American Government's Reaction to September 11

analytical Essay
2111 words
2111 words

The September 11th attacks did leave a mark on the United States. The world watched the media account of the tragic events as they were captured by digital and print media. The author in this article explores different aspects of the tragedy to analyze the both Australian and American thoughts and understanding of the events. She has broken it down into categories: the aftermath of the attacks, interpretations of the attacks, and challenges that impeded existing structures of representation. Questions of how the attack was viewed, and how the terrorist evoked terror and mass terrorism are reviewed. In essence Western civilization was forever changed after September 11th 2001. The events of September 11 did leave something other than destruction and loss of lives. More than structures were demolished, a nation was forever changed. The attacks were so blind siding that, according to McMillian (2004) “…no retaliatory acts action was commenced during this 72-hour period against the suspected terrorist or the group to which they were linked, namely Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan” (p. 2). How can this be explained? Did the United States really knowingly harbor terrorist, or was the United States blind-sided. Either way it is not an easy pill to swallow. According to the reports the pilots were trained in America. A war was created against terrorism, the target Afghanistan. Starting in early January 2000, the “planes operation” formation would begin in California. Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al Mildhar would arrive arrived in Los Angeles under the order of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM). He was the organizer of the “planes operation”, and he instructed those under him what to and not to do to draw any unnecessary attentio... ... middle of paper ... ...cademic OneFile database. Jones, J. B. (2011). THE NECESSITY OF FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE SHARING WITH SUB-FEDERAL AGENCIES. Texas Review of Law & Politics, 16(1), 175-210. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database. Kenny, J. (2013). NSA Spying: It Didn't Start With 9/11. New American (08856540), 29(19), 35-39. McMillan, N. (2004, December). Beyond representation: cultural understandings of the September 11 attacks. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 37(3), 380+. Retrieved from Academic OneFile database. National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. Kean, T. H., & Hamilton, L.(2004). The 9/11 Commission report: Final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. Retrieved from Academic OneFile database.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes different aspects of the tragedy to analyze the both australian and american thoughts and understanding.
  • Describes how mihdhar and hazmi were the organizers of the "planes operation". they enrolled in english-language classes and were considered poor students by one of their flight instructors.
  • Explains that thousands of terrorist funded money transactions would be wired undetected to the terrorist without question.
  • Analyzes how the 9/11 commission report recommended more sharing of information between agencies.
  • Explains that bin laden was anticipating the attacks 7 months after the uss cole bombing, which would have given the date of may 12, 2001.
  • Explains that the fbi and cia had files on many of the members of al qaeda, and they had watch-lists. this is a large flaw in our intelligence community and needs to be fixed.
  • Opines that the events of september 11th shed light on the fact that intelligence agencies need to establish more effective relationships amongst themselves.
  • Explains that the world trade center was no stranger to terrorist attacks, and that a global war on terrorism was started to end it.
  • Explains that the national commission on terrorist attacks upon the united states gives an account of the events of september 11th.
  • Explains graham, b., "searching for answers: us intelligence after september 11.
  • Explains jones, j. b., and texas review of law & politics on the necessity of federal intelligence sharing with sub-federal agencies.
  • Opines that nsa spying didn't start with 9/11.
  • Cites mcmillan, n., and academic onefile database. beyond representation: cultural understandings of the september 11 attacks.
  • Describes the findings of the national commission on terrorist attacks upon the united states.
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