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Richard Kerr, former Deputy DCI, and others on PBDs

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Richard Kerr, former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, and a preparer of PDBs noted in an NPR interview this morning that the PDB is a "continuity document," that many of its items may be prepared a few days in advance of 'publication,' and that many items rise from an analyst's desk and are refined - as opposed to being written by Kerr or his successor. Kerr had prepared PDBs for Presidents Reagan and Bush.

I also call your attention to a valuable item at The National Security Archive (George Washington University), "The President's Daily Brief" By Thomas S. Blanton, Updated April 12, 2004.

Among the useful items on this page are:

The White House Fact Sheet titled "The August 6, 2001 PDB" that was released along with the 6 August PDB section, in a Q&A format.

A background briefing plus Q&A from two individuals that asked to be referred to as "senior White House officials": White House Briefing on Release of the August 6, 2001 President's Daily Brief Excerpt "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S.," April 10, 2004.

While these latter two documents might be construed as a reasonably sympathetic administration view, they do offer additional information on the PDB.

Gordon Housworth



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