Allen Dulles

(Allen Welsh Dulles)

Allen Dulles
Allen Dulles
  • Born: April 7, 1893
  • Died: January 29, 1969
  • Nationality: American
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Allen Welsh Dulles was an American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), and its longest-serving director to date. 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. Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission. Between his stints of government service, Dulles was a corporate lawyer and partner at Sullivan & Cromwell. His older brother, John Foster Dulles, was the Secretary of State during the Eisenhower Administration.

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As soon as the invasion begins there will be a national uprising. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
He’s on our side and that’s all that matters. Besides, one needn’t ask him to one’s club. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I wouldn’t worry if there were a few casualties or a few martyrs behind the iron curtain…. You have got to have a few martyrs. Some people have to get killed. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I’m first to recognize that I don’t think that the CIA should run paramilitary operations…. Rather than destroying everything and starting all over, we ought to take what’s good … and get rid of things beyond the competence of the CIA, then pull things together and make it more effective …. It’ not going to be easy to find a place to put covert operations. It’s very difficult to keep things secret. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Mr. President, I stood right here at Ike’s desk and told him I was certain that our Guatemalan operation would succeed, and Mr. President, the prospect for this plan are even better than they were for that one. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
There are some things I don’t tell the President. It’s better if he doesn’t know. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
There seemed to be no willingness to fight on the part of the dissident forces [anti Communists in Indonesia] … The dissident leaders have been unable to provide their soldiers with any idea of why they were fighting. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We are engaged in the defense of a way of life, and the great danger was that in defending this way of life we will find ourselves resorting to methods that endangered this way of life. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
We conclude that his [Patrice Lumumba’s] removal must be an urgent and prime objective of our covert action.. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
We have no reliable inside intelligence on thinking inside the Kremlin …. Our estimates of Soviet long range plans and intentions are speculations drawn from inadequate evidence. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations