Philip Zelikow

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(deep state functionary)
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BornSeptember 21, 1954
Alma materUniversity of Redlands, University of Houston Law Center, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Member of9-11/Commission, Aspen Strategy Group, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, Hoover Institution/Fellows

Philip David Zelikow was the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission, who "arguably has more sway than any member, including the chairman."[1]


Zelikow's main area of expertise is in the field of public policy, particularly in the framing of history to serve state policy and the formation of public myths, or "public presumptions."[2]

Public myth/Public presumption

Zelikows idea for the public presumption follows the argument of William H. McNeill for the public myth, from there follows:[3][4]

  • myths are general statements about the world and its parts, they are thought to be true (although not necessarily known to be true with certainty / more faith than fact)
  • they are shared in common within the relevant political community and acted on whenever circumstances suggest
  • current political affairs are analysed from a (mostly contemporary) historical framework (opposed to economic or legal), so the current view on things will inform the future
  • sources for the presumptions/myths are both personal (from direct experience) and vicarious: from books, movies, and (other) myths - media in general it stands to reason, even if he does not say so explicitly
  • “searing” or “molding” events are of particular importance over generations
  • the truth of these myths is usually proven only by the action they provoke

9/11 Commission

Full article: 9-11/Commission
A video by James Corbett

Zelikow with his long time associate Ernest May, worked out on a detailed outline of the 9/11 Commission Report - containing chapter headings, subheadings, and sub-subheadings - in March 2003, but to prevent accusation of its having been a foregone conclusion, this was kept secret from the 9-11/Commission members, who worked for another year or so before being shown the draft report.[5]

He has maintained a pretty consistent line of "no comment" when asked to explain about the commission.[1]

Another video by James Corbett


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey