Operations Northwoods Documents
On the Website of the
US National Archives and Records Administration
According to ABC
News and government documents on Operation Northwoods, America's top military
leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism
in US cities to trick the public into supporting a war against Cuba in the
early 1960s. Approved in writing by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs, Operation Northwoods
even proposed blowing up a US ship and hijacking planes as a false pretext
summary of key quotes from the Operation Northwoods documents is given below
these instructions. To access the Operation Northwoods documents in the
National Archives, first go to the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) on the
website of NARA (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) at:
on the yellow "Search" button near the top of the left column there. Then, in the top box of the page that appears,
type "Northwoods" and click on the "Search" button to the right of the box.
You will see the following item:
Plan for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba Codenamed Northwoods, 1962
ARC Identifier 305036
on the title, which is a link. Next click on the tab "Digital Copies." You will then see the
first ten pages of 181 pages available on Operation Northwoods. This link
expires after 30 minutes (along with the URLs of individual Operation Northwoods
pages), which is why we cannot provide a direct link for you.
the most pertinent documents regarding Operation Northwoods, click on the double arrow at the end of the list of numbers underneath the tabs. Then click on the number 13 in that list. The most revealing 15 pages of Operations
Northwoods documents begin on page 129 and continue to 143. To view any
of these pages, simply click on the image of the page. You will find the most shocking
information on pages 138 to 141.
for caring enough to investigate Operation Northwoods. These documents demonstrate
clearly that some top leaders in the U.S. military have no moral or ethical difficulty in developing
plans which not only sacrifice the lives of innocent American citizens,
but clearly trick and manipulate the American people in order to forward
the war agenda. For more powerful information on this by a highly decorated
American General, click here.
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Key quotes from Operation Northwoods documents:
Operation Northwoods documents were approved in writing by the Joint Chiefs
of Staff—the top generals of each branch of the US armed forces—and submitted
to the Secretary of Defense McNamara, though never acted upon. The documents
only came to light because of a Freedom of Information Act request in the
late 1990s. Page numbers are listed to assist in finding the quotes on the
original documents. Could similar tactics to those listed below have been
used in regards to 9/11?
of file (Memorandum)
13 March 1962
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
for US Military Intervention in Cuba
The Joint Chiefs
of Staff have considered the attached Memorandum for the Chief of Operations,
Cuba Project, which responds to a request of that office for brief but precise
description of pretexts which could provide justification for US military
intervention in Cuba.
It is assumed
that a single agency will be given the primary responsibility for developing
military and para-military aspects of the basic plan. It is recommended
that this responsibility for both overt and covert military operations be
assigned the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
of file (page 2 of actual Joint Chiefs report)
courses of action ... are based on the premise that US military intervention
will result from a period of heightened US-Cuban tensions which place the
United States in the position of suffering justifiable grievances. World
opinion, and the United Nations forum should be favorably affected by developing
the international image of the Cuban government as rash and irresponsible,
and as an alarming and unpredictable threat to the peace of the Western
of file (page 5 of actual Joint Chiefs report)
This plan ... should
be developed to focus all efforts on a specific ultimate objective which
would provide adequate justification for US military intervention. Such
a plan would enable a logical build-up of incidents to be combined with
other seemingly unrelated events to camouflage the ultimate objective.
of file (page 7-8 of actual Joint Chiefs report)
A series of
well coordinated incidents will be planned to take place in and around Guantanamo
to give genuine appearance of being done by hostile Cuban forces.
to establish a credible attack:
Start rumors (many). Use
Land friendly Cubans in
uniform "over-the-fence" to stage attack on base.
Capture Cuban (friendly)
saboteurs inside the base.
Start riots near the base
main gate (friendly Cubans).
Blow up ammunition inside
the base: start fires.
Burn aircraft on air base
Lob mortar shells from outside
of base into base.
Capture assault teams approaching
from the sea or vicinity of Guantanamo City.
Capture militia group which
ship in harbor; large fires – naphthalene.
Sink ship near harbor entrance. Conduct funerals
the Maine" incident could be arranged: We
could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba. Casualty lists
in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.
We could develop
a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities
and even in Washington.
of file (page 9 of actual Joint Chiefs report)
Use of MIG type
aircraft by US pilots could provide additional provocation. Harassment of
civil air, attacks on surface shipping and destruction of US military drone
aircraft by MIG type planes would be useful as complementary actions. Reasonable
copies of the MIG could be produced from US resources in about three months.
of file (page 10 of actual Joint Chiefs report)
against civil air and surface craft should appear to continue as harassing
measures condoned by the government of Cuba.
It is possible
to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft
has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United
States. The destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan to
cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college students off on a
at Eglin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil
registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary organization in the Miami
area. At the designated time the duplicate would be substituted for the
actual civil aircraft and would be loaded with selected passengers, all
boarded under carefully prepared aliases. The actual aircraft would be converted
to a drone.
The drone aircraft
and the actual aircraft will be scheduled to allow a rendezvous south of
Florida. From the rendezvous point the passenger-carrying aircraft will
descend to minimum altitude and go directly into an auxiliary field at Eglin
AFB where arrangements will have been made to evacuate the passengers and
return the aircraft to its original status. The drone aircraft meanwhile
will continue to fly the filed flight plan. When over Cuba the drone will
be transmitting on the international distress frequency a "MAY DAY" message
stating he is under attack by Cuban MIG aircraft. The transmission will
be interrupted by destruction of the aircraft which will be triggered by
you explore some of the other strange facts you find on our website, we
invite you to remember how the top US military leaders planned to manipulate
public opinion to support their objectives in Operation Northwoods. Considering
the above, is it beyond comprehension that similar tactics might have been
used in relation to the 9/11 attacks to create a pretext for war in Afghanistan
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