“We can now say without fear of contradiction that, thanks to the Warren Commission critics Oliver Stone and the internet, the CIA’s first version of the JFK Story- that the agency fully supported a serious investigation into the death of the president- is now discredited and defunct according to the agency (C.I.A.) itself.” (Stone, 1991)
This blog focuses on the relationship between President Kennedy and Allen Dulles. Along with their relationship is the global relations Dulles had set up in Southeast Asia, and Kennedy’s potential sabotage of Dulles’ covert affairs. Were the issues enough to line up an assassination plot against President John F. Kennedy?
Allen Dulles ran the C.I.A. From 1953 through November 29, 1961. When he was in charge his brother John Dulles Foster was functioning as Secretary of State to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was reported there was little of the usual friction between the two agencies.
Kennedy issued an executive order placing cold war psychological warfare programs under the control of his national security. He then issued Presidential memoranda to implement Presidential executive control over covert C.I.A. operations through the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Kennedy wanted the release of information on MJ-12 (Majestic-12) and the C.I.A. covert operations sent to his office. Dulles responded with a letter including this statement, “For reasons of security, I can not divulge pertinent data on some of the more sensitive aspects of MJ-12. Activities which have been properly classified under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.” (Dulles, 1961)
On April 17, 1961, 1,500 trained Cuban ‘freedom fighters’ tried to oust Castro from power at the Bay of Pigs and failed. The C.I.A. who backed the operation and trained the troops faced extreme scrutiny from President Kennedy. That along with failed Coup D’état against French leader Charles De Gaulle led to the firing of Allen Dulles as Director of the C.I.A.
Allen Dulles had been an operator on the world stage since WWI. In the 1954 he had set up an agreement with Britain and France to keep Southeast Asia out of the hands of the Communists. Later Winston Churchill changed his position, taking Britain out of the agreement and later so did France as they still were in control of parts of Indochina. That same year the fight of Viet Bien Phu rebels made the area vulnerable to Communist takeover.
The C.I.A. negotiated with leaders and political platforms for certain candidates that supported the west. They manipulated the certification of election results. The C.I.A. was heavily involved with Southeast Asian politics, meaning Allen Dulles was heavily involved. In November 1963, the C.I.A. supported the Vietnamese generals who had staged a coup and set up a new American approved regime.
President Kennedy fired Dulles, wanted to place the C.I.A. agency under the control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and two days before he was assassinated Kennedy had accepted an invitation from Indonesian President Sukarno to visit spring of 1964. Dulles had other plans for Indonesia, and Kennedy could foil them.
Allen Dulles though not active C.I.A. at that time (it is claimed he still ran it) had planned a regime change in Indonesia through violence, to gain access to their natural resources. Dulles had lied to Kennedy and told him Indonesia did not have profitable resources. Indonesia has a valuable shipping lane next to the South China Sea, along with the largest copper and gold mine at Grasberg. Are these reasons enough for Dulles to have been considered a suspect in the assassination of Kennedy? Was President Kennedy a threat to the American’s deep state?
In a book called the Devil’s Chessboard leveled several accusations were leveled at the former C.I.A. Director. Among the accusations were that any agency connection to Lee Harvey Oswald was buried. While Oswald was arrested and killed Dulles was moved into ‘The Farm’ a secret C.I.A facility in Virginia. It is also leveled that Allen Dulles served the American Corporate and political elites. (Talbot, 2017)
After the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, a new president was sworn in, President Lyndon B. Johnson. Within one week on the 29th, he issued an Executive order #11130 creating the “President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy” or the Warren Commission. The commission was to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to head the commission. One of the six board members was none other than Allen Dulles. It is like hiring a fox to guard your hen house.
Allen Dulles even attempted to “strong arm former President Harry S. Truman when he dropped hints that an out-of-control C.I.A. might have been involved in Kennedy’s murder.” Later after the results of the Warren report were released, reports came out stating that the evidence given to the Warren committee from the C.I.A. might have been inaccurate. C.I.A Chief historian David Robarge issued a report in 2014 stating, C.I.A. officers were instructed to keep the agency focused on what the agency believed was the ‘best truth’ at the time, that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing John F. Kennedy. Are we really surprised?
- Stone, Oliver, (1991), JFK, Warner Brothers
- Staff, (1969), Allen W. Dulles, C.I.A. Director From 1953 to 1961, Dies at 75, New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/1969/01/31/archives/allen-w-dulles-cia-director-from-1953-to-1961-dies-at-75-allen-w.html
- Salla, Michael E., (2009), President Kennedy’s deadly confrontation with the CIA & MJ-12 over ET/UFO XFiles, exopoliticsjournal.com, http://exopoliticsjournal.com/vol-3/vol-3-2-Salla.htm
- Dulles, Allen, (1961), MJ-12, Operations Review: The MJ-12 Project,” http://www.majesticdocuments.com/pdf/mj12opsreview-dulles-61.pdf
- Fox, Will, (2019), Doubt and Deception: The public opinion of the Warren Report
- Curtin, Edward, (2016), Allen Dulles ‘Indonesia Strategy’ and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, org, https://www.tribunal1965.org/en/allen-dulles-indonesian-strategy-and-the-assassination-of-john-f-kennedy/
- Talbot, David, (2017), The devil’s chessboard: Allen Dulles, the C.I.A., and the rise of the American secret government, org, https://whowhatwhy.org/politics/government-integrity/devils-chessboard-allen-dulles-cia-rise-american-secret-government/
- Shenon, Philip (2014), “Yes the CIA Director was part of the JFK Assassination cover-up, POLITICO Magazine
- Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Lyndon B. Johnson: "Executive Order 11130 – Appointing a Commission To Report Upon the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy," November 29, 1963". The American Presidency Project.