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Cryptonym: BGACTRESS

Definition:
International Organizations Division
Status:
Probable
Sources:

Church Committee: Book I - Foreign and Military Intelligence Current Section: A. Evolution of Covert Action

1954: "With the demise of paramilitary activities following the Korean War, the Paramilitary Operations Staff had been abolished and its functions merged with the staff responsible for psychological action. An International Organizations Division constituted the greatest single concentration of covert political and psychological action. An International Organizations Division, created in June 1954, handled all programs in support of labor, youth, student and cultural counterfront organizations. Using the covert action budget as one measure of activity, the scope of political and psychological action during the 1950s was greatest in the Far East, Western Europe, and the Middle East, with steadily increasing activity in the Western Hemisphere. The international labor, student and media projects of the International Organizations Division constituted the greatest single concentration of covert political and psychological activity."

104-10061-10115: LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION

This definition was part of a list of cryptonyms provided by the CIA at the request of HSCA staffers. The list states that BGACTRESS is the old cryptonym for the International Organizations Division. The cryptonym that replaced it was RTWINNER. The staff for BGACTRESS were covert action staffers.

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano

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