwoods Cartoon.

Go to the next article in this series:
Phantoms in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Go to the previous article in this series:
Israeli Terrorist Cell Uncovered in Egypt.

Go to the original article in this series:
10 False Flags that Changed the World.

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