ATTACHED MEMORANDUM (W/ATTACHMENTS)

Created: 4/22/1954

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ROUTING AND RECORD SHEET

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REVltW PROGRAM

msnWCTrOHS: Officer deuanationt ihoulddheolumn. Under eachino ahould be drawnhoot and each comment numbered tocorrcfcpond with the number in ihe "TO" column. Each officer thoutd initial (check mark insufficient) before further routing. This Routing and Record Sheet thould bo returned to Regit try. .

RELEASE AS SANYtrZED

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Kr. Wlsner

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letter which Representative Kersten wrote to Mr. Cutler regarding possible investigation of Connunist operations in Quatenala was discussed by theof the OCB with Kr. Cutler at their lunch neetlng onpril. onsequence, the attached neaorandum to Hr. Koons on this subject was not sent.

CIA HISTORICAL REVIEW PROGRAM RELEASE AS SANITIZED

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RHOaAHSUM FORt Mr. T. B. Koons Special Staff Actional Security Council

Xcrcten's Proposed Inquiry into Coirriijnisi in Guatemala

This, ie with reference to the nemortnduiu which you eent me on Aprilo which wasopyetter which Mr. Cutler receivedongrecjrer. Xereten. In that letterrrten wrote that it bed beent'.- the 'ourr Select Coan'ttee on Conrtu-nist Aggression, of which he ir. Chairman, undertake an investigution of Conamift operations In Guatemala. Mr. Kcreten sold that his CoiaTittee has "roiirtrosedionrings in this country in May andto go tc Furope during the month of June. Conseq'^ently, it would not be possible tc conduct any hearings with respect to Guatemala until after "hot tine, which rremnably neons July at tbe earliest, "r. fcrsten enclosed a re' press release which would be Issuer! if his roaroittet decided to undertake tho inYestigation and he asked for Pr. Cutlor't

ere told you, we would not want to have anywe mirht rake relayed to Vr.ton ae oofllag fros ushave reference mule to our Interest in the subject. our reaction that it would not be dooirsble to Iiavouture investigatione at Ih's time since no actionup tho announcement could be taken for some threeproposed pros* release, while it refers particularly tothat the probe will oover "CoT^nist aggression inand also refer* to Latin Americahole. Anin these terns would undoubtedly arouoo greet interest andtlnroughout Latin Ameriaa. During the period betweenand any action by the House Committee, unfriendlyv*ild attempt to create hostility toward themight wellrame of mind In latin America ininvestigation would be consideredunilateral interference/.mericai affairs, no matter how objectively and tactfullymight subsequently befft. "' RAW5E

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ate the effect of each an investigation.'

It Is difficult to estimate the effects of such anexcept In terse of details of Its scope and the situation at the time when lt is held. Mr.ight wish to suggest to Hr. Karatan that since, at the Caracas Conference, tbe problem of Coenunlst aggression in the Western Heedaphere has been actively raleed through the established nachlnery for Inter-Americanand dose the House Coonlttee could not act for sone Months, lt night be better to withhold an announconent and, in fact, awith regardongrcsaionaL investlgatloc. actionater date, at which tine lt would ba more nearly possible tothe effect nf

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