Most lay persons, busy keeping up with the demands of their own lives and needs, believe that audacious 9/11-style plots and 'conspiracy theories' are myths with no historical precedent or validity. Simply grand stories invented by paranoid, anti-social radicals living on the fringe of society with way too much time on their hands. But history, including our own, is rife with examples of government conspiracies, cover-ups, and false-flag counter intelligence operations. Operation Northwoods, an eerily similar plot to 9/11, is but one example.
In the early 1960s, the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, proposed and submitted a plan to President Kennedy and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. "Code named Operation Northwoods, the plan, 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…painted to look like civil airliners, then substituted with drones coordinated to be blown up by a radio signal. Passengers would be swapped, aircraft parts and a few plastic bombs would be planted to give the genuine appearance of hostile foreign involvement. Even mock funerals were to be conducted for mock victims so that casualty lists published in U.S. papers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation. 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." Records do not exist detailing what Secretary McNamara thought of the plan, but Kennedy rejected it outright. And General Lemnitzer was reassigned.
Bearing in mind PNAC's potential motive, and this specific historical precedent, it is certainly reasonable to suggest forty years later another similar plan to Operation Northwoods was potentially hatched and planned within the highest levels of the U.S. Government. Unlike Operation Northwoods, however, this paper will show that the latter plot appears to have been approved and executed.
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