Friday, April 11, 2008

Ah... The games children play....

Lying to create a "pretext" in order to rationalize a state of war is a tactic with a long history. Here is an example....

"Operation Northwoods" was a set of proposals to "justify" US intervention in Cuba, at the time of the "Cuban Missile Crisis.

Written in response to a request from the Chief of the Cuba Project, Col. Edward Lansdale, the Top Secret memorandum describes U.S. plans to covertly engineer various pretexts that would justify a U.S. invasion of Cuba. These proposals - part of a secret anti-Castro program known as Operation Mongoose - included staging the assassinations of Cubans living in the United States, developing a fake “Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,” including “sink[ing] a boatload of Cuban refugees (real or simulated),” faking a Cuban airforce attack on a civilian jetliner, and concocting a “Remember the Maine” incident by blowing up a U.S. ship in Cuban waters and then blaming the incident on Cuban sabotage.

In his exposé of the National Security Agency entitled 'Body of Secrets', author James Bamford states that "Operation Northwoods" “may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government.”

The various declassified memorandums are available on the National Security Archive, an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University.

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