Remembering When The CIA Considered Bombing Miami And Killing Refugees To Blame Castro

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Written by Ann Brown
Miami
The unclassified documents shed light on America’s quest to kill or depose Castro. In one scenario, the CIA considered bombing Miami and blaming Castro. Back in 1990, Nelson Mandela announced he would visit Miami, Florida, only four months after spending 27 years as a political prisoner in South Africa. Cuban President Fidel Castro is shown in this undated photo. (AP Photo)

Donald Trump recently declassified secret documents from JFK’s term as president — but not all the documents were released. The National Archives made public only a fraction of the JFK documents. Still, there were some 2,800 papers made public. And while the lingering mystery around the assassination of JFK wasn’t answered by the documents, they did shed light on America’s quest to kill or depose Cuban leader Fidel Castro. And in one scenario, the CIA actually considered bombing Miami and blaming Cuba for it.

“The basic idea was to turn world opinion against Castro and possibly justify a U.S. military invasion by pinning the atrocities on him. The details of the sinister plot are included in a summary about Operation Mongoose, a 1960 covert op hatched by the CIA under President Dwight Eisenhower with the aim of toppling Communist Cuba,” Miami New Times reported.

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While there had always been info out about Operation Mongoose, the newly released documents show that President Kennedy reviewed but rejected the plan.

“During Operation Mongoose in 1960, the CIA also considered staging terror events in Miami and blaming it on pro-Castro Cubans,” CBS Miami reported. 

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated). We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding in instances to be widely publicized. Exploding a few plastic bombs in carefully chosen spots, the arrest of a Cuban agent and the release of prepared documents substantiating Cuban involvement also would be helpful in projecting the idea of an irresponsible government.”

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