Tim Naftali responds to Max Holland’s article on the 9/11 Commission Report, which I mentioned in my previous post.
It strikes me as a rather weak response, especially given the final paragraph’s ringing declaration of principle:
I would not present myself as the official historian of anything. I value my independence too much.
Well somebody‘s been presenting Naftali as the 9/11 Commission’s “official historian.” In fact, one of his employers has — the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Virginia, where Naftali is a professor (or an “instructor,” depending on where you look). I have a few screenshots where the phrase appears — and this comes from just the simplest Google search. Here’s two from the CI Centre:
The Counter-Terrorism Training and Resources for Law Enforcement web site reproduced that phrase verbatim in their description of the same event hosted by Naftali: