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The President's Intelligence Checklist

Artifact Details

A paper titled "The President's Intelligence Checklist" dated 22 November 1963 and marked "Top Secret."

Following President Kennedy’s assassination, the CIA made one last commemorative briefing in the President’s preferred daily briefing format.

In the summer of 1961, CIA’s Office of Current Intelligence reformatted the daily briefing material for the President to better suit John F. Kennedy’s reading preferences and renamed the briefing as the President’s Intelligence Checklist (PICL). CIA produced a commemorative issue of the PICL following Kennedy’s assassination on 22 November 1963. The lone content inside was a poetic verse Kennedy had used to reassure the public during the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Bullfight critics ranked in rows, Crowd the enormous plaza full; But only one is there who knows, And he’s the man who fights the bull.

Artifact Specs

21 cm x 20.3 cm

(L x W)

Additional Photos

The inner page of the President's Checklist.
A close up of a quote written in the President's Checklist.

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Getting to Know the President

An Interview with Richard Lehman


The De-Brief -- The President's Daily Brief (PDB)

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