Allen Dulles, Director, Central Intelligence 1953-61 (ID Card)
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'And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.' John VIII-XXXII
Inscription etched into the foyer wall of the original CIA building, presumably a mission statement of sorts.
To all those CIA agents who died in the line of duty believing in the righteousness of the cause, and for whom the truth arrived too late to set them free.
-- The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Best Truth --
In his introduction to a recently published extract from The Devil's Chessboard, Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of the American Secret Government, David Talbot's masterful biography of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Allen Welsh Dulles, WhoWhatWhy founder and editor Russ Baker had the following to say:
'No one can possibly understand the precarious state of American democracy today without scrutinizing the often secret path the country was taken on by those in power from the 1950s to the present. Among the elemental figures in forging that path was Allen Dulles. He was the most powerful, and, it appears--the most sinister--director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Given that outfit's history, that's some accomplishment. Dulles's job was to hijack the US government to benefit the wealthy.....Perhaps nothing is more troubling than Dulles's behavior around the time [president] John F. Kennedy was assassinated.'
In any consideration of US national security and foreign policy since 1945, the role played by the CIA is as iniquitous as it is ubiquitous. And it is with the JFK assassination that the story of the CIA herein must begin and end.
Moreover, it is perhaps just as
appropriate it should also begin and end with Dulles.
As Baker has alluded to, it was during Dulles's reign the dubious, multi-faceted business model that those of us in the know have all come to identify with the organisation, was forged. The supreme impresario of espionage, Dulles--the CIA Director between 1953-61 under President Dwight D (Ike) Eisenhower, and for a short period under Kennedy--was to the CIA what the CIA was/is to America!
All of which is to say is that whatever it was that Dulles brought to the Company, it reflected itself in what the CIA--both during and well after his tenure--brought to the country. For all its impact and significance--which can scarcely be overstated--the Kennedy assassination is but the tip of the proverbial.
As it turns out, for his part Baker should know a thing or three about the CIA, Dulles, JFK and related matters, along with America's generally low-key, yet high impact power elites and their secretive machinations in general. His own work on the JFK hit ranks amongst the finest investigative reporting on the subject, both exploring old propositions, and coming up with a few new ones.