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Operation Northwoods

10 June 2010 4,643 views No Comment

By the Editor.

181 pages of classified US government documents relating to Operation Northwoods have been released and can be found on the website of the US National Archives and Records Administration. You can read them in full – visit the link above, and once on the site click on the yellow “Search” button near the top of the left column. Then, in the top input field of the page that appears, type “Northwoods” and search. You will see the following item:

Plan for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba Codenamed Northwoods, 1962
ARC Identifier 305036

The George Washington University of Washington DC’s National Security Archive holds a copy of the 15 most revealing pages of these documents here [pdf]. If that is not available, I have also taken the liberty of uploading the documents to my own web server – they can also be found here [pdf].

As the reader will see, Operation Northwoods is an example of a historical precedent where the US government demonstrated intent to kill American citizens in pursuit of its geopolitical goals. Many who have swallowed the official line on 9/11 cannot even entertain this notion that the US government would kill its own people in this way. This leads to a mental stonewalling of sorts where evidence suggesting official complicity in 9/11 is simply ignored because the unavoidable conclusion is too difficult to bear, and it contradicts the long-held view that the US government is the supreme protector of its people.

The US regime has consistently demonstrated its complete disregard for human life throughout history.  In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US government incinerated 150,000 human beings in the time it takes to blink.  During the Vietnam War which extinguished over 4 million civilian lives, the US administration used Napalm, a substance which burns painfully and voraciously, reducing human beings to small black piles of pulp.  In the illegal invasion of Iraq, estimates of civilian deaths range from 1 million to 1.3 million.  American use of depleted uranium munitions in Iraq is now causing horrific birth defects, mutations, brain damage, kidney failure, leukaemia, and cancers, killing incalculable people from every age for years to come.

But they care deeply for the Americans.

Following are the shocking excerpts from the now unclassified documents, which you can read for yourself using the links above.

Page 1 of 15-page GWU file on Operation Northwoods


13 March 1962
Subject:  Justification for US Military Intervention in Cuba

The Joint Chiefs of Staff have considered the attached Memorandum for the Chief of Operations, Cuba Project, which responds to a request of that office for brief but precise description of pretexts which could provide justification for US military intervention in Cuba.

It is assumed that a single agency will be given the primary responsibility for developing military and para-military aspects of the basic plan. It is recommended that this responsibility for both overt and covert military operations be assigned the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Page 5 of 15-page GWU file on Operation Northwoods

(page 2 of Pentagon report)

The suggested courses of action … are based on the premise that US military intervention will result from a period of heightened US-Cuban tensions which place the United States in the position of suffering justifiable grievances. World opinion, and the United Nations forum should be favorably affected by developing the international image of the Cuban government as rash and irresponsible, and as an alarming and unpredictable threat to the peace of the Western Hemisphere.

Page 8 of 15-page GWU file on Operation Northwoods

(page 5 of Pentagon report)

This plan … should be developed to focus all efforts on a specific ultimate objective which would provide adequate justification for US military intervention. Such a plan would enable a logical build-up of incidents to be combined with other seemingly unrelated events to camouflage the ultimate objective.

Pages 10-11 of 15-page GWU file on Northwoods

(page 7-8 of Joint Chiefs report)

A series of well coordinated incidents will be planned to take place in and around Guantanamo to give genuine appearance of being done by hostile Cuban forces.

A. Incidents to establish a credible attack:

(1)     Start rumors (many). Use clandestine radio.
(2)     Land friendly Cubans in uniform “over-the-fence” to stage attack on base.
(3)     Capture Cuban (friendly) saboteurs inside the base.
(4)     Start riots near the base main gate (friendly Cubans).
(5)     Blow up ammunition inside the base: start fires.
(6)     Burn aircraft on air base (sabotage).
(7)     Lob mortar shells from outside of base into base.
(8)     Capture assault teams approaching from the sea or vicinity of Guantanamo City.
(9)     Capture militia group which storms base.
(10)     Sabotage ship in harbor; large fires – naphthalene.
(11)     Sink ship near harbor entrance. Conduct funerals for mock-victims.

A “Remember the Maine” incident could be arranged: We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba. Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.

We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.

Page 12 of 15-page GWU file on Operation Northwoods

(page 9 of Pentagon report)

Use of MIG type aircraft by US pilots could provide additional provocation. Harassment of civil air, attacks on surface shipping and destruction of US military drone aircraft by MIG type planes would be useful as complementary actions. Reasonable copies of the MIG could be produced from US resources in about three months.

Page 13 of 15-page GWU file on Operation Northwoods

(page 10 of Pentagon report)

Hijacking attempts against civil air and surface craft should appear to continue as harassing measures condoned by the government of Cuba.

It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States. The destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan to cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college students off on a holiday.

An aircraft at Eglin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary organization in the Miami area. At the designated time the duplicate would be substituted for the actual civil aircraft and would be loaded with selected passengers, all boarded under carefully prepared aliases. The actual aircraft would be converted to a drone.

The drone aircraft and the actual aircraft will be scheduled to allow a rendezvous south of Florida. From the rendezvous point the passenger-carrying aircraft will descend to minimum altitude and go directly into an auxiliary field at Eglin AFB where arrangements will have been made to evacuate the passengers and return the aircraft to its original status. The drone aircraft meanwhile will continue to fly the filed flight plan. When over Cuba the drone will be transmitting on the international distress frequency a “MAY DAY” message stating he is under attack by Cuban MIG aircraft. The transmission will be interrupted by destruction of the aircraft which will be triggered by radio signal.

Still, many continue to make the case that the US government is not capable of killing American citizens for its geopolitical ends.  To argue that a state purveying the level of violence that America has consistently proven itself capable of, is concerned about any shade of human life, demonstrates stunning naivety and ignorance of history.

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