Operation Northwoods was a false-flag operation plan that originated within the United States government in 1962. Oriiginally revealed by James Bamford in his 2001 book, Body of Secrets, the plan called for the Central Intelligence Agency or other operatives to commit genuine acts of terrorism in U.S. cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro. One part of the Operation Northwoods plan was to “develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.”

Operation Northwoods included proposals for hijackings and bombings followed by the introduction of phony evidence that would implicate the Cuban government. The plan stated:

“The desired resultant from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere.”

Several other proposals were included within the Operation Northwoods plan, including real or simulated actions against various U.S. military and civilian targets.

The plan was drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed by Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer and sent to the Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. President Kennedy discussed the plan with Lemnitzer and then rejected it. Three months later Lemnitzer was removed from his post as Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and re-assigned as Commander of U.S. forces in Europe.

Below is an interview of James Bamford.

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