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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17 Responses to U.S.-Sponsored Terrorism: Operation Northwoods

  1. I’m always struck by how so many people refuse to consider what they don’t wish to perceive, or that threaten their comfort zone.

    We seem to be caught up in a psychodrama scripted by forces we are unwilling to acknowledge.

    It seems we are focused on the wrong ring of the circus. The important things hide in plain sight.

  2. JoeC says:

    Indigobusiness: I’m a little stumped, too. People have no problem believing the President can deceive…nobody denies Watergate, or the Lewinsky scandal. But bring up a big deception and you’re labeled unpatriotic. Didn’t Hitler, or one of his pals, say something like, the bigger the lie, the less people will suspect it’s a lie? The Third Reich was pretty evil, but that doesn’t mean we citizens can’t learn a lot from them; our elected leaders have apparently studied their tactics thoroughly.

  3. Yeah, Joe- It’s our built-in desire for a decent environment. The skilled trickery is in our face, on a daily basis these days, yet many just abjectly refuse to face it.

    If there are forces in our govt dark minded enough to cook up schemes like Operation Northwoods, no telling what lurks in the hearts of our current overlords. No telling how twistedly Machiavellian their true motives and hidden agendas are.

    We will never sustain ourselves as a viable country unless we get back to some sort of moral imperative as a basis for our collective course. This dog-eat-dog, catch-as-catch-can, controller philosophy is killing us.

  4. kill yankee says:

    THIS IS NOT A FALSE FLAG OPERATION……A REJECTED EVIL PLAN…….IT COULD HAVE BEEN A FALSE FLAG OP,IF THE PLAN WAS ACTIONED…….BUT IT WASN’T………THE COLD WAR ON THE OTHER HAND WAS A FALSE FLAG OP,SO WAS THE ENTIRE VIETNAM/LAOS INVASION THAT FAILED MISERABLY……..CHECK THE T.V FOOTAGE OF THE LOSER AMERIKKKANS FLEEING SAIGON IN 1975 IN THEM YANKEE CHOPPERS…..SUCK SHIT YOU BULLYING YANKEEES.
    BUT BACK TO THE POINT……NORTHWOODS WAS NEVER A FALSE FLAG OP.

    kill yankee
    international slave

  5. john doe says:

    What about the bombing of the federal Building at Oklahoma City and the London subway of 7/7. There is info of them being self inflicted wounds

  6. JoeC says:

    John Doe: It’s pretty clear the guys involved in the London 7/7 bombings thought they were part of a drill, and sounds like one guy, running late to his target, heard about the other bombings and wised up and may have realized he was carrying a real bomb and tried to disarm or get rid of it. Alex Jones has done a great job putting together lots of information about this in his Terrorstorm video, and you can watch it online here: Alex Jones’ Terrorstorm

    Kill Yankee: Saying Northwoods wasn’t a False Flag operation because it never got implemented is like saying Project Bojinka wasn’t a terrorist operation because the guys got caught before they blew up eleven planes. If we’re gonna be particular, then OK, Northwoods was just a False Flag Plan approved by all four branches of the U.S. military and only rejected by the President, not an operation. Still a POTENTIAL false flag operation, though. A bullet in the chamber is still a bullet whether or not it gets fired. Just my opinion, of course.

    So many false flags, so little time.

  7. kill yankee says:

    potential isn’t actual……….there is a profound difference.

