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Kill innocent victims and blame Cuba
Pentagon terror plot

October 26, 2001 | Page 2

IN THE early 1960s, the Pentagon's highest officials plotted to commit terrorist attacks inside the U.S. as part of a scheme to whip up public support for a war against Cuba.

The plans are revealed in a new book called Body of Secrets by reporter James Bamford. Bamford's revelations expose the scale of the Pentagon's fanatical hatred of the 1959 Cuban Revolution that toppled a corrupt and repressive U.S.-backed regime.

Citing official documents, Bamford says that the all of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a proposal to commit terrorist atrocities and then blame Cuba's Fidel Castro. Among the schemes approved by the Joint Chiefs were killing Cuban émigrés, sinking boats filled with Cuban refugees, hijacking planes and even setting off terrorist explosions in U.S. cities.

"We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," reads one document cited by Bamford. "Casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."

The generals even considered killing astronaut John Glenn by blowing up his rocket during a space flight--and then providing "irrevocable proof…that the fault lies with the Communists."

The proposal was handed to the Kennedy administration in the wake of the disastrous CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Apparently, the White House rejected the plan. But the fact remains that the Pentagon was ready to orchestrate terrorism on U.S. soil to further its objectives abroad.

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