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Proposed to Justify an Invasion of Cuba by the United States

“The planned, but never executed, 1962 Operation Northwoods plot by the U.S. Department of Defense for a war with Cuba involved scenarios such as fabricating the hijacking or shooting down of passenger and military planes, sinking a U.S. ship in the vicinity of Cuba, burning crops, sinking a boat filled with Cuban refugees, attacks by alleged Cuban infiltrators inside the United States, and harassment of U.S. aircraft and shipping and the destruction of aerial drones by aircraft disguised as Cuban MiGs. These actions would be blamed on Cuba, and would be a pretext for an invasion of Cuba and the overthrow of Fidel Castro’s communist government.

“It was authored by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but then rejected by President John F. Kennedy. The surprise discovery of the documents relating to Operation Northwoods was a result of the comprehensive search for records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by the Assassination Records Review Board in the mid-1990s. Information about Operation Northwoods was later publicized by James Bamford [the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings].” 44

An interview with James Bamford concerning Operation Northwoods is provided in the supporting material 45.

The Operation Northwoods declassified document (which is also provided in the supporting material 46) is stunning to read through – U.S. military leaders propose one false flag scenario after another, with full reassurances that they are capable of believably enacting such, and including both real and falsified American civilian and military casualties. For example (emphasis added):

A ‘Remember the Maine’ incident could be arrangedWe 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.

Used to Escalate the Vietnam Conflict Into Full-Scale War

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, or the USS Maddox Incident, are the names given to two separate confrontations, one actual and one now recognized as non-existent, involving North Vietnam and the United States in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.

“On August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox, while performing a signals intelligence patrol as part of DESOTO operations, engaged three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats of the 135th Torpedo Squadron. A sea battle resulted, in which the Maddox expended over two hundred and eighty 3-inch and 5-inch shells, and in which four USN F-8 Crusader jet fighter bombers strafed the torpedo boats. One US aircraft was damaged,



Ibid. 39 (emphasis added)


Operation Northwoods interview with James Bamford

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Operation Northwoods Declassified Document

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