This is right up there with my calls to ally with Iran and overhaul our money-based economy for a resource-based one on the controversial scale. However, like those posts, this is still highly valid, and proven through extensive reading and research. This might also be one of the more scary things about our government, its manipulative capabilities, and its determination to justify the means to an end you'll ever read.
Yesterday, our president proudly announced that we will cease all combat operation in Iraq by the end of 2011. However, this is just a formality-- Iraq's government has all but kicked us out thanks to the agreement that was signed at the end of last year. After about eight years and almost $3 trillion spent there, one must look at what got us there in the first place. If not for 9/11, would we have gone into Iraq at all? Hindsight is always 20/20 as they say, but I think it's doubtful the American people would have supported a war as much as they did if they weren't fearful of yet another terrorist attack. But nevertheless, we all remember Bush and Cheney tirelessly bombarding the mainstream media in the months leading up to our invasion of Baghdad, lobbying for an Iraq war. There were the aluminum tubes allegedly being used for WMD construction, there were those alleged WMD stockpiles Saddam was getting together for an attack on the US, the whole mess about the yellowcake, and even more, Saddam's alleged ties to the perpetrators of 9/11.
Reeling from a devastating terror attack on our biggest city, the American people wanted blood. And if those guys in Iraq had something to do with it, then by all means, we supported our government in going after them. We all now know these aforementioned reasons proved to be little more than complete fabrication, and it's hard to call the war anything but a total catastrophe, given the sorry state of affairs over there to which our military and government directly contributed. But point being, as unfashionable as the war is today, it once had the overwhelming support of a good portion of the populace, especially in the wake of 9/11. If not for 9/11, I doubt very much the people would have allowed such a war to happen. In this note, I'll be looking back several decades in history at a false-flag conspiracy plan orchestrated by the government which would have led us into a similar war with Cuba in the sixties. You can thank JFK for this never taking place.
What Was Operation Northwoods?
One of the reasons conspiracy theory, especially regarding 9/11, is so unpopular is that people dont want to/can't even begin to fathom their own government and their own elected officials planning to kill their own people for some ulterior gain. However, this isn't a new idea for our government. In 1962, the military drew up a plan for covert operatives to commit acts of terrorism in US cities, which they were to blame on Cuba. This was ultimately intended to drum up US support amongst the people for a war with Fidel Castro. Specifically, Operation Northwoods aimed to "develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington." More notably, Northwoods called for the use of hijackings and bombings along with the planting of contrived evidence to point the finger at Cuba after enough people and property had been destroyed. From the document--
"Incidents to establish a credible attack (not in chronological order):
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 main base gate (friendly Cubans).
5. Blow up ammunition inside the base, start fires.
6. Burn aircraft on base (sabotage).
7. Lob mortar shells from outside of base into base. Some damage to installations.
8. Capture assault teams approaching from the sea or vicninty of Guantanamo city.
9. Capture militia group which storms the base.
10. Sabotage ship in harbor; large fires--napthalene.
11. sink ship near harbor entrance. Conduct funerals for mock-victims (may be in lieu of 10).
b. United States would respond by executing offensive operations to secure water and power supplies, destroying artillery and mortar emplacements which threaten the base.
c. Commence large-scale United States military operations.
3. A 'remember the Maine' incident could be arranged in several forms:
a) We could blow up a ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame it on Cuba.
b) We could blow up a drone (unmanned) vessel anywhere in the Cuban waters. We could arrange to cause such incident in the vicinity of Havana or Santiago asa spectacular result of Cuban attack from the air or sea, or both. The presence of Cuban planes or ships merely investigating the intent of the vessel could be fairly compelling evidence that the ship was taken under attack. the nearness to Havana or Santiago would add credibility especially to those people that might have heard the blast or seen the fire. The US could follow up with an air/sea rescue operation covered by US fighters to "evacuate" remaining members of the non-existent crew. Casualty lists in US newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.
