253. Memorandum From the Executive Secretary (Souers) to the Members of the National Security Council0
Washington, December 9, 1947.
- SANACC 304/111
- The National Security Council at its second meeting referred SANACC 304/11 to the NSC Staff for revision in the light of the comments at the meeting.
- SANACC 304/11 appears to be
designed to accomplish the following two related but separate purposes:
- To initiate steps looking toward the conduct of covert psychological operations designed to counteract Soviet and Soviet-inspired activities.
- To ensure that all overt foreign information activities are effectively coordinated.
- Therefore, in the interest of security and clarity, the Staff of the National Security Council has prepared separate reports to the National Security Council designed to achieve each of the above purposes. This report deals with the purpose described in 1–a, while NSC 42 deals with the purpose stated in 1–b.
- The enclosed draft directive to the Director of Central Intelligence
is believed to be an appropriate and adequate action by the Council with
reference to covert psychological operations abroad. This directive
contains the following desirable provisions:
- It specifies the reason and the authority for the Council’s action;
- It grants sufficient authority to the Central Intelligence Agency; while
- At the same time it ensures that Central Intelligence Agency will conduct such operations in a manner consistent with U.S. foreign policy, overt foreign information activities, and diplomatic and military operations and intentions abroad.
- The names of appropriate departments and agencies to be represented on the panel referred to in subparagraph 3–a, will be recommended by the NSC Staff in a separate memorandum.3
- It is therefore recommended that the National Security Council approve and issue the enclosed directive to the Director of Central Intelligence.
Sidney W. Souers 4
- Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 273, Records of the National Security Council, NSC Minutes, 4th Meeting. Top Secret.↩
- Document 249.↩
- Document 252.↩
- Document 255.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩
- Top Secret. Paragraph 3 of this draft was dropped in the final version and replaced by a paragraph that made the Director of Central Intelligence responsible for ensuring that psychological warfare operations were consistent with U.S. foreign policy. See the attachment to Document 257.↩