what does “attack the general principle of the propriety of surveillance” mean?

Question by sumin: what does “attack the general principle of the propriety of surveillance” mean?
He also sided with Taylor and McNamara about relying on
low-level flights, despite the political/military risks, because U-2 photos
could be obscured by cloud cover. Paul Nitze urged a tough stance on
surveillance until the U.N. took over: “I think we ought to attack the
general principle of the propriety of surveillance.”

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Answer by Kiron Kang
Is it modest befitting behaviour?
Is it appropriate to the purpose or circumstance?
I think we ought to the attack the general principle of the justness of surveillance.

noun, plural pro·pri·e·ties. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/propriety
1.conformity to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners.
2.appropriateness to the purpose or circumstances; suitability.
3.rightness or justness.
4.the proprieties, the conventional standards of proper behavior; manners: to observe the proprieties.
5.Obsolete . a property.

http://www.nuclearfiles.org/menu/key-issues/nuclear-weapons/history/cold-war/cuban-missile-crisis/timeline.htmAugust 29, 1962
A high-altitude U-2 surveillance flight provides conclusive evidence of the existence of SA-2 SAM missile sites at eight different locations in Cuba. Additional reconnaissance shortly thereafter also positively identifies coastal defense cruise missile installations for the first time. However, U-2 photography of the area around San Cristóbal, Cuba, where the first nuclear missile sites are later detected, reveals no evidence of construction at this time. ( CINCLANT Historical Account of Cuban Crisis, 4/29/63, pp. 7-8; Interim Report by the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee on the Cuban Military Buildup, 5/9/63, p. 6; The Soviet Bloc Armed Forces and the Cuban Crisis: A Chronology July-November 1962, 6/18/ 63, p. 7)
Picture : Surface-to-Air Missile Assembly Depot in Cuba.

At a news conference, President Kennedy tells reporters: “I’m not for invading Cuba at this time…an action like that…could lead to very serious consequences for many people.” Kennedy repeats that he has seen no evidence that Soviet troops were stationed in Cuba and stated that there was “no information as yet” regarding the possible presence of air defense missiles in Cuba. (President’s News Conference of August 29, 1962, 8/29/62)

August 31, 1962
President Kennedy is informed that the August 29 U-2 mission has confirmed the presence of SAM batteries in Cuba. (Sorensen, p. 670)

Senator Kenneth Keating tells the U.S. Senate that there is evidence of Soviet “rocket installations in Cuba.” Keating urges President Kennedy to take action and proposes that the OAS send an investigative team to Cuba. Although Keating’s sources of information remain unclear, it appears that he simply made firm declarations based on rumors and reports that U.S. intelligence officials consider too “soft” to be definitive. (Soviet Activities in Cuba, 8/31/62; Paterson 1, p. 98)
First week of September 1962: Soviet troops belonging to four elite armored brigades are believed to have begun arriving in Cuba at this time. Troops belonging to the combat groups continue to embark through the second week of October. However, U.S. intelligence does not recognize the existence of the organized combat units until the middle of the missile crisis, on October 25 (see entry for that date). (The Soviet Bloc Armed Forces and the Cuban Crisis: A Chronology July-November 1962, 6/18/63, p. 13)

September 3, 1962
At President Kennedy ‘s request, senior State Department official Walt Rostow submits his assessment of the Soviet military build-up. According to Rostow, while the SAMs do not pose a threat to U.S national security, a “line should be drawn at the installation in Cuba or in Cuban waters of nuclear weapons or delivery vehicles…” Rostow recommends that current OPERATION MONGOOSE activities be intensified but also suggests studying the possibility of having independent anti-Castro groups oust Castro with minimal U.S. assistance. (Document 14, W. W. Rostow’s Memorandum to the President, Assessing Soviet Military Aid to Cuba, 9/3/62)

September 4, 1962
Following a discussion between President Kennedy , Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara , during which they review evidence that SAM sites and possibly a submarine base are under construction in Cuba, Attorney General Robert Kennedy meets with Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin .Dobrynin tells the attorney general that he has been instructed by Premier Khrushchev to assure President Kennedy that there would be no surface-to-surface missiles or offensive weapons placed in Cuba. After his meeting with Dobrynin , Robert Kennedy relates the conversation to the president and suggests issuing a statement making it clear that the United States will not tolerate the introduction of offensive weapons into Cuba. (Kennedy, pp. 24-26)
Document: President Kennedy’s statement on Soviet military shipments to Cuba.

President Kennedy releases a statement revealing that SAMs and substantially more military personnel than previously estimated have been detected in Cuba. Kennedy also declares: “There is no evidence of any organized combat force in Cuba from any Soviet Bloc country; of military bases provided to Russia; of a violation of the 1934 treaty relating to Gu

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