4. We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.
James Bamford, a journalist, summarized the operation a little more effectively in his April 2001 book, "Body of Secrets."
"Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war."
Thankfully, Operation Northwoods never took place, as President John F. Kennedy rejected the proposal outright, and then fired Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Lemnitzer shortly afterward.
Why would we want a war with Cuba?
War is very profitable. Just look at what happened to our economy during World War II and the period after; industry put aside its profit conquests for the time being to make war equipment, people rationed out their own supplies so the soldiers could have all they needed, we bought war bonds, and when the soldiers came home, families enjoyed massive amounts of wealth and lived excessive lifestyles, consuming everything en masse.
Also, our money is printed from the Federal Reserve, our central bank, with a specific amount of interest attached. War, being very expensive, calls for more Fed money to be printed, with more interest, which can only be paid off with more money from the Fed. In times of war, the manufacturing industry benefits greatly by selling weapons and equipment to both sides; Rockefeller's Standard Oil corporation, the dominant energy giant of the times, had a partner called IG Farben. This German company was most famous for its manufacturing of Zyklon B, the gas used to kill Jews in German concentration camps. IG Farben also made a fuel additive used by the Luftwaffe in its bombing campaign of Great Britain. As Standard Oil fueled the American side and IG Farben the Nazis, Rockefeller profited doubly through the marriage cartel between the two companies.
Industry also boomed in wartime for IBM, the computer manufacturer. They made a registration system for concentration camps, and made lots of money through their German clients. These systems also required regular maintenance and upkeep, which could only be done by IBM employees, in person. Putting two and two together, this means IBM turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed daily as they maintained the Nazi's machines at camps like Auschwitz and Dachau, in exchange for wartime profits.
Should Operation Northwoods have gone through without a hitch, and we were to start a war with Cuba, you can be sure America's energy and technology corporations would have found ways to make ludicrous profits as they strategically marketed to each side during the conflict. The Fed would have increased the American money supply, and banks all over would see more business in wartime. New York financiers and Wall Street elites would have lined their pockets in the market while Americans and Cubans lost their lives daily in a war waged on false pretenses.
What does this have to do with 9/11?
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society."
-General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, 1962
As I mentioned earlier, conspiracy theorists are harangued in society and media outlets for the radical beliefs, particularly when it comes to 9/11. It is an extremely unpopular thing to do to suggest that 9/11 might not have been perpetrated independently by a radical Islamic terrorist group, or that our government had some knowledge of what might have happened or what was going to happen beforehand and took no action, or that our government, in fact, assisted in the destruction of the towers or the Pentagon. Those who don't accept the media and the government's explanation for 9/11 are heavily ostracized and any credibility that was is taken and ripped to shreds; this is why journalists, independent bloggers, and anyone else in the information proliferation business are very hesitant to even mention an ulterior motive behind 9/11, for fear of being regarded as one of those loony conspiracy theorists. However, my friends and my readers already regard me as sort of a loony anyhow, and I think I can safely question the word of my government and the media I consume when such evidence as this exists.
The mere existence of this document proves that 9/11 conspiracy theorists aren't completely out of their minds. This document proves that government is indeed very capable of orchestrating attacks on its own people as a means of achieving an end. And the great detail in the description of what actions could have been taken is proof that were there to be a false-flag conspiracy plan enacted, it would be done through highly specialized, secretive, and organized bureaucratic means. As the Northwoods document clearly states, the Pentagon clearly intended to terrorize American civilians to justify a war with Cuba. With the existence of the document, it isn't too radical of an idea to think that maybe, just maybe, the government could have orchestrated the 9/11 attacks as justification for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Moreover, our government had been looking for an excuse to go to war with the Taliban since June of 2001.
