Wicked Game – Chapter 10

“NORTHWOODS and 9/11: Peas in a Pod”

Those who ignore (and allow to be hidden) the past, are doomed to repeat it. The Red Scare has been replaced by Islamophobia. Ultimately this is about money. Who profits?

To understand that, and the lengths some will go to in order to get that money, you need in this case to understand what OPERATION NORTHWOODS was.

Operation Northwoods [1], the Joint Chiefs discussion in 1962 about how to start a war with Cuba in order to justify invading it:

From page 5:

5. 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.

The goal: Create a phony narrative wherein the US is defending itself from Cuba in order to move US and world public opinion so that they can invade Cuba and have domestic and foreign support. This is also known as a coalition of the willing [2].

Selected suggested courses of action follow.

From page 11:

3. A “Remember the Maine” incident could be arranged in several forms:

a. We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba.

This is eerily similar to the bombing of the USS Cole [3].

4. We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.

The events of “Charlie Wilson’s War” in the 1980s, in which the United States sought to and succeeded in making the Soviet Union go broke fighting an extended war in Afghanistan against the mujaheddin, includes using and training Osama bin Laden as an asset [4].

In the 1990s, the University of Nebraska spent time near the mujaheddin allegedly training locals for eventual pipeline work. Previously, they had supplied books on radical Islamic teachings, allegedly as a way of creating a resistance to Marxism. The Taliban visited the United States in the hopes of becoming the recognized government and cutting a deal for the energy [5]. The Clinton administration eventually refused, citing human rights abuses (especially the treatment of women and children) [6]. This radical trend and religious intolerance continued and in March of 2001, the Taliban destroyed two religious sites inside Afghanistan [7].

The first World Trade Center attack and 9/11 occur. This was followed shortly by the Amerithrax attacks [8].

Blackwater emails seem to indicate that they had something to do with the assassination of twice Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007 and planned to somehow pin it on an “affiliate of Al Qaeda” [9].

[4. cont.] The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated). We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding in instances to be widely publicized.

Iraq used poison gases on the Kurds. Initially, the United States attempted to blame Iran for it [10]. This might have been due to Iraq’s longstanding conflict with Iran and who it was sold those chemical weapons to Iraq. In any case, this was later used as part of the justification for invading the country [11]:

[Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld] bitterly condemns Saddam as a ruthless and brutal monster and frequently backs up his words by citing the use of the very weapons which it now appears he helped to supply.

(When asked whether or not he had ever personally met Saddam Hussein by the Washington press corps, Rumsfeld said, “No.” When presented with this photographic evidence, his only reply was, “Where did you get that, the Iraqi Minister of Information?”).

There’s a second reason to focus on Rumsfeld. I’ll cover more about INFORMATION OPERATIONS ROADMAP [12]–a set of instructions signed by him when he was SECDEF–later and how I think it plays into domestic PSYOPs.

Much was made of Uday Hussein’s “rape rooms,” as a means of inflaming passions against the regime of the father, Saddam Hussein [13].

While probably true, there was also rape, torture, and other abuse by the United States against Iraqis (some of whom had simply been swept up in broad dragnets to determine the nature of the Iraqi resistance) at Abu Ghraib [14]. Still others were tortured in Uzbekistan until they confessed to being Al Qaeda. Intelligence from the latter, that sometimes included torturing the target’s children or raping his wife in front of him, was passed on to Washington [15].

[4 cont.] Exploding a few plastic bombs in carefully chosen spots, the arrest of Cuban agents and the release of prepared documents substantiating Cuban involvement also would be helpful in projecting the idea of an irresponsible government.

Crudely made forgeries that falsely indicated that Iraq had purchased yellow cake uranium from Niger surfaced in Italian newspapers, spreading fear of an Iraqi nuclear program. That is, they attempted to show Iraq as having a dangerously irresponsible government [16].

