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