Declassified: Joint Chiefs approved false flag attack on America

11/08/2013 20:22
A Department of Defense document declassified in 1997 shows that the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces had drafted and approved a plan to attack and kill Americans and to blame it on Cuba.

The original document is stored at the National Security Archives at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is available in PDF form HERE. (HTML version) The plan was rejected by President John F. Kennedy, after it was presented by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Lyman Lemnitzer, to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on March 13, 1962. The plan was intended to "provide justifications for US military intervention in Cuba."

Face page  Operation Northwoods memo.


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Face page, Operation Northwoods memo.

It included proposals to "blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and to "develop a Communist Cuba terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington."

The plan calls for an incident reminiscent of the USS Maine, in which 167 American sailors died. The plan references another covert action plan, Operation Mongoose, which goes as far as arranging for the spaceship of American astronaut John Glenn to crash upon take-off, and blaming it on the Cubans. Kennedy demoted Lemnitzer soon after rejecting the plan. The following year, Kennedy was assassinated. Although ABC News reporter James Bamford, the author of a book on the subject, said that parts of the plan "would have amounted to treason," the conspirators were never arrested and Lemnitzer was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery when he died. Bamford's book is entitled "Body of Secrets." Code-named Operation Northwoods, the memo was signed and approved by all five of the Joint Chiefs. After Lemnitzer was demoted, he was replaced by General Maxwell Taylor as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

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