11 September 2006

Operation Northwoods

Nine-eleven. The date when we are again whacked on the knuckles with the reminder of how we all need a strong daddy; the time we're told how we should shut up and not ask too many questions lest we allow unshaven men with box-cutters to take down the mightiest military machine that has ever existed.

Perhaps we should use this day to reflect not only on the idiocy of 9/11 terrorists, those most expendable of pawns in the grand chess game, but also on the virtues of loyalty and trust of government. For example, we could reflect on the following story that was recently covered by ABC News:

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.

The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years. "These were Joint Chiefs of Staff documents. The reason these were held secret for so long is the Joint Chiefs never wanted to give these up because they were so embarrassing," Bamford told ABCNEWS.com.

"The whole point of a democracy is to have leaders responding to the public will, and here this is the complete reverse, the military trying to trick the American people into a war that they want but that nobody else wants."


Of course, this all happened back in the 1960s when everyone was either morally flawed or stoned out of their gourd, so what could this mean to us, the sheeple who enjoy this era of virtuous leadership, in which the great scion of the Bush clan watcheth over us, making the wild fowl fecund and the oil fields to flow, bestowing grace, wisdom, lexical creativity, and semantic expansions of the sundry conceptualizations, mostly notable the every expanding notion of executive power and privilege?

2 comments:

Pocho said...

In the mid 60's there was a book thinly disguised as fiction but detailing Plan King Alfred, the US design to inter all black citizens. I read it and at first thought "Wow, wait until this gets out!" and proceeded to tout the information. Nobody gave a damn, certainly those outside the movement, who could not accept the concept, but also those intensely involved, who bore no doubts. There were other more important things to do, change those things we could. Northwoods, Alfred, and imagine what else in secret safes notwithstanding, we still need no further reason to cripple the empire as we can than that plainly visible.

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