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Did Right-Wing Militarists Sabotage Gary Power's U-2 Plane?


Gary Powers


"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.  We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes." 
--President Dwight Eisenhower, in his farewell address to the nation

"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments.  Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it." 
--President Dwight Eisenhower, in a television talk with British Prime Minister Macmillan, 31 August 1959

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--Dwight Eisenhower, American general and 34th president of the United States, cited in The New York Times, 24 November 1961


The following text is excerpted from the book, Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs.

Both [Nikita] Khrushchev and his Western counterpart, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, seemed sincere in wanting to ease the tensions between their two countries.  In the summer of 1959, Khrushchev visited the United States.  Newsweek described the results:

After two private days with Eisenhower at Camp David, Khrushchev lifted an ultimatum on Berlin, announced that the President had "captivated" him and praised [Eisenhower's] wisdom and love of peace in terms no cold-war Soviet leader has used either before or since.  The stage was set for a full-fledged negotiation at the summit in Paris.

This summit, scheduled for mid-May 1960, might have produced a limited nuclear-test-ban treaty, already foreseen as the first major accord of the cold war.

But it was not to be.  On May 1, traditionally celebrated in Russia as May Day, CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers was captured alive after his U-2 spy plane crashed in the Soviet Union following an explosion.

Khrushchev was furious, yet he tried to give Eisenhower latitude in disclaiming any knowledge of the incident.  He stated that the U-2 flight may have been the work of "American aggressive circles" trying to "torpedo the Paris summit, or, at any rate, prevent an agreement for which the whole world is waiting."

After days of half-truths and evasions, Eisenhower finally admitted that the spy plane was acting on his orders and took responsibility for the fiasco....

However, questions still surround the U-2 incident, and some students of history such as David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace in The People's Almanac note:  "It is possible that certain U.S. military leaders deployed Powers purposely to sabotage the peace talks which Eisenhower himself acutely desired."

Colonel Fletcher Prouty, who served as focal point officer between the CIA and the Air Force...told author Anthony Summers:  "The Russians simply had nothing that could touch a plane flying that high."  Prouty concluded that, based on his interpretation of U-2 technical evidence, Power's plane was flying below its operational altitude when brought down.

Some people familiar with the U-2 incident believe the plane may have been downed due to sabotage.  In 1977, Powers told a radio audience that he believed his U-2 had been brought down by a bomb placed on board.  Shortly after making this statement, he was killed when his helicopter, used to report news for a Los Angeles television station, ran out of gas and crashed.



"After a lifetime of Government service, President Eisenhower went to bed on the night of April 30th, 1960 secure in the belief that he, Macmillan of Britain, DeGaulle of France, and Khrushchev of the USSR would meet in Paris on May 16th in a summit conference that would seal agreements for peace throughout the world.  Eisenhower was believed to be a powerful world figure whose dedication to this Crusade for Peace would succeed.  But as he slept, fail-safe failed.  Three or four moles in the Pentagon, doing the bidding of their masters, flashed coded signals across the world to send out a lone U-2 plane on one of the longest and most impossible missions ever attempted by a U-2 -- a 3,900-mile journey from Peshawar, Pakistan across the Soviet Union to Bodo, on the northern tip of Norway.  These men's actions neatly bypassed the entire ultra-secret system and launched a plane that had been rigged to come down in the heart of the USSR on one of its most important holidays, May Day.  Thus were destroyed the summit conference and Eisenhower's Crusade for Peace."
--Colonel Fletcher Prouty, The Sabotaging of the American Presidency

"The anomalies in the Powers case suggest that the U2 incident may have been staged.  There was the timing of the trip, the unusually long route chosen to over fly the Soviet Union, his undisguised American origins ... the reluctance of Congressional committees charged with the oversight of such matters to ask any searching questions, and other indications that Powers had done essentially what he had been told....  All these 'administrative failures' indicate that even if the weird flight and strange behavior of Powers was fortuitous, the U2 presented an opportunity which may not have been unwelcomed."
--James Nathan, Military Review, 1975

"It was as though the Americans had deliberately tried to place a time bomb under the meeting set to go off just as we were about to sit down with them at the negotiating table."
--Nikita Khrushchev, Khrushchev Remembers

"I often wondered why, in the midst of these efforts by President Eisenhower and Khrushchev to come to some understanding, the U-2 incident was allowed to take place.  No one will ever know whether it was accidental or intentional."
--former U.S. Senator James William Fulbright, in "Fulbright: A Last Word," interview reprinted in, The Saturday Review, 11 January 1975


Resources:

Kennedy Curse or a Right-Wing Vendetta?
CIA Operative Gen. Ed Lansdale Photographed in Dealey Plaza
The Garrison Investigation
Jim Garrison--1967 Lecture (Audio)
Oliver Stone Answers Audience Questions (Audio)
Dirty Politics -- Nixon, Watergate, and the JFK Assassination
The Right-Wing Shadow Government - Treason on the Right
Did CIA Hawks Assassinate Ron Brown?
Arlen Specter and the Single Bullet Theory
Hale Boggs - Warren Commission Member and Critic
The Intimidation of Dealey Plaza Witnesses
The Senator who Suspected a JFK Conspiracy
Lee Harvey Oswald — The Patsy
J. Edgar Hoover - Blackmailed by the Mob
Gerald Ford's Role in the JFK Assassination Cover-up
The Enemy Within - The Pentagon Plan to Terrorize U.S. Citizens and Blame Cuba
Did a Neocon Black Ops Team Demolish the Twin Towers & Building Seven? (Video)
The Plane that Never Hit the Pentagon
Vice President Dick Cheney's Treasonous Stand-Down Order on 9/11
Cheney's Proposal to Dress Up Navy Seals as Iranians and Shoot at Them
The Anthrax Attacks - Were U.S. Senators Attacked for Opposing the Patriot Act?
Using Disaster Drills as a Cover to Stage False Flag Terror Attacks
CIA Assassin David Morales Photographed at the Ambassador Hotel
General Curtis LeMay - Demented Cold Warrior
The Pentagon's Fleecing of America
The October Surprise
The CIA School of Assassination at Fort Bragg
A Timeline of CIA Meddling in Latin America
The Reagan Years - The Real Reagan Record
"Body of Secrets" - Attack on the USS Liberty
CIA Infiltration and Manipulation of the Mass Media
CIA Instructions to Media Assets
Tapes Reveal Nixon Prolonged Vietnam War for Political Reasons
George H. W. Bush -- Was He Part of It?
Fonda was Right and Bush was Lying
Notable JFK Conspiracy Theorists: LBJ, Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover
Hitler and Stalin - Clash of the Dictators


Who Killed JFK?  The evidence points to a right-wing faction of the CIA with some help from its friends.  In CIA lingo, friends are referred to as "assets."  CIA assets, including media assets, were employed to help cover-up the crime.  This CIA faction was angry at JFK for his refusal to commit to a full-scale invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and for his efforts to seek an accommodation with the Soviet Union and Fidel Castro.  High-level CIA officers are implicated.  They include:  Richard Helms, James Angleton, David Phillips, E. Howard Hunt, Theodore Shackley, William Harvey, David Morales, Edward Lansdale, and George Joannides.  Typing any of these CIA officer's names into an Internet search engine, along with the words "JFK assassination," will uncover a network of conspirators.
To see evidence that Lee Oswald was framed by CIA operatives click here: The Patsy
 

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