Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of
State for European Affairs (Perkins) to the Secretary of
- Regulation of Travel of Soviet Officials in the United States
In accordance with the discussion concerning the imposition of travel regulations on Soviet officials held at your Staff Meeting on January 31, this matter was referred for inter-departmental consideration by the Intelligence Advisory Committee. The IAC met February 7 and all interested agencies concurred in the proposal as submitted to them based on the results of the discussion at your [Page 964] Staff Meeting.2 Attached is a paper explaining the proposal with Annex I containing a brief history of travel restrictions placed on United States and other foreign officials in the USSR and Annex II which contains the text of the note to be sent to the Soviet Embassy in Washington.3
Only one change has been made in the note as submitted to the IAC which has been done at the suggestion of the Department of Defense. This will require that in the case of Soviet military personnel, notification should be sent to the Department of Army, Navy or Air, as appropriate. Previously the note had stated that notification in the case of Soviet military personnel should be sent to the Department of Defense.
In accordance with your expressed desire at your Staff Meeting on January 31, the proposed action is now submitted to you for final approval.
If you approve this proposed action,4 we recommend that 48 hours in advance of the delivery of the note to the Soviet Embassy, we inform the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Executive Session of our intended action. Mr. Fisher with Mr. Barbour testifed before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on February 6 and found great interest on the part of the members of the Committee on the subject of travel restrictions.
We also recommend that simultaneously we inform the NATO Council of Deputies of our intended action. After the Staff meeting on January 31 our Deputy on the Council was instructed to inform his colleagues of our contemplated action. He was informed that our final action would not be dependent upon discussion or decision of the Council of Deputies. However, we believe it advisable to give the Deputies and thus to their governments at least 48 hours advance notice of our intended action.[Page 965]
It is recommended that (1) you approve the imposition of travel regulations on Soviet officials in the United States in accordance with the proposal approved by IAC, and (2) you approve informing of our intended action members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Executive Session as well as the Council of Deputies 48 hours in advance of the delivery of our note to the Soviet Embassy.
- Drafted by Davis (EUR/EE) and approved by Barbour (EE).↩
In a memorandum of Feb. 13 to Assistant Secretary Perkins, Special Assistant W. Park Armstrong quoted from the minutes of the Intelligence Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting of Feb. 7 dealing with the question of the regulation of travel of Soviet officials. According to the quoted material, the IAC action-decision reads as follows:
“The IAC concurred in the proposal for the regulation of travel of Soviet officials in the U.S. as proposed by the Department of State, it being understood that the Department of State is going to make arrangements with the FBI for notification of every proposed trip by Soviet officials.” (601.6111/2–1352)↩
- Annexes I and II are not printed here. For texts of the note ultimately presented to the Soviet Embassy in Washington on Mar. 10 and the paper (Annex I) released to the press by the Department of State on the same day, see Department of State Bulletin, Mar. 24, 1952, p. 451.↩
- Secretary Acheson took up the question of the regulation of travel of Soviet officials at his meeting with President Truman on Feb. 11; see the memorandum of conversation, infra.↩
- Documentation in Department of State files indicates that an earlier draft of this paper was prepared in the Office of Eastern European Affairs and served as the basis for discussion at the Secretary of State’s daily staff meeting on Jan. 31, 1952, as requested by the Secretary.↩
- Annex I is not printed here, but see footnote 3, above.↩
- Annex II is not printed here, but see footnote 3, above.↩