Political Warfare Timeline 1951
Notes towards a chronology of the modern history of covert action with particular reference to the role of the Lovestoneite movement.
- 4 Allen Dulles appointed CIA Deputy Director of Plans.
- Norris Chipman writes to Lovestone that he is no longer associated with the Office of Policy Coordination in Paris.
- Raymond Murphy writes to Lovestone that he is sick and tired of criticism.
- Jay Lovestone attempts to renegotiate the Free Trade Union Committee's relationship with the CIA, but is rebuffed in a meeting with Dulles.
- Thomas Braden appointed head of the CIA's International Organizations Division, taking control of the labour networks from Frank Wisner.
- Chancellor Hugh Gaitskell introduces a budget that would almost double Britain's defence budget to support the American war effort in Korea. It includes plans to charge for NHS spectacles and teeth, prompting Aneurin Bevan, Harold Wilson and John Freeman to resign from the Government.
- 4 US Senate vote commits a 100,000 man army to Europe, and greatly expanded presidential power over foreign affairs.
- 9 On the advice of Carmel Offie, Jay Lovestone and David Dubinsky obtain a meeting with Walter Bedell Smith which leads to the reorganisation of the FTUC's relationship with the CIA. Hugh Wilford describes the meeting, which degenerated into a "shouting match", as the beginning of a steady decline in CIA sponsorship of the FTUC.
- 9 Allen Dulles meeting with Averell Harriman regarding continuing Communist strength in French and Italian elections.
- Hugh Wilford, Calling the Tune? The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War, Frank Cass, 2003, p.98.
- Stephen Dorril & Robin Ramsay, Smear, Wilson and the Secret State, Fourth Estate Ltd, 1991, p10.
- Jerry W. Sanders, Peddlers of Crisis, South End Press, 1983, pp.92-95.
- Ted Morgan, A Covert Life, Random House, 1999, pp.220-221.
- Hugh Wilford, Calling the Tune? The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War, Frank Cass, 2003, pp.98-100.