9/11 and the Ongoing Threat of Terrorism

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One of the largest man made tragedies to hit the United States happened on September 11, 2001. On this date, early in the morning, a terrorist group called Al-Qaeda sent planes into New York City's Twin Towers, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and another unknown location that was thwarted. In all, over 3,000 people died in the attacks, the overwhelming majority civilians, including nationals from over 90 different countries ("Bin Laden Claims Responsibility," 2004). In response to the attack, the United States launched a global "War on Terrorism," invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban region (who had harbored al-Qaeda), enacted the US Patriot Act, and formulated a policy to rid the Middle East of terrorist or terror-sponsored States. After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. security policy received myopic scrutiny and there were a number of changes made so that America could anticipate and prevent acts of terrorism. A new Cabinet Level Department was formed, Homeland Security, and on September 14, 2001, Congress authorized use of military force against any individual, group, or state that participated in the 9/11 attacks. In the January 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush assured the nation that we would never again allow aggressors a first-strike option. This continued to be a theme in his speeches (West Point, Philadelphia, etc.) until the National Security Strategy (NSS) changed in September 2002 to include preemptive attacks as a viable course of action when dealing
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