1. There are few reasons but one value is when a former president goes to a country with a tense political or national security situation and is meeting with a foreign leader. Even though they're a former president, they still have the standing to cause an issue if not prepared.
2. For example, when President Clinton when to North Korea to secure the release of two journalists who were being held by Kim Jong-Il, he was given an intelligence briefing even though the trip was a private one and not an official US government trip.
3. Imagine if Clinton went to North Korea of all places and said something to Kim Jong-Il that was known to US intelligence as a sore point for Kim. He could have caused an international incident with one of our adversaries.
Clinton touched on how sensitive the trip was here
4. Former presidents do a lot of traveling that isn't related to sensitive rescue missions too. For example, when they go to give a speech at a summit and could use guidance on sensitive issues.
5. George HW Bush, who was a former CIA Director and loved intelligence briefings, is the former president who has been briefed the most after he left the White House.
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