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Friendly Fire (Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba)
ABCnews.com ^ | 1 May 2002 | David Ruppe

Posted on 08/02/2002 4:46:47 PM PDT by Moose4

N E W Y O R K, May 1 — 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. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."

Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.

The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years.

"These were Joint Chiefs of Staff documents. The reason these were held secret for so long is the Joint Chiefs never wanted to give these up because they were so embarrassing," Bamford told ABCNEWS.com.

"The whole point of a democracy is to have leaders responding to the public will, and here this is the complete reverse, the military trying to trick the American people into a war that they want but that nobody else wants."

Gunning for War

The documents show "the Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government," writes Bamford.

The Joint Chiefs even proposed using the potential death of astronaut John Glenn during the first attempt to put an American into orbit as a false pretext for war with Cuba, the documents show.

Should the rocket explode and kill Glenn, they wrote, "the objective is to provide irrevocable proof … that the fault lies with the Communists et all Cuba [sic]."

The plans were motivated by an intense desire among senior military leaders to depose Castro, who seized power in 1959 to become the first communist leader in the Western Hemisphere — only 90 miles from U.S. shores.

The earlier CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles had been a disastrous failure, in which the military was not allowed to provide firepower.The military leaders now wanted a shot at it.

"The whole thing was so bizarre," says Bamford, noting public and international support would be needed for an invasion, but apparently neither the American public, nor the Cuban public, wanted to see U.S. troops deployed to drive out Castro.

Reflecting this, the U.S. plan called for establishing prolonged military — not democratic — control over the island nation after the invasion.

"That's what we're supposed to be freeing them from," Bamford says. "The only way we would have succeeded is by doing exactly what the Russians were doing all over the world, by imposing a government by tyranny, basically what we were accusing Castro himself of doing."

'Over the Edge'

The Joint Chiefs at the time were headed by Eisenhower appointee Army Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, who, with the signed plans in hand made a pitch to McNamara on March 13, 1962, recommending Operation Northwoods be run by the military.

Whether the Joint Chiefs' plans were rejected by McNamara in the meeting is not clear. But three days later, President Kennedy told Lemnitzer directly there was virtually no possibility of ever using overt force to take Cuba, Bamford reports. Within months, Lemnitzer would be denied another term as chairman and transferred to another job.

The secret plans came at a time when there was distrust in the military leadership about their civilian leadership, with leaders in the Kennedy administration viewed as too liberal, insufficiently experienced and soft on communism. At the same time, however, there real were concerns in American society about their military overstepping its bounds.

There were reports U.S. military leaders had encouraged their subordinates to vote conservative during the election.

And at least two popular books were published focusing on a right-wing military leadership pushing the limits against government policy of the day. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee published its own report on right-wing extremism in the military, warning a "considerable danger" in the "education and propaganda activities of military personnel" had been uncovered. The committee even called for an examination of any ties between Lemnitzer and right-wing groups. But Congress didn't get wind of Northwoods, says Bamford.

"Although no one in Congress could have known at the time," he writes, "Lemnitzer and the Joint Chiefs had quietly slipped over the edge."

Even after Lemnitzer was gone, he writes, the Joint Chiefs continued to plan "pretext" operations at least through 1963.

One idea was to create a war between Cuba and another Latin American country so that the United States could intervene. Another was to pay someone in the Castro government to attack U.S. forces at the Guantanamo naval base — an act, which Bamford notes, would have amounted to treason. And another was to fly low level U-2 flights over Cuba, with the intention of having one shot down as a pretext for a war.

"There really was a worry at the time about the military going off crazy and they did, but they never succeeded, but it wasn't for lack of trying," he says.

After 40 Years

Ironically, the documents came to light, says Bamford, in part because of the 1992 Oliver Stone film JFK, which examined the possibility of a conspiracy behind the assassination of President Kennedy.

As public interest in the assassination swelled after JFK's release, Congress passed a law designed to increase the public's access to government records related to the assassination.

The author says a friend on the board tipped him off to the documents.

Afraid of a congressional investigation, Lemnitzer had ordered all Joint Chiefs documents related to the Bay of Pigs destroyed, says Bamford. But somehow, these remained.

"The scary thing is none of this stuff comes out until 40 years after," says Bamford.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: cuba; jfk; jointchiefs
My apologies if this has already been posted here--I searched and didn't find it. I got this linked off another board I hang out on and found it...I don't know, interesting? Disturbing?

