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Northwoods Document
« on: January 24, 2008, 02:15:58 am »

As some of you know, I'm writing a series of open letters to the Montana state legislature. Some of those letters are online at The Jefferson River Gazette's resource site, which is largely un-finished but which also has quite a bit of reading material presently posted. The article below is one of my open letters to the Judiciary Committee, Montana House of Representatives.  Feel free to read this article at its home link, here:
[edited February 13, 2009, by EA, to correct the above link.]

Also please note that this article exceeds the limit for characters in one text-box here at the forum, so I'll have to place it here in several  postings.


The Northwoods Document


Out of the Iran-Contra-Mena U.S. Senate hearings of the mid-1980s came words like “secret government”, “invisible government”, and “shadow government”. When the subject of “continuity of government” came up during Senate proceedings, the Chair consistently and ardently denied, refused to allow, any discussion of the subject. Transcribed from televised coverage, a peak moment contained this:

Representative Jack Brooks of Texas: “Colonel North, in your work at NSC , were you not assigned at one time to work on plans for the Continuity of Government in the event of a disaster?”

Counsel for Oliver North [objecting]: “Mr. Chairman!”

Chairman: “I believe that question touches upon a highly sensitive and classified area, so may I request that you {Rep. Brooks] not touch upon that, sir?”

Representative Brooks: “I was particularly concerned, Mr. Chairman, because I read in Miami papers and several others, that there had been a plan developed by that same agency [NSC], a contingency plan, in the event of emergency, that would suspend the American Constitution, and I was deeply concerned about it and I was wondering if that was the area in which he worked.”

Chairman: “May I most respectfully request that that matter not be touched upon at this stage. If we wish to get into this I'm certain arrangements can be made for an executive session.”

With that, the investigations into the Iran-Contra-Mena scandal squashed any further attempt by the U.S. Congress to gain public access to the existence of the secret government. Of course, we now know that the Shadow Government is indeed the reality which confronts every American citizen, and every Montanan, today. In my post notes / addendum section following these letters you shall find FEMA's “Federal Preparedness Circular”, FPC-65 of July 26, 1999 – issued on the same day then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen's infamous speech was published in the Washington Post. That FPC-65 is entitled: FEDERAL EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS (COOP). Also provided in the post notes / addendum section following these letters is the entire speech of that date by then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen, entitled "Welcome To The Grave New World".

FPC-65's stated purpose?

PURPOSE: This Federal Preparedness Circular (FPC) provides guidance to Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies for use in developing viable and executable contingency plans for the continuity of operations (COOP). COOP planning facilitates the performance of department/agency essential functions during any emergency or situation that may disrupt normal operations.

A recent surfacing into the public awareness of the secret existence of a “continuity of government” cabal operating inside the Federal government has been given us by Richard Clarke on the morning of 911. Webster Griffin Tarpley has brought it forward in his 2005 masterpiece, 911: Synthetic Terror: Made In USA. On page 260 we read again Clarke's notation regarding the continuity of government:

“Around this time, Bush and Cheney were discussing the need to authorize shoot-downs of civilian airliners by the pilots in the Combat Air Patrols the Air Force was now straining to deploy. Richard Clarke told the teleconference of key agencies: 'Three decisions. One, the President has ordered the use of force against aircraft deemed to be hostile. Two, the White House is also requesting fighter escort of Air Force One. Three, and this applies to all agencies, we are initiating COG. Please activate your alternate command center and move staff to them immediately.' (Bamford 2004, 66) COG was Continuity of Government, the centerpiece of long-standing machinery for emergency rule from bunker complexes which had been developed over the years, including with the help of figures like Oliver North and Buster Horton. Clarke spoke at around 9:55 A.M.”

