I published a version of yesterday’s post on American Chronicle and have already received email from amateur conspiracy theorists presuming to point out that their various “alternative explanations” are not only completely reasonable, but true. This one fellow, who seemed earnest enough and at least didn’t come off as pissed at me for belittling his beliefs, sent me a PDF file of the infamous Top Secret memo sent to the Secretary of Defense by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1962 detailing Operation Northwoods.
Northwoods, for the three or four of you who have avoided being beaten over the head with it by 9/11 conspiracy theorists, was a proposed secret military project to provide a pretense for U.S. military action against Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba. It called for a series of staged “false flag” events to give the impression that the Cuban government was hostile to the United States and posed an imminent threat, therefore giving the U.S. the justification to invade the island and kick Castro’s commie ass out of power. Among other actions, the plan calls for phony acts of sabotage and terrorism to be carried out inside and near to the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, including sinking American dummy ships and holding funerals for non-existent victims to drum up public support in the States for a Cuban invasion.
All this is perfectly immoral and nefarious, typical of the trustworthy, stand-up government we’re fortunate to have here in the good ol’ U.S. of A, but the part of most interest to conspiracy nuts is when the plan calls for the destruction of a drone aircraft, supposedly loaded with civilian passengers and shot down by Cuba. Before the shoot-down, the passengers — actually government agents traveling under aliases — would be off-loaded to a duplicate aircraft and flown safely to an undisclosed location. Some contend this precise thing happened on September 11, 2001.
The plan for Northwoods doesn’t speak well for the U.S. government. But conspiracy theorists who cite it as evidence for an “inside job” on 9/11 miss two very important points: 1) Operation Northwoods was rejected and never carried out; 2) Operation Northwoods has nothing to do with September 11.
9/11 Truthers, I beg you — I fucking beg you — not to waste your breath trying to convince me that our government is staffed by immoral, opportunistic, contemptible motherfuckers. I know. The Tuskegee experiments, gentrification of American Indians, arresting Japanese Americans and holding them in internment camps during World War II, the appallingly inhumane conditions of POW camps at Andersonville and Camp Douglas during the Civil War — history is full of government-sanctioned atrocities. I don’t argue that our government isn’t capable of committing a horrific act of mass-murder like 9/11; I argue that they didn’t. So please, spare me your Operation Northwoods bullshit, 9/11 Truthers. It’s a weak induction at best and it proves nothing about 9/11. If you want me to believe that the government perpetrated 9/11, then show me some actual evidence that the government perpetrated 9/11, not evidence that they planned to perpetrate something vaguely reminiscent of 9/11 over forty years ago. That’s not convincing; that’s pathetic.