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    The Black Budget Report: An Investigation into the CIA’s ‘Black Budget’ and the Second Manhattan Project

    11/23/2003 (Revised 02/05/04)

    Center for Global Peace/School of International Service
    American University
    Washington DC

    We are a great nation that repeatedly makes decisions based on false information. ~ Former Pres. Bill Clinton

    by anyname on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:34:51 PM PDT

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      End Note 105:

      [105] John Helgerson, CIA Briefings with Presidential Candidates (Central Intelligence Agency, 1996,)

      ch. 5, available online at:

      CIA Briefings of Presidential Candidates



      It was President Harry Truman, in whose administration the Central Intelligence Agency was created, who instituted the custom of providing candidates for the Presidency with confidential briefings on foreign developments. In 1952 he authorized the CIA to brief Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and Governor Adlai Stevenson so that the successful candidate would be as well informed as possible on the world situation when he took office. The briefings would also position the CIA to develop a close working relationship with the new president and his advisers. These two objectives have guided the Agency's efforts during presidential transition periods ever since.

      Thus it was, after Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton won the 1992 election, that the Central Intelligence Agency moved quickly to establish a presence in Little Rock to provide intelligence support to the new President-elect. As CIA's Deputy Director for Intelligence, I was sent to meet with the Governor and his staff to describe the materials the Agency proposed to make available and to elicit the Governor's agreement to receive regular briefings from the CIA. Events unfolded in such a way that I became the head of a team that spent most of the period from November 1992 through January 1993 in Little Rock providing daily intelligence updates to the President-elect.

      In keeping with President Truman's long-ago initiative, the Agency wanted to help the new President-elect prepare for his foreign policy responsibilities and acquaint him and his staff with CIA's capabilities for collecting, analyzing, and delivering intelligence that would be vital to them when they took office. As we made arrangements for briefing Governor Clinton, we attempted to learn as much as possible from the Agency's experience in previous transition periods. What we discovered was that the CIA had provided pre-inaugural intelligence support to all eight presidents elected since the Agency was founded, but had no systematic records of those efforts. There was no body of organized information to indicate what had worked before and what had not. Such records and memories as we did have, however, made clear that we needed to make decisions quickly on how to proceed in a number of areas that would have an important bearing on whether we met our two primary goals.

      We are a great nation that repeatedly makes decisions based on false information. ~ Former Pres. Bill Clinton

      by anyname on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:42:13 PM PDT

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