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  • Newly Declassified Annexes of A Report to the National Security Council by the Executive Secretary on United States Objectives and Programs for National Security, (NSC-68) April 14, 1950

Annex No. 7 to NSC-68/1

The Internal Security Program

(Prepared in the Interdepartmental Intelligence Conference and the Interdepartmental Committee on Internal Security)

1. Security Program . Recently noteworthy achievements have been obtained in our continuing efforts to establish adequate internal security through the establishment by Presidential Directive under the National Security Council of the Interdepartmental Intelligence Conference (IIC) and the Interdepartmental Committee on Internal Security (ICIS). While the agencies responsible for carrying out internal security measures have been limited, chiefly by monetary and manpower considerations, from effecting a state of internal security adequate to cope with the actual and potential conditions confronting us, the NSC mechanism is properly constituted to achieve this goal under the accelerated internal security program projected in this paper.

  1. a.

    Statement of the underlying assumptions upon which the program rests.

    1. 1. The internal security program outlined herein addresses itself to any condition which may be assumed short of an actual declaration of war.

    2. 2. An internally secure United States is an indispensable condition precedent to a nationally secure United States. Accordingly, any “build-up” designed to insure national security should include an expanded and accelerated internal security program.

    3. 3. The major threat to the nation’s internal security is the communist movement, which is completely subservient to and dominated by the USSR. This conspiratorial movement is engaged constantly [End Page 13] in waging a war of subversion against the United States. In addition, it has potential espionage, sabotage, and other subversive forces trained and ready for use when considered expedient under communist plans.

    4. 4. The primary reason for extending and accelerating our internal security program is to combat these actual and potential communist threats.

  2. b.

    Brief factual description of the elements of the program.

    1. 1.

      The basic elements of an adequate internal security program are envisaged to consist of the following:

      1. a. Providing an adequate legal basis for insuring the nation’s internal security through additional statutory and regulatory means.

      2. b. Coordinating further the internal security planning with the plans for the military defense of the United States.

      3. c. Coordinating further the internal security planning with related plans for the civil defense of the United States.

      4. d. Continuing coordination of the broad field of internal security.

      5. e. Increasing domestic intelligence and counter-intelligence coverage in the internal security field.

      6. f. Increasing the timely collection and distribution of foreign intelligence as it relates to internal security.

      7. g. Expanding investigative, prosecutive and related programs designed to neutralize the activities of individuals and groups who constitute potential or actual dangers to the nation’s security.

      8. h. Initiating such additional procedures as may be necessary to insure the removal or exclusion of potentially or actually dangerous persons from employment by the Government.

      9. i. Affording additional protection to critical governmental, industrial and other essential installations and facilities.

      10. j. Strengthening controls to prevent the entry into or departure from the United States of persons who are actually or potentially dangerous to the national security.

      11. k. Establishing more effective controls over the importation and exportation of materials the entry or exit of which would endanger the nation’s security. [End Page 14]

      12. l. Effectuating uniform procedures essential for the protection of classified government matter.

      13. m. Affording preventive security against unconventional attack, including atomic, chemical, biological, and radiological.

      14. n. Instituting procedures for Federal advice to state and local authorities and private business in voluntarily restricting the dissemination of unclassified technological information, the release of which would endanger the nation’s security.

  3. c.

    Statement of cost estimates for additional measures envisaged by this program (5-year projection).

    1. 1. The ICIS and IIC, to the extent that budgetary and related limitations allow, are currently affording special attention to those elements of the above-described program which come within the purview of their primary fields of responsibility. The required expansion and acceleration of certain elements of this program will necessitate the appropriation and expenditure of additional funds for supplementary manpower and facilities.

    2. 2. There follows a statement of the additional cost estimates of this projected five-year...

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