In his book, "The Power Elite," C. Wright Mills talks in the beginning about how the circles of the political directorate, the corporate executives, and military leaders all work in tandem in order to more efficiently attain their own goals. From the early twentieth century to now, the government has evolved from an insignificant collection of states and small central leadership in Washington to an all-powerful, globally influential, highly centralized body of power. Just as business evolved from thousands of independent operators in the early 1900s to what is now complete domination of the global economy by a few hundred multinational conglomerates. Just as the military went from local militias used for national security in the Revolutionary War to now; an impenetrable, high-tech, giant, multi-billion dollar branch of our budget, consuming more than half of our total tax dollars each year. Mills goes on to talk about how the political elite's influence is both checked and supported by the interests of the corporate elite, as business in states is necessary for job growth and production. Similar to how military interests and contractors work closely with the State, in both marketing newer and more expensive defense systems and technology each year, playing key roles in both economic growth and political gain. Essentially, these three power groups have seen exponential growth in power and influence since the inception of the Bush administration, particularly after 9/11 and the onset of the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. All things considered, it's not an inconceivable notion to have for the government to orchestrate a massive attack on its own soil, as all three branches of the elite would see great benefits and large increases in power from the ensuing conflict. Again, the mere existence of Operation Northwoods proves this point.
I should also mention David Ray Griffin brings up several interesting points in his recent book, "9/11 Contradictions." I haven't finished it yet, but he goes through several very interesting contradictions in the government's account of the 9/11 attacks, which conflict directly with numerous media reports. Whle he doesn't suggest any conspiracy, the book is meant to educate members of congress about the holes in the 9/11 commission report, and to demand a new investigation that examines the facts for what they are. One example is Vice President Cheney's time of entry into the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), a bunker under the White House. While the Commission report states he entered the bunker just before the Pentagon was hit, Griffin cites several media reports, as well as the accounts of secret service agents in the bunker who say Cheney entered the bunker just after the towers were hit, as much as 15 minutes before the Pentagon attack. One account Griffin cites tells of a White House Aide repeatedly running into the bunker, teling Cheney that an aircraft is approaching, and asking if "the orders still stand." Cheney replied twice to "Stand down," and even cursed at the aide when asked a third time if "orders still stand." The Commission report infers that the "orders" must have been whether or not to shoot down United 93, the plane in Pennsylvania presumably headed toward Washington, given their official time Cheney entered the PEOC. However, in the conflicting account, the aide had asked Cheney about the orders still standing before the Pentagon was hit, meaning Dick Cheney knew a hijacked plane was going to hit the Pentagon, and took no action.
There's an entirely different set of controversy about the nature of the craft that struck the Pentagon, as well as the crash of United 93. Accounts mention that pieces of debris were immediately collected by Pentagon officials shortly after the crash, and that the crash site itself carried virtually no plane debris, despite most plane crash sites being filled with nothing but destroyed plane parts. There's also the shadiness of the alleged hotel security camera video with a clear view of the side that was struck, which was confiscated by Pentagon officials.
All that being said, this again leads back to the existence of a 40+ year-old document that features detailed plans of our government executing terror attacks on civilian and military targets as means of justification for a war. That plan was devised, refined, and signed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff before being passed on to the president. Were Operation Northwoods to be okayed at the executive level, we would have seen 9/11-like attacks on American cities and military sites by "Cuban" terrorists, and we would have marched into a war with Cuba with the people crying for blood, much like we did with Afghanistan in 2001 and with Iraq in 2003.
In short, our elected officials are not above the murder of those it governs to make high profit returns for the companies who get more business in wartime.
Operation Northwoods was declassified in the 1990's by the National Security Council, along with other documents pertaining to Kennedy and his assassination. Hopefully information and awareness will spread amongst the people, and this will hopefully lead to a newer, more thorough investigation of 9/11. If not that, then I at least hope differing opinions and ideas of 9/11 will be more accepted in the media and society. I also hope the term "conspiracy theorist" will be less attributed to Roswell loonies, and more toward those with simply a different idea from the norm. Here's to hoping the concept of not taking the word of the government and the mass media as gospel, especially about one of the most heinous acts ever committed on US soil, becomes more acceptable in the future.
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