On March 13, 1962 (49 years ago today), the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff presented to the U.S. Secretary of Defense a memo entitled Operation Northwoods (you can find the entire document in PDF format here). In this memo, which was declassified and made public in 1997, the Joint Chiefs of Staff laid out a plan for the U.S. government to create a series of terrorist incidents both inside America and around Guantanamo Bay and then to blame them on Cuba, thus gaining the justification and domestic and international support for a war against Cuba. You can find a summary of what the plans included here, but it is very important to note that these plans included the deliberate murder of U.S. citizens by the U.S. government in staged terror incidents and that every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thought that that was perfectly acceptable.
James Bamford in his book, Body of Secrets, summarized it thusly: “Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war.”1
This plan was thankfully rejected by President Kennedy, but it does pull back the curtain and let us see the level to which the U.S. government, military, and intelligence are willing to sink in pursuing their objectives. The U.S. government is not your friend and should never be trusted. Keep in mind that this was 40+ years ago, and the U.S. government has gotten much more corrupt and tyrannical since then. Operation Northwoods should make every American take a step back and reconsider what the U.S. government has told them. Which “terrorist attacks” were actually CIA/FBI/NSA false flags? Which “accidents” and “suicides” were dissidents being silenced? Which “facts” are actually twistings of the truth or just downright lies?
A pinch of salt? I’d empty the entire salt shaker onto anything the U.S. government says, if I were you.
- Bamford, James (2002). Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency, p. 82. ↩