270. Memorandum from Woodward to Johnson, July 261
- Policy Recommendations with respect to Paramilitary-Type Operations for Cuba
- Memorandum for Special Group of July 25, 1961, entitled “Internal Action Operations Against Cuba”
ARA agrees with the proposals contained in the memorandum of July 25, 1961, entitled “Internal Action Operations Against Cuba.”[Typeset Page 662]
This Bureau wishes to emphasize particularly its agreement with the types of minimum paramilitary actions contemplated for the immediate future while attempts will be made to assist the consolidation and expansion of opposition political action groups. The reason for this is that ARA has the general impression that sabotage or terrorism—which goes beyond the political objective of annoying the Castro Government and making its officials appear ridiculous—may have a counter-productive effect until such time as there has clearly developed a coherent opposition within Cuba.
Likewise, ARA is in agreement with the belief that any expanded operations of a paramilitary nature should follow and be the outgrowth of the development of genuine political opposition movements or increased opposition sentiment.
Consistent with these views, ARA is inclined to the view that unilateral paramilitary-type actions which are not related to any Cuban political movement are likely to be useless or even counter-productive.
ARA likewise wishes to express the hope that covert activities can be as deeply cloaked as possible in order to make it as difficult as possible to attribute these activities to the United States.
It would be greatly appreciated if ARA could be consulted with regard to any planning beyond the stage visualized in the memorandum of July 25, 1961.[Facsimile Page 2]
- Transmits a memorandum for the Special Group on internal action operations against Cuba. Secret. 8 pp. CIA, DDO/DDP Files: Job 67–01083R, Box 1, C.T. Barnes—Chrono, Jan–Jul 1961.↩