But “Continuity of Government” aside, through the Senate hearings on the Iran-Contra-Mena crimes the American public was made aware that certain Secret activities within the US government had been criminal, had been costly in a number of unfortunate ways, had been embarrassing – and that such embarrassments included the role played by CIA, DEA, and NSC in massive cocaine shipments brought onto American soil via government aircraft, and were vividly offensive to our American form of representative government. Indictments were issued, which the man behind the Secret government's policies, then-Vice President under Ronald Reagan, Mr. George Herbert Walker Bush, would later undo with Presidential pardons when he ascended to the White House as President. One of the criminals who had worked under George Herbert Walker Bush in the Reagan Administration and who soon received a Presidential Pardon by his old boss, the newly-installed President of the USA, George Herbert Walker Bush, was John Poindexter, who ended up working under George Herbert Walker Bush's son, George Walker Bush, at the “Total Information Awareness” agency within DARPA.  The agency's  logo, complete with the Illuminati's all-seeing eye (eye of Horus), is shown atop this page.

In that logo we see the “All-seeing Eye” of the Illuminati atop an unfinished pyramid holding the world in its illuminating vision. John Poindexter had been a criminal government employee working with CIA and NSC under George Herbert Walker Bush in the Reagan White House during the Iran-Contra-Mena scandal. After Bush's Presidential Pardon, the invincible idiot is now with DARPA [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, overseer of the Information Awareness Office], where he astonished the world with his published plan to establish a lottery for the prediction of “terror events” - a plan which was immediately discarded by Congress because it would pay, literally, the terrorists who committed any terrorist attacks – and Poindexter was reassigned. A known and convicted, and Presidentially-pardoned criminal, he is still a government employee with DARPA. Officially embarrassed, the Total Information Awareness underwent a name change to the more benign Information Awareness Office. Do the computer databases of the IAO interface with the computer databases of the NSA? Isn't the current government drive going in the direction of “information sharing” between all government agencies, for our greater Security?

A number of landmark revelations suggesting the existence of a secret government with a rogue agenda exist, and the Iran-Contra-Mena hearings constitute just one. Perhaps the classic example is the Northwoods Document which came into public awareness decades after it had been written. ABC News disclosed something of the nature of the Northwoods Document while reviewing a book by James Bamford. Below are some excerpts from their article of May 1, 2001, about four months before 911.

Link good as of April, 2006.

N E W  Y O R K, May 1, 2001 - 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
The plans were motivated by an intense desire among senior military leaders to depose Castro, who seized power in 1959 to become the first communist leader in the Western Hemisphere — only 90 miles from U.S. shores.
"The whole thing was so bizarre," says Bamford, noting public and international support would be needed for an invasion, but apparently neither the American public, nor the Cuban public, wanted to see U.S. troops deployed to drive out Castro.
The Joint Chiefs at the time were headed by Eisenhower appointee Army Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, who, with the signed plans in hand made a pitch to McNamara on March 13, 1962, recommending Operation Northwoods be run by the military.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee published its own report on right-wing extremism in the military, warning a "considerable danger" in the "education and propaganda activities of military personnel" had been uncovered. The committee even called for an examination of any ties between Lemnitzer and right-wing groups. But Congress didn't get wind of Northwoods, says Bamford.
One idea was to create a war between Cuba and another Latin American country so that the United States could intervene. Another was to pay someone in the Castro government to attack U.S. forces at the Guantanamo naval base — an act, which Bamford notes, would have amounted to treason. And another was to fly low level U-2 flights over Cuba, with the intention of having one shot down as a pretext for a war.
Ironically, the documents came to light, says Bamford, in part because of the 1992 Oliver Stone film JFK, which examined the possibility of a conspiracy behind the assassination of President Kennedy.
As public interest in the assassination swelled after JFK's release, Congress passed a law designed to increase the public's access to government records related to the assassination.
The author says a friend on the board tipped him off to the documents.
Afraid of a congressional investigation, Lemnitzer had ordered all Joint Chiefs documents related to the Bay of Pigs destroyed, says Bamford. But somehow, these remained.
"The scary thing is none of this stuff comes out until 40 years after," says Bamford.
Copyright © 2006 ABC News Internet Ventures

~End excerpts from ABC News article of 2001.

