"NO TO NORTHWOODS"
An extremely important document has been found* containing
many areas ripe for discussion. JCS/Pentagon document (Ed Lansdale
memo) dated March 16, 1962 for MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT, 16 MARCH 1962
Mar 16, 62 Lansdale memo reads:
President Kennedy negative
response to Lemitzer is definitely regarding this bizarre proposal.
Mar 13, 62 - JCS "Northwoods" Plan presented to McNamara.
According to an ABC article on James Bamford's book Body of Secrets" 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. Whether
the Joint Chiefs' plans were rejected by McNamara in the meeting
is not clear. But three days later, President Kennedy told Lemnitzer
directly there was virtually no possibility of ever using overt
force to take Cuba, Bamford reports. Within months, Lemnitzer
would be denied another term as chairman and transferred to another
What Lemnitzer was suggesting was a pretext a bombing, an attack,
an act of sabotage carried out secretly against the United States
by the United States. Its purpose would be to justify the launching
of a war. It was a dangerous suggestion by a desperate president.
Although no such war took place, the idea was not lost on General Lemnitzer.
But he and his colleagues were frustrated by Kennedy's failure to authorize
their plan, and angry that Castro had not provided an excuse to invade.
The final straw may have come during a White House meeting on February 26, 1962. Concerned that General Lansdale's various covert action plans under Operation Mongoose were simply becoming more outrageous and going nowhere, Robert Kennedy told him to drop all anti-Castro efforts. Instead, Lansdale was ordered to concentrate for the next three months strictly on gathering intelligence about Cuba. It was a humiliating defeat for Lansdale, a man more accustomed to praise than to scorn.
As the Kennedy brothers appeared to suddenly "go
soft" on Castro, Lemnitzer could see his opportunity to invade Cuba
quickly slipping away. The attempts to provoke the Cuban public to revolt
seemed dead and Castro, unfortunately, appeared to have no inclination
to launch any attacks against Americans or their property Lemnitzer and
the other Chiefs knew there was only one option left that would ensure
their war. They would have to trick the American public and world opinion
into hating Cuba so much that they would not only go along, but would
insist that he and his generals launch their war against Castro. "World
opinion, and the United Nations forum," said a secret JCS document, "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."
Operation Northwoods called for a war in which many patriotic Americans and innocent Cubans would die senseless deaths, all to satisfy the egos of twisted generals back in Washington, safe in their taxpayer financed homes and limousines. BODY
OF SECRETS, James Bamford, Doubleday, 2001, p.82 and following.
* Memo found by Larry Haapanen in the JCS documents released by the ARRB; Northwoods connection found by Debra Conway.
Northwoods Documents (pdf)
Researcher Tim Howells
on Northwoods (from KAC - pdf)
DID JFK and RFK PLAN CASTRO ASSASSINATION
AT HEMMINGWAY'S CABIN IN CUBA?
"Did John and Robert Kennedy plot murder? For decades,
a clear answer to that dicey question has evaded historians, while Kennedy
loyalists have fought hard to prevent such a stain from befouling the memory
of the brothers. But a thirty-nine-year-old Pentagon memorandum--found three
years ago by a college professor and heretofore unpublicized--suggests that
Jack and Bobby discussed and apparently sanctioned the development of a possible
assassination attempt against Fidel Castro during a 1962 meeting in the Oval
Office. And--in a weirder-than-fiction twist--the scheme they considered
involved Ernest Hemingway's farm outside Havana." The
Nation, May 26, 2001
2. In this same Pentagon document
[Ed Lansdale memo] of March 16, '62: Does it conclude
that President Kennedy or Attorney General Robert Kennedy ordered
or considered the assassination of Cuban President Fidel Castro?
Note also that on page one of the memo CIA agents Richard
Helms and William Harvey - both whom are aware of the CIA-Mafia plot -- are
kept out of the room during this meeting.
Mar 16, 62 - Lansdale suggests killing Castro while he visits
Ernest Hemming way's Cuban home in meeting with President Kennedy
and Robert Kennedy. Read Lansdale's Memo for "MEETING WITH THE
PRESIDENT", 16 MARCH 1962
Feb 20, 62 - Edward Lansdale presents a six-phase schedule
for OPERATION MONGOOSE designed to culminate in October 1962
with an "open revolt and overthrow of the Communist regime."
Feb 26, 62 - Lansdale's Plan Reduced: At a meeting
of the SGA , the scale of Lansdale's "Cuba Project"
is sharply reduced, and Lansdale is directed to develop a detailed
plan for an intelligence-gathering program only.
According to this newly found memo RFK -- and the president
-- are sitting calmly listening to Lansdale go on about how the
CIA has a staff of assassins and they should use them to take
advantage of a chance to assassinate Fidel Castro. *IF* RFK already
knew about QJ/WIN agents (US sponsored foreign assassins) then
his comment about the CIA using the Mafia is what is new to him
-- not assassination plots. The Hemmingway "plan" was
NOTE: Larry Haapanen, the finder of the document responded
to me regarding my comments:
"The Lansdale memo refers to "invaluable assets"
that might be used in the event that the Finca Vigia scheme showed
promise. I suspect that these "invaluable assets" were
agents already on the ground in Cuba rather than characters like
QJ/WIN who would have to be introduced from the outside. Keep
in mind that according to Claudia Furiati's book "ZR Rifle:
The Plot to Kill Kennedy and Castro" Ocean Press: 1994),
the CIA poison pill plot was still alive in in Havana in the Spring
of 1962 (Furiati, pp. 47-48). Based on my other reading, I think
that the number of such agents must have been small at that time,
but there were a few."Haapanen may be correct that the "assets" are
Link: CASTRO ASSASSINATION