And, where there is already distrust on the part of a neighbor, exploit it:

[from 5.] These efforts can be magnified and additional ones contrived for exposure. For example, advantage can be taken of the sensitivity of the Dominican Air Force to intrusions within their national air space. “Cuban” B-26 or C-46 type aircraft could make cane-burning raids at night. Soviet bloc incendiaries could be found.

And how can we forget Colin Powell’s briefing to the United Nations [17] and the hunt for WMDs that never found anything [18]?

Then there was another suggestion that was refused by the British, to paint “UN” on the side of a plane and provoke or trick Iraq into shooting it down when it entered Iraqi air space or that a defector would give a phony presentation on Iraqi WMDs [19].

[5 cont.] This could be coupled with “Cuban” messages to the Communist underground in the Dominican Republic and “Cuban” shipments of arms which would be found, or intercepted, on the beach.

Iran was blamed for Nigerian arms smuggling [20] even as a year later…

…The Department of Homeland Security, who pools it’s intelligence from all of the other intelligence sources, attempted to draw the United States into yet another oil war, this time in Nigeria [21].

7. Hijacking attempts against civil air and surface craft should appear to continue as harassing measures condoned by the government of Cuba.

The so-called shoe and underwear bombers and similar attempts at using planes as weapons fit the bill. The latter was even working as an informant for the CIA and Saudi intelligence [22].

8. 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 destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan route to cross Cuba. The passengers 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.

There you have 9/11 itself. Murdering American citizens and blaming it on Cuba or Iraq and Al Qaeda. They had to go bigger to show that a few terrorists (as opposed to a state actor like Cuba) could accomplish something so horrific as to be taken seriously enough to justify the invasions (and the expansions, mass privatizations, attacks on civil liberties and whistleblowers, etc.).

Note that they later changed this portion of the NORTHWOODS plan to utilize corpses instead of live college students (though it wasn’t really clear from what I’ve read as to where the bodies would come from). I have often wondered who suggested that change and under what circumstances. It must have been “interesting” attempting to get people to understand that killing Americans to achieve this goal might not be a good idea to those who didn’t seem to bat an eye at the idea in the first place.

[8.] a. An aircraft at Elgin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary organization…

Included so you can understand what we’re talking about. The CIA and Department of Defense often worked together on these kinds of things. More recently, it seems as though the Defense Intelligence Agency is perhaps taking over CIA’s covert operations efforts, or we are expanding in some major ways [23].

In any case, there is ample indication that both the CIA and DoD contain/contained people who put their personal profits ahead of American lives, the safety and security of the US, and do not care how many tax dollars they waste because it weakens the parts of the government who would likely want to stop these kinds of false-flag-for-profit activities.


Additionally, you’ll note anti-Muslim rhetoric that is similar to the anti-Cuban rhetoric of the time of NORTHWOODS. Some people want perpetual war but don’t want to pay for it, which means that the middle class (if it survives this crisis) is going to be burdened with it.

Pointing this out strikes me as a simple and effective way of getting the defense industry back on track with something more akin to reality instead of the enrichment of a few at the expense of blood and money for many brought about by PSYOPs actually aimed not at the UN but at the American people.

The main architect of NORTHWOODS, General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, was shipped off to NATO after this. Defense Secretary William McNamara (under JFK) decided instead on CIA Director Richard M. Bissell’s plan, which became the Bay of Pigs invasion.

NATO had already been running another operation called GLADIO since the end of WWII. The original idea was to put in place the equivalent of the French underground in most European countries. Trained and ready resistance fighters would be ready in case the Soviet Union invaded the countries in question.

When that didn’t much occur, they used the organization instead to alter, influence and sometimes even control policy decisions within those countries. They acted as a shadow government. They ran most, if not all, of the radical organizations, such as the Irish Republican Army and the Red Brigade.

If people weren’t going to start terrorism on their own and instead chose the peaceful path to socialism or socialist policies, then they would create violent, radical groups to discredit the nonviolent ones.

Now they have become radicals in their own right, to becoming fascists. And it’s not just Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa on the list of targets.

