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CIA: Executive Action


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A documentary series taking a comprehensive look at one of the world's most powerful and mysterious organisations.
Executive Action: An examination of how the CIA developed the techniques and methods for executive action - that is, action designed to make individuals "disappear".
"From time to time," recalls former head of CIA operations Richard Bissell, "individuals would appear on the scene and it would be very important to have them disappear."
Fidel Castro was a prime target for CIA assassination attempts and tonight's programme reveals the full extent of the CIA's efforts to get rid of him and his allies. The assassins ranged from a mistress turned poisoner, to the Mafia and a former physician to the London Commodity Exchange. From Bolivia there's the real story behind the hunt, capture and execution of Castro's ally - Che Guevara; and from Chile the CIA role in the overthrow of President Salvador Allende.
(Telextext subtitles: page 888)
BBC Book: CIA: A History by John Ranelagh, price £15.95 from booksellers.


Interviewee: Richard Bissell
Executive producer: George Carey
Series producer: Peter Molloy

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CIA: Executive Action

BBC One London, 22 July 1992 21.30

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