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Operation Northwoods -
Proof US Government
Could Harm Americans
From William Douglas
Could US Leaders Actually Be Capable Of Instigating Attacks
Like Those Of 911?
Many people believe that the Bush administration took
advantage of 9-11 in order to launch the war and impose repressive measures
In reality Washington did not just take advantage of
9-11. Rather, it instigated 9-11, just as the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed
instigating fake attacks on Americans in 1962 - to create a climate where
military action seems justified.
As for the campaign of repression at home - with its
nightmarish Homeland Security, its assault on legal guarantees, and its
star chamber Military Tribunals - this campaign is in part intended to
silence the millions of people who suspect that Bush and other top leaders
were involved in some way in making 9-11 happen.
Some people ask us: how can you believe that our leaders
are capable of such cynicism, murderous cruelty, ruthlessness and dishonesty?
That is why Operation Northwoods is so important. For
we now know that in 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed staging phony
attacks to destroy U.S. property and killing Cuban refugees and U.S. citizens,
in order to create a wave of indignation and rage, to justify an invasion
of Cuba that could have killed hundreds of thousands of people and possibly
led to nuclear war.
Below are excerpts from and comments on the Joint Chiefs'
Operation Northwoods document. It was obtained through the Freedom of Information
At the end of this article, we have provided links to
the document, which we set up in standard WebPage format (easy to read).
You can also read it in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, via a link to the National
Security Archive, at George Washington University.
Northwoods is reality.
WHAT DOES NORTHWOODS SAY?
The Northwoods proposal was authorized and tentatively
approved by the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff. It had a very clear
"1. 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 U.S. military intervention in Cuba.
"2. The Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend that the
proposed memorandum be forwarded as a preliminary submission suitable for
planning purposes." See Operation Northwoods, page i, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-i.htm
The aim was disinformation, to create the false impression
that Cuba had viciously attacked Americans:
"5. The suggested courses of action appended to
Enclosure A 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." See Operations Northwoods, page 2, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-2.htm
The document argued that Cuba should be attacked within
a few months, before it could join the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. Thus the
plan was not only deceitful and murderous, including, as we shall see,
towards Americans, it was also cowardly:
"6. While the foregoing premise can be utilized
at the present time it will continue to hold good only as long as there
can be reasonable certainty that US military intervention in Cuba would
not directly involve the Soviet Union." See Operations Northwoods,
page 2, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-2.htm
The Northwoods document was to be forwarded to Secretary
of Defense Robert McNamara. McNamara claims he never saw it; but then,
he also claims that during the 1960s he was opposed to the Vietnam War.
Tell that to the families of the dead GIs whom he exhorted to kill the
dead Vietnamese. I wouldn't believe Robert McNamara if he said it was Monday:
"8. It is recommended that:
"A. Enclosure A together with its attachments should
be forwarded to the Secretary of Defense for approval and transmittal to
the Chief of Operations, Cuba Project." See Operations Northwoods,
page 3, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-3.htm
Northwoods recognized that the best justification for
attacking Cuba was to trick Cuba into attacking U.S. forces first:
"1. Since it would seem desirable to use legitimate
[sic!] provocation as the basis for US military intervention in Cuba, a
cover and deception plan, to include requisite preliminary actions such
as has been developed in response to Task 33 o [this may be a 'c'] could
be executed as an initial effort to provoke Cuban reactions. Harassment
plus deceptive actions to convince the Cubans of imminent invasion would
be emphasized. Our military posture throughout execution of the plan will
allow a rapid change from exercise to intervention if Cuban response justifies."
See Operations Northwoods page 7, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-7.htm
But the document also called for staging phony Cuban
attacks on U.S. installations:
"(5) Blow up ammunition inside the [Guantanamo]
base; start fires. (6) Burn aircraft on air base (sabotage). (7) Lob mortar
shells from outside of base onto base. Some damage to installations."
See Operations Northwoods page 8, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-8.htm
Some of the proposed attacks could be used to portray
the Cubans as heartless monsters:
"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 to Jamaica, Guatemala,
Panama or Venezuela. The destination would be chosen only to cause the
flight plan route to cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college
students off on a holiday or any grouping of persons with a common interest
to support chartering a non-scheduled flight.' See Operations Northwoods
page 10, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-10.htm
While the plan does not actually call for killing the
college students mentioned above - only seeming to kill them - the Joint
Chiefs did suggest the possibility of killing some Cuban refugees, or at
least wounding them, as long as there was plenty of publicity to make it
"The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees
seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans
enroute to Florida (real or simulated). We could foster attempts on lives
of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding in
instances to be widely publicized." See Operations Northwoods page
Or perhaps some U.S. servicemen could be blown up:
"3. A "Remember the Maine" incident could
be arranged in several forms: a. We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo
Bay and blame Cuba." See Operations Northwoods page 8, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-8.htm
Nothing personal, you know. All part of the game.
Note that in #3, above, the Joint Chiefs seem to take
it for granted that the sinking of the Maine, which was used to justify
the Spanish-American war, was a staged incident. Keep in mind that to this
day - over a hundred years after the incident - the U.S. military refuses
to publicly acknowledge that the Maine was destroyed in a Northwoods-style
provocation, though they privately know this was the case.
Northwoods called for elaborate schemes to create the
"6. 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. An F-86 properly painted would
convince air passengers that they saw a Cuban MIG, especially if the pilot
of the transport were to announce such fact. The primary drawback to this
suggestion appears to be the security risk inherent in obtaining or modifying
an aircraft. However, reasonable copies of the MIG could be produced from
US resources in about three months." See Operations Northwoods page
There is a phrase in the text above that could be used
to sum up to the morality of Northwoods as a whole: "The only drawback
to this scheme appears to be security." Thus the Joint Chiefs recommended
"b. This paper NOT be forwarded to commanders of
unified or specified commands. c. This paper NOT be forwarded to US officers
assigned to NATO activities. d. This paper NOT be forwarded to the Chairman,
US Delegation, United Nations Military Staff Committee." See Operations
Northwoods page 3, http://emperors-clothes.com/images/north-3.htm
There were additional plans for the staging of violent
incidents which are not included in the Northwoods document:
"3. It is understood that the Department of State
also is preparing suggested courses of action to develop justification
for US military intervention in Cuba." See Operations Northwoods page
We have prepared the text of Northwoods in WebPage format.
Some people find this easier to navigate than the format in which the National
Security Archive posted it, which is Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format
You may read the document in either format. If you are
in doubt, use the WebPage format. It's easier to navigate.
For WebPage format click here or go to http://www.emperors-clothes.com/images/north-i.htm
For George Washington University's National Security
Archive page for Operation Northwoods, click here or go to http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/
or go directly to the Adobe Acrobat PDF file at: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/doc1.pdf
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