Code Name: Operation Northwoods

By: Paige Johnsen

The United States government created a series of fake proposals in 1962 with the code name of Operation Northwoods.  These proposals called for the CIA to endure in violent events throughout the United States.  Operation Northwoods planned to blame all terrorist acts on Cuba.  In order to gain support for a war against Cuba, Operation Northwoods went to extremely radical extents. 

ABC news journalist, David Ruppe said,  “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” (1).

Americans were outraged when Fidel Castro came into dicatorship in Cuba.  Operation Northwoods was considered the most efficient way to gain support for a war against Cuba.  The image above indicates how commercialized Operation Northwoods became after the threats began.

Ruppe said, “Operation Northwoods was organized Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed by Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer and sent to the Secretary of Defense” (1).

Although Operation Northwoods was never carried out, it stirred emotions in the United States.

Ruppe said, “The whole point of a democracy is to have leaders responding to the public will, and here this is the complete reverse, the military trying to trick the American people into a war that they want but that nobody else wants” (1).


1.) Ruppe, David. (May 1 2001). “U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba.” Retrieved from


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