Princeton University Library Catalog

The President's daily brief [electronic resource] : Kennedy, Johnson, and the CIA, 1961-1969.

Ann Arbor, Mich. : ProQuest LLC, 2015.
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Summary note:
This collection comprises 2,483 documents and 19,098 pages of Top Secret intelligence summaries prepared by the CIA and delivered to the president each day. Known as the President's Intelligence Checklist (PICL) during the Kennedy administration and the President's Daily Brief (PDB) during Johnson's tenure, these documents were used to brief the president on world events and global threats, including the evolution of the war in Vietnam, conflicts resulting from decolonization in Africa and Indonesia, Cold War crises in Berlin and Czechoslovakia, the Cuban Missile Crisis and its aftermath, Latin American political upheavals, and the 1967 Six-Day War in the Middle East, among others. These documents were kept secret for nearly four decades, with only a few PDBs finding their way into the public domain. The CIA fought hard to prevent their disclosure, claiming that the daily summaries would reveal intelligence sources and methods. Press secretary Ari Fleisher termed the PDB "the most highly sensitized classified document in the government" and CIA director George Tenet declared that information in these records could never be disclosed "no matter how old or historically significant it may be."
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