What Mr. Bamford was talking about is one of the most amazing documents ever released under the Freedom Of Information Act. In this document high-level Pentagon planners, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff themselves, were brain-storming for “pretexts” which would create and enlist public support for invading Cuba. While the truth was that Castro's Cuba was a benign (at that time) nation-state which could pose no threat to the United States, that truth itself was clearly not what the USG's war machine wanted.

What was wanted, what was desired, what some government employees felt was needed and necessary, was a military invasion of Cuba and forced regime change. We may note that this document was drafted before the Cuban-Russian-U.S. missile crisis, so that later development. was not in play when the Northwoods Document was created. After learning of Roosevelt's eight-point plan to induce Japan to attack in 1941, we must also now ask ourselves whether any covert Statecraft was practiced which would have induced the USSR to inject missiles into Cuba; but I digress.

Certain interests wanted to invade Cuba, as we shall see. To do that, and have the support of the American public, they were looking into pretexts. What, then, is a “pretext”?

From my aging Random House Dictionary, 2nd Edition Unabridged, I read under “pretext”:

“Something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; an ostensible reason; excuse.”

So the Joint Chiefs of Staff were looking for an excuse, a false-flag “ostensible reason” which would “justify” in the minds of most Americans a military invasion of Cuba by the U.S. Is that not an abuse of power? Is that not an abuse of office?

These men were grown men, supposedly fit to serve this nation's interests at the Pentagon as the heads of the various branches of the U.S. military. They were presumed by an unwitting public to be trustworthy, honest, careful in their decision-making policy, sensitive to the will of the people in every important way – and yet they were sitting at planning tables in government offices trying to think up lies which they could sell to the American people for the purpose of gaining public support for a war against a foreign sovereign nation. The war they desired was as illegal as was the Bay of Pigs invasion. The war they desired was not a defensive war but a war of aggression. At that time, 1962, the targeted nation was Cuba.

And now, more than forty years afterward, they're caught in a criminal conspiracy which is so bogus as to, were it not so hideously sinister and evil, appear to be comic. The old black and white movie, Dr. Strangelove, comes to mind. But in this case we're dealing with actual history, with realism instead of fiction. Every time I read this document I get fearful, I get angry, and I feel more and more helpless in the face of such monstrosity. We are talking about the U.S. Pentagon here, and the heads of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. We are talking about the leadership and the highest authorities within the largest, most overly-financed, most widely-spread, most diversely-armed, most technologically developed military force in the history of mankind. We are talking about the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Department of Defense. Let us pause for a moment and let that sink in fully; let us ponder the horrible meaning, its importance to us all today as we contemplate what happened to this nation on 911.

Those star-studded gentlemen called Admirals and Generals were busily thinking up ways to convince the American people of the need to invade a foreign, sovereign nation-state which was posing no threat to the American people. They were considering possibilities which would derive from creating acts of terrorism against innocent people and properties, at tax-payer expense, using para-military Intelligence-community operatives such as agents-provocateur and “informants” and contracted criminals of even lower moral standing, such as the infamous Melvin Lattimore and Ali Mohammed, to execute terror acts which would serve as “pretexts” to thereby gain public support for their desired war. I submit that what these Admirals and Generals were up to can in no way be interpreted to possess congruence with their oaths of office and moral commitments to the will of the American people, to this Federal government, and to our U.S. Constitution. I feel sure that every member of the Judiciary Committee will agree with me on that.

I think that the creation of the Northwoods Document is blatant treason tinged with an overlay of outright insanity. Since that statement by self is fairly strong on many levels, let us pause to refresh our memory regarding the content of the document.

~ Begin quoting passages from the Northwoods Document:
13 March 1962

Subject: Justification for US Military Intervention in Cuba (TS)

The Joint Chiefs of Staff have considered the attached Memorandum for the Chief of Operations, Cuba Project, which responds to a request of that office for brief but precise description of pretexts which would provide justification for US military intervention in Cuba.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend that the proposed memorandum be forwarded as a preliminary submission suitable for planning purposes. It is assumed that there will be similar submissions from other agencies and that these inputs will be used as a basis for developing a time-phased plan. Individual projects can then be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Further, it is assumed that a single agency will be given the primary responsibility for developing military and para-military aspects of the basic plan. It is recommended that this responsibility for both overt and covert military operations be assigned the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

(Signing) For the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
L.L.Lemnitzer, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
1 Enclosure for Chief of Operations, Cuba Project

~End quoted passages from first page of Northwoods Document.