    for me,northwoods is about another layer of deceit,about particular forces pushing this common agenda that they re-imply whenever they regain power.
    These days with left-wing collusion,it is much easier.they no longer have to spend time and money re-implementing dodgy economic ventures such as economic deregulation.this helps.
    but,i must say that I AM HOPING AND PRAYING THAT YOU PEOPLE a)VOTE. SUCH AN IMPORTANT THING.some-one who actually doesn’t vote on purpose is an idiot who deserves their consequential fate.THROUGH OUT TIME AND HISTORY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED AND HAVE KILLED FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE,while amerikkkans seemingly, have better things to do.b)ELECT BARACK OBAMA……NO-ONE OUTSIDE OF THE TWIN MAJOR PARTIES HAS A CHANCE,AND @ THE MOMENT IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT AMERIKKKA GETS THEM ULTRA-FUNDAMENTALISTS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.AS FAR AS I’M AWARE NONE OF THE OTHER PRIMARY CANDIDATES WILL END THE IRAQI INVASION IMMEDIATLEY.

    b.t.w WELL DONE ON DOING THIS SITE,FOR THINKING AND BEING YOUR OWN MAN.FOR CONVERSING WITH OTHER HUMANS/ALIENS/SLAVES.it has been nice to talk about important issues, good luck on your path, may you find freedom and liberation in your lifetime. maybe 1 day,our world will be free,and we can all go astro-travellin’ with lord quas.
    i’m preparing myself by making sonic weapons,pulses,and by talking to people.i’m inspired by bill hicks the prophet,and like him i talk to people about stuff,1 day, i may get to your land,maybe not,i find the thought of actually being in ameriKKKa quite frightening,it is quite a dangerous place,and i don’t like dirty money,BUT, i love kerouac,and wanna travel on route 66,i love Stax Records and wanna see the cinema on McElmore.i wanna check out madlib,muldrow,oh no,doom,jean grae and mister talib kweli.i wanna see bill’s redneck town…shit,but i’m afraid of white americans as a general rule,and that fear escalates if the accent drawls in a southern way.i know there are good whities too,primus,kurt,jello biafra,bill hicks,george carlin,alex jones,gary mcfarland,i’m sure there are others.i’m not sure about amerikkka,but pages like these,lift the spirit, and the belief, that we can work with america towards an equal,free,just world for every human,doesn’t matter your colour,race,sex,bank balance,beliefs,religion,or tastes in music.we can do it together,or @ least prepare for the shadows of tomorrow when the next gen take over the battle for freedom,equality et al.

    Respect,joy and laughter
    kill yankee
    the amusement ride driver
    kAR -120c
    minister for personna’s,astro,spatial,dimension,space and time travel.
    the love kommando krew
    militant love assassins of which i am the fearless leader
    in league with snowball

  8. JoeC says:

    > CONVERSING WITH OTHER HUMANS/ALIENS/SLAVES
    That is so important. It just takes being around other cultures and different looking people for some of the fear to melt away, and sometimes the fear is so strong it takes a generation or more to fade. (I shore am glad my suthern accent don’t show thru typing ;-)

    Hey, if you do come to the American South and put a “Kill Yankee” sign on your backpack, you will probably be welcomed with open arms, as there are a lot of southerners still pissed off about the northern “Yankee War of Aggression” civil war that ended 140 years ago ;-)

    Route 66, Stax Records…America is beautiful, and when you seek them out, you find that Every Country has painfully beautiful locales and people.

    Joy and laughter—good words. Thanks for sharing them here.
    Happy journeys!

  9. dano says:

    look up Ron Paul kill yankee,
    even though i think your just a troll,
    but you should really see what he has to say.

  10. HMW says:

    Whoa. Why do you imply that Lee Harvey Oswald was both a Cuban sympathizer and the killer of JFK? The assassination of JFK should be on the list of false flag operations since it was CIA that did it and blamed it on a patsy who had been set-up to infiltrate Cuban groups and then disposed of.

    “…And by the winter of 1963, Kennedy was dead…killed, ironically, by a Cuban sympathizer in the streets of an American city.”

    The Brits have sent their guys in to infiltrate the IRA and told them to kill and bomb to establish creds. And then arrested their own moles as if they were the targets. Same thing happened to Oswald.

