Operation Northwoods

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Event.png Operation Northwoods (False Flag,  plan)  SpartacusRdf-icon.png
Date 1962
Perpetrators Lyman Lemnitzer,  other Joint Chiefs of Staff
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.


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.


It involved [How?] many CIA operatives boarding planes 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 would stoke anger against Cuba.[3]


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.


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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  1. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/305036
  2. http://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/news/20010430/northwoods.pdf
  3. http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/721