In 1962, during the Kennedy administration, a plan was hatched by the Joint Chiefs of the Armed Forces, under the leadership of Army General Lyman L. Lemnitzer. In order to draw America into a war with Cuba, specific targets would be struck, in order to goad the populace into supporting the war effort. The difference between the plan, known as Operation Northwoods, and other military operations would be that American military personel would not only be striking at Cuban targets, but also at choice, public American targets. The Joint Chiefs even went so far as to speculate that they "could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and that "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."

So alleges a recent book, which received only nominal national attention. The book, titled Body of Secrets and written by journalist James Bamford, is a history of the National Security Agency, or NSA. It contains references to documents that were made available some 40 years after the events they pertain to, after the passing of the Freedom of Information Act. These documents, it seems, were found by an anonymous source on a board that Bamford frequented, and he later confirmed were in the national archives.

The plan apparantly was pitched to Kennedy's National Security Advisor, Robert McNamara, on March 13th of 1962. McNamara's answer was never clearly recorded, but Kennedy himself told Lemnitzer that there was virtually no chance of ever again using military force against Cuba. A few months later, Lemnitzer was removed from his position and transferred.

The ABCNews article on the book says that Bamford claims that other plans were also advanced. Some of these include covertly begining a war between another Latin American country and Cuba and then publicly intervening, paying some of Castro's forces to attack Americans at Guatanamo Bay, intentionally risking U-2 pilots in low-flying missions so that they might be shot down and give pretext for war, and causing a malfunction in John Glenn's spaceflight and then blaming the Cubans for sabotage.

Had any of these operations been tried, the Joint Chiefs also wanted permission to establish a military government in Cuba. This, as Bamford notes, would be "exactly what the Russians were doing all over the world, by imposing a government by tyranny, basically what we were accusing Castro himself of doing."

It seems that the Government, or at least portions of it, are out to get you sometimes.