The Northwoods Conspiracy



This article is an extract from an article by the journalist Tony Rennell, in the Daily Mail, Saturday 6 August 2005.


It is amazing because it illustrates the depths of deceit and murder to which the American government was prepared to sink in 1962:



THE plot by America's military bosses was devilish in both design and intent - to fabricate an outrage against innocent civilians, fool the world and provide a pretext for war.   In the Pentagon top-secret team drew up a plan to simultaneously send up two airliners painted and numbered exactly the same, one from a civil airport in America, the other from a secret military airbase nearby.

The one from the airport would have military personnel on board who had checked in as ordinary passengers under false names.   The one from the airbase would be an empty drone, a remote-controlled unmanned aircraft.

Somewhere along their joint flight paths, the passenger­carrying plane would drop below radar height and disappear, landing back at the airbase and unloading its occupants in secret.

Meanwhile, the drone would have taken up the other plane's designated course.   High over the island of Cuba, it would be exploded in mid-air after broadcasting an international distress call that it was under attack from enemy fighters.

The world would be told that a plane-load of blameless American holidaymakers had been deliberately shot down by Fidel Castro's Communists - and that the U.S. had no choice but to declare war and topple his regime.

This `agent provocateur' plan - code-named Operation Northwoods and revealed in official archives - dates from 1962 when the Cold War was at its height.


More detailed account - from the book A Body of Evidence.


The original US secret document - on the National Security Archive of George Washington University.