    So the CIA murder of JFK should be on your list because JFK was trying to take control back from the Nazis and fascists who’d hijacked our government during the Eisenhower years causing his famous warning on live TV about the “military-industrial complex.” Everyone thought he meant the Pentagon because they didn’t know much about the Nazi-CIA cabal.

  11. HMW says:

    Oh, and JFK had ended the Vietnam War by signing National Security Advisory Memorandum #263 in October, 1963.

    Three days after he was killed by CIA ambush master Lucien Conein’s teams the Vietnam War was put back on track when LBJ signed NSAM #273 which, by amazing coincidence, had been drafted one day before JFK was shot.

    So Dealey Plaza ’63 is a more important a false flag op than the Gulf of Tonkin scam.

  12. JoeC says:

    HMW: JFK was similar to 9/11 in that it seems there were very few people who didn’t have a motive to kill JFK. As for Oswald being a cuban sympathiser, he did put up that appearance, whether it was a cover or not…and chances are he WAS being used by the CIA, but I didn’t get into that in this article…trying to focus on debunking one “official story” at a time. ;-)

    The JFK murder (which does have all the earmarks of a CIA operation, and to which they were undoubtedly aware of, and probably involved with letting happen or making happen…) would have fit nicely in this list. But, I tried to write about things that I didn’t know that much about myself, so the research would be more interesting. I guess I’d sort of burned out on all the JFK info through familiarity and digging into it around the time Oliver Stone’s film came out…anyway, that’s why I didn’t name the series “10 GREATEST false flags…”, because there are arguably more important ones that deserve to be covered than the ones I picked.

    That being said, that National Security Advisory Memorandum #263 IS an amazing freakin’ coincidence, no?

  13. Xman says:

    3 1/2 reasons reasons….
    I can think of why we let the same people cycle back through our system so it’s always the same folks in charge.
    1. “Foregiveness”. It’s built into our system. We are brainwashed with it. Politicians can wash away their sins any time they need to…and get back in line.
    2. Memories: Our memories are short. There is so much info flying at us at light speed…in little tiny sound bite snippets, it doesn’t sink in very deep…because it isn’t very deep.
    3. Any alternative candidates we might see, seem to be shown in a “kooky” light.
    3 1/2: oh….I just realized there is an endless list of reasons and so now I’m just so apathetic and worn out…I give up.

  14. support Bsh says:

    It sounds like Mao in China, who leads to launch the movement so called
    land movement before Kareo war. It helps to recuit much enough youth to join army against US.

    Chinese is sacrified for their own benefits. As Americans, you are not
    much precious than Chinese. Dont be panic. If you are president, you
    much sure do the same.

    That is not crime if Nation is as the whole.

  15. JoeC says:

    I’m sure it’s tough for a president to weight individual lives against the life of the nation as a whole. However, I think most Americans thought after the end of the cold war that we could have a few generations who wouldn’t have to sacrifice quite as much. But, some leaders just like their citizens to fight, it seems…

  16. Max says:

    kill yankee Says:

    March 6th, 2007 at 8:15 am
    potential isn’t actual……….there is a profound difference.

    Correct… as in, your comments have the potential to be interesting, but actually they’re as dull as they are hateful.

    “Kill Yankee” (nice respectful moniker BTW) writes about “respect” and “joy” – while posting (on one of the other FFO pieces) such respectful, joyous comments as the following:

    “ameriKKKans are so fucking docile,so compliant,so fake”

    Perhaps there is a way you could show your respect (and at the same time add to my joy): take your condescending attitude and hatred for Americans, fold until it’s all corners, and stick it.
    How’s that for docile?

  17. Joey-T says:

    Haha, this goes out to “kill yankee”

    In 2007, you said to elect Obama because, and I quote- “AS FAR AS I’M AWARE NONE OF THE OTHER PRIMARY CANDIDATES WILL END THE IRAQI INVASION IMMEDIATLEY.”

    Well, it’s now nearing the end of 2011, and Obama IS the President and we are STILL in Iraq. How did that work out for ya?

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