February 26 2022 — Allen Welsh Dulles was an American diplomat and lawyer who became the fifth, but first civilian Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), and its longest-serving director to date. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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As head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the early Cold War, he oversaw the 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état, Operation Ajax, the Lockheed U-2 aircraft program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
During the Kennedy Administration, Dulles faced increasing criticism.
In autumn 1961, following the Bay of Pigs incident and Algiers putsch against Charles de Gaulle, Dulles and his entourage, including Deputy Director for Plans Richard M. Bissell Jr. and Deputy Director Charles Cabell, were forced to resign.
On November 28, 1961, Kennedy presented Dulles with the National Security Medal at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
The next day, November 29, the White House released a resignation letter signed by Dulles.
JFK’s Remarks at the Retirement of CIA’s Allen Dulles (11/28/61)
 The quote — credited to President John F. Kennedy — was given to a New York Times journalist by a Kennedy administration official and published on April 25 1966 in an article titled “C.I.A.: Maker of Policy, or Tool?”
Allen Dulles — Wikipedia
On This Day — Allen Dulles Becomes First Civilian Director of Central Intelligence (February 26 1953)