On This Day — Allen Dulles Becomes First Civilian Director of Central Intelligence (February 26 1953)

“There seems to be little difference in Allen Dulles’s influence whether he was a Wall Street lawyer or a CIA director.”

The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld

Peter Dale Scott

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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“President Dwight Eisenhower, named Allen Dulles CIA Director. Dulles’ forte was overthrowing governments and he was quite good at it. With coups in Iran (1953) and Guatemala (1954) under his belt, Dulles was riding high in the late Fifties and moved Cuba to the top of his to-do list.”

Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern

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.

“I will splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind.”

President John F. Kennedy (ca. April 20 1961) [1]

JFK’s Remarks at the Retirement of CIA’s Allen Dulles (11/28/61)


[1] 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)

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1 Response to On This Day — Allen Dulles Becomes First Civilian Director of Central Intelligence (February 26 1953)

  1. Abraham Zapruder was a clothing manufacturer. Tony Gauci?
    Just coincidence?

    There seems to be many parallels running…

    If Lockerbie plane crash was down to structural failure then why would US officials need to lie and invent a terrorist incident?

    Saddam Hussein – dead
    Gaddaffi – dead
    Bin Laden – dead

    Why kill the main witnesses?
    One of them before they had a chance to speak!
    It’s not a good intelligence track record!


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