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November 27, 2009

Zelikow’s ‘What Do I Do Now?’ Memo Found

We have found the famous “What Do I Do Now?” memo drafted by 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow on March 2, 2003. The memo advised staffers newly hired by the commission what they should do after starting work.

The memo was found by Erik at the National Archives and uploaded to the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd.


August 7, 2009

9/11 Commission Report Outline from Spring 2003 Similar to Final Report

An outline of the 9/11 Commission’s report apparently drafted in the spring of 2003, about 16 months before the commission reported, has been found in the National Archives by History Commons contributor paxvector and posted to the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd. The outline, which consists of chapter headings and sub-headings, was mentioned first in Without Precedent, the official account of the commission by its chair and vice-chair Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, and then in Philip Shenon’s The Commission. Three versions of the document were found (here, here and here).


August 18, 2008

Timeline Summary for 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow

Note: Max is posting this on behalf of Kevin, who’s away from his keyboard at the moment. It’s Kevin’s work, not Max’s!

The 9/11 Timeline has a dedicated category for 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow, because of the key role he played in the investigation and the numerous problems with which he has been linked. The category is not yet complete, but additional material will be added progressively and this summary will be reposted.


August 6, 2008

New 9/11 Timeline Category: Philip Zelikow

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 7:29 am
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Although the 9/11 Timeline already has a category covering the 9/11 Commission, a dedicated one has been set up to cover its executive director, Philip Zelikow. You can find it here. A lot of this material is based on Philip Shenon’s excellent book The Commission, which shows how Zelikow controlled the investigation. Those of you knowledgeable of Zelikow’s role will notice that a couple of things are missing at the moment–they will be added gradually.

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