From the declassified minutes of a National Security Council Meeting:
“We were engaged in the defense of a way of life, and the great danger was that in defending this way of life we would find ourselves resorting to methods that endangered this way of life. The real problem, as the President saw it, was to devise methods of meeting the …threat and of adopting controls, if necessary, that would not result in our transformation into a garrison state. The whole thing, said the President, was a paradox.”
The question is, when was this meeting held?
No. It was held 24 September, 1953. The President was Dwight D. Eisenhower.
(Cite: Minutes as quoted in Legacy of Ashes: The history of the CIA by Tom Weiner, p 75. The minutes were declassified on 28 February 2003 and are part of the collection of the Dwight D. Eisenhower library.)