165. Letter From the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Hoover) to the President’s Chief of Staff (Leahy)0
Dear Admiral Leahy : I am sure you will recall your recent conversation with Mr. Tamm of my office, on August 12th,1 last, concerning the Central Intelligence Group. With further reference to the matters discussed at that time I thought I should call to your attention the proposed CIG Directive No. 152 which recently has been referred to me for approval and/or comment.3
Some of the provisions incorporated in this Directive have caused me considerable concern. Briefly, they provide for CIG operations within the United States and its Territories in a fashion which I regard to be an invasion of domestic intelligence coverage which, according to our laws, is the sole responsibility of this Bureau. I am attaching a copy of my letter of reply to General Vandenberg, in which I outlined my objections in detail. This letter should be self-explanatory.
We are sure you will agree that it is imperative that the present arrangement for domestic intelligence coverage should not be tampered with at this critical period. If the proposed Directive should be placed [Page 403] into effect, it is our feeling that it definitely would create considerable difficulty and would inevitably lead to confusion, duplication of effort and intolerable conditions to the detriment of the national well-being.
- Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 218, Records of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Leahy Papers, No. 132. Personal and Confidential.↩
- See Document 124.↩
- The number 12 has been crossed out, and 15 has been inserted by hand.↩
- Hoover presumably was referring to a paper designated as CIG 12/1, “Exploitation of American Business Concerns, Non-Governmental Groups and Individuals with Connections Abroad as Sources of Foreign Intelligence Information,” which was circulated to the IAB on August 21. (Central Intelligence Agency Historical Files, HS/HC–276) See the Supplement. It replaced an earlier paper on the same subject that carried the designator CIG 12. For the paper as finally approved, see CIG Directive No. 15, Document 171. There is an account of the debate over this paper in Darling, The Central Intelligence Agency, pp. 122–127.↩
- Strictly Confidential; By Special Messenger.↩
- See footnote 3 above.↩
- Not found.↩
- Printed from an unsigned copy.↩