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January 31, 1963
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25X1 Approved For Release 2002/10/10: g...aLIEF180B01676R000100150064-7 (CLASSIFICATION) ACTION MEMORANDUM TO : THRU : SUBJECT : REFERENCE: OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR Director of Security Deputy T ir.ctor (Support) Action Memorandum No. A-125 Date 31 January 1963 1. I am appalled at the number of people in the Agency authorised to carry me I had received information previously from an external source that the *re of the District of Columbia were about to raise this issue. This was what prompted my request for information as to .Ageetcy activities in this regard. 2. In looking over the list. I see some names (and perhaps there are many more) in which the justification for our authorisation is at least marginal. As I understand the law, we are authorised to designate certain couriers and guards to carry firearms "when engaged in transportation of confidential docu- ments and materials." To me this means exactly that -- and I cannot see how we 25X1 would as many si--leople rumnieg around carrying confidential documents all at the earn. time. I can see where we might need a reasonable number of couriers who do nothing but courier duties. I can see a need for a reasonable number of security officers to carry firearms as well. I can see a mandatory requirement for these people to be fully qualified to use their weapons at all times. I do not object to an individual carrying firearms and credentials therefor during the period in which he is actually transporting documents or performing security missions. I do object, and strenuously, to our personnel having credentials and being authorised to carry firearms at their discretion. 3. It would seem, therefore, that a comprehensive rirview is now indicated to ensure that only that limited number of personnel really seeded to perform SUSPENSE DATE: Approved For Release 2002/10/10 : C1A-RDP80B01676R000100150064-7 (CLASSIFICATION) Approved For Release 2002/10/10 : foiALlif'i801301676R000100150064-7 in these areas are authorised cred.Jais and the siathority to carry routine procedure. Airf ether. which might possibly be shouW have their credentials and their firearms sequestered oth. of Elc?ity and drew them awl returs them as seeded for a particular Even thee* officers must be periodically checked out in their capacity 'form with firearms. 4. Please conduct such a review as a matter of argeacy (the tinilag of my I is based in particular en nt ristriet of Columbia activities) and ch to me as *Goa as you CIA With the results of your review. If you need r gaidancs, come talk to me without daisy. Marshall S. Carter Lieutenant General, USA Deputy Director this total number is wrid.wide, although the same criteria of ? BD'S Director Oa ,, / je3 Approved For Release 2002/10/10 : CIA-RDP80601676R000100150064-7