}:-)4

1 posted on 08/02/2002 4:46:48 PM PDT by Moose4
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To: Moose4
He needs more precious bodily fluids.
I'm gonna take a shower, call me when the cheese is about ready.
2 posted on 08/02/2002 4:50:40 PM PDT by tet68
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To: Moose4
"The scary thing is none of this stuff comes out until 40 years after," says Bamford.

... so next year we'll find out who killed JFK...
3 posted on 08/02/2002 4:52:15 PM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: Lexington Green
Hmm...ya wonder if JFK was killed to STOP stuff like this?
4 posted on 08/02/2002 4:54:14 PM PDT by FreeperinRATcage
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To: FreeperinRATcage
Maybe JFK (known as a wothless no good Son of a) was killed to end this diobolical scheme.
5 posted on 08/02/2002 4:58:53 PM PDT by Lewite
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To: FreeperinRATcage
Maybe they wanted this to go forward and he stood in the way...who knows? All I can say is, damn. Just...damn.
6 posted on 08/02/2002 5:01:10 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: Moose4
There were reports U.S. military leaders had encouraged their subordinates to vote conservative during the election.

An unusual item set amidst all of this planned treason. How is this on a par with conspiring to kill US citizens?

7 posted on 08/02/2002 5:04:01 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: Moose4
well if its printed in a book then it must be true. /sarcasm.

this reminds me of those news reports a while back about the massacre during the Korean war. ABC news even took the guy who revealed it back to Korea, where he could tearfully recount the event. The reporters who broke the story won prizes/awards for the story.

That story was true too. /sarcasm

9 posted on 08/02/2002 5:18:10 PM PDT by Sci Fi Guy
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To: Moose4
It is interesting, and it is disturbing. But note that these were plans, which went nowhere. That type of mindset exists in every security service - lets make mayhem to show our worldview is right - and it is up to the authorities to squash it.
10 posted on 08/02/2002 5:24:26 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: Lewite
Or because he wouldn't go ahead with it, corrupt though he was....
11 posted on 08/02/2002 5:25:54 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: Moose4
Raw meat for the crazy people here.
12 posted on 08/02/2002 5:28:30 PM PDT by denydenydeny
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To: Moose4
"Although no one in Congress could have known at the time," he writes, "Lemnitzer and the Joint Chiefs had quietly slipped over the edge."

Typical radical leftist BS of the day: as if the joint chiefs weren't specifically asked to come up with a plan and asked to "think outside the box". Considering the stuff the Kennedy gang did on their own to try to kill Castro, I believe they would have gone ahead with the plan if they thought they could get away with it...

The radical left later used the same "blame it on the military" to justify their change in course in Vietnam. Clark Clifford was "shocked, shocked" to learn "the military had no plan for how we were going to win the war" --- when in fact it was the President's responsibility to have such a plan rather than some flunky in the Pentagon.

I suspect the real objective of this book is not to expose history but to undermine the Bush administration's steps to protect the country from attack by enemy elements already here...

13 posted on 08/02/2002 5:37:10 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: stands2reason
It isn't. The author simply wants to make sure you associate the concept of "military take over" with the "right wing" (i.e., Republican Party").
14 posted on 08/02/2002 5:39:35 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: Sci Fi Guy
The military are asked to have contingency plans of all sorts. Wouldn't surprise me that 1) such plans were prepared, 2) there were also plans for invading England and, oh, I dunno, repelling an invasion from Mars.
15 posted on 08/02/2002 5:48:39 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: sailor4321
The military are asked to have contingency plans of all sorts. Wouldn't surprise me that 1) such plans were prepared, 2) there were also plans for invading England and, oh, I dunno, repelling an invasion from Mars.

Exactly, so this is nothing.

The reason that we fought so well during the Persian Gulf war was because we had a plan repelling the Soviet invasion in the middle east.

All we had to do was to put the troops in place, and win the war decisively.

16 posted on 08/02/2002 5:53:02 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Moose4
Interesting timing on the release of this news....with probable military action in Iraq in the not to distant future and an upcoming election. The Dems are pulling out all the stops to defeat the Republicans.

Sad part is...plenty of Americans will buy into it.

17 posted on 08/02/2002 5:53:47 PM PDT by Icthus
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To: Icthus
Sad part is...plenty of Americans will buy into it.

Most Americans do not even vote. So there's some hope.

