186. Memorandum for the Record1

SUBJECT

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the 303 Committee, 7 August 1967

PRESENT

  • Mr. Rostow, Mr. Thomas L. Hughes, Mr. Nitze, and Mr. Helms
  • Admiral R.L. Taylor was present for all items
  • Mr. William Broe was present for Items 4, 8, and 9
  • Mr. John Marsh was present for Item 5
  • Mr. Cord Meyer was present for Items 6 and 7

[Here follow agenda items 1 and 2.]

3. Termination of NSA Occupancy of CIA–Owned Buildings 2

Mr. Helms indicated that he had been visited by Joseph Rauh, Jr., an attorney representing the NSA on behalf of the UAW. Rauh’s tentative proposal was that the title and mortgage be handed over (approximate cost $64,360). On its part, the Agency felt the unspent accrued funds be allocated to the NSA, thus constituting a write–off. Mr. Helms indicated, however, that in view of general student leader intransigeance on negotiations, this was a propitious solution. The principals went along with this as an efficacious egress from an awkward situation.

[Here follows discussion of item 4.]

[Agenda items 5–9 (1 page of source text) not declassified]

[Here follow agenda items 10–14.]

Peter Jessup
  1. Source: Department of State, INR/IL Historical Files, 303 Committee, August 7, 1967. Secret; Eyes Only. Drafted by Jessup on August 7. Copies were sent to Kohler, Nitze, and Helms.
  2. In an August 4 memorandum to Thomas L. Hughes (INR), William C. Trueheart (INR/DDC) provided background on this issue, as follows: The Central Intelligence Agency owned buildings at 2115–2117 S Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., which the National Student Association (NSA) leased from the Independence Foundation, publicly identified as a CIA conduit. The leaders of the NSA, which held “a virtually irrevocable occupancy agreement with the Foundation, at the cost only of maintenance and repair,” had refused to give up the buildings gracefully. (Ibid.)