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It involved many CIA operatives boarding an apparently commercial airliner under fake names, and envisaged many more posing as fake relatives of the deceased, pretending to mourn deaths of their (imaginary) loved ones etc. - this plan envisaged two planes, one being a duplicate of the commercial airliner which would carry the passengers. The original plane being converted to a drone and at one point the planes would switch places so that an empty passenger plane could be remotely destroyed, sending 'May Day' before and relating to listening ICAO radio stations that they were under attack by MIG fighter planes; after that the plane would remotely blow up. This would stoke anger against [[Cuba]].<ref>http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/721</ref>
 
It involved many CIA operatives boarding an apparently commercial airliner under fake names, and envisaged many more posing as fake relatives of the deceased, pretending to mourn deaths of their (imaginary) loved ones etc. - this plan envisaged two planes, one being a duplicate of the commercial airliner which would carry the passengers. The original plane being converted to a drone and at one point the planes would switch places so that an empty passenger plane could be remotely destroyed, sending 'May Day' before and relating to listening ICAO radio stations that they were under attack by MIG fighter planes; after that the plane would remotely blow up. This would stoke anger against [[Cuba]].<ref>http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/721</ref>
  
==Other coordinated actions that were proposed:==
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===Other coordinated actions that were proposed===
  
 
* dissemination of (many) rumors via clandestine radio stations<br>
 
* dissemination of (many) rumors via clandestine radio stations<br>
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The Northwood documents also lay out how events will, through their reporting in the press, cause a certain mindset in the US population that can be used to further the cause of the operation: "Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."  
 
The Northwood documents also lay out how events will, through their reporting in the press, cause a certain mindset in the US population that can be used to further the cause of the operation: "Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."  
  
Additional documents from the same period discuss the feasibility of acquisition or manufacturing of MIG type aircraft in the US for 'deception operations'.<ref>Procurement of Soviet Aircraft | https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32977055.pdf</ref> "There is a possibility that such aircraft could be used in a deception operation designed to confuse enemy planes in the air, to launch a surprise attack against enemy installations or in a provocation operation in which Soviet aircraft would appear to attack U.S. or friendly installations in order to provide an excuse for U.S. intervention. If the planes were to be used in such covert operations, it would seem preferable to manufacture them in the United States."  
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Additional documents from the same period discuss the feasibility of acquisition or manufacturing of MIG type aircraft in the US for 'deception operations'.<ref>Procurement of Soviet Aircraft | https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32977055.pdf</ref> "There is a possibility that such aircraft could be used in a deception operation designed to confuse enemy planes in the air, to launch a surprise attack against enemy installations or in a provocation operation in which Soviet aircraft would appear to attack U.S. or friendly installations in order to provide an excuse for U.S. intervention. If the planes were to be used in such covert operations, it would seem preferable to manufacture them in the United States."
  
 
==Rejection==
 
==Rejection==

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Event.png Operation Northwoods (False Flag,  plan)  Sourcewatch SpartacusRdf-icon.png
NorthwoodsMemorandum.jpg
Date 1962
Exposed by James Bamford
Description A plan devised within the US government in the early 1960's to carry out terrorist attacks on US citizens and have them blamed on Cuba. Never implemented.

Official Narrative

This plan to carry out a false flag was classified and remained secret[1] [2]for 40 years, so until published by James Bamford there was no official narrative on the topic.

Origins

The plan was approved by the top ranking US military officer, Lyman Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (later appointed NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe). It was signed off on by the the other Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Details

It involved many CIA operatives boarding an apparently commercial airliner under fake names, and envisaged many more posing as fake relatives of the deceased, pretending to mourn deaths of their (imaginary) loved ones etc. - this plan envisaged two planes, one being a duplicate of the commercial airliner which would carry the passengers. The original plane being converted to a drone and at one point the planes would switch places so that an empty passenger plane could be remotely destroyed, sending 'May Day' before and relating to listening ICAO radio stations that they were under attack by MIG fighter planes; after that the plane would remotely blow up. This would stoke anger against Cuba.[3]

Other coordinated actions that were proposed

  • dissemination of (many) rumors via clandestine radio stations
  • engineering attacks against Cuban refugees in the US, for which Castro would be blamed
  • sinking an american ship or drone in Guantánamo Bay blaming Cuba (a remember the Maine incident)
  • sinking a 'boatload' of Cubans en-route to Florida (real or simulated)
  • attacking the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base by friendly Cubans which would give the pretext for large scale US military operations
  • attacking civilian air and shipping traffic, for which MIG type aircraft would be used
  • creating an incident in which it seems Cuban MIGs have destroyed a USAF aircraft in an unprovoked attack

The Northwood documents also lay out how events will, through their reporting in the press, cause a certain mindset in the US population that can be used to further the cause of the operation: "Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."

Additional documents from the same period discuss the feasibility of acquisition or manufacturing of MIG type aircraft in the US for 'deception operations'.[4] "There is a possibility that such aircraft could be used in a deception operation designed to confuse enemy planes in the air, to launch a surprise attack against enemy installations or in a provocation operation in which Soviet aircraft would appear to attack U.S. or friendly installations in order to provide an excuse for U.S. intervention. If the planes were to be used in such covert operations, it would seem preferable to manufacture them in the United States."

Rejection

US President John F. Kennedy and his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, did not agree to implement the plan and so it was never carried out.

Exposure

James Bamford exposed Operation Northwoods in his book Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency in April 2001.[5]

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:Northwoodsdocs.pdfhistorical document2012Tom SeckerNearly 100 pages of Top Secret documents that tells the history surrounding Operation Northwoods, the US military's plan to carry out a series of false flag attacks - including terrorist attacks in US cities - as a pretext for an invasion of Cuba.


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