Newly declassified Pentagon documents show that the US military drew up plans to mount a bloody terror campaign here in the United States and blame it on revolutionary Cuba to justify a US invasion of the country.
Some of the covert operations included planting bombs, attacking and sinking refugee boats, blowing up a US navy ship, and having Cuban exile pilots fly close to Cuba to get into radio arguments with Cuban military airmen, thus distracting them and possibly causing a crash. In fact, the latter scenario closely describes the shooting down some two years ago of a Cuban exile plane that then led to the punishing Helms-Burton law against Cuba.
The stunning new revelations come by way of the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, an independent Federal agency overseeing the release of government records related to the November 1963 Kennedy assassination. A total of about 1,500 pages of once-secret military records covering the period 1962 to 1964 were declassified.
- Jane Franklin, historian and the author of Cuba and the United States: A Chronological History