We see that someone put the JCS up to figuring out what sort of events could be engineered, staged and executed, and publicized, to sway public perception regarding Cuba, and whoever did that must have been someone whom the Joint Chiefs of Staff recognized as sitting in an office higher than their own. In other words, the authority for the project came from above the JCS level, was accepted by the JCS, and, once the project had selected what it considered to be the best examples of possible pretexts they then offered it up the chain of command to the issuing authority in the form of an official Department of Defense document, signed by the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff himself, General L. L. Lemnitzer.

 (end installment one - continued next post)

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Re: Northwoods Document
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 02:21:01 am »

(begin installment two - continued from above post)

As an American and as a Montanan, I have a serious problem with that, and I trust that you do also. It is folly of the most potent type, it is illegal, it is immoral, it is deadly, it is abusive of sacred powers which have always been entrusted in the hands of the JCS, and it is laden with unintended consequences which have extenuating repercussions affecting us even today, more than four decades later. And yet not one of these treasoners ever faced any charges for participating in this sordid conspiracy to deceive the American public and its representative government. They were protected by a wall of Secrecy in the name of “National Security”. But let's look more deeply into the document:

~Begin quoting passages from Northwoods Document, page 5 (five).

The Problem
As requested* by Chief of Operations, Cuba Project, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are to indicate brief but precise description of pretexts which they consider would provide justification for US military intervention in Cuba.
It is recognized that any action which becomes pretext for US military intervention in Cuba will lead to a political decision which then would lead to military action.
Cognizance has been taken of a suggested course of action proposed ** by the US Navy relating to generated instances in the Guantanamo area.
For additional facts see Enclosure B.
The suggested courses of action appended to Enclosure A are based on the premise that US military intervention will result from a period of heightened US-Cuban tensions which place the United States in the position of suffering justifiable grievances. World opinion, and the United Nations forum should be favorably affected by developing the international image of the Cuban government as rash and irresponsible, and as an alarming and unpredictable threat to the peace of the Western Hemisphere.
While the foregoing premise can be utilized at the present time it will continue to hold good as long as there can be reasonable certainty that US military intervention in Cuba would not directly involve the Soviet Union. There is (end body of page 5, turning to page 6.)
Footnotes to page 5:
*Memorandum for General Craig from Chief of Operations, Cuba Project, subject: “Operation MONGOOSE”, dated 5 March 1962, on file in General Craig's office.
**Memorandum for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, from Chief of Naval Operations, subject: “Instances to Provoke Military Actions in Cuba (TS)”, dated 8 March 1962, on file in General Craig's office.

Page 6:
[There is] yet no bilateral mutual support agreement binding the USSR to the defense of Cuba, Cuba has not yet become a member of the Warsaw Pact, nor have the Soviets established Soviet bases in Cuba in the pattern of US bases in Western Europe. Therefore, since time appears to be an important factor in resolution of the Cuba problem, all projects are suggested within the time frame of the next few months.
The suggested courses of action appended to Enclosure A satisfactorily respond to the statement of the problem. However, these suggestions should be forwarded as a preliminary submission suitable for planning purposes, and together with similar inputs from other agencies, provide a basis for development of a single, integrated, time-phased plan to focus all efforts on the objective of justification for US military intervention in Cuba.
It is recommended that:
Enclosure A together with its attachments should be forwarded to the Secretary of Defense for approval and transmittal to the Chief of Operations, Cuba Project.
This paper NOT be forwarded to commanders of unified or specified commands.
This paper NOT be forwarded to US officers assigned to NATO activities.
This paper NOT be forwarded to the Chairman, US Delegation, United Nations Military Staff Committee.

~End quoted passages from page 6, Northwoods Document.

