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Chris Floyd's Global Eye

Published: December 25, 2001 (Issue # 733)


What kind of sick and twisted men could sit around calmly, in safety and comfort, while planning the murders of thousands of innocent people, all to further their own extremist faith, which holds that no other system but their own should be allowed to exist on earth? Men with no conscience and no soul, coldly calculating the number of deaths it would take to goad their enemy into action and set the world aflame in a holy war between the righteous and the infidels - where could you possibly find such degraded minds?

Why, on the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, of course!

Yes, America's shiniest military brass have at times been given to Osamic convulsions of terrorist fervor, drawing up plans to sink American ships, shoot down American planes and launch terror campaigns in American cities, "even in Washington" - all to create "pretexts to provide justification for U.S. military intervention in Cuba."

This was the gist of "Operation Northwoods," devised by America's top military leaders and presented to President John Kennedy in 1962, ABCNews.com reports. The existence of Communist Cuba 150 kilometers off the coast of God's country was an intolerable affront to the honchos of the military-industrial-mafiosi complex (MIM), which had formerly gorged itself on the rich corruption of the right-wing Batista regime.

Their outrage was compounded by one of the CIA's rare fiascos in nation-gutting: the failed Bay of Pigs invasion a few months before, a "humiliation" that left the hard Right - and its many sympathizers in the military - howling for Kennedy's head on a platter. Hoping JFK would now seek to restore the lost national manhood, the brass drew up a full-scale plan for the invasion and military occupation of Cuba.

That's where the "pretexts" came in. The boys in braid evinced a devilish imagination worthy of al-Qaeda as they plotted terrorist campaigns complete with assassinations and bombs in American cities, blowing up American ships in Cuban harbors - "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation," they wrote - even contemplating the explosion of America's first manned space flight - all to be blamed on Castro, of course.

A few days after the head of the Joint Chiefs, General Lyman Lemnitzer, presented the plan to the White House, Kennedy told him he would never authorize a U.S. military invasion of Cuba. A few months later, in the midst of a Senate investigation into right-wing extremism in the military, Kennedy removed Lemnitzer from the military's top spot.

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Monday, Oct. 20


Amateur pictures from World War I are on display for only one more day at Rosphoto’s exhibition “On Both Sides,” chronicling the conflict through the eyes of observers on both sides of the trenches. The price of entrance to the exhibition is 100 rubles ($2.50).



Tuesday, Oct. 21


The Environment, Health and Safety Committee of AmCham convenes this morning at 9 a.m. in the organization’s office.


Take the chance to pick the brains of Dmitry V. Krivenok, the deputy director of the Economic Development Agency of the Leningrad region, and Mikhail D. Sergeev, the head of the Investment Projects Department, during the meeting with them this morning hosted by SPIBA. RSVP for the event by emailing office@spiba.ru before Oct. 17 if you wish to attend.


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