18 posted on 08/02/2002 5:58:18 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: sailor4321
Gee look who this guy Bamford worked for:

James Bamford

BIO

James Bamford is the author of THE PUZZLE PALACE, a national bestseller when it was first published and now regarded as a classic. He was until recently Washington Investigative Producer for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and has written investigative cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

http://www.bookreporter.com/authors/au-bamford-james.asp

19 posted on 08/02/2002 5:58:23 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: Moose4
IMHO, this guy's a nut.

From Jpost.com In several tendentious asides, Bamford tells his readers that Israel has received $100 billion or more in US aid since 1967, and that Ariel Sharon "set off the bloodiest upheaval between Israeli forces and Palestinians in a generation, which resulted in a collapse of the seven-year peace process... " He also accuses Israel of "extensive war crimes."

20 posted on 08/02/2002 5:59:09 PM PDT by Isle of sanity in CA
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To: MinorityRepublican
Plus, we were fighting the war we had been preparing for forty years to fight on the central plains of Europe, i.e., against Soviet doctrine and equipment.
21 posted on 08/02/2002 6:00:29 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: MinorityRepublican
Yea I know...unfortunately, the ones who do, live in Palm Beach County! ;o)
22 posted on 08/02/2002 6:00:48 PM PDT by Icthus
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To: Moose4
From ABCNEWS.COM

Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.

Then why is it in the book?

23 posted on 08/02/2002 6:01:51 PM PDT by Isle of sanity in CA
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To: sailor4321
Plus, we were fighting the war we had been preparing for forty years to fight on the central plains of Europe, i.e., against Soviet doctrine and equipment.

Yes, that reminded me. The Iraqi used inferior, outdated Russian equipment. We should really take Saddam out now. He's only at 40% of his 1990 peak strength.

The sequel will be a cakewalk. Just like the first time.

24 posted on 08/02/2002 6:03:41 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: demlosers
Wasn't "The Puzzle Palace" timed such that it helped build momentum behind the Frank Church drive to emasculate the intelligence services?

Sounds like this guy Bamford is one of the lefts' hacks charged with implanting disinformation when needed....

25 posted on 08/02/2002 6:03:49 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: Moose4
Ordinarily, I'd snort something like this away, but as it's coming from Bamford it's not wise to do that. He's a pretty reliable investigator, with at least one good book (The Puzzle Palace) to his credit. So he might be mistaken -- I sincerely hope he is! -- but I doubt he's actively trying to deceive anyone.

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit the Palace Of Reason: http://palaceofreason.com

26 posted on 08/02/2002 6:04:13 PM PDT by fporretto
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To: Icthus
Yea I know...unfortunately, the ones who do, live in Palm Beach County! ;o)

Haha, that seemed so long time ago. I know it only have been 2 years, but it felt more like 20, heh.

27 posted on 08/02/2002 6:04:18 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: tet68
Geez...who could ever believe such a thing. Certainly our government has never been guily of manipulating its own people or terrorising them. I mean its not like they have ever tested drugs (LSD) or biological agents on their own military or anything...
28 posted on 08/02/2002 6:05:22 PM PDT by Enemy Of The State
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To: sailor4321
...Frank Church drive to emasculate the intelligence services?

The "The Puzzle Palace" was published in 1982, Senator Churches emasculation of the CIA [no assassination] came during the late 1970s -- the Jimmy Carter years as I recall.

29 posted on 08/02/2002 6:13:01 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: fporretto
Yeah, this guys really credible

Here's a good critique of this idiots earlier work I found in TNR (conservative HQ?)

Having laid out his theory of the attack, Bamford moves on to the alleged cover-up. Following the assault on the Liberty, he writes, American Jewish organizations conspired with the Johnson administration to quash any investigation of Israel. "With an election coming up, no one in the weak-kneed House and Senate wanted to offend powerful pro-Israel groups and lose their fat campaign contributions." No evidence whatsoever is presented to support this slur, which belies Bamford's contention that "critics [of Israel] are regularly silenced by outrageous charges of anti-Semitism."

One would hardly expect such shoddy work to garner serious attention. But it has. Writing in The New York Times on April 23 ("BOOK SAYS ISRAEL INTENDED 1967 ATTACK ON U.S. SHIP"), James Risen relayed Bamford's claims intact, without any attempt to solicit a countervailing view. In The Wall Street Journal, Timothy Naftali lauded Body of Secrets as an "authoritative and engaging book." National Public Radio invited Bamford on the syndicated talk show "Fresh Air," where he accused Israel of committing "massive war crimes" against Egyptian soldiers and civilians. The interviewer, Neal Conan, never challenged him. Indeed, only one critique to date--Joseph Finder's in The New York Times Book Review--dared to question Bamford's sources or the logic of Israel "perpetrating one massacre in order to cover up another."

