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ABC News: The Day the Generals Flipped and It's Still Going On, Operation Northwoods and Killing Innocent Americans

Where it all began.

For anyone who thinks many of the top brass of the US military would have any problem at all killing Americans, in order to get their war. This report from ABC News was published just four months before 9/11. After 9/11 the American media was targeted by anthrax attacks on key news networks.

No one was ever punished for plotting Operation Northwoods, or sent to the looney bin.. Northwoods was a plan by the Joint Chiefs, which amounted to high treason, to attack Americans and American interests in order to generate support for a war against Cuba.

A year after JFK rejected this plan and demoted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he was dead.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Lyman Lemintzer was later appointed to The President's Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetary. Should he be exhumed from the place of honor and stripped of his rank posthumously, for his role in proposing Operation Northwoods?


Html version of declassified document:


U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

By David Ruppe
N E W Y O R K, May 1, 2001

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."

Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.

The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years


The Joint Chiefs even proposed using the potential death of astronaut John Glenn during the first attempt to put an American into orbit as a false pretext for war with Cuba, the documents show.

Should the rocket explode and kill Glenn, they wrote, "the objective is to provide irrevocable proof … that the fault lies with the Communists et all Cuba [sic]."


The Joint Chiefs at the time were headed by Eisenhower appointee Army Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, who, with the signed plans in hand made a pitch to McNamara on March 13, 1962, recommending Operation Northwoods be run by the military.

Whether the Joint Chiefs' plans were rejected by McNamara in the meeting is not clear. But three days later, President Kennedy told Lemnitzer directly there was virtually no possibility of ever using overt force to take Cuba, Bamford reports. Within months, Lemnitzer would be denied another term as chairman and transferred to another job...

Kennedy's Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1961

David M. Shoup, Thomas D. White, Lyman L. Lemnitzer (Chairman), John F. Kennedy, Arleigh A. Burke en George H. Decker.

From JFK Speech 'Peace for All Time"


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Bump for reality.

"Should he be exhumed from the place of honor [Arlington] and stripped of his rank posthumously, for his role in proposing Operation Northwoods?"

Grisly stuff... but yes, he should.

(Dump his husk in the same unnamed mass grave that should be dug for Philip Zelikow, Bush, Cheney, Condi, Wolfo-schmuck, Rumsfeld, Kissinger, and all the rest.)

What would the Founders do?

A timely

Reminder of just how far a tyrant is willing to go to gain that which he seeks.

Once an idea whoes time has come

cannot be stopped!
This works equally as well for good and evil.
Nothing has changed, it is simply more sophisticated.