As indicated in the two memoranda we sent to you yesterday (copies attached?) arrangements are being made for screening procedures to be undertaken by US authorities amongst Americans in the employ of ICAO headquarters in Montreal. We find of great interest the possibility raised in the last paragraph of the attached telegram from the Permanent Representative in New York? of avoiding adverse comment and hostility on the part of the Canadian public by carrying out the fingerprinting and other activities on the premises of the US Consulate in Montreal instead of in ICAO headquarters. If this were done, he feels that ICAO could avoid the unfortunate impressions which were created at United Nations in New York when the FBI moved in with its questionnaires and fingerprinting equipment.
If you consider it advisable I could get in touch with Brigadier C.S. Booth, the Canadian Representative at ICAO and ask him to make the suggestion informally to both the Director-General of ICAO and to the US Representative that the investigation procedures be carried out in this way. He could point out to them that if the investigation was based at the US Consulate it would be less likely to create an unfavourable impression on Canadians than if it were carried out within the confines of the International Organization.
It should be noted that such an approach might make it necessary for us later to raise with the Director-General the question of the use to be made of this information when received.
Voir aussi les documents 238,239./See also: Documents 238,239.