Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 45
INTERVIEWER:

IT SEEMS STRANGE THAT WALLACE WOULD HAVE WANTED FEDERAL TROOPS TO COME IN BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE THAT ALWAYS PLACES HIM UNDER GREATER PRESSURE.

Nicholas Katzenbach:

Well, he was a, the, this is not… in a way, the troops that one uses here were Alabama citizens, they were Alabama whites, because the Alabama Guard was segregated as it could be at that time. Uh, and what you do when you federalize them is you simply take the national guard and you put it in the federal service and when it's in the federal service they are not longer working for the state, they are working for the federal government and the federal government's picking up the bills. If you uh, were to look uh, for example, at later when you had the riots in Watts, uh, those were state, federal, state national guard troops but there was no reason to put them in the federal service because Governor Brown was prepared to enforce the law himself.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

OK, ON CAMERA ROLL 586, THERE'S 200 FEET REMAINING.