Before going further into the document, let us note in passing that twice thus far in this document it has been stated that “other agencies” were working on similar ideas for pretexts. These other agencies would be reporting to someone also, alongside this report from the Pentagon's chiefs. On page 8 we read the following refinement:
“...It is assumed that there will be similar submissions from other agencies and that these inputs will be used as a basis for developing a time-phased plan...
This plan, incorporating projects selected from the attached suggestions, or from other sources, should be developed to focus all efforts on a specific ultimate objective which would provide adequate justification for US military intervention. Such a plan would enable a logical build-up of incidents to be combined with other seemingly unrelated events to camouflage the ultimate objective and create the necessary impression of Cuban rashness and irresponsibility on a large scale, directed at other countries as well as the United States. The plan would also properly integrate and time phase the courses of action to be pursued. The desired resultant from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere.” (page 8)

We may now be certain that other agencies, including some offices in the U.S. State Department, were working on this plan contemporaneously, and that the objective of the plan revolved around creating public perception. I find this to be amazing. Here we have government agencies and the Joint Chiefs of Staff literally planning a mass-consciousness program, in total secrecy none-the-less, based on government-sponsored terrorism, which would be, if approved by the Administration, implemented, inserted via media and press, into the public mentality. The conspiracy theorist's favorite words for this sort of thing are: “mind control”. This document clearly reveals that our government was at that time in the hands of men who would deliberately exercise mind-control methodologies in pursuit of a desired illegal operation which would be cloaked by a foggy veil of concocted pretexts.

But it gets worse.

Let's look at some of the bright ideas our fearless military leadership imagined. On page 10 we read:

“Since it would seem desirable to use legitimate provocation as the basis for US military intervention in Cuba a cover and deception plan, to include requisite preliminary actions such as has been developed in response to Task 33 c, could be executed as an initial effort to provoke Cuban reactions. Harassment plus deceptive actions to convince the Cubans of imminent invasion would be emphasized. Our military posture throughout execution of the plan will allow a rapid change from exercise to intervention if Cuban response justifies.”

Here they are considering holding military war-game exercises nearby, which could transform easily and quickly into military intervention against Cuba, if they were successful in their attempts to provoke Cuba with their covert ops. I note the use of the words “cover” and “deception”. Are you believing this? It causes one to wonder what other similar Pentagon documents have been successfully hidden from we the people. But continuing on with contents of page 10 and beyond, we get into the details:

~Begin quoting of passages from document, beginning on page 10 and going forward:

A series of well coordinated incidents will be planned to take place in and around Guantanamo to give genuine appearance of being done by hostile Cuban forces.
Incidents to establish a credible attack (not in chronological order):
Start rumors (many). Use clandestine radio.
Land friendly Cubans in uniform “over-the-fence” to stage attack on base. [EA note: the Marine base]
Capture Cuban (friendly) saboteurs inside the base.
Start riots near the base main gate (friendly Cubans).

[Continuing on page 11:]

Blow up ammunition inside base; start fires.
Burn aircraft on air base (sabotage).
Lob mortar shells from outside of base into base. Some damage to installations.
Capture assault teams approaching from the sea or vicinity of Guantanamo City.
Capture militia group which storms the base.
Sabotage ship near harbor entrance. Conduct funerals for mock-victims (may be in lieu of 10).

United States would respond by executing offensive operations to secure water and power supplies, destroying artillery and mortar emplacements which threaten the base.
Commence large scale United States military operations.

A “Remember the Maine” incident could be arranged in several forms:
We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba.
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 as a 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 have 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.

We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington. [emphasis by EA. Yes, they actually said this. I just put it in bold.]

~ Begin page 12, but skipping first part of that page:

Use of MIG type aircraft by US pilots could provide additional provocation. Harassment of civil air, attacks on surface shipping and destruction of US military drone aircraft by MIG type planes would be useful as complementary actions.

~Begin page 13:

Hijacking attempts against civil air and surface craft should appear to continue as harassing measures condoned by the government of Cuba. Concurrently, genuine defections of Cuban civil and military air and surface craft should be encouraged....

