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9/11: Why It Could Happen Again Essay

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September 11th 2001, the day that changed America forever. On this day, 3,000 Americans including civilians, police officers, firefighters and paramedics were innocently murdered by al-Qaeda terrorist. Commercial airline planes were used as missiles and flown into the World Trade Center in NY, the Pentagon in the nations capital, and in a open field in Pennsylvania. For America being the most technology advanced nation in the world, along with having the largest, strongest and most advance military, it is hard to understand how these horrific acts of terrorism could have happened on U.S. soil. After the World Trade Center bombings in 1993 and the Oklahoma City bombing at the Murrah building, one would think that we would have learned for…show more content…
A key person in this effort was Attorney General Janet Reno. After the OKC bombing counterterrorism became a top priority for the Department of Justice. In 1994 Janet Reno and the Department of Justice created the Executive Office for National Security (EONS). At that time, a major problem between the agencies was information sharing and communication amongst each other. Many felt that this problem by itself was a major cause in the terrorist attacks that happened in 93 and 95. Reno and the DOF knew this was a problem, they came up with a detailed anti-terrorism package (Reno). Congress passed this and it became know as the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. In this act, prevention and action were allowed in terrorist situations dealing with weapons of mass destruction, money laundering and it also gave financial support to state and federal law enforcement agencies for anti-terrorist activities(Reno). The Justice Department also played a key role in counterterrorism. Due to the DOJ, state and local law enforcement were trained and equipped to deal with terrorist attack situations. All of these actions were put into place prior to the September 11th attacks. The American government was well prepared and had all the necessary tools to counter the attacks. The argument comes in that the FBI and CIA never communicated and didn’t share valuable information which both agencies needed because of certain laws
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