Intelligence Set-up by Steve Payne
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the Taylor Commission's explosive
conclusions on the Bay of Pigs Fiasco provided US President John F.
Kennedy with the necessary justification to "splinter the CIA into a
thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds".
The announcement unleashed the fury of the agency who strongly disputed
the Cuban Study Groups' report on the immediate causes of failure of the
Only days later, the New York Times published the transcript of a
telephone call placed by United States National Security Advisor McGeorge
Bundy to the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence General Cabel at 9:30
P.M. the evening before the landing of the Brigade in Cuba. Bundy had
ordered cancellation of the crucial air strike from Nicaragua which was
intended to destroy the Cuban Air Force on the ground. Instead, it raked
the beach with gun fire, massacring the Cuban Brigade and shooting the
slower B-26s that the agency had refitted for air support.
Eighteen years later, Bundy would publish a confessional article "The
Brigade's My Fault" in which he would confirm that the political decision
to make a last minute change to the mission plan was part of an
orchestrated attempt to discredit the agency.
That imperative had become a pre-requisite to end the Cold War since
Kenneday had discovered that the agency sabotaged Gary Powers's U-2 flight
on the eve of Eisenhower's visit to Moscow. In the event, Khruschev had
rescinded the invitation. More alarming still was the revelation that the
New York Times had planned to publish full details of the mission three
whole days before the launch, but had been firmly encouraged not to do so
by the White House.
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