President Bush appointed long-time Democratic Washington attorney and former
White House counsel Lloyd Cutler to the Commission on Intelligence Capabilities
on Feb. 6, 2004.
Cutler served as White House counsel to President Carter, whom he met first
while both served on the Trilateral Commission, an international organization,
and was special counsel to the president on ratification of the SALT II Treaty
from 1970 to 1980. Cutler also served as counsel during the administration
of President Clinton.
Cutler is a founding partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP, specializing
in international law and public policy. He is senior counsel to the law firm
and sits on the board of trustees for the Brookings Institution, a think tank
based in Washington, D.C.
Cutler also served on a number of other government commissions, including
President Reagan's Commission on Strategic Forces, known as the Scowcroft Commission,
from 1983 to 1984, and the first President Bush's Commission on Federal Ethics
Law Reform in 1989.
From 2000 to 2001, Cutler was the co-chairman of the Secretary of Energy Advisory
Board on the Evaluation of Energy Nonproliferation Programs with Russia, and
is currently the co-chairman of the National Commission on Federal Election
In 2003, Cutler was named
to an advisory board set up to monitor a Pentagon anti-terrorist technology
The board was convened to advise Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "on the range of policy and legal issues" raised
by the possible use of technology to identify terrorists before they act, according
to a Feb. 7, 2003 Pentagon press release.
Cutler also brings knowledge of military intelligence to the commission based
on his experience in the Army. During World War II, Cutler worked as a code
breaker and intelligence analyst, according to a 1997 interview published in
The Bar Report.
Cutler is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. 1936; LL.B. 1939) and was awarded
honorary degrees as Doctor of Laws from Yale University, Princeton University,
among other law schools.
On May 8,
2005, Cutler died at the age of 87 from complications from a broken
hip. He leaves behind his wife, Polly Kraft, two stepsons, his
four children from a previous marriage and eight grandchildren.
Compiled by Abigail Cutler for the Online NewsHour (updated 5/10/05)