Sometime in the summer of 2001, I was browsing the Barnes and Noble on the first floor of the World Trade Center Tower One.

I came across James Bamford’s newly released book, Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency.

Imagine my surprise to read the included Operation Northwoods document.

Operation Northwoods was a proposed false flag operation against American citizens that originated within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962.

The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to both stage and actually commit acts of terrorism against American military and civilian targets, blaming them on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba.

The possibilities detailed in the document included the possible assassination of Cuban immigrants, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes to be shot down or given the appearance of being shot down, blowing up a U.S. ship, and orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The proposals were rejected by President John F. Kennedy.

Considering the timing, you have to wonder who knew what was coming.

Operation Northwoods was 1962, 20 years later, apparently nothing has changed:

Already in 1983, after the terrorist bombing on the Marine barracks in Beirut with 241 dead US service men, Director of Central Intelligence William Casey called Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, and asked him to collect a team of Special Forces that could act as “real terrorists” and attack US Naval bases world-wide, with bombings, kidnappings, and thefts of nuclear weapons, to make US personnel aware of the terrorist threat.

Footnote 109: Arte (Dirk Pohlmann) interview with Admiral James ”Ace” Lyons, August 2014 for the documentary Täuschung – Die Methode Reagan (2015)

When a military attacks its own citizens, what are we dealing with? Is this common? Perhaps it is a feature of empires, of an occupation regime?

Or perhaps it is simply the nature of the men who are attracted to the US military. Maybe it’s just an American thing. Or maybe it’s just the nature of military men in general.

Or the nature of men in general, as in a sense, all men are military men.

We should teach these things to our sons so they don’t grow up believing in fantasies like “patriotism.”

If the top levels of “your own military” are traitors, what is patriotism?