This very thing has happened repeatedly in the United States itself, whether it was the civil rights movement or more recently the various Occupy groups. They either get infiltrated or some agents provocateur show up for the news cameras.

Now add voice-to-skull, subliminals, PSYOPs, drugs, and harassment to that equation. You can influence the behavior of genuine, sincere members of any group and even steer a group as a whole toward radicalism and violence. That’s how 9/11 got engineered and any number of other violent acts that affected policy, resulted in more contracts for private defense, intelligence and security firms, or intimidated, killed, silenced or otherwise neutralized whistleblowers, witnesses, leaders of movements, and individuals who sought to change things as they saw fit.

Finally, to remind folks what tied all of the above together, the attempt to put a “legion of genies” back into the bottle:

Cheney and Bush attempted to re-classify previously unclassified materials and later Obama tried to declassify a lot more [24].

Something to note: the Obama administration’s Open Government Directive was issued on December 8, 2009. That’s a date that lives in infamy (for me and some other people).

But things changed dramatically since 2009. Transparency is gone. What happened?

I’m going to try to answer that. I was after all on the front lines.

Not numbered but also a PSYOP:

Sourcewatch, “Toppling of statue of Saddam Hussein was staged,” 21 November 2008:


Pentagon favorite for replacing Saddam Hussein as President of Iraq and the man who sent Iraqi defectors and encouraged them to talk up tales of Iraq’s WMD programs, and who lobbied Washington for action in Iraq, Achmed Chalabi, can be seen in a photo earlier with one of the men involved in bringing down the statue.

Information Clearing House, “The photographs tell the story…Is This Media manipulation on a grand scale?,” 15 April 2003:


1 National Security Archive, “Pentagon Proposed Pretexts for Cuba Invasion in 1962,” 30 April 2001:


2 BBC, “US names ‘Coalition of the willing,’ ” Steve Schifferes, 18 March 2003:


3 CNNBurden of Proof, “USS Cole Investigation: New Clues Discovered in Deadly Bombing,” 12 October 2000:


And a possibly biased “Remember the Maine” history link for reference. Apparently not that many people do remember the Maine these days.


4 BBC, “Who is Osama Bin Laden?,” 18 September 2001:


5 History Commons, Unocal, University of Nebraska, and Tom Gouttierre in Afghanistan:


6 See Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U. S. Policy, Kenneth Katzman, DIANE Publishing publisher, 2009, p. 6.


7 Same, p. 5-6.

8 See again Wicked Game, Chapter 6, note 3 on attempts to blame Al Qaeda for the anthrax letters.

9 See Nation, “Blackwater’s Black Ops,” Jeremy Scahill, 4 October 2010:


In October 2007, when media reports emerged that Bhutto had hired “American security,” senior Blackwater official Robert Richer wrote to company executives, “We need to watch this carefully from a number of angles. If our name surfaces, the Pakistani press reaction will be very important. How that plays through the Muslim world will also need tracking.” Richer wrote that “we should be prepared to [sic] a communique from an affiliate of Al-Qaida if our name surfaces (BW). That will impact the security profile.” Clearly a word is missing in the e-mail or there is a typo that leaves unclear what Richer meant when he mentioned the Al Qaeda communiqué. Bhutto was assassinated two months later. Blackwater officials subsequently scheduled a meeting with her family representatives in Washington, in January 2008.

10 BBC News, “1988: Thousands die in Halabja gas attack,” “On This Date” section:


Initially, the US Defence Intelligence Agency blamed Iran for the attack. Halabja is around eight to 10 miles (14km to 16km) from the Iranian border.

However, the majority of evidence indicates that the gas attack was an Iraqi assault against Iranian forces, pro-Iranian Kurdish forces and Halabja’s citizens during a major battle.

11 Daily Mail, “Rumsfeld ‘helped Iraq get chemical weapons,’ ” William Lowther:


US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped Saddam Hussein build up his arsenal of deadly chemical and biological weapons, it was revealed last night.

