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Cabinet Meeting Minutes, August 29, 1950. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.
CABINET MEETING, TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1950
(Webb in his place)
Asked Cabinet to pass on to little Cabinet and executive officers to make
themselves available for speeches in September and October. Also asked for
assistance in getting lists of absentee voters from departments.
Asked Adm. Dennison to give report on Magnuson Bill - Public Law 679 -
amendment to Espionage Law of 1918.
Outlined purpose and intent of the Magnuson Bill - to protect against entry
of vessels into ports if there is any suspicion of bombs or subversive
characters on board.
There is one catch in putting this into effect at once as it involves
abrogation of a treaty we have with Poland.
Thinks we should go ahead at once without notifying the Polish Govt which
is a satellite of Russia.
The law is on the books and if it is not implemented and anything should
happen in any American port it would be in the President's lap. It is
almost impossible to enforce but we must do the best we can to do so.
If we take it in two steps - (1) to inspect now without diversion to 2
specific ports (Bellingham, Washington & Portland, Maine). Then later if
Soviet makes any aggressive move we can go the whole way and divert to the
Disagreed. Thinks it should be completely implemented now.
Thinks that taking such a step would be declaring an emergency which up to
now the President has sought to avoid.
Thinks the gradual approach is the better idea.
Thinks there is possibility of greater embarrassment to the President if it
is not implemented in the near future.
In July Post Office receipts up 7%. Expenses down 5% as compared to July
Trying to get tax bill out on Friday this week.