The President's Daily Brief (PDB), sometimes incorrectly referred to as the President's Daily Briefing or the President's Daily Bulletin, is a top-secret document produced each morning for the President of the United States. Responsibility for producing the PDB — which was traditionally held by the director of the Central Intelligence Agency — was transferred to the Director of National Intelligence at the time, John Negroponte, after he was confirmed by the Senate on April 21, 2005. The PDB is now delivered by the current (2009) Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair.
Purpose and historyEdit
Template:Unreferenced section The PDB is intended to provide the president of the United States with new international intelligence warranting attention and analysis of sensitive international situations. The prototype of the PDB was called the President's Intelligence Check List; the first was produced by Richard Lehman at the direction of Huntington D. Sheldon on June 17, 1961. The CIA produced the first PDB for Lyndon B. Johnson on December 1, 1964.
Although the production and coordination of the PDB was a CIA responsibility, other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community reviewed articles (the "coordination" process) and were free to write and submit articles for inclusion.
While the name of the PDB implies exclusivity, it has historically been briefed to other high officials. The distribution list has varied over time, but has always or almost always included the Secretaries of State and Defense and the National Security Advisor. Rarely, special editions of the PDB have actually been "for the President's eyes only," with further dissemination of the information contained left to the President's discretion.
Production of the PDB is closely linked to that of another publication, historically called the National Intelligence Daily, that contains many of the same items but is distributed considerably more widely than the PDB. Former Presidents are entitled to receive the PDB, if they so desire, only after the sitting President actually receives his daily briefing.
Former Central Intelligence Director George Tenet considered the PDB so sensitive that in July 2000 he took the position with the National Archives and Records Administration that none of them could be released for publication "no matter how old or historically significant it may be."
Template:Unreferenced section The PDB came under increased public awareness during testimony in front of the 9/11 Commission, which was convened in 2004 to analyze the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. On April 8, 2004, after a testimony by then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, the Commission renewed calls for the declassification of a PDB from August 6, 2001, entitled Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US. Two days later, the White House complied and released the document with minimal redactions. Template:Clear
- ↑ Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Intelligence Products Page
- ↑ CIA to Cede President's Brief to Negroponte, a February 19, 2005 Washington Post article
- ↑ Office of the Director of National Intelligence
- ↑ Under Bush, the Briefing Gets Briefer, a May 24, 2002 Washington Post article
- ↑ Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer on May 21, 2002, from the website of the White House
- CIA Briefings of Presidential Candidates
- Mr. Current Intelligence: An Interview with Richard Lehman
- National Security Archive at George Washington University
- August 6, 2001 PDB from CNN, (.PDF)it:President's Daily Brief