Operation Northwoods: The Counterfeit
Curator, Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum
Copyright, October, 2001
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|Ref: "Operation 911: NO SUICIDE PILOTS" |
January 24, 2002 -- In "Operation 911: NO SUICIDE PILOTS" I referred to a plan allegedly hatched by Pentagon brass in the 1960s to commit terrorist acts and use them as a pretext for war with Cuba (see above URL). The plan was called "Operation Northwoods."
Operation Northwoods was unknown to the American public until May, 2001, when details were released in James Bamford's new book, "Body of Secrets" (Doubleday). Bamford summarizes:
. .. the plan, 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 [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war. (pg. 82).The mainstream press gave the book, in particular its Operation Northwoods revelations, lots of publicity. For example, ABCNews.com published a lengthy review with the author.
It seemed remarkable that ABC was willing to show the US military in such a bad light. Surely the Waco Holocaust was a more contemporaneous US military scandal, yet ABC continues to cover it up. I wondered at that.
The reviews were well in circulation, but still fresh when 9-11 hit. In retrospect, Northwoods seemed like an eery premonition. I thought the release of the Northwoods revelations were indeed a timely coincidence. Because the Northwoods scenario seemed to fit the facts of 9-11, many writers cited Bamford and Northwoods. I was one of them.
But there is just one problem with Northwoods. Operation Northwoods was not written by Americans. Put in other words, Operation Northwoods documents were not written by the Pentagon. They are counterfeits.
First, turn to pg. 85 of "Body of Secrets." Bamford says: "Among the most elaborate schemes was to ..."
And then he quotes a Northwoods document directly:
... create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner en route 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.
(You can download the Operation Northwoods documentation at the George Washington University's National Archive website. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/
or view it here: http://www.Public-Action.com/911/northwds.pdf . Look at paragraph 8 in "Annex to Appendix To Enclosure A" to see the words quoted above.)