218. Memorandum From the Acting Secretary of State (Ingersoll) to Members of the Cabinet Committee to Combat Terrorism1 2
- Guidelines for Dealing with Terrorism with International Ramifications
Since the establishment of the Cabinet Committee by the President the primary focus of its activity has been on international terrorism as it affects Americans abroad and foreign nationals in this country. We have now had sufficient warnings to cause us to be increasingly concerned about possible acts of terrorism in the United States with international ramifications. The Hearst and DC Courthouse incidents are but two examples of cases with international potential since both involved suggestions of foreign asylum for the terrorists.
We have taken a generally firm line against terrorists and have advised other governments to do likewise. It is important that our counsel abroad be consistent with our actions in domestic cases of terrorism involving foreign interests.
I commend to your consideration the attached guidelines, which I believe should be useful at such time as internationally-related incidents or issues may arise and which should facilitate the high level, including White House, decision-making which may be required.
We are hopeful that new factors such as progress toward a Middle East settlement will ease tensions and will render the climate for international terrorists less favorable. Thus it is important that these guidelines [Page 2]remain under continuing review. I have accordingly directed Ambassador Lewis Hoffacker, Chairman of the Working Group, to do so with his colleagues who represent you and to report periodically on appropriate changes in the light of modified international and other factors.
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files, P740122–0412. Confidential. Copies were sent to USUN, the Attorney General, the Director of Central Intelligence, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs, and the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, and Transportation.↩
- The memorandum disseminated guidelines for responding to terrorist attacks within the United States involving international ramifications.↩