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Executive Action was the term used by the CIA starting in the early 1950s to refer to their assassination operations. These operations were often conducted by the CIA's Division D, a subsection of the agency's Directorate of Operations. "Executive Action" operations by the CIA ranged from an attempt to kill Fidel Castro using a cigar injected with Botulism toxin to a purported plan to kill rebel leader Che Guevara. The Ford administration outlawed assassination in 1976 with Executive Order 12333.
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