As an envoy from President Reagan 19 years ago, he had a secret meeting with the Iraqi dictator and arranged enormous military assistance for his war with Iran.

The CIA had already warned that Iraq was using chemical weapons almost daily. But Mr Rumsfeld, at the time a successful executive in the pharmaceutical industry, still made it possible for Saddam to buy supplies from American firms.

They included viruses such as anthrax and bubonic plague, according to the Washington Post.

The extraordinary details have come to light because thousands of State Department documents dealing with the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war have just been declassified and released under the Freedom of Information Act.

At the very least, it is highly embarrassing for 70-year-old Mr Rumsfeld, who is the most powerful and vocal of all the hawks surrounding President Bush.

12 National Security Archive, “Rumsfeld’s Roadmap to Propaganda: Secret Pentagon ‘roadmap’ calls for ‘boundaries’ between ‘information operations’ abroad and at home but provides no actual limits as long as US doesn’t ‘target’ Americans,” 26 January 2006:


Note that use of the word ‘target’ was also used to try to hide sweeping surveillance of US citizens by the NSA. What they have narrowly defined target to mean is usage of PSYOPs–or collecting of your communications–of you specifically as an individual as opposed to everyone until such time as they need the data to use against you for whatever purpose they desire. It is deceitful and a little Orwellian since you are targeted by both as you understand the term.

13 Slate, “Rape Rooms: A Chronology,” William Soletan, 5 May 2004:


Telegraph, “Saddam’s demon seed: Uday Hussein’s many vices and wanton sadism appalled even his father. And one man was on hand to witness it all – Uday’s unwilling ‘body double,’ ” Colin Freeman, 6 August 2011:


14 History Commons, “Torture, Rendition, and other Abuses against Captives in US Custody: Abu Ghraib Scandal Aftermath”:


15 Alternet, “Former British Ambassador’s claim: CIA sent people off to be boiled alive and ‘raped with broken bottles,’ ” Daniel Tencer, 5 November 2009:


16 For comprehensive coverage of the Niger forgery and “Plamegate,” again see History Commons:


17 History Commons, “Powell Gives Fraudulent Presentation About Iraqi WMDs to UN,” 5 February 2003:


18 NBC News, “CIA’s Final Report: No WMD found in Iraq”, AP, 25 April 2005:


19 Independent, “Bush plotted to lure Saddam into war with fake UN plane,” Andy McSmith, 3 February 2006:


20 The Telegraph, “Iran Arms Smuggling Details to Be Disclosed,” Con Coughlin, 13 January 2011:


21 Global Research, “DHS report: Terrorist activity in Nigeria requires US intervention,” Nile Bowie, 19 January 2012:



Global Research, “COVERT OPS IN NIGERIA: Fertile Ground for US Sponsored Balkanization,” 11 April 2012:


The group [Boko Haram] has claimed responsibility for the August 2011 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja…The Nigerian Tribune has reported that Boko Haram receives funding from different groups from Saudi Arabia and the UK…While top AFRICOM General Carter Ham claims terrorist networks pose a “real challenge” to the United States…the confirmed reports accusing the US of arming and training Islamist terrorist groups remain safely neglected in official Pentagon press statements.

22 History Commons, entries for ‘Richard C. Reid’:



Guardian, “‘Underwear Bomber’ Was Working for the CIA,” Paul Harris and Ed Pilkington, 8 May 2012:


23 Washington Post, “DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas,” Greg Miller, 1 December 2012:


More recently, it has been reported that these plans may have been decreased in scope, though the truth seems fuzzy:

Washington Post, “Pentagon’s plans for a spy service to rival the CIA have been pared back,” Greg Miller, 1 November 2014:


24 Daily Kos, “Obama’s Sweeping Open Government Directive,” Nuisance Industry, 14 December 2009:


Nonpartisan history associations have decried the policies of the Bush-Cheney administration in reclassifying documents, reducing funding for archives, and otherwise making access to government information more opaque than ever before.


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