When it comes to obeying international law, neither CIA officials nor State Department officials have historically been the most law-abiding of world citizens. As the former CIA Director of Plans and former Ford Foundation executive (who some writers have asserted was involved in a conspiracy that eliminated JFK in 1963), Richard Bissell, recalled in his Reflections Of A Cold Warrior book:
"On Jan. 3, 1961, [Allen] Dulles, Tracy Barnes and I went to the White House to meet with the president. Eisenhower had called the meeting which included [then U.S. Secretary of State] Christian Herter...The president...noted that he was prepared to `move against Castro' before Kennedy's inauguration on the 20th if a `really good excuse' was provided by Castro. `Failing that,' he said, `PERHAPS WE COULD THINK OF MANUFACTURING SOMETHING that would be generally acceptable...This was but another example of his willingness to use covert action--specifically TO FABRICATE EVENTS to achieve his objectives in foreign policy. He wasn't the only participant...willing to `create' history. Secretary [of State] Herter suggested WE STAGE AN ATTACK ON GUANTANAMO."
(Aquarian Weekly/Downtown 2/26/97)