30 posted on 08/02/2002 6:19:32 PM PDT by Isle of sanity in CA
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To: demlosers
Thank you! You've jogged my memory!

The issue at the time "The Puzzle Palace" was published was President Reagan's proposal to remove some of the "safeguards" (l.e., shackles) the Church committee had put in place. Frank Church was still around, of course, and cited Bamford's book as he spouted off about the awsome power of the NSA and the danger from the right...

Why do they always fear "the right" when it was the left that gave us virtually every murderous tyranny spawned in the 20th Century? The right didn't murder 135 million people, the left did.,

31 posted on 08/02/2002 6:21:54 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: Enemy Of The State; dighton
Hmmm.let me try, CIA., heroin,black ghettos,USS.Liberty,jewish congress,
Jakobs Ladder, Mel Gibbson,diamonds( can't leave those out)
Angola,Algore at bay of pigs.com.
Wow, this is harder than I thought, my tinfoil kap is off to you!
32 posted on 08/02/2002 6:29:26 PM PDT by tet68
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To: Sci Fi Guy
...this reminds me of those news reports a while back about the massacre during the Korean war.

You probably already know this, but for lurkers...
The story of the No-Gun-Ri was blown apart by Joey Galloway (the same guy who
was played by Barry Pepper in "We Were Soldiers").

And a book exposing the errors in the reportage has also been highly rated
over at www.amazon.com:

No Gun Ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident by Robert Bateman
33 posted on 08/02/2002 6:30:49 PM PDT by VOA
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To: MinorityRepublican
"Yes, that reminded me. The Iraqi used inferior, outdated Russian equipment. We should really take Saddam out now. He's only at 40% of his 1990 peak strength.

The sequel will be a cakewalk. Just like the first time."

You mean we'll go 50 miles in and turn around?

34 posted on 08/02/2002 9:33:40 PM PDT by mykej
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To: Moose4
The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership......thank G*d cooler heads prevailed and we went to an obviously more sensible and practicable plan to get Castro - "Operation Mongoose" captained by RFK himself and manned by, among others, the Mafia, who undertook such daring-do as trying to introduce itching-powder to Castro's beard.......
35 posted on 08/02/2002 9:58:23 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: tet68
gee mr. tet. maybe someone in my family could explain to you what its like to be subjected to LSD without consent. oh but im sure you would doubt his exisistance as much as the the abuse of US troops in Vietnam
36 posted on 08/02/2002 10:58:23 PM PDT by Enemy Of The State
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To: Enemy Of The State
Maybe you should document it and post a thread.
37 posted on 08/03/2002 11:29:40 AM PDT by tet68
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To: Moose4
The liberals always use the Reichtag fire humanitarian martyrdom bull to get their stuff going, and then they accuse the rightwing US to do just that. It's pathetic.
38 posted on 08/03/2002 11:43:04 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: Moose4
I made something of a mistake buying Bamford's Body of Secrets book. I should have read about the author prior to purchase because if I had known I would get an entire section of the book dedicated to demonizing Israeli actions in '56 and then more demonization because of the USS Liberty and villification of the right wing element in the US Military in the 50s and 60s I would have put the book back on the shelf.

While the book has some good information and research, I can't help but wonder how much of it to trust as it seems written by a lefty FOR a lefty audience.
39 posted on 08/03/2002 1:13:55 PM PDT by Skywalk
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To: Enemy Of The State
you would doubt his exisistance as much as the the abuse of US troops in Vietnam

I was a US troop in Vietnam and I swear I was abused even once. Didn't know any other US troops who were abused and never heard of any such thing "on the grapevine". Now, it was tough duty for sure --- just can't say we were abused.

40 posted on 08/03/2002 2:56:14 PM PDT by sailor4321
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To: Enemy Of The State
you would doubt his exisistance as much as the the abuse of US troops in Vietnam

I was a US troop in Vietnam and I swear I wasn't abused even once. Didn't know any other US troops who were abused and never heard of any such thing "on the grapevine". Now, it was tough duty for sure --- just can't say we were abused.

41 posted on 08/03/2002 2:57:43 PM PDT by sailor4321
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