Ernest May

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Person.png Ernest May  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Fort Worth, Texas
Died2009-06-01 (Age 80)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality United States
Alma materUCLA
InterestsModern American history

Ernest May was an American historian of international relations and associate of Bush Sr, known for his book The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis about the Cuban Missile Crisis.


May was a co-chairman of the AFIO, or Association of Former Intelligence Officers, founded in 1975 by David Atlee Phillips (an alleged key player in the JFK assassination) to run propaganda and counter widespread criticism during the flower power and peace movement of the 1970s against the intelligence agencies coming from the media and the U.S. Congress.


May, along with his long time associate Philip Zelikow, worked out on a detailed outline[1] 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.[2][3][4]

Members of the 9/11 Commission, as well as its executive director Philip Zelikow, had conflicts of interest. Philip Shenon, a reporter for The New York Times, in a book released in February 2008, entitled The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation claims that Zelikow had closer ties with the White House than he publicly disclosed and that he tried to influence the final report in ways that the staff often perceived as limiting the Bush administration’s responsibility and furthering its anti-Iraq agenda.[5]