Operation Northwoods 1.0 - Operation Zapata aka The Bay of Pigs

The Bay of Pigs invasion is another example of a "False-Flag" operation, replete with airplanes re-painted to disguise their true origins, an actual attack, (on Cuba), and a complex cover story that unraveled quickly as the operation went down the tubes.

The book "The Invisible Government" by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross chronicles the debacle of this bungled operation, but paints JFK as a fully witting participant in the operation. This is contradicted by testimony by, among others, RFK, in the book, "Operation Zapata", a book that researcher John Hankey uses as source material in his underground film, "JFK II: The Bush Connection". (Pertinent screen caps here.)

So the next time someone uses the Bay of Pigs as an example to show that JFK was "just as bad" as so-and-so, think twice. Also think twice about establishment authors like Wise and Ross, as they blend truth with narrative fiction and outright Agency spin to shape the perception of what Peter Dale Scott calls meta-events.

The following is an excerpt from "The Invisible Government", available to read online at american-buddha.

Caveat emptor.

"THE STARS sparkled against the blue-black tropical sky overhead and the warm night air carried as yet no hint of dawn. Mario Zuniga edged his B-26 bomber onto the runway at the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

Only the sound of the twin engines broke the stillness of the darkened airfield at Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. The tall, thirty-five-year-old Cuban exile pilot sat alone in the cockpit of the big bomber. He would have no co-pilot for this mission. On the nose of his plane the number 933 had been painted in black letters. On the tail, the letters FAR -- the markings of Fidel Castro's air force, the "Fuerza Aerea Revolucionaria."

But Mario Zuniga was not a Castro pilot. He was flying on an extraordinary top-secret mission for the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States Government.

Earlier, the CIA had trundled the bomber out onto the runway and fired a machine gun at it. There were bullet holes in the fuselage now. These were some of the stage props for Zuniga's masquerade. In his pocket he carried a pack of Cuban cigarettes, borrowed from a fellow pilot at the last moment to lend a final authentic touch. In his mind was a carefully memorized story. His destination was Miami International Airport, 834 miles and more than four hours to the northeast.

At a signal, Zuniga took off, his bomber roaring down the 6,000-foot runway. It was April 15, 1961, and perfect flying weather. His mission, upon which hinged the success or failure of the most ambitious operation in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, was underway.


Beginning at 1:40 A.M., shortly before Zuniga's take-off, eight other CIA B-26s had roared into the night from the same airstrip, their engines straining with the weight of extra fuel and the ten 260- pound bombs they each carried. Their pilots were Cuban exiles, trained and employed by the CIA. Their target was Cuba, and their mission -- to smash Castro's air force before it could get off the ground.

These planes, too, bore a replica of the FAR insignia of Castro's air force. Flying in three formations, under the code names of "Linda," "Puma" and "Gorilla," the eight B-26s were to strike at dawn in a surprise raid. It was to be the first of two strikes at Castro's air bases, to pave the way for the secret invasion of Cuba scheduled to take place forty-eight hours later at the Bahia de Cochinos, the Bay of Pigs. The operation had the approval of the CIA, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President of the United States.

Zuniga was to land in Miami shortly after the bombing raid. He was to announce to the world that the attack had been carried out from bases inside Cuba by himself and other pilots who had defected from Castro's air force. In reality, of course, all nine planes had left from Happy Valley, the CIA code name for the air base at Puerto Cabezas. The Nicaraguan Government had secretly agreed to let the United States use the air base and port as a staging area for the invasion..."


(Note the coy style and ease of manner in which Wise and Ross conjure details whole from the cloth, and insert the notion that the President signed off on the full-scale invasion, and not a covert night-time operation. Covert ops be damned anyhow-- I'm not advocating the lesser of two evils... just pointing out spin. This writing style reminds me of Peter Lance.)