Allen Welsh Dulles

Allen Welsh Dulles
Allen Welsh Dulles
  • Born: April 7, 1893
  • Died: January 29, 1969
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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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…defectors are one of the two or three most important sources of intelligence. When you get a man—and we have got several—who have worked inside…their secret service…it’s just almost as though you had somebody inside there for a time. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
…in time of peace the bulk of intelligence can be obtained through overt channels… It can also be obtained…through the many Americans, business and professional men and American residents of foreign countries, who are naturally and normally brought in touch with what is going on in those countries. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
…the CIA has never carried out any action of a political nature, given any support of any nature, to any persons, potentates or movements, political or otherwise, without appropriate approval at a high potential level in our government outside the CIA. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
An intelligence officer in the field is supposed to keep his home office informed of what he is doing. That is quite true, but with some reservations, as he may overdo it. If, for example, he tells too much or asks for instructions, he is likely to get some he doesn't relish. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
An intelligence service is the ideal vehicle for a conspiracy [against its own government]. Its members can travel about at home and abroad under secret orders, and no questions are asked. Every scrap of paper in the files, its membership, its expenditure of funds, its contacts, even enemy contacts, are state secrets. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
An iron curtain has descended over the fate of these people and very likely conditions are truly terrible. War & Peace
Confidentially the State Department is in a bind. Our task would be simple if the reports of the atrocities could be declared untrue or even exaggerated but the evidence, alas, is irrefutable and the Secretary of State wants to avoid giving the impression that while the United States is willing to intervene actively to protect its commercial interests, it is not willing to move on behalf of the Christian minorities. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Don't forget, we have a disposal problem. Immigration & Emigration ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I have to send people out to get killed. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I think it is world—wide. As long as there is sex, it is going to be used… We recognize the existence of sex and the attraction of sex. Human Nature
I’ve been kept busy trying to ward off congressional resolutions of sympathy for these groups. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Intelligence collection has its place—no question—… But no matter how important collection is, in the short and even the long run, it just doesn’t cost very much. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Mykola Lebed was of inestimable value to this agency…. He assisted in operations of great importance Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
No one is ever convicted or cleared just on a polygraph test Justice & Injustice
No one is ever convicted or cleared just on a polygraph test. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Nobody from the CIA is going to account for their loyalty to [Senator Joseph] McCarthy. Citizenship & Patriotism
Obviously you cannot tell of operations that go along well. Those that go badly generally speak for themselves. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
One of my own guiding principles in intelligence work was ... not to make a mystery of what is a matter of common knowledge or obvious to friend and foe alike. Secrecy & Transparency
Perhaps we have already intervened too much in the affairs of other peoples. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There are few archbishops in espionage. He's on our side and that's all that matters. Besides, one needn't ask him to one's club. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
There is, of course, always the possibility, that two such powerful and well--financed agencies as CIA and DIA will become rivals and competitors. Management & Managing Government
What good does it do to spend millions to protect ourselves against espionage if our secrets just leak away. Secrecy & Transparency
You can’t run the railroads without taking in some Nazi party members Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations

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