Tag Archive for Allen Dulles

Amy Goodman talks with David Talbot about “The Devil’s Chessboard’

In case you missed it,. On October 19, David Talbot talked to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now about his new book on Allen Dulles.

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Q & A with David Talbot on Dulles and the Nazis

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government.’  exhumes a number of the US government’s historical skeletons: its rejection of Jewish refugees during WWII, its cooperation with key Nazi figures, its complicity in a variety of coups, to name just a few.’

Ken Klippenstein of Readers Supported News talks to author David Talbot.

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Devil’s Chessboard: JFK and the struggle for power France, part 2

In Part 2 of this 3-part series in WhoWhatWhy , President Kennedy learns of Dulles’s involvement in plotting to overthrow de Gaulle, and assures the French of his support for de Gaulle, while issuing a warning:

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Hardway on Dulles, RFK and the creation of the Warren Commission

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In response to Phil Shenon’s article on the CIA’s JFK cover-up in Politico magazine, David Talbot disputed the claim that Robert Kennedy was responsible for Allen Dulles being on the Warren Commission.

Shenon responded in a letter to JFK Facts on October 14.

I would like to point out a couple of additional reasons to reject the idea of RFK being behind Dulles’ appointment to the Warren Commission.

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Devil’s Chessboard: JFK assassination story foreshadowed in 1961 France

Part 1 of this 3-part series from David Talbot’s new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard,” is about the many reasons why the CIA and the French right wing want to bring down Charles de Gaulle. It is also about the deep connections of the CIA to France’s own intelligence agencies and government, and why de Gaulle wanted to purge his country of these insidious ties.

Source: JFK Assassination Plot Mirrored in 1961 France, WhoWhatWhy

Allen Dulles and the making of the Warren Commission

Dan Hardway offers another gem of historic audio to our discussion of how Allen Dulles came to be named to the Warren Commission. He cites this phone call that President Johnson made to Allen Dulles on November 29, 1963, informing him he would be on the Commission.

Listen to the conversation here:

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Another gambit on ‘The Devil’s Chessboard’

Devil's ChessboardThe headline of the Washington Decoded review,  Who Needs Soviet Propaganda? gives fair warning to the faint-hearted reader that a polemical bog lies ahead. Beyond this billboard, you will find a review enshrouded with disdain, intent on score-settling, and (per the headline) determined to wage Cold War. This is ancient turf haunted by huffy men, Proceed with caution.

[But first, buy “The Devil’s Chessboard,” by David Talbot.]

Reviewer David Barrett is perturbed that David Talbot’s new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard,” portrays CIA director Allen Dulles as a freewheeling power broker, devil-may-care administrator, ruthless philanderer, occasional liar, and amoral covert operator whose actions destroyed lives and democracies.
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RFK and Dulles: A closer look at the record

RFK i shadowedPhil Shenon writes:

“I see there’s a suggestion on your site, in response to my POLITICO piece, that Bobby Kennedy would never have recommended Allen Dulles for membership on the Warren Commission. I continue to believe the record shows that RFK did propose Dulles, and not just because LBJ (more than once) said that was the case.

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David Talbot on the rise of America’s secret government 

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David Talbot will be talking about his new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government “at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington DC on October 15.

RFK recommends Allen Dulles for a civil rights mission

Listen to this fascinating telephone call in June 1964 between President Lyndon Johnson, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and former CIA director Allen Dulles.

In the call, LBJ and RFK prevail upon Dulles to serve as the president’s personal emissary to Mississippi after disappearance of the three civil rights workers.

Which is the most telling exchange between the two men?

(H/T Jean, Dan, and Jim)

 

French leader Charles de Gaulle thought he was targeted by the CIA in 1961

From David Talbot, author of the forthcoming non-fiction thriller “The Devil’s Chessboard.”

“In April 1961, as President Kennedy wrestled with the CIA disaster at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba, another CIA-related crisis gripped JFK’s young presidency. President Charles de Gaulle of France was threatened with a military coup by rebellious French officers based in Algeria, who were enraged by de Gaulle’s decision to settle that bloody colonial war. As rebellious tank units and paratroopers prepared to descend on Paris to overthrow French democracy, de Gaulle took to the TV airwaves,

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Allen Dulles plays ‘The Devil’s Chessboard’ in David Talbot’s new book

“Former Salon founding editor-in-chief Talbot shares his extensive knowledge and intense investigations of American politics with a frightening biography of power, manipulation, and outright treason.”

From a starred notice in Kirkus Review.

This excellent book, which I am now reading, takes a harder look at the American establishment in the postwar era, linking the rise of Allen Dulles and the CIA to the national security state we now have, and places the assassination of President Kennedy in a new and deeply informed context.

The book will be published this month. You can pre-order ‘The Devil’s Chessboard’ here.

David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books

Erik, Jeff S., and other frustrated readers complained that the link to my September 13 post, David Talbot’s JFK reading list, was broken. Sorry about that. You can read the story here. Read more

The Warren Commission report bridged a ‘cultural fault line’

A faithful reader in California on reflects on what you should know about the Warren Commission report.

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Allen Dulles and the origins of the lone gunman theory

In comment on this post about the first meeting of the Warren Commission more than 50 years ago, a reader notes how former CIA director Allen Dulles reached his conclusion before the Commission’s investigation began.

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