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OPERATION NORTHWOODS: HAVE THE CIA AND PENTAGON PLANNED TERRORIST ACTS ON THE US SOIL?

OPERATION NORTHWOODS: HAVE THE CIA AND PENTAGON PLANNED TERRORIST ACTS ON THE US SOIL?

It’s hard to believe nowadays. According the US law the archives can be declassified after 50 years. The documents related to Northwood operation, that never took place, were made public after this period of time. Reading it either gets one shocked or makes smile unbelievingly. It was exactly 50 years ago the CIA together with the Joint Chiefs of Staff were planning an attack against their own country. On March 13 1962 then Defense Secretary Robert McNamara submitted the plan to President John Kennedy for approval.

To avoid accusations of instigating anti American hysteria and wipe away the ironic smiles from the faces of skeptics I invite everyone who knows English to go to the George Washington University’s website where the declassified document is published1. Frankly speaking the author of this article was skeptical too at first. Each and everything had been done to thoroughly check the authenticity of the startling special event before this text was written. I say it right now the check had been a success. The plan is mind boggling for any normal person and it was really prepared by Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Lemnitzer and submitted by then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to the 35the US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It can probably be called one of the most scandalous events in the contemporary history. The armed forces planned an attack against their own country. As a result the Third World War could have been sparked. James Bemford, a well known intelligence expert and author of many publications devoted to the subject, called the Northwoods plan the most immoral ever in the Washington’s history. The goal was Cuba. The plan envisaged the following chain of events. A number of terrorist acts in the Cuban quarters of Miami were to be committed killing emigrants followed by terrorist attacks in Orlando and Washington. This time it was to be US citizens who would loose their lives. The press was expected to be puzzled but the FBI would confidently accuse the regime of Fidel Castro as the one who had orchestrated the events. The relations with Cuba severed a long time ago the situation would go on aggravating. A subversive act against US Guantanamo military base located in Cuba was to follow, a US warship would be destroyed as a result, dozens of US commissioned officers and rank and file were to die. President Kennedy was to address the Congress to say that no matter deep divisions existed the USA believed in peaceful coexistence with the Castro regime. But Habana had orchestrated terrorist acts that couldn’t be left without a response. Then an intervention into Cuba would start and, unlike the Bay of Pigs undercover operation that had taken place a year before, this time the action would be open and full scale. It would shock the whole world. If the USSR had stepped out to defend Cuba a nuclear war could have been sparked any time. This kind of political fiction takes one’s breath away even today. All terrorist attacks on the US soil against the US citizens were to be committed by the US armed forces and intelligence. It was all planned to create a pretext for intervention into Cuba to topple Fidel Castro and to convince the world that the USA had no other choice but respond to the «Cuban aggression».


The first page of the operation Northwoods plan

The very means and methods suggested then by Robert McNamara are perceived as something horrible in the USA. But the mission objectives do not evoke indignation, I’m sorry to say. The White House has always perceived Castro as «a stone in its shoe» quoting Don Carleone. But nobody there was going to start a world war because of Cuba. To the contrary a war perspective was not a thing to scare generals, especially with General Dwight Eisenhower being the Kennedy’s predecessor in the White House. It appears it was him who gave an order to work out the insane plan. We have to go to 1959, the last but one year of his second presidential term, to better understand how such a shocking idea could have crossed the US generals’ minds.


President Eisenhower

The year started with a misfortune. The Castro’s revolution swept away the Batista dictatorship that belonged to the famous US «our sons of bitches».


General Fulgencio Batista y Zaldнvar — president of Cuba 1940-1944,1952-1959.

Under his rule (these are facts not Communist propaganda) Cuba was a country of poverty and oppression. The state apparatus, rotten because of pervasive corruption, was providing profits for the US companies doing business on the island as well as for General Batista and his entourage. The Cubans perceived the revolution as coming of freedom. The White House also understood that the support of Batista’s regime was a policy leading to an impasse. But they couldn’t make peace with Castro being concerned about «Communist contagion» spreading around the whole Latin America.

The Eisenhower’s administration severed ties with Cuba and started to plan an intervention and even physical elimination of Castro hoping to bring to power somebody more like a soft Batista version instead. The Americans had some experience by the time. There had been a chain of coup d’états in Guatemala, one junta coming to power after another with active participation of the CIA and US State Department. In March 1961 Eisenhower approved a plan of covert operations against the Castro regime. Accordingly the CIA started to unite the opposition forces on the island and create armed formations of Cuban emigrants in the USA. There was a special plan of Fidel Castro’s physical elimination. The US East Coast mafia hitmen were involved as perpetrators (the reference to Don Carleone at the beginning of the article is relevant). Mafia had its score to settle with the leader of Cuban revolution — he took into his hands the notorious Cuban casinos and brothels that used to bring in considerable income into their pockets. Castro could be a candidate to top the Guinness assassination attempts list — totally there have been 637 of them committed against him. These are commonly known facts that could serve to corroborate the content of the article devoted to, perhaps, the most horrible conspiracy in the US history — conspiracy against one’s own country.

1 http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/

 

 

 

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