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

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.

In secret testimony, then-CIA Director Allen Dulles also concluded that Power's plane was flying below its operational altitude when brought down. Dulles stated: "We believe that it was not shot down at its operating altitude of around 70,000 feet by the Russians. We believe that it was initially forced down to a much lower altitude by some as yet undetermined mechanical malfunction." Dulles added: "It is obvious to us that the plane was not hit. If the plane had been hit by a ground-to-air missile, in our belief, it would have disintegrated."
--testimony of Allen Dulles to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 31 May 1960, made public in 1975

"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, magazine article, The Sabotaging of the American Presidency

"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

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