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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IV - Page 317« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert Inman Bouck Resumed)

Mr. Bouck.
Yes; I prepared this and the thought was that the Commission might be interested in a couple of examples of how the PRS function has been helpful in protection, and so three cases have been presented in this paper.
Mr. Stern.
Mr. Bouck, have you anything you would like to add, any clarification, any amplification of the matters we have discussed this morning?
Mr. Bouck.
I don't believe so. I think Mr. McCloy's summary probably exceeds anything I could give, and I think it is quite good and reflects, I believe, what we were trying to get at here.
Mr. Stern.
Have you reviewed the memoranda and other exhibits that you have identified this morning and do you have any corrections or additions to make to those?
Mr. Bouck.
No, sir; I think they are accurate.
Mr. Stern.
Mr. Chairman, I would like to request the admission of all the exhibits that Mr. Bouck has identified for us this morning. I have no further questions.
Mr. Mccloy.
They may be admitted.
(The documents referred to, previously marked as Commission Exhibit Nos. 760 through 766, were received in evidence.)
Mr. Mccloy.
I have one more question I would like to ask you. In the light of what you know now about the whole episode, have you come to any conclusions as to how you ought to operate in the future other than you did in the Dallas situation?
Mr. Bouck.
As Mr. Carswell has mentioned, of course, a great deal of study is being conducted. I think there are a number of other things that can be done. Great problems arise as to human rights and constitutional rights and costs and resources and just sheer--dealing with just sheer volumes of millions of people, and I do not feel I would want to give final judgment as to whether we should do these things until we have completed all of these studies, but perhaps there will be some that will----
Mr. Mccloy.
Do you at this stage have any definite ideas about any steps that ought to be taken for the added protection of the President?
Mr. Bouck.
Well, I have quite a lot of them which are incorporated in this study. I have been, and as I understand it, the Commission perhaps will have the benefit of that but I. have been very heavily involved in many, many ways in this study, and as to the final conclusions, of course, I think maybe it goes all the way to the Congress to decide the practicality of some of this.
Mr. Mccloy.
I am sure it does.
Mr. Bouck.
I just don't quite feel in a position to say that I would want to recommend most of these things without reservation at this time. If I might, without presuming to evade your question, if we could delay that a little bit until we have completed this rather massive look that we are now taking.
Mr. Mccloy.
Very well. Thank you very much for your cooperation, and very much obliged to you and the Treasury Department for helping us.
Mr. Bouck.
Thank you, sir.
Mr. Mccloy.
To achieve our--perform our duties. Thank you
We will adjourn until 2 o'clock.
(Whereupon, at 1 p.m., the President's Commission recessed.)

Winston G. Lawson, accompanied by Fred B. Smith
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Afternoon Session

Testimony of Winston G. , Accompanied By Fred B. Smith, Lawson

DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL, TREASURY DEPARTMENT

The President's Commission reconvened at 2 p.m.

Mr. Mccloy.
Mr. Lawson, you know the general purpose of what we are here for?
Mr. Lawson.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Mccloy.
In the way of trying to get as much information as we can,
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