It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama or Venezuela.... The passengers [EA note: passengers as here referenced are not “real”, but instead are aliased stand-ins for press and media objectives.] could be a group of college students off on a holiday or any grouping of persons with a common interest to support chartering a non-scheduled flight.

An aircraft at Eglin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary [EA: that would have been CAT: Civil Air Transport. Keep in mind that in 1962 these birds already knew the magic of duplicating a commercial airliner with a covert copy, including paint job and duplicated tail numbers. We will refer back to this later when looking into the events of 911.] organization in the Miami area. At a designated time the duplicate would be substituted for the actual civil aircraft and would be loaded with the selected passengers, all boarded under carefully prepared aliases. The actual registered aircraft would be converted to a drone.

[EA: again, keep these two details in mind for later referencing – fake passenger lists and the ability to convert an aircraft into a “drone”, which is a pilotless, crewless, ground-controlled flight, were suggested parts of the Northwoods plan. This was, again we note, back in 1962. It, as do other portions of this document, establishes a “precedent” which permits us to ask certain questions today, in the aftermath of 911.]

Page 14
It is possible to create an incident which will make it appear that Communist Cuban MIGs have destroyed a USAF aircraft over international waters in an unprovoked attack....

Last page
The need for positive action in the event that current covert efforts to foster an internal Cuban rebellion are unsuccessful was indicated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 7 March 1962, as follows:
“_ _ _ determination that a credible internal revolt is impossible of attainment during the next 9-10 months will require a decision by the United States to develop a Cuban “provocation” as justification for positive US military action.”

It is understood that the Department of State also is preparing suggested courses of action to develop justification for US military intervention in Cuba.

~End excerpts from Northwoods Document.

I would simply note that the Northwoods Document is a reality. It was created and became a part of America's military history. It was not, directly, acted upon, but it was most certainly written as a result of orders within (and from above) the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was signed by the JCS, was presented to Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara as a viable approach to deceiving the American public for purposes about which the American public was deliberately denied knowledge, and was concealed from the American people for nearly forty years. In many ways, it parallels Lieutenant Commander McCollum's infamous eight-step plan for Roosevelt. This document stands as an undeniable insight into official military thinking processes and presumptions which have flourished behind closed doors since, but not limited in time to, the creation of the National Security State in 1947.

In a previous letter [to the Judiciary Committee, Montana House of Representatives] I quoted a speech by then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen which contained these statements:

(end 2nd installment - continued next post)
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Re: Northwoods Document
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2008, 02:22:51 am »

(installment 3 - continued from above posts)

“As part of a federal interagency effort launched last year by President Clinton and led by the National Security Council, the Defense Department is doing its part to prepare the nation for the catastrophic consequences of an attack that unleashes these horrific weapons. Because it has long prepared to face this grim possibility on the battlefield, the military has unique capabilities to offer in the domestic arena as well. Several core principles are guiding our efforts. First, any military assistance in the wake of a domestic attack must be in support of the appropriate federal civilian authority -- either the Department of Justice or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Second, an unequivocal and unambiguous chain of responsibility, authority and accountability for that support must exist. Third, military assistance should not come at the expense of our primary mission -- fighting and winning our nation's wars. A special Task Force for Civil Support is being created to ensure that we have the military assets necessary to help respond domestically while still meeting our foremost mission.... we must not trample on American lives and liberties in the name of preserving them. Fears about the military's role in domestic affairs are unfounded, as evidenced by a long history of reasonable and successful military support to communities ravaged by natural disasters, such as fire and flood. As in the past, any military support will be precisely that -- support. Both legal and practical considerations demand it. The Posse Comitatus Act and the Defense Department's implementing policies are clear -- the military is not to conduct domestic law enforcement without explicit statutory authority, and we strongly believe no changes should be made to Posse Comitatus. Also clear is that the military's unique assets are most valuable when used to supplement -- not supplant -- continuing federal, state or local efforts. This is one of the reasons we are helping to train the local emergency 'first responders' in 120 cities under a program mandated by Congress and now being transferred to the Justice Department. But merely managing the consequences of an attack is not sufficient. We must be vigilant in seeking to interdict and defeat the efforts of those who seek to inflict mass destruction on us. This will require greater international cooperation, intelligence collection abroad and information gathering by law enforcement agencies at home. Information is clearly power, and greater access to information will require the American people and their elected officials to find the proper balance between privacy and protection. There need be no fear or foreboding by the American people of the preparations of their government. On the contrary, the greater threat to our civil liberties stems from the chaos and carnage that might result from an attack for which we had failed to prepare and the demands for action that would follow.”

