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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-24-08 06:49 AM
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73. And as Operation Northwoods and Operation Gladio bear witness,
the "boogieman as motivator" concept is well understood in military and intelligence circles.

Operation Northwoods:

U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba
Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba
By David Ruppe
N E W Y O R K, May 1, 2001

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban migrs, 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.

The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."

Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662


Operation Gladio:

The Strategy of Tension

SNIP

Western anti-terror legislation does not allow the state to be considered in any way culpable for terrorist activities. As far as our elected representatives are concerned, terrorism is a problem of loosely associated groups of reactionary fanatics attacking our freedoms. The assumption, never explicitly stated for then it would be revealed, and easily and permanently ridiculed, is that the state is innocent, immune to indulging in such barbaric practices. Written into the rule of law itself, this assumption posits the state as a paternal Fuhrer, a God figure whom we must all entrust our lives and liberties to.

SNIP

The strategy of tension denotes a highly secretive series of interconnected covert operations conducted jointly by the CIA and MI6 largely in Western Europe during the this period. Well-documented by several respected historians, confirmed by official inquiries, and corroborated by former intelligence officials, the strategy of tension is one of those unsavoury moments in contemporary history that we dont learn about in school, or even university.

My favourite book on the subject, and the most authoritative in my view, is Dr. Daniele Gansers NATOs Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe (2004). Published in the UK as part of the Contemporary Security Studies series of London-based academic press Routledge, Gansers study is the first major historical work to bring the strategy of tension into the mainstream of scholarship.

During the Cold War, indeed through to the late 1980s, the United States, United Kingdom, and Western European governments and secret services, participated in a sophisticated NATO-backed operation to engineer terrorist attacks inside Western Europe, to be blamed on the Soviet Union. The objective was to galvanize public opinion against leftwing policies and parties, and ultimately to mobilize popular support for purportedly anti-Soviet policies at home and abroad most of which were really designed to legitimize brutal military interventions against nationalist independence movements in the Third World.

http://nafeez.blogspot.com/2007/05/strategy-of-tension....


Furthermore, whatever way you want to slice and dice it, the anthrax letters were clearly a false-flag attack in that the letter with the anthrax were falsely made to look as if they had been sent by fundamentalist, Islamic terrorists. We now know the anthrax came from a US military lab, and all the evidence points to the attacks originating with someone who had access to that highly secure source of Anthrax, extremely unlikely, to say the least, to be radical, Islamic, terrorists.

Nevertheless, the anthrax letters were of course seized on by the usual suspects, i.e. the retired generals on Fox/CNN, PNACers, neocons and media whores as further evidence of boogieman Saddam and/or boogieman Osama's evil intent to kill innocent, law abiding, Jesus believing Americans if given half a chance. Which of course left the US no choice but to reluctantly defend itself against this horrendous threat by invading Iraq.
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