Posted at the History Commons Groups
by Kevin Fenton
November 27, 2009
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...Philip Shenon's The Commission highlighted the memo and one controversial section in particular. The section says:
Interactions with commissioners can be helpful to you and them. If you are contacted by a commissioner with questions, please contact Chris [Kojm, Zelikow's deputy] or me. Consulting with the Chair and Vice-Chair, we will be sure that the appropriate members of the Commission staff are responsive.
In the course of running the 9/11 Commission, Philip Zelikow wanted to make sure communication flowed smoothly and quickly between investigators and Commission members. The banality, she burns.
Fenton quotes Philip Shenon's book The Commission to paint this memo as a humiliating act of intended censorship foisted upon investigators by the evil Philip Zelikow. That Zelikow is now biting the hand that fed him for the Bush Administration's attempts to break the law on torture appears to be irrelevant, or at least inexpedient, for these guys.