Cohen said all that in July, 1999 and it was published in the Washington Post on July 26, 1999. The sentence in bold emphasis above - an unequivocal and unambiguous chain of responsibility, authority and accountability - is Govlish-speak for “chain of command”. What, after all, is “command” if not “responsibility, authority and accountability”?

Knowing what we now know about the capabilities of the Pentagon/Department of Defense to deceive the American people, what are we to think about Cohen's prophetic declarations which, in so many words, advised the public of our government's plans to put in place a “chain of command” which would extend outward from the Department of Defense to “appropriate civilian agencies” such as FEMA? After reading the above examples of criminal deception by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a sitting U.S. President, are you willing to trust Cohen's reassurances about our government's motives? Since 911, have our liberties and freedoms and citizen-sovereignty been more secure, or have they been curtailed – by government employees?

These are questions about which every Montanan, every American, and especially every government employee, now needs to think seriously and gravely. While thinking on such things, let us expand our general view of how things must be when the Pentagon itself is turned into a lobby upon the offices of our government.


Note: Secretary of Defense William Cohen's Grave New World speech of July, 1999, is here:

Note: the following history of the exposure of the Operation Northwoods document is found here:
Aside from understating James Bamford's amazing work in Body of Secrets, this brief accounting of Northwoods document seems correct. From the link:

Publication of the Documents

Operation Northwoods was developed in secret and remained secret for thirty-five years, being declassified in late 1997. Following that, its contents were publicized in increments.

    * November 18, 1997: The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board declassified about 1500 pages of previously secret military records, including the Northwoods documents. 1 
    * November 6, 1998: The National Security Archive published "Appendix to Enclosure A" and "Annex to Appendix to Enclosure A" of the Northwoods documents online.
    * November 29, 1998: CNN airs "Episode 10: Cuba" as part of its televised Cold War documentary series. 2 
    * Late April, 2001: James Bamford's book "Body of Secrets" is published. Billed as an expose on the NSA, the book functioned primarily to highlight Operation Northwoods.
    * April 30, 2001: The National Security Archive published the Northwoods documents online in a form that included the memoranda.

With the release of "Body of Secrets" and the Northwoods memoranda in the spring of 2001, mainstream media such as began to publicize the operation, just a few months before the 9/11 attack.


Body Of Secrets
by James Bamford; copyright 2001 by James Bamford; published by Doubleday, division of Random House, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, New York, 10036; ISBN: 0-385-49907-8.


Note: George Washington University's National Security Archives has preserved the Northwoods document nicely as a pdf file. Here is the master link for that, followed by the exact url for the pdf jpegs of the document.



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Re: Northwoods Document
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2008, 02:26:48 am »

It should be noted that the Cuban military was a force to be reckoned with. The Russians funded & the Cubans fought, all over the world.  I have to agree that these plans are a drastic but at the same time I'm sure other plans were drawn up to deal with the Cuban military. But, because of the craziness of the "northwoods" documents it gets the exposure as it should.
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Re: Northwoods Document
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2008, 02:44:43 am »

I'm glad you added the observation that at the time the Northwoods document was written and signed the Cubans were being less than passive in various arenas in both this hemisphere and others. I think that should be noted, so I thank you for adding it here. My interest in the document is its use of the word "pretext" (three times, iirc) in the document, and the willingness to sacrifice American property and lives, to deceive the American public, to launch media/press propaganda programs (fake funerals for victims on fake passenger lists), and the use of pilot-less, crew-less airplanes (drones).

All of those items relate directly to false-flag operations and therefore are applicable templates for the questions surrounding the events of 9/11/2001.

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