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U.S. Military Chiefs Planned to
Orchestrate Terrorism in U.S.

"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."
  -- ABC News, 5/1/01

Dear friends,

The ABC News article quoted above states that Operation Northwoods was approved in writing by the top U.S. military chiefs. These plans even proposed that the U.S. military sacrifice innocent American civilians to create a pretext for war with the justification that "casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." Elements within the U.S. government wanted that badly to create a false pretext for war. Does this ring a bell? You can read the full eye-opening article on the ABC website at: presents this information to inspire a desire in all of us to strengthen democracy and to build a brighter future together. Our website focuses on providing reliable, verifiable facts which are being hidden from public view. By spreading this vital information, each of us can make a difference.

To access 15 highly revealing pages of declassified U.S. military documents on Operation Northwoods as posted on the National Security Archive of George Washington University, see the link to our Operation Northwoods Information Center immediately below. Instructions are also provided to access all 181 pages of these once top-secret documents on the website of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

These astonishing documents were approved in writing by the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the top generals of each branch of the U.S. military. Only rejection by the Kennedy administration kept them from being implemented. They were classified top secret so that the American public would not know how it was being manipulated. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request just a few years ago brought them to light for the first time. The current administration is working hard to keep information like this from reaching the public.

If you don't have time to read the original documents, do take a look at the key excerpts below. And as you read, remember before the war in Iraq the certainty with which many top government officials stated that there were weapons of mass destruction there. Like on August 26, 2002 when Vice President Cheney declared, "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction" (click here to see this statement on the White House website, about two-thirds down the page). We invite you to then ask yourself, is it beyond comprehension that this same kind of thinking and planning might have led to 9/11?

Key Excerpts from Operation Northwoods Documents

Page 1 of File (Memorandum)


Subject: Justification for U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Page 5 of File (page 2 of Joint Chiefs report)

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 Hemisphere.

Page 10-11 of File (page 7-8 of 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.

(1)     Start rumors (many). Use clandestine radio.
(2)     Land friendly Cubans in uniform "over-the-fence" to stage attack on base.
(3)     Capture Cuban (friendly) saboteurs inside the base.
(4)     Start riots near the base main gate (friendly Cubans).
(5)     Blow up ammunition inside the base: start fires.
(6)     Burn aircraft on air base (sabotage).
(7)     Lob mortar shells from outside of base into base.
(8)     Capture assault teams approaching from the sea or vicinity of Guantanamo City.
(9)     Capture militia group which storms base.
(10)   Sabotage ship in harbor; large fires – naphthalene.
(11)   Sink ship near harbor entrance. Conduct funerals for mock-victims.

We could blow up a U.S. 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.

Page 12 of File (page 9 of Joint Chiefs report)

Use of [Soviet] MIG type aircraft by US pilots could provide additional provocation. 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.

Page 13 of File
(page 10 of Joint Chiefs report)

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 holiday.

An aircraft 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 fact that the military had the capability to fly unmanned drone airplanes back in the 1960s was kept top secret for decades. - ed.]

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 radio signal.

What We Can Do

Remember that government and military leaders think of this like a chess game. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your own pieces in order to win the game. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor and co-founder of the Trilateral Commission, titled his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives. In this seminal book on American foreign policy, Brzezinksi states that because of popular resistance to U.S. military expansionism, his ambitious strategy for "American global primacy" can't be implemented "except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat." (The Grand Chessboard page 211).

Consider also that in September 2000, a think-tank named Project for the New American Century (PNAC) published a blueprint for maintaining global U.S. preeminence and shaping the international security order in line with American interests. Written before the 2000 Presidential election, this revealing report was commissioned by future Vice President Cheney, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The report shows that the Bush administration intended to take military control of Persian Gulf oil whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. [See article in Sunday Herald, 9/7/02 or click here to download the report--Rebuilding America's Defenses]

Considering the above information, is it beyond comprehension that tactics similar to Operation Northwoods might have been used in relation to the 9/11 attacks in order to create "a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat?" Could 9/11 have been the pretext upon which to build a War on Terror in order to "maintain global US preeminence?" Might the 9/11 attacks have been allowed to happen, or even facilitated and manipulated by elements of the U.S. government and military?

We invite you to explore a two-page summary of easily verifiable facts with links direct to major media sources which suggest a major 9/11 cover-up at The riveting, highly popular documentary "Loose Change" (available free on Google Video)  also explores the above facts and much more. For additional empowering information on these and other reliable resources on the 9/11 cover-up, visit our 9/11 Information Center. We draw no firm conclusions in the resources we provide. We present reliable, easily verifiable facts and information with minimum interpretation, inviting you to draw your own conclusions.

We invite you now to join in making a difference in our world. By spreading this information far and wide, we can help many others to wake up to what is happening. Together, we can build the critical mass necessary to strengthen democracy, and to change this world for the better. We thank you for caring enough to explore this vital information. May we find empowering ways to work together to build a brighter future for us all.

With best wishes,
Fred Burks for
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton

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U.S. Military Plans to Orchestrate Terrorism