Operation Northwoods was a planned series of false-flag events promulgated by the Pentagon in 1962. They called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or other operatives, to terrorize Americans. These acts of terrorism were then to be blamed on Cuba in order to build support for a war against Cuba.
The mechanisms of Operation Northwoods proposals involved bombings, plane hijackings and perhaps individual murders. The resultant tide of public repugnance was to create the desired sentiment. Cuba would be seen as a threat to peace and a consensus for war would build.
The plan was signed and approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer. It was never accepted by the Kennedy administration, however.
The document was made public in 1997, under the controlled release of a variety of government documents by the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. They were made public along with other records of the era. It was published in a more complete form in 2001, and also referred to on CNN.
Here is some of what was planned:
1. Incidents created to establish a credible attack motive.
2. US response: Various offensive operations against Cuba.
3. Large scale military operations.
4. Miscellaneous operations: a "Remember the Maine" incident, followed by evacuation of a "non-existent crew." Casualty lists to be printed in order to create indignation.
5. Communist Cuban terror campaign to be created in the Miami area or DC.
In addition to Project Northwoods, something called Operation Mongoose was contemplated. This was a parallel program that suggested many of the same provocations as Operation Northwoods.
It is fairly obvious to anyone living in the 21st century that the Pentagon's method of operation has not changed. Various provocations aimed at supporting the power elite's "war on terror" have already been exposed as false flags; the escalation of the war reveals both the determination of the elite and the fairly simplistic nature of its strategies.