In the summer of 1961, not far removed from the Bay of Pigs fiasco, 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.